Asking How Do I Stop Smoking?! Here is How I Did It

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My Journey To Stop Smoking

I started because my family and friends smoked. I remember trying my dad's cigarettes when he went out. I thought it was cool - so cliché, but true. I smoked for 15 years after the first time I finally inhaled.

Before I actually quit smoking, I spent many years trying to stop smoking. I worked in a hospital and was confronted by the results of smoking every day. Yet there I was sitting outside with the patients having a smoke.

I was even offered a large sum of money to stop smoking from my grandpa. I tried, for the money (and my grandpa) - not because I wanted to quit, and it didn't work out. Smoking was just built into me it seemed.

The problem was that I was having lots of breathing problems. I had Pneumonia when I was very small, and doctors had said my lungs were not very strong. I don't know if that's true or not, but I do know that at a healthy weight I was getting winded after walking up a few stairs. Not good.

So, on my 30th birthday, I decided that enough was enough. I wanted to stop smoking, and I needed to find a way. And just like the universe always does, it gave me a way very quickly.

We were early for our dinner reservations, so I went into a book store across the street and picked up the only book I needed to stop smoking.

I learned so much from that book, but I don't want to rewrite everything here; after all, I did have to read the book and I think if you read it, then you will have a better understanding of the why and how to stop smoking. He writes in a perfectly structured order...so reading the whole book is a must.

My main takeaway though, as I said in the video, is there really is no reason to smoke besides replacing the nicotine level in your body and allowing your mind to get on with its day.

We all know the negatives, so I'm not going to harp on about those. But think of all the negatives that you have ever heard of, and then think about this:

Smoking only has one positive - nicotine replacement.

Can you really justify doing all those negative things to your body and mind for only 1 positive which is really not a positive at all? I doubt it. I know I couldn't after I realized it, and that is why I was able to stop smoking so easily.

You can learn all of this in Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking and if you are saying, "Well, I don't have the money to buy the book," then guess what I'm going to say? That's not true. You can always find the money to buy smokes right?

Even if you don't want to buy it, then you can run to your local library and chances are that they will have it in stock or you can order it in. Read it for free and gain your health and life back in the process. Nothing wrong with that!

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Why I Don't Recommend Nicotine Replacement

I tried the nicotine replacements to stop smoking. I can remember many days chewing on Nicorette. But Nicolette, and all those other nicotine replacement products, are just another way for your body to get nicotine into it not to really stop smoking.

Yes, you are quitting the extra chemicals of cigarettes, but the main demon - the nicotine, is still being shot into your body via another route.

When you stop smoking, the point is to get rid of the addiction to nicotine, not to keep putting it in your body.

What is worse, the doses of nicotine are smaller than in a cigarette, and do you really think that this is going to satisfy your need for nicotine? You are used to having a few cigarettes before bed, so chewing a piece of Nicorette will not give you that same amount of nicotine that you are used to. No wonder so many people quit nicorette and go back to smoking. At least smoking gives them more of what they are craving.

If you want to stop smoking, it all comes down to mind over matter.

Your mind is very powerful and it can convince you that you are going to die without your cigarettes one minute, and that you are going to die if you keep smoking the next.

It can also turn a switch on in your brain and body and say, "Hey! I feel fine even though I don't have a cigarette giving me nicotine!," and trust me, you will really feel fine if this is your dominant thought. That is what happened to me. You just need to give your mind the information to make that decision to stop smoking, and Allen Carr's book will do that for you.

Can Text Help You To Quit Smoking?

Right. THIS is the way to stop smoking...by smoking?
Right. THIS is the way to stop smoking...by smoking?

Electronic Cigarettes: More of a Problem Than a Solution

These came out after I had stopped smoking, and I was under the impression that they dispensed air or some sort of herb, but now I know that they are mainly just another route for nicotine to get into your body.

In fact, in doing research on them, one company wrote that their e-cigarette only delivers a small amount of nicotine to the user. What?! Just as I sad above, a small amount is going to feel too small. And even if you are fine with the level of nicotine, then guess what, it is STILL NICOTINE!

Also, with e-cigarettes, you are still acting like you are smoking (see picture). You are holding the smoke between your fingers, you are inhaling, and you are blowing smoke out. The only thing you are not doing is flicking ashes off your smoke.

It's like trying to replace chips with rice crisps - they kind of look the same, and you feel like you are doing kind-of the same action, but in your heart you know you want the chips and not the rice crisps. An e-cigarette is not the same as a cigarette, that thing you got addicted to long ago.

I have seen that there are supposedly e-cigarettes without nicotine. Well, to that I say...what is the point of pretending like you are smoking then? You might as well just breath in and out and you will get the same feeling.

Stop doing the action of smoking altogether. Along with nicotine, the action of smoking becomes a habit. If you want to stop smoking, then don't put something to your mouth and suck in nicotine, air, vapor, whatever...just put down the cigarette (pretend or not) and breath normally.

My Benefits of Not Smoking

In the end, not smoking is a million times better than smoking.

  • I am no longer a slave to cigarettes.
  • I don't feel winded when I do 1 push-up anymore.
  • I don't smell like an ashtray.
  • I spend my money on things that benefit my health and happiness not destroy it.
  • I don't have mood swings because I haven't had my cigarette yet.
  • No more smokers cough (and I had it bad).
  • No more yellow fingers.
  • No more throat issues.
  • No more headaches.

The list goes on and on.

Don't be scared to stop smoking. You will not lose anything! I promise! But you will gain a whole lot, and you may even influence your friends and family to become healthier as well. That was another benefit that I encountered when I quick smoking.

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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Relationshipsc...Congratulations !!!!! This was not an easy feat... Thank you for sharing your personal story with us...If only everybody would analyze the nicotine situation..You are to be commended for the research that you did also. It is like any addiction YOU are the only one that can make it happen..." To quit or not to quit, that is the question"..hopefully others will take heed..loved the hub...kudos/voted up !


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KevinC9998 4 years ago

Great hub, I also quit when I turned 30 (that was 20 years ago!), I also wrote a hub about my journey to quit. Voted Up and Awesome, thanks, Kevin


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Relationshipc 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Kj: You are so right, you are the only one that can make it happen. It just takes that final straw to make you realize 'this is it, I'm done'.

Kevin: I think many people view 30 as an age to start taking care of themselves and figuring out what really matters in life (many, not all), I like that fact that we have a platform to share our journey's with others. I wish the Internet was around when I was in my teens.

Thank you both for commenting. :)


chloelozano 4 years ago

Great hub! I too was a smoker and I started in my teens. I tried all of the different patches and gums but was never successful. The day I quit was the day I found out I was pregnant with my son and I have never touched a cigarette since. I think quitting smoking is often a case of mind over matter. You have to want to quit for yourself and go cold turkey or it is never going to happen.


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Relationshipc 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Great example Chloe! You are absolutely right.


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Rajeev143143 4 years ago from Nagpur, India

Hi.. Wonderful hub.. I am sure your writing will definitely prove to be an inspiration for the people who are also tangled in this same perilous habit.. Voted useful!


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

God Bless you! I had picked up my first cigarette at 16. I am 40 now. I have quit several times. The longest was two years. I stopped twice this year. Then I get stressed out or need to self soothe, so I will smoke. :(

I have stopped eating so much to self soothe and lost 70 pounds since Jan 1 2012. I will pick this book up. thank you. Shared, voted up into the healthier air and passed on. great info and resources. good luck with your journey to stay smoke free :)


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Relationshipc 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

That's the point Jo - It's not a journey to stay smoke free: smoking isn't even an option in my head. I have zero struggles with it. I hope it helps you!


BH 3 years ago

Nice to know it worked for you. I wish that you were able to stand up against the addiction yourself. I guess it seems faith always has to play a part. Maybe why AA and so forth work so well.. It seems so easy to give up responsibility, stop urges and have faith. Many criminals and addicts use the same technique.


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Anita Hasch 2 weeks ago from Port Elizabeth

So glad you had the willpower.

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