How to beat smoking, other bad habits with better self-control

A new study says mindful meditation may help increase self-control for smokers, but experts also emphasize the importance of integrating techniques such as goal setting and accountability.

Story highlights

  • Mindful meditation may influence smokers' self-control, even among those who are not intending to quit
  • Goal setting, planning and public accountability are expert tools for strengthening self-control
  • Go digital for additional support in tracking progress and keeping goals top of mind

(CNN)Ready to kick your bad habit once and for all?

Even if you're not completely committed yet, there's a technique that may unconsciously help, whether you're intending to quit smoking, binge eating, gambling or another addictive behavior -- and even if you don't think you're ready.