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Effective Ways to Quit Smoking: Giving Up Cigarettes

A majority of smokers that take the decision of quitting cigarettes change their decision within 24 hours. How do you quit smoking? How do you control the urge or craving to smoke? If you truly want to give up smoking, read on.

Giving up smoking is what many people all over the world find difficult. You may be a person that has taken to smoking recently or you may be a person with years of experience with the stick, it really doesn’t matter. All that matters when you take the decision to quit smoking is your conduct and self discipline. Contrary to belief, it is more difficult for a person that has started smoking recently to give up the habit than it is for a person that has been smoking for several years. Many individuals give up smoking for a short period and get back to their old ways when the going gets tough. Most smokers that are a slave to the habit are of the opinion it’s impossible to quit cigarettes. It’s all in the mind. If you train your mind to keep away from cigarettes, you will. How do you quit smoking? The lines to follow reveal effective ways to quit smoking. Giving up cigarettes is easy, only if you want to give it up.

When is the best time to quit smoking?

Logically, the best time to quit smoking is immediately, right now. However, most smokers pick a date and promise themselves or others to quit from that day on. This is done by a smoker to buy time and prolong his/her smoking activity. Most cigarette smokers that try this method do not want to give up their habit, but are coaxed or pestered by friends or loved ones to give up cigarettes. The best time to put an end to your smoking habit is during the abstinence period present in various religions. For instance, majority of Christians refrain from smoking and drinking during lent. Same is the case with most Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. Research reveals that individuals that are able to refrain from cigarettes for over 3 weeks find it easier to quit smoking. A large number of smokers, both men and women are able to give up smoking at the birth of their new born. Your new-born baby strongly influences your decision to keep away from cigarettes without saying a word.

How to overpower urge or craving to smoke?

Urge and craving are aspects every smoker has to deal with at an individual level. Even if you’ve quit cigarettes for over 10 years, every time you see a person smoking a cigarette, more so your favorite brand, you feel a sensation within, that urge or that craving.  In times like these, individuals with strong will power are able to refrain from smoking. Everybody has will power but not everybody uses it to its fullest potential. You can only overpower urge or craving with mind control. We often succumb to what our heart desires; listen to the voice of reason the mind essays.

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  1. Never start so you won’t find trouble stopping. :D

  2. Your introduction described precisely how I decided. It’s been 14 years now and it’s as if I was never that smoking person. Great guidelines on a subject that some people still refuse to believe is so deadly. I lost many friends and some relatives to it. I know. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a beautiful article. I think that one of the most important things to realise about cigarettes is that it GIVES YOU NO BENEFITS AT ALL. Unlike alcohol like red wine which is said to help with blood circulation at moderate doses, cigarettes provide no benefits whatsoever, be it health-wise, emotional-wellbeing-wise (is this even a word?!).

    There are many who tell me that they smoke because they are stressed. Or because they’re depressed. Or because they’re bored. Or because they “just feel like it”. Or because they feel they have to fit in. But smoking doesn’t relieve stress, nor depression, nor boredom. The sooner people realise that, the quicker they’ll be able to quit.

    The reason why people find it so difficult to quit is because they feel like they have something to lose. “Oh, if I quit cigarettes my life will never be happy again. I won’t have any friends, and I’m losing something that’s helps me when I’m stressed.” But none of those are true! If people realise that they are losing NOTHING whatsoever by giving up smoking, quitting becomes much easier.

    This is just my two cents. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article. I’m honestly hoping that millions of people will read this and quit cigarettes for good. The only industry that deserves to die is the tobacco industry!

    ~Josephine

  4. Excellent article and such important information

  5. I am on day one of quitting with an electronic cigarette! Third time lucky… I have given up twice before with the e-cig with great results. Just not enough will power to keep it going unfortunately. This time I’m hoping it works. Otherwise I will end up being one of those 60 a day 65 year old’s with horrible skin and a funny smell! Keep an eye out on my articles and I’ll keep you guys updated as to my progress :)

  6. Good information here!!

  7. Good information

  8. Well written, thank you. And thank you for your support.

  9. It’s hard to quite smoking, I tried four or five times before it took.

  10. I never smoke but I guess it’s very difficult to quit smoking. Your article is very helpful to people who want to quit smoking.

  11. My hubby do have difficulties to stop smoking.For me i know he can’t stop it easily but his trying.I’m not forcing him to stop since if you stop it immediately,it’s also not healthy.

  12. very interesting post

  13. this is very helpful article

  14. ” Even if you’ve quit cigarettes for over 10 years, every time you see a person smoking a cigarette, more so your favorite brand, you feel a sensation within, that urge or that craving.”

    True enough. This is what happened to my husband. He already quit smoking for 2 months but when I assigned him to supervise our grocery store, he started smoking again because he always sees his favorite cigarette.

  15. Nice share -well, I quit my locking up myself and smoking as many as possible for at least 6 hours before hating the butt and kicking it thereafter…

  16. I have so many friend that tried before, this is very useful. Thank You. Hey, and thank you that you support me x

  17. Excellent article and such important information.

  18. nice article will help my dud to quit smoking

  19. BOOM! I’m all for healthy living. Good job! Great work BTW.

  20. Nice article. I do not like smoking. I hope this article will help to people to quit smoking

  21. Nice article. I do not like smoking. I hope this article will help to people

  22. Simply be strong – if you light a cigarette you simply are weaker than them. If you are a real strong person prove it to you and to everyone else.

  23. I have tried so many times to quit smoking and once succeeded for four years. Lets just say, I never give up trying….Good article, thanks for sharing:)

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