Want to quit smoking for good? Motivation and a good support system is the answer
Smoking is a bad habit. It’s an invitation to dire health problems down the road, unattractive and expensive. Cigarette companies have done their darndest to encourage sales and continuation of this nasty habit, despite being legally barred from advertising in the magazine and television ads of the past. Cigarette smoking is a generational problem.
Not until the early 1970s was cigarette smoking revealed to be the culprit behind lung cancer, emphysema and COPD. By this time, there were hundreds of millions of cigarette addicts, now looking for a way out of this life-sapping addiction. Children learn by example. Many of the cigarette smoker’s children took up the habit as a result. They got hooked too. Even when their parents quit smoking for good, their kids did not. “Hey, my Mom smoked for thirty years and she’s doing just fine. It can’t be that bad!”
No matter what generation you belong to, if you’re still smoking, it will catch up to you in some very unpleasant health consequences, in the future. If you want to quit smoking for good, and make an airtight case for your kids and grandkids to do the same, you need to be motivated, educated and have a good support system to make it happen.
Motivation is perhaps the easiest step in your journey to quit smoking for good. Try a Google image search of ‘lung cancer effects’, ‘emphysema’ and ‘COPD breathing’. This five minute exercise ought to knock your socks off. If you’re also desirous of spreading the news, print out a few of the choicest images and share them with family members you hope to inspire to also quit smoking for good. It’s a good idea to create a file folder, on your PC and in hard copy format. It’s enough to turn your stomach. Share the results with your currently smoking loved ones.
If this is not sufficient motivation, use Google to collect information on the scientific facts and consequences of smoking.
Now that you’re motivated, check out some of the quit smoking forums and discussion groups. You’ll find thousands of people, who have been smoking for decades. You’ll hear horror stories of the ‘based on a true story’ type that will surely bolster your motivation to quit smoking for good. You’ll also discover success stories in people who managed to quit smoking before it was too late. You’ll learn tricks and tips from former smokers that may help you overcome the smoking habit. Smoking forums, message groups and other smoking information venues can provide plenty of support. You’ll find people just like you, still smoking, but desiring to quit smoking for good. You know that you can use all the help you can get!
When you’ve found several forums, message boards and quit smoking informational articles, copy and paste the most relevant remarks in your PC folder. Print it all out. Tape your motivational quotes, scientific studies and pictures of smoking members of your family on the frig, or prominently displayed around your desk.
If you want to quit smoking for good, this ought to do it! If you absolutely need to substitute food for smokes, do it! If you gain a few pounds in the process of quitting cigarettes, that’s a far easier task than quitting smoking.
Quit smoking for good and take a few loved ones with you!