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How To Quit Smoking Permanently – How I Did It

Updated on October 18, 2014

I am not an every third male that smokes anymore. I will not be one in ten adults that die from smoking related diseases. I will not risk my life every eight seconds, because every eight seconds someone in this world dies as a result of smoking. I will do my best in order to reduce the number of people who start smoking each and every day, and this number exceeds 100,000.

Quitting smoking should never be seen as something that is easy to do. On the other hand, I feel that people often talk about how hard it is to do so, but fail to give encouraging statements about quitting this nasty habit. Yes, it is true that quitting smoking is not a walk in the park, but it is also wrongly accused of being one of the most difficult things to do.

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Quitting Smoking with the Help of Different Products

The truth is that there are literally hundreds of expensive products out there, and all of these are said to be helpful when quitting smoking. Nicotine patches, nicotine chewing gums, electronic cigarettes and so on. I've tried some of these, but none were successful for me. After I quit smoking, I began to wonder how exactly I did it and why none of these products helped me, when I truly believed they would.

Quitting Smoking Can Be Difficult...

Now, it is important that you understand how much I enjoyed every single cigarette I have ever smoked. There are smokers that smoke only out of habit, while there are those, including myself, that smoke because they truly enjoy the ritual of smoking a cigarette or a cigar. I used to pay attention to each and every cigarette I smoked, and I enjoyed it from the start to the finish – without any exceptions. Now you can get some idea on how difficult it was for me to decide to quit smoking.

Quitting Smoking Is a Decision, not an Activity!

Quitting smoking is, in fact, a decision rather than an activity. What this means is that the only important thing about quitting smoking is what you have decided to do and what you believe in, rather than what you know is good for you or what someone told you to do. In my opinion, this is the only thing that will help you quit smoking and never relapse again.

I Had Some Help…

Another thing that helped me a lot in quitting smoking was the fact that my girlfriend had quit smoking a few months before I did, and I felt really bad that she had to be affected by the second hand smoke. Also, I promised her that I would quit smoking soon. I would like to thank her for being supportive and for not making me quit smoking as soon as she did. Instead of this, she let me decide on my own, and this was the best thing she could have ever done. Therefore, this was another reason for me to quit smoking without any serious problems or difficulties.


Quitting Smoking Cold Turkey – Is It Difficult?

The answer to the question of whether quitting smoking cold turkey was difficult is both yes and no. Yes, because any habit is hard to get rid of. No, because I decided to do it and I truly wanted to do it – not because someone told me or because I knew that it should be done. The power of will should never be underestimated, especially when it comes to quitting smoking and becoming a free man.

Although the statistics say that 95% of people who quit smoking cold turkey end up relapsing, I recommend that you try it first, and if it turns out to be too difficult for you, go for the therapy or some of the products that are designed to help you. However, even if you choose the therapy method, you will always have to believe in your decision!


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      Nemanja Boškov 6 years ago from Serbia

      Hey, Shawn!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Even though it has been almost six months since I quit, I still occasionally think about having a cigarette... It is very interesting how that damn thing always tries to get back into our lives :)

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      ShawnB2011 6 years ago from Arizona

      The article and all comments are absolutely true! I quite for a year and a half before and several shorter times thereafter. My problem is that I use smoking as a crutch during stressful times which has always been why I returned to it. I can quit, the problem for me is finding a different and healthier crutch that works for me during a stressful situation. Great advice though!

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      Nemanja Boškov 6 years ago from Serbia

      Hi, wwolfs! Thanks for finding the time to read and comment on my hub.

      I'm glad you also quit smoking successfully and I hope you won't start again, as it is a powerful addiction just as you said.

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      wwolfs 6 years ago

      I agree that quitting smoking is a personal decision as with any powerful addiction. I quit smoking nine years ago and never thought I could do it. I couldn't quite go cold turkey and weaned myself off them in six months. I believe every one has to find what works for them but with determination and your own desire to break the habit you can succeed. Like you said, better late than never!

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      Nemanja Boškov 6 years ago from Serbia

      Hi, Thomas! Thanks for commenting!

      Like it says, it only takes sheer determination and a true wish, which are not that hard to find, right?

      Anyways, I hope you will also succeed in quitting smoking, better late than never!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi nemanjaboskov...I have to say I came close to quitting once...went eight months. Sitting in a bar...had a drink...had a smoke...yada-yada-yada...

      I am very glad you were able to back away from the precipitous fall my's a nasty deadly habit.

      Great Job!


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      Nemanja Boškov 6 years ago from Serbia

      Thanks for the comments :)

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I quitted smoking cold turkey, many times! This is the last, I am sure. As you wrote is very important the reason why we decide to quit. If we are convinced and happy of our choise we can overcome every obstacle!

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      Laura Ginn 6 years ago from UK

      Good to see you back. You are a stronger man than me!