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Updated on May 9, 2011

Steps To Quit Smoking-Why I Am Writing This Hub

I am looking for anyone who can provide me with steps to quit smoking.  You see the time has come and I really do want to quit smoking.

I have chosen a date.  That date is May 6, 2010.  Some may wonder why I chose that date.  Well it is my 43rd birthday and its time.

I have been smoking since I was 13 years old and as i write this hub I am smoking.  In all honesty I have had enough.  I know I have and I know I will quit.

30 years of smoking has probably done wonders to my body.  The good news is my doctor says I am still young enough that I my body could almost completely heal from all the damage smoking has done.

As I continue this hub you will see why I have made a hub to help me quit smoking.  I believe the hub will help me and help me keep accountable on that day that is quickly coming up.

Steps To Quit Smoking-Why Am I Quitting

I really am not sure but I am sure different people have different reasons for quitting smoking.

Well in this hub steps to quit smoking I will tell you my reasons. The problem is there are quite a few. I guess that's not a problem. That is probably one of the big reasons I am quitting.

The first reason is because I would like to be able to breath again. I work in the outdoors and over the last year especially I have noticed that I cant walk very far or do a whole lot without losing my breath.

Secondly I really am getting sick of paying almost 10 bucks a pack. I smoke on average of a pack a day. Hmmm looks like a very easy way to save 300 bucks a month.

Thirdly, as many of you realize smokers have quickly become the minority. I am sick and tired of people looking at me funny and telling me I stink.

Fourth reason I am looking at steps to quit smoking is overall health. Cancer is a word I am very scared of. I watched a couple uncles suffer and die last year from cancer and if I can help it i don't want to put my family through that.

Fifth-I want to see things. When I say that I mean I want to see my kids get married. I want to be able to play with my grand kids, and I want to be able to travel and not worry about my health stopping me.

Sixth-I want to live a long life with my wife. Many of you know how much I love my wife and I want to keep that for as long as possible. I know if I continue to smoke I am shortening the time with the love of my life.

Lastly I am quitting for me. In all honesty I have just had enough of everything about smoking. I just want to walk away and never taste a smoke again. I am not saying I will try and quit smoking. I am saying I will quit smoking.

Steps To Quit Smoking-So Why The Hub?

Some may be asking why I am using Hubpages for steps to quit smoking.

Well it really is quite simple. Over the last eight months I have made a huge amount of friends. Now I am looking for those friends and any new ones to keep me accountable as well.

I am hoping with the help of Hubpages I can make my quit smoking efforts go viral. That way quitting isn't even an option. I refuse to let myself fail with the entire world watching.

I can predict the support I will be getting from Hubbers and I know it will be huge.

I know there are many steps to quit smoking and I am sure Hubbers are going to give me a lot of opinions. I am looking forward to all the suggestions from Hubbers all over the world.

Steps To Quit Smoking-I Will Monetize This

I did a lot of hard thinking when I decided to do the steps to quit smoking campaign.

First I thought I would just go with the flow and talk about my quitting efforts.

Then I thought why not make a few dollars on my journey.  Now please dont think this is a ploy or anything.  I am very much going to quit smoking and my date is hard set at May 6, 2010.

However I believe this is a niche I could make a few dollars at as well so I figured why not.

I will be writing a couple more hubs, I have a blog I just started to add articles to and to update my progress.

I also have one program that I will be promoting.  I am planning on trying to quit smoking cold turkey but if that turns out to be an issue then I will be using this program because I truly believe in it.

So hubbers here is your chance to not only help a fellow hubber but to also follow me on my journey and hopefully I could be the inspiration that others may need to get started with their own quit smoking journey

Steps To Quit Smoking-Final For Now

At the end of the day with my steps to quit smoking I know some people will say this is just a ploy.

Some will say its just a way to push a niche.

For those I say think what you want. I have made a decision to quit smoking and I will. I would love to have thousands and thousands of followers who will keep me accountable on my journey.

My decision to monetize my journey wasn't a hard one. I am a marketer so I would be silly to not make a few dollars along the way.

Anyone that knows me knows I only promote products that I truly believe in. On my entire journey I will only be promoting one product because I have personally seen it work for many people.

Anyways it is time to move on and get writing articles and such.

Thank you to everyone who has decided to follow along on my journey and keep me accountable. Just think you are helping me save my life.

Steps To Quit Smoking

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    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Yes I did stop and as of November 6th it is six months since my last cigarette.

      Quitting smoking has been the best decision I have ever made in my life.

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      Daniela Daljac 

      8 years ago from AUSTRALIA

      Did you stop or not? If you did not there is only one way this is what I did this year in February. So smoke today everything you got make you self sick of smoking and say to you self this is it when I wake up in the morning no more cigarettes for me, and if this doesn't work it means you are not ready 100%! You need to want it to feel it to see it and you will do it!!!!

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      8 years ago

      Good ideas I am reading as you probably know as well when you are dealing with so many aspects as I am you may not have the time to read as much , so when I do I am glad at least for someone/ someones to be able to get some assistance. Have a great day and strive for positives.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks lorlie. The day is getting real close now. I thought I would be getting a little scared by now. The fact is Im getting excited. I just want to quit and nothing is going to stop me.


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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I'm really impressed, Dale. I found out about you on Faybe's hub and am going to be rooting for you all the way! I quit on April 13th with the help of patches and Chantix. If you want to know more about either, email me, because this could be HUGE!!

      Happy BIRTHday!!! :)

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      You have a deal.

      Im sending you an email right now.


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      Lynda Gary 

      8 years ago

      Hey ... I'll join you! May 6th, huh? (My original quit date, March 22 -- my 45th bday -- came and went...) But I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to quit. I just need the support and someone to hold me accountable.

      Want to be my quit-smoking buddy? Send me an email!

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      8 years ago

      I want to go COLD TURKEY! Tomorrow, I am also doing something called "The Master Cleanse". Going to clean out my body, my lungs, and digestive track all at the same time! Anyone reading this, send me good thoughts, good energy and lots of luck!!! lol! If that doesnt work well my back up is trying the nicorette inhaler I heard great things about. Heard about it reading a news article on 'kiwi drug." Always have a back up!!

    • dohn121 profile image


      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hi, Dale. As soon as I saw this hub, I was instantly drawn in. Sadly, I too am a smoker and smoke just as much as you. I've been smoking since I was 15...About a pack a day, no more, no less. I look back at all of the money I spent on cigarettes and have to roll my eyes. Had I put all of that money into a mutual fund, I'd be about $50,000 richer maybe more. Of course this is only one of the many things I regret. I wish I could go back in time and slap the 15 year old me and stop him before he gets addicted.

      You gave wonderful reasons on why you WILL quit and I applaud your decision. I'm still didn't make the decision to quit, but the girl I'm in love with is trying to get me to quit right now. If she starts blackmailing me, I just might!

      Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself. I can't help but respect you even more for doing so.

      Warmest Regards,


    • Paradise7 profile image


      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      It might not be as hard as you think, past the first three or four days. Your body ceases to be addicted but you still have a habit to break, which can take up to about thirty days. Think of it this way--make it to June 6 and you are all set.

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      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Hey Dale very good hub for a smoker, beat thing I ever did 16 years ago. Good luck to anyone quitting. Thanks K.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks everyone. I do listen to the suggestions and I will quit but for now I am sticking to my plan.

      I have put a lot of thought into this. I am hoping I end up with hundreds if not thousands of people looking over my shoulder when the time comes.


    • suziecat7 profile image


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I'm thinking of trying the electronic cigarette. I just don't have the moxie to quit cold turkey. Good luck.

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      8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Dale, I'll quit with you if you want. My 2cents worth of advice though - don't plan to do cold turkey then think up something else if it doesn't work - talk to a pharmacy about it - In Australia, they have a thing that you suck on to help with cravings - of course there are other products, but you need to test them first because some don't taste very good. Maybe this fab hub will see a bunch of us get together to do it.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Dale - I found out what the problem was with that link to the smoking hub article. It was split over two lines in the comment. It works when it is on a line by itself. (Something for us all to remember, right?) Like this...

      Again, good luck with your quitting smoking. Hoping for that, plus a "gold"for the Yankee ice hockey team in Vancouver Sunday the 28th.

      Gus :-)))

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Dale - I just now tried to get to that tobacco smoking hub and got the message that it"does not exist." Not so. But the link does not seem to work for some reason. You will have to hit it the "hard way" just like quitting smoking !

      Gus :-(

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi Dale - I can come close to going along with Ken Abell's comments, but close is only good in love and horseshoe contests. Let me tell you how I did it. It was me against tobacco smoking, and I was determined to be the winner. I had begun smoking cigarettes at age 12,and it was now 1964 and I was then 33 years old...and frightened to pieces with the smoking stuff.(You can learn why that is so by taking a look at one of the "smoking hubs" here on Hubpages - There is a good link on that hub for you to scare your own self with !)

      Here is exactly how I succeeded in quitting "cold turkey, Dale - I bought cartons of cigarettes. Then I stuck a pack of the things here, there, and everywhere I might spot them or feel them or believe they might be sitting... one in each sock, onepack in every pocket, one stuck up each of my shirt sleeves, one in every drawer in the lab, on the desk top, on the kitchen table, and so on. Every time I spotted a pack I would say "Hah! I am tougher than you, ciggies. I am going to win this battle."

      I won, but, guess what? Just like Brother Abell, those doggone cancer sticks are still with me. When I have my coffee of a morning, I find myself beating my hand on my breast pocket, looking for that missing pack of cigarettes. You never get 100% rid of the things, even the ciggies that are no longer there! Read that hub and follow up on the link to a good and scary article. You will not be waiting another month or two to quit your smoking after you read the both of them.

      Good luck - and send the next person who wants to quit into the land of the cold turkeys. It really is the "only" good way to quit smoking if you don't want to have a relapse (that only takes ONE cigarette) to put you right back into trouble again.

      Gus :-)))

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      Ken R. Abell 

      8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      I smoked for twenty years, from the summer of 1969 until August 1989. I decided in early January 1989 that I was going to quit in August. I had two weeks vacation & in the work schedule, those vacation days would start after two weeks of graveyard shift.

      I mentally prepared myself for six months, then for those last two weeks of work I chained smoked continually. And then when the last shift ended, I sat with some friends, lit a cigarette & said that it'd be my last one. Everyone laughed because like many smokers, I'd been quitting twenty or more times a day for years.

      I went home, bleached my fingers, brushed my teeth, punished my gums, & showered. Before going to bed I asked my wife to get rid of all tobacco & smoking paraphanalia, which she did.

      I suffered through the shakes, headaches, anxiety & all that comes with quitting nicotine. I drank buckets of strong black coffee. The physical addiction was cleaned out of my system in a week or so, I think.

      The psychological addiction remains. I haven't had nicotine in almost twenty-one years, but I know, that I am still a smoker. Just like an alcoholic is always an alchoholic, for me, a smoker is always a smoker.

      Best wishes on quitting. Blessings to you.

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      8 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Try some Hypnotherapy Dale. If you are really committed to stopping smoking, it is a very useful tool. Search online for local practitioners and check that they are fully qualified etc.

      Good luck, as quitting an addiction like smoking is hard, but worth it. Just think of what you will do with all the money you will save and how nice it will be to walk up a hill without wheezing!

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Good luck.. it's tough, but you seem like a tough guy!! Hoy!

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hey Dale. Saw your thread in the forums so I decided to drop by here and read your hub. All I can say is good luck, you can do it, don't give up. Oh and being a smoker myself (although I don't go for packs, I just have like 4 sticks a day :D), I think 3 months is too short for me. But with your family's and other people's support, I'm sure you will not have trouble meeting your deadline. Advance happy birthday!

    • jayjay40 profile image


      8 years ago from Bristol England

      You got to stick with your plan, I found coffee gave me the urge to smoke, so I changed to tea. Also can i recommend Alan Carrs book easy ways to give up smoking.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I knew that question would come up. I guess you being a non smoker cant realize what a tough decision this is.

      I will stick to my birthday and it will be the best present ever

      Thanks for stopping by


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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      My respect to anyone who managed to quit smocking. It must be v ery hard. I myself never started it. It just didn't interest me, I don't know why. My father was a heavy smoker and my brother. I can imagine it is a big fight but I wish you success. However, I would say stop now. Why another 3 months?

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Wyanjen, I know its not going to be easy but I also know its time.

      I thought about the e-cigarette but then decided its either quit or not for me.

      Not to mention if I get enough people on board who push me I know it will work


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      Jen King 

      8 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

      Hello Dale


      This has been a hot topic for me recently. For money and health reasons, and then more money reasons, I decided to quit.

      But - no luck. I tried the Quit Key - same concept as Faybe's zip-locks. It is a key-fob shaped timer. During the first week, you merely record when you smoke. During the second + weeks, it rearranges your routine while slowly eliminating the number you smoke per day. I shamefully admit that I didn't make it past week one. There is a delay built in so that when you press the button to tell it you are smoking, you can't accidentally press it twice. Well, I was smoking so fast that the delay period was not over before I was on to the next cig. yuck, and shame on me.

      I'm spreading the word about what I am doing instead. I don't have any stake in promoting it. Folks on the forums may be tired of me yapping about it constantly.

      Instead of a carton of cigarettes, a couple weeks ago I went ahead and bought an e-Cigarette. Price for the kit was comparable to a carton of smokes.

      The refill cartridges are only costing me $1.25, and I'm using 2 a day. I was a pack-a-day + smoker.

      No smoke, no tar, nothing but water vapor and nicotine. I'm breathing, smelling, and tasting better already. And I don't even feel like I have quit smoking - because I really haven't...

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Faybe bay, that is what Im talking about. All the tips I can receive are only going to lead to success


    • Faybe Bay profile image

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Okay, I know this much. Stick to your quit day. Start these steps now. Take your usual number of cigarettes you smoke in a day. Put them in a zip lock bag. Each day take one away from the original count. Drink lots of water, and when you want a smoke take three cleansing breaths instead. (The old way involved breaking the first cigarette the first day, two the second and so on. Financially with the price of cigarettes this would be a huge problem for me)

      You must limit yourself to only what is in the bag for that day. Everyone I have told has quit, so what is my problem? Too many rules? No will power? I don't know. I am out of zip lock bags. :) Finally, if you can make it 72 hours your body has no more addiction, the rest is habit. Find something else to do with your hands that takes both hands.


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