We thought smoking was glamorous back in the day. Yellow skin, brittle nails, wrinkles, stink and rotting teeth are on the rage!
It was Cool. How many times did we freeze, huddling in a corner to "enjoy" our intimate moment with our friend.
Our friend who gave us confidence, while we didn't feel accepted unless we had him between our fingers. Today we are the social outcasts and we also know that nicotine did not give us confidence, but it was an excuse to be an ostrich.
I enjoy smoking. Your first inhale caused coughing and gagging and gasping for breath, but everyone else was doing it, it must be enjoyable......right? Why else would they do such a thing? Today people vape :flavours....food flavours, not tobacco flavour.
Smoking relieves Stress. The truth is that smoking creates more stress than anything else, let alone relieve it. Nicotine is addictive which makes your body crave it to relieve the stress that not having it is causing. That is a vicious cycle. Many stress problems are due to health and money issues..... which may not be present if we had the money spend on cigarettes in our bank accounts, and our bodies functioning with our immune systems intact.l
Personally, I used to believe that if I quit smoking that the sudden change would bring the onslaught of cancer. The truth is that the body is amazing and can reverse some negative affects of smoking. When we stop poisoning our bodies by adding toxins, we let our bodies rid of the toxins and protect us.
We became so confident that we could poison our bodies everyday and live forever. We believed we were immortal. Lies. We knew the truth but couldn't face it. We felt helpless and accepted our marriage to nicotine til death do us part.
The biggest lie of them all.......
It's hard to quit smoking. The tobacco companies and the government who also line their pockets with the blood money want you to believe that. Even other smokers want you to believe that because if you and others quit, they become even more social outcasts. They are also jealous of the fact that you have been successful in quitting. I am sure many have friends like mine who show an interest and desire to quit upon seeing you do it, but they don't follow through and take the steps to do so. Why? Because of all the lies forementioned.
I knew from the moment i joined a forum as this, that it was possible to quit smoking. . Once believing it was possible I became serious in wanting to learn more and be able to quit too. I am now 7 months free of nicotine and am a happy non-smoker. I believe you need knowledge and the true desire to quit, and all the lies dispelled to make it possible. Ridding yourself of the excuses built upon lies and accepting the truth makes it possible.
My first story shows how easy it can be. Unfortunately not many have been so lucky, but you may be one. My piece entitled "If you've given Up , Given UP " gives some ideas how to get started on the proper mindset. Of course the book by Allan Carr is my favourite post and a must read for everyone at any stage of this journey.
Stop believing the lies. Uncover the truth.
Most of all......
Believe you can do this, because you can!
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