Scripture to stop smoking

Bible verses about smoking

Many people ask questions such as is smoking a sin? Can Christians smoke cigarettes, cigars, and black and milds? There are no Scriptures that say thou shall not smoke, but smoking is sinful and I will explain why below. Not only is it sinful, but it is bad for you.

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Some people are going to make excuses. They will literately search the web to find out if it is a sin, then when they find out it is a sin they will say well pollution and gluttony is bad as well.

No one is denying that, but pointing out another sin like gluttony doesn’t make smoking any less sinful. Let’s learn more below.

Quotes

  • “Every time you light up a cigarette, you are saying that your life isn’t worth living. Quit smoking.”
  • “Rather than you smoking a cigarette, the cigarette is really smoking you.”
  • “Self harm isn’t just cutting.”

Smoking in no way honors God’s body. Your body is His and you are just borrowing it. In no way does smoking glorify God.

There are no benefits of smoking. Cigarettes don’t make you healthier they make you worse. They are dangerous. They are terrible for your health and they will harm your lungs.

I’ve seen people with their face deformed because of it. Some people have to smoke through a hole in their throat. Smoking has led to a loss of teeth and it has caused blindness. Nothing good comes from it.

1. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.

2. 1 Corinthians 3:16 -17 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

3. Romans 6:13 Do not present the parts of your body to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and present the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.

Check out two things in this first verse.

First, is it profitable in any way? No. Is it profitable for your health, your testimony, your family, your finances, etc. No, it’s not. Now the second part is that nicotine is very addictive. Everyone who is addicted to tobacco has been brought under the power of that addiction. Many people lie to themselves about this, but if you can’t stop then you are addicted.

4. 1 Corinthians 6:12  All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.

5. Romans 6:16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.

Smoking kills. It is the main cause of lung cancer. Many people consider smoking to be slow suicide. Slowly you are murdering yourself.

You might not be putting a gun to your head, but it will result in the same thing. Take a look at this first verse for a second. People desire, but do not have so they kill. Think about the main reasons why people smoke. One of them is peer pressure.

People desire to be loved. They desire to be accepted. They desire, but don’t have so they smoke with a group of bad friends and they slowly kill themselves. Look at the end of the verse. You don’t have because you do not ask God. They can get true love and contentment from the Lord, but they don’t ask the Lord.

They take matters into their own hands. Another reason that people smoke is stress. They desire to be stress free so they slowly kill themselves. God can give you a peace unlike any other, but they don’t ask.

6. James 4:2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.

7. Exodus 20:13 You shall not murder.

Can you honestly say that you are smoking for the glory of God?

8. 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Why die before your time? Longtime smokers can expect to lose about 10 years of life expectancy. Sometimes it is more than double this amount.

Is it really worth it in the end? It’s not that God ends people’s lives early. It’s that people’s lifestyle and sin ends their life earlier. We forget that obeying Scripture will protect us from a lot of things.

9. Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

10. Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

Will smoking cause others to stumble? The answer is yes.

There is a greater chance of a child smoking when he gets older if one of the parents in his household smokes. How would it look if we saw our pastor smoke after a sermon? It just wouldn’t look right. I would feel uneasy because something tells me that is not right. Smoking looks negative to even many unbelievers. Sometimes we have to stop things not only for ourselves, but for others.

11. Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

12. 1 Corinthians 8:9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

13. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Secondhand smoke can cause various diseases and even death.

If we love others we would not want to harm others. I want to add that you are not only harming them by the smoke they inhale. You are hurting them because they love you and no one wants to see someone they love kill themselves slowly.

14. Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

15. John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Why waste your money on meaningless things? Some people would save thousands if they would just quit smoking.

16. Isaiah 55:2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.

Smoking hurts all parents. No one wants to see their children smoking.

The same child that was in a mom’s womb forming. The same child that you watched grow up before your eyes. When a parent finds out that their child is smoking it will bring them to tears. They will be hurt. Now imagine how your heavenly Father feels? It hurts Him and it concerns Him.

17. Psalm 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

18. Psalm 139:17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

Am I going to Hell for smoking cigarettes?

You don’t go to Hell for smoking. You go to Hell for not repenting and trusting in Christ alone.

Many believers say I struggle with smoking, I am addicted is their hope for me? Yes, salvation has nothing to do with works. You’re not saved by what you do.

If you are saved it is by the blood of Jesus Christ alone. Jesus drank your Hell. Many Christians struggle with this and many have overcome this. The Holy Spirit is going to work to remove these things.

When you are saved by Christ you won’t want to do the things that displease Him. We must confess our sins and struggles daily and go to Him for strength to overcome.

19. 1 Peter 2:24  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

20. 1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Don’t say to yourself I’ll get help tomorrow, you already said that. Tomorrow turns into years. There might not be help tomorrow.

Stop today! Pray and ask the Lord to deliver you. Wrestle with the Lord in prayer day and night until He delivers you. Don’t give up. Sometimes you have to fast and cry out for God to change your life. God has given us power. Fall upon Christ. Allow God’s great love for you to drive you like it drove Christ. He knows the damage that smoking is doing. 

21. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

22. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.

23. 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Sometimes you have to go see a doctor or professional to break this bad habit. If that is what is required, then do it now. With God’s help you can remove this from your life.

24. Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

25. Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

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. Timothy Sherman is a Registered Nurse in Texas. He received his B.S. in Nursing from Wichita State University in 2012.

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Quitting smoking is a difficult and time consuming endeavor. It takes considerable willpower and a deep commitment to achieve your goal of being smoke-free. There are multiple strategies for breaking your addiction to smoking; however, there is no single way to quit and individual success rates will not be the same for everyone. Although ending your smoking habit will not happen instantly, you can make it a little less difficult by creating a plan and following through on it utilizing different methods to curb your guilty cravings.

Part 1 Quitting Smoking

  1. scripture to stop smoking Go cold turkey.

    This is the most common, and seemingly the easiest, method for quitting smoking because it requires no outside aid. You simply stop smoking and commit yourself to being smoke-free. While those who quit abruptly are more successful than those who quit gradually,

    quitting without the use of nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) is rarely successful — only three to five percent of people who quit cold turkey stick with it.

    If you choose to go without NRT, the success of going cold turkey will depend entirely on your willpower.

    • Those who are able to quit cold turkey may have a genetic advantage — 20 percent of people may have a genetic mutation that reduces the pleasurable effects of nicotine.
    • To increase your chances of success when quitting cold turkey, try to take up new activities to replace smoking (particularly something that will occupy your hands or mouth, like knitting or chewing sugarless gum); avoid situations and people that you associate with smoking; call a friend or a quitting hotline (such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW); set goals and reward yourself.
    • Consider having a backup strategy in case you are unable to go cold turkey.
    • This is the easiest strategy to implement, but the most difficult to carry out successfully.
  2. scripture to stop smoking Try nicotine replacement therapy.

    NRT is one of the most successful tools for treating smoking addiction, with a 20% success rate. By chewing gums, eating lozenges, or wearing patches, you get the nicotine their bodies crave while gradually lowering the dosage, eventually weaning them off nicotine. In the process, you will move away from addictive behavior and towards healthy activities.

    • You will be more likely to quit if you stop smoking at once and then begin using NRTs as opposed to gradually smoking fewer cigarettes and using NRTs. In one study, 22% of abrupt smokers remained abstinent after six months and only 15.5% of smokers who gradually cut back over two weeks remained abstinent after six months.
    • Nicotine gum, patches, lozenges are often available over-the-counter and can be found at your local drug store.
    • This strategy requires some financial investment for the purchasing of gum, patches, or lozenges.
    • Nicotine replacement therapy is less successful for people whose metabolisms quickly process nicotine. Chat with your physician about your metabolism and the nicotine replacement therapy.
  3. scripture to stop smoking Get medicine to help you quit.

    Your doctor can prescribe medications such as bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin) and varenicline (Chantix) that are designed to help curb your cravings. Talk with your physician about the side effects of these medications and whether they will work for you.

    • Bupropion has been shown to have a significant impact on the effectiveness of smoking cessation programs for individuals who metabolize nicotine quickly.
    • Check with your insurance company to make sure that these medications are covered by your prescription plan.
  4. scripture to stop smoking Go to counseling or therapy.

    Work with a counselor or therapist to address the underlying emotional issues that drive your smoking. This will help you figure out the emotional or situational triggers that push you to smoke. A mental health professional can also help you develop a long-term plan for addressing your addiction.

    • Check with your insurance provider to see whether counseling is covered by your health plan.
  5. scripture to stop smoking Explore alternative practices.

    There are a number of different alternative practices that can help you quit smoking. These range from herbal and mineral supplements to hypnosis and practices like meditation. Although some smokers have found success using these methods, there is limited scientific evidence supporting them.

    • Many smokers ingest Vitamin C candies and lozenges which they believe help curb their cravings.
    • Meditation can be a useful practice to help distract your mind for the desire to smoke.
  6. scripture to stop smoking Use a combination of strategies.

    Although you may find that one strategy on its own helps you quit, you may need to employ multiple strategies to remain smoke-free. Your initial strategy may be untenable and require you to utilize a backup, or you might find that it is easier to manage your cravings using two methods simultaneously.

    • Consult your physician to make sure that you are not combining medications in a way that may be unhealthy.
    • Consider using an alternative method with a more established strategy.

Part 2 Staying Smoke Free

  1. scripture to stop smoking Throw out all of your smoking paraphernalia.

    Remove anything from your work or home that is associated with smoking. This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, or any other smoking device. It is important to not have temptations in your personal space that may undermine your goal of not smoking.

    • Avoid smoking triggers like bars or other places where smoking is permitted.
    • Hang out with non-smokers.
  2. scripture to stop smoking Stay busy.

    Do things to distract you from smoking and take your mind off of your cravings. Start a new hobby or spend more time with your friends. Being physically active will reduce stress and restrain your cravings.

    • Keep your hands busy by playing with small objects like coins or paperclips, and keep your mouth busy by blowing through straws, chewing gum, or eating a healthy snack like carrot sticks.
    • Find activities to do with non-smokers.
    • Avoid activities that are triggers or where smoking will occur.
  3. scripture to stop smoking Reward yourself.

    Incentivize your good behavior by treating yourself to something you enjoy. It is likely that quitting smoking will make you feel sad, increasing your craving to smoke. Instead, try activating the pleasure centers of brain with a something that you enjoy. Eat one of your favorite foods or enjoy a hobby.

    • Be careful not to replace one addictive behavior with another.
    • Take the money you save by not smoking and use it to reward yourself, buying something nice, treating yourself to a movie or a nice dinner, or even saving long-term for a trip.
  4. scripture to stop smoking Stay positive and forgiving.

    Remember that quitting smoking is a difficult process and that it takes time. Take it one day at time and do not be overly harsh on yourself for giving in to your cravings. You are going to have setbacks in efforts to quit and it is important to remember that you are a part of the process.

    • Concentrate on staying smoke-free for short periods like a day or even a few hours. Thinking long-term about quitting (such as “I can never smoke again”) can be overwhelming and lead to anxiety that may trigger cravings.
    • Practice mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, that help you focus your mind on right now and the success you are having at the moment.
  5. scripture to stop smoking Ask for help.

    Quitting with the support of friends and family is a much easier task than doing it entirely on your own. Talk to others when you are struggling with your cravings and let them know how they can help you stay smoke-free. Quitting smoking does not have to be your burden alone.

    • Talk with your friends and family when you are putting together your plan for quitting. Their input may help you develop your strategy.

Part 3 Planning to Quit

  1. scripture to stop smoking Consider a long term approach.

    If your efforts to quickly quit smoking fail, you might want to try a long term approach that requires some planning and patience. Planning ahead can help you understand the obstacles associated with quitting and better form strategies that will overcome them.

    • Consult your doctor about creating a plan to quit smoking.
    • There are many websites and “quitlines” that can help you develop a plan.
  2. scripture to stop smoking Decide to quit smoking.

    Think about why you want to quit and what that means for you. Weigh the pros and cons of quitting and ask yourself if you are ready for the commitment. Talk with your friends and family about your decision.

    • What are the potential health risks of continued smoking?
    • What is the financial impact of your dependence on smoking?
    • What is the impact on your family and friends?
    • Write down a list of the reasons you want to quit so that you can reference it later when want to smoke.
  3. scripture to stop smoking Set a quit smoking date.

    Choose a date to quit and stick with it. Make it far enough in the future that you have to prepare but not so far that you lose interest — try giving yourself two weeks. A firm deadline for stopping will help you mentally prepare and give you a concrete timeline. Adhering to a strict regimen is essential to sticking with your plan and overcoming your dependency.

    • Avoid moving back your quit date. This will set a bad precedent and make it harder to adhere to future start dates.
  4. scripture to stop smoking Create a quit smoking plan.

    Research different strategies for quitting and consult with your doctor about the methods that might work best for you. Weigh the pros and cons of different strategies and how they might impact your life. Consider which methods you are realistically capable of adhering to.

    • Consider whether you want to quit cold turkey, use medication, or try a therapy. Each has its own pros and cons.
  5. scripture to stop smoking Prepare for your quit smoking date.

    Throw away any smoking paraphernalia that might trigger your addiction. Keep a log of your smoking activity leading up to your quit day, as this may help you identify the times you tend to smoke (such as right after a meal) and you can make sure you have NRTs, medications, or other strategies prepared for those times.

    • Get plenty of rest and avoid stressful situations if you can.
    • Although it may seem like a good idea to try starting other new healthy habits at the same time, they might cause you extra stress and undermine your efforts to quit smoking. Do one thing at a time.
  6. scripture to stop smoking

    Anticipate stress. Smoking cessation is a significant lifestyle change. With it comes anger, anxiety, depression, and frustration. Plan strategies to help you cope with these undesirable, yet expected, difficulties. Get supplies ready for yourself (medication, NRTs, phone numbers, etc.). See your doctor if these feelings last longer than a month.

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    Is chewing nicotine gum dangerous?

    It is not, unless you ingest more than the recommended dose. Follow the enclosed instructions sheets and your doctor’s medical advice. Report any adverse side effects to your health practitioner.

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    Is it normal to have headaches when I stop smoking?

    Yes, it is known to be a side effect. However, you should consult with your doctor if the headaches worsen or persist.

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    Is it normal for my mind to feel dull after I quit smoking?

    Yes, this is normal, but it should fade with time.

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    Is nicotine gum harmful?

    There are some long-term health effects (hair loss, hypertension, etc.), so it is recommended that you do not chew more than 24 pieces in a day, and you shouldn’t use it for more than three months.

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    How do I stop smoking instantly if my friends still smoke?

    It all comes down to your willpower. Quitting “instantly” might be too difficult of a goal, and if you try for that, you might get frustrated if you can’t achieve it. Try asking your friends to stop smoking around you. If they refuse, walk away from them when they’re smoking, or chew a piece of gum.

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    How do I stop smoking instantly, and how long does it take to stop having cravings?

    Physical cravings go away after 2 weeks, or less. After that, the cravings will be because of habit and mental ties. It’s going to be very tough. Have a plan for how you will deal with cravings, and you will be successful.

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    Why do my eyes turn red after smoking pot?

    The chemical present in the substance called cannabinoids cause your blood vessels to expand, making them look larger and more noticeable.

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    I feel tired when I try to stop smoking, and my concentration falters severely. How can I overcome these issues?

    What worked best for me was to go to bed earlier, and take naps if I could. The concentration will come back.

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    Is it normal to gain weight after I quit smoking?

    Yes. Smoking speeds up your metabolism to some extent, and when you quit smoking, your metabolism slows down. It will probably even out and your weight will plateau eventually. Remember, you’re doing the best thing for your health.

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The best way to stop smoking instantly is to quit cold turkey. See a counselor to help you work through your addiction, or get a doctor’s prescription for Wellbutrin or Chantix to reduce your cravings. Try nicotine replacement therapy if you would like to use gum, patches, or lozenges to help you quit smoking. For more advice from our Medical Reviewer on how to stay smoke free, including strategies to take your mind off of your cravings, read on!

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It is estimated that between 44 and 46 million people smoke and this is known as one of the most difficult habits to kick. Almost all smokers admit to trying to quit at least once without success, and many have attempted to quit two or more times.

There are things like nicotine patches and gum that are helpful for some people, but nixing the nicotine completely is preferred by most people trying to kick the habit.

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Thankfully, there are many different natural ways to stop smoking that you can try. These do not involve pumping more nicotine into your bloodstream and as an added bonus, these can be combined so you can use as many as necessary to kick the habit for good.

Make a Few Dietary Changes

Some foods make cigarettes taste horrible and others make them taste better. According to research performed at Duke University, coffee, alcohol and red meat all make cigarettes taste better. However, juice, vegetables, vinegar, especially sherry vinegar, fruit, and milk can make them taste bad, so loading up on these foods can be helpful when you are trying to quit. As an added bonus, they also promote optimal health.

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

In about 30 percent of cases, when someone feels like they are craving a cigarette, what they are craving is carbohydrates.

Grabbing a small sweet treat can satiate this, so you do not want a cigarette. Of course, you do not want to load up on sugar, but a small hard candy or a fun-size candy bar can do the trick with minimal calories.

Move Your Body

Your potential to quit is doubled when you work out regularly, according to Brown University research.

The type of exercise should be aerobic and performed at least five days a week. The exercise should be vigorous enough to hit at around 80 percent of your max heart rate.

Try Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a type of ancient martial arts that promotes fitness and relaxation.

A study performed at the University of Miami followed smokers for 12 weeks and had them do three one-hour sessions each week.(..)

At the end of the trial period, 60 percent had kicked the habit.

Ditch the Diet

Research shows that quitting smoking should be a focused priority and trying to diet and get in shape at the same time can thwart your efforts.(..)

Those who gain weight after quitting smoking only gain five to 10 pounds and this amount of weight can easily be lost in one to two months with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

It is best to place all of your efforts on kicking the habit because nicotine is an incredibly hard addiction to break.

Consider St. John’s Wort

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This natural herb is well-known to have effective antidepressant potential, and there are prescription antidepressants, such as Paxil and Chantix, that are prescribed to those trying to quit smoking.

This herb works similar to these drugs by inhibiting norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake.

Strength in Numbers

When it comes to quitting smoking and never going back, getting support from other smokers is proven to be helpful. All other addictive substances have support group therapy, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and these work.

There are support groups for those trying to quit smoking, but they are not as publicized. Many hospitals have this type of resource, so it is something to consider.

Doctor-Patient Relationship

Your doctor can be of more help than you realize and studies show that patients who actively get help from their doctor are more likely to be successful in quitting smoking.

Be honest about your struggles and let your doctor give you advice. Doctors understand how nicotine affects the brain and they can give you some tips on how to resist your cravings naturally.

Image Inspiration

While it sounds cliché, seeing images of what smoking can do to you can help to keep you motivated.

Post a photo of smoking-related skin aging or blackened lungs somewhere in your home that you see every morning.

This can help to stop you from lighting up, according to research from the UMDNJ School of Public Health.(..)

Twitter Quitter

The University of California, San Francisco, looked at the relationship between quitting smoking and Twitter and found that Twitter can be a helpful tool.

Getting peer-to-peer support on the popular social networking site helps people to stick to their quit date and resist the urge to go back to smoking. Twitter may also make you more accountable if you discuss quitting with your social media followers.

There’s an App for That

There are over 40 apps you can download and use to work toward quitting smoking. These apps give you some structure, record your achievements, track your progress and post your progress to social media.

This is a great way to keep yourself accountable and stay motivated by seeing how far you have come.

Hypnotize Your Habit

Hypnosis is commonly touted as an effective way to help people quit smoking, and for many people it is effective.

How many sessions it takes ultimately depends on the person, but many people notice an improvement in controlling their cravings after a single session.

Just make sure to choose a skilled practitioner for best results.

Ancient Art of Acupuncture

Acupuncture may help you to reduce your cravings. Research shows that this natural treatment may help to increase serotonin production, so you feel happy and satisfied without lighting up.(..)

On average, the quit rate is about 30 percent higher in those who have at least six acupuncture treatments.

Self-Massage Away Your Cravings

Many people smoke to keep their hands busy, so if you do this in another way that produces pleasure, you can squash your cravings in their tracks.

The University of Miami looked at those who performed a two-minute hand or ear massage when they were craving smoke. Those who performed this type of massage had a lower risk of giving into their cigarette cravings.(..)

Mindful Meditation

The act of meditation is relaxing, and it allows you to focus. The University of Wisconsin looked at longtime smokers and how group meditation sessions helped them to quit smoking.(..)

They found that after eight sessions, 56 percent of longtime smokers were able to quit. On average, you should listen to 45 minutes of meditative music and other audio each day.

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Ready to quit smoking? Every smoker has their own personal reasons for quitting. Here are some common ones. Think about what is most important to you.

Your Health

According to the Surgeon General, quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. Of course, it’s best to quit early in life, but even someone who quits later in life will improve their health.

Your Wallet

It’s expensive to smoke cigarettes. In some places, a pack of cigarettes costs more than $10—and prices keep rising. Even if a pack costs “only” $5 where you live, smoking one pack per day adds up to $1,825.00 each year.

Your Convenience

Smoking is a hassle. More and more states and cities have passed clean indoor air laws that make bars, restaurants, and other public places smokefree. Are you tired of having to go outside many times a day to have a cigarette? Is standing in the cold and the rain really worth having that cigarette? Wouldn’t it be easier if you could choose to go outside only when you want to and not when you need to?

Your Friends and Family

Cigarette smoke harms everyone who inhales it, not just the smoker. Whether you’re young or old and in good health or bad, secondhand smoke is dangerous and can make you sick. Children who live with smokers get more chest colds and ear infections, while babies born to mothers who smoke have an increased risk of premature delivery, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Both you and the people in your life will breathe easier when you quit. Ex-smokers don’t carry the scent of smoke on their clothes and hair, and their homes don’t smell like cigarettes. Better breathing can mean better sleep at your house: Not only are smokers more likely to snore, so are non-smokers who breathe secondhand smoke on a daily basis.

Your Quality of Life

Here are some ways being a nonsmoker may affect your life:

  • Because smoking interferes with your sense of taste, food tastes better when you quit.
  • Your sense of smell also improves, so get ready to really enjoy the scent of flowers or fresh-cut grass.
  • You’ll be able to make it through a long movie or an airplane flight without craving a cigarette.
  • Within a few weeks after quitting, your smoker’s cough will disappear and you’ll have more energy.
  • See how quickly your body responds to your decision to quit smoking on the benefits of quitting timeline.

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