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How to stop smoking
How I did it: I quit drinking and just decided to stop. I kept myself busy and ignored the urges. I drank a 6 pack last night and smoked 3 cigarettes and am craving them today, but I know I am not going back to smoking. Alcohol is a disinhibitant so as long as I stay sober I can manage the urges. Until yesterday, when I drank, I almost had no cravings at all for over a month, so the key for me was cutting out alcohol and being on my own (as most of my friends smoke). Today I am craving a smoke again and kicking myself for smoking while drunk, but I don't consider to have stopped my quit. I am not going back.
Lessons & tips: 1. Expect cravings. You are stronger than the cravings and they are not painful, just like an itch that is annoying. Putting up with those annoying "itches" while the nicotine leaves your body is worth it!
2. Focus on the long term health benefits. You are doing this to SAVE YOUR LIFE. Make no doubt about that.
3. When you quit smoking your blood sugar drops, so eat regularly while you are first quitting to keep your blood sugar as stable as possible.
4. Drink lots of water to help flush the toxins from the cigarettes from your body. Imagine your lungs turning pink and healing and your blood cells being oxygenated more effectively.
5. Consider doing a liver cleanse and take epsom salt baths to further draw toxins out of the skin.
6. When you are having cravings stay away from friends that smoke who will tempt you.
7. If you relapse, don't consider yourself a failure. It was a relapse. But go forward as if it never happened. You have QUIT.
8. Don;t use nicotine replacement therapies like the patch or the gum. As long as you keep putting nicotine in your body you will crave it and your brain associates nicotine with cigarettes, not NRTs... you will prolong your withdrawal and risk relapsing. You are nicotine free, so be nicotine free.
9. There is no "right" time to quit... so quit. Stressful life events will always occur. That said, make the quit as easy for yourself as possible by scheduling enough sleep and relaxation time.
10. At first, avoid watching movies that depict people smoking.
11. If you smoke while you drink, quit drinking. Alcohol reduces your impulse control and makes you more likely to do things you wouldn't do sober, such as light up just "one" smoke (like I did last night after being quit for 1.5 months... and today I am craving again but I know I have quit and CAN quit and just need to stay away from the booze, perhaps permanently).
If you smoke with your coffee, etc, change your routine. Have 5 hour energy shots in the morning instead of coffee or caffeine wake up pills or coca cola.
Remember, quitting is a LOT easier than going through cancer treatments. It's annoying but not torturous and so many sites build it up to be this mammoth task when in reality it is a matter of dealing with cravings when you get them by deep breathing, drinking water, etc.... the urges do pass.