Shit. I did it again. After (very proudly) not been smoking for 4 years, I took one cigarette here, another one, there and I’m a smoker, again.
I can’t tell you how much giving up smoking was great for me. I started smoking as a teenager and went on with this smelly habit almost a half of my life.
Smoking is a dangerous habit, but despite what you might think, smokers are not stupid. Smokers are drug addicts. Nicotine is a drug, and very addictive one. You can tell a smoker, he could die, and suffer, but he will not quit.
There are lots of methods of quitting smoking. I like the cold turkey method – just quit, and let your body suffer for a few days. But unfortunately, some periods in life are too stressful for this method, like NOW. And because I’m too stressful, I figured out a more moderate method would work better for me. I smoke up to 10 cigarettes a day (an average of 7) but still, I find it very difficult to quit at the moment. The decision to quit by reducing the amount will make it harder because it’s going to take longer time to quit. But for now, I prefer to suffer from easier withdrawal symptoms for a longer period of time, instead of having strong withdrawal symptoms who could break me on the second day.
That’s my 3 step plan:
1. Reduce amount of cigarettes to 5 per day. Do it for 3 days.
2. Reduce amount of cigarettes to 3 per day. Do it for one week.
3. Just STOP.
Starting today, wish me luck and tell me all your stories about how you quit smoking!
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