How to quit smoking

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We all know smoking kills, smoking is detrimental to health, smoking harms you and others around you but kicking the habit can be really tough.

I’m not even going to begin to list the consequences, from bad breath to cancer, everyone should know them by heart by now.

What i will try to do is maybe help some of you quit the habit. Or at least gain the will to do so at some point.

Now, the first step in quitting is asking yourself  DO I WANT TO QUIT SMOKING OR NOT?

If there is some reason for you to keep on lighting those cigarettes, don’t bother reading any further. Quitting smoking is a serious issue and as much as i’d love for the tobacco growing on fields to be replaced by vegetables or something, that will never happen, just like some of you will never be able to quit.

As I was saying the first step to quit smoking is wanting to. Without will, there’s no use trying.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, so let’s move on.

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After you make your decision you also need a way to quit.

There are so many ways that “help” i can’t even imagine where to begin. I think there are so many, people get confused.

This is your second step, right here. JUST STOP SMOKING!

Take it from a former smoker.

Yes, i used to smoke, i am not ashamed to admit it but proud to say i managed to quit. I went cold turkey one day and that was it.

There are no helping ways to quit, those are just delays and ways for others to take advantage of your struggle.

Electronic cigarette? please, you still hold a cigarette in your hand.

Gum and patches? you need to STOP introducing chemicals in your body, not add them.

All these methods should help, instead they just extend your agony.

If you want help, help yourself.

The thing is that the first days are easy. As time goes by, the need to smoke increases, you will feel more agitated and you WILL feel the need to smoke.

Your last step to really quit smoking is to just say no. As cheesy as it sounds, you need to say no. Find something else to do: eat an apple, go jogging, take a bath. Do whatever, just don’t light that cigarette.

No one said it’s easy to quit smoking, it’s not, but so many managed to do it so it’s not impossible. All the “suffering” will be over in maybe 3-4 weeks tops.

If you think it’s worth it, quit.

You don’t need to be your own slave and if you think it’s to hard, think of the consequences or, worse, think of how the consequences will affect your loved ones.

Remember, there is no magic way to quit smoking. You just do it!

4 COMMENTS

  1. I quit cold turkey as well almost 4 years ago. I did prepare a bit though, set a date in mind, 31st of December, smoked less and less through November and December, decided on what cigarette will be my last and where… it was a kind of a ceremony… this way I remember it better. There was one trick I used when I was getting the cravings: I have heard that smoking has the effect of cooling our body, that is one of the reasons people smoke when they are angry or after having sex, and that having a glass of cold water will have the same effect (as smoking not as sex 🙂 ). Therefore whenever I was getting the cravings, which by the way only last something like 8 seconds, I would have a glass of water. Maybe it is all baloney, but it worked for me. Also, every year since then, in January, I buy myself a very nice gift because I am saving a boat load of money 🙂 Also make sure you tell everybody you know that you are quitting so they stop offering you cigarettes. If they still do the are a….

    Good luck to you too,

  2. Now this is a great story. Some quit just like that, some need a ‘ceremony’. In the end what matters is that you’ve stopped smoking and you’re still ‘clean’. Awesome job 😉

  3. Wow, i’m proud of you 🙂 I thought you wouldn’t resist not smoking with a smoker in the house…

    I quit the same way (of course you know that, but your readers don’t 😛 ). My boyfriend got sick after eating a pizza and couldn’t smoke for a week. After he started feeling good again he thought he could just stop smoking, given that he didn’t till then. It was a little bit harder for me, cause i quit suddenly. That day i smoked in the morning, but in the afternoon i was a declared “former smoker” 🙂 . For 10 days i held a cigarettes pack in my bag, and i didn’t smoke from it. I then knew i could be trusted near smokers 😛

    It’s been over a year since I quit and i feel great. And i can honestly say i don’t want to smoke again 🙂

    Good luck to all of you who want to quit. And remember: all you need is will.

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