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How to Stop Smoking Cigarettes

Updated on September 23, 2017

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?

Great advice

How old were you when you had your first cigarette?

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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.


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

Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts and experiences about giving up smoking

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    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I do not smoke. But, my son smokes addicted to escape from mental stress during running a school with his partners. It was 10 years ago when he started it and still not quitting (he says unable to quit) even though I wanted to help him. I myself posted two articles about quitting this bad habit (one at HubPages) 3 years ago. But, he does not read such articles also.

    • marieryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Ryan 

      6 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Dolores, it's amazing how our bodies know what is best for them! It's when our minds come into action we have to watch out! You must be feeling better already. Great stuff!

    • marieryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Ryan 

      6 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Hi bac2basics! I am so sorry for what has happened. All these events must have been very traumatic for you.

      Now you have no option except to look at what you have in the here and now. You sound determined to not let smoking rule your life any more. You are right to go back to the Allen Carr book. You can also try lots of different strategies simultaneously, because this is a big issue and you will need all the help you can get.

      You can join an on-line forum where you can chat to others about their successes at giving up smoking.

      Also you could look at 'robie2's great hub on giving up smoking which I found really useful.

      Hope you manage to get it together.....take one day at a time.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Easiest way to stop smoking - I had a bout with the flu and was pretty sick for at least a week. I could not even think about smoking. Suddenly, I realized that I had not smoked a cigarette for a week and a half. No problem! Most of the cravings were gone.

    • bac2basics profile image


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi marie.

      My husband died of lung cancer just over 9 years ago now and just 2 years after we moved to Spain to start a new life and adventure. I continue to smoke and hated myself for at least 2 years after my husband died every time I lit up another ciggie. last year I read Allen Carrs book but that didn´t stop me either. I am going to read it again because something very traumatic happened the first time I read it ( first my step daughter died suddenly from a brain bleed and then a huge forest fire hit my area and I was evacuated for 6 days, not knowing if I still had a house to come back to) I am hoping that if I read his book again this time it will work, if not I will try hypnotherapy when I sell up here and return to the UK.

      We smokers would have to be daft not to know how much damage we are inflicting upon ourselves, but stopping is another matter altogether.

      Great hub and very informative too.

    • marieryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Ryan 

      9 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      dnrkrishna25: Thanks for commenting. I really do hope this has been useful for someone!

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      9 years ago

      fantastic hub...good advice for smokers

    • marieryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Ryan 

      9 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Hi pleased you liked it. Your profile photo shows you are a sportswoman so you're probably health conscious!

    • Freewind Ginger profile image

      Freewind Ginger 

      9 years ago from USA

      This was a great article and very helpful!

    • marieryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Ryan 

      9 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Thanks, garcilazoand, hope it will be of use to someone!

    • garcilazoand profile image


      9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      nice article. like it a lot.

    • marieryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Ryan 

      9 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Thanks CMHypno...hope it helps someone, somewhere, then it will have been worth it!

    • CMHypno profile image


      9 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Very interesting Hub on stopping smoking, with lots of good information. Smoking is very difficult for people to give up, so the more support they get the better.

    • marieryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Ryan 

      9 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Dolores: thanks for reading. Please keep trying and tell me if you manage to cut down, even for one day!

      Wyanjen: Thanks. It might be time to have another go! Why not?

      Eaglekiwi: Yes, I totally agree about the petition. We need all the help we can get. I think there are a few programmes you can get in the state system, but not always very widely advertised. More is needed!

      Lady_E: Thanks for reading. Yes, you have to find the right reason for YOU, and there must be one!

      Thanks for pointing out about the Spanish Omelette. I fixed it straightaway! I would never have known. Still finding my way round capsules and stuff!

    • Lady_E profile image


      9 years ago from London, UK

      It's hard to stop smoking and I like the way you wrote the Hub - making people see the benefits. Sometimes people need to have more reasons why they should stop. I've never smoked but from what I have read, it's very addictive.

      Nice supportive Hub.

      Ps. I also enjoyed your Hub on Spanish Omelette but it didn't have comment Box. Regards.

    • Eaglekiwi profile image


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Terrific hub , well written and passionately expressed.

      Thumbs up.

      With regard to the comment you left on my hub , I meant to also say , yes I totally agree ,why not rehab for smokers.

      They already spend millions on other drug rehab.

      Maybe a petition is in order !

    • wyanjen profile image

      Jen King 

      9 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

      I'm also a seasoned quitter.

      I've got this hub bookmarked, for my next round :D

      Thanks for such an informative hub.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Very good information. You've given us a lot to think about. I've given up smoking. Several times.


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