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quit smokingQuitting smoking will change your life and could potentially save it too. Unfortunately it’s easier said than done. Cigarettes are highly addictive, which is why quitting tends to involve a process rather than just suddenly stopping. The majority of smokers express a desire to quit, but when it comes to actually putting their money where their mouth is things change.

There are some effective methods for quitting smoking, such as hypnotherapy – which worked for my own father – but they’re not right for everyone. Some people need the slow, subtle approach with lots of support and lots of guidance. Which is where the Web comes into its own, offering smokers ample resources to help them quit smoking.

Below are five websites which may help; by educating, informing, and supporting.

Smoking-Facts

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We start with a website that deals exclusively in facts. This is the first stop on our tour simply because educating yourselves about cigarettes and the health issues they cause is a good first step to take when preparing to quit.

Some of the information on smoking-facts.net is cold, hard facts that smokers will struggle to ignore. When you’re addicted to something you really don’t want to hear how your addiction is slowly killing you, or what the tobacco companies themselves think of their product.

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Don’t Miss: The section titled Second Hand Smoking Facts – if you can’t quit smoking for yourself then quit for the sake of someone else.

HelpGuide: Smoking Cessation

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Helpguide is a non-profit organization offering help and advice on a range of different subjects. This is its section on smoking cessation, or quitting smoking. It offers a concise, easily-digestible guide to the very basics involved in beating the addiction.

It begins by detailing the possible reasons behind your need to smoke, and then offers a simple plan to start you on the road to quitting. There are helpful tips to help you deal with the process, as long as brief descriptions of alternative methods for quitting, such as acupuncture and behavior therapy.

Don’t Miss: The Related Articles section at the bottom of the page, which links to Helpguide pages for stress management and relaxation techniques.

Why Quit?

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Why Quit? It’s the short, direct, and to-the-point question that all smokers must ask themselves before they set off on the journey. The website that lives on this domain aims to answer that question head-on for those planning to quit smoking cold turkey. Which is perhaps the toughest route to take.

The site – which looks a little dated but contains more than enough information to justify its inclusion – is divided into three sections: Motivation, Education, and Support. The first will give you reasons to stop, the second will answer any questions you may have, and the third will guide you after you have taken your last drag.

Don’t Miss: The stories of individuals who have died before their time through smoking-related illnesses. Just one of these may act as an emotional wake-up call to quit.

Quit Smoking Message Board

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After educating yourself about smoking and motivating yourself to at least have a go at quitting, support is absolutely essential. People who try and quit without support from family and friends will struggle. And the Web can also be a source of support, with strangers offering advice, guidance, and words of encouragement just when you need them most.

The Quit Smoking Message Board is one such source of support, with members who have already quit, who are in the process or quitting, or who want to quit there as a shoulder to lean on. Beating any addiction is much easier when attempted in a group, and here is your way of finding a group of ex- or soon-to-be ex-smokers.

Don’t Miss: The Frequently-Asked Quit Smoking Questions section for a shortcut to the most relevant information previous visitors to this forum have sought.

Wikipedia: Smoking Cessation

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While everyone is no doubt aware of Wikipedia’s usefulness as a means of finding out basic information on people, places, and subjects, its usefulness as a legitimate resource for good is often overlooked. Wrongly, in my opinion, as the entry for Smoking Cessation demonstrates.

This Wikipedia page offers a broad range of information presented in a plain and simple way unfettered by opinion or personal accounts. We get a rundown of the various methods that can be used to quit smoking, a look at the comparative success rates and reasons for failure, and statistical analyses of smoking as a whole.

Don’t Miss: The Health Benefits listed as a timeline – within 20 minutes blood pressure and heart rate decrease, while within one year the risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half.

Conclusions

The one thing I can’t do is promise that these websites will lead to you quit smoking. In order to quit smoking you have to want to give up, whether for monetary or health reasons, or, as it usually the case, a mixture of the two. Visiting these websites is the start of a potentially lengthy process, one which could lead to you quitting smoking for ever. But it’s still up to you to make the decision and to follow it through to its conclusion.

Let us know if these websites help you at all, or if you know of any other websites, apps, or resources that have helped you or someone you know quit smoking for good. While those who have given up should avoid being too preachy about kicking the habit, they can at least point smokers who haven’t yet managed to quit in the right direction. Gently.

Saikat previously wrote about 10 Websites To Help You Kick Your Smoking Addiction (and Improve Your Health) 10 Websites To Help You Kick Your Smoking Addiction (and Improve Your Health) 10 Websites To Help You Kick Your Smoking Addiction (and Improve Your Health) Read More .

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  1. Scott Stevens
    October 11, 2015 at 7:05 am

    This list is a little outdated dont you think? There are awesome new websites that are alot more 2015 than this list.

    Check out http://quitza.com for example - its a social network / support group / quit guide for people quitting smoking. Its a very supportive and inclusive community. Perhaps update the article a little?

  2. Richard Hennessy
    November 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Stopping smoking can be fantastic when you pull it off but only about 5 to 10% of people succeed using will power and nicotine replacement therapy. The reason for this is that it is done consciously. You "try to quit".
    Your article didn't mention the unconscious techniques of stopping smoking like hypnotherapy. When you change how you think and feel about something it is possible to change effortlessly.

  3. Marti
    September 22, 2012 at 3:43 am

    try want2stopsmoking.com

  4. Peter
    August 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I'm still trying to quit... for the third time.. I hope this will be my last try!
    Check this list of android apps i use and that helps to quit smoking :

    http://www.appsta.com/toolboxes/quit-smoking-with-android-apps

    i hope it will help some android users.

  5. Kaashif Haja
    August 19, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I don't smoke.
    Maybe, i can share this to some of my friends who smoke!
    I wish they Quit soon!

  6. IcyNDicey
    August 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    That WhyQuit site blows...no pun intended. I don't take no smoking advice from people who have never gone through no smoking withdrawals themselves. Especially ones who come off as arrogant little know it alls. I quit on my own 9 months a go! Best advice I can give to anyone ceasing is...Don't fight it, because what you resist will persist. The more you fight the urge, the more power you give the nicotine addiction. Also...if you slip, don't beat yourself up. We live in an imperfect world filled with LOTS of stress, turmoil and judgments. Last thing you want to do is stress and judge yourself. Also one more thing...don't "reward" yourself for not smoking. It's not a big deal quitting! You shouldn't be smoking in the first place, because it's not natural and you know it instinctively.

    So what are you doing rewarding yourself with chocolate cake?

  7. tarzan2001
    August 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Great resources! Smoking is a curse on our society! Congrats to all that have successfully quit, and best of luck to those that are on their way! Your body will thank you! :)

  8. H G
    August 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

    As a former smoker, I think these articles may help. But what realy results it is the smoker has to have a very strong reason to quit smoking. And stop on a moment to another. For me it was what worked!

    • Dave Parrack
      August 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      All smokers have a strong reason to give up: the fact that it's a habit slowly killing you. But those who don't want to quit ignore that. I'm glad you got past the addiction :)

  9. Christopher Reilly
    August 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    These are a few great pages that helped me quit but there is also a great app for Android, (I guess it might be on IPhone too but I didn't look into it) called quit now. It gives various achievements and goals to aim for whilst also giving updates on the overall improvements of your health. I found that this helped a lot for me. Good luck

  10. Vampie C.
    August 7, 2012 at 7:02 am

    It is known that you can only quit smoking if you really want it and if you get support from your surroundings.

    Then I think the method doesn't matter.

    Just my 2c

    • Tina
      August 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Agreed. And this is true for everything you want to achieve. If you don't really want it, you are more likely to fail when it gets tough.

  11. tutorearth
    August 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Seems people are promoting smoking in their comments rather than quieting what do you say ?

  12. tutorearth
    August 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Seems people are promoting smoking in their comments rather than quieting what do you say ?

    • Dave Parrack
      August 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      I wouldn't say that at all. Most people are eager to quit and thankful for the help.

  13. Taiwai Cheng
    August 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Iam not a smoker, but I use "SNUS" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snus
    Do you think this will work out for me?

    • Dave Parrack
      August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      It's the same principle as you're addicted to a substance.

  14. LeviTashun
    August 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    What about electronic cigarettes?

  15. ryan
    August 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Lol, I read the heading and wondered why would they be trying to convince people to smoke together.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Ha, good point. It was merely a short, catchy title :)

  16. Eric
    August 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for a great article. I've been a lifetime smoker - approximately thirty-five years.

    I really do want to quit. Maybe these sites will help.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      I have my fingers crossed for you, Eric. Wanting to quit is the first step :)

  17. Steven Kim
    August 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    This is some welcome info to those with the habit!

  18. Muhammad Ahmad
    August 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I really appreciate Dave Parrack effort towards humanity. Thanks

  19. Charlie Player
    August 2, 2012 at 6:11 am

    i dont smoke..bad for health..
    quit it

  20. Nguyen Tran
    August 2, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Hope these were useful

  21. Bj Reilly
    August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I smoked for 15+ years, I quit within 2 weeks with an electronic cigarette. If anyone else really wants to quit and is open to trying something different other than patches and going cold....check out http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com and do some research.

    I recommend you DO NOT buy one from a mall or kiosk...you can buy higher quality, low priced ecigs online...again, do some research . You can get as much nicotine as you want, and decrease it to zero....allowing you to still "smoke" but with no nicotine or other additives in cigarettes!

    • Dave Parrack
      August 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Electronic cigarettes are another possible solution. It really depends what works for the individual.

  22. Manide
    August 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Almost15 years since last cigarette... Auto-suggestion helped me a lot. What's funny - the only nightmares I had for 2-3 months after quit were about smoking again.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Congrats, Manide, that's very good going. Is auto-suggestion the same as hypnotherapy?

      • Manide
        August 2, 2012 at 12:48 am

        Non-hypnotic suggestion. It was a simple exercise of imagination: the cigarette, the lighter, first smoke, the second... looks fine but things begin to go wrong - I feel pain in my neck, I can't breathe normally, vertigo, the pain in my neck becomes severe, I can't breathe... collapse. And so on... 5-6 times every day.

        • Dave Parrack
          August 2, 2012 at 1:02 am

          Wow, that sounds pretty intense. If it works though it has to be worth it.

  23. Igor Rizvi?
    August 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    smoking for 3 years,hope this helps..what a waste fo money huh

    • Dave Parrack
      August 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      I sincerely wish you all the best, Igor. Just think what you could do with all the money you'd save! :)

  24. Andrey Zvyagin
    August 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Once again, convinced the best way to get rid of bad habits - it does not get it!

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