Kick The Habit: Tips To Help You Quit Smoking For 2014

Looking to kick that nicotine habit this year? Excellent New Year's resolution!

Surely we're not the first to tell you that smoking has significant effects on your beauty. From under eye bags, to early onset wrinkles, to yellowing teeth - there are many reasons to quit smoking. Did you know there are over 20 million women who smoke in the U.S.  Let's reduce that number this year! Check out the following quit tips that help ensure a smoker will be successful in their journey towards a smoke-free life, courtesy of

First and foremost, be prepared to deal with triggers. Often, smoking is tied in with other specific behaviors. Triggers like stress, social situations, driving or even a morning cup of coffee can fuel the desire to smoke. Recognizing what causes the urge to light up and being prepared to deal with cravings, is key to staying smoke-free. Here are few additional tips to keep in mind:

Reduce Stress.  For many people, stress is a trigger that causes a strong urge to smoke. Don't give into this urge! Take a mental break and do something you enjoy. Focus on your positive future as a nonsmoker to hlp you through.

Stay Hydrated. Drinking lots of water helps flush nicotine out of your system and will help you feel better overall.

Reward Yourself. Quitting is tough and it's a big deal when you resist the urge to smoke. So reward yourself each time you do. Whether it's a music download or a new magazine, giving yourself extra incentive to stay smoke-free can help you be successful.

Give Cravings a Minute. Cravings to smoke usually come in waves and eventually pass. If you can give it a minute, you can usually get through it. Using a smoking cessation aid such as a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can help reduce the urge to smoke when you are experiencing cravings.

Keep Your Hands Busy. Bend straws, play with paper clips or fiddle with a pencil. Look for new things to hold in your hands or take up a hobby that requires your hands to stay occupied, like playing the guitar.

Throw Out Your Cigarettes. Get rid of anything that reminds you of smoking. Make it dramatic and leave nothing behind.

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