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How to Stop Smoking Cigarettes
This is not cool!
Making the decision to STOP
If you are reading this then take heart! You have obviously made some degree of decision about quitting smoking and you know deep down that this is what you want to do. So let’s take that as a given premise.
Smoking is bad, very bad for you and you want to stop. Why is it so hard for you to quit? (We have all heard the joke: “Give up smoking? Oh that’s easy! I do it all the time!”)
Nowadays statistics abound concerning the health reasons why we should not smoke and how bad it is for our health. There is nothing new that I can tell you here that you didn’t know before.
However, if you do smoke, you must think that smoking has some advantages for you which OUTWEIGH all the commonly known disadvantages listed below; otherwise why would you, as a reasonably intelligent person, not do all in your power to stop?
How old were you when you had your first cigarette?
What is your story?
Go back to how it all started…. Did you intend becoming a regular smoker? Had it been something you had dreamt about all your life? Was it something that you made a conscious decision to do?
Did/do you intend your children to become happy smokers in the future? Perhaps not, probably not…No, definitely not! So HOW did you begin?
You will probably remember how old you were and what the circumstances of your first cigarette were. Mostly, research shows people begin smoking before their twenties, that is before they have had much experience in stress-related situations.
This is the time you are most likely to be influenced by others, perhaps still unable to make informed decisions about your life. You may even remember that you DID NOT LIKE smoking or that your first cigarette made you very sick.
Perhaps you were encouraged to smoke by other peers in your social group (peer-pressure in teenagers has enormous influence), perhaps you thought it looked cool and daring, perhaps you thought it looked grown up,(just like your mum or dad!).
Think of the reasons you smoke now and see if they match: perhaps you think it relieves stress, perhaps you believe it relaxes you, perhaps you believe it helps you sleep, perhaps you believe it helps you concentrate.
We know also that actually the contrary is true. Dependency on any substance creates stress and tension. (Think about when you have no cigarettes left and MUST find a 24 hour shop open to supply you with your habit. How stressful is that?)
Before going any further, please take a moment to think back to your first cigarette and answer the question above right.
The greatest one single factor about smoking is that it is an addiction and needs to be dealt with very seriously.
There are many reasons why you should stop smoking, but, because you are addicted, you just cannot quit the habit.
1) Health Reasons
- No one nowadays can deny the staggering facts of the health risk in smoking. Smoking affects lungs, the heart, the brain, the bladder, sexual performance, etc.
- Research is showing recently that Passive Smoking (or Second-Hand Smoking) puts our children, other family members and our colleagues at great risk of suffering smoking-related health problems)
2) Effect on younger children
If you have young children, you will be aware that they will probably acquire the smoking habit as they reach their teenage years (perhaps as you did yourself) simply because they see you smoking now. Young children will imitate and want to emulate you in all things as they grow, because they love you and want to be like you. There is no escaping that terrible tragedy in this case.
3) Effect on older children
3) Older children, who may be learning about the dangers of smoking from school or other sources, can secretly worry about your self-inflicted habit (which probably makes no sense to them …yet) and fear for your life.
Information is easily available now and some schools are targeting older children before they try their first cigarette in an attempt to discourage them from doing so.
They might be worrying about your imminent death as they are unable to handle the long-term aspect of the statistics.
BEFORE READING FURTHER, SEE WHAT 4 TIPS AUTHOR ALLEN CARR CAN GIVE YOU FOR STOPPING SMOKING
Especially for women!
4 More Reasons to Stop!
4) Saving money. Smoking cigarettes is an expensive habit, especially in these times of economic crisis.
5) Smoking is a big ‘turn-off’ for non-smokers. Have you ever imagined what it must be like kissing an ashtray? Not very sexy!
6) Smoking gives an unpleasant, stale odour to hair and clothes. It seems absolutely illogical spending time and money buying and using products related to personal hygiene (shower/bath gels, deodorants, sprays, after-shaves, expensive colognes and perfumes) when within minutes of lighting-up, the overpowering smell of cigarette smoke cancels out all your efforts in presenting yourself as clean and well-presented
7) Then of course, it is a sorry sight.
Imagine how sad you look to a non-smoker, or perhaps even to other smokers, having to standing outside in the cold or rain with a white smoking stick hanging from your mouth, ash dropping all over the floor.
For even more reasons see: Ten Reasons to Stop Smoking
You need HELP
So you know all the theory but you are addicted so it’s not a question of logic or common sense so we can forget about appealing to the higher concepts usually present in humans (which you almost certainly display in other aspects of your life…but not in this one because you are addicted.)
Then how to go about giving up smoking?
The contradiction about smoking is that almost all smokers will admit to wanting to stop smoking, so how do you go about stopping smoking forever. Answer this question sincerely:
If you weren't already a habitual smoker, would you choose to start smoking now?
What is going to make it different this time? YOU NEED HELP.
Before You Get Started
FIRSTLY, Recognize to yourself that you have a health threatening addiction, and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for further action.
SECONDLY: Then admit to your family and friends (even smoker friends as you will need their help and support more than anyone’s) that you want to stop. They will be of invaluable support to you.
Now You Must Take the Following Steps
STEP THREE: Understand you will need help.
- You may know someone else who wants to become a non-smoker too and would be able to work through this addiction with you; someone who you can call when you are struggling with your resolve.Your determination will also be strengthened if you can help someone else to achieve their goal.
- Analyze when you are at most risk and what situations you consistently associate with smoking, and do what is in your power to avoid them (You will be surprised how many different every-day situations trigger your addiction and subconsciously render you a slave to this incredibly widespread unreasonable habit. When out socially with friends,
- See your doctor and tell him/her of your decision. There may be programmes he/she can suggest to you and they may help.
- There are many different products that you can purchase to aid you in achieving your goal of becoming a healthier, clean-smelling, responsible non-smoker. These range from self-help books, nicotine patches, electronic cigarettes (which do not help you kick the physical habit of smoking but may have a certain degree of efficiency), hypnotherapy lessons and even more.
What you must do is find the way that will work for you. Every day without a cigarette is a great triumph and you can be proud of your achievements, however small.
for more ideas on how to stop: Five tips that worked for me by Isabella Snow
© 2010 Marie Ryan