Here is my testimony on how the Lord delivered me from my smoking habit. The following is true and factual.
In 1982, I had wanted to quit smoking. This nasty habit is smelly, dusty, leaves a bad taste in my mouth, prone to leave burn marks (holes, too), and can cause coughing. People have called a cigarette a “cancer stick.” The Bible says my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19); so what am I doing messing it up? I’m not being a steward of my own body, which is the Lord’s (next verse).
I had tried to quit smoking on my own twice before and had started smoking again. I also had a representative of Oral Roberts ministry pray for me after I contacted them through the telephone. I remember stopping for three days, and then I again started smoking again.
Finally, soon after my last attempt, I petitioned the Lord directly, using my own words. The way I did this was to enter into a contractual agreement. In private prayer, I asked that if He would take away my need for nicotine, then I would quit. I got up from prayer, threw away my cigarettes, went back to prayer. Got up again, threw away my ashtray and even the matches, with coup de grâce, finality. I meant it. Back to prayer. I thanked Him for it.
This happened in my bedroom at the police officer’s townhouse with the two pot smokers.
After this—either on the same day or the day after—a strange thing occurred: Walking out of my bedroom and passing the wall partitioned ledge between the kitchen and the living room, I noticed a (freshly lit!) burning cigarette sitting there in an ashtray, and no one was around! I immediately thought, “It only takes one.” It takes just one to start again. It was tempting, but I didn’t take the bait.
Ever since then, I never started smoking again. I had quit with the Lord’s help cold turkey!
I was so enamored about this success that, at one time, I stopped doing what I was doing at work, sat there, looked up at the ceiling at an angle (not straight up), imagined the Lord standing there, and I thanked Him.
I treated this prayer like a contractual agreement; so did the Lord. I had a part to do, the Lord had a part to do.
But if you are not born again, you don’t have a part to do and you don’t have the Lord’s benefits (shown below), because your works won’t get you into heaven. You must be born again. The free gift of salvation is available to you; all you need to do is to sincerely accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord. Your salvation is the will of God (2 Peter 3:9).
Another word for “New Testament” is New Covenant. The Lord Jesus Christ is the testator (Hebrews 9:16-17). As a born again believer, your part in the new covenant (“contract”) is a process called sanctification, and this is the will of God for every person who have accepted the free gift of salvation (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
The Lord’s work of salvation is finished (John 19:30), but you have a part to do in this new covenant if you are born again.
As a born again believer, what is your part with the Lord in the New Testament (New Covenant)? Here’s some primary essentials:
- Read the Word and obey it by doing it.
- Fear God and keep the commandments. What are the commandments? Only two: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.
- Praise Him, thank Him for all He has done—not just for what He did in His day (salvation), but also for the work He’ll do in you (sanctification)! Hallelujah!
What’s the Lord’s part? Here’s all I can think of:
- Paid the death penalty for you
- Took your sins and made you righteous on account of His spilled blood
- Made you sons and heirs and joint-heirs of all that He has
- Gave you eternal life
- Gave you the Holy Ghost
- Forgiving you of your sins—past, present, and future
- Answering your prayers
- Communion with you
- An open ear
- Fruit of the Spirit
- Gifts of the Spirit
- Well-being in spirit, soul, body
- His Word—He honors it alway (without the “s”!)
- His precious presence
- Gives you power to destroy the works of the devil, to cast out demons, to heal people
- His lovingkindness to you
- Makes you an ambassador to represent Him
- He’s your advocate to the Father
- He’s your friend and companion in trials
- The blessings of the Lord makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22).
- Provides you the wherewithal with which you can keep the commandments (such as love, with which you can love God—Matthew 22:37-40).
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Make an honest list of all the things you like about smoking.
Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper and write them on one side; on the other side make a list of all the things you dislike, such as how it can interfere with your health, work, family, etc., suggests Daniel Z. Lieberman, M.D., director of the Clinical Psychiatric Research Center at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (Did you know smoking affects your appearance?) Think about the list over time, and make changes. If you are brave enough, get feedback from family and friends about things they don’t like about your use of cigarettes. When the negative side outweighs the positive side, you are ready to quit.
Then make another list of why quitting won’t be easy.
Be thorough, even if the list gets long and discouraging. Here’s the important part: Next to each entry, list one or more options for overcoming that challenge. For instance, one item might be: “Nicotine is an addictive drug.” Your option might be: “Try a nicotine replacement alternative.” Another reason might be: “Smoking helps me deal with stress.” Your option might be: “Take five-minute walks instead.” (Here are some other healthy ways to manage your stress.) The more you anticipate the challenges to quitting, and their solutions, the better your chance of success.
Write all your reasons for quitting on an index card.
Here are some to get you started: “My daughter, my granddaughter, my husband, my wife…” You get the idea. Keep it near you at all times. (Here are some things that ex-smokers said helped them quit.)
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As you’re getting ready to quit, stop buying cartons of cigarettes.
Instead, only buy a pack at a time, and only carry two or three with you at a time (try putting them in an Altoids tin). Eventually you’ll find that when you want a smoke, you won’t have any immediately available. That will slowly wean you down to fewer cigarettes. (Worried about gaining weight? Here’s how to avoid weight gain when you quit.)
Keep a list of when you smoke for a week before quitting.
Also note what you’re doing at the time and how bad the craving is to see if specific times of the day or activities increase your cravings, suggests Gaylene Mooney, chair of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Subcommittee on Smoking and Tobacco-Related Issues. (This might be the best way to quit smoking!)
Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits.
Suggestions include: take a walk, drink a glass of water, kiss your partner or child, throw the ball for the dog, play a game, wash the car, clean out a cupboard or closet, have sex, chew a piece of gum, wash your face, brush your teeth, take a nap, get a cup of coffee or tea, practice your deep breathing, light a candle. Make copies of the list and keep one with you at all times so when the craving hits, you can whip out the list and quickly do something from it. (When you do quit, here are some things you can do to improve your health.)
Quit when you’re in a good mood.
Studies find that you’re less likely to be a successful quitter if you quit when you’re depressed or under a great deal of stress. (Here are some foods guaranteed to put you in a good mood!)
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When your quit date arrives, throw out anything that reminds you of smoking.
That includes all smoking paraphernalia — leftover cigarettes, matches, lighters, ashtrays, cigarette holders, even the lighter in your car. (You should remove these nine things from your car while you’re at it.)
Put all the money you’re saving on cigarettes in a large glass jar.
You want to physically see how much you’ve been spending. Earmark that money for something you’ve always dreamed of doing, but never thought you could afford, be it a cruise to Alaska or a first-class ticket to visit an old college friend. (Another way to save money: Don’t fall into these retail traps!)
Think of difficult things you have done in the past.
Ask people who know you well to remind you of challenges you have successfully overcome, says Dr. Lieberman. This will give you the necessary self-confidence to stick with your pledge not to smoke. (Here are some science-backed ways to boost your self-confidence.)
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Find a healthy snack food you can carry with you.
In place of smoking cigarettes, try sunflower seeds, sugar-free lollipops, or gum, or carrot or celery sticks if you’re concerned about weight gain. You can also switch your cigarette habit for a nut habit, and eat four nuts in their shell for every cigarette you want to smoke. This way, you’re using your hands and your mouth, getting the same physical and oral sensations you get from smoking. (Here are some healthy, guilt-free snacks!)
Switch to a cup of herbal tea whenever you usually have a cigarette.
The act of brewing the tea and slowing sipping it as it cools will provide the same stress relief as a hit of nicotine. Or carry cinnamon-flavored toothpicks and suck on one whenever a cig craving hits. (Tea is great for SO many other things, too!)
Instead of a cigarette break at work, play a game of solitaire on your computer.
It takes about the same time and is much more fun (although, like cigarettes, it can get addictive). If your company prohibits games like that, find another five-minute diversion: a phone call, a stroll, or eating a piece of fruit outdoors (but not where smokers congregate).
Picture yourself playing tennis.
Or go play tennis. British researchers found volunteers trying to quit smoking were better able to ignore their urges to smoke when they were told to visualize a tennis match. (Plus, tennis is really good for you!)
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Create a smoke-free zone.
Don’t allow anyone to use tobacco in your home, car, or even while sitting next to you in a restaurant. Make actual “No Smoking” signs and hang them around your house and in your car. (Here’s how to get that cigarette smell out of your home.)
Post this list in a visible location in your house.
Whenever you’re tempted to light up, take a look at all the ways smoking can damage your health:
• Increases risk of lung, bladder, pancreatic, mouth, esophageal, and other cancers, including leukemia
• Increases risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure
• Increases risk of diabetes
• Reduces levels of folate, low levels of which can increase the risk of heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease
• Affects mental capacity and memory
• Contributes to thin bones
• Increases likelihood of impotence
• Reduces fertility
• Affects ability to smell and taste
• Results in low-birth-weight, premature babies
• Increases risk of depression in adolescents
• Increases your child’s risk of obesity and diabetes later in life if you smoked while pregnant
To minimize cravings, change your routine.
Sit in a different chair at breakfast or take a different route to work. If you usually have a drink and cigarette after work, change that to a walk. If you’re used to a smoke with your morning coffee, switch to tea, or stop at Starbucks for a cup of java—the chain is smoke-free. (You might even work better in coffee shops!)
Swing by the health food store for some Avena sativa (oat) extract.
One study found that, taken at 1 milliliters four times daily, it helped habitual tobacco smokers significantly decrease the number of cigarettes they smoked.
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Tell your friends, coworkers, boss, partner, and kids how you feel.
Don’t bottle up your emotions. If something makes you angry, express it instead of smothering it with cigarette smoke. If you’re bored, admit to yourself that you’re bored and find something energetic to do instead of lighting up. (Here are some other things you can do if you’re bored.)
Make an appointment with an acupuncturist.
There’s some evidence that auricular acupuncture (i.e., needles in the ears) curbs cigarette cravings quite successfully, says Ather Ali, N.D., a naturopathic physician completing a National Institutes of Health-sponsored postdoctoral research fellowship at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Connecticut. You can even do it yourself by taping “seeds” (small beads) onto the acupuncture points and squeezing them whenever cravings arise. (Acupuncture can treat these other conditions, too.)
If you relapse, just start again.
You haven’t failed. Some people have to quit as many as eight times before they are successful.
If you’ve ever asked yourself:
“How to Quit Smoking?” “Where should I go to stop smoking?” “What’s the best way to quit smoking?” “Should I still continue trying to stop smoking? Or which method is best to quit smoking?”
It’s a complete guide that will explain to you EXACTLY how the “Quit Smoking Way” method works.
- 1 The Complete 4-Step Process to Stop Smoking and to enjoy a Lifelong Smoking Break-off with “Quit Smoking Way”:
- 2 The Really Bad Stuff *
- 3 What Is the Best Way to Quit Smoking? *
- 4 Quit “Cold Turkey” *
- 5 Make a Quit Date *
- 6 Buy Fewer Cigarettes *
- 7 Hypnosis *
- 8 Acupuncture *
- 9 Behavioral Conditioning *
- 10 Meditation *
- 11 Nicotine Substitution *
- 12 Put the Money Saved in a Jar *
- 13 Use Candy or Healthy Snacks *
- 14 Hold Something Similar in Your Fingers *
- 15 Immediately Change the Situation When Craving *
- 16 Conclusion *
The Complete 4-Step Process to Stop Smoking and to enjoy a Lifelong Smoking Break-off with “Quit Smoking Way”:
Stop smoking through prayer and mental purification is the most powerful, the healthiest and quality way for every human being. Period, no questions asked!
Take care, it’s not bound individually to any religion, and your religious background is not relevant. We can just quote pure Wikipedia here: “Higher consciousness is the consciousness of a higher Self, transcendental reality, or God.” Your task is to repeat prayer and mental purification in that direction daily.
Shortest possible prayer:
Ask Forgiveness: PLEASE STOP MY DESIRE FOR SMOKING or PLEASE TRANSFORM MY SMOKING DESIRE INTO LOVE or PLEASE HEAL MY SMOKE ADDICTION.
Don’t worry about who you are asking. Just ask! Here you can use any own words in above direction too.
Gratitude: THANK YOU
If you believe in your prayer, then next is to thank for the answer given to your prayer. Thank your body, thank God, thank the Universe. Thank whatever it was that just forgave you.
Love: I LOVE YOU
It can also be step 1 too, or just saying I LOVE YOU can be the most possible short prayer. Say I LOVE YOU with your body, tell it to God! Say I LOVE YOU in the air you breathe, to the food and to the house where you live! Say directly I LOVE YOU to these nicotine withdrawal challenges! Say it over and over! Mean it! Feel it! There is nothing as powerful as Love, and you can’t fail to go in resonance with Love. Just keep saying I LOVE YOU!
Say the whole prayer over and over, when you start the day, when you feel not good enough because of nicotine desire effects, when it is boring to you to wait for anything, before you go to sleep and similar. Just at any time, you will find the place for prayer. Mean it! CLEAN yourself with the prayer. CLEAN your mind too.
Don’t forget; power is in long term REPETITION, or in other words, in your own mental purification.
Don’t expect a miracle after the first prayer. Miracles happen in small details that you will personally see through your own view angle of the world; and continue, “clean and clean” during next months and years!
That’s it. The whole Quit Smoking Way in a nutshell. Simple, free and incredibly useful long term.
All other steps are additional support therapy and resources to help deepen your understanding and tools to put them comfortably into practice only.
We need to do more cleaning, to keep our mouths shut and LISTEN!
This self-transformation technique can make miracles
Here’s why this strategy is so effective:
Have you ever realized why smokers do take a puff when they’re not feeling OK or when they are stressed? That’s because nicotine gives them the impression of feeling better, with a temporary sensation of relaxation and less stress, less anxiety, and less dolor.
In fact, nicotine adversely increases stress in the body. Paradoxically, while it pops up the central nervous system, nicotine delivers a sedative effect, depending on the dose taken. The feeling of relaxation has been proven through some research as a rather ritually induced sensation, as nicotine does not have depressing effects but just stimulating ones.
When you take it in, epinephrine is released by your body. This hormone has the feature of triggering the sympathetic nervous system that renders breathing fast and depthless. Your heartbeats accelerate, and your blood pressure goes higher. You are simply stimulated.
Nicotine can also cause resistance and sensitivity to insulin due to its stimulation of the body adrenal androgens in high values. Hence, the glucose metabolism is affected, which results in hyperglycemia. This leads to the risk of contracting type not only 2 diabetes but also heart disease and metabolic syndromes. It also affects the following hormones: thyroid, pituitary, adrenal and also sex hormones.
Although willing to quit smoking, the addicted cannot succeed without assistance. In fact, recidivism rates after one week of break-off are above 85% among those smokers trying to quit.
(Sources: Word Health Organisation, National Institute of Drug AbuseandKapoor).
Be honest with yourself, be aware if through prayer ‘pop-ups’ your raise other issues.
Alcohol is one of the main reasons for clients to choose to become smokers again, sometimes years after their break-off.
After a glass or two, drinkers feel relaxed and get tempted to have a puff just for the fun of it. That’s exactly the mistake one should not make.
Recidivism occurs because of further stress as well. To fight that, we will administrate acupuncture on the spots that are responsible for your stress. Magnesium is also the remedy to your mood swings.
It is important to note that smokers generally talk of displaying temper inconsistencies as their mood goes „normal“ when smoking cigarettes and deteriorates in between.
The more depent to the cigarette, the more smokers experience these temper inconsistencies. Thus, soon after the finished cigarette, they feel the need for a next one to cope with the effects of their moments of abstention.
On the other side, praying has effects like these:
If you do your prayer on a daily basis, chances are your body will gain significant benefits from your activity. Recent research has demonstrated that prayer and spiritual practice keep depression away – in particular among those who are predisposed to that depression – as the brain cortex gets consequently thicker.
Psychologist Lisa Miller, Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, University of Columbia, studied a sample of 103 patients developing high-risk levels of depression, based on family history.
By using the magnetic resonance imaging of their brain activity, Dr. Miller concluded that the cortices were thicker in the brains of the persons with regular religious and spiritual practice. This has been deemed as an indicator of the effect that thin cortex has on preventing depression-associated illnesses.
This research was just an additional stone within a wall of studies that have demonstrated that prayer and spirituality can do miracles in fighting depression. Therefore, we have concluded the following benefits that are praying cause on your body:
- It makes you fight stress: Praying brings peace of mind, by taking away the effects that the stress has on organs of your body. That applies to physical stress as well as the mental one. The point to highlight here is that praying for others has a direct effect on fighting the physical effects associated with material concerns for example. Experiments have shown that praying for monetary gains, for example, did not act as a stress-buffer, in contradiction with praying for others’ welfare. Having an altruism thinking helps gain one’s own benefit from the prayer.
- It keeps away depression and anxiety: The British Journal of Health Psychology published research that concluded that the risks of developing depression and anxiety were reduced thanks to prayer. Going to a place of worship was proven to decrease the chances of being depressed and to increase one’s capacity to remain positive.
- It gives you inner peace: Thanks to prayer, you become stronger and ready to handle your daily sources of stress. You will have that inner peace that you enjoy when you are alone. Thus you can sort out things calmly, become focused and have a stress-free mind.
- It fights way disorders related to stress: High stress can cause cardiovascular diseases, ulcers, hypertension, migraines, and diabetes. Alternative therapies support that toxin formation in the human body, which causes diabetes and certain cancers are mainly due to stress.
- It makes you happy and self-confident: Dr. Andrew Newberg, from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, established that dopamine levels could be enhanced thanks to prayer. Dopamine is necessary to produce the pleasant sensations in your brain. In a recent study, feeling social cohesion and increased trust has been proven as a result of praying together with close friends. Thus, praying can strengthen human relationships and social belonging.
- It generates the best of you and stimulates your forgiveness: The study mentioned above also established that prayer helps decrease the level of your ego, by targeting the brain segment responsible for that feeling. Hence, you become more humble, less thirsty for material items and you find the best person within yourself.
- It accelerates recovery after surgeries: Surgical wounds and scars heal faster thanks to prayer. This has been demonstrated by several studies. In fact, stress and lack of synchronization cause your body to focus less on the curing process.
- It prevents diseases: Immunity enhances further thanks to prayer. Research established that asthma symptoms could be minimized through praying. Further research is till figuring out how this process takes place.
- It is beneficial to your heart: Your heart functions much better thanks to prayer, and that has been demonstrated. After a stroke or a heart surgery, the healing process is accelerated thanks to the prayer. Your heart beats are better paced, while your heart becomes stronger and calmer.
- It offers you a longer life: Yes, in addition to all the above, praying makes you live longer! All surrounding impurities and stressful factors are fought away, which help you advance in an age in a healthy fashion. Common diseases that might affect your body will find it harder to attack you and your age-related vulnerabilities become inefficient.
- It is your way to „nicer“ and self-control: Praying for others has been scientifically proven to reduce the violence that accompanies one’s angry moments. That is to say that thanks to prayer you stay in control. Self-control resembles muscular organs, according to research results. This means it may faint and become feeble, like muscles after hard exercising. When one is affected by mental fatigue, one might lose temper, fall into excessive eating or become unable to make the right decisions as a result. Nevertheless, those abilities can be enhanced thanks to regular prayer, according to recent studies. The sample population that participated in those studies had a better capacity to demonstrate self-control when people prepared themselves to a mind-exhausting work with a prayer. Prayer has also been demonstrated to help reduce alcohol drinking, as alcohol may, of course, affect self-control. Thus, prayer acts in fact as an energy booster.
- Prayer make that food taste better: That’s fully our own notice. Somehow after a day of praying, food has better taste and quantity of food start to be less important for you.
Conclusion: YOU GET IT! You will EXCHANGE and REPLACE effects of nicotine in your body with the effects of praying!
Don’t worry if your desire for nicotine comes back again, just don’t be confused and keep your mind clean. When any issue above comes back in any, that means: it is time for you to say another prayer specifically focused on that issue, just asking to purify yourself.That’s all. Your task is asking for „just purification.“
A Pew Research survey conducted in the year 2013 established that 50% of the American population prays on a daily basis. On the other hand, 75% of U.S citizens think that prayer is an essential element in their everyday’s life according to a survey conducted in 2012. Additionally, according to other studies, even nonreligious people have at some point resorted to prayer.
But be careful, the main problem for people who usually pray is in most cases missing the exact way and means how they should pray. Often, people go to church regularly, but they pray just too vaguely, and mock others in a „classic“ way of people’s behavior. Our praying method gives you precisity, clearness, and knowledge. You can accurately focus on your own prayer now. You can understand the importance of repetition. You finally „know that how.“
Give yourself the chance that praying becomes your refuge for all issues described above.
Especially during first few weeks of your nicotine abstinence, we can advise you with a simple detox formula to help your body.
The supplements enlisted here are some of the strongest and supernatural cures, including anti-oxidants that will lead to the elimination of nearly 5000 poisons of toxic and chemical nature affecting your body and that exist in cigarettes.
The following supplements are available at all drug and healthy food stores:
The Vitamin C
Sure, you can use any other known detox methods. Lots of these methods are pretty detailed, explained and available on the Internet. However, we found the 3 ingredients above as core and essential in nicotine detox process.
Physical activity as additional detoxification booster:
Any sports activity that makes you sweat helps detoxification and reduces the person’s desire for nicotine.If you are not a sporty type of person, or if you feel old, then make long walks in the outdoor. Sport is important as it makes your body do what it is made for. It ameliorates your breathing, thus doing good to your kidneys and lungs and helping you to fight illnesses.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that six million people die each year globally from the effects of smoking. Over the past decades, smoking has killed more people than Hitler did. Hitler forced people into gas chambers to kill them with poisonous gas; when a person is smoking, they are inhaling toxic poisons, intentionally killing themselves. It happens slowly, so it is not as quick of a death as going into a gas chamber. In fact, a person gets really sick first, suffers for a long time, and then dies.
The Really Bad Stuff *
Here are some of the facts from the CDC:
- Smokers die about ten years earlier than non-smokers do.
- Over 16 million Americans have a smoking-related disease. Every day, 1,500 die.
- Outside the U.S., increases in smoking globally will raise these deaths to 8 million per year.
This information is not a guilt trip to push people to stop smoking. It is simply the truth. Even though stopping smoking is extremely difficult, the motivation to do this is for a person to save her or his own life. People who smoke are paying tobacco companies for a product that kills them. As noted by Quit Smoking Support, cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, 43 known to cause cancer, and 400 more that are toxins. Paying for cigarettes is like voluntarily paying a murderer to slowly kill you. Think of how hard anyone would try to escape a killer and then have the same amount of determination to stop smoking. Millions have quit smoking. Everyone can do it!
What Is the Best Way to Quit Smoking? *
Luckily, there are now many ways to stop smoking. There is no one best way to quit smoking. The best way to quit smoking is the way that works for that particular person. The focus here is on tobacco, nevertheless many of these methods are also the best way to quit smoking weed. Some techniques work better for different people. The idea is to discover what works and keep trying as many of these alternative approaches as possible. Try as many times as necessary until the achievement of success. Then breathe in deeply, enjoy the better taste of foods again, and never ever again touch cigarettes or use tobacco products.
Here are some of the best ways to quit smoking:
- Quit “cold turkey”
- Make a quit date
- Buy fewer cigarettes
- Behavioral Conditioning
- Nicotine substitution
- Put the money saved in a jar
- Use candy or healthy snacks
- Hold something similar in your fingers
- Immediately change the situation when craving
Let us now explore each of these methods in detail to make it easier for you to choose the best one for a particular person’s challenges and lifestyle. Please note: use one or more if necessary in combination or in succession to make sure of 100% success.
Quit “Cold Turkey” *
Why Quit reported on a 2013 Gallup Poll, which asked former smokers how they were able to quit and what they did. The “cold turkey” method is just to stop all at once without using any nicotine supplements or other drugs. Quitting cold turkey was by far the most successful with 48% saying they had used this method. When these successful former smokers decided it was time to quit, they stopped. In the same poll, 8% said they used willpower, which also works with the cold turkey method to enhance success. More than half of the former smokers succeeded by just quitting and toughing it out, until the cravings had no more power over them.
The physical addiction to nicotine is what makes people want to smoke. A psychological component also makes it hard to stop. WebMD noted that Heath Dingwell, PhD, who wrote the book “12 Ways to Stop Smoking” said, for most people the physical addiction disappears in a couple of days to a week. The psychological part is the most difficult. The best way to quit smoking cold turkey is using extreme willpower. The willpower becomes so strong to withstand the physical addiction and to overcome the psychological attraction. People finally are not going to continue the harm they do to themselves. They stop making excuses and take control of themselves by quitting smoking.
Make a Quit Date *
Reader’s Digest suggests that smokers make lists of what they like about smoking, when the cravings occur, and why quitting will be difficult. Then, prepare a list of the benefits of not smoking and a list of what to do when cravings occur. Then make a quit date. Write it down. Sign it and have a witness sign it. This is a personal contract. An individual makes this with herself or himself. When the quit day arrives, spend the first part of the day throwing away everything related to smoking. Throw it away in a trashcan on the other side of town, so there is no craving to retrieve it. Then, do something very relaxing in a smoke-free environment, like going to a spa or taking a sauna at the gym. Reward yourself on the quit date, by taking the day off from work to relax completely in a smoke-free environment.
Buy Fewer Cigarettes *
This is the slower, “cut-down” method. Stop buying cartons of cigarettes. Then, stop buying packages of cigarettes, and then only buy single cigarettes at a time. When a person has to get up and go to the convenience store to buy a single cigarette every time they desire a smoke, the inconvenience of the whole process and the insanity becomes obvious. They have a chance to think about alternatives on the way to the store. Success comes with this method when the effort of not buying a cigarette changes to buying something tasty instead, like ice cream.
Science Daily reported on a study done in 2007, which showed that hypnosis was highly effective in helping some people stop smoking. There is a debate among researchers about how hypnosis works and even if it does work, as noted in a story that ran in The Atlantic. It works for some and not for others. The ones who usually fail are the ones doing the hypnosis to please some other person, not for herself or himself. It cannot do any harm and it might work, so it is worth a try.
Like hypnosis, with some people, acupuncture has amazing results. For those who succeed with both of these methods there is the feeling that the craving suddenly disappears. The Cleveland Clinic says that acupuncture reduces cravings, when points in the ears receive the treatment. Acupressure, which is using pressure from fingertips or by “ear buds” that are tiny balls placed in the ear, continues to give relief from cravings at home.
Behavioral Conditioning *
Behavioral Conditioning is also Operant Conditioning as noted by Simply Psychology. B.F. Skinner invented it. This method causes a new association, which is an unpleasant association with the act of cigarette smoking. It works by wearing a rubber band around the wrist. When the urge to smoke comes up, stretch the rubber band, and let it snap back to the wrist. Immediately get up and do something else. It is also important to stop using or doing things associated with smoking. If, for example, having a smoke with a cup of coffee is the routine, skip the coffee, and have some soothing herbal tea instead.
Meditation done alone or in groups calms the mind to reduce the craving sensation and focus more on breathing. The mind does not know the difference between imagined smoking and real smoking. Some have found relief by getting good at imagining they are smoking instead of actually smoking while doing meditation. This helps reduce the psychological addiction by replacing an imagined thought for the action of smoking and calming oneself at the same time.
Nicotine Substitution *
Nicotine pills, nicotine-laced chewing gum, nicotine patches, or e-cigarettes replace the addictive nicotine, which is what causes the physical withdrawal symptoms. This method allows the person to deal with the psychological issues first. They can get rid of cigarettes, stop the habitual tobacco smoking routines, and not have to deal with nicotine withdrawal at the same time. Once tobacco is out of their lives, the next goal becomes slowly reducing the nicotine intake, until there is no further need for it. Public Health England released a report stating that e-cigarettes are 95% less dangerous than tobacco cigarettes. When used properly, e-cigarettes help smokers quit, because they mimic all the actions of smoking and feel very similar to smoking.
Put the Money Saved in a Jar *
Using a big glass jar, frequently seen, put all the money previously wasted on cigarettes. This is a great way to show visually, one of the many benefits of stopping smoking. Then use the money to buy something nice as a reward for quitting.
Use Candy or Healthy Snacks *
The idea with this method is, every time the urge to smoke arises put something else in the mouth. Candy, such as a lollipop works well, or one may choose a healthier snack like chewing on carrots. This helps deal with oral fixation, which is a part of the underlying psychological issues for some people.
Hold Something Similar in Your Fingers *
This method can help in addition to using candy or snacks. The idea is to hold something, like a pencil, between the fingers instead of a cigarette. One can get packages of cut carrots, hold one carrot in the fingers, and when the urge comes up to smoke, chew on the carrots instead.
Immediately Change the Situation When Craving *
Examples of this method are taking a shower, going for a walk, listening to music, and dancing. Start exercising, like running or jogging. Develop a good emotional state with things like Yoga or martial arts practice. Stay in smoke-free environments as much as possible.
There is not a smoker who cannot stop smoking. There are so many ways now to help. Stopping smoking sooner means to suffer less, and live longer, having a more happy fulfilling life.