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How to Quit Smoking Successfully

Updated on September 23, 2018
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Venkat passed through lots of ups and downs in life with frequent health issues of family members, gained much experience in tackling them.

Cigarette Smoking

You smoke stylishly. But do not realize how killing it is.
You smoke stylishly. But do not realize how killing it is. | Source

Quit Smoking - It's Never Too Late

You must appreciate that it is never too late to quit smoking. Even though it is better to get rid of tobacco at the earliest stage possible, you can still leave this unhealthy habit as soon as you realize the negative effects of it and the need to get rid of it.

Six Steps to Quit Smoking

  1. Consider the benefits and plus points of quitting.
  2. Manage your cravings for cigarette smoking.
  3. Prepare a Time-Table for the quitting process.
  4. Take the help of your friends and family members.
  5. Join some Self-Help Groups to quit smoking.
  6. Register with some online support website.

Why This Article on Quitting Tobacco

As my son himself is a great smoker, I am much worried about his deteriorating health and keep on advising him and updating him with all those tips available on the internet to stop him from smoking and quit this dangerous habit.

My son had two reasons to fall prey to this unhealthy habit. He was deceived by his friends in his early twenties while running a computer school. Thereafter, he was deprived of his mother. Even though he was able to recover from the first blow, he was unable to recover from the shock of his mother's death with whom he had some quarrels.

But, I keep on encouraging him to be positive and to leave this bad habit of smoking by being friendly and supportive of him in all respects.

That's why I devised this helping article for the use of all concerned which is built after some good amount of research from available websites.

Success Mantra for Quitting Tobacco

The secret to getting rid of this smoking habit is:

Keep yourself Happy and Engaged in Life.

Hazards of Smoking

Health problems caused by your smoking habit
Health problems caused by your smoking habit | Source

Consider the Benefits and Plus-Points

First of all, you need to make the decision for quitting the smoking habit. For this purpose, you can consider over some plus points of quitting this unhygienic habit.

What are the plus points of quitting?

  1. Your health will improve. You will be freed from heart concerns, lung problems, bad teeth, etc.
  2. You will get rid of the bad smell and people will not be afraid of coming close to you.
  3. Your family members and friends will love you more.
  4. Your finances are saved.
  5. And, the most important factor is that you become more self-confident and will be experiencing a feeling of utmost satisfaction.

Manage Your Cravings

So, when you decide to quit your smoking habit, it may not be that much easy for you. The cigarettes will be constantly calling you to grab them in your hands and put them into your mouth. It will be very difficult to restrict your craving.

You need to be iron-hearted to avoid that craving. Think of those hazardous outcomes of this dangerous habit and decide to quit it entirely.

Some of these tips can help you get distracted from that instinct to smoke.

  • Immediately move from your present place to a public place where smoking is prohibited.
  • Indulge in a conversation with your friends or family members to get distracted.
  • Think of your family members and the loved ones whose health may also get deteriorated due to your habit as it is an established fact that second-hand smokers including the unborn babies in the womb of pregnant women are also prone to all those dangers of smoking.
  • Start chatting with a friend or engage on social media sites to entertain yourself.
  • Try to postpone your craving to nullify it.
  • Indulge in meditation and exercises.
  • Go to clubs or libraries in your location.
  • Develop friendships and spend most of the time with them to avoid smoking.
  • Put some toffee or chewing gum in your mouth to keep engaged your mouth.

Prepare Your Time-Table to Quit

When you make up your mind to quit, you need to plan a workable schedule for the quitting process.

You can take the help of a Doctor or even the help of your best friend to chalk out the program.

You need to do it step-by-step.

If you are presently smoking 10 cigarettes, you need to bring it down to 8 or 6 for some days. Then, gradually reduce it to 5, 4, 3, 2, and finally quit entirely That way, you can plan the entire process and be cigarette free within 2 or 3 months.

Plan your quitting smoking schedule
Plan your quitting smoking schedule | Source

Tips for Reducing Your Smokes

Your own family is the best place to look for help and relief.

Spend most of your time with the family members.

Indulge in games and hobbies with your siblings/ spouse/children.

Help your children or siblings by guiding in their homework or studies.

Seek Help From Friends and Family Members

You should open up your mind and let them know that you are trying to quit the habit and frankly seek their help and support during this entire process.

Select some best friends who care for your health and happiness. Speak out to them all the problems that lead you to this bad habit and earnestly seek their support. Tell them that you need their love and help in spite of any rude behavior they may face from you during that process. Always be reachable to them and spend your most time with them.

Enroll With Self-Help Groups | Form Your Own Self-Help Group

You can join with some self-help groups active in your area so that you get some group support in the process of facing challenges while quitting the habit.

You can feel more confident in their company and achieve the goal more easily as you are able to interact with each other having the same problems and find fruitful solutions to the problem.

If you do not find any active group in your locality, you can form your own group with some of your friends and locals who are also willing to quit this habit. You can occasionally take help from some experienced Medical Professional also during the process to implement your project successfully.

Get Support From Online Medical Health Websites

Besides having the support and help from your friends and family members, you can also register with an online support website for professional help. Keep in contact with them during the entire process of quitting the smoking habit.

These websites provide you with all the necessary tips and the kit needed for your quitting exercise. They may advise you to take some alternative medicines also like nicotine tablets or patches to manage your stress during the process. But, you should follow their prescriptions and the rules very strictly to come out successful.

I am providing the links to two of these websites which I have found very beneficial for my son's case.

For people in the USA, The American Lung Association is very suitable to be in constant touch with them.

For Indians, the suitable government website is Quit Tobacco - National Health Portal.

These websites provide both free help and the paid services also.

First of all, why smoke at all?

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Important Tips to Consider While Quitting Smoking

  • Always remember that you are not alone. There can be many people wanting to help you.
  • You need to be cooperative while taking their help and support. Your dear ones always understand your problems and try to be soft towards you. But, you should listen to their advice and try to implement it as far as possible.
  • You can explain your problems clearly so that you can make them understand and come out with some workable solutions. It may not be possible without opening up your mind.
  • Avoid discouraging people and move closely only with those people that you can trust in.
  • Avoid tense situations and keep away all disturbing elements.
  • Always try to be in some company, whether it is your family members or friends.
  • Go to public places frequently like a library, sports club, gym, movie, church, temple, etc. to enjoy relief and comfort from all tensions.
  • Be approachable to your friends and family members under any circumstances.
  • Listen to them before you proceed on your points. Try to understand their points and clear your own doubts also at the same time in a cool manner.
  • Never feel ashamed to get help from people who offer it with love and care for you.
  • One thing more you can do is to be helping other people around you in your own way. This will strengthen your relationships and you can improve your image. Thereby you can experience some great satisfaction and gain self-respect that paves way for your tense-free life.
  • Remember that Happiness is more important while quitting smoking.

The Video on Quitting Smoking

Below is a video with some good illustrations of the inhibitions that you are experiencing and the strategies to overcome those inhibitions with self-determination and willpower applying some workable solutions. It shows how you are gradually oriented towards success in the quitting of this smoking habit and thus saving your life.

How to Quit Smoking Through Willpower and Strategies

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    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the revisit and the advice offered for my problems.

    • The0NatureBoy profile image

      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      Deep down withinI want to force people to accept what I present but then having a 360 view of life and recognize no more than 10% of earth's population of man are even able to receive it, I just put it where I think others are seeking understanding and leave it. When they adamantly reject it I wish then peace and go another way. I don't believe in beating my head against a steel beam knowing it has strength beyond my b on's ability to break through.

      I have no answer except to suggest you seek within yourself for the strength to do what your life require of you and not to prevent your growth by some emotional attachment.

      Peace.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Elijah, for your deep analysis of this issue and of the mentality of people.

      I fully agree with your opinions. It is the person himself that should take the decision. Everything else is simply a message for him which he can listen to or ignore completely.

      My son is quite an example here. He is addicted to this habit and also to some other unprescribed medicines. He suffers from depression, anxiety, and some pain in his back (or the entire body). So, he takes those medicines not recommended by Doctors like alprazolam, tramadol. He takes one strip of 10 tablets per day. It is since 15 or 20 years and he can't go without them.

      I keep on telling him to curtail these things. He says he is trying. Even the Doctors tell him when he visits them once in 6 months or so. But, nobody can do anything until and unless he is determined to do something. That is the real fact.

      People like me simply want to keep on reminding them so that it may appeal to them in some future time. I should not refrain from doing my duty. We are here to spread some awareness among people to make it a better world for them.

    • The0NatureBoy profile image

      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      Venkatachari,

      I can hardly see anything you can do to improve your warning presentation.

      I smoked from age 12 until 29 and had read the warnings from 1957 until 1974 but none of that mattered to me. I liked it so much I pretended to be addicted although every time I was forced to do without smoking I had no withdrawal symptoms. It was in May 1974 after preaching my first sermon some 7 months after my new conception did I feel compelled to stop.

      I know another boy who was in his late 70s who had had 2 heart attacks who refused to stop smoking the short Camels. And there are many others who know all of that information but ignores it. Therefore i have concluded that it is a requirement of the individual's incarnation that determines their use of any and all ab use substances including Dr. prescribed medicines.

      That is true is, some of us have the destiny of presenting the consequences of what we see, some are toned them and others pretend they don't see them and that concerns everything in life. Our incarnations destine us to do whatever it is we do and it is what we must do with or without the approval of others.

      What I present I only present for it to be available to others, what they do with it I can care less, I've done my duty.

      Peace.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Dream On. It is a very bad habit that people are succumbed to. They are mostly unable to realize or unwilling to look at those bad consequences. But it is better than never to quit smoking. Nice to know that you never smoke.

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      DREAM ON 

      17 months ago

      A very important hub everyone should read. Bad habits are so hard to stop. I feel there are so many more ways we can spend our time and money for good purposes instead of bad. Both my parents smoked and felt they didn't know any better. We have more knowledge and can be smarter. Addiction makes it so much worse. I never smoked and never will. I feel so sad about all those people that become ill. Second hand smoke is bad also. Thank you for sharing this important hub.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow! That is a wonderful and intelligent feedback. You mentioned some wise opinion and suggestions for the smoking teenagers and the social surroundings. It is not only the students, but other younger generations also who succumb to this bad habit of smoking and tobacco unable to bear the tensions and other day-to-day problems of life. They think themselves to be very weak and helpless and consider as they are the only ones who are being tortured. They assume all others as well placed and do not have any problems and so not addicted. This insecurity, weakness, and fear among them should be driven out and for that, I believe, they need mental support and help. It can take a lot of time and much of our endurance and patience in teaching and the empowering of their willpower.

    • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

      Greensleeves Hubs 

      2 years ago from Essex, UK

      The evidence of the dangers of smoking is so well documented now that there is no excuse of ignorance among those who choose to smoke. In the UK, there have been numerous health-based campaigns. Bans on television cigarette advertising are now in place, and conversely all cigarette packets have to carry very large and unambiguous government health warnings graphically stating that 'smoking kills'. Taxation has escalated dramatically the price of cigarettes, and smoking is now banned in enclosed public spaces. The result has been a decline in smoking from more than 50% of adults in the 1940s/50s to less than 20% today. Nonetheless, of course a significant number do still smoke.

      As I say, there is no excuse, and perhaps little more can be done, but there is one suggestion I would make. I once did a very small survey as to why students take up smoking in the first place and the reason given was overwhelmingly peer pressure - the desire to look 'cool' and grown-up among one's friends.

      And yet when I see children or teenagers smoking, I don't think they look 'cool' or adult - I think they look immature, and weak minded to have succumbed to such peer pressure. If the social climate was such that all teenagers who smoke were seen in that way, then the desire to light up, would drop very dramatically.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, I know it is very difficult. But, one must realize the bad effects of it and start getting rid of the habit. I think nothing is impossible.

      Thanks, Audrey, for your visit and a nice comment.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Such a difficult habit to break and so important to stop! Great hub!

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you for visiting my hub even in your own distressed circumstances. Your comment is much worthy for me. But only a limited number of people understand the importance of quitting smoking. Most of them ignore all these messages.

      I pray for the speedy recovery of your grandson and wish all my well wishes to you and all your family members.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is so important to share, Venkatachari. Too many lives are lost each year due to smoking.

      My sister was a heavy smoker until 1987 when she had a massive heart attack. From that day forth she has never had another cigarette. I was a smoker at that time, smoking less than half a pack a day but any cigarettes are too many. From the time I got the news of her near death, I put down the cigarettes and never have had one again either. I quit cold turkey...all of the other methods did not work for me.

      Hopefully those who need to read this article will find it and benefit from the information.

      Once again Angels are on the way ps

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      If it is something done by you, you can take the help of Grammarly to dress it up quite good in much lesser time. I will look forward to it.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      2 years ago from USA

      Mr. "V" (Venkatachari_M on HubPages) -

      Is it possible - All I have left to do with that article I promised you is to go through it a bit to intercept bad spelling and misplaced commas and the like. I will probably be done with it in just several more days. Simplification of techie stuff is most difficult to do, so I have learned from this exercise.

      Regards,

      Gus

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I know it, Gus. It is much difficult than all we think. There is my own elder son here. He doesn't care all these instructions and warnings. He even attacks people giving him instructions. There might be many millions like him in this world. But, even after knowing all this, I do not lose hope.

      You know, there is a saying in our language. Eating the twigs of Margosa tree (Azadirachta indica) repeatedly turns its bitterness into a sweet taste.

      So, let us hope, one day or other they will realise their innocence or foolishness and try to quit the habit for their family sake (if not for their own sake).

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      2 years ago from USA

      Mr "V" (Venkatachari_M on HubPages) -

      Not to pass you by , good friend, it is good of you to put this article up for as many readers as might be tempted to read about smoking tobacco, lo these many years of being told of there being so many reasons to quit their smoking. If I can figure out how to do it without the whole deal being a terrible bore to read, I will put up a summary of a pretty interesting tobacco smoking experiment completed back in 1964. Maybe the "numbers" will be meaningful to some who are motivated toward smoking cessation. One never knows how facts can intervene in habituation. (Usually not very much, right?)

      Regards,

      Gus

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Frank. I want all people to read this and understand the problem and quit smoking or advise their smoking friends to quit the habit.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Mr. V.. this is so important.. this hub should be read by young high school kids who think it's cool to smoke.. This will no doubt put a chill in their bones about smoking.. a very choice hub my friend :)

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      2 years ago from USA

      Bok Devika (DDE on HubPages) -

      If you want some interesting things about tobacco smoke, Google "Kilthau, GF" or "Radioactivity of tobacco smoke." The nicotine in tobacco is a real "nothing" compared to the rest of the stuff...

      Regards,

      Gus

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Devika, for your visit and comment.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I tried smoking but for one moment and never did again. A bad habit that once started is hard to give up. Interesting an informative hub.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I also get these doubts. But, they are much weaker and cannot resist to it. They are habituated and so much addicted to it. I think, even though they are seeing all these warnings and want to leave it, just they can't do it. It requires much will power which they lack. So, we should be sorry for them and assist them in quitting it.

      Thanks for following me and visiting my hub with such nice comment.

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      James 

      3 years ago from The Eastern Bypass

      I do not understand why smokers do continue smoking and they see the warnings everywhere even in the very packets that carry the cigarettes.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and comment. Glad to know you don't smoke.

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      madugundu krishna 

      3 years ago from Yemmiganur

      i have no interest in the smoking

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and comment. But they should not wait till 60s. One should awake much earlier and get conscious of the well being of himself and his/her family also.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Smoking is bad to all people, they don't know the consequences until they reach 60s

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Here is one more great person. I appreciate you and your spouse, even though it took so much time to quit. Congrats Mary, on your achievement. Wish you all the best.

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's nice of you Jackie, to have overcome the temptations and got rid of it. When people have determination they can do the hardest things. The main thing is to take the decision and implement with determination. That's what one should do.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Smoking is the worst thing you can do to yourself and the hardest thing to stop! I smoked for 55 years. I quit more times than I can remember, but always went back no matter what I used to quit. Then my husband got sick and was told he had to quit. So, I had to quit too. It wasn't easy, but I did it. If I can do it, anyone can.

      Loved the video!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I quit smoking 13 years ago and am so thankful. Even while I smoked I knew it was so horrible and offensive besides being a health hazard. They should be outlawed and no one would ever have that worry again.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      Excellent post

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to see you, Gus! I am not pulling the trigger. I am simply shouting into their ears. So that after one million shouts, one shout may reach their brain. This is my hope. WE must be positive always and do our work.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      3 years ago from USA

      Here's a thought to pass along to "dedicated" tobacco smokers - "If the bullet to be shot from the gun would take 20 years to penetrate your thick skull, would you still want to pull the trigger?"

      Have an interesting day, Brother Venkatachari.

      Gus :-)))

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, it is simply burning your notes and then for bad health. I always keep telling people. Thanks for your visit and a nice comment, Thus says Nana Marie.

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      ThussaysNanaMarie 

      3 years ago from In my oyster

      I have often asked myself that as well. How can you buy something and then burn it? What is the point in that? I think i'm too stingy to be a smoker.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Nithya, for your visit and comment. It is really unfortunate to see people smoke even after knowing all the bad consequences. What enjoyment do they get in inhaling smoke? We can only pity them.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      I really do not know why people smoke, they are willingly killing themselves. People know about this but still smoke and yes as you say save your health and you near and dear ones. Great hub.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      True. But, I think that nothing can be impossible if one cares for his family and his own well being. A strong will power is what needed.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Barbara Badder 

      3 years ago from USA

      Quitting smoking is a difficult thing to do, because the person is physically addicted to the nicotine. It is however the best thing a person can do for themselves and their family.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I hope so, Ms Dora. They could be confused and ignorant of what they are going through. Otherwise, why should one do harm to himself or his beloveds?

      Thanks for going through the hub and leaving a comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Venkatachari, I heard of a man who did not stop smoking even though his wife complained that the smoke was making her sick. However, when the vet said that the smoke was making the cat sick, he stopped. Could it be that smokers are confused about what they're doing to themselves and other people? Thanks for addressing the subject.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. It is really a very serious problem and our people should recognize the bad effects of smoking as early as possible.

      By the way, I have come to know you have not started writing yet. Share your good ideas and experiences in your field with the fellow hubbers. Wish you good luck.

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      Rehan Ahmad 

      4 years ago from United States

      Sir, thanks sharing valuable info on such topic . Its very sad that smoking is linked with style and trend. Our body is not made to inhale the fume.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's quite true that it is an addiction. But, there should have been some reason before one starts smoking. You should know that reason first and then analyse the problem and try to solve that problem and quit smoking. Friends and parents should help in this.

      Anyway, thanks for your comments.

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      torrilynn 

      4 years ago

      I think people smoke because its an addiction and because they somehow relate it to being able to relieve them of stress. Overall nice hub. Thanks. Voted up and shared.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks a lot for commenting and giving your precious tips for improving my self.

      I really do not appreciate why they smoke knowingly that it is bad. It is really a weakness if they tell it reduces their stress or depression. If they tell it is a living style, that also is not good as it deteriorates the health. People should sincerely rethink and quit this habit.

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      mariexotoni 

      4 years ago

      Useful article! Some smokers are converting to e-cigs which can cause nicotine toxicity (e-ccigs are still the lesser evil of the 2). But smoking is so detrimental to the body and mind. I think it is really important for smokers to consider quitting and to reflect on the actions they are taking. This could really cause a lot of grief for their loving families if they don't reconsider their habits.

      Just a suggestion for the article to get more reads- just try using some headings and make your text "Scannable". I am still working on this myself. Writing online is so much fun. I wish you luck and keep up the good work! Going to check out one of your delicious Chutney hubs soon. :)

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you mana. I am not discouraged. But thinking whether it does not deserved any comment or people dislike quitting and so are not commenting. Thanks a lot for your appreciation and taking time to comment.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      Interesting that no one has commented. Do not be discouraged. A very useful article.

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