So, you want to know how to quit smoking cigarettes? Maybe I can help. I smoked 2 or 3 or 4 packs every day for 20 years. Like most smokers, I quit many times before I finally quit for good. That was 21 years ago. I know how to quit smoking cigarettes and I hope the following ideas will help you to quit.
I can hear you asking, “What is the number one thing that must happen before you can stop smoking?” It’s simple. You must be mentally ready to quit. This means you must understand exactly why you want to quit and you must commit to yourself that you will quit for those reasons.
Try this… write your reasons for quitting smoking on a 3×5 index card. Carry the card with you at all times. Every time you think of another reason that will motivate you to stop smoking, make a note of it on your card. If you carry the card with you day after day after day for weeks or months or even years, you will continually expose yourself to your list of reasons for quitting smoking. When you finally get serious about quitting, you will already know the reasons you want to quit. Those reasons will reinforce your decision to quit and will make you mentally more prepared for the transition from smoker to non-smoker.
If you sincerely want to know how to quit smoking cigarettes, the second most important thing you must understand is that you will experience some degree of physical withdrawal. Of course, nicotine withdrawal symptoms are not exactly the same for everyone who quits smoking. But it is safe to assume that you will experience physical issues of some type because you will be denying your body continued doses of nicotine.
In my case, every time I quit smoking I was a space cadet for 2 or 3 days. I simply could not think clearly and/or quickly. I had terrible withdrawal experiences, probably because I smoked so many cigarettes every day. We have all heard people say they just threw their package of cigarettes in the trash and didn’t ever smoke another cigarette. Now, that sounds encouraging, and I hope that describes your experience. However, please be prepared to be physically uncomfortable for 2 or 3 days. Then, if you do not experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, you will be pleasantly surprised.
The third issue you will need to consider is changing habits. You are probably in the habit of smoking a certain number of cigarettes on your way to work and on your way home from work. You are probably in the habit of smoking a cigarette after you eat. And, you are probably in the habit of smoking when you drink coffee or have an alcoholic beverage. You will need to be prepared to change those habits and those associations if you are to successfully stop smoking.
I hope this brief overview of how to quit smoking cigarettes will help you to move at least one step closer to quitting for the last time. I wish you well. You can do it!