How to Quit Smoking: Know Yourself

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“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” 

– Viktor E. Frankl

In part 2 of this 4-part series on quitting smoking, we discussed the physical aspect of smoking addiction.

That article closed with:

Nicotine is usually out of your body within 72 hours after you quit smoking. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually reach their peak 2 to 3 days after you quit, and are typically gone within a few weeks.

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This leads us to the what is the trickier part of the quitting equation for many: psychological addiction.

Indeed, the psychological side of a smoking habit often lingers long after the physical symptoms disappear.

In fact, many studies suggest that smokers may be more addicted to the act of smoking than the nicotine.

Beliefs about nicotine, addiction, and smoking can also interfere with your attempts to become a non-smoker.

Studies have found that cravings and withdrawal symptoms are NOT solely caused by the lack of nicotine.

To become a non-smoker, you will need to identify the psychological associations you have with smoking.

Viewing smoking as a habit, not an addiction, makes becoming a non-smoker easier.

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  • Sarthurk

    For me, it was a habit. I did switch to cheap cigars for awhile. That, in and of itself, may have been the cure.

  • Anothereno

    I like nicotine. It’s a cognitive enhancer I benefit from greatly, I vape, but not too often like the vape douches, it’s not all about the clouds bro…. if I’m working on a project or anything that needs more than a few brain cells nicotine helps me concentrate and focus on the task at hand, whether it’s programming, mindless DB work or whatever….

    I quit smoking via vaping, I tried all the other methods from pills to patches to meditation, I realized I couldn’t quit because I do in fact like the nicotine, I started with 24mg and cut down slowly until I reached my current level 1.5mg, I can stop whenever I like I’ve gone days without it, not very hard at my level….

    If I’m stressed it relaxes me, I can get pretty bad anxiety and it completely removes it, I am a introvert, sometimes I need to get away from a crowd of people, I used to use smoking as a excuse to get away for a few mins to recharge, most places/people let me vape inside but I insist and use it as a way to get out for a few minutes.

    When you remove nicotine from the combustion of tobacco cigarettes it isn’t all that bad for you, it’s about on par with caffeine for the average vaper, personally I am far below the average.

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    • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

      You sound like me! Smoking was always my escape!

  • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

    I stopped when I got pregnant with my first child. Just..stopped. I had been a 2 pack a day smoker but I just quit then. Found out i was pregnant, went out to eat, and after eating, had one last smoke then I was done. But I think that’s genetic because my grandmother was also a 2 pack a day smoker and alcoholic, her doctor told her if she touched another bottle of alcohol or cig, she’d die. So she just stopped. Was around drinkers and smokers til she died, never touched a drop or a cig. She missed it terribly, but she never broke down. When we want to stop doing something, we just stop. We are lucky like that. But my aunt can’t stop smoking. So who knows. It’s different for everyone and I wish everyone the best of luck in quitting.

    I will say I miss the hand to mouth of smoking, and how it makes everything less awkward. It gives you something to do.

    • Rick E.

      You’re gonna laugh, but I quit smoking when I hit the stock market with a very lucrative profit margin. I quit because I simply wanted to live long enough to spend the money I made!
      But I still miss smoking every single day!

      • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

        That’s a FANTASTIC reason to quit! Lucky you, that’s awesome. What’s your secret to making money on the market?

        • Rick E.

          The secrets are enough start up money to buy in quantity, and prudent buying to begin with. You have to research the stock market very carefully, and then intelligently decide upon which stocks that you think will increase in value.
          After you do that you have to have enough $$ to buy in quantity, as the more you can invest, the more you can make! (or lose too!)
          I was lucky in that I inherited enough money to make the initial investment. I was smart AND lucky after that, as I made the right choices. So it’s prudent decision making, luck, and money.

          • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

            Are there things that are generally good investments ? I’d think commodities would be the way to go, people always need oil and stuff. Do you know any good sites that explain the stock market because I know nothing about it, but would like to learn! Thanks so much 😀

          • Rick E.

            sunshine, I have to tell u that I would NOT invest in the stock market right now, as it’s being artificially propped up by the printing of money deliberately by the federal reserve policies.
            It’s too risky now in my opinion, and I got out of it almost 2 years ago.Things are more volatile. The whole stock market is volatile.
            I cannot know what your financial status is, but, to make an appreciable amount of money, one must have bigger start up capital to invest with.(and big risk comes with the whole endeavor), than with other investments.

            I would invest in real estate if I were to do any further investing.

            To answer your question, there are many potentially good investment targets, but I did well with insecticide companies, pharmacological drug companies, and drug-related industries. I know, I made money off of the “bad” companies, and it worked very well for awhile.

            I don’t recommend precious metals because at the stroke of a pen, our government rulers can make them illegal once again, and WILL do so in the event of the dollar going bye bye.
            You’re welcome, and I am glad to tell you some tips.

          • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

            Thank you so much! Actually in the process of buying a house now 😀

  • Smarty

    Did you hear who finally quit smoking?
    Answer: David Koresh

    • It didn’t extend his life at all.

      • Lanaljohnson3


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  • IberianSun

    The first step is to not smoke the cig down all the way down to the filter. The further down you go, the tobacco has been juiced with more nicotine from puffing on it.
    Smoke half the cig and toss it. You have to s-l-o-w-l-y drain the nicotine from your body so you don’t experience withdrawal symptom.
    In the beginning, it took years to go from one cigarette on Friday night to every day, morning, noon and night.