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We all have made many New Year’s resolutions and most of them fail by the last week of January. If the resolution is to quit smoking, then the odds are even tougher. What exactly makes it so hard to quit smoking? Is it because nicotine is an addictive chemical? Or is it because of the habits that we form around it?

The truth is that with the right preparation and support, it is not that hard to quit smoking. By learning about what you should and should do, you can easily succeed in your smoking cessation plans. Here are some easy hacks to help you or someone you know successfully quit smoking.

Replacement medications

One of the main triggers for smoking is addiction. Nicotine is an addictive chemical and overcoming the addictive effect it has on your body is the first hurdle you have to conquer. The easiest way to achieve this is by using nicotine pouches. They are small bags of nicotine and other ingredients that supply a safer and effective alternative to smoking. The lack of tobacco leaves makes them ideal for your nicotine-replacement routine. You can control the amount of nicotine you can want to take and eventually reduce its strength. This will help you have a smoother transition into a smoking-free lifestyle.

Support

Quitting abruptly without proper replacement medications or support means fewer chances of succeeding. Studies have indicated that out of the 100 people who try to quit smoking, only two or three will succeed. One of the main reasons for this low success rate is that they don’t have the necessary support to achieve this. It takes more than just willpower to overcome the addiction caused by nicotine. Getting proper emotional support and motivational strength from your friends and family is vital during this time. It can help you take control of yourself and make your quitting efforts more effective. There are also many community-based programs with current and former smokers who can help you find answers and cheer you to success.

Stay positive

We all think that we can quit smoking easily and get over it completely within a month. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Smoking can lead to addiction and habit formation. Getting over any addiction or habit is not going to be an easy task. It will be taking a lot of your time and effort to cope up with the physical and psychological effects of the withdrawal. Stay calm and positive. You may find yourself panicking and anxious from time to time. Understand that a smoking relapse is not the solution for these problems. 

Practise self-care

When your body realizes the absence of nicotine in your system, it will be reacting in the form of many discomforts that can throw your daily routines off balance. You will be feeling disturbed and stressed. Make sure you take extra effort to take care of your body during this phase of smoking cessation. Eating a well-balanced diet can help your flush out the toxins. Nicotine withdrawal can make you feel fatigued, so try to get more rest than usual. Drink plenty of water and exercise regularly to support your physical and mental health. You can also take a daily multivitamin to compensate for the nutrients depleted from your body due to smoking.

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