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5 Simple Ways to Quit Smoking Forever

Category: HEALTH Published: Tuesday, 15 January 2019 Written by Life Coach Efosa Emovon


Health/wellbeing


If you think experts were joking when they said tobacco use can cut short your life faster than a bullet kills then hear this. Tobacco causes six million deaths per year. In the United States, 54 people die every hour due to tobacco use.

That translates to approximately 480, 000 deaths annually. The constant use of tobacco can cause life-threatening disease like heart attack, chronic bronchitis, stroke, several cancers such as lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and so forth.

In fact, there are plenty of reasons to quit smoking. Do you know the constant use of tobacco tells on your skin and alters your appearance?

According to a renowned dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler, “In addition to being bad for your overall health smoking has a negative impact on the skin, including bags under the eyes, premature aging, a loss of natural glow, and a susceptibility to psoriasis.”

According to expert smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Do you have dreams and aspirations? Do you want to live a healthier and longer life?

If yes, then quitting smoking is no longer an option but a must. I smoked cigarettes for twenty-two years! During that period I don’t think there was a day I didn’t smoke close to a pack of cigarette. I thought I was enjoying myself until the day I fell sick.

In fact, the kind of pains I felt all over my chest is something I will not wish for my worst enemy. At a point, it got so serious that I started praying to God to take my life! That being alive today is a big miracle.

Many people will tell you the reason they are not quitting smoking is that it helps relieve them the feeling of stress. This is the biggest lie in history! You must stop fooling yourself.

In fact, a study has shown that the stress levels of adult smokers are slightly higher than those of nonsmokers. I don’t want you or anybody to go through the kind of UGLY Experience I went through that is why I wrote this post to help you quit.

If you love life and wish to see what your grandchildren look like, run away from cigarette and its smoke faster than your legs can take you. 5 simple ways to quit smoking forever.

1 Decide to stop

The first step to take in starting or stopping anything in life is a decision. It is exceedingly improbable to start or stop anything in life without making a decision. In fact, the very first step I took in the cutting of the habit of smoking was telling myself, “I don’t wanna do this anymore.”

Saying it does not do the magic, it is meaning it with the whole of your being that does it. In the words of a great mind, “Decision is a sharp knife that cut clean and straight.”

Former president of Cuban Fidel Castrol after close to 40 to 45 years of smoking quit smoking at age 59 and never smoked again until his lifespan ran out in death. This was a man who was hardly ever seen nor photographed without one.

When asked how he did it he said, “I decided to stop. Nobody made me.” You can see the power of decision.

2. Motivate yourself to stop

After reaching a decision to quit for good, the second step I took was to motivate myself. The fact is your decision to quit is as useless as a dog shit if you don’t motivate yourself to stop.

Motivation was what helped my decision hold, it is what will make your decision to stand. What I did was simple! I started hanging out with people who quitted a long time ago. This helped me in no small measure to develop the power I used to say no to cigarettes.

I discovered I was able to fight the urge better with the inspiration I was getting from my new friends. Whenever the urge comes, I counter it by quickly casting my mind back to my new friends and saying to myself, “If they can do it, why can’t I?”

3. Avoid a person who smokes until you conquer the urge completely

It is unwise to keep associating with a person who smokes when you are trying to quit smoking. The moment a smoker perceives a cigarettes smoke, he can go at any length just to get a stick of cigarettes.

In fact, secondhand smoke was one of the biggest storms that confronted me while I was trying to quit smoking. The moment I perceive it, I find myself running like a mad dog to get myself a stick of cigarette.

I started recording huge success when I stopped avoiding friends and associates who smoke. No matter how close a person is to you you have no choice but to start avoiding him as if he is a leper before you completely conquer the urge. That is if you really want to quit smoking.

The reason is that setting your eyes on a cigarettes stick or perceiving the smoke can make you give up on quitting faster than you thought possible.

I discovered that my smoking rate reduced drastically when I stopped going to places where there smoke cigarettes and avoiding people who smoke. In fact, this is one of the best ways to stop smoking.

If you find it hard to avoid such friends asking yourself this simple question and pondering on it the moment you wake up in the morning can help you out, “Between my friends and my health wish one is more important to me?”

4. Reduce drastically your alcohol intake

If you can avoid those things that trigger the urge you will definitely win the war. Reducing drastically my intake of alcohol was indeed my cornerstone of hit.

Even if you don’t feel like smoking the moment you start consuming alcohol the urge to smoke comes with the speed of light. Alcohol and tobacco are like a husband and a wife if you give up on one the other may abandon you.

So long as you keep drinking excessively consider cigarettes your best friend.

5. Think of your loved ones

The manufactures of cigarettes made it abundantly clear that what you are buying from them is what will cut short your life. In fact, this is boldly written in every cigarettes pack.

Giving up smoking is easy when you come to the realization that being a smoker makes you a wicked and a selfish person. It was after I came to this realization that I decided to give it up for good.

Yes, not until I realized that I was wicked and selfish because I only cared about pleasuring myself and care not about how my loved ones will feel should anything happens to me that I finally gave it up.

You don’t want your kids to grow up without a father or a mother, do you?

 

About Me

Efosa Emmanuel Emovon is a motivational speaker and self-help guru who has empowered many people through his books, training programs and personal development site, www.gateofsuccess.co.uk

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