How I Quit Smoking Cigarettes
When I was 19, I smoked over a pack of cigarettes each day and found myself tired walking up a flight of stairs. Tired at age 19! One night driving along the Long Island Expressway, the following lyrics from"I am the Walrus", by the Beattles, caught my attention:
“Expert textpert choking smokers, Don't you think the joker laughs at? See how they smile like pigs in a sty, see how they snied. I'm crying."
In other words, tobacco companies were making profits from my cigarette habit which was taking life from me slowly. Today, the cigarette profiteers are government who are happy to collect significant tax revenues from cigarette sales while the smoking is killing us slowly.
I realized, while driving home, John, Paul, George and Ringo were right. I ripped in half my pack of cigarettes and have not had a cigarette since. It was hard quiting! But, I substituted something I did not like that was healthy in its stead . . . yogurt. Now I can eat 8 yogurts (plain) a day.
Harmful Impact of Smoking
Nicotine, the primary psychoactive chemical in cigarettes, has been shown to be addictive.
1. Statistically each cigarette smoked shortens the user's lifespan by 11 minutes.
2. About half of cigarette smokers die of tobacco-related disease and lose on average 14 years of life.
3. Cigarette smoking causes depression. See How to Prevent and Treat Depression Naturally!
4. In men, cigarette smoking lowers testosterone and causes the genitals to shrink! How to Increase Testosterone Naturally!
5.Cigarette use by pregnant women has also been shown to cause mental and physical birth defects.
6. Causes sleep loss. See Tips to Natural Good Sleep!
Tips to Quit Smoking
Here are some tips to help you quit smoking naturally:
1.Substitute Something Healthy instead to eat or do. Find a food that is healthy, natural and low calorie.
2. Get Angry that government and tobacco companies profit slowly taking life from you! REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM.
4. (half kidding) Listen to/watch video of I am the Walrus.
5. Find a Buddy that can help you when the urge arises to smoke. Build a support system.
6. Others need you. Realize that others need you to be at your best.
7. Value your life. We are not meant to live a life of being sick, run down and under the weather often. Good health will improve the quality of your life and your giving to others.
8. Develop an aversion to the smell and taste of tobacco and smoke. Recognize how this smell permeates your skin, hair, clothing and furniture and develop an aversion and dislike for the smell.
9. Occupy your hands and mouth with items other than cigarettes like carrot sticks.
10. Drink plenty of fluids to help your body begin to flush out nicotine from its system.
11. Professional, Medical Help and Aids. Where the addiction is very strong, there is medical and professional help, and over the counter and prescription aids to help you quit smoking.<-- back to top
Articles on How to Stop Smoking
How to Quit Smoking , Center for Disease Control
Smoking and Mental Illness: Results From Population Surveys in Australia and the United States , David Lawrence; Francis Mitrou; Stephen R Zubrick, BMC Public Health
How to Quit Smoking: A Guide to Quitting and Kicking the Habit for Good , Healthguide.org
Exercise Interventions for Smoking Cessation , Michael H Ussher, Adrian Taylor, Guy Faulkner
Smoking and Depression Perpetuate One Another , American Psychological Association