Stopping Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes used to be a lot more widespread than it is these days. Now most smokers are searching for ways of quitting smoking. This is because smokers and the general public at large are more aware of the risks of smoking cigarettes nowadays.

Simply look at films made in the Sixties and before, everyone is smoking. It proves how de rigeur smoking was compared with today. This would not be permissible now as you may not smoke in public places, on public transport, in restaurants or in pubs any more in most Western countries and elsewhere too.

Cigarettes fixed in the sand in the form of the word STOP, symbolizing smoking cessation

Cigarettes fixed in the sand in the form of the word STOP symbolize smoking cessation

The problem with smoking is that not merely the smoker suffers, so does everybody in the environs of the smoker. This is known as passive smoking and it has an effect on those working or living with smokers – a barmaid or a spouse for instance. So, all these individuals are endangering their health so that tobacco firms may become richer.

No matter how long somebody has been smoking, it is possible to stop the habit. Anyone who has stopped smoking will tell you that quitting smoking cigarettes has all to do with the mind. You really have to desire to give up smoking or you will not do it successfully.

People have different ways of ceasing smoking cigarettes. Some say that nicotine patches or nicotine gum helps, because you can wean yourself off nicotine slowly without having to inhale the poisonous smoke of cigarettes.

Nicotine is extremely addictive and most of the chemical withdrawal symptoms have to do with the shortage of nicotine in the body.

Most individuals find that the single most effective manner of quitting smoking cigarettes is to give up smoking dead – in one go. It is very hard to cut down or to switch to a weaker brand. You are still inhaling toxic smoke and it is still no help to you or anyone around you.

Cutting down or changing brands does not help, because you will still smoke other smokers’ cigarettes and you will still be in a smokers’ environment. You will also find yourself smoking tomorrow’s five cigarettes today, swearing not to smoke any the next day. That never works. You have to stop smoking dead.

There are a number of situations that can provide the motivation to quit smoking cigarettes. Illness is usually high on the list. A couple of years ago two friends of mine who smoked heavily gave up smoking cigarettes within weeks of each other.

One was in his sixties and had smoked for almost sixty years: he was advised that his lungs were starting to go, but that if he stopped smoking, the shock may kill him. He give up smoking one morning and is still alive, but what a dilemma!

The other was in his fifties and drove a great amount as a travelling salesman. The physician told him that he would almost certainly have to have a leg amputated next year, if he did not give up smoking and that the other might go a year or so after that. He stopped smoking immediately and still has both legs.

So it seems that the secret to quitting smoking cigarettes successfully is to discover your motivation (do you hope to live long enough to see the grandkids get married?) and hold that image in front of you at all times.

Take nicotine substitutes if you have to and stay away from environments where individuals smoke more, like pubs. Join a sports club instead, something like golf, table tennis, swimming or even chess.

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