Smoking was a socially accepted norm around the world during the 1980s, and advertising different brands of cigarettes made a lot of money for the marketing companies. Cigarette sales soared, and there was no stigma attached to a smoking person.
People could smoke their favorite brand of cigarettes in theaters, airplanes, in shopping malls and restaurants. There were no banned places, it was a free pastime for many people, who never understood the addiction and the damage smoking could cause.
Over the years, governments have allowed research to investigate the positive and negative effects of smoking, and through the years, some disturbing statistics were discovered. This led to the banning of cigarette advertising and year after year, stricter controls were implemented. Smoking in public places became a no-go for the puffers and soon it has become difficult to light up anywhere. Smoking has been banned in restaurants, airplanes, malls and other places. Some cities have implemented a non-smoking policy and this has caused millions of people to give up the habit.
There are plenty of methods claimed to work and help you quit smoking. As people begin to realize that it is now socially unacceptable to smoke, they try to eliminate the unhealthy addiction and give up smoking, often spending large amounts of money on systems that do not work. There are chewing gums, patches, electronic cigarettes, tables and other methods all tried by individuals and indeed some have succeeded.
Now there is a method that will cost you nothing but perseverance. Follow the recommendations and remember the most basic requirement is why you are giving up smoking. Do not stop smoking if you are doing it for your family, your work, your friends, you will not succeed. Quit smoking because you want to, that is the beginning of becoming a non-smoker.
It’s truth time and the first step towards successfully quitting is to identify the physical addiction and mental dependency of smoking. We will deal with the physical withdrawal first. Nicotine is a drug and a smoker is addicted to this substance- realize that and then we can start the process of elimination of the drug from the body.
Imagine deep down in your belly you have a little nicotine monster, he is ugly, all green and hairy, perhaps with sticky hands and a nasty mouth. Imagine this nicotine monster dwelling inside of your stomach and he only survives from the inhalation of cigarette smoke. Now you have your monster and you have your packs of cigarettes and your lighter. Throw the cigarettes and lighter away; because you do not want them anymore and do not deceive yourself by keeping a pack hidden away. Get rid of all the cigarettes, lighters and matches. Do it now. Wonderful, you have taken your first step to becoming a non-smoker!
Did you see your nicotine monster slump over and cry out to you not to do that? Well you have just started the elimination process of the nicotine monster. Within the next hour or so, your little monster will jump up and down and call out to you to light up, well don’t, tell him that you are quitting, and that is the end of the story. Yes, the withdrawal symptoms he will create are real; you will feel jittery and even aggressive and wonder why you did this. Remember your only cost is perseverance. Get up, take a short walk, have a glass of water, and if you still feel flustered suck on a straw. The feeling will soon pass. If you start to crave food, then have something to eat, but keep it healthy. You do not want to gain too much weight.
Now continue to be strong, it’s only day one. Keep telling your little nicotine monster that you are not lighting up. Watch him slither in pain, crying out to you, begging you to give him some nicotine. Do not succumb to him; you have to be in charge of your body. Over the next few days, it gets better, and after the fourth day you will see your nicotine monster die, he cannot survive your perseverance. Well done, you have succeeded to eliminate the nicotine from your body. Now you have to deal with the mental habit of not smoking.
Written by Laura Oneale