Cigarettes are much less appealing when your brain links them to a foul scent (rotten fish, perhaps?), according to a 2014 study. The study also suggests that the behavioral change in the brain can begin to occur when you're sleeping.
A study published in the journal The Lancet found that smokers who used a cessation program called "txt2stop" were twice as likely to quit after six months than those who tried to quit on their own. The program sent encouraging messages to those who are trying to kick the habit.
Running on the treadmill isn't the only way to get that beneficial exercise in. Research shows that smokers who engaged in a 12-week weightlifting program along with cessation treatment were twice as likely to quit than those who didn't pick up the dumbbells, Shape magazine reported.
10. Try Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
The therapy, which could just about double your chance of quitting, offers several ways to deliver nicotine to your system in order to reduce withdrawals. Nicotine patches, chewing gum, and inhalers are all part of NRT.
11. Consider your pets.
Next time you go to purchase a pack, think of your furry friends. As Ed Sayres, former president of the ASPCA, points out that you're jeopardizing your pets' lives just as much as your own. Research shows that smoking around cats can increase the likelihood they'll get feline lymphoma cancer, and dogs are more at risk for nasal and lung cancer when living with a smoker.
According to Everyday Health, as many as 9 out of 10 smokers have kicked the habit by cutting it out of their lives altogether. The withdrawl symptoms will be more prevalent, but they may last for a shorter period of time,