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How You can Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Updated on August 16, 2012

You Know you Have to Quit, Right?

So you want to quit smoking. You know that your health and the health of your family depends on you, and you must quit smoking. The words don't matter, the statistics don't matter, not to you, the words "quit smoking" trigger the urge to light another cigarette. The more people say those two words the more you want to smoke! It's as if there is something subliminal, and "quit smoking" means Light Up! It drove me crazy for years.

First of all, I do not buy into all the second hand smoke jargon, and I have seen plenty of people who don't smoke and were never around smoke, getting cancer. The surgeon general's warnings have changed over the years because there is frankly not enough tangible proof that cancer is caused by smoking.

There are a number of other things that smoking does cause. These are rarely spoken of, only now do we hear of COPD.Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease killed my mother. That alone should have helped me quit smoking. The problem is, smoking wasn't the only cause of her COPD. There were "contributing factors" including drug interactions from medications that she was on for 35 years. I am perfectly capable of lying to myself, and did, every chance I got. It was not smoking alone that killed my mother, it was a combination of medications and smoking that killed her.

Add to this the fact that she never stopped wanting a cigarette, even after years without one. Knowing that I might be like that, asking people for a cigarette years after I have quit, as if it's the only reason for the visit... I was scared to quit, and scared not to.

So, if it's so hard How can You Quit Smoking?

The only way you can quit smoking is by convincing yourself to do it. There is no magic pill, shot or bullet. If it is time for you to quit smoking, you are the one who must do it. There are many different choices that you might try. Zyban, Chantix and the herbal remedies that are coming out of the woodwork right now along with hypnosis and acupuncture are just a few ways to quit.

Quit is an excellent resource for all types of articles on quitting. There are articles on hypnosis, health and beauty, and virtually every method you can think of. Unfortunately, I quit before finding this web site. I quit two weeks ago on Sunday, at 9:30 pm. I ran out of cigarettes, and knew I was out of money. I was not going to borrow a cigarette, or money, or "charge it". I have always hated it when people asked if they could "bum a cigarette" what an awful picture that creates in the mind!

"Hey can I bum a cigarette?" Borrow is almost as bad, they are never going to "pay you back" anymore than they would borrowing a "glass of water" and you wouldn't want it back when they finished with it!

Where did the idea of "bumming a cigarette" even come from?

May I Bum A Smoke?

Marlboro, the choice of The Beatles!

You Can Quit Smoking.

Here are the steps you might want to use to quit, although I was planning to quit on May 6th along with fellow Hubber Dale Mazurek, I did have a plan in place. I just quit 3 weeks early due to financial difficulties.

  1. Make a plan! Your plan should include the following:
  • A quit date. This is the concrete date you are going to stop smoking. Knowing you are going to quit and when will help you.
  • A method of cessation. Are you going to "quit cold turkey" or cut back, or will you employ a nicotine replacement method. I chose to use electronic cigarettes as my nicotine replacement method.
  • A notebook or diary listing your triggers. When do you smoke more? In the car, after dinner, on the way to work? At work? If you target the places and times that you smoke the most, by deciding not to smoke there (like not smoking in the house, or the car, or both) you limit your smoking before you quit.
  • A list of what you will do instead of smoking. My son hooked me up with video games that require both hands to play. Latch hooking, knitting, crocheting, painting, and home repair are just a few items you might employ to "keep your hands busy". Gum, lollypops, hard candy, mouthwash, and brushing your teeth are good methods of keeping you from wanting a cigarette as well.
  • Self Talk! This is probably the most important tool in your arsenal. Before you quit, pump yourself up with some good self help phrases. "You can do it" "What is stronger, your will power, or (insert your cigarette brand here)" "Who is in control, you or (Insert cigarette manufacturer)" Think of all of the things you will be able to do better if you don't smoke. Use these as additional tools to stay quit.
  • Never forget the first three days are the hardest. 72 hours is all it takes. After that your body is free of the nearly 600 chemicals in your brand of cigarettes. There is no more addiction. It is all psychological from there.
  • Nicotine itself is not your biggest problem. There are numerous substances in your cigarettes aside from nicotine such as vanilla, molasses and cocoa. You wonder why people gain weight when they quit smoking, and lose weight when they start, that's why. You're going to crave what is lacking, so research your brand, find out what you will be missing, and buy some incense or essential oils. Air fresheners work also. Check out this article on eHow, about using cigarettes to "help you quit smoking".
  • Drink plenty of water, take a vitamin supplement (colds, flu, and bronchial problems are common when quitting), and make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks in the house. Peanuts and sunflower seeds as well as baby carrots and celery sticks, are good when you are quitting.
  • Don't give up. The average person who quits smoking does not succeed on the first try. Usually it takes about seventeen tries, sometimes as many as forty.

An excellent point came up in the comments for this hub. Ann Nonymous mentioned forming good habits. This is truly the best way to quit any bad habit, to replace it with a good habit. Finding something new to do with your hands, or snacking on crisp vegetables or fruit slices is an example of forming a new good habit. If you have decided to quit, what new good habit would you like to cultivate? Will an apple a day really keep the Doctor away? Maybe you can find out!

Break Free!

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      7 years ago

      its easy just leave for 5 days and the nicotin content in your body wil be over and after the 5th day you will not be thrusty to take cigar but the thing is how you spend your 5 days without smokin is important employ some good habits such as going to gym running hard what ever first 5 days is imp afterwords you wil not be in control of nicotin even thoug some people start smoking as they started initialy 1st time but this should not happen you should be in confident that i have became a new man from today after the 5th day

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Kylemaniaa! I swear by the Blu-cigs. Some days I didn't even need a puff off the blu-cig, but knowing I had them was a great comfort!

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      8 years ago

      Great tips and e-cig is also one of the best option i think.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Several people have commented who have left links to programs and web sites that are to help people quit smoking. If you are a hubber and want to do a hub about it, I would be glad to link the hubs together. You may also e-mail me if you feel you have valuable information that should be included in my hub. However, as I am responsible for my hub, extra links may seem "spammy" so I cannot leave them up.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Paradise, I hate to say, as Breakfastpop says, one of the hardest things I have ever done, but you will be so glad you did! Trust me, I hated every minute of the first week, but now it's getting better. I had two weeks where I couldn't stop the anxiety, so be prepared for that. Now I don't know why I never quit before, it's as if I was afraid to try to quit. I think that it's the massive amounts of chemicals that are in our cigarettes, that keeps us from quitting.

    • Paradise7 profile image


      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Gonna try again soon, to quit. Thanks for this hub.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I know I will be happier, but I agree, it is very hard. Cold Turkey is the way to go if you want to stay quit, from what I hear! Congratulations on 15 years!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      Important info. I quit cold turkey 15 years ago and it was the hardest and best thing I ever did.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      It is different for men than it is for women, just as it is different if you smoke Menthol or Regular. Yes, there is will power involved, but there is also the sense of entitlement. No one in my family developed cancer from tobacco use, and those who did have cancer did not use tobacco! It is difficult to choose to quit if you do not believe that smoking is hurting you or anyone else.

      That being said, I attach my mind to the insanity of the first three days without cigarettes. I never want to go through that again, that's what I think of whenever I want a cigarette.

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      8 years ago

      the best way to quit is' just quit' it ,and associate some thing emotional with it,so whenever you feel like smoking again you are stopped from inside.Takes a little bit of will power,that's all.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Rafini! You are right, no one else can convince you to quit, even to the point of having the opposite effect! Many years and many times friends, family and Doctors have tried to convince me, it just made me smoke more!

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      8 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Faybe - Congrats on your quit!! I remember you saying you had run out of cigs but didn't know if you'd found the money for more or decided it was time.

      You wrote a very helpful hub with great advice - much of it I used myself. I think the most important thing is one of the first things you said - You have to convince yourself to do it. Because, seriously? Nobody else can.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Lorlie! I don't know how you did it and kept writing! My withdrawals had me climbing the walls! I finally started taking some Zyban that I had a prescription for. The prescription was old but I had kept it in the freezer! Its just a mild anti-depressant, but I forgot I even had it! It was a blessing. I am feeling better now, finances are getting in order. I didn't get the job I went for, but otherwise things are falling into place.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Wow, Faybe! I think we are pretty much in the same time frame with our quits, I did so on April 13th. Congratulations to us all! I've never checked out Dale's hubs, but I will now. Non-smoking pals are critical, because it has become such an ingrained part of our lives.

      Keep it up, girl!!!

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Ann, Thank you! I knew there was a step I missed, replace the bad habit with a good one! My internet was down for about two hours, so I'll add that in tomorrow.

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      So okay I have no experience in this, but Faybe this seems like some really good sound advice! Very simple yet effective 'habbits' to replace with this nasty addiction! Two thumbs up!!!

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Samboiam ans Ign Andy! I am sorry I have not been the usual hubber I was two weeks ago, but this is why. Quitting is hard, but concentrating while quitting was harder. I was under so much stress, just to quit! My friends offered to "buy me cigarettes" but that would not have helped! I needed to quit and I feel so much better now. I know this hub is not complete, as there is more to quitting, but I will add more when it comes to me.

      Thank you both for your support!

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      Ign Andy 

      8 years ago from Green Home Office

      Hi Fay, thanks for the tips. Although I'm an occasional smoker it still hard and always tempted to try again and again.

      I'm sure will try your tips.

    • samboiam profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      I am not a smoker but I hope this hub will help those who want to kick the habit do so. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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