Tobacco Free Tips

Congratulations on quitting smoking. You must already be feeling the benefits of being smoke free. Even if it’s only been a few days, I am sure you are breathing easier, feeling more energetic and generally seeing the world in a new way. Unless you were a very light smoker, I bet you also have more time on your hands. Now that you really see just how time consuming smoking is, you can use that extra time for all kinds of wonderful things. If you play your cards right you won’t be bored and you won’t have time to miss your old friend, cigarettes. The best is yet to come.From here on in, every day that you manage to remain completely smoke free is a day that increases your chance of success at becoming a permanent ex-smoker.

Depending on whether or not you are using pharmaceuticals like Chantix or Zyban to ease withdrawal, or nicotine replacement therapy in the form of gum, patches, lozenges or nasal spray, to help you through the initial stages of smoking cessation, you may also be experiencing intense physical cravings. In the early days and weeks of cessation you almost certainly will find yourself faced with some serious psychological triggers that can lead you back to smoking, where you definitely do NOT want to go.

Even one puff at this stage can blow your entire quitting effort out of the water. Along with the tips I am going to give you in this hub, I want you to remember one key thing. The desire to smoke will almost always pass within ten minutes.Before you take a puff, just wait….. tell yourself that if you still want it in ten minutes you can have it. IN ten minutes, I guarantee you will be able to resist the urge. The more times you can do this, the stronger you will become.

You Are Not an Exception to the Rule

But, you say you had a cigarette at a party last night and it has not lead you down the garden path? I say, not yet. Do it a few more times and you will be right back to smoking because you have to not because you want to.

I hasten to add that there are a few people who can manage to bum a cigarette at a party now and then and enjoy a smoke. They are the exception not the rule and if you are reading this article, you are probably not one of them. People who can do this were usually not heavily addicted or even heavy smokers.Do you really want to take the chance and find out the hard way?

I cannot tell you how many times I quit, got cocky after a month or so, and then gave into temptation at a party or after a particularly stressful incident or just because I was with somebody who was smoking, or had just finished a meal, or wanted to smoke with coffee or whatever. I failed at staying quit dozens of times because it took me so long to realize that when I smoke one cigarette at a party, I am not just smoking one cigarette. I am picking up a two and a half pack a day habit and activating an addiction. Once I was able to really internalize that simple fact, I was able to resist the temptation. The desire passed and I am still smoke free today. (I quit for good in the year 2000)

Rule number one for staying quit after you have gone to the trouble of giving up smoking is NEVER to give into the urge to have even one puff. A little voice in your head that says ” It’s been awhile now so I can have just one now and then” is almost certainly lying. It is coming from the part of your brain that needs its nicotine fix. The conversation in your head starts when you smell smoke, are around smokers, talking about smoking or even just watching people smoking in an old movie or TV show. I’m going to talk about six common triggers and give you some tips on how to deal with them. Feel free to share your own experiences and personal triggers in the comments section. I would love to hear and will definitely respond.