I've never met a smoker yet who deep down wouldn't prefer to be a non smoker. They just don't know how.
Quitters are where you find them.
I was shopping at 5:30 and when I came out I backed into a pickup truck's brush guard and bent it slightly. I wasn't in a big hurry. It was dark and his truck was dark. I gave the driver my insurance information and went to my other store to shop. He called me as I was checking out and said there wasn't much damage and he didn't want to pursue any action. He also said he noticed I hadn't come out of the first store with any groceries and asked me if I needed some help. I explained the bookmark brought up last weeks ad and nothing in the store matched it and I was fine. When I got home, I called him and told him I noticed a pack of smokes in his pocket when we were talking and offered to help him quit smoking if he ever became interested. He was very open to the idea and asked me how to get started. I told him to just tell himself to wait a little longer when he wanted to smoke and it would prove to him he didn't need to smoke every time he thought he did. I told him about the site. Helping people find their freedom is a labor of love, I can explain it in no other way. ~Onward and Upward~
Smoking is a choice just as not smoking is a choice.
You must decide to quit. This decision doesn't have to be painful or abrupt, but you must get your logical head into your quit and throw out the addicts logic and voice.
When you decide to quit, you can put the garbage aside and look at quitting for what it is.
In this way, you control it and not the other way around.
With a choice comes willingness instead of fighting with yourself.
Before I quit, I simply told myself to wait a bit longer when I wanted to smoke. In four weeks I was down from a pack a day to 5 a day and I wasn't focused on quitting. I had proven to myself I DIDN'T NEED TO SMOKE JUST BECAUSE I THOUGHT I DID.
Smoking is learned behavior with nicotine keeping you coming back for more. You don't need to create anything more difficult out of it.
It is awkward for a time because you are learning a new behavior but you need not give it any more credit than that.
No one has died from wanting to smoke.
When you internalize these simple concepts and let go of the BS, you will succeed.
As I watched An Unfinished Life a couple of mornings back, I couldn't help but marvel at the storytelling as the movie progressed. It was one of those movies that kept you entertained as it fed your desire to know what was going to happen next.
It's very similar to this journey we call quitting smoking..
We really never know where life will take us but we learn that smoking is not required.
Smoking was our status quo but we've learned to let it go.
I had no knowledge or plan when I quit but looking back, it was all very logical. I had to come up with solutions during my construction career that were not only better, but, much less expensive than the specialists hired by the client.
How to do it?
You sit down with what you know and look at a problem from all angles, then think through each step of each path of resistance so you can choose the best one. When you've done that, there are no doubts or questioning yourself or saying, I should have done that instead of this.
I've laid out what is involved in timeline form based upon what I've watched here and on another site for almost 9 years.
There is no need for emotion when you look at a problem logically.
Smoking contributes to acid refulx/gerd by loosening the valve between your stomach and esophagus which can let the acid back up into your esophagus and burn the cells until sometimes, they can mutate into a whole different type of cell that does not belong there and can become cancer.
I was diagnosed with Barrett's with high grade dysplasia in May of 2012. I started bleeding in my esophagus and after a 3 day weekend, had lost 25% of my blood. Had to have a transfusion and tests resulting in it's discovery.
I have been under watch since that time and treatment started about a year and a half ago.
They knock you out, stick the catheter down your throat and burn a layer off the damaged inside and scrape off what they burned. In time they hopefully get it all and the mutated cells are replaced with normal ones.
If you have regular heartburn
Best thing you can do is not eat within 3 hours of lying down, and pitch your bed so the head is higher than the foot end. I have to take a quadruple dose of acid supressants daily and have these treatments every 4 months.
Wish me well. I'll try to be back here in 10 hours or have Nancy give you an update.
PS I didn't realize I had such severe acid reflux so it went untreated for years. If you regularly have heartburn, have your primary dr. refer you to a specialist. Esophageal cancer can take your life in less than a year.
This proposed need for continued dependence is what makes people believe they can't quit smoking unless they remain addicted to nicotine.
They don't tell you that the psychological urge to smoke and the mere years of repetition drive the urge to smoke as much as nicotine. They don't tell you that once you are off the nicotine you can unlearn the cues and urges to smoke by unlearning that repetition.
These ads imply nicotine is going to satisfy the whole enchilada of quitting smoking.
DON'T BELIEVE IT! They are just in it to keep taking your money.