“I’ve quit smoking but, I’m having a very hard time”…
Will I be able to resist temptation?’ This is a question many quitters ask themselves. And that’s not surprising. After all, smoking is an addiction that can be very difficult to overcome. Staying off the cigarettes and remaining a non-smoker is especially hard when you’ve just kicked the habit. This is because your body is still craving nicotine. What’s more, smoking is often associated certain habits, like drinking a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, the saying ‘old habits die hard’ is very true. The reality is that quitting smoking and staying a non-smoker takes a lot of determination.
I’ve quit smoking. How do I prevent myself from slipping?
The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to get through those weak moments and increase your chances of success. Experience has shown that ex-smokers have a greater chance of staying non-smokers if they quit smoking with professional support or smoking cessation aids such as withdrawal medication or nicotine replacement therapy. Motivation is also extremely important for long-term success. Below is a list of tips and advice to help you stay a non-smoker.
Key things to focus on
‘I’ve quit smoking and I’m having a weak moment.’ If you feel tempted to have a cigarette, read the list below and remember the benefits of being a non-smoker:
- You have much more energy; energy you can use to do the things that you enjoy doing
- Your skin looks better since you’ve quit because your circulation has improved
- You now have a better-functioning memory than when you used to smoke
- Your blood pressure has recovered after quitting
- Within only 24 hours of quitting, your risk of a sudden heart attack has gone down. And within one year of quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease will be half that of someone still using tobacco
- Within five years of quitting, your chances of developing oesophageal cancer and your risk of mouth cancer will be half that of a tobacco user
- Within two months of quitting, your lungs work better. And if you stop before you turn 50, your chances of developing lung cancer drop by nearly 50% compared to people who smoke
- You’ll never have to smoke outside in the cold or rain again!
First of all, we want to warn you: do not give into temptation when you’re having a weak moment. Experience has shown that smokers who go ‘cold turkey’ have a much greater chance of staying non-smokers. If you slip up, don’t feel you are weak. Just learn from the experience and go back to your quit plan. Analyse what circumstances made you unable to resist temptation. This way, you will only become stronger and better at avoiding your danger times – and ultimately be able to kick the habit once and for all.
- You may also find the following tips useful:
- Avoid drinking alcohol or coffee. Coffee and alcohol are common smoke triggers and will feed your craving
- Try to relax as much as possible. Go for a walk or ride your bicycle
- Reward yourself. Add up all the money you are saving and decide what you are going to buy with it
- Click here for more information on methods for quitting smoking
Why do people actually smoke?
6 main reasons for smoking addiction in a row:
1. Group pressure
Smokers often begin with this habit in their puberty. In that age, the urge to be heard is enormous. Stick your friends, classmates or sportsmen to a cigarette, then you have to be very strong in your shoes if you do not want to join.
2. Social reward
Now that anti-smoking policy is steadily tightened, smokers form a separate club. They are literally separated from the rest and have to now go out outside or in a special space. Smokers see each other as comrades. They are literally separated from the rest and have to sneak out outside or in a special space. Smokers see each other as comrades.
Smoking is risky behaviour. Especially for young people, this is a reason for starting cigarettes. This group has often had a lot of parental authority, (in their eyes) patronising government opinions and boring school rules. Smoking is their way of taking care of the authorities. The fact that smoking is ‘forbidden’ and that it is labelled as dangerous makes it an extra exciting habit.
4. As a remedy, Many people use a cigarette as a kind of medicine. For example, to recover, to reduce the bloated feeling after eating or to concentrate better. In addition, smoking gives you something to do, you literally have something about hands. It also helps to get bored.
5. See smoking is also smoking
There is a greater chance that a child who grows up with parents who are smokers will become smokers as well. Several studies have proved that the chance is also increased when a Mum or Dad who have stopped smoking now or do not allow children from a home that smoking is unacceptable. For example, if the parents are allowed to smoke their visit without a tin or blush.
6. Genetically determined
Some people are more sensitive to addiction to nicotine than others. If you inherited a certain variant of those genes, you can tend to add tobacco to addiction, but also to alcohol or drugs.
I’ve quit smoking on willpower alone:
If you have kicked the habit all by yourself, we recommend that you start using smoking cessation aids and/or get professional support to cement your chances of success.
Examples of smoking cessation aids and/or professional support include:
Withdrawal medication such as Zyban or Champix;
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- Nicotine patches
- Laser therapy
- Telephone counselling
- Personal coaching programmes
- Group therapy
Last updated on May 31, 2017.
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