How To REALLY STOP SMOKING
Do you want to stop smoking?
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.
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.
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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