Quitting smoking is one of biggest challenges a person can face. Most non-smokers can not imagine how hard it is to kick the habit. Most people start smoking at a very young age, usually from 12 to 17 years of age. Personally, I think that someone has to be a real idiot if they start smoking in their mid-twenties or later in life when you should know better but with that said, mostly all smokers start smoking in their teenage years.
Almost all smokers want to quite but just don't know how. Besides the chemical addiction, a smoker also has to deal with the psychological addiction. Think about it, say you began smoking cigarettes when you were 13 years old and now you are 35 and want to quite. It may not be that easy to break the habit when you have been doing something for most of your life.
These steps will help you quite smoking:
1. Many have tried the cutting down method and have successfully quit. For most though, this does not work. If you really want to quit smoking just go cold turkey! You don't need them! They do nothing for you! They make you stink, take you hard earned money and may take you away from your family to soon in your life.
2. Know that the first week is going to be the hardest part to quit smoking, especially the first three days. The longer you go though, the easier it will get and before you know it, you won't even think about smoking. You will even start to smell how smokers really smell when you walk by one of them. Of course when you were a smoker you couldn't really smell it!
3. Don't hang around other smokers for a while. If you do, you will only be tempted more to light one up. If your spouse or best friend smokes tell them if they can not smoke around you for a while.
4. Drink lots of water, this will help your body resist the craving you will have for the nicotine and will clean out your system.
5. Think about all of the money you can save! With a pack of cigarettes costing $7 or $8 a pack now in parts of the country a pack a day smoker can spend more than a couple of thousand dollars a year on cigarettes. Now that's an expensive habit! Think about all the other and better ways that you can put that money to use.
6. Quit drinking alcohol, at least for a while. We all know that drinking and smoking go hand and hand. Many people only smoke when they drink. If you continue to drink while trying to quit smoking you may be easily defeated.
7. Drink some milk when you think about lighting up. Most people think that the combination of milk taste and cigarette taste is kind of nasty.
8. Start an exercise program. This will remind you as to part of the reason you quit smoking. You will feel so much better about yourself and your body will feel better too. All those aches and pains may go away too!
9. Avoid lighting up just to light up. What is meant by this is the psychological habits smokers have; for instance, many smokers will automatically light up a cigarette when they start their car even though they really don't even want one. Some smokers will even light up at the same place, every day when they reach a certain point on their daily route.
10. When the smoking urge hits you , slowly take deep breaths. Give yourself some good breathing exercises and besides making you feel better it will help you understand part of the reason that you want to quit smoking.
11. Reward yourself with a gift. Hey, you have more money now so every once in a while buy yourself something nice. Think to yourself how you could have wasted all that money on some stinky cigarettes.
12. If you need to keep your mouth busy chew on some candy , gum or something. It's understandable that you must to something with your mouth when trying to quit! Hey, just carry around a bag of Jolly Ranchers!