Stopping Smoking Cigarettes

by Owen Jones

Smoking cigarettes used to be a great deal more popular than it is today. Now most smokers are searching for methods of stopping smoking. This is because smokers and the general public at large are more aware of the risks of smoking cigarettes nowadays.

Just look at films manufactured in the Sixties and before, everyone is smoking. It proves how common smoking was compared with today. This would not be possible now as you may not smoke in public places, on public transport, in restaurants or in bars any more in most Western countries and elsewhere as well.

The difficulty with smoking is that not only the smoker suffers, so does everyone around about the smoker. This is known as passive smoking and it has an effect on those working or living with smokers - a barmaid or a spouse for instance. So, all these individuals are endangering their health so that tobacco businesses can get richer.

No matter how long someone has been smoking, it is possible to stop the habit. Anyone who has stopped smoking will tell you that stopping smoking cigarettes is all to do with the mind. You really have to want to stop smoking or you will not do it successfully.

People have different ways of ceasing smoking cigarettes. Some say that nicotine patches or nicotine gum help, because you can wean yourself off nicotine gradually without having to inhale the poisonous smoke of cigarettes. Nicotine is extremely addictive and most of the chemical withdrawal symptoms have to do with the shortage of nicotine in the body.

Most individuals find that the single effective way of ceasing smoking cigarettes is to stop smoking dead - in one go. It is very hard to cut down or to switch to a weaker brand. You are still inhaling poisonous smoke. It is still no help to you or anyone about you.

Cutting down or switching brands does not work, because you will still smoke other smokers' and you will still be in a smokers' environment. You will also find yourself smoking tomorrow's five cigarettes today, promising not to smoke any the next day. That never works. You have to stop smoking dead.

There are several situations that can provide the motivation to stop smoking cigarettes. Illness is usually high on the list. A few years ago two friends of mine who smoked heavily stopped smoking cigarettes within weeks of every other.

One was in his sixties and had smoked for almost sixty years: he was told that his lungs were starting to go, but that if he quit smoking, the shock might kill him. He stopped smoking one morning and survived, but what a dilemma!

The other was in his fifties and drove a great deal as a travelling salesman. The physician told him that he would almost certainly have to have a leg removed next year, if he did not quit smoking and that the other may go a year or so after that. He stopped smoking instantly and still has both legs.

So it seems that the trick to stopping smoking cigarettes successfully is to find your incentive (do you want to live long enough to see the grandkids married?) and keep that image in front of you at all times. Take nicotine substitutes if you have to and keep away from environments where people smoke more, like pubs.Join a sports club instead, something like tennis, table tennis, swimming or even chess.

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