You want to improve your life and you know that tobacco has robbed you of your stamina. Quitting smoking can give you new energy and a more positive attitude toward life. Your greatest accomplishment will be to take control your own destiny and not let yourself be influenced by tobacco advertisements and addictive drugs.
Nicotine is as addictive as many illegal drugs. If you are a heavy smoker or a heavy user of chewing tobacco, quitting suddenly will be very uncomfortable because of the withdrawal symptoms. You will be irritable, you will have headaches, insomnia, chills, and you may feel shaky or nervous. You may also have a dry mouth, feel your heart racing, or break out in a sweat.
These are some things to consider as reasons for quitting smoking:
- Health issues
- Smoking is extremely dangerous to my health or is ruining my health
- I have lost my sense of smell
- It bothers me to be dependent on cigarettes
- Smoking gives me very bad breath
- I frequently have a sore throat from smoking
- I would have more energy if I did not smoke
- I fear that quitting smoking will make me gain weight.
Quitting smoking does not make you gain weight. You gain weight by over-eating. The people who gain weight when they quit smoking are those who keep putting food in their mouth instead of cigarettes.
- Cosmetic issues
- My cigarette smoke leaves an unpleasant smell
- I have nicotine stains on my fingers.
- I am getting wrinkles from smoking.
- My teeth are discolored from smoking.
- Social issues
- I am losing contact with my non-smoking friends
- My second-hand smoke is dangerous to those around me
- My cigarette smoke bothers other people
- Sometimes I litter when I discard cigarette butts
- Financial issues
- I spend too much money on cigarettes
- My life insurance premiums have increased
- I burned holes in my clothing
- My curtains need to be replaced because they have turned yellow
Strategies for Quitting
The ritualized behavior of smoking addiction has many features in common with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) which is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations, or behaviors.
To quit smoking, you have to solve two problems:
1) You have to find out the psychological reasons why you smoke, and develop methods for dealing with all the aspects of your life so that you are not dependent on tobacco, and
2) You have to conquer your physical addiction to nicotine. An addict can choose to get treatment from regular rehab centers.