About a year and a half ago, I kicked the habit.
I had done it once before, after I buried my father who died at 56 with lung cancer. My quttiing didn't stick, it lasted for seven months.
Then I went back to smoking, for several more years.
I was never a heavy smoker, half pack to a pack a day.
(Usually half pack.)
But I'm pushing forty now and I was starting to notice that my lungs were sticky in the morning, getting the cough, the typical signs. So I decided
I farted around for a while, cheating, bumming, you know how it goes. Then I decided, this was stupid and either I was a smoker or not. There is no
try, there is only do or do not do. As yoda says...
So I quit and, as impossible as it sounds, I haven't touched a smoke since. What's the trick? Prepare yourself for misery. I just said to myself,
"Self, this is gonna suck and not in the good Las Vegas kind of way... The only thing you have to do is never touch a cigarette again, no matter
what. Even if it's in the ashtray, lit and you're alone with it, and no one would ever know if you had just one tiny drag. DO NOT TOUCH THAT
I know, I know, it sounds stupid, but that's all I did. No matter what, no matter if I was crapping my pants and hanging from the ceiling, I didn't
touch a smoke.
Resign yourself to the fact that you are likely to be a very miserable non smoker, possibly forever.
And you will find that it doesn't take forever before your cravings are very rare indeed.
I still have them, maybe every few months now, (1.5 yr non smoker) but they last about as long as it takes for me to tell myself, "Self, there is no
such thing as having one smoke. Once it's okay to have one, it's ok to have two and then your a smoker. Having a smoke now is just stupid. You've
got this beat."
The only other tip I have (because I used it,) was deep breathing. Stressed at work, kids make you made, really want a smoke? Close your eyes, two or
three deep breaths, go do something else. (DON'T EAT! Drink water if you need to do something, get a sucker, chew some gum.)
Good luck! Hope you feel as good as I do! Quitter!!
[edit on 4-6-2010 by briantaylor]