It’s become well documented that smoking is both harmful to your health and detrimental to the workplace, as many studies show that smokers have a less than average work performance and productivity, and tend to call in sick more often. However, despite all of smoking’s negative effects, thousands of people in the workforce still struggle to kick the habit. Whether you’re a job-seeker or currently employed, it’s in your best interest to stop smoking if you want to advance in your career and of course, improve your health. According to this article from CNN, here are some of the most successful ways to quit smoking:

Cold Turkey

Though this method can seem extreme, quitting cold turkey (quitting on the spot) is known to be one of the best ways for mentally disciplined individuals to stop smoking altogether. To be successful with this method, you must mentally prepare yourself for symptoms of withdrawal and make a plan to distract yourself when cravings start. It’s also important to seek support from family and friends and ask them to hold you accountable when you’re at your weakest.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

There are many nicotine-based products now on the market to help smokers quit, such as inhalers, lozenges, gum and skin patches. These products are designed to help smokers overcome their initial cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. To determine which product would work best for you, you may need to experiment and go through some trial and error. Also, some research indicates that heavier smokers may need to use more of these products than lighter smokers.

Prescription Drugs

Many smokers seek guidance from their primary doctors who can prescribe a prescription drug which may help in the quitting process. These types of drugs target the nicotine receptors in your brain, reducing pleasure you get from smoking and diminishing feelings of withdrawal. Often prescription drugs are most effective when used in conjunction with nicotine replacement therapy.

You’ll find that quitting smoking can have an incredibly positive impact on your career, helping you to perform better at work and improve future job prospects. The sooner you start quitting, the faster your life will take a positive turn!

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