Tips to quit smoking
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Tips to quit smoking
I've been a nicotine addict for 40 years, and Iím writing
this is the hopes that someone may find my experience useful to help them to
quit smoking. I had tried
everything to quit smoking and Iím convinced that tobacco is one of the most
addicting substances on the planet.
I watched both of my parents struggle to quit smoking, and I watched both of
them die an early death because they could not shake this most powerful
addiction. Neither of my parents
lived past age 60, and I watched not of them die from smoking-related illnesses.
Also, see my
notes here on "fear of death" anti-smoking ads.
But even that knowledge could not keep me from smoking.
I had all of the risk factors to become a smoker:
Both of my parents smoked and died from smoking related
I live in North Carolina where the ďgolden LeafĒ
I live on a farm that produced Tobacco for more than
I work at home and have the freedom to smoke all
Tobacco use and smoking is engrained in my family tree.
My Grandpa chewed tobacco, and Iíve heard tales of how he had remarkable
accuracy. Grandpa Pace could huck a
wad if brown tobacco juice across a room and hit the side of a Mason jar.
Visitors to Grandpaís house were dazzled as they watched the brown liquid
fly across the room, with the rejected sputum slowly running into the dark pool
of slimy tobacco juice. His mother,
my great grandma Sarah, smoked a Meerschaum pipe, just like the granny in Lil
I smoked for over
35 years, and during that time I smoked more than 250,000 cigarettes.
Iíve been an ex-smoker for a year now and I still get
cravings from the moment I wake up until I go to bed.
Thankfully, the intensity of the cravings gets better each month, bit
even after a year I know that Iím still susceptible to a relapse.
Iíve seen people quit smoking for years, only to start smoking after a
major life events (death of a loved one, terminal disease, divorce, loss of
I quit smoking because of fear of death, nothing more, and
still love smoking. Iím ever
diagnosed with a terminal disease, Iím sure I will start smoking again.
Tips for tools to quit smoking
Iíve tried to quit smoking for decades, and Iíve used every
possible quit smoking treatment. I
hate needles, yet I let some quack acupuncturist stick needles all over my face,
and Iíve even tried the hypnosis to quit smoking.
Having tried all possible quit smoking techniques, I recommend ANYTHING
that you think might help you.
These are the aides that helped me quit smoking:
Chantix - Chantix can be taken together with Zyban and
nicotine patches, I used all three.
Nicotine addition clinics (e.g. Hazelton) - I attended
an evening program for nicotine addicts, and I remember the powerful videos
of dying smokers offering tips on quitting, folks like Yul Brenner
Scare tactics - Many quit smoking campaigns offer-up
fear of death ads for TV
But even with the tips and tools, thousands of smokers die
each year because they cannot quit.
Quitting smoking as
if your life depends on it
With my family genetic history of smoking and lung cancer,
I was almost guaranteed to develop lung cancer if I did not quit immediately.
In fact, if my life did not depend on it, I would not have been able to
put-up with the suffering that accompanies smoking withdrawal.
I have attended several treatment programs over the years,
and while none of them achieved long-term results (quitting smoking for more
than one year), I learned some important skills for quitting smoking:
Take it very seriously - Smoking is a
powerful addition, stronger than heroin and crack.
You need to take quitting very seriously.
You will gain weight Ė Smoking changes
your physical metabolism, and itís true that smoking keep you thin.
According to my doctor, most people gain 30 to 40 pounds.
You need to be prepared for this, and not use weight gain as an
excuse to start smoking again.
You grieve your lost friend Ė Quitting
smoking is like losing a good friend, and you will grieve when you quit
smoking. You go through the
same 5 steps of grieving as noted in
the book ďOn death and DyingĒ, and you need o recognize the stages of
quitting, especially the ďnegotiationĒ stage, when many people start smoking
You will fail Ė Do not be discouraged
if you cannot quit smoking on your first few attempts, itís part of the quit
smoking process. Most people
make at least three earnest attempts to quit smoking before they
successfully quit smoking. Each time you fail, note your "trigger"
emotion (anger, grief), and be aware of its power to make you start smoking
Successfully quitting smoking
Successfully quitting smoking involves planning.
You need to set a specific date to quit smoking and psychologically
prepare yourself for what will be a serious emotional and physical ordeal.
I started my forcing myself to smoke
only in a small closet, to make it inconvenient to smoke, and some people choose
brands of cigarettes that they find nasty tasting.
I cannot imagine anything more aggravating than being
diagnosed with lung cancer, knowing that it was wholly preventable if you
succeeded in quitting. Remember,
over 500,000 people die from smoking every year, and many of these people have
tried repeatedly to quit. Donít
become a victim of this powerful addiction; quit smoking as-if your life depends