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How To Quit Smoking Permanently – How I Did It
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.
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!