There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, and if current trends continue, that number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2025. Worldwide, approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased a minute, 15 billion are sold each day, and upwards of 5 trillion are produced and used on an annual basis. There is enough nicotine in four or five cigarettes to kill an average adult if ingested whole. Most smokers take in only one or two milligrams of nicotine per cigarette however, with the remainder being burned off.
Most people who smoke wish they didn't. They live with a hatred for the habit they can't seem to do without. The fear of serious illness is usually there too, lurking in the background, and always that awful feeling of being powerless to quit. More smokers want to quit. Learning how to stop smoking can be difficult, but with a good support group, a lot of information and a little dedication, you CAN be successful at it. In order to quit smoking for good, you have to change your attitude toward your quit. Use the following 7 ways (in no particular order) to get started with adjusting your life for success:
1. If you want to change your life, change your mind.
You can abstain from smoking for many years, but if you never change the relationship you have with cigarettes, the chains will continue to hold you tight. Change your mind and you can free yourself in an instant. You'll still have to do the work to undo the years of habit of course, but once you free your mind, you're on your way.
2. Know Your Motivation
When the urge comes, your mind will rationalize. "What's the harm?" And you'll forget why you're doing this. Know why you're doing this before that urge comes. Is it for your kids? Is it for your wife? Is it for you health? Is it for your financial? So you can run? Because the girl you like doesn't like smokers? Have a very good reason or reasons for quitting. List them out. Print them out. Put it on a wall, and remind yourself of those reasons every time the urge to smoke hits.
3. Get more information and tips for quit from smoke
Create a post at the smoking cessation support forum asking people to share the positive experiences they've had since quitting. Read it for inspiration. Read through the forum messages from others. You will be surprised at the motivational power it will have for you. When you take a break from posting about yourself, you shift your focus and give yourself some space for clarity. There are any website and forum around the Internet. Here is the top 5 quit smoking website; Smokefree.gov, About.com - Smoking Cessation Guidesite, Quit Smoking 4 Good, Quit Smoking Aids & Centers for Disease Control.
4. Yard by yard is always hard, but inch-by-inch is always an cinch.
This is a catchy way to remember another valuable truth that will help you on your journey. Recovery from nicotine addiction is a process of gradual release over time. Keep yourself in the present moments of today and you'll find the job manageable. Don't worry about tomorrow or the next day or forever. Think about today only and what you can do with it. Recovery comes in inches, but those inches add up.
5. Reward Yourself
Set up a plan for your rewards. Definitely reward yourself after the first day, and the second and the third. You can do the fourth if you want, but definitely after week one and week two and month one and month two and 6 months and a year. Make them good rewards, things you'll look forward to: CDs, books, DVDs, T-shirts, shoes, a massage, a bike, a dinner out at your favorite restaurant, a hotel stay. Whatever you can afford. Even better, take whatever you would have spent on smoking each day and put it in a jar. This is your rewards jar. Go crazy! Celebrate your every success! You deserve it.
6. If You Fall, Get Up, and Learn From Your Mistakes
If you fail, that does not mean we are failures or that you can never succeed. Get it up, brush yourself off and try again. I failed numerous times before succeeding. But you know what? Each of those failures taught me something. Sometimes I repeated the same mistakes several times, but eventually I learned what is the cause. Figure out what your obstacles to success are, and plan to overcome them in your next quit attempt. And don't wait a few months [...] before trying again. Give yourself a few days to plan and prepare, commit fully to it and go for it!
7. Think positive, don’t be stressed and laugh everyday.
That is my 7 ways to quit smoking. I hope it can success enough for helping you on Quit Smoking.