How Do I Quit Smoking?
First I must tell you I began smoking at 16 years old. My habit steadily progressed from chasing a tobacco rush to 50 a day morning until night. My first thought in the morning was a cup of tea and a ciggie. At 36, after some extreme life events and after tens of people previously telling me I should quit I decided to have a serious go at it. I had tried many times before with my record being three weeks, but was determined this time. I made an appointment with the Nurse for advice and substitutes. The nurse gave me a tube to blow into to see how much poison was in my system from smoking and my result was off the gauge!!! She also gave me a date to quit and a one week prescription of smoking alternatives. The alternatives were patches and a nicotine inhaler and she only gave me a weeks supply probably to save money in case I failed. I also made a wager with my mother, who also smoked and still does! A wager with another smoker is a good motivator over those first few days. Anyway, it wasn’t until hindsight that I figured out how I stopped smoking. Smoking addiction consists of two properties, addiction and habit. You must overcome both to be a non smoker! I will try to explain how to quit smoking but first please continue reading so I can help you understand..
Recently I had a blip, a lot of drinking and a little smoking when drunk. every time I had a cigarette during a drinking session I experienced a tremendous tobacco rush. After a few weeks I felt I was becoming addicted again so I went back on the patches and inhaler. One night while visiting family and after using the nicotine substitutes, I tried a cigarette and guess what? No tobacco rush. I then figured out it was habit kicking in more than addiction and that the substitutes provide an adequate supply of nicotine to keep the addiction at bay.
Therefore, to quit smoking I recommend following this procedure:-
How to Quit Smoking
1. See the nurse for expert advice
2. Make a wager with a fellow smoker
3. Use nicotine substitutes to prolong your addiction YES PROLONG as it’s the habit you must beat first.
4. Gradually reduce the number of mg of your nicotine substitutes (by now the habit should be dying NOT YOU!)
5. Once the habit has gone then get off the nicotine as it only stays in your body for about 3 days then you’re home free
6. If ever tempted to smoke again DON’T. Pray if you need to.
That’s how I quit smoking and that is how YOU can stop smoking.
Disappointing Update: After 8 months followed by a couple of drinking sessions. The evil weed had it’s hooks back in me. I used the same method as above a passed 3 weeks two or three times, passing 6 weeks on one occasion, I am struggling to get back on track. If I succeed again I will update this post and let you know. The moral of the story is, if you quit smoking but get weak when drunk – then don’t drink!
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