So you’ve read all the books, picked up all the newsletters, gone to the meetings, and you still find yourself craving cigarettes after your coffee break in the morning, or during that three-hour board meeting when it seems there will be no end in sight. Or maybe you have quit before, and you’re looking for something more permanent — a fix that will really stick.
One of the best ways to quit smoking is to know you aren’t alone. Blogs by smokers who have quit and haven’t smoked a cigarette since can be an inspirational and informative way to deal with the symptoms of your nicotine withdrawal, and better cope with the unpleasant side effects of quitting.
Here are three blogs that will convince you to quit smoking.
1. Quit Smoking Forever (with Dr. Antonio Howell)
Nothing will get you to quit smoking like a fanatic who refuses to take no for an answer. Dr. Antonio Howell has been convincing his patients to quit smoking since his days in med school, and he isn’t about to stop now.
This blog is for all types: those who need the motivational articles, those who need the medical back-up that reminds them how bad nicotine and cigarettes are for their body, and people who just need general advice from a knowledgeable practitioner who wants you to succeed.
2. About.com Smoking Cessation
Run by a smoker of 26 years, Terry Martin, this blog is a community of quitters: if you need someone to hold you to it, and help you through it, this is the place to go.
Contribute your experiences to this community of bloggers, read up on symptoms and hardships, and remember that others have done it, and so can you.
3. Quit Smoking for Good Blog
This blog is run by a man who has quit three times — the third time for good. Rudy runs the blog as much for himself as for his audience, and it shows.
This blog is great for those who have quit before and are giving up hope, as well as for those who aren’t sure how committed they are to quitting. Rudy will change your mind, and you’ll be certain to follow him into a smoke-free future.
Other resources for quitters
Where else can you go? After reading up on some of these blogs, consider some alternative methods, like e-cigarettes, that may help ease you out of the habit of smoking. A number of products that will help aid your recovery can be found on the forums mentioned above.