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How can you quit smoking?

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The best and hardest way to quit smoking is to go cold turkey. That is, to quit smoking all at once. Cigarettes are both physically and mentally addictive. Quitting requires that the smoker deal with both parts of the addiction at the same time, which can cause multiple relapses.

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How can you quit smoking?
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Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes the physical addiction to cigarettes. It is as addictive as heroin and causes a physical dependence in the smoker. The withdrawal from the nicotine can cause symptoms of withdrawal, such as nausea, headaches and increased appetite. People trying to quit smoking can alleviate these symptoms by using nicotine-replacement therapy. Patches, gum and inhalers are the most common forms of therapy, all allowing the user to gradually wean themselves off nicotine and avoid the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Dealing with the mental addiction is harder for most people. Ways to deal with the empty finger or empty mouth syndrome involve gum and holding something in the fingers. Group therapy often helps quitters who are having a difficult time mentally. Sharing the stress with others can help relieve the missing social aspect of smoking. There are also phone-based support groups with one-on-one counseling available. Additionally, people find that single face-to-face counseling helps, with sessions available dedicated to stopping smoking.

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