The Best Tidbits of Quit Smoking Advice

For those trying to quit smoking, it can be a tough road. Many of the people who try to quit fail and go back smoking the same as they always did. If you are ready to quit smoking or you have tried before and failed, then the following bits of advice are for you.

These are The Best Tidbits of Quit Smoking Advice to help you quit your smoking once and for all. One or all of them could be the key to helping you rid yourself of the addiction for good.

Don’t Quit All At Once

It’s tempting to go cold turkey, but this is by far the hardest way to try to quit. When most people think about quitting, especially for the first time, they believe that their willpower is so strong that they will be able to just make themselves quit and never look back. But addiction never lets you off that easily. If you try to quit smoking entirely, then you likely won’t have much success.Stop smoking now

Instead, try to wean yourself off of the smoking gradually. Use patches, cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke each day and just cut back your nicotine intake in general. As you reduce the nicotine levels in your body, it will become easier and easier to finally quit for good.

Have Motivation

You have to know why you are quitting; otherwise you will just revert back to using your cigarettes as a crutch. You have to stick to a reason for quitting and make that the central part of your efforts. Whether you are quitting for your health, for your wallet or for your family, you need to make that motivation ever present.

Constantly remind yourself of why you are quitting and give yourself the motivation you need to persevere. If you are quitting for your health, you can bookmark sites that tell horror stories of people who died from their smoking. Visit the sites every day. If you are quitting for your family, stick their picture in your car, by your bedside and anywhere you might be tempted to smoke. When you think about smoking, just look at your motivation and find encouragement.

Don’t Try It Alone

Quitting smoking is hard. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can conquer it on your own. Most of the people who have no emotional support structure to fall back on or to hold them up fail when they try to quit. As mentioned above, your own willpower likely won’t be enough to push you across the finish line.

Instead, tell your friends, family and loved ones about what you are trying to do. Ask them to assist you in quitting by monitoring you, keeping you away from opportunities to smoke and being available for you to talk to them about what you are going through.

You may also want to consider a group therapy method. Try to find others who are attempting to quit their smoking and gain support from them. This can help you to be able to share your experiences with others who are going through similar struggles.

Handle Your Stress

When you try to quit smoking, one of the worst side effects you will likely experience is that of stress. The nicotine creates stress in your body and then requires that you use more nicotine to calm that stress. So you will need to find suitable outlets for your stress and attempt to soothe it.

Many people listen to relaxing music, meditate, have massages, play video games or engage in sports. Some of these release dopamine into the brain to satiate the pleasure centers, relieving the stress. The rest of these activities help to reduce the chemicals that create stress and return the body to its normal chemical balance.

Remove the Triggers and Reminders of Smoking

When you try to quit smoking, you may find that it is very difficult to do so when you are around the places you normally smoke. Your house and vehicle probably smell heavily of smoke. That smell is going to remind you of what you are missing, and it will definitely help to get rid of those reminders.

You can do so by cleaning your house and vehicle thoroughly. You want to use odor neutralizers to get rid of the scent and upholstery cleaners to get the chemicals out of the leather and cloth materials.

Once you have chased the smell away, it will be much easier to resist the siren call of nicotine.

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  1. My own story, if you can use it somewhere.

    Just in case you thought pipes were safer than cigarettes … 54 Friggin’ Years!

    Addiction is a silly little word. If you never had any addiction to anything, it means little to you beyond what the dictionary might have to say.

    Old geezers might tell you not to start some crazy thing but then go on doing it themselves like hypocrites. It is hard to explain what addiction really is and why it might be hard for some kid to understand before it gobbles them up like so many before them. So old geezers warn you and you ignore them, just like they did when old geezers warned them when they were your age. Addiction wins again. Almost every time. Now its my turn to warn you for whatever good it might do.

    I started smoking when I was 10 years old. A school friend had tried it and encouraged me to join in. I figured why not and chain smoked 9 cigarettes that first night, lighting a new one off the end of the last each time. I loved the taste and wanted more. I never heard of the word addiction. Not me!

    We started smoking pipes in our little clubhouse. It was our thing to do. We tried every brand there was and smoked through pack after pack. We had a summer of cigars and smoked through several dozen cigars obtained by a huge single five finger discount at a local store; a kid size crime adventure all on its own. Too late to do anything about it now. That store closed at least 45 years ago.

    Various problems and issues snuck up over time but I was not addicted. Not me. I could quit any time.

    A work related insurance physical revealed I had the nicotine level of someone who smoked 5 packs of cigarettes a day. I only smoked a pipe by then and had only been smoking a pipe for at least 10 years before that. Don’t let anyone fool you. Pipe tobacco has a lot of nicotine in it. It is no better than cigarettes but I was not addicted. Not me. I could quit any time.

    Each of these words, phrases, conditions etc could lead to several paragraphs on their own, but just the list shows how powerful an addiction can be. The only reason to keep smoking was addiction. These were all reasons that I had to quit:

    Hacks, wheezes, coughs, gags, stinks, burn holes, slack jaw drops, black fingernails, vile breath, yellow fingers, yellow hair, rotting & yellow teeth, grungy walls, stains, delays, chest pains, enhanced sleepiness, gasping for air, starting to drool, deformed lip, circulation problems, leg swelling … and it only cost me about $800 per year. Compared to just addiction, you’d think the decision would be easy.

    I knew I had to quit and even tried dozens of times, particularly when I found myself gasping for air or coughing so hard it hurt. But then I had to accept I guess I really was addicted. I recently put everything I had in a single bag … all the remaining matches, pipe cleaners, tobacco, pipes, etc. and sealed the whole thing closed on all sides with packaging tape. I put that bag inside a second bag and sealed that one shut on all sides with the same heavy tape. March 27, 2018 will make my first year if I can make it.

    I look at that bag several times a day. I mark each passing day and think about opening it for one last smoke. I keep adding reasons to quit to my list to compare to the word addiction which is still the only reason to keep smoking. It is a battle to not just rip it open and smoke again but I don’t want the addiction to win. I suppose this battle will last a long time. It already feels like forever. Quitting hurts.

    Don’t start. I’m now 54 years down that road. I’m a geezer warning you not to smoke. I’m glad I never started with drugs or booze! I’d be dead by now. Addiction becomes a very strong hold on your reality.

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