So you want to quit smoking cigarettes? Maybe you’re sick of spending thousands of dollars a year on an unhealthy habit, or perhaps you’re worried about the cancer risks, or your new boyfriend or girlfriend is a non-smoker and you’re doing it for their sake. Whatever the reason, or combination of reasons, the struggle is much the same. Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant and range from anxiety, to bad temper, depression, clouded thinking, weight gain, insomnia, and more.
If you’ve tried to quit more than once and failed you might believe that you’re just not mentally tough enough to succeed. Don’t give in to such self-destructive ideas. The truth is that many of those who have managed to quit successfully for any extended period of time did not do so on their first or second attempt.
It may seem obvious to some, but it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that every single time you try and quit you are more likely to succeed than during the previous failed effort. It’s like shooting an arrow at a target: every time you miss it becomes more likely that your next try will succeed. So stay positive and try not to discouraged by all the smug success stories of others.
No matter how long you’ve been a smoker it’s never too late to quit. Your body will begin repairing itself soon after quitting and once you’re through the hard part you will begin to discover many of the health benefits that you’ve been missing out on for years.
Some Useful Tips
Gum and Patches
Unless you enjoy lighting your cigars with hundred dollar bills. For the rest of us Plebeians the smart money is on knock-off brands because who wants to pay twice as much for essentially the same thing, which is exactly what the generic brands are.
Skin patches have certainly helped a lot of people quit smoking, and while it’s important to follow the dosage recommendations on the box, some people find themselves ready to step down to lower dosages at earlier points of their treatment. For those of you who find yourself in this position, consider cutting your remaining larger patches into smaller squares as a cost-friendly way of decreasing the dosage.
Oh yeah, and fair warning with the patch: Many people report powerful dreams (usually nightmares) that occur as a result of leaving the patch on the skin while sleeping, so you may or may not want to avoid that.
Lots of people have succeeded in their quest to quit smoking by using e-cigarettes, though caution should be advised. E-liquids that contain nicotine are still addictive and those who truly wish to kick the habit may be better off using the nicotine liquids only at first, and then gradually transitioning to the other non-nicotine flavored liquids. FitVapes offers a veritable cornucopia of flavored vaping liquids, both with and without the nicotine.
Finally, for smokers who haven’t had success with individual quitting aids, recent research suggests that responsibly combining multiple methods may increase your likelihood of success, especially when it comes to highly nicotine-dependent male smokers.