Quit Smoking Time! Your Big Day Has Arrived – Try My Success Secrets

You’ve tried in the past and failed to quit smoking. Time to make you a permanent ex-smoker. Right?

Let’s get started.

First off, note that whatever quit smoking method you choose it must cover the habitual, mental, emotional, behavioral, physical and chemical aspects. How much and what treatment to use will be determined by each individual’s makeup. What works for one won’t necessarily work for another.

I’m going to share with you what worked for me and turned me into an ex-smoker for 32 successful years.

My Secret #1: Be Certain You’re Ready for Your Quit Smoking Time

From a mental standpoint: The very first thing you have to do to ensure you will succeed is to be absolutely certain you do want to quit smoking, that you are determined to quit smoking no matter how many times you tried in the past.

This is crucial to your success. You have to be truly ready to quit. No excuses. You’ve made the decision and you’re sticking with it and you’ll do whatever it takes. Your decision must have a firm basis, like wanting to stay healthy, or getting rid of the inconvenience of smoking, or to protect your family from second-hand smoke. Or maybe you just want to get fit so you can enjoy physical activity without gasping for breath.

Find a good reason to quit and implant it firmly in your mind. Get into the mindset that you want to and will quit. You cannot waver.

My Secret #2: Find Ways To Trick Your Mind

From an emotional standpoint: Figure out ways to trick yourself whenever you get the urge to light up.

When I quit smoking 30 years ago, I dreaded the finality of tossing out my last cigarettes. With each attempt to quit, I panicked knowing I didn’t have any to fall back on should I weaken in my plan to quit smoking. Time after time, I’d say, “That’s it. I quit” and immediately freak out because I didn’t have any cigarettes in my possession. It was all I could think about.

“What if I get a craving and I don’t have any cigarettes?”

“What if the craving hits me in the middle of the night when the stores are closed?”

This is where the agitation, irritability, tension and stress come from when we decide it’s quit smoking time and throw away our cigarettes and try not to think about them. Of course we’re going to think about them. They’ve meant too much to us for all those years.

Ultimately, that frenzied feeling exaggerated the comfort I felt when I did have them available. This just confirmed how important cigarettes were to me. It put doubts in my mind about why I was quitting in the first place. Suddenly, my original reason to quit was less important. This caused me to continue smoking for many years until I finally came up with a secret to trick my mind.

Every quit smoking tip I’ve read stresses throwing away your last cigarettes so you can’t be tempted, but this doesn’t work for all people.

The key for me was to keep the last 3-4 cigarettes on me at all times. I put them in my purse where I wouldn’t see them every time I opened it. There was comfort in knowing they were there, but they weren’t a constant temptation. Having them enabled me to turn my focus away from cigarettes. Not having them put me in a constant stress state.

This trick worked because I only needed to know that they were available. Then, I was free to choose to smoke or not to smoke. I knew that if the urge became too overwhelming, I had access to a cigarette to ease that stress. Without that stash, I had no ‘choice’. Without it, I had to quit smoking.

Having a choice puts more control in your hands, so you feel less stressed. In turn, this eases some of those emotional upheavals we go through when we try to withdraw from an addictive substance.

My Secret #3: Find A Cigarette Substitute

From a habit standpoint: Habit causes you to continue smoking. It’s become a huge part of your lifestyle and that makes it very difficult to quit smoking. Time to find another way to keep your hands busy.

I remember when they first came out with stop smoking aids. One was a type of cigarette holder that you picked up to replicate holding a cigarette. I don’t know if they’re still on the market, but this gives you the idea.

My ‘secret’ substitute was a bag of candies and a continuous supply of water. On my desk I kept a huge bag of sweets to pop into my mouth. Taking sips of water provided the hand-to-mouth action that had become such an ingrained habit. A pen would provide the same experience. I’ve always been a pen chewer, so don’t be afraid to use this as a suitable and safe replacement. Make it a ‘special’ pen to give it more importance for you. Maybe it’s design feels good in your hand, or perhaps it belonged to one of your children.

My Secret 4: Overcome the Need for Chemical Aids

From a chemical standpoint: There’s a lot of hype these days about patches, pills and special diets to help you to quit smoking. Personally, I avoid any form of ‘medication’ unless it’s absolutely crucial. I’m a firm believer that society has become far too dependent on medications for everything from quitting smoking to pain (even bearable pain) to dieting and tons of things beyond.

There are warnings on practically all such treatments that can actually cause more damage to your body.

One such warning states that pregnant women can damage and cause birth defects to the fetus if they use nicotine patches and pills. There are many more scary potential side effects from taking patches, pills, lozenges, gums, etc.

Some common reactions to chemical replacement therapy include having the jitters, irritability, nervousness, insomnia and panic attacks. Some people experience skin rashes and welts with patches.

There are some potentially dangerous side effects if you have heart, blood pressure or liver problems. Gum can be habit forming as well, which really doesn’t resolve your problem much. Besides, the long term use can increase the risk of the formation of a carcinogenic chemical in your body. The artificial sweeteners used in gum, lozenges and tablets are known to cause neurological and other health problems.

And if that isn’t enough to scare you, there are many troubling side effects, a major one being the tendency for seizures. (Approx. 1 in every 1,000 people have a seizure, which may involve convulsions and loss of consciousness.) As many as 3 in 1,000 people have a severe allergic reaction that requires medical attention.

Symptoms include mild to severe foggy thinking, headaches, nausea, insomnia (often serious), shakes, weight gain, sugar and carb cravings, sweating, constipation, personality disorders, suicidal tendencies (many thousands have been reported) and some deaths.

People report an inability to cope with a normal work day, and anything requiring study or taking exams is totally out of the question. If these stop smoking aids are mixed with alcohol, heart medications, caffeine, most drugs, or are taken by people who have any history of mental disorders, eating disorders, diabetes, and previous head or organ injury or disease, more risks are imminent. Of course, if children could be exposed to serious overdosing if they get their hands on them.

(*stats provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies and sources) So as I said, it’s best to try to quit without these types of stop smoking aids.

My Secret Quit Smoking Time

To recap, these are the secrets used in my quit smoking time that enabled me to succeed:

Get into the mind set that quitting is the only choice – It’s a matter of your health and your life expectancy!
Trick your mind by having a stash available, even though you are not planning to use it. This will provide comfort knowing you do have a choice – but you choose not to smoke – for now.
Play the delay game. Plan to start your quit smoking time when you go to bed and thereafter, you will already have gone 8 hours without a cigarette when you awake. Remind yourself of this. Question every desire to light up. Can you wait another 10 minutes? Half an hour? Remind yourself how long you’ve gone without a cigarette and feel proud of your accomplishment.
Get busy and you’ll soon forget about the time. It only takes 7 days to quit – 14 days to break the habit and for the thought of having a cigarette to fade. Remind yourself of this fact.
Find a substitute for the habit. Change your routine so the ones that involve having a cigarette are removed. Avoid spicy foods that trigger the urge to smoke. Keep fresh cool water beside you at all times and keep sipping when the urge strikes.
Avoid chemical substitutes and herbal remedies. They can be just as dangerous as the cigarettes themselves and just as habit forming. Smoke is smoke! Seek out natural methods.

Here is one excellent quit smoking program that I highly recommend. Ex-smoker Rick Beneteau worked with a group of professionals to help him put together his program which includes a series of mind power audios. He educates you about your addiction, explains why you can’t quit and how to overcome it, lists all the dangerous ingredients you’re inhaling along with their dangers (cancer isn’t the only thing you have to worry about), how you have been lied to about cigarettes, and what steps you need to take to quit smoking. Time to get started.

10 Tips to Show You How to Quit Smoking

Introduction

Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things that you can do. If you’ve been smoking for awhile then you know that you are addicted. And to break an addiction, you must work very hard. So, the decision to quit smoking is a significant one and now the work begins.

Over the next few weeks, as you move away from cigarettes and other tobacco products, you are going to be unlearning some bad habits that have been plaguing you for years. And that’s why you need help. But your decision to quit cigarettes or quit tobacco is the most important decision that you can make at this time in your life. Smoking cigarettes affects so many other parts of your life – your finances, you health, your friendships and relationships and even your job.

So despite what is in front of you, don’t be deterred. It can be done. Thousands of smokers stop smoking cigarettes daily. You can be one of them. With effective quit smoking tips, the right support structure and stop smoking aids, you will be able to conquer this thing.

You’ve Probably Tried to Quit Smoking Many Times Before

That doesn’t matter. Anyone who has ever quit before you has tried multiple times to stop before they have gotten it right. The important thing is that you have made the decision to stop smoking. If you have tried before and failed, take some time to review those occasions and assess what went wrong. Odds are you will slip up. But slipping up is an important juncture in quitting smoking because it leaves you with a critical decision – are you going to give up and stay off the wagon or are you going to climb back on that wagon and keep working hard until you quit for good. If you slip up it just means that you are human. Don’t let that derail you. Just ignore it and continue your smoking cessation program.

Set a Date to Quit Smoking

Some people just make the decision to quit. No planning, no foresight, they just try to quit. Some folk that do this succeed. But those people are the exception. While it is not impossible to just quit without any type of advanced preparation, odds are you will be more successful if you put some planning and thought into your decision. Set a date in the future when you want to quit. Then, as that day nears, make all the necessary preparations – purchase your self- help materials and stop smoking aids, visit support web sites and collect information. Then when your quit day comes you will be more than ready to get started.

Quit Smoking Because You Want to Quit

You have to want to do it. You can listen to others and take their advice, but in your heart, you have to really want to quit smoking. If you make the decision to quit and you are not the one driving that decision than your chances of failing increase significantly. So, be sure that it is your decision because you will be more committed to it.

Eliminate Habits that Lead to Smoking

Maybe you have a cigarette with a beer or a cigarette after eating. What about that cigarette over a cup of coffee? There are many situations in your life that have become “tobacco assisted”. These are things that you do that either lead to you lighting up or you light up while doing them. Try to avoid those situations and try to eliminate any habitual behavior that leads to smoking.

Find a Good Support Structure

Many folk keep it quiet that they have decided to quit smoking cigarettes. That’s really not a good plan. Set a goal to quit smoking, marshal your support, and then tell those people important to you that you have decided to quit. For the most part, they will not only support you but help you in your endeavor. Your family and friends are going to want you to be successful. There may be a naysayer or two in the group. Don’t let that get to you. Charge hard toward your non-smoking goal.

Use Quit Smoking Tips and Quit Smoking Aids to Assist You

Things are changing rapidly. Unlike just a few short years ago, there are thousands of aids that will help you quit. Some are free, some come at a cost. They all have differing results. But they are out there and if they will help you quit smoking, they are worth the investment. Sometimes the investment is just a moment or two of your time. Other times there is a financial investment. But don’t let paying for a self help product shy you away from help. Just do the current math. If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day you are smoking away 5 bucks a day. That’s a little over $1,800 annually. So, a couple hundred dollar investment on an effective quit smoking aid is not going to hurt. If you successfully quit, you are still going to be way ahead, financially.

Save the Money that You Save!

Get a jar – a big one, and start tossing the money in it that you use to buy cigarettes. Do it daily. Make sure it is a jar so that you can see the money grow. Then go open up a special savings account for this money. At the end of every week, take the money to the bank and deposit it (you wouldn’t want to have $2,000 dollars in cash sitting around in a jar!). At the end of the year, treat yourself to something nice with some of the money and keep saving the rest.

Craving is Normal

You are going to crave cigarettes. Often, you crave cigarettes for years to come. The first 48 hours though, are the toughest. When you get through the first 48 hours the battle is almost won. If you are using a smoke cessation aid, like gum, patches or lozenges, stick to the plan that they suggest. Physical craving comes and go, but psychological craving can go on, as I mentioned earlier, for years. But it is not an overwhelming craving. Just know that once you complete your smoking cessation program, you can never smoke again or use any type of nicotine products. If you do, you may pick up the habit again. So, don’t cave in to the cravings. Condition yourself to expect them, deal with them, and then move on.

If you Slip, Don’t Beat Yourself Up

If you slip up and have a smoke, don’t be too hard on yourself. And don’t listen to that crazy inner voice that is going to try to convince to start smoking again. It is going to tell you that you are not strong, have no will power and that you will always be a smoker. It will even try to persuade you that you enjoy smoking and smoking isn’t so bad after all. Don’t listen. Make sure your logic triumphs. Know that you were not born to smoke cigarettes. Know that there was a time in your life where your lungs were clear. Fight to return your body to that state.

Hopefully, some of the information that I have shared here will help you. I’ve been where you are and I was successful. If I can be a successful quitter and a passionate non-smoking advocate, so can you. I have been tobacco free for nearly 12 years. As you begin to cease your smoking, reach out to others and see how you can help them. One day, 10, 15 years from now, you will be looking back and be able to reach out and help those that are struggling to quit. Good luck in your quest.