First of all, the only way you will give up smoking forever is if you really want to. While there are things to help you in giving up cigarettes, it will not work without the strength of your will. As Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy; I've done it a thousand times.”
You need to make your own decision about why you should quit. That decision may be based on your health, your children, or purely for financial reasons.
Let's have a look at some of the reasons that forced some people to quit.
- Having a heart attack
- A family member developed lung cancer
- Having their teeth cleaned professionally
- Becoming pregnant
- Taking up an active sport that demanded fitness
- Too expensive.
- Putting their kids' lives at risk
- Being a pariah in the public's eyes.
Now, they are all good reasons why they cave up smoking, but you need to find your own reason. The reason I quit for good was that I met a wonderful woman who was a non-smoker and I knew she would never consider going out with me, until I quit smoking. I gave up without a thought!
Here's some very good common sense facts about the financial aspects of smoking:
Cigarettes cost of about $ 20 per packet or $ 70,000 over ten years, which could have bought you two cars or a let you make a deposit on a house.
If you quit smoking:
After one day
You will save $ 20.
After two days
You will have saved $ 40. You could buy yourself a reasonable meal in a restaurant.
After one week
You would save $ 140. You could buy a new TV.
After one month
You will have saved $ 560. You could pay for your monthly fuel costs
After three months
You will have saved in excess of $ 1,600. You could go for a holiday overseas.
After six months
You will save about $ 3,000. This is getting to be serious savings !.
After one year
You will have $ 6,000 plus in your account. What a waste of money, spending it on cigarettes.
Think of the financial benefits if you quit today!
What about benefits to your health? After not smoking for:
- The level of nicotine in your body has almost disappeared.
- Your heart rate is slower and your blood pressure is lower.
- You do not smell of ash trays as much.
- Your lungs are a bit healthier.
- Your senses of taste and smell have improved
- The hair-like cilia in your throat have started working. This makes you cough up phlegm for a while.
- Breathing is easier.
- Exercising does not take as much effort.
- Your immune system is working.
Three to six months
- Coughing and wheezing does not happen as much.
- You are not as stressed.
- Your lung efficiency has improved very much.
- Both your heart rate and blood pressure are at acceptable levels.
- Your life expectancy has increased.
Within two to five years
- The risk of a heart attack or a stroke has reduced significantly
After 10 years
- The chances of not contracting lung cancer is less than half of what it was.
Assuming a bus does not hit you, you will probably live longer!
OK. so how to quit? I do not recommend reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke. It prolongs the agony and not many people are successful. Go cold turkey and just give up altogether in one go, It's fairly brutal, but if you take one day at a time, it's definitely achievable. You will need to be strong, You'll probably need some nicotine patches or something similar. If you feel the craving come on suddenly, take a walk, do something active or go somewhere they do not allow you to smoke, such as on a bus or go to the cinema. Your desires will be severe to start with but they will reduce in time. My own experience is that after 2 weeks, you are over the hump. Do not go to places where people smoke, such as grabbing a coffee at break time and being with your work mates who still smoke. Be an ex-smoker and be proud of it. Tell everyone that you've quit.
Remember, if you fall off the wagon, it is OK. Just start again and persevere. You have not failed; it's just a temporary setback.