Stopping smoking is a very challenging task and it requires willpower and commitment to complete it successfully. This article discusses what it takes to quit and ways to stay on track.
There are lots of different kinds of smokers. You have social smokers, drinking smokers (those who smoke only when they drink), heavy smokers, secret smokers, and so on. Maybe you know some friends who fall into one or some of these categories, and maybe you fall into one of them yourself.
Whatever kind of smoker you are, you have one thing in common with all the other types of smokers – you have an addiction to nicotine. You also most likely have a habit of smoking (by this I mean the habit of holding a cigarette and puffing away, or smoking whenever you get in your car, etc.). So you have both a habit and an addiction.
You do not have an addiction to tobacco or any of the over 4000 chemicals it creates when burned and smoked. You have an addiction to one simple chemical in that cigarette, and again, that ingredient is nicotine. That is why there are many different avenues you can take to stop smoking. The nicotine patch, the nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler, the electronic cigarette – all these are instruments to satisfy your nicotine craving which cut out all the detrimental toxins in tobacco cigarettes.
So when you think that you are ready to kick the habit due to the harm it’s doing to your body, you have many avenues you can take. The one key that will make you successful at your goal to quit is that you must have some willpower. Willpower is really a word which encompasses many other words and definitions. Willpower in general is the strength to carry out one’s decisions; to make good on the agreement you make to yourself. You first need a plan, you need dedication to stick to your mission, and you need a way or some tools to help you accomplish your plan and attain your goal. That is what having willpower is all about. You can create willpower with preparation and planning.
You must have faith in yourself and the desire to succeed. Tell your friend’s about your goal and have them help you in any way feasible. If you have a friend that is a smoker, maybe they will even quit smoking with you and you two can support each other and keep one another pointed in the right direction of quitting.
With enough will power and a solid plan, it is possible to quit as people do it everyday. You just have to support one another and stay strong. Pick up some other activities such as riding a bike, walking through town, swimming, join a gym, anything to keep yourself active and aimed toward a healthier lifestyle. The key here is to find something that you really enjoy and that you look forward to doing.
If you want to take your time and wean yourself off by smoking less and less each day, go for it. If you want to start wearing the patch, or chewing the gum, or smoking the electronic cigarette, go for it. Whatever it takes to stop poisoning your body with all the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke, just do it. That is the critical part– that you stop contaminating your body with all those harmful chemicals. I just want you to be as healthy as you can be, so if you need to keep getting nicotine through that patch, or gum, or electronic cigarette, at least you will no longer be poisoning your body with tobacco smoke. With the willpower, and a little support, you can quit poisoning your body from tobacco smoke and live a healthier, longer life!