Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times.” If you’re a smoker would like to quit, chances are you’ve tried many times before. In my case, it took fifteen attempts at quitting before I finally succeeded. The reason quitting smoking is so difficult is obvious: nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet.
But as all smokers know, it’s more than just the nicotine that drives us to smoke. For many of us, smoking is a comfort and a stress reliever. We rely on cigarettes to keep us sharp and focused, and to break the ice in social situations. If you would like to be free of this crutch once and for all, here are three tips:
Step one: committing to quitting
Quitting smoking is not something you can do halfway. Before you can quit successfully you must want to quit. Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit smoking. And don’t simply regurgitate the reasons you’ve heard from your doctor a million times. Think of the specific reasons you want to quit—make it personal to you. For me, the threat of cancer was not one of the things that motivated me to quit. The thing that bothered me most was my yellow teeth!
Step two: trash day
Say goodbye to your decorative ashtrays and your novelty cigarette lighters. Any paraphernalia in your home associated with smoking must be kicked to the curb. It’s so much easier to light up again if you’re already equipped to smoke.
Step three: forget the gimmicks
Many people turn to nicotine patches and gum when quitting smoking, but all they’re doing is postponing the inevitable. At some point, your body has to adapt to being nicotine free. It’s best to get it over with now. The highest success rates are among those who quit cold turkey. This is the method I used and it served me well. I have been smoke free for nine months.
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