How to Quit Smoking: 7 Simple Steps to Success
Excuse me for the bluntness of this statement. You should quit smoking.
Smoking cigarettes is as much a social activity as it is an addictive and harmful one that causes a long list of health problems. If you want to kick the habit, here are 7 simple steps to get you started.
1.) You can quit without becoming a social outcast.
All our friends smoke, and we still hang out with them. A common misconception is that all your friends will ditch you once you quit smoking. Not true, says Timothy McAfee, from Mayo Clinic. He explains that “If you’re a smoker and you want to quit, but you’re afraid of losing your friends, the answer is that it’s not true. Your friends can be supportive and help you quit if you ask them.” We may have smoked when socializing with others before we became aware of the negative health effects. However, just because we started smoking doesn’t mean we have to continue. It takes courage to be the first person in your circle to stop smoking, but your circle of influence decreases once you do it. The more people who smoke in your social circle, including friends and family members, the more likely you are to stay smoking. So why not be the one to set a great example for others? You can quit without becoming a social outcast.
2.) You can save money.
If you’re looking for a reason to quit smoking, saving money is good. Here’s how much you can save when you kick the nicotine habit. Tobacco is expensive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average affordable brand-pack of cigarettes costs $6.58 in 2016. Since 1 in 5 American adults smoke, that adds up to $33.3 billion in nationwide cigarette spending. This adds up to about $2,500 over 20 years for a pack-a-day smoker or about $500 per year for the average smoker. When you quit, you can use this money for other things. For example, you could put it back into your business or set it aside as part of an emergency fund.
3.) You can take control of your life.
You can take control of your life. I’m not saying that you will have this amazing life when you’re done smoking, but you can decide how you want your life to be. This one goes along with reason number 2 — the personal freedom to do what you want with your life. But there is a direct impact on your life as well. Every time you buy a cigarette, you’re more dependent upon that product. You’re saying, “I need this.” It’s a form of self-harm. The fact is, you don’t need it. Breaking free from the chains of addiction is a source of great personal freedom.
4.) You can use that time to do other things.
Quit smoking, and you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy. Did you know that if you stopped smoking, you could spend the time you saved to:
– take a year-long holiday
– do 6,000 hours of overtime
– lose weight and look great!
Smoking isn’t the only thing that’s bad for your health – poor diet, work stress, and lack of exercise will all shorten your life. But with each breath you take, you could breathe in another worthy cause – good health. You have to choose how to spend your time
5.) You can quit without missing out on life.
Although smoking is often portrayed as glamorous and as a ‘rite of passage’ in TV shows and movies, the negative effects of smoking cannot be ignored; it’s addictive, unhealthy, expensive and unsightly. Like the plot of a dark Hollywood film, you can become addicted to smoking almost immediately. Studies show that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances. As a result, some people experience withdrawal symptoms when quitting. However, it’s not an impossible road to take on your own. Believe it or not, quitting smoking doesn’t mean you have to live life in isolation.
6.) You can quit without spending a fortune.
NIIN nicotine pouches are the best way to kick the habit, and they cost pennies per day. The NIIN system includes nicotine pouches, a washable mouthpiece, and a sturdy carrying case to hold them all. The pouches come in various flavours, are quickly absorbed and provide 12 hours of nicotine satisfaction. Nicotine replacement therapy is the most common path chosen by people looking to quit smoking, and it’s worked for millions of people around the world.
Bonus: If you have a friend trying to quit smoking, ask them if they have found an electronic cigarette that suits them. There are many different battery sizes and nicotine levels. Let them know that they can try different varieties until they find the one that fits their needs.
7.) You will have a better future.
And when you’re in your 70s, you won’t look like a character in a Doris Day movie. Instead, you’ll be able to use your voice in conversations with your kids without clearing your throat.
- Your friends and family won’t be grimacing when you come near them.
- You’ll save a small fortune on cigarettes and associated expenses.
- Your health will improve, and you’ll have a better quality of life.
- You’ll be able to stop pretending that you still smoke when you’re out with other smokers.
- You’ll have more energy to do everything!
Your sense of smell will improve, and your sense of taste will become more pronounced and enjoyable as your body rebuilds its ability to smell and taste. Ears will pop less often, and dry eyes will go away. Your sex drive may increase or stay the same while you quit! (And no one will know if it doesn’t!) Finally, you’ll feel proud of yourself for quitting and staying quiet.