If you're reading this article, then it's because you're looking for a way to quit smoking for good.
Why are you looking for a way? Probably because you've tried to quit smoking several times and failed. And that's because quitting smoking is difficult. It's a habit that's hard to break.
So often people think that in order to give up cigarettes, all they have to do is pick a day to stop smoking and that's it. They believe that in some magical way, they'll wake up on that day and their craving for cigarettes will be gone, or at least diminished enough so that they will not be desperate for a cigarette any more.
Usually the day they pick is January 1st for their New Year resolution.
But as usual, it does not work.
So what goes wrong? Why can not smokers stop smoking?
It's because of the huge mistake they all make.
And that mistake is thinking that smoking is an addiction and all they have to do is stop smoking and their addiction will go away.
But smoking IS NOT an addiction.
It's a habit.
You see when junkies try to quit, their bodies are so addicted to the drugs they've been taking, that they struggle to live without them.
This is why, as soon as they stop taking drugs their bodies react by becoming cold and covered in goose bumps (otherwise known as turkey flesh) which is where the saying "going cold turkey" comes from.
They also progress (or worsen) to having leg spasm, which is also where the saying "kicking the habit" comes from.
Junkies go through a lot of physical and psychological trauma when they quit drugs.
But when smokers quit, all that happens is they want another cigarette and they do not suffer from adverse effects because their bodies are not addicted to nicotine, which is why nicotine patches or nicotine gum do not work, because your body isn ' t craving nicotine. It's your mind that's craving the habit of actually smoking a cigarette.
You do not want to ingest nicotine. You just want to light up a cigarette, taste it, and feel the smoke going down into your lungs and back up again.
THAT'S what you miss. Let's face it, if nicotine was removed from cigarettes and they still tasted the same, you'd still want to smoke would not you?
So what can you do?
How can you stop wanting to smoke?
The answer is simple.
You need to stop smoking the same way you started. Gradually.
You did not begin as a pack-a-day smoking and you do not have to stop so abruptly either.
Instead you need to unravel your smoking habit one day and one week at a time, until you wake up one morning and the craving to smoke is gone. Not only is it gone, but you're glad it's gone.
You've created a brand new non-smoking lifestyle.
And that's what you've really been craving. Is not it?
The Huge Mistake People Make When They Try To Quit Smoking by Ruth Barringham