Anyone looking to quit smoking should first be mentally prepared to resist cravings and tolerate withdrawal headaches and lethargy. A recent study on quitting smoking suggests that those who had stronger links between the reward and controlling impulsive behavior sides of the brain were more likely to be successful at giving up smoking. This is because they are better able to reconcile the need to go through the withdrawal with long-term benefits, and thus avoid the temptation of relapsing. Still, the journey to quit smoking is an arduous one. But the benefits are undeniable.
Here are some scientifically backed methods to quit smoking:
- Counseling – Taking part in a counseling program can help to guide you and keep you focused on your goal to quit smoking. According to the National Institutes of Health, smokers have a higher chance of quitting if they’re using a support program offered by a hospital, health department, or community center.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – Inhalers, nasal sprays, lozenges, gum and skin patches that deliver nicotine slowly are designed to help smokers get over the initial cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. Research has shown that NRT increases the smoking quit rates by 50 to 70 percent, regardless of setting.
- Positive peer pressure – According to a recent study that ran in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, approximately half the men in the study were successful in their attempt to quit if their partner also quit. This is compared to an 8 percent success rate if their partner did not stop. Similarly, half of women quit if their male partners also quit smoking.
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