There's no dispute about the fact that cigarette smoking is risky business. Almost every smoker out there has tried to quit, is trying to quit or plans to quit in either the near or distant future. But with the American Cancer Society's 37th annual Great American Smokeout this Thursday, Nov. 21, the future of your health takes precedence right now.
The only question that remains is: What is best way to go about quitting smoking? Nicotine patch? Hypnosis? Cold turkey? There isn't just one right answer. But did you know Astrology can also help you stop smoking?
Look up your sign below to see how your zodiac sign can best kick butt!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Cold turkey is the only way for an impulsive Ram to kick the nicotine habit. Once they make the decision to quit, they're ready to follow through with it right then and there. That doesn't mean they won't change their mind once the withdrawal starts to kick in, though. Luckily, Aries likes to keep busy, so they aren't likely to spend much time sitting around dreaming of taking just one more drag.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Once a Bull sets his or her mind on something, they go at it with stubborn determination. This sign won't have the hardest time kicking any bad habit, but an added incentive will ensure success. Taurus loves to buy nice things, so putting a high-ticket item on their wish list, and putting all the money they'd normally spend on cigarettes toward it, will give them the extra push they need to stay focused.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 - June 20)
When a chatty Gemini wants to quit smoking, they're likely to get in touch with everyone they've ever met who has kicked the habit to find out how they did it. There isn't any one way that will work for this often flighty sign -- they're likely to try every proven method until something finally clicks. The advantage is that everything they try and fail will bring them that much closer to the goal.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 - July 22)
Crabs are comfort-oriented creatures, and smoking is definitely a source of comfort. The only way a Cancer can kick the habit is to find a better, healthier habit to replace it -- and it had better be one that's pampering! They should take the money they'd normally spend on cigarettes and use it for regular manicures and pedicures, or save it all up for a spa trip. This sign needs to be the most careful about overindulging in food as a replacement for nicotine.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
If a Lion is going to quit smoking, he or she will make sure everyone knows about it. Luckily, that's the one thing that will make them quit. Lions love to be the center of attention, and they crave admiration. So, the idea of overcoming the odds to kick a habit -- and make sure everyone knows how incredibly strong and focused they are -- will be enough to keep them on track, whatever method of quitting they choose.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Heath-conscious Virgo is the sign most likely to quit in a practical, healthy way. They're also the least likely to smoke in the first place, but there's an exception to every rule. Deciding to run a marathon would be a great way for this sign to kick the habit -- it would be impossible to do the vigorous training required while smoking regularly. In fact, a dedicated Virgo who tries that method may just become a champion runner for life!
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Libras are often more concerned with helping others than with helping themselves, so this sign would do well to find a partner in quitting. This way, they'll have the double satisfaction of quitting themselves while also helping someone else kick the habit. Nothing would stop a Libra from taking a puff more than having promised someone that they wouldn't smoke as long as the other person didn't.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
It doesn't really matter what method a Scorpio uses to quit smoking. What matters is that they keep it to themselves. Nothing pleases this sign more than a big unveiling, the opportunity to say, "Oh, no thanks. I quit," and then reveal that they'd done it six months ago. Don't expect them to help anyone else quit, though. They're likely to keep their methods -- and any failures they may have encountered along the way -- under wraps.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
This sign would do well to combine their love of smoking with their love of adventure. Planning a week-long outdoor camping or hiking trip, and not allowing themselves to smoke at all during that time, would be a great way to kick the habit. They'll be so busy enjoying nature that it won't even occur to them to smoke. And if they want to stick with it? They'll have to start planning the next adventure when they get the itch
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Goats would benefit the most from the tried-and-true methods of quitting, like nicotine patches and gum. The impetus for quitting will probably be career-based -- they may feel like they're missing out on opportunities in the workplace when they have to take smoke breaks regularly. Patches and gum will allow them to gradually kick the habit without disrupting their daily routine.
Aquarius (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Aquarians are all about doing things in groups. If they don't have a group of smokers in their vast circle of friends who are ready to kick the habit, a support group would be the way to go. And they'll definitely need a friend or two to be on call should they get that craving in the middle of the night and need to be talked down. If there isn't an already existing group in the area, sites like Craigslist and Meetup will give them a good place to recruit members.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
This sign may have the hardest time trying to quit smoking, because Pisces often relies heavily on (usually unhealthy) vices to help them cope with the stress of daily life. In fact, they're likely to try to get everyone around them to quit while they continue smoking, because they care about others much more than they care about themselves. Hypnosis and acupuncture are the best ways for this sign to connect with and nurture their spiritual self, which will ultimately give them the strength to kick the habit.