by Victor Valquez
(New York, USA)
Out of everybody who attempts to quit smoking, less than 10% actually succeed. That’s a scary thought. Quitting smoking is no easy task and should not be treated lightly!.
It’s made especially difficult when you see others around you smoking on an almost daily basis. Even if it takes multiple attempts, if you want to quit smoking, you can do it!.
You should quit smoking because:
• You will live longer.
• You will be less likely to contract serious illnesses, such as cancer.
• You won’t stink of cigarette smoke all the time.
• Your hair and breath will be given new leases of fresh life.
• Those around you will be healthier, particularly children.
• You will save huge amounts of money to spend on other things.
When preparing to quit smoking, you should set a date. Pledge to smoke up until that date and then quit, nicotine withdrawal symptoms or cold turkey as it is commonly called, 100%. Get rid of all cigarettes, cigarette boxes, ashtrays and other items related to smoking in your household, your car, at your workplace.
Get your friends involved to help you break your smoking addiction. If you can get others around you to quit at the same time, you’ll be surprised at the difference a group effort can make. If you can’t get them to quit, let them know you are quitting and ask them not to smoke around you. Friends and family will be supportive of your efforts.
When you feel the urge to smoke, it is vital to have something else that you can do to suppress this urge. This can take the form of gum, exercise, and chewing toothpicks – anything, so long as you’re not smoking.
When you are trying to break a routine, if you break other daily routines then quitting smoking won’t be such a struggle. This can involve things as simple as driving to work a different way or drinking tomato juice instead of orange juice.
If you want to quit smoking, for the first few weeks at least, try and avoid situations in which you’re surrounded by other smokers. This can be as simple as going to watch a movie instead of going to a bar with friends. A bit of sacrifice will pay off if you want to quit smoking.
If you really want quit smoking, you can do it. You just need to dedicate yourself to the cause.