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Ever Try to Quit Smoking Tobacco | Nicotine Controls Your Behavior | Why I Kicked the Habit

Updated on May 20, 2012
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Nicotine Controls: Just Say No and Don't Start

As a teen, I smoked socially. I didn't smoke at home or at work, only when socializing. As I got older, I smoked at work at my desk along with just about everyone else that I worked alongside. It was acceptable back in the day and in a government building no doubt. My how things have changed in the workplace. If the smoking ban existed back then, who knows, maybe I wouldn't have started smoking. Nicotine has alluring qualities, the more you do it, the more you want to do it.

Quit Smoking: To Quit or Not to Quit

To quit or not to quit, that is the question? QUIT...Just do it. You say....I love smoking. I know the feeling. All smokers love to smoke, that is why we do it.

REVELATION: The day your emotional desire to quit smoking is stronger than your addiction and desire to keep can and will quit permanently. Until then you quit more than once.

Quitting Smoking usually takes more than once

Quitting smoking can be a challenge because of the physical and psychological effects of Nicotine addiction; especially when smoking is coupled with many other behaviors. Smoking while drinking coffee, smoking while driving, smoking while consuming alcohol, smoking first thing in the morning, smoking after XXX, smoking while on the phone, smoking after dinner, to name a few past favorites of mine. If you have smoked, you know what I mean. If not, just take my word on it.

Being physically addicted to Nicotine can be overcome within a couple days as the drug works out of the system....but the psychological effects go way beyond the physical deep into the habits and patterns of daily living. How we walk through our days and couple our daily activities is the real problem.

As New Years Day approaches and along with millions of other smokers, you vow to quit smoking. Kick the habit without thinking about what you will do to replace the activity when you wake up in the morning and pour that first cup of fresh brew. Ohhhh the urge is stronger than cup of joe. Then there is the sensation after the first meal.... and when the phone rings and you go to pick your smokes to light up for a quick chat. Yikes. "What do I do with my hands now? ", was the question I asked myself.

When I quit the first time, I was shocked at how much time I spent lighting up around the other events of the day. This is why most people start smoking once again....the craving for nicotine ha passed but the habits of daily living have not been changed to a non-smokers lifestyle.


Incentive, that is what you need to quit for the last time. A deciding factor or defining moment.

My defining moments: My daughter used to hide my packs of cigarettes and begged me to quit. One day I walked over to the neighbors house with my daughter close behind. Of course I was toking on a smoke. As the neighbor swung open her door, I turned to the left to avoid being hit by the door and that adoring cigarette that was lit, the one in my left hand, accidentally pressed on the cheek of my daughter who was standing right behind me just missing her eye. Of course it was an accident and accidents do happen. However, that day this particular accident could have been avoided if I was not lit up. My daughter had a little burn on her cheek for a week to remind me of my stupidity. I hated that cigarette and the habit of smoking that very moment and in that moment started an emotional quest to beat the habit.

Later that week the family piled in the car for a trip to the ocean. The ride was long. The urge came and it was time for a smoke. With four kids in the car, my smallest child sat up front beside me where she had fallen asleep on my lap. I cracked the window, lit up, took a long puff, blew it out the little crack in the window while holding my head far to the right. It was at that moment....the light bulb went off in my head....what was I doing? Did I need a cigarette that bad that I would go to this extreme contortion. My behavior was being dictated by this little rolled up piece of tobacco. I put it out immediately and within three days, I had convinced myself that I was no longer a smoker. I put the pack down cold turkey and never looked back. I was not going to be controlled by smoking any longer.

The First Week as a Non-Smoker: What to Expect

The first week was the toughest. I was actually a little dizzy for a couple days. I had shakiness too. The desire to smoke because of the nicotine dependency is strong. Drinking lots of water will help to remove the nicotine from your system faster. Drink lots of juices too. Chew gum. Suck on Lollipops, Eat Popsicle's. Do anything to get your mind off smoking. Some people work out a lot. If you are not that type, consider walking a lot. It is helpful to make a point not to follow the same daily routine, break it up. Instead of a morning coffee, have a juice and walk. Instead of lighting up when the phone rings, put a pen in your hand and draw little flowers. Substitute activities when you find yourself reaching for the lighter. YOU CAN DO IT.

The second week, free at last from nicotine, now it is mind over matter.


Make a list of why you want to be a non-smoker and dwell of the positives of being smoke free.


Blowing Smoke, Is it cool?

Why did we ever think that blowing smoke rings was so cool? Smokers appeared to be cool back in the day on TV when the coolest people on the screen smoked. Jimmy Dean with that cigarette hanging from his lip remains a trademark of cool. Filterless no less....I feel a cough coming on.

Smoking in the Boys Room and Unusual Places

Remember that song....well there was certainly enough of that going on in the school yards too. I remember going into a steam room once where there was someone smoking in there. Now with all the bans on smokeless restaurants, government buildings and such, people are seen standing in the rain and the bitter cold of winter getting frostbite for that nicotine fix.


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Smokers Charm...Not..Here are Few Incentives to Quit Smoking

  • The charming smell of smoke on the clothing that remains in your closet
  • Or maybe the charming smoker's breath as a welcoming 'hello' is breathed in the smallest of spaces
  • How about the nicotine stained fingers of long term smokers
  • Premature wrinkles from the affects on the skin from oxygen deprivation
  • How about the exorbitant costs of smoking. Today smokers are spending their future retirement funds to have a couple puffs a day as cartons approach $80. good gracious. Smoking was once a rich persons addiction, I say with prices today, it is once again.
  • How about that little hacking cough, especially in the cubicle beside yours
  • Walking through cigarette butts as you exit a building where smokers do their flicking
  • Not becoming a Cancer statistic from toxins from smoking.


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    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      You did a great job on this hub with some powerful thoughts. I did smoke once but very occasionally. Addictions are always tough to beat no matter what they are.

    • Golfgal profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Oh Thanks for telling me that my article helped to motivate your cause. I am thrilled. Keep up the good work, wounds like you have made great progress. Weaning yourself from the dependency of three packs a day is no small feat. I am very proud of you. Keep up the good work and soon you can say that sticks do not control your life.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I am trying to kick the habit! In the past 3 months I have come down from 3 packs a day to 3 sticks a day! I am hell bound on quitting completely and will do it soon I know!

      I found this hub increased my will all the more. Thank you

      Great detail and presentation

    • Golfgal profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      True LD, Amazing how the body reacts to nicotine and smoke when you no longer are a user. I was actually standing beside someone who just came in from smoking and got a little dizzy from the residual smoke on their clothing. My heart rate increased and I felt light headed. I had to leave the room.

    • Lawrence Da-vid profile image

      Lawrence Da-vid 

      6 years ago

      True Golfgal. As I stated, I still like the smell of a freshly lit cigarette when it's ignited by a sulfur match. However, when I get into an enclosed space with smokers, I have to leave. I can no longer stand the odor of stale smoke. Nor can I stand driving or getting in an enclosed automobile with one. I just can't breathe right.

    • Golfgal profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      It jsut oges to show that once we are a smoker, we are always a wanna-be-smoker. An addiction is anything can be overcome but the addiction will always be lurking in the shadows waiting to a moment of weakness. Gaining weight from eating instead of smoking is always a problem. We are trying to satisfy ourselves with "something" and since eating and smoking both include the mouth and hand....well I guess that says it all. Bless you for also making the decision to not let tobacco control your life. I encourage you to continue. Thanks for droppin in and sharing your experiences.

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      Lawrence Da-vid 

      6 years ago

      Golfgal! When I stopped the first time, I used the gum. Finally after who knows how many boxes of that stuff, which, incidentally, required a prescription at the time, I stopped....for 13 years. Then started again after an episode of extended super high stress. And....that first cigarette felt good....dizzy but good. I stopped about 4 years later with the aid of the gum and finally the mint. Then I became addicted to the mint. So I started adding mint life savers to the mix. Finally getting mentally addicted to that )#)(%#*)QQ mint. Stopping that mint about 15 years ago. When I stopped, I weighted 175 soaking wet. Now at almost 300, I still don't smoke......I just wonder?

    • Golfgal profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Hi Chris thanks for coming by, it doesn't matter how many times you quite as long as you keep trying. One day success will come. It is definately a decision to a non-smoker and sometimes that decision takes time to manefest.

    • Golfgal profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas


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      Chris Hugh 

      6 years ago

      I quit. I quit every time I finished a pack or halfway through. Like a bazillion times. And I started again, except for the last time. I don't know I started this, but I would take a deep breath every time I wanted to smoke and somehow...I just quit. Hope this helps someone:)

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This was a very powerful article. I have to admit... I started smoking when I was 16. I don't even know the reason why as I was sooooo against it. My parents were heavy smokers. But it seemed if I smoked, the smell didn't seem nearly as bad. I got caught; I got in trouble and then I quit... and then I started... and then I quit. I was doing pretty good until I started going to school for cosmotology. It was amazing at how many people who cut hair smoke - especially when they should be hygenic since they are so close in proximity to others. Lots of body spray and lots of handwashing.

      For the most part, I was a closet smoker. Those who didnt' know I smoked - never found out and were surprised when they did. I could go long periods without but I just couldn't break the habit. However, I recently quit again. I think the driving factor was I was attempting to get healthy physically. I was doing extreme workouts, and I really thought I would be more successful without the hacking smokers cough. And why do you need a smoke before you workout. That being said, I had to change my thinking to a nonsmoker. My other reason... I never smoked in the house or in my vehicle. But my son who was 2 knew the cue... when I grabbed the pack, he would head outside with me. I didn't want him relating anything to smoking. Then, to top it off, in a society that is now so anti-smoking, it was hard to make friends. I don't have any because we are fairly new to the area. Yet, it makes it really difficult to make any with fear of being judged based off your smoking. So, I quit. The nicotine craving was easy. I felt no effects... however, months later - I still want that cigarette. It is purely psychological and I need to be stronger.

      This is a great hub for all those smokers out there who want to change there way. Yet, as an ex-smoker, there is one thing I vow to be - I will not be one of those hypocrites who judge especially hard. I think there is too much discrimination against smokers as is. It is there decision; and I won't judge. As for me - I hope this is a permanent change. Not only do I feel better - smell better - but it has saved me tons of money!

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      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Good morning Lawrence Da-vid, congratulations for kicking the habit. My husband smokes an occasional cigar. I love the smell of a good cigar, it is kind of like incense and flavored pipe smoke the same. I will occasionally toke the end of his cigar....and so there ya go.

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      Lawrence Da-vid 

      6 years ago

      Golfgal! I stopped smoking completely about 24 years ago. Still after all this time, whenever I smell a fresh, match lit, cigarette......I want one. I dislike the old smell of cigarette smoke, but a freshly lit one.....woah!!!!! still gets me. I still drink coffee, tea, drive, occasional drink of liquor.....but abstain.


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