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7 Months Smoke-Free

Tips and How I Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is difficult. Even if you haven't started, it can be tricky if you ever catch on to it. Stay away from it. It does not bring anything good. Even if you've never had one and think, "I'll just try one," think again. It can be a lifelong battle on trying to kick the habit to the curb. But if you're a smoker and want to know how I've kicked the habit, read on.

The first thing you need to do is never stop trying to quit. You will relapse, just know if you're persistent you can quit. I quit by keeping at it, never giving up and it took like four years before I was able to quit for quite a long time. I had times where I would go for like a few weeks or months but had me craving. I had way more cash when I quit, too. Studies show vaping is 95 percent less harmful than cigarettes. My doctor even recommended me getting an e-cigarette, and I'm glad he did. My physical appearance improved as I was able to exercise way more. I started biking to work every day and increasing my time at the gym without getting winded.

There are many tools to help you quit like vaping, nicotine gum, lozenges, inhaler, mouth spray, and patches. My recommendation is to buy it in bulk. It may be expensive but it is cheaper than cigarettes and you will have some on hand when you have an urge to smoke. Every time you hear someone talking about smoking, see someone smoking, or think about smoking, you will need nicotine. My personal advice from someone who has successfully quit smoking is to have a patch on all the time, except for sleeping. Switch from coffee to something more fruity like an energy drink. Even when you don't have an urge to smoke, chew nicotine gum or puff on one of the Nicorette inhalers. You may say, "I'll be smoking for the rest of my life"—no, you won't. You may need nicotine for the rest of your life, but it's okay, it's not life-threatening.

The main ingredient in the addictiveness is nicotine. Habits form so use a vape or something much less damaging to your health. You will feel like you have more energy and your lungs won't hurt either. It may feel like an overwhelming thing to do, but once you have some time in it's way easier, I promise. Also, it may be worth talking to a mental health professional to see if you can get some time off work for unemployment benefits so you can attend to your anxiety issues so you can quit smoking. It would be too hard to quit if you had a very stressful job. I do vape quite a bit but I still feel it's a success as I can run after vaping and exercise without being winded.

Before reaching for your next cigarette, question your strength and ask yourself: am I stronger than this tobacco product? Vaping still does hit the spot for me since it has nicotine in it. When you think cigarette, think vape immediately after and watch your mindfulness become a reality. Always have nicotine on hand, chew it at work, while you work on the way home in the morning, and throughout the day. You will need nicotine and lots of it.

You can still get a buzz off things like sugar and caffeine. Think about why you started smoking in the first place. I bet a lot of you wanted to get a rush or high off it. Don't lie to yourself, it's not getting you that feeling anymore. Drop it and find something else. Can't a tasty piece of candy give you more satisfaction than a nasty old cigarette?

However many times you relapse, try again to quit. If you are persistent enough, I am confident you will able to quit. Keep at it! Let's get back to that happy old joyful people we were before the smoking.

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