Smoking cigarettes used to be a great deal more common than it is today. Now most smokers are searching for ways of stopping smoking. This is because smokers and the general public at large are more conscious of the risks of smoking cigarettes nowadays.
Just look at films made in the Sixties and before, everyone is smoking. It shows how widespread smoking was compared with today. This would not be allowed 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 problem with smoking is that not only the smoker suffers, so does everyone around the smoker. This is known as passive smoking and it has an effect on people working or living with smokers – a barmaid or a spouse for example. So, all these individuals are risking their health so that tobacco businesses can get richer.
No matter how long someone has been smoking, it is possible to give up the habit. Anyone who has stopped smoking will tell you that stopping smoking cigarettes is all to do with the mind. You definitely have to desire to give up smoking or you will not do it successfully.
Individuals have different methods of stopping smoking cigarettes. Some say that nicotine patches or nicotine gum helps, 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 deficiency of nicotine in the body.
Most individuals find that the single most effective way of stopping 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 around you.
Cutting down or switching brands is not effective, because you will still smoke other smokers’ cigarettes 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 give up smoking dead.
There are several situations that can supply the motivation to give up smoking cigarettes. Illness is mostly 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 stopped smoking, the shock might kill him. He quit smoking one morning and is still alive, but what a dilemma!
The other was in his fifties and drove a lot as a travelling salesman. The doctor told him that he would probably have to have a leg removed next year, if he did not give up smoking and that the other might go a year or so after that. He stopped smoking instantly and still has both legs.
So it appears that the trick to stopping smoking cigarettes successfully is to find your motivation (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 stay away from environments where individuals smoke more, like pubs.Join a sports club instead, something like tennis, table tennis, swimming or even chess.