What does 12 weeks or 6 months or forever on nicotine after you've quit smoking really guarantee?
Not a whole lot.
You are still closer to smoking by using it than someone who has worked their way out from under it.
That old cigarette delivery system was the quickest way to your brain.
and you know it!
If you are still thinking nicotine is the only reason you smoke?
Nicotine is what keeps you coming back before you stop using it but, it is half the reason we smoke. Actually, I consider nicotine 10% of the reason that drives people back to smoking. IMO, Unlearning smoking is 90% of final success.
The problem is the ritual has taken over our lives.
That ritual lodged in our routine is what makes people who haven't yet attained 4-6 months quit go back. They haven't turned their thinking away from smoking as yet, and actually most of us haven't at that stage.
So, how do you know if or how to get off nicotine?
You can't if you don't test yourself a little bit.
If you forget to use your patch, or you forget to take your nicotine with you, you test yourself and you make an informed decision by listening to your body. Nothing's keeping you from doing what you were doing if you're still uncomfortable but, how else are you going to know?
I'm not telling you to get off your nicotine, I'm telling you how to.
I was a smoker for 40 years. I thought I was a smart smoker.
I bought 100's and only smoked them halfway down thinking the further away from the cherry, the safer the smoke and my lungs. I was aware I was smoking 5 good puffs for the feeling. I like many, didn't think about smoking any more than that, if they even thought about it that much.
I never considered it controlled me although I did go outside during intermissions to smoke.
What I've learned is, it does control you and, I believe other than PREVENTING OBVIOUSLY KNOWN HEALTH RISKS, that removing it's control is the greatest success for your self esteem.
Let's talk about smoking's control.
Cigarettes were on our mind 20 times a day more or less.
>When we thought of smoking, most of us had to stop what we we're doing to go smoke.
>If we couldn't stop the task or end the conversation, we thought about smoking until we could smoke.That wait is what made smoking "the reward."
That is control perceived or not.
Other ways smoking controlled us
>The special trips to the store just for smokes.
>Wondering if you had enough left to get you through the night and the next morning until you could get to the store.
>The yearly costs which could have gone to other things like a real vacation.
THE FREEDOM FROM IT'S CONTROL
IS WHY YOU SHOULD WANT YOUR SUCCESS.
Freedom is your hope and hope is your freedom.
That is what we strive to inspire in you.
Regarding my methods: Some think I can be harsh. That is not my intent.
I would never hurt anyone's feelings over what they had done or not done regarding their quit but, I'm not a fawner. (I do love those here who can be both the fawner and the helper. Hopefully, I've helped teach them something.)
I will ask questions if I think I can help someone who smoked understand how their thinking made them smoke and how to prevent them from "getting to the point of crossing the line" in the future.
I had a guy on Quora say that in defense of having a couple cigarettes a day.
Someone asked if a couple cigarettes a day were bad for you and I explained one cigarette can cause a heart attack or stroke and that your risks for both are substantially increased by smoking one or two a day.
This guy says it isn't so and I tell him to google it and get back to me.
While he was doing this, I found at least 6 links backing up what I said. (these are 2018 articles based upon new studies.)
He comes back with (only) one of the links and says "It only mentions one cigarette can cause a stroke in the title." I tell him he needs to go to all the links I found and tell them they are wrong.