Quitting bad health habits has always been one of the "biggies" when it comes to resolutions. It's also always been one of the most difficult to follow through.

Smoking (as well as alcohol, drugs, etc.) isn't just a bad habit easily dropped with a little will power. It's a physical and emotional addiction. As such, it comes with a lot of issues and struggles that go far beyond just trying to reprogram a habit.

As always, you first need to decide why you want to quit. What's your driving factor? Obviously, you'll save money and improve your health, but is there anything more than that?

Once you know your why, you can make a firm decision to quit. Write a list of your whys. Make a few copies and post them in places where you'll see them often, especially where you know you'll be fighting the urge to smoke.

Seeing your whys taped to your dashboard will remind you every time you get in your car why you are not going to light up. Visualize a successful life free of addictions. Imagine the things you can do with the money you have saved. Picture yourself at a party without having to duck out for a cigarette
break. Imagine your clothes smelling fresh instead of like stale smoke.

Since this is more than just a bad habit, you've also got to deal with the physical addiction. This means you need to use more than just your will power. There are many nicotine alternatives, like patches and gums, to help ease cravings, as well as medicines for other addictions. Your doctor can suggest the best method for you.

In addition to modern medicine, there are several alternative therapies that have proven useful to many people. Acupuncture, hypnosis, and herbal remedies have been used successfully to treat addictions.

Perhaps most important of all is to then deal with the emotional side of the addiction. That's what often drives addicts back to their drug of choice, even after the physical addiction is broken. Support groups or private counselling are both effective tools to help an addict through the process.

Having a support system in place is key. That means not only having the professional support of a counsellor or group, but also the support of your family and friends. Tell them you quit, ask them to support you and encourage you.

Before you know it, your visualization of an addiction-free life become reality.