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Read This & Instantly Quit Smoking.

 

Editor’s note: we know about the typo in the above image. It’s still valuable info!

Read this, have your last cigarette and be a quitter forever.

“Quitting smoking.”

“Kicking the habit.”

Both terms make the task seem like something simple. Like you can just wind up and kick the habit like you’d kick a ball and it’s gone. Laughable! Anyone who’s been successful knows that this is probably one of the most difficult tasks they’ll go through.

Smoking will pretty much guarantee death from a disease related to having smoked cigarettes. Sure, there are people who “smoked every day and never got sick” or those who never smoked and had cancer anyway. That’s just the law of averages having a go at common sense. There will be exceptions to every rule, but they are still just exceptions and the odds will not be in your favor.

Do you want a list of major reasons to quit right now? There is a long list of cancers (kidney, lung, stomach and mouth just to name four of them), there’s heart disease, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and there are strokes.

If you are too smart to run face first into a speeding train, you are too smart to be a smoker.

“I’m fine. I still have time to quit. Later.”

Sound familiar? How about:

“I’m only a light or social smoker.”

Light or social smoker? What a load of bull! Being a part time smoker still makes you a smoker. You’re still poisoning yourself. Nicotine is an addictive substance. If you smoke, you are addicted. Why, with all of the information readily available, would you otherwise continue to smoke?

You may think you have time, but you don’t. You have to try right now. Try over and over again. And here’s why: you can still escape mostly unscathed, maybe. The effects of smoking can be reduced in leaps and bounds the longer you remain a quitter.

Here’s a list of reasons to stop smoking now.

Money: It is possible to pay for a family vacation with the money saved. This is not an exaggeration—I’ve done it! It was 10 days of fun that I would have smoked away if I hadn’t quit. Think about any life experience you financially can’t afford to have. Quit smoking, and you’re more than halfway there.

Family: Someone in your family, be it your child, sibling or parent will watch you die from a painful and horrible disease. Do you want that for them? And don’t forget the influence you have—you’re telling your children it’s alright to smoke.

Smell: I didn’t realize how much I smelled after a cigarette until I quit. It’s repulsive, guys. I don’t mean to hurt feelings here, but gum just doesn’t cut it. The smell of someone after they’ve smoked wafts through the room like the stink lines from a cartoon skunk.

Breath: How can you breathe when your lungs are struggling so hard to evacuate the poisons? How does smoking work with the breath of yoga? I didn’t think I had a “smoker’s cough.” I was wrong. When I hear smokers coughing and clearing their throats, it always occurs to me—I don’t do that anymore! I take a deep breath and I feel clean and healthy.

Energy: Moving was a chore. I had absolutely no energy. The thought of having to clean, cook or run to the store absolutely exhausted me. I had no motivation. I was ridiculously tired. And no wonder! My body was wrecked and I couldn’t breathe. Cigarettes slowly and surely kill your quality of life while you wait for one of the more fatal effects, but it’s so subtle and gradual, that you don’t really notice.

Appearance: Smoking makes you look ill. You are grey and yellow tinged, wrinkly and tired looking. Your skin looks terrible. Aside from the vanity aspect, this surely affects self esteem. Since I’ve quit, the skin on my face has never looked or felt healthier. I don’t have acne anymore either!

If this isn’t enough for you to consider quitting, here are some reputable sources for hard and fast statistics:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Canada

Surgeon General

World Health Organization

Quit when you’re ready but please get yourself ready. No one really wants to smoke. They just don’t want to go through the pain and aggravation of withdrawal. Think about it. It’s true, and you know it.

If you want to quit, you just have to do it. It’s as simple as that.

It’s like anything painful—you get through it. Would you re-scrape your knee to stave off the itch of healing skin? No! Cravings are awful. Habits are difficult to break.

You’re going to want to yell, cry, and throw things. Do it. Find a support system or a quitting partner. Avoid alcohol, because you will lose your inhibitions and might make a mistake you regret. Be a hermit for a while. Whatever it takes, do it.

Eventually, like a healing wound, the pain of it goes away. Don’t fool yourself. This isn’t like ripping off a bandage. Quitting can be a slow torture, but it will end. I still have dreams that I smoked and I wake up terrified that I ruined everything. It’s easy to quit, but you have to work hard at it.

Three things I will recommend to anyone who has had enough of being a smoker:

1. Cold turkey. Nothing works better than just quitting. Don’t screw around with anything else.

2. Read this book. Order it now and read it. Smoke while reading it if you have to, but read it—right to the very end. After numerous attempts to quit over many years, this made me quit. This book is magic.

3. Here is a timeline of what happens to your body after you’ve quit. Bookmark it. Read it each time you have a craving and read it now so you can understand why it’s so imperative you quit immediately.

Wouldn’t it be nice if ex-smokers got rewards like other addicts do when they’ve reached a milestone? It’s worth acknowledgement. In four months, I’ll be celebrating two years of being cigarette free after smoking for 18 years.

Don’t you wish you were saying the same?

 

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Missy Mar 1, 2016 7:04pm

My husband had a heart attack at age 46. He had 90% blockage in his left anterior descending coronary artery. He was told to stop smoking ASAP. A year and half later he is still smoking with no intentions to quit. Due to other minor blockages and not changing his lifestyle, Doctor told him it is not a matter of “if” he has another heart attack, but “when”.

Andrew Jul 19, 2015 2:27am

Late to the discussion I know. Who knows if anyone will even ever see this. But felt like getting this off my chest.
Most smokers I know would be right there with you. For me though, I love smoking. I love the feeling, the taste, the smell, all of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ignorant of the health issues with it and how much money it costs. I’ve been an on and off smoker for over 30 years(admittedly much more on than off). And I know I need to quit sometime. And have for a few years at a time. And when I went back it’s because I missed it and wanted it back. Not the typical mindset of thinking you can have just one and getting sucked back in. Nope, I just buy a pack and start back up because I want to.
This is the hardest part for me, is the fact that I love it and don’t want to quit. Scare tactics and throwing grizzly pictures and facts at me doesn’t phase me in the least. I know it all and have seen it all.
I can go for long periods of time without smoking or smoking very little and the withdraws don’t really bother me much. I tend to actually stop for the winter and start back up when it gets warm out. I just hate the idea of not smoking. I hate the idea of summer without a cold drink and a cigarette. I’ve done it before and every time I’m just miserable. Even if I’ve been quit for a couple years. I never stop missing it and wanting it. Who knows if I’ll ever stop for good. Part of me would like to think I will. The other part of me hates that idea with every fiber of my being. Can’t stand even the idea of not having it in my life.
In some ways I envy those who hate it. They have the best chance of stopping. Theirs is a habit. Mine is an absolute love and obsession. One that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to truly leave behind for good.
Thanks for listeningto my ramble here.

asdf Jun 19, 2015 12:10am

A little while ago I cut back from almost half a pack a day down to 1 cig the next day, when I ran out of my brand. There were plenty of normal cigs around, so it wasn’t that I couldn’t smoke, I just didn’t feel like it. The thing is, smoking is excellent for my mental health. I started at one cig a day, because it helped with my depression and I have no desire to stop smoking. It is literally better than every single prescription and non-prescription remedy that I’ve tried. I’d rather die of lung cancer at 60 than suicide at 30. I know I should minimize my smoking, but that’s where it gets tricky… like the article says, cold turkey would be a lot easier than gradually cutting back. THAT is the tough part for me. My ideal number is probably between 1 and 5, but I’m not strict with myself and I’ll smoke more when I feel like it. I don’t feel cravings the way most people do because I’m on Welbutrin, not to quit smoking, but because it’s the second best antidepressant I’ve tried. Some days I’ll go without smoking all day, and then realize that haven’t had one and make a conscious decision to light up because if I don’t smoke for a day, the next day I get the spins. I could be wrong, but I think the Welbutrin increases the rate at which my tolerance declines. I thought I should post, because I appear to be one of the few people here who could quit, but doesn’t want to. I know I’m probably gonna get some hate for this post, but for some people with heavy duty depression smoking is totally worth it. I know everyone’s brain is different, but I can’t be the only one who doesn’t want to quit for reasons other than addiction. I think smoking is probably more beneficial than harmful to me. I’m in a good state right now and I’m doing what works for me.

For those of you who do want to quit, I’d recommend getting 2 weeks of Welbutrin (aka Bupropion) (2 sample packs), and take them for a week, then stop smoking cold turkey, take Welbutrin for another week, and then just don’t start back up again.

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