Friday, December 28, 2007

Bad Thoughts Will Help You Stop Smoking

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If quitting smoking is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you’d better start thinking about bad memories.

Dr. Robin Mermelstein is a Chicago-based smoking cessation expert, who says that tools like the patch and nicotine gum are essential to quit smoking, but thinking negative thoughts about smoking will help you kick the habit quicker.

She explains, “If you focus on the pleasures of smoking, you’re going to have a harder time giving it up. Focus on what it’s like to be hassled as a smoker, on how much money you spend on smoking, and any bad experiences you had with smoking.”

But while negative thinking is a positive smoke-stopping step, Mermelstein says taking a holistic approach to quitting isn’t so smart.

Mermelstein says, “There’s proof that hypnosis, acupuncture, and herbal remedies don’t work. Why waste a good attempt at quitting by trying to do it that way?”

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