Food/Lifestyle

How I quit smoking (three times :D)

I have been reading a lot of these articles about how to quit smoking and most of them talk about how it is essentially a nicotine addiction which you get rid of by using nicotine patches, nicotine pills etc. But I cannot agree with that, because for me it was a habit. I get up in the morning, I make some coffee and light up two cigarettes. I do the laundry, then I have another cigarette. I cook launch, then another one. I watch a movie, then again, another one. For me, smoking was kind of a reward, a way to conclude a task or mark off a milestone.

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Health benefits, financial benefits, always the same reasons to stop and I never could. But then I realized; I smoke half of a pack of cigarettes = 10. I lose 10 minutes for every one of them (because I don’t smoke inside the house, I have to go outside for every smoke), which means more than an hour and a half every single day. Smoking is time-consuming. Now imagine what you could do with that much time?!

A lot of people who I talked about quitting smoking said that they were surprised of how much excess time they suddenly had when they got rid of that bad habit and how much more efficient they became.

Nicotine isn’t that addictive, when it comes to smoking – it’s the habit. Thus, the main reason I stopped smoking is finding a reason to quit. It’s all in your head. You just have to decide and find a good reason or activity to keep you away from cigarettes (eg. go for a walk, watch a movie, write a post). Just do something productive instead of wasting your time on “just one” smoke, because “just one” easily turns into a pack of cigarettes a day, and a lot of time wasted. 

And, of course, health and financial benefits only become icing on the cake. Not to mention you’ll get rid of the bad smell and bad taste in your mouth too.