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: "Quit Smoking � 7 simple steps to stop smoking
by: Matthew James

Finding a way to quit smoking sometimes seems like the search for the Holy Grail. However, achieving your aim doesn�t have to be fraught with stress and difficulty. Here are seven simple steps that you can take to stop smoking. "

Quit Smoking

: "Quit Smoking � 7 simple steps to stop smoking
by: Matthew James

Finding a way to quit smoking sometimes seems like the search for the Holy Grail. However, achieving your aim doesn�t have to be fraught with stress and difficulty. Here are seven simple steps that you can take to stop smoking.

Step 1 � Overcoming cravings

Being a smoker is like using crutches for so long that you think the crutches are a part of you and your own legs waste away, but when you stand on you own two feet again, the strength soon returns.

When people smoke more than half of what they breathe is fresh air - pulled through the cigarette right down into the lungs. So if you feel any cravings you can instantly overcome them by taking three deep breaths. Whenever you do this you put more oxygen into your bloodstream. This means you can use deep breaths to change the way you feel instantly and give you power over the cravings.

Step 2 � Why do you want to quit smoking?

Next, think now of all the reasons you don't like smoking, why it's bad and why you want to stop. Write down the key words on a piece of paper. For example, you get short of breath, it's dirty and your clothes smell, your breath smells and it's expensive, inconvenient and so on. Then, on the other side of the paper, write down all the reasons why you'll feel good when you've succeeded in stopping. You'll feel healthier, your sense of taste and smell is enhanced, and your hair and clothes will smell fresher and so on. Whenever you need to, look at that piece of paper.

Step 3 � Re-programme your thoughts

Next, we are going to programme your mind to feel disgusted by cigarettes. I want you recall 4 times when you thought to yourself 'I've go"