God helped me quit smoking

299 – 09/07/09

I have had my quit counter going since I had my last cigarette and today it kicked over into 6 years.

Thanks to the WhyQit web site I managed to stop and 6 years on am still “quit”.

Unfortunately both my parents died in 2007 from their smoking. Mum @76 from emphysema and Dad at 77 from lung cancer.

Neither saw my son get into medical school (both had hoped for it but never saw it happen) nor are they here now to count the days/hours until their oldest granddaughter has twins – the first twins in our family!

There was an anti smoking advertisement in Australia many years ago that showed pictures of older non-smokers at significant life points of their family lives watching their children, grand-children, great-grand-children and being there and then they were contrasted with the smokers who were “dead… dead ….and still dead” at these same times. This year I have fully appreciated this message – they have missed so much and we all miss them too.

However – I’m still celebrating as I am so very glad to be quit. My brother who smoked 50 a day quit 2.5 years ago after watching our mum die of emphysema.

Take care of yourselves and don’t smoke any more of that horrible poison!

TMS
Perth Western Australia

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This article was co-authored by Trudi Griffin, LPC. Trudi Griffin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisoncsin. She received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University in 2011.

In this Article:Article SummaryDeciding to Quit SmokingMaking a Plan to Quit SmokingCarrying Out Your PlanUsing Aids to Quit SmokingCommunity Q&A20 References

Nicotine is one of the most harmful and widely available legal drugs in the world. It’s addictive and harmful both to smokers and the people passively exposed to smoke, especially children. If you’d like to give up smoking, but don’t know where to begin, create a structured plan. Realize why you want to quit, prepare for success, and carry out your plan with the support of others or medication therapy. Quitting smoking is difficult, but not impossible.

Method 1 Deciding to Quit Smoking

  1. god helped me quit smoking Think about if you want to quit smoking.

    Nicotine is incredibly addictive and it will take determination to quit. Ask yourself if a life without smoking is more appealing than continuing your life as a smoker.

    If the answer is yes, have a clear reason for wanting to quit. This way, when abstaining becomes difficult you can be clear about your very important reason to quit.

    • Consider how smoking affects these areas of your life: your health, your appearance, your lifestyle, and your loved ones. Ask yourself if these areas would benefit from you quitting.
  2. god helped me quit smoking Determine why you want to quit.

    Make a list of all the reasons why you want to quit. This will help you become clear about your decision to quit. You’ll want to refer to this list later, if you’re tempted to smoke.

    • For example, your list might say something like: I want to quit smoking so I can run and keep up with my son during soccer practice, have more energy, be alive to see my youngest grandchild get married, or save money.
  3. god helped me quit smoking Be prepared for nicotine-withdrawal symptoms.

    Cigarettes are highly effective at delivering nicotine throughout your body.

    When you stop smoking, you might experience increased cravings, anxiety, depression, headaches, feeling tense or restless, increased appetite and weight gain, and problems concentrating.

    • Realize that it may take more than one attempt to stop smoking. About 45 million Americans use some form of nicotine, and only 5 percent of users are able to quit during their first attempt.

Method 2 Making a Plan to Quit Smoking

  1. god helped me quit smoking Choose a date for when your plan will start.

    Committing to a start date adds structure to your plan. For example you might choose an important day such as a birthday or holiday, or just pick a date you like.

    • Pick a date within the next 2 weeks. This gives you time to prepare and start on a day that isn’t stressful, important, would otherwise lead you to smoke.
  2. god helped me quit smoking Pick a method.

    Decide which method you would want to use, like quitting cold turkey, or slowing/reducing your use.

    Quitting cold turkey means that you completely stop smoking without looking back. Reducing your use means smoking less and less until you’ve stopped. If you pick reducing your means, be specific about when and by how much you will reduce your use. For example, it might be simple like saying, “I will reduce my use by one cigarette every two days.”

    • You’ll have a better chance of success if you combine counseling and medication with stopping, regardless of which method you choose.
  3. god helped me quit smoking Prepare for cravings.

    Have a plan in advance for when cravings strike. You might try hand-to-mouth. This describes the action of moving your hand to your mouth for smoking. Have a replacement to fulfill this need. Try snacking on low-calorie snacks, like raisins, popcorn, or pretzels, when this urge comes up.

    • You might try exercising to combat cravings. Go for a walk, clean the kitchen, or do some yoga. You might also try to control your impulses by squeezing a stress ball or chewing gum when cravings hit.

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Quitting cold turkey.

Try again! It is true that many people have quit smoking cold turkey, which means they stopped smoking completely and immediately. However, there are other effective methods for quitting , too. Pick another answer!

Gradually reducing your use.

You’re not wrong, but there’s a better answer! Reducing your use means smoking less and less until you eventually stop. This method works best if you set a goal: for example, smoke 1 less cigarette every day. But keep in mind that there are other effective methods for quitting smoking as well. Choose another answer!

Going to therapy during the quitting process.

You’re partially right! Some people find that counseling or therapy can help them get to the root of their addiction, allowing them to quit altogether. Still, there are other effective methods for quitting smoking, too. Pick another answer!

Using medication to quit.

Almost! There are many different medications that you can take to help you quit smoking. Talk to your doctor to see what may be right for you. But remember that there are other effective methods for quitting smoking as well. There’s a better option out there!

All of the above.

Nice! Going cold turkey, reducing your use, seeing a counselor, and taking medication are all effective methods for quitting smoking. Choose the one that is right for you! Read on for another quiz question.

Method 3 Carrying Out Your Plan

  1. god helped me quit smoking Prepare the night before quitting.

    Wash your bedding and clothes to get rid of cigarette smells. You should also get rid of any ashtrays, cigarettes, and lighters from your house. Make sure to get plenty of sleep, since this will help lower your stress.

    • Remind yourself of your plan and carry a written version with you, or keep it on your phone. You may also want to re-read the list of reasons why you want to quit.
  2. god helped me quit smoking Ask for support.

    Your family and friends can be extra support in your cessation journey. Let them know your goal and ask them to help you by not smoking around you or offering you a cigarette. You can also ask for their encouragement and to remind you of your specific goals when temptation is difficult.

    • Remember to take quitting one day at a time. Remind yourself that this is a process and not an event.
  3. god helped me quit smoking Know your triggers.

    Many people find that certain situations trigger the desire to smoke. You might want a cigarette with your cup of coffee, for instance, or you might want to smoke when you’re trying to solve a problem at work. Identify places where it may be difficult not to smoke and have a plan of what you’ll do in those specific places. For example, you should have an automatic response for a cigarette offer: “No thank you, but I will have another tea” or “ No – I am trying to quit.”

    • Control stress. Stress can be a pitfall when trying to quit smoking. Use techniques such as deep breathing, exercise, and down time to help thwart stress.
  4. god helped me quit smoking Be committed to not smoking.

    Continue your plan even if you have bumps in the road. If you have a relapse and smoke for an entire day, be sure to be gentle and forgiving with yourself. Accept that the day was tough, remind yourself that quitting is a long, hard journey, and get back on your plan the next day.

    • Try to avoid relapsing as much as possible. But if you do, recommit as soon as you can to quitting smoking. Learn from your experience and try to cope better in the future.

Method 4 Using Aids to Quit Smoking

  1. god helped me quit smoking Consider using e-cigarettes or nicotine filters.

    Recent studies have suggested that using e-cigarettes while you quit smoking can help you reduce or quit smoking.

    Other studies recommend caution when using e-cigarettes since the amount of nicotine varies, the same chemicals as those in cigarettes are still being delivered, and they may re-activate the habit of smoking.

  2. god helped me quit smoking Get professional help.

    Behavioral therapy combined with medication therapy can improve your chances of successfully quitting.

    If you’ve tried quitting on your own and are still struggling, think about getting professional help. Your doctor can talk to you about medication therapy.

    • Therapists can also help you through the process of quitting. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help change your thoughts and attitudes about smoking. Therapists can also teach coping skills or new ways to think about quitting.
  3. god helped me quit smoking Take Bupropion.

    This medication doesn’t actually have nicotine, but it does help reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Bupropion could increase your chances of cessation by 69 percent.

    Usually, you’ll want to start taking bupropion 1 to 2 weeks before you stop smoking. It’s normally prescribed in one or two 150mg tablets per day.

    • Side effects include: dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, agitation, irritability, tiredness, indigestion and headaches as side effects.
  4. god helped me quit smoking Use Chantix.

    This medication curbs nicotine receptors in the brain, which makes smoking less pleasurable. It also reduces withdrawal symptoms. You should start taking Chantix one week before quitting. Be sure to take it with meals. Take Chantix for 12 weeks. Side effects include: headaches, nausea, vomiting, trouble sleeping, unusual dreams, gas, and changes in taste.

    But it could double your chances of quitting.

    • Your doctor will have you increase your dose over time. For example, you’ll take one 0.5mg pill for days 1-3. Then you’ll take one 0.5mg pill twice a day for days 4-7. You’ll take one 1 mg pill twice per day after that.
  5. god helped me quit smoking Try nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

    NRT includes all types of patches, gums, lozenges, nasal sprays, inhalers or sublingual tablets that have and deliver nicotine into the body. You don’t need a prescription for NRT and it can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. NRT could increase your chances of quitting by 60 percent.

    • Side effects of NRT include: nightmares, insomnia, and skin irritation for patches; mouth soreness, difficulty breathing, hiccups, and jaw pain for gum; mouth and throat irritation and coughing for nicotine inhalers; throat irritation and hiccups for nicotine lozenge; and throat and nasal irritation as well as runny nose if the nasal spray is used.

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Not exactly! Some medications, such as nicotine replacement therapy patches, gums, and lozenges, do not require a prescription. However, medications such as Chantix, which curbs nicotine receptors in the brain, or Bupropion, which reduces the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, require a prescription from your doctor. Choose another answer!

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Yes! You do not need a prescription to try nicotine replacement therapy, which includes all types of patches, gums, lozenges, nasal sprays, inhalers, or sublingual tablets that deliver nicotine into the body. However, you do need a prescription for medications such as Chantix and Bupropion. Read on for another quiz question.

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    Yes, smoking will definitely affect your sex life. It can cause your blood vessels to constrict and this will in turn damage your erectile tissue, making it hard to achieve an erection.

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    They have to want to quit. Tell them how you feel, and ask other people who are close to them to tell them as well. Give them reasons as to why they should stop and why you care so much.

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    He has to want to change, but be honest and tell him how it makes you feel.

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    Perform aerobic exercise for about 20 minutes 5-7 days a week. This means walking, jogging, running, biking, swimming. You want to exert yourself to the point where you’re slightly out of breath, then maintain that level of exertion for the duration of your workout. Everyone starts exercise at a different place. To avoid injury, it’s better to start with too little rather than too much, and gradually work your way up. Pay attention to your body, and don’t over train. A sore muscle or joint can quickly turn into an injury if you don’t allow it to recover.

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    Weed on its own is not actually addictive. What is addictive however, is the high it gives you, and this is why some regular cannabis users can struggle to stop smoking it. Speak to him about why he uses it – some people find it has medicinal uses for them, and can help to alleviate pains, and even help people to cope with anxiety. Other people however use it as an escape from issues in their life. Is he using it to disassociate from the world around him? Or does he just like the occasional puff in the evening instead of a cold beer? Smoking cannabis has many arguments for/against it, so it’s recommended that you look into it before you push him into stopping, it may actually be beneficial in ways you’ve not yet considered.

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Tips

  • Avoid being around people that smoke or situations that remind you of smoking.
  • Take a new hobby up so that you are distracted and not as tempted to smoke.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake. When you cease smoking your body processes caffeine twice as efficiently, resulting in sleepless nights unless your intake is reduced.
  • Try a simple auto-suggestion: “I do not smoke. I cannot smoke. I will not smoke”, and while you are saying it, think of something else to do.
  • Consider whether you also have a psychological addiction to smoking. Most people who have smoked for very long do. If you have ever quit for three days or more, and then gone back to smoking, you are most likely psychologically dependent. Explore psychological/behavioral smoking cessation programs designed to eliminate triggers and urges to smoke.
  • If you do fail, never be disheartened, use this attempt as a practice so you’re better prepared for the next try.
  • You might think you are going to break into your bad habits when you’re in the middle of the process, but think about what you are aiming at and whatever you plan to do when you finally stop smoking; because at that moment you stop smoking, life seems so much better and joyful.

Warnings

  • If you are considering using a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) product like nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or nicotine sprays or inhalers, be warned that they are also addictive.
  • Taking any smoking cessation drugs can be dangerous, always seek help from a doctor before taking such drugs.

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To successfully quit smoking, start by making a firm decision to quit and choosing a start date. You may want to try going cold turkey, but consider using a smoking cessation aid to help you cope with cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine patches and gum are available over-the-counter, or you can talk to your doctor about prescription medications like Buproprion and Chantix. If you’re still having trouble quitting, consider making an appointment with a behavioral therapist.

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1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Quit Smoking Now You Will Be Glad You Did!

You know that smoking is not good for you, the good news is that there is help for you to quit!

When I first started smoking, it was exciting, cool, impressive, and it seemed just the right thing to do. 

When I wanted to quit smoking, and I did not have the power to do so! My encouragement to you is do not stop trying! 

Trust me, it does get better, and you will look back and wish you quit sooner but thank God you could stop. Don’t wait another day, quit smoking now!

I earnestly tried for a couple of years to quit smoking, but with no luck at all. I was a heavy smoker of 2-3 packs a day.

Ask God to help you and also ask those people in your life to help you too. It will most likely not be effortless to do, but once you get 24, 48, 72, 96 hours without a cigarette, you will be on the way to a smoke-free life again! I quit on January 10th, 1988 which was one of the smartest things I did for myself besides quitting drugs and alcohol. ~ Bill Greguska

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  • Why is “the devil made me do it” not a valid excuse?

Helpful Resources About Quitting Smoking Cigarettes

  1. How to handle withdrawal symptoms and triggers, when you decide to quit smoking.
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  3. Smoking relapse: What to do if you start smoking again?

You Can Quit Anything With God’s Help For:

  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 3 hours
  • 8 hours and longer

Then with God’s help, there is hope for you to quit ANY addiction or a bad habit that has put you in chains.  Go for the goal of 24 hours, then two days, four days, seven days, and so forth. Do it One Day At A Time! I am not saying it will be easy, but with God all things are possible!

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Quit Smoking For Good And Feel Good About Yourself!

Do You Want To Quit Smoking Now?

Do your life a favor. Quit smoking now!

Make It Your Goal To Go For 24 Hours!

In doing so, you will be on your way to stopping smoking. 

The first few days will be the hardest, but after that, you will gain confidence and will be able to break the habit with God’s help like I was able to do.

Doing 24 hours without a cigarette is a significant step towards quitting smoking cigarettes, keep doing one day at a time, and if by possibility you fail when you try, get right back up there and try again!

Fantastic Health Benefits After You Quit Too!

Two to Three Months After You Quit Smoking

  • Improved circulation
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases up to 30%

One To Nine Months After You Quit Smoking

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease
  • Increased ability to clear the lungs of mucus. Fewer colds and respiratory infections

One Year After You Quit Smoking

  • Risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker

Five Years After You Quit Smoking

  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a person who has never smoked

Ten Years After You Quit Smoking

  • Lung cancer death rate drops to half that of a continuing smoker
  • Likelihood of cancer in the throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases

Fifteen Years After You Quit Smoking

  • Risk of occurrence of coronary heart disease is like that of a person who has never smoked

Statistics from The American Cancer Society

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1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Obvious Reasons To Learn How To Quit Smoking Now!

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  • There are better ways to spend my money.
  • I would rather be healthy.
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  • No one wants to kiss an ashtray.
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  • Coughing is not a neat thing.
  • Smoker’s breath is gross.
  • Smoking pollutes the air for others that I care about.

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