posted on Mar, 30 2013 @ 01:05 AM
Congratulations on quitting. I also quit about a month ago, at first it was also pretty easy (mostly due to a large amount of motivation I had). The
motivation primarily came from the fact I was tired of failing at it.. I was sick of looking like a bafoon for telling everyone I was quitting and end
up smoking again. I actually gave in twice to smoking in this month, once on my birthday which was exactly two weeks after quitting and a little less
than a week ago. On my birthday I smoked maybe a half of one and put it out because of how horrible cigarettes taste, the next time I smoked one was
due to having my foot ran over by a 600 pound pallet jack at work which made my foot swell up.. Needless to say I still threw it out because the taste
is horrendous after your tastebuds grow back.
I wouldn't say quitting smoking would be easy but what I realized is you might not want to run from it. Just keep saying "No" every time you have a
craving. I personally found it better for me to face my smoking friends, primarily because I would have to face this demon one day.. It helped me gain
a little confidence when I could be around them and not ask for one. When quitting smoking also, realize what your triggers are and face them head on,
for instance smoking while driving.
I have tried quitting smoking maybe 7 times in the past.. My eighth attempt seems to have been a success. Also what helped me was doing quite a bit of
research when things would get bitter (cravings). For instance I would read forums of people who had already quit and how they felt, how their
cravings went away, and so on, and cling to the hope that I could enjoy that one day also.
Also, when you try to explain to a smoker that a benefit from quitting smoking is "not smelling like an ashtray", that smoker has no clue what smell
you're talking about. Being a former smoker, that smell doesn't exist like it does to the nonsmoking person or to the person who recently quit. To
all the smokers out there.. There has been times when I would be 30 yards away, and inside a building, and could smell the person smoking outside by
the door. If you walk into a room after smoking a cigarette, not only do the people next to you smell you... But the entire room.. It's a horrible
smell.. Realizing I smelled like that has helped me with my cravings.
I've learned that the main problem is with your subconscious, for example my subconscious still believes I enjoy smoking, and that is what causes
smoking dreams. That's when you realize where the urges come from.. because smoking again and it being disgusting and feeling disgusting and not
understanding why you could even consider a craving.
I also believe for me personally.. Giving in and realizing how bad it tasted helped me quit a little bit.. I doubt it's the best plan for everyone,
but in reality the only way to kick the habit is to fail a few times and figure out what your weakness's are.. Basically learning how to quit.. So
continue trying even if you do not succeed.