You have been hounded by the fact that smoking will soon affect your health. Friends or family members are asking you to stop the habit for your own sake. You try to stop smoking for a couple of days. After several attempts, you find that you can’t go on like that. So, you get a cigarette and light it up again.
This scenario is very common for people who really plan to keep smoking. A few days of success then a an endless love for smoking again. If you really are serious in quitting smoking, then follow these effective quit smoking tips:
Chart out the pros and cons of smoking.
Type away ‘effects of smoking’ on the Internet and for sure, you will find a lot of information on the negative effects of smoking. Put everything in one side of a two-column table. Next, list down all the benefits you get from smoking on the other side. Compare what you have written. Surely the number of negative consequences are a lot more than the benefits—and that would keep you motivated enough to stop smoking.
Slowly lessen your cigarette intake.
Do not abruptly stop smoking as it will only make you feel restless. Slowly lessen the number of cigarette sticks you smoke each day. Wait until you’re down with one cigarette per day then stop lighting up those cigarettes that you have.
Don’t ‘treat’ yourself.
Saying that “hey I have not smoke for the last week, how about treating myself to a stick today” would destroy everything that you have sacrificed for the last week. Treat yourself with other healthy stuff than smoking.
Consult a doctor and ask for nicotine patches.
Depending on the state of your health, a doctor can recommend the use of nicotine patches while you’re trying to cope with life without cigarettes. Never abuse these patches, take only what the doctor has prescribed you.
Throw away those cigarettes.
Don’t give your excess cigarettes to friends as this will only make you feel lonely. Dump your extra cigarette boxes in a trash bin that is far away from you. It would also be best to throw it in areas that you won’t be able to get back.