Keep Your New Year's Resolution By Using Dr. Mike's Top Ten Tips To Quit Smoking

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According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 70 percent of smokers want to quit each year, 46 percent of smokers try to quit each year, but less than 7.5 percent of smokers succeed in quitting for a year (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/smokfact.htm). Let Dr. Michael Rabinoff, an expert in smoking cessation, help you keep your New Year's resolution by following his top ten tips to quit smoking.

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My first tip is for you to determine the real reasons you want to quit, and to internally experience how important it is for you to quit once you know your big enough why. Take time every day to experience the feelings of how important it is for you to quit, once you know your personal reasons ... once you know your big enough why.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 70 percent of smokers want to quit each year, 46 percent of smokers try to quit each year, but less than 7.5 percent of smokers succeed in quitting for a year (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/smokfact.htm). Let Dr. Michael Rabinoff, an expert in smoking cessation, help you keep your New Year's resolution by following his top ten tips to quit smoking.

1. Have a "big enough why." Spend time thinking about why you want to quit. What are your personal reasons to quit? Then write down the reasons. Post your written reasons on your refrigerator and elsewhere, and let the list remind you every day of these important reasons. It's your life, so be motivated to succeed.

Some famous motivational speakers and "gurus" use "leverage" to give the smoker motivation to quit. Tony Robbins, for example, has charged people $15,000 or more for a one-hour smoking cessation session. If you're willing to pay $15,000 to quit, you're probably motivated, and also more likely to succeed. Other trainers may have the person (besides paying a fair amount of money) do tasks, such as homework exercises, before the person is taken as a client. Doing so ensures that the person is motivated to quit, which helps get better results.

Dr. Michael Rabinoff says "My first tip is for you to determine the real reasons you want to quit, and to internally experience how important it is for you to quit once you know your big enough why. Take time every day to experience the feelings of how important it is for you to quit, once you know your personal reasons ... once you know your big enough why."

2. Throw away all cigarettes and related items. Toss them in the garbage. All cigarettes, matches, ashtrays, lighters, rolling papers, cigars, hookahs, logo clothing, and other items from tobacco companies that they try to use to brand you as a smoker---discard anything to do with smoking. Don't allow any of that stuff at home, at work, or in your car. Some say to put away ashtrays and lighters. I say throw them away, so that it will cost you money if you don't stick to your goal of quitting.

3. Set a quit date. Determine a definite date when you will quit (or will start a gradual scheduled reduction program --- for more information on gradual scheduled reduction, see pp. 341-3 in Ending The Tobacco Holocaust).

4. Change your identity and self-image to "I am a nonsmoker." You are no longer a smoker having a problem with quitting. Change your identity to that of a nonsmoker so that smoking isn't congruent with who you are. In a calm moment, you may want to close your eyes and visualize yourself as smoke-free, happily breathing fresh healthy air into your lungs, and feeling relaxed and refreshed doing so.

The complete Dr. Mike's Top Ten Tips To Quit Smoking can be found at http://www.tobaccobook.com/Tobacco-Holocaust-Excerpts.html. More information on smoking cessation can be found in Chapter 11 of Ending The Tobacco Holocaust, pages 333 to 365.

The author of Ending the Tobacco Holocaust, Michael Rabinoff D.O. Ph.D., (Elite Books, November 2006, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 1-60070-012-8, available at local bookstores, Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble) is a psychiatrist with many public presentations to his credit. He has a driving passion to get the message of the book to a wide audience, and the ability to engage experienced professionals to assist him towards that goal. More information about the book, and additional free information, can be found at http://www.TobaccoBook.com.

Michael Rabinoff, D.O., Ph.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist on the research faculty of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and is also a Senior Partner in the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. In addition, he is the C.E.O. and President of Biogenesys, Inc., a biomedical research and development corporation. He has spent over a decade researching and writing about the devastating effects of tobacco on our health, economy and nation's politics. An esteemed psychiatrist and holder of two patents, Rabinoff has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Business Week, has published in the New England Journal of Medicine and other top-flight medical journals, and presented his findings on tobacco addiction and industry profiteers to the American Public Health Association and the World Congress on Tobacco or Health.

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