Logo ImageHow To Quit Smoking The Easy Way

If anybody tells you that giving up smoking was easy, don't believe them. But giving away cigarettes is the single best thing that you can do for yourself and can be done, no matter how hard it seems.

Be selfish and give those filthy smokes the flick. They cause lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and emphysema, which will shorten your life expectancy. You only get one chance on this earth, so quit smoking soon and live a happier, healthier and longer life.

Do you really want to die before your time?

Positive Steps How to Quit Smoking

Image holding cigarette. I was a smoker for over 35 years and really gave it up because I started being out of breath and my lungs were burning if I did a bit of strenuous exercise. Yes, my body was telling me it was time to quit smoking before I ended up with COPD, if it wasn't already too late

Like most people, I had tried to stop smoking many, many times before, sometimes going for a few days or a week without lighting up a cigarette.

Once I stopped for a year, but I did have a few occasional smokes during that time, thinking that it didn't hurt because I was kicking the habit. Oh how wrong was that. I really was kidding myself. Once I started regularly again, I smoked heavier than before.

But no matter where you are at personally, you can still successfully stop smoking. Here's how I kicked the habit and stopped smoking.

First, I really had to get my brain into accepting the fact that I had to give up smoking. You have to make a positive decision to quit and mean it. I said to myself that I really wanted to live longer so I could enjoy time with my wife and family, take holidays at home and abroad and do things such as play golf, walk along the beach.

I made a commitment to myself that those were the things that I really wanted to do and I acknowledged that if I didn't give up smoking, I would die earlier than I wanted. Don't kid yourself that you will live longer if you continue smoking, it is a fact that smokers die a lot younger than those who don't smoke.

Once I had a firm reason in place to give up smoking, I stopped from buying the next pack. It was hard going and the cravings were terrible. After a week without cigarettes, my body muscles were twitching and I had a terrible time focusing on anything except the urge to go and buy another packet of smokes.

Giving up smoking in that first week got so bad that I did go and buy a pack of cigarettes. I let myself down and bought a pack, and while the body was grateful, I felt so mentally disappointed that I had given in. It was then that I decided to have another go at quitting, but this time have a plan and some help.

I sat down and wrote why I wanted to stop smoking and showed the note to my wife. She hugged me and said that she wanted me to be around for at least 20 more years yet and that made me more determined to quit again. I went and bought some Nicorette lozenges and started quitting again.

The first day I planned to only have one smoke after all meals and a Nicorette lozenge when I felt the urge. That first day went so easy and I continued on with the same for 3 days. On the fourth day I didn't have any cigarettes left so just had the lozenges. By the time the packet of Lozenges was almost finished, I really believed I could go without smokes. At this stage I was only having one or two lozenges a day and not experiencing any urges or withdrawal.

Still I didn't trust myself and went and bought another packet of Nicorette Lozenges just in case. By the time I had finished that packet of lozenges, I knew I had beaten the habit. I have not smoked since.

My sense of taste and smell returned within a week of giving smoking away. My body smelt better, my breath smelt better and my mind was telling me how proud I was of myself for doing it at last. I still have the occasional urge but know that I will never touch cigarettes again.

That is the way I gave up smoking. You can too. Get your mind set to give it up. Write down the reason why you want to give up and make sure that it is really why you want to. Then get a bit of help from patches or lozenges like I did.

Cravings can ruin your resolve to give it up and aids such as Lozenges or patches take the cravings away. Stay with them until you think you can cope but keep one or two on hand just in case you cave in to those cravings.

I am now over 60 years of age. I play golf, regularly swim and snorkel and recently learnt to snow ski for the first time. I feel better, healthier and certainly can walk without that burning sensation in my lungs. I am looking forward to snorkelling in the summer, skiing each winter and playing with the grand kids for many more years to come.

Now I have another hurdle to get over. I must lose weight and get my cholesterol under control because I want to live until 90. I know I can do it because I did give up smoking!

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