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. I have been trying to quit for along time but i dont have many ppl i talk to so im mostly alone which has made a cigarette my friend please support me as i really want ro get rid of this habit… please help this is my first day

  2. 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.

  3. Day 5- No Smokes! I started a daily journal on day one and decided to post excerpts from each day. I’ve been in my own hell and hopefully, what I share can help others. Day 1
    11:15 am
    It’s been 18 hours since I smoked my last cigarette, which was at about 5:00 pm yesterday. I was driving, had only one cigarette in my pack and decided not to stop and replenish my supply. I went to bed/sleep relatively early last night to avoid most of the head noise to go back out and buy a pack. So, I called it a night around 9:30 pm. I woke up this morning around 7:15am. I did wake up a couple of times during the night last night, mostly to use the bathroom, but did snack and drink a little before returning to bed, which is something I do not usually do. Anyway, once I got out of bed this morning, as usual…one of the first things I think about is having a cigarette. I like to have a cup a coffee with a cigarette while sitting on my master bedroom balcony and listening to the engine of the city churn, which I think sounds much like the awakening of the city. But, not this morning; I decided to have the cup of coffee, jump in the shower and head off to work asap. I don’t feel like talking, yet my husband and daughter are talking to me. Its best to leave the house quickly. I’m out. I have a box of nicotine gum with me and as its 11:15 now, have only had one piece so far.

    My frozen shoulder (right side) is causing pain on my left shoulder and arm. I closed my office door and stretched and exercised to ease my upper back pain. By 10:00 ish this morning, I found myself surfing the web for help with not smoking, timelines of non smoking, and reading what others are experiencing or have experienced while quitting. Yes, I’ve done this before and it seems to inspire me while on my mission to quit. In the mean time, my husband who works with me, but decided he wasn’t working today, showed up in my office with my daughter who needed me to call her college and work out a problem. He hasn’t yet noticed that I haven’t smoked. He was explaining/sharing with me why he would or would not work today or tomorrow, depending upon the contractors who are working at our home and when they may or may not come back…blah, blah, blah… stuff I did not care to hear, work on, direct or anything. I told him to just decide and let me know. He continued to talk/explain. My head was saying, I don’t care damnit just decide. Outwardly, I said again (nicely), just let me know what you’ve decided, no need to explain. Then, I stood up and said excuse me while I tried to get past him (Get outta my office! Rang out in my head loudly.). He stood up rather than letting me pass and he proceeded to exit my office. I turned around and sat back down at my desk. Yep, just wanted him out of my office; out of my face. I’m not mad at him at all. I don’t want to fix or direct anything today and him sitting in my office explaining is making me anxious. I just came to realize that this has happened before and is one of the trigger points to my smoking. Do you know, he noticed I didn’t walk out of my office. He turned right back around, entered my office again and said “are you ok?”. I responded yes. He said, “You seem sort of short.” I did not respond; kept looking at my computer screen as if I was busy with something. I was busy reading up on how not to explode or be angry while quitting. He left about 10 minutes ago. He is calling my cell right now; I’m not answering. I need space. Space to not talk; space to not tell people what to do; space to think about why I smoke; space to develop strategy to make this the first day of many to come…just space, just me, right now.
    I decided not to tell him this time that I stopped smoking as somehow, when I share with anyone that I am quitting, they seem to go out of their way to irritate or piss me off. That shit about telling people who are close to you so you can get their support doesn’t work for me. I’m a “handle your own bull shit” type of person. Being in a fight alone, quietly is how I’ve won many battles down through the years. Though I am usually a believer of what you speak into the universe has the effect of helping to bring that thing to fruition, it stymies me during the first 24-48 hours of attempting to stop smoking. So, I ain’t doing it. I am not saying that he, my husband deliberately sabotages me; but it seems that every time I attempt to quit, I get irritable and easily excitable and he will certainly throw it my face that it was not him who started me to smoke. His throwing shit in my face like that does in fact usually send me over the top and then I smoke. Smokers don’t need much of a reason to smoke or to resume smoking. So, its easier for me to just not tell him until he notices at which time, I will hopefully have 24-48 hours under my belt. Later today, I will say that I’m not feeling well; which I’m not. But, this will give me a reason to go home and do nothing but get into bed. I plan to take something that will help me to sleep. I find that I am sleepless when I first stop quitting. Further, taking a pill and sleeping for 6-7 hours straight is a strategy to buy more time in my first 48 hours of quitting. Why not sleep through the anxiety and low energy part of the mission?
    My head feels foggy. My energy level is low. Though I got plenty of sleep last night, I am sleepy right now. I don’t want people to fuck with me right now. Ok, this is the shit I am feeling right now as I close off this post: 11:48am.

    1:50 pm
    All I want to do is go home. I am really not getting much accomplished today. I have mostly surfed the web for information and forums on quitting smoking. But, my eyes feel weak and blurry. Great! I just researched weak eyes and quitting smoking. Apparently, blurry vision is one symptom that people notice as they quit smoking. It’s the first I’ve noticed it; but good to know. I received 3-4 back to back text messages from my husband. I turned off my cell phone. Its ridic how he finds a way to complicate small things. I don’t feel like going into detail here, but know that he complicates things, which frustrates me. Another trigger point I’ve noticed is when my cell phone keeps pinging and I open up the text message to read some bull shit which could have waited or never be sent in the first place. See, my attitude is real shitty…better keep with the plan to get in bed asap. About 20.5 hours since my last smoke. 1:52pm

    8:01pm….whew! I made it!!! My first 24 hours of non-smoking. I woke up about 30 minutes ago. I’ve been cranky and mean as hell. I told my family that I’m not making any decisions today. I’m going to need to take a pill tonight to get back to sleep and I’m ok with that.

    DAY 2
    8:00 am
    So, my strategy was to get to bed early on my first day, which is what I did. In fact, I went home at 3:30-4:00 pm, got undressed, got in the bed and told my family that I wasn’t feeling well (which was very true) and that I just needed to eat at some point. I turned off my cell phone (rare). My daughters immediately ordered a vegan meal from the Veggie Grill that would be dropped off by Postmates within 20 minutes (Now that’s what I’m talking bout). I watched the news, switched back and forth to a few stations until the food arrived. Someone asked me a question and again, I said: “I’m not making any decisions today.” And that’s how I felt. Everyone, stop asking me to decide. The food arrived. I elevated my bed for just long enough to eat. I finished, my daughter, cleaned up the left overs and took to kitchen for me. I took two Benadryl’s and one Aleve, reclined my bed, listen to the tv and fell asleep within 30. I woke up a few times during the evening to pee and went promptly back to sleep.
    My husband told me this morning: “congratulations, you made it one day without smoking”. What? How did he know? He doesn’t usually recognize the small detail, but this time he did. I said yeah, thanks and I’m likely not making any decisions today either. I asked if he had shared with the girls who were being exceptionally nice to me yesterday and he said it hadn’t come up at all. Oh well, ok.
    I stopped for a cup of Starbucks this morning. Opened my office early and plan to pound out these two-three paragraphs and go right to the web to read about others and their quitting efforts. Yep, that’s about all I have in me for now. So, its about 39.5 Hours since I had a smoke (working my way to 48) and only one piece of Nicorette so far; doing well. 8:23am

    11:30am
    Quitting cigarettes is like breaking up and leaving an abusive relationship. Considering such, I decided to write a letter to reflect why I am leaving the relationship.
    Cigarette, why you mother fucker; you got me hooked for all of the wrong reasons and I am sick and tired of being enslaved to you. I have already left you physically; but as my mind drifts back very often with thoughts of returning to you, I decided to write this letter reaffirming why I left you, you mother fucker and will not return under any circumstances.
    When I was first introduced to you, it was exciting. I thought you made me look sophisticated. I enjoyed you most often regardless to my day, activities, location…you fit right in so I took you everywhere. In fact, I did not want to be without you. Therefore, in the event you were running low, I’d re-supply prior to running out just so I would not miss any time with you. After some time, I found that I did not enjoy you with every encounter, but I’d have you anyway as my body yearned for you. My need for you increased rapidly and the more I had of you, the more I wanted. I began to feel bad and sometimes sick because of you; but that did not stop me from having you. The more I had of you, the sicker I became and the more and more I needed you. I became dependent on you. At some point, I only enjoyed you 3-4 times per day, and often only one of you were enjoyable per day; yet I had you 20 or more times per day. My hair, breath, fingers, clothes, and car smelled of your odor. My daughter said I smelled like death! I kept breath fresheners & gum in my mouth on the regular. I’d wash my hands and spray my car & clothes with perfume and often lotion my face & braids to conceal the smell. I don’t smoke in my home or openly in public. In fact, I’m a closet smoker as most of the people who know me, don’t know that I smoke (I think). My children found out that I smoke within the last year or so though I started back smoking about 5 years ago. Yes, I started back after being off of cigarettes for 18 years. My blood pressure and cholesterol are in the high range thanks to you. My lungs are likely gray-black because of you. I have had a smoker’s cough, yellow teeth, weak eyes, lung infections, head-aches, and insomnia and still I smoked. This flies in the face of who I am and who I want to be and I’ve had enough. I’m moving on and never coming back. Fuck You!! 11:53am.

    12:00 pm = 43 Hours
    12:20pm Recognizing My Triggers
    Drinking: Coffee, Alcohol and most hot drinks
    Following: meals and even exercising (go figure that shit)
    Social, being with other smokers
    When I wake up in the morning, on patio
    Driving
    Arguments, frustration, stress
    Too much noise/loudness
    Accessibility—the damn cell phone

    1:15 pm – 44.25 hours
    I forgot to note earlier that I turned off my cell phone again this morning, shortly after I arrived at work. I turned it on about an hour ago, saw 5 or so text messages and a couple of voice mails and decided to turn it back off and not respond to any of them. My business partner (a smoker) arrived at the office around 11:00. By 12:45 he asked if I wanted to take a cigarette break. I said no. He asked what was wrong with me. I said nothing. He left. This is when I turned on my cell to text him that my back was hurting and that I quit smoking and that I am feeling rather mean right now. Turned my cell back off. Back to online, reading real stories of those who have quit. I am counting the hours to go home and get in the bed. I have yet to run across anyone who is using sleep and a sleep aid as I am doing or maybe no one is willing to admit it. My plan is to have a repeat of last night, just so I can get enough sleep and not be up thinking about smoking. That is, 2 Benadryls and 1 Aleve. I will taper off tomorrow to 1 Benadryl and 1 Aleve and then Thursday maybe just 1 Benadryl. This beats Chantix and the other meds which promise suicidal thoughts and other freaky shit. Friday will be free of pills. After all, I don’t need to pick up a new habit while losing this old habit, right? 1:20pm

    Day 3
    8:45am 64 hours
    Wow, I really feel as if a foggy cloud has been in my head and is now dissipating. My cell phone is annoying so I just turned it off again. I seem to be too accessible and I’ve never liked that. I don’t have time to read and look at text messages all day and can think of many better ways to spend my time. I’m moody, don’t know when I will feel like talking or not, so playing things by ear. I went for a walk with my lovely daughter last night. But, I was still awake at 11pm. I took two Benadryl at 11:00pm and still did not sleep well. I got up every hour and half or so to use the restroom so will watch my water intake this evening. I feel pretty good considering the lack of sleep. My upper back is still causing me pain so about to do my exercises. I arrived at the office early today, 8:20 or so. So far, I believe I have had 1 or 2 Nicorette gums since I quit smoking so doing well, trying to make it without them as they too just represent another “thing” I will need to quit. Who needs this shit!
    OK, I just took a break from writing, and exercised my back for 12 minutes…better. About to go online to read up on what everybody else is doing to beat this monkey. 9:05am
    12:30pm 67.5 hours
    I don’t know why I seem to complicate things as well. For the last hour, I’ve been researching Intermittent Fasting and the Ketogenic Diet. Well, I do actually know why: I attended my nieces Bridal Shower over the weekend and I was captured in a few photos…not happy. I looked like Lurch! Yes, I am taller than everyone, but in addition, I looked much wider. I look like a giant! So now, I feel as if I need to be on a mission to dump 10-20 lbs asap. I’m doing ok without the cigarettes. My eyes are still feeling weaker than the norm, but better than yesterday.
    I’m really pleased with myself that I haven’t had any Nicorette gum today and saving it for any crisis I might have; but so far, so good. Working on 72 hours people and feeling great! 12:33 out.

    2:30pm 69.5 Hours
    I went to Ralphs and purchased a few groceries for tonight and tomorrow. I’m beginning a low carb, high protein and fat diet and will see how that goes. Feeling good in some regards, but challenged due to the nagging sensation of not smoking. Going home early to start dinner and plan to have an early night as well. 2:45pm out

    Day 4
    2:06pm 93 hours in
    I’m writing late today as this morning was about as ugly as they come. First, last night…I only had 1 Benadryl and though I did not sleep the entire night (got up about 4 times); I’m ok.

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