How to quit smoking cigarettes seems like a straightforward concept but it isn't. As a smoker, you will know because you can't seem to stop smoking these evil cancer sticks!
You know the damage you are doing is bad. You know it costs you too much money. You know you look like a fool stood outside the office puffing away. You know you should and if you could, you would but somehow, you just can't seem to manage it.
Well let me help you with a few simple pointers on how to quit smoking cigarettes that should take it from what seems like a really difficult task to what can actually be a really simple task.
The first thing you need to understand is that you do not smoke out of choice. You think you do but you don't. As a normal person, you have taught yourself to believe you smoke out of choice when actually you are smoking because of addiction.
It may seem difficult to swallow because if you were addicted to heroin, you would be a pariah and nobody would respect you. Thankfully, smoking is socially acceptable (or at least it used to be) and so nobody looks at you as if you have two heads because you are addicted to nicotine. Accept that you are an addict and change your attitude accordingly.
The next thing to consider is why you want to quit. You probably want to do it for two reasons; health and costs.
The health effects of smoking should provide you with the entire motive you need for how to stop smoking cigarettes. 16% of smokers who smoke to their death, will die from lung cancer. Half of all smokers die young because they smoke. The half that don't die young directly as a result of smoking will probably suffer from some ailment of diminished health because they smoked.
The simple fact of the matter is that on health grounds alone, there is absolutely no reason to continue smoking. You can improve your motivation to quit smoking cigarettes by changing your mindset from thinking you will be one of the lucky ones who doesn't get ill, to being one of the unlucky ones who will get struck down.
If that doesn't help, spending $50,000 over your life (or more!), filling the government's and the tobacco companies bank account should help you motivate yourself. You are paying someone else for the pleasure of killing yourself!
Another way to help you quit smoking cigarettes is to never doubt your decision to abandon cigarettes as part of your life. If you spend your life doubting whether you can enjoy yourself without them, you will miss them. Missing them is not a frame of mind that will be conducive to quitting for the long term.
For most people, cigarettes become the only thing you can think about when you stop smoking them. Some people say you should avoid situations where you might find you are at risk of succumbing to a craving. I disagree.
If you put yourself at risk of smoking and don't, you win! You know you are a victor over your enemy and gain confidence as a result. If you shy away from whatever your trigger might be you only know that you have won because you avoided taking on the challenge.
If you doubt whether you should quit, you are already giving yourself a get-out-of-jail-free-card to fail. Don't do it! Be 100% certain that you made the right decision. Stay focussed, enjoy the fight and relish the challenge. If you falter, pick yourself up again and have another go.
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