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How To REALLY STOP SMOKING

Updated on March 11, 2012
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I was a Certified Smoker

Back in my college days, when I was still somehow immature, exploring and enjoying my youth, I was a heavy smoker. I can smoke up from 2 to 3 packs of cigarettes a day. Every morning, I come to a store nearby our dormitory and without any word, the vendor, just by merely using his preconception and instinct, will automatically hand me two packs of cigarettes. I was a regular customer.

I smoke in the campus; I smoke in the restaurants; in the bus terminal; in our dormitory; in the toilet. I smoke everywhere all the time. It was like cigarette smoking really does somehow quench my appetite. I smoke before breakfast and before laying in bed at night. I just loved smoking.

Whenever I realize I’m not having any butt on my mouth, I feel very uneasy and will desperately grab for another one out of immense craving frenzy.

I am an addict. I am so addicted that I even tried mastering some of the tricks from French inhales to Smoke rings. My friends can testify on this.

By the way, some of them are still smoking addicts up to now.

Failed Attemps

Totally stopping it was never easy. It’s an impossible mission. You know those motivations on TV, on ads, internet, and magazines, and others? I’ve seen all of them but never really have given them much attention. They never have made any impact on me anyway. They tell you to stop smoking because you’ll someday acquire lung diseases such as cancer and all those stuff. I wasn’t moved at all. I wasn’t moved by all of those discouragements. No effects, no discouragements, nothing. I am speaking here from a smoker’s perspective, and I’m confident that fellow smokers will agree with me on my above statements.

Just in case you are thinking that letting a smoker know he’s risking his body from too much smoking, he’s going to think twice. You’re wrong. We never care. I never cared.

The addiction has already been flowing in our veins. Stopping just can’t be possible. I remember how many times I have thought of stopping it and have failed. I couldn’t resist the temptation. The more I resist it, the stronger the urge was. I thought I would do anything just to inhale one more smoke. I thought there’s really nothing that could stop it.

But anyway, that was a long time ago. I no longer smoke. And instead of giving you another list of mumbo jumbo, I’ve decided to just share with you what I exactly did to stop myself from further smoking those filthy butts.

Hey smoker! You better stick to what I’m going to say! If you think you can’t stop yourself from smoking, you’re wrong! You could. I did.

Let’s get over it.

Additional Tips:

When you've decided when to stop, consume all the cigarettes you possibly could the day before. Remember there's no going back. I usually take up 2 to 3 packs a day but on that day prior to my quit date, I consumed almost 5 packs. LoL!

Staying committed is the hardest of the four. The secret is to make yourself always busy with something else. Keep your mind always preoccupied. The danger is really when you’re not doing or thinking anything.

If you feel you’re craving is again kicking in, jog. Jog yourself on the street. Call your friends and play your usual athletic sports. Try boxing or martial arts. Ridding yourself from your old addiction can really frustrate and make you angry at times, so why not try hitting some punching bags?

Work out in the gym. Lift some weights. Some men effectively have diverted their smoking addiction to working out in the gym. They’re happier than they once were. They’ve got sexier bodies too.

So, How Do I Ultimately Stop Smoking?

  1. You have to Really Want to Stop. You really have to want it. If you don’t, believe me you couldn’t. If you think you don’t want to stop, then read no more. If your wanting isn’t that strong enough, it’ll be a futile mission.
  2. The Decision has to be Made. If you really want to stop but can’t decide yet, give yourself time to think it over. Think it over tonight, and give yourself until tomorrow to decide. Pick your preferred date of implementation. If you don’t, then smoke all you want for the rest of your life and enjoy expediting your demise.
  3. Implementation has to be Abrupt. The decision has been made. The date has been set. How do you do it? Do you have to slowly decrease your consumption? No. Long gradual decrease of smoking until it ceases is ridiculous. It won’t work. You have to stop immediately completely, right at your set preferred date of implementation. One more cigarette upon implementation isn't a wise thing to do. If you can't control it, believe me you will utterly fail.
  4. And finally, Stay Committed. You’ve stopped smoking and that has to remain for a day, for a week, for a month, for a year. There’s no coming back. If you’ve already stopped for about 8 months or so, you’ll never want to go back anyway. Unless otherwise if you’re crazy.

Confession (Yes, I have one!)

After more than a year of not smoking, I’ve become curious that if ever I’ll smoke again, will it be the same like the way it was? Would it feel like the way it was?

I went to a store nearby; grabbed one stick; lits it up; inhaled it. I coughed like a young man having his first time. My throat wasn’t used to it anymore. The smoke felt itchy inside. Smoking has finally become estranged to me.

I then no longer tried it again.

If you’re not concerned with your health, be at least with your loved ones.

What drove me to really want to stop is when I saw my girlfriend (who’s now my wife) struggled with her breathing that I had to take her to the doctor. I have awakened the asthma in her that actually should have long lost since her childhood.

The doctor told me that if I really want to keep her, and stay with her, I’ll have to sacrifice my smoking. Otherwise, continuous exposure to cigarette smoke will eventually give her health risks that we’ll surely regret.

I was so sorry. That was the day I decided I had to stop. I loved my girl more than those silly filthy sticks.

Only you can stop it. Help yourself. Live healthy.



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    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Hehe! =) Yes, I won't. But, I would try having a liquid magnesium if in case needed.

      Anyway, I found this statement from google itself:

      "However, publishers are permitted to place ads on informational content relating to brewing or distilling beer, as well as content related to the topic of quitting smoking." - excerpt from support.google.com/adsense

      This was kind of a relief.

    • aguasilver profile image

      John Harper 

      6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Asthma Tip: Buy and carry liquid magnesium with you so that should your wife ever start having an attack, one squire into the mouth will normally stop it.

      If she takes liquid magnesium every day, she will probably not have any more asthma attacks, but that does not mean you can start smoking again!

      John

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Thanks John for the encouragement. Maybe, I just really needed to publish more hubs. Unfortunately, they've become more strict nowadays.

      13 years? That was quite long, John.

      I am however confident that I'd never smoke again because of my wife. I just don't want to see her suffering from asthma attacks again. I guess that's the only thing I hold on to that hinders me from smoking. But anyway, I'm happier this way.

      I'm glad to hear from you again, John. Thanks.

    • aguasilver profile image

      John Harper 

      6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      There is no way that this hub would affect your Adsense account, so look elsewhere, I would imagine that you just need some more hubs, though frankly I have no idea how Adsense 'values' their account opening procedure.

      I already had an Adsense account because I had used them to advertise (hint) and having wanted to give them money for clicks (on other projects) I guess they could hardly refuse my application when I opened with HubPages.

      Good hub, all ex smokers get to the 'wonder what' part, and mostly stub it out and stay smoke free, however do not think that gives you the ability to 'just try one' when you are at a party of down the 'pub' having a beer, it's easier to get re addicted than it will ever be to stop again.

      I stopped for 13 years.... then one cigar and all was lost.

      Still trying to find that day when I WANT to stop again.

      Cheers,

      John

      PS also helps to stop doing high stress work! - not mastered that yet either.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      I saw your hub about sharing. I hope you don't mind, I'll share it now to my followers.

      Expect the next wave of traffic.

      Cheers!

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Yes tammy, it is actually the biggest step one can make. The other remaining steps cannot succeed without it.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Yea, the SHARING is working well for everyone that has got involved, but that first few days left me with over 100 comments to return! lol However, I was determined and got caught up eventually ... may the SHARING continue :-)

    • tammyfrost profile image

      Tammy Frost 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      Wanting to quit smoking is a very helpful tip. I know it is bad to smoke but someone has to want to quit first.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      No problem Brett.

      Looks like you've enjoyed the traffic lately, huh? =)

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Oh, and sorry it took a while to get back to you, I've been catching up with comments ever since the SHARING hub spread the love between hubbers lol, traffic went a bit wild! Just about caught up now ... well, almost :-) lol

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      It is indeed Brett.Tesol.

      I'm glad you liked it.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Very honest and good advice from ex-smoker. It really is a hard habit to give up!

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Hi knottlena,

      Thanks for reading. I hope my experience somehow helped encourage you to finally stop smoking.

      One thing to note. The craving will only last up to 15 minutes. If you can conquer the temptation once, you definitely can always do it.

      I'm happy for your decision. Keep it up!

    • knottlena profile image

      knottlena 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you. I do believe that I am ready to quit, but I often think that and then I fall off the proverbial wagon. I really hope that this time will be different. I enjoyed the hub and reading everyones different accounts, struggles and successes help me.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Jackie, you've just made me crave for a sherbet ice cream. Why would you do that? Now, I've got to find the nearest grocery.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Hi mljdgulley354. I didn't know you were the mother of tlpoague. I follow her hubs. :)

      I'm happy to see you. I'm glad you found this useful.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If doing it for others is the incentive you need, then use it. That is how I quit after smoking for years and it was not easy but remember it is a habit and replace it with a new one that you enjoy. If it is food though make sure it is a no fat or low fat one. I used no fat sherbet ice cream in tiny cones and I had many a day! Will be smoke free 10 years in July! Great hub.

    • mljdgulley354 profile image

      mljdgulley354 

      6 years ago

      Excellent tips on quitting smoking. Doing it for yourself is the biggest reason to stop.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Indeed Lady_E, having the will is the biggest step one can make. Good to see you here. :)

    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful. It's a habit that isn't easy to break and NO 1 is the most important - Having the will. (not doing it for others.)

      Nice of you to share your experience.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Yes prasetio, that's right. It has to be from the heart. Otherwise you're just fooling yourself. You can't succeed without really wanting it.

      Good to see you prasetio.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I know that many fellow hubbers had written about this topic. We only need an act and I believe that we can stop smoking if we try from the bottom of heart. Thanks for writing and share with us. Well done and rated up!

      Prasetio

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      It would only be impossible if you chose it to be so.

      The moment I saw her suffer, I never hesitated to stop smoking.

      I'm glad to hear you were also able to stop it. I'm sure you've had a very difficult and challenging experience. It takes tremendous self-control to endure that temptation.

      Thanks Michele for reading.

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      That was a wonderful hub. You love your wife so much you are able to give up something your body craves. A lot of people cannot do that. I smoked, but do not now. It is hard to stop, but not imppossible.

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