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Tried to Quit Before? …

… here’s some advice to try again.

This article is written by Heath Dingwell, Ph.D.

Dingwell is the author of The Easiest Way to Stop Smoking: Finding the Way That Works Best For You, published by Turner Publishing in 2011.

If First You Don’t Succeed…

The saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” That’s easier said than done.

No one likes to fail, let alone repeatedly fail. And it’s especially hard to overcome an obstacle that is addicting, such as smoking.

However, it is worth noting that approximately 70 percent of smokers want to quit each year. Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that in 2007 approximately 40 percent of all smokers were able to stop for at least one day. Unfortunately the CDC does not indicate how long people were able to stop or completely quit.

Increasing Your Odds

Most smoking cessation approaches, such as using medications, only have about a 50 percent success rate. By this I mean that after one year only 50 percent of people are still smoke-free.

Those numbers vary a lot because of all the different cessation aids that are available. That doesn’t sound very encouraging.

However, there are steps people can take to help increase their chances for success.

First, if you’ve tried quitting before, evaluate what you did and try to identify what caused you to smoke again. This doesn’t have to be elaborate – you’re not looking for some deeply insightful revelations here.

Once you identify what went wrong, look at other ways to stop smoking. If you tried one medication to stop smoking and it didn’t work, ask your doctor about other alternatives. There are several medications that can be used. Each works differently and there’s no evidence that if one didn’t work then others won’t either.

Cessation Aids

Did you try using a cessation aid, such as the patch, gum or lozenge?

If not, that’s another option. Even if you did, it is worth considering again. Using these along with other treatments can boost your success rate.

You can even use a combination of the patch, gum or lozenge. Some people wear a patch and then use the gum or lozenge when cravings strike.

Get Support to Stop Smoking

You should call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for advice and suggestions.

Every state has a dedicated phone number to help people quit smoking. The 1-800 number above is automatically routed to your state’s number. Quitlines can provide information and resources to help you quit.

People have successfully used meditation, visualization and acupuncture to stop smoking. These techniques can make a huge difference, especially if you believe in them.

If you tried quitting “cold turkey” and it didn’t work, well don’t worry. Although it works for some people, most people who try this method aren’t successful. I know a few people who quit this way – the one feature they had was an insane level of will power. It’s not shameful if someone can’t quit this way – if it were easy then there’d be no need for cessation aids or medications.

Focusing on Goals & Your Reasons for Quitting

Regardless of the method or methods you use, it is important to write down a list of goals and reasons for quitting.

  • Do you want to be smoke-free in a month, two months or three months?
  • Do you want to quit to save money?
  • Be healthier?
  • Live longer?
  • Set a good example for family or friends?

Be specific and list everything. Write it down and put it somewhere you can see for reasons for stopping smoking every day.

Writing down this information is a big psychological motivator – it helps get you in the right frame of mind.

Looking at your list, even if it’s only for a few seconds a day, helps to reinforce your motivation.

Remember – quitting isn’t easy. There is no one right way to do it. At some point almost everyone stumbles. But, it is so important to acknowledge what happened when you tried, and then move forward. Ultimately you can and will get there.

It’s not a race …. It’s a journey to healthier living!

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Quit Smoking Right Now: Help Stop Smoking Program has 90% Success Rate

If you’re one of the 1.2 billion people still smoking (or someone you love is still smoking) you may be interested in the Quit Smoking Right Now program.

This quitting smoking program, created by author and internet entrepreneur Rick Beneteau, claims an amazing 90% success rate.

Beneteau states the 10% of people who do not successfully kick the nasty smoking habit is due to the fact they have not followed the steps as outlined in his program.

A 90% success rate is pretty impressive and warrants thorough investigation for anyone who’s serious about quitting smoking. This is a program to consider.

The Birth of Quit Smoking Right Now

Quit Smoking Right Now ProgramQuit Smoking Right Now came about after Rick Beneteau himself was battling a deadly smoking habit.

He tells his story on his web site, but in brief he’d tried multiple times to kick his 30+ year smoking habit with no success.

Motivated by his young daughter and pushed by fate Beneteau found himself face to face with Rick Sanura a NLP (neuro-linguistic practitioner) with a program for quitting smoking.

Beneteau began the program with Sanura and to his amazement quit smoking.

The two then collaborated to create the program they now offer to you; Quit Smoking Right Now.

How is Beneteau’s Program Different from Other Stop Smoking Programs?

The premise of Quit Smoking Right Now is that your mind is what convinced you to start smoking and ultimately your mind is the key to quitting smoking for good.

Not only will you quit smoking but you’ll accomplish it without nasty nicotine withdrawals or the use of nicotine replacement aids. Both of these are so common with many programs to stop smoking.

Once you re-program your mind through the techniques you’ll learn in Quit Smoking Right Now you’ll not only successfully quit smoking, you’ll never even be tempted to return to the nasty, life robbing habit even in times of extreme stress.

This program can be used successfully for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and pipe smoking.

What Do You Get When You Order?

With your $197.00 order of Quit Smoking Right Now you receive 3 downloadable audio or written files “Quit Smoking Right Now” to listen to or read plus a bonus of 3 audio files “Make Everyday a Great Day” to help you experience personal growth in any area of your life. You also have access to online support and telephone support along with a 30 day email subscription to “Pearls of Success.”

This program offers 100% money back guarantee if you don’t successfully quit smoking after following the specific steps outlined in the program.

Quit Smoking Right Now claims you will kick the habit after just three hours of listening to and following the steps outlined in this program.

Will it Work for You?

Cigarette Chemicals not Allowed in LandfillsThere are numerous testimonials from ex-smokers with heavy smoking habits on the Quit Smoking Right Now website.

Their claims are that this program did work successfully for them, where all others attempts to quit had failed. (If you order this program please stop back by and leave your comments of your results.)

Beneteau’s own personal experience tells the same story. Although this program costs more than most stop smoking programs it offers more support than most others do.

If you do smoke or love someone that still smokes learn more about this program and maybe you too can soon call yourself an ‘ex-smoker.’

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Free Nicotine Patches Plus Phone Counseling Prompts More Smokers to Quit

Portland, Oregon, Nov. 30

Smoking cessation rates doubled when quit-line callers were given free nicotine patches in addition to counseling, researchers found.

Calls to a smoking cessation hotline increased 112% when, in addition to a 30-minute telephone counseling session, callers were given a two-week supply of transdermal nicotine patches, said Jeffrey Fellows, Ph.D., of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research here, and colleagues.

Quit rates also improved from 8.2% with counseling alone to 15.7% with the patches plus counseling, they reported in a December supplement to the journal Tobacco Control.

In a separate randomized trial, more than 21% of smokers quit when they received intensive counseling plus nicotine patches, versus 11.7% among smokers who received a single brief counseling session and no patches.

Portland, OregonDr. Fellows noted that offering free nicotine replacement ultimately reduces the “average cost per quit.” In the first program, he said, the total one-year cost for counseling alone was $1.97 million versus $2.25 million when the patch giveaway was added. However, the addition of patches quadrupled the number of smokers who quit, so the cost per quit was $1,050 with the patch giveaway compared with $3,778 without it.

More than 2,100 smokers in the first program quit with the patches during the yearlong analysis; only 527 had quit with counseling alone the previous year. Quitting was defined as at least 30 days of tobacco abstinence at a six-month follow-up interview.

Another factor that may have contributed to the difference was free publicity surrounding the patch giveaway, raising awareness of the smoking quit-line service, the authors said.

“Given persistent resource limitations, state tobacco control program managers should consider reallocating portions of their media promotion budget to cover medications,” they said.

The second program, a prospective parallel-group trial in which some 4,600 quit-line callers were assigned randomly to six levels of service, showed similar effectiveness for patch giveaways.

The services included: brief counseling (one 15-minute call) with or without nicotine patches, moderate counseling (one 30-minute call and one follow-up call) with or without patches, or intensive counseling (one 30-minute call and four follow-up calls) with or without patches.

Subjects were contacted after one year to determine the results. As in the first study, if they had not used tobacco in the last 30 days, they were determined to have quit successfully.

They were also asked at follow-up to rate the quit-line service. Among those who received intensive counseling plus patches, 92.5% said they were satisfied, compared with 53.9% of those assigned to brief counseling alone.

As in the first study, the more intensive services were more cost-effective despite the greater expense per caller. Brief counseling alone cost $67 per caller versus $268 for intensive counseling plus nicotine patches. Relative to brief counseling alone, the costs for each additional quit in the other levels of service were similar, with a cost of $1,912 for moderate counseling and no patches and $2,112 per incremental quit for intensive counseling plus patches.

Although GlaxoSmithKline supplied patches without charge, the researchers included the usual price of patches in their cost calculations.

“Policymakers for state quit-lines might choose to offer only brief counseling with no [nicotine replacement therapy] because the cost per caller is lower,” said Jack Hollis, Ph.D., of Kaiser and lead author of the second study.

“However,” he said, “our results suggest that higher quit rates, greater client satisfaction, and the potential to attract more smokers to quit-lines more than offset the modest additional costs. Heavily addicted smokers, who have the highest health care costs over time, may benefit even more from intensive counseling and medication.”

All U.S. states have quit-line services, ranging from a single telephone session to counseling with multiple follow-up calls and nicotine replacement therapy.
The first study was supported by the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program and the CDC.The second study was supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. GlaxoSmithKline provided the nicotine patches. Drs. Fellows and Hollis reported no conflicts of interest. Their co-authors included employees of Free & Clear Inc., the company providing the quit-line service in Oregon.

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Primary source: Tobacco Control