Ninety percent of those who try to quit smoking, will start smoking again even though they are already working to the best. To quit smoking, it is best to be mentally prepared in advance.
By health experts, quitting smoking is regarded as one of the efforts of health habits are most difficult to be reached.
The good news, research, and practice in the field gave hope for smokers who want to stop his addiction.
For over 50 years we already know that smoking is a killer. To help people who want to quit, scientists have examined with great interest, what methods can help.
Here are some options that have been scientifically proven to be effective enough to help smokers who want to quit, at least for some time.
1. Financial incentives
The financial benefits of quitting smoking, could be the first choice, especially if you risk losing a lot of money if they continue to smoke.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed promising results related to these financial benefits. The study involved 2,500 smokers who were enrolled in the program CVS Caremark.
The researchers found those who received financial incentives to stop has an outstanding record of success, at least after 12 months of trying.
The most successful programs is when the participants have the incentive of 150 USD at the beginning and promised an additional 650 USD if successfully quit smoking.
They also get access to a free counseling program and offered nicotine replacement therapy such as gum or patches. At the end of the study, there were 52.3 percent of participants successfully quit.
The next largest group gets 800 USD incentives and other resources. Only 17.1 percent were successful with greater incentives but no potential downside for the participants.
Only the most disciplined among us can quit without help. Studies show that only about 4-7 percent of smokers can do so without any additional help.
If you want to try this method, it is best to be prepared mentally first and really commit to stop. Also, get ready to withstand the symptoms of addiction.
The members in QuitSmokingCommunity.org suggest you drink water when the symptoms begin to appear.
Or, switch your attention to something else. For example, go for a walk or chatting with someone. Try to breathe deeply and slowly and think about your determination to quit. It will be difficult, but it will pass.
One other thing that can help is to ask for support. Let friends and family know that you are trying to quit smoking, so they can encourage you.
3. Invite a couple
It's special for couples smokers. Love can help you through a difficult phase quit smoking, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
There are nearly 50 percent of men can stop smoking if their partner also stopped. Compare premises only eight percent of success in men whose partner did not want to quit smoking.
4. nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Inhalers, nasal sprays, lozenges, gums and skin patches containing little nicotine in measurable quantities, is designed to help smokers overcome their addiction. Apparently, these tools can help.
A review of scientific literature that evaluated more than 150 different tests that examine these devices (with over 50,000 users) showed that smokers can quit their addiction if they are 50-70 percent more likely to use these tools.
There is no one method that seems to work better than others, also this device does not work better or worse if accompanied by counseling.
5. Prescription drugs
Talk to your doctor if you want to quit smoking with the help of medication. The medicine will be more successful if when used in conjunction with NRT.
In addition to drugs such as bupropion, there are also so-called varenicline, or better known by the brand name Chantix. These drugs work by targeting the nicotine receptors in the brain.
Several studies have shown, with the use of the drug, likelihood of success will increase two times higher than in the absence of drugs.
Something to remember
Quitting smoking is considered one of the most difficult health efforts do. American Cancer Society warns, "smoking cessation program, like other addictions program, often have a fairly low success rate."
But that does not mean the programs were not in vain or that you are forced to get discouraged. The important thing, keep trying until it works.
If you stop, your chances of getting lung cancer and various j