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Drug Addition

If you smoke, you, like most smokers, intend to quit (someday). By now, pretty well every smoker is aware of the health risks of smoking. Knowing the statistics doesn’t make it any easier to stop smoking, or most smokers would have stopped already. The best way to quit is never to start, but while it is important to educate and assist young people to remain non-smokers, it doesn’t help you if you are already hooked on tobacco.
There is no 100% effective method to quit smoking. This doesn’t mean that it is useless to try, and in fact many former smokers quit several times before it was for good. However, what works for one potential non-smoker may not work at all for the next.
There are two aspects to quitting smoking: breaking the physical addiction, and dealing with the psychological aspects. The first step is wanting to quit. The second step is examining what tobacco means to you, and why you use it. It may mean a chance to take a break. Often there is the social component of gathering with other smokers to talk. There is the physical effect of the nicotine. Some smoke because they believe it keeps their weight down. Smoking becomes a habit. Whatever your reasons, it is important to recognise what you are getting out of tobacco, in a positive sense. Then you are able to begin dealing not only with the physical addiction, but with the psychological needs which you have been using tobacco to fill. Replace old habits with new ones. For example, take a walk instead of a smoke break, socialise more with your non-smoking friends, eat a piece of fruit, or start a journal.
Homeopathic desensitisation may also assist in decreasing the physical addiction. Various detoxification treatments including botanical medicines, vitamins, exercise, and hydrotherapy (water based treatments) can also assist you with clearing the accumulated nicotine and tobacco breakdown products from your body more quickly and allow you to adjust more easily to quitting.
Regardless of when or even if you quit smoking, all smokers share a responsibility not to subject others to their addiction. In particular, the health risks to children exposed to second hand smoke are very well known, and often very serious. If you don’t want to stop smoking yourself, in many ways that is an individual decision, made by an informed adult, but do not expose others to the risks of smoking without their consent.