How to Quit Smoking

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

How to Quit Smoking

When I first met David, my adorable fiance, he was a smoker. He started randomly at the age of 17 and developed a smoking routine that he executed with military precision. Despite never being a fan of smoking, his habit never bothered me. I couldn’t smell the smoke on him and he was courteous enough to not smoke around me and my asthmatic lungs. He never really discussed the possibility of stopping until he was diagnosed with MS at the end of 2014. His smoking habit continued for a few months after his diagnosis but eventually, after realising how smoking could seriously affect his already aggressive case of MS, he decided to call it quits. He didn’t know where to start; no smoker he knew had ever tried to stop so he was pretty much left to his own devices. He muddled through and eventually came up with a strategy to help him quit. He's even been nice enough to share his methods with you which you can read as soon as you have finished this sentence. Go!

Invest in an E-cigarette/Vape:

David decided to go down the e-cigarette route initially as it allowed him to stay in his routine but without having to deal with the lasting effects of smoking. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world and cigarette smoke contains 5000 chemicals; 70 of which can cause cancer. E-cigarettes, however, contain no tobacco and instead use a nicotine liquid that helps satisfy your cravings. You can get a variety of flavoured liquid and the cost of an e-cigarette plus refills work out a lot cheaper than constantly buying packets of cigarettes. The one thing my other half did find while using an e-cigarette though was to avoid buying the really cheap ones as they’re prone to breaking after just a few weeks. If you’re interested in an e-cigarette that is not only functional but intuitive and sleek, Vape Ayr has got you covered.

Chew Gum and Always Have A Packet Nearby:

There are 2 routes you can go down when it comes to chewing gum; one is nicotine gum while the other is just good old fashion peppermint or spearmint chewing gum. My other half dabbled with nicotine gum when he first decided to quit smoking but deemed it too expensive and switched over to regular gum instead. He’s been cigarette free for 2 and a half years but continues chewing regular gum or munching on mints as part of a new routine. If you are planning on trying nicotine gum, ensure you follow the instructions correctly and begin to taper off at the appropriate time. The gum is typically designed to only be used for 12 weeks but at least 10% of people continue chewing the gum for at least a year.

Self-Help Books Aren’t As Ridiculous as You May Think:

Ignore the stigma that surrounds self-help books as you wander over to that section of the bookstore as there are some fantastic books to help you quit smoking. For as long as I can remember, my uncle was a heavy smoker until he was given a book on how to quit smoking by a former cigarette loving colleague. A good self-help book will tell you to continue smoking while reading the book as it allows you to get into the right frame of mind before you put down the cigarettes forever. If a book advises you to quit right there and then, put it back on the shelf and walk away as quitting before you’re fully prepared is not going to make your body like you.

Willpower is a Must:

It’s the one thing no one ever wants to hear as we all want quick fixes to our problems but willpower is one of the most important things when it comes to doing pretty much anything. Giving in every single time you feel the urge to smoke isn’t going to get you very far. If you truly want to quit, you have to fight your cravings otherwise you’ll just be going round in circles. Using willpower to stop smoking is, of course, easier said than done and you are allowed to slip up once in a while but you have to get that willpower in check and stop that one slip up from turning into your old habit.

Have a Positive Mental Attitude:

Like willpower, having a positive mental attitude is easier said than done. There will be plenty of points in our lives where dwelling in negativity over something that isn’t going our way seems significantly more fun than trying to see the positives but that won’t get us anywhere and it certainly won’t help you quit smoking. David is a fairly positive person as it is and isn’t one for giving up on things easily so he developed the positive mental attitude fairly early on in the quitting process. When I asked him what his best tip for quitting smoking is, this is the first thing he came out with. Having a positive mental attitude is cliché but it’s constantly recommended for a reason. Think of yourself living a cigarette-free life and acknowledge the little triumphs; going an hour longer than usual without smoking is a win so don’t forget to celebrate that little win. Just don’t celebrate with a cigarette.

Nicotine withdrawal typically lasts for 3 days so the first 72 hours after you quit will be when your patience, desire to quit and willpower is tested. If you can get through the first 3 days without a cigarette, you can get through the rest of your life without one too. Making smoking a habit is easy but, like most things, breaking that habit is extremely difficult. If you are serious about quitting though, you’ll find a way to beat the addiction and hopefully, there is something in this post that will help you along your way. Good luck!

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