Do you continue to smoke cigarettes despite the negative effects it has on your body? Do you want to quit, but aren’t sure how to start and are worried about failing?
If so, you’re not alone. About 70 percent of smokers want to quit, but only about 6 percent succeed.
The reasons some people succeed in quitting smoking and others don’t is not entirely clear. However, one thing that’s for sure is that many people who do succeed in quitting find a healthy alternative to replace the “fix” they got from smoking cigarettes.
What are these healthy alternatives?
Read on to discover 4 healthy alternatives that may help you quit smoking.
Vaping culture has exploded over the past few years, and for a good reason. Many people find that vaping is an excellent alternative to smoking.
With vaping, you still get to go through all the motions of smoking, just without all the harmful side effects that come from inhaling toxic chemicals.
Plus, e-liquid juices contain nicotine, so you can still get your nicotine fix if you need it. And, you can select your e-liquids according to how much nicotine you would like to vape.
If you want to avoid nicotine altogether, you can also vape CBD oil. CBD oil can help you relax and forget about your nicotine cravings.
Many people are wary of vaping because they think it is an incredibly expensive habit. But the truth is, vapor prices are very affordable.
Acupuncture is one of the most common therapies people use to quit smoking.
Acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles on various points around your body for a duration of about 20 minutes. In order to help stave off cravings in-between sessions, acupuncturists tape two extremely tiny balls to their patients’ ears. When a craving hit, patients are instructed to press gently against these tiny balls in order to activate the acupuncture points and eliminate their cravings.
One study, conducted over an 8-month period, looked at a group of 46 men and women. During this study, the test group received regular acupuncture treatments whereas the control group did not.
The test groups’ average cigarette consumption went down, and they also reported that they had less desire to smoke cigarettes and that cigarettes tasted worse.
When most people think of hypnotherapy, they think of sitting in front of someone who is waving a pendulum in front of their face telling them, “You’re getting very sleepy”.
But, hypnotherapy has evolved to be a lot more than this.
Although the studies of hypnotherapy and quitting smoking are inconclusive, some do find this to be a healthy alternative to quit smoking.
During a hypnotherapy session, a hypnotherapist will work to either help lessen your desire to smoke or to increase your motivation to stick to your stop smoking program.
4. Snacking on Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
Some people find that their desire to smoke comes from their desire to do something with their mouths.
If you believe you are one of these people, you should try snacking to replace your cigarette consumption. Keeping your mouth occupied with a crunchy snack may fill the same desire that smoking a cigarette does.
Of course, if you snack every time you get a cigarette craving, you could end up gaining a lot of weight. That is why we suggest snacking on healthy foods, such as fruits and veggies.
Have you tried any of these healthy alternatives to help you quit smoking? Let us know in the comments below!