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Tips to Quit Smoking

Kristen Wants to Quit Smoking, Do It Too!

Kristen Stewart made the first step in kicking her cigarette habit — admitting to Entertainment Weekly that she's ready to give it up, saying, "I'm going to stop smoking. I'm not such a good smoker, anyway. It's not in my bones. I'm gonna drop it." More power to the gorgeous Twilight star, and here's hoping she sticks with it. Now, if you're out to ditch your own smoking habit, read on to kick-start your plan to quit.

  • Get Support — If you're ready to quit, whether or not you have friends that are smokers, make your decision known. Spreading the word that you're quitting will let your friends and family know that you'll need support. If you're having a tough day, reach out to friends. Instead of caving for a cigarette break, invite a friend for a long walk, a movie, or a workout class. Having the support of your loved ones who back your decision to quit will help give you a united front against your bad habit.
  • Don't Underestimate the Power of the Patch (or Gum) — Forms of nicotine replacement therapy have been shown to double your chances of quitting smoking, and can help you fight the urge to light up when you're facing nicotine withdrawal, reducing your feelings of depression and restlessness.
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  • Find Another Way to Relieve Stress — Since smoking can often be a way to unwind, you'll have to find a healthier outlet to relieve stress. Combat stress with an alternative that's good for the body like a yoga class, soothing massage, or aromatherapy. Natural herbal supplements like lavender, valerian, and passionflower can aid with feelings of anxiousness and help ease tension. Short bouts of exercise can help relieve cravings, too.
  • Don't Drink — Alcohol and smoking are social activities that seem to go hand in hand. Plus, since alcohol naturally lowers our inhibitions, it can be harder to resist the temptation of a smoke when you're out drinking. So, when you're trying to quit, it's probably best to avoid the bar scene altogether.
  • Get Your Fill of Fruits and Veggies — Since many smokers fear gaining weight when they quit, many choose to diet while they're trying to give it up. But it's not a great idea to limit your food intake or choices, which can leave you feeling even more irritable while you're working to quit. Instead, think of quitting in a healthier way — focus on how eliminating the toxins from cigarettes will help to purify your body, and choose healthy fruits and veggies to fill you up. You might even try juicing your servings of fruit and vegetables. The nutrient-rich juice can help to curb cravings and can even help flush toxins from the body.
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    flash80 flash80 6 years
    I'm on week 7, used champix (chantix in US). Worked great, but could only take for 4 weeks cause I had too many side effects.
    Pampire Pampire 6 years
    I think its a good thing for her to make that decision especially for her health but also because she is a role model to young teens. Good for her! Hopes she follows through with it, its a very hard thing to do, I know because I've quit three times over the past thirteen years but have always started back! :(
    goddessru goddessru 6 years
    "gorgeous"? Really??? Hahaha, yea right
    chloelouise93 chloelouise93 6 years
    I've just read all the comments and well done! Kristen needs to get Rob to stop smoking too or he'll make her slip up. I've never smoked and never will. Don't try it and you won't get addicted!
    chloelouise93 chloelouise93 6 years
    I've just read all the comments and well done!Kristen needs to get Rob to stop smoking too or he'll make her slip up.I've never smoked and never will.Don't try it and you won't get addicted!
    CashBunny CashBunny 6 years
    I know exactly what she's talking about.
    sweetrae80 sweetrae80 6 years
    Congrats briandiesel! It's rough not smoking especially since my husband still smokes but you're right about the cost. They are soooo expensive. I have an extra 20 or so bucks a week now.
    Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
    I quit in July too! I had smoked off and on since 7th grade (terrible, I know) and quit right after high school. Then after college I started again. Just got tired of spending SO much money and stinking and the start of the little lines on my face.. I quit cold turkey. Told myself that they didn't sell them in the new area I lived in and that it was honestly too expensive to do it. Helped me to realize I could go out to dinner 3 times or buy cigarettes.
    Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
    I quit in July too! I had smoked off and on since 7th grade (terrible, I know) and quit right after high school. Then after college I started again. Just got tired of spending SO much money and stinking and the start of the little lines on my face.. I quit cold turkey. Told myself that they didn't sell them in the new area I lived in and that it was honestly too expensive to do it. Helped me to realize I could go out to dinner 3 times or buy cigarettes.
    sweetrae80 sweetrae80 6 years
    I quit smoking in July after smoking for the past 10 years. I finally admitted to myself that I was a smoker because for so many years I never really considered myself to be a smoker. I couldn't live with that fact and quit cold turkey, and like you, natasha, I have tried to use exercise as my "replacement." Don't discount gum either! It is really helping for easing the oral fixation. I have also found that smoking increases stress rather than alleviating it. I have gained a few lbs since quitting, but I don't care. You can't do it all at once. If someone points it out to me I'll be like, so what, I quit smoking, and I'm proud of myself.
    natasha1970 natasha1970 6 years
    I started smoking at age 13 and I kicked the habit earlier this year "cold turkey" and picked up exercise as my new habit. I feel so much better for dropping the habit as I can now manage all sorts of cardio routines which I could never do when I was smoking...Kicking the habit of smoking is the best favour anyone could do for themself!
    ayuninur ayuninur 6 years
    i already did
    ayuninur ayuninur 6 years
    i already did
    sundaygreen sundaygreen 6 years
    I understand what she means, for some people smoking just comes naturally & they love it - for others it's a habit they've picked up from social situations. I'm one of the latter, and don't crave cigarettes the way "real" pack-a-day smokers do. I'm still working on not smoking when i drink (my only weakness) and have cut down to maybe a couple of cigarettes a month. Go me!
    sundaygreen sundaygreen 6 years
    I understand what she means, for some people smoking just comes naturally & they love it - for others it's a habit they've picked up from social situations.I'm one of the latter, and don't crave cigarettes the way "real" pack-a-day smokers do. I'm still working on not smoking when i drink (my only weakness) and have cut down to maybe a couple of cigarettes a month. Go me!
    LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
    How can you not be a good smoker? Whatever, lady.
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