If you smoke, you need to quit. If you don't know how bad it is for you and the enviroment, you should. What you may not know is that the tobacco industry has been perfecting their product for years in an attempt to get and keep you hooked. Guess what? They are winning. When you wake up, you need a smoke. When you finish eating, you need a smoke. When you get out of work, you need a smoke. Need, need, need. You need a pack a day, two if you have a bad day. Three packs a day if you have a bad day and then start partying to get over it.
You need a smoke because the tobacco industry wants you to need it. Are you ready for the absolute truth?
You don't need a smoke!
You need to quit smoking. You need to quit today. Right now. You need to give your last cigarettes to the first homeless person you see. You need to do this and you probably want to as well.
If you want to cop out and ignore this, here is your chance: I am a non-smoker and always have been. I have never experienced the chemical dependancy that you have. My lungs are clean. I don't have smoker's cough or deep wrinkles on my lips from dragging thousands of cigarettes into my body. If that makes me a hypocrite, then keep that it mind when you fail. Feel free to blame me when you can't quit. What I do know is what it's like not to be an addict, what it's like to be clean, what it's like to be around smokers and what it's like for them to quit. I have helped lots of friends and family members quit. I'll help you too, but you have to do 99.9% of the work. It isn't easy. Are you man enough to do it? If not, are you woman enough? I'll bet you are. If you fail, let me know. I'm sure that the tobacco companies will want to use your failure against me.
Things You Will NeedYou don't need anything. You can use a lot of things to help, but you don't need any of them. You do need to find what works for you. You can do just that. Ready to quit?
You can do it!
You are at the top of the evolutionary chain right now. Millions of years of earthly biology has been brought together to create you. If anything different happened, you wouldn't be here worrying about how to quit smoking. If the sun was a bit hotter, no life develops on earth. If dinosaurs weren't wiped out, humans wouldn't have thrived. If your parents didn't meet, you wouldn't be here. It is a wonderful progression of events that led to human development, your parents and you. You should celebrate and do what you can to prolong the perfection that is you. Cigarettes are not helping. Quit smoking. You have done many extremely difficult things. Learning to walk, talk, drive, math, raising a teenager. Any of these things are way harder than quitting smoking. Take the first step, believe in yourself. You must believe in yourself. Start by putting out your cigarette and saying this simple phrase 1, 2, 3, 100 or 1000 times until you believe it:
I am a non-smoker!
Believe in yourself!
This is the hard step. The first was easy. You are a non-smoker. Every time you put out a cigarette, you are a non-smoker. If you light another, however, you are a smoker. Simple. Prove you are a non-smoker by not lighting up again. Simple, too. Don't light up again. You are a non-smoker. Non-smokers don't light up. Ever. It's that simple, but it's hard. The hard part is natural. If you drink too much, you get a hangover the next day. People accept that. When you quit smoking, you also get a hangover. The difference is, a quick smoke will cure your smoking hangover. You have to suffer through the smoking hangover. It isn't easy but you have to do it. When you do, you prove that you are a non-smoker. Just like in math, negative proof is the hardest part. Proving that you are a non-smoker will take the rest of your life. You can do it. Suffer the non-smoking hangover. Don't light up again. Ever. You are a non-smoker. Believe in yourself and say it as many times as you need to:
I am a non-smoker!
Get help where you can - nicotine substitutes
Some people who quit use nicotine substitutes. Patches, gum, weird little inhalors. These work for some people. Try them if you want. If they just don't work, then try something else. Don't light a cigarette, though. There are lots of nicotine replacement products. If one doesn't help, another might. If none work, then you are going to have to suffer a bit worse and quit on your own. You can do it. You know you can do it, (or you should). Millions of others have quit before you.
Get help from your doctor
Your doctor might be able to help you with anti-smoking aids. These are likely dangerous to your health as well, so only use them as a last resort. If you just feel like you have to light up, then see your doctor first. Don't light up.
You are a non-smoker. Tell you friends and family. Tell your bartender. Tell your bus driver. They will all congratulate you and then thank you. Do you think your bus driver likes smelling smoke on you when you walk onto the bus? Perhaps the driver smokes. Not when he's driving. He smells smoke on you and it makes him want a smoke even more. It's the same with all of the non-smokers or ex-smokers. None of them want to smell smoke on you.
Find other non-smokers and hang out with them. Quit with a buddy and help them quit. Talk or email when either of you need help. They might have better ideas than you have. You can find good ideas together. Everyone wants you to succeed.
Find a diversion
Now that you are a non-smoker, you need to do something to distract yourself. Your mind will go crazy because you won't know what to do with your hands. So do something. Start a hobby, do lots of gardening, start knitting. Anything to occupy your time. You now have more time because you won't be taking 10 minute smoke breaks every hour. Join Info Barrel and start writing articles. Write about how bad you feel. Write about surviving the smoking hangover. Drop a comment on the end of this article. Other people are going through the same problems and they can use help too. All of a sudden, you are an expert at quitting smoking.
What ever you do, make sure you exercise a lot. Sweat purges toxins from the body. By exercising, you rid yourself of the extensive list of chemicals put in by the tobacco companies. You'll also lose weight and feel better too. You can't smoke while exercising, so that helps too.
Never puff again!
This is really important. Never puff. Even once is out. Everyone who thinks that they can have just one is totally wrong. That one will lead to another one and so on. You know this. So don't do it. After suffering through the smoking hangover for 1, 2, 5 days or more, why would you want to do that again? It gets easier all the time. Don't puff so you won't relive those first awful moments of non-smoking again.
Stay away from the old smoking hotspots. No drinking out, no visits to the smoking areas, avoid other smokers. After you are less bothered, you can start to re-introduce these activities, but slowly. It will be hard. Remember, if your friends aren't helping you quit, then you need to be very careful. You are a non-smoker so act like one.
When you quit smoking, you will get a lot of benefits:
- you will save money
- you will live longer
- you will be healthier
- you will be happier
- food will taste better
- you will be able to help others quit smoking as well
None of this comes over night. A good rule to remember is that it takes as long to quit as it did to smoke. If you smoked for 20 years, be prepared to invest 20 years quitting. Luckily when you quit smoking, you get to live longer so you'll have time needed to quit. If you smoked for 50 or 60 years, you have a lot of work ahead of you. No matter, you can do it. Don't light up and repeat after me:
I am a non-smoker!