Giving Up Smoking: 5 Methods to Avoid

There are plenty of reasons to give up smoking and, just as anything with anything else in life, when it comes to getting over cigarettes, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Here’s a look at some of the methods that, though popular, are best avoided.


Kicking an addiction takes both discipline and resolve. This is why people find it so hard to give up smoking; they lack the will power to make it happen. They find their determination overwhelmed by their dependence.

Whilst hypnosis is a powerful tool, it isn’t mind control (thank, goodness!) and cannot be used to make you do something that, even when you’re consciously trying to achieve it, you don’t have the will power for. Therefore, it’s little surprise that there is no solid scientific evidence that suggests hypnosis is a useful aid to kicking nicotine addiction.

The maxim goes; ‘if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is’. With that expression in mind, doesn’t the idea of somebody snapping their fingers and taking your cravings away sound a little too wonderful?

Gradual Reduction

The thinking behind this is understandable. If you can just half the number of cigarettes you smoke in a month, then half it again the next month, and so on, you’ll gradually get to a point where quitting altogether will be easy.

However, anybody familiar with the paradoxes of the Greek philosopher, Zeno (or anybody who isn’t for that matter) can tell you that even if you halved the amount you smoked in a day, everyday for the rest of your life, you’d still die a smoker. By taking a gradual approach you are just delaying the inevitable time when you’ll have to face the difficulty of going without.

Aversive Smoking

It’s common for people to have such a horrible experience when over-indulging in a certain alcoholic drink that they find the thought of it disgusting forever after and consequently baulk at the just thought of even sipping it again.

Some people have been known to try and quit smoking by putting themselves through a similar process of mental conditioning. That’s to say, they smoke excessively in attempt to make themselves so incredibly ill that they won’t even be able to look at a cigarette again. Needless to say, this is ridiculous way to attempt quitting and will expose you to the risk of a potentially lethal nicotine overdose.


Though it may help some people relax more during withdrawal, there’s no hard evidence showing that this practice is at all helpful when it comes to giving up smoking.

Electronic Cigarettes

These devices are still the subject of much debate in the medical world, and there are many concerns over their safety. Whilst much is still unclear, one thing is certain; inhaling nicotine through an electronic cigarette as opposed to a traditional cigarette will simply feed your addiction. Aside from any risks they may pose in of themselves, the fact that you’ll still crave nicotine means that the chances of you lighting up a regular cigarette will remain high anyway.

Will Sly writes a wide range of medical issues, from huge topics such as overcoming addiction, to more day to day matters like finding local health services.

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