How many times have you thought that you’ve got to stop smoking soon? How many times have you thought about how a loved one needs to stop smoking soon? Probably quite a few times if you’re a smoker or a person of a loved one who is a smoker. As much as you or a loved one want to stop smoking, it may never happen. You can change that.
Resist the first craving to have a cigarette. After ten or so minutes, the craving will go away. Have a cigarette when the next craving occurs. Step down from a heavier cigarette to a lighter cigarette every week or month until you smoke the ultra-light version of your cigarette. For example, over three months, a Marlboro regular smoker would step down to Medium, Light, and then Ultra-Light. Typically, you will adjust to each lighter cigarette after only a couple of packs. Then you can use some of the other methods to eliminate your habit. After each completed cigarette smoke inhalation and exhalation, drag a lung full of oxygen and hold it for a few seconds.
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Switch to an all-natural brand of cigarettes (e.g. American Spirit) to remove the additional addiction that the burning agents (i.e. four hundred chemicals) add to a cigarette habit. Some smokers find that they are more addicted to burning agents than they are nicotine and quit smoking a couple of months after smoking all-natural cigarettes. Then you can use some of the other methods to eliminate your habit. When you open a pack of cigarettes, write the day and time on it to keep track of how quickly you go through the pack. Try to extend the life of each pack. When recording the day and time, keep it simple by writing the name of the day (e.g. Friday) instead of the actual calendar date. Reduce the ease of access to your cigarettes by keeping them in a collection of small zip-lock type bags. For example, first, place your cigarettes in a bag, seal it, then placed the sealed bag and cigarettes in another bag, seal it, and repeat to further reduce their accessibility.
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After each completed cigarette smoke inhalation and exhalation, drag a lung full of oxygen and hold it for a few seconds. Pause ten or more seconds between each drag to increase the feeling of control over your habit. Step down your cigarette smoke consumption by reducing the total amount of each cigarette that you allow yourself to smoke every week or month. For example, for the first week you would smoke 3/4 of each cigarette, during the next week 1/2 of each cigarette, and during the next week, 1/4 of each cigarette. Because it is easy to cheat with this method, you may want to mark your cigarettes to indicate the 3/4, 1/2, or 1/4 point. Step down your cigarette smoke consumption by taking increasingly smaller drags from your cigarettes every week or month to decrease the amount of smoke you take into your lungs while increasing the amount of air. For example, for the first week you would drag 3/4 smoke and 1/4 air, during the next week drag 1/2 smoke and 1/2 air, and during the next week, 1/4 smoke and 3/4 air. Before you begin using this method, it’s helpful to observe how much you typically drag on each inhalation to step down appropriately.
Switch your smoking hand to be more aware of your smoking habit. For example, if you hold cigarettes with your right hand, use your left hand instead.
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After you finish smoking a cigarette, roll out the remaining tobacco to reveal the front end of the filter. In comparison to the back end (i.e. mouth end), the front end looks many times more polluted.