“Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.” – Mark Twain
Smoking, while pleasurable, has been proven to cause cancer and emphyzema.
Most smokers know this, and there is a little voice in their minds telling
them to quit. In my personal experience, smoking came to provide less
pleasure, and that little voice grew stronger. Eventually, I did not even
enjoy smoking and would feel guilty and ashamed during a cigarette. This
guilt was increased even more by my family members always commenting on the
smell of smoke after I would go outside. What made me want to quit the most
was my little brother, who is 10. I do not want him to start smoking, but he
looks up to me and sees me smoking daily.
Going along with the spirit of the above quote, I have attempted to quit
smoking dozens of times. Each time, a voice would say that “one cigarette
won’t hurt”, and often I give in. Of course, I soon slip into my old ways
and start smoking for days before trying to quit again. The difficulty of
quitting is high because humans are creatures of habit. This applies to
smoking greatly, as the desire for smoking has an almost endless amount of
“triggers”. For me, I would smoke after every meal. Other smokers smoke when
stressed, talking on the phone, drinking, or out with friends.
One successful method I have tried is setting the goal of smoking only 1
cigarette a week. Before, I was smoking 3 a day, so 1 a week would be a
decrease of 21 times. This method worked, and I found that I had to replace
my old habit of smoking after meals with a healthier habit. I now exercise
after eating, and this gave me energy and made me forget the urge to smoke.
The only weakness in my method was that I was still smoking and buying
cigarettes and cigars, which would bring the temptation to smoke more. So,
the final step in quitting was going from once a week to none at all.
Smoking is a habit, that can not be eliminated, but must be replaced by
another healthier habit. I wish you the best of luck.