Quitting Cigarettes:My Journey so Far

Quitting Time

For so long, I have been a reluctant smoker. So many of my family have died prematurely from smoking-related diseases as well that I was afraid of cigarettes at the same time as being addicted to them. Frequent failed attempts to stay off the cigarettes were very discouraging.

This time I am now free of cigarettes for a little over two weeks with a minimum of difficulty. I hope that sharing this hub will give others the will to quit themselves and some encouragement and insight on how to do so with the minimum of discomfort and effort.

I will outline this hub in the following format

  • Useful tools and resources for help and support with smoking cessation.
  • The necessary mindset and traits you need to develop to succeed.
  • Advantages of smoking; Advantages of quitting.
  • Potential benefits of becoming smoke-free.

This way, you can read the whole hub or browse through the sections that interest you if you are interested in this topic for your own reasons or want to help someone else quit.

Useful tools and resources

As you probably know, there are various forms of nicotine replacement therapy on the market to help with the physical withdrawal from nicotine. These include lozenges, patches and chewing gum. The e-cigarette is another way people often use to quit cigarettes.I find lozenges a great help in my quitting journey. They have the added benefit of taking about twenty minutes to suck which is a better alternative than eating in the context of the potential for weight gain sometimes associated with quitting cigarettes

Psychological withdrawal from the habit of smoking and the rituals associated with it is perhaps a more significant hurdle to manage than the physical withdrawal. Some people access the services of an addiction counsellor or therapist. Others use hypnosis.

There is a great deal of online help available as well. There are chatrooms for support in stopping smoking and I find quit.ie an excellent resource for planning and implementing the positive behavior change which quitting cigarettes actually is. There is an option to register and implement a stop smoking plan through a series of questions on the site. It is encouraged to check your plan as often as you need to as a way of keeping focused on your goal of not smoking.

Are you a smoker?

  • Yes and I enjoy smoking.
  • No and I never smoked.
  • I used to smoke but not any more.
  • I smoke but I don't like doing it.
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Having the right mindset.

There are four things that I need in my journey to stop smoking:

  1. Motivation
  2. Commitment
  3. Determination
  4. Opportunity

in previous attempts to quit, I always had motivation but I think I have turned a corner this time because I am thinking about quitting as a long-term commitment which I hope will make a difference to this attempt after having failed previously on a number of occasions.

Determination is working for me in the short-term as any thoughts I am having about smoking are undermined in a positive way by determination not to fail in this attempt to be free of cigarettes.

I have this opportunity to quit smoking for good this time because I have the previous three elements in my quit journey. A friend of mine suggested to use the chance I have to stop smoking without much difficulty. For example, I think about cigarettes but I don't crave them so I am getting the opportunity to do it easily and it is important to take this chance when I'm getting it.


Main Points

  • Motivation,determination and commitment are necessary to stop smoking and stay stopped.
  • Don't do it alone-make use of the many tools and resources to support you in your non-smoking journey
  • Language-"giving up" cigarettes implies being deprived of something. Quitting or stopping is better language to use.
  • Freedom-this is perhaps the best advantage of getting away from cigarettes. they don't "own" you any more
  • There are no advantages to smoking but many advantages to quitting cigarettes.

Advantages of Smoking;Advantages of quitting

In Allen Carr's book "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" he has a chapter on the advantages of smoking. The chapter simply consists of a blank page which is quite clever but it is also true-there are no advantages to smoking.

There are so many advantages to quitting.One of the features of referring to my quit plan on quit.ie is that I can see my advantages of quitting any time I visit the site. They are as follows:

  1. for health reasons
  2. to be here for the people I care about
  3. because it is the right thing to do.
  4. to feel better about myself
  5. because of the high cost of cigarettes
  6. because I hate being controlled by cigarettes.

I also get a daily email encouraging me to stay off the cigarettes and if I refer to the quit plan and the reasons to stop outlined in it as above it is bound to keep my focus where it should be on my journey to becoming a non-smoker.


Potential Benefits of Quitting Cigarettes

Freedom from addiction
Increased lifespan
More energy
Less risk of a heart attack
No more breathlessness
Clearer skin
Less risk of cancer
Being there for family
Able to taste better
Save money
Feeling good for doing the right thing
Better sense of smell
The table outlines the potential benefits of not smoking. There are more benefits than these and the ones that are a priority for me are in bold at the top.

Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking

Some Comments on the Video

There are a few things I would like to point out about the Allen Carr method which are as follows:

  • I think it is very true that people do not choose to smoke-they have simply failed to quit. Many smokers are reluctant smokers and would prefer not to do it.
  • He does not advocate the use of nicotine replacement therapy for very logical and valid reasons. However, I find nicotine lozenges very useful in my quit journey.
  • In his book, he refers to the language of smoking i.e. trying to "give up" implies being deprived. It is better to talk about quitting or stopping. This makes a lot of sense.
  • Finally, he says in the book that a smoker is like a man falling from a 100 storey building. As he passes the 50th floor he thinks "so far so good". This indeed is a good example of the level of denial of the health risks by smokers
  • He is very credible as he was a smoker himself for 30 years.

Some Final Thoughts

Using available tools and resources as well as developing the right mindset are the hallmarks of having a good chance of succeeding in your journey to becoming a non-smoker. As outlined above there are no advantages to smoking only disadvantages. On the other hand, there are many benefits to quitting.

In my view, the best benefit is the freedom from addiction. I no longer feel owned by cigarettes and I have more control over my behavior. Perhaps, I will write another hub on this topic in a few weeks time as a way of maintaining focus and determination in my quit journey which is a process that started when I smoked my last cigarette and is continuing as the weeks go by.

I enjoyed writing this hub and I hope that you the reader find it interesting and/or useful. I look forward to reading any comments you might have on the subject so feel free to share your thoughts or experiences.

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24 comments

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Janellegems 2 years ago from Virginia

Very well written hub. Thanks for sharing your personal journey and process in quitting cigarettes so far. You are doing a fantastic job. Excellent, helpful advice and tips needed in becoming non-smoker. Voted Up!!!


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Cheers Janellegems for such positive feedback and for taking the time to read and comment on this hub. I appreciate the encouragement and I am lucky I am managing to quit quite easily.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You are courageous and positive about what you put your mind to do and all my best to you on this journey. I never smoked but my partner smokes and off-course you can say I am the passive smoker. He gave up for 8 years and started all over again. A bad habit and I don't say much any more. Well done to you!


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment DDE. Your encouragement is much appreciated.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear Kate,

I am so PROUD of you! Spoken as one former smoker to another. I smoked for over 22 years and with a lot of prayer and most of the tools you mention, I am now smoke-free. I am so grateful that we have an understanding God who does not turn us down when we need help.

Back to your hub.

I love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

2, I loved every word.

3. Graphics, superb.

4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

6. I loved your topic of this hub.

You are certainly a gifted writer. Keep the great hubs coming.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Thank you for your words of encouragement Kenneth and your positive feedback about my hub. I value your judgment in the context of your experience as a writer.

Regards,

Kate


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Hey Kate, I am finally catching up on my backlog off HP reading. As you can see it's extensive.

How you doing?

Will try to get my son and his girlfriend to read this.

Greetings

Judy


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Kate,

You are very welcome. I am so proud of your battle that YOU WILL win over cigarettes and I pray for you to be granted that extra strength to see this through and my very best to you for success on and off of HP.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Good to hear from you again Judy. Thanks for taking the time to comment here.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Thanks again Kenneth.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Kate,

You are more than welcome. Have a good Sunday and I will talk to you later.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

First of all--good for you!! Such a positive move!


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Cheers Kenneth for being so generous with your positive feedback. I look forward to reading more from you as well


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Audrey,

Thank you for your encouraging words-they are much appreciated

Kate


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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

Doing this hub is another step to help you quit. I hope that al the people ho are cheering you on helps.


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GusTheRedneck 2 years ago from USA

Howdy Kate - By now you have entirely quit smoking tobacco. If that is not the case, and if you desire some more ammo in your war on tobacco smoking, here is a link that may help you (by itself) and with another contained link to a more extensive study abstracted in PubMed.

http://hubpages.com/health/Tobaccos-Radioactivity...

Regards,

Gus :)


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Kate,

You are always welcome. You earned it. Just keep up the fne work.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Congratulations! I smoked for 55 years and previous attempts didn't cut it. Then my husband had seizures and was told if he didn't quit he would die. I knew I couldn't continue to smoke around him so I had to stop. I used the patch, ecigs and finally nicotine gum. I quit 10 months ago. I have fallen off the wagon a few times for a few days, but I get right back on.

Well done and I'm sure this hub will help others.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Kate,

Keep up the great work for each day that you do NOT smoke, the battle gets easier. I know from experience.

My prayers are with you and I have confidence in you.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Getting support at home Catherine Giordano and you are right it helps a lot.Cheers for your comment :-)


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Kenneth

Thanks for reminding me to remember -it will be easier as time goes on as you say.

Kate


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Gus,

It is very decent of you to give me the link.Will definitely check it out even though I am not a smoker any more.

Kate


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland Author

Thanks for sharing your experience Tillsontitan along with your words of encouragement


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Kate, LOL!

No problem at all.

I pray that you will be blessed with a happy, safe and happy night.

Your Friend for Life,

Kenneth

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