Putting a Stop to Smoky Thinking

Blog Post created by ShawnP Champion on Oct 20, 2012

Saw this on a website and reposting...


Fight your smoky thinking with a clear thinking response using this list.

Smoky Thinking I just need one cigarette to take the edge off these cravings.
Clear Thinking Cravings become weaker and less frequent with every day that I don’t smoke. Even just one puff will feed the cravings and make them stronger.


Smoky Thinking It’s been a long day. I deserve a cigarette.
Clear Thinking I deserve a reward after a long day, but there are better rewards than a cigarette. A favorite meal, a funny movie, or a hot shower will help me relax without ruining my quit attempt.


Smoky Thinking The urge to smoke is just too strong. I can’t stand it.
Clear Thinking Even the strongest cravings last less than 3 minutes. The urge will go away whether I smoke or not, and smoking now will just make it even harder for me to quit later. I can find something else to do—anything—until the craving goes away.


Smoky Thinking I blew it. I smoked a cigarette. I might as well go ahead and finish the pack.
Clear Thinking I am still learning how to be a non-smoker. It’s normal to make some mistakes. But I don’t have to smoke that next cigarette. I can learn from this mistake and keep going.


Smoky Thinking I can’t deal with never being able to have another cigarette for the rest of my life.
Clear Thinking I only have to deal with today. Quitting happens one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time! The future will take care of itself.


Smoky Thinking I am too cranky without my cigarettes. I am doing my friends and family a favor by smoking.
Clear Thinking My friends and family love me and understand that quitting smoking now is the best gift I can give them. Cranky or not, I am not doing them any favors by continuing to smoke.


Smoky Thinking I am doing really well. Just one cigarette won’t hurt.
Clear Thinking I have never smoked just one before. One cigarette always leads to another. I don’t want to undo all my progress by smoking a cigarette now.


Smoky Thinking It’s too hard to quit smoking. I can’t do this.
Clear Thinking Quitting and staying away from cigarettes is hard, but it’s not impossible. About 40,000,000 Americans have quit smoking. If other people can do it, so
can I
. It is too important to give up on.


Smoky Thinking I’ve been smoking for so long; quitting won’t make a difference now.
Clear Thinking No matter how long I’ve been smoking, my body will benefit from quitting. The healing process starts right away, and before long I will start to feel healthier and look better.


Smoky Thinking I know people who smoked their whole lives and never got sick.
Clear Thinking It’s true that some people get lucky. But there is no way of knowing whether I will be one of the lucky ones, and I am not willing to risk my life. The only safe choice is to quit smoking now.


Smoky Thinking I have already cut down to a safe level.
Clear Thinking There is no safe level of smoking. Smoking less is a good first step, but there are many more benefits when I don’t smoke at all. Plus, every cigarette that I smoke feeds the habit and makes it that much harder to quit.