We have a convenient (and hopefully inspiring) Checklist that you are ready to quit smoking that you can look at to evaluate where you are in the quitting process.
But there are more than a few people who can accurately call it the quitting cycle.
Stories on Family, Friends, Social life...
A typical example of this would be the woman who had started smoking as a mere child of six years, and experimented with blowing those neat smoke rings with her best friend behind the barn.
She went through periods when being "good" was more important than bad habits, and sometimes years went by with no cigarettes. But there were times when she had friends who smoked. She was able to impress them with smoke rings.
Her older married sister smoked, and when she stayed over at her sister's house to baby-sit, she smoked as well. It made her feel like an adult.
When she encountered social opposition to smoking, she was able to quit easily, she found.
When she entered college, she hadn't smoked for a couple of years, but what better way to strike up a conversation than to ask for a light? And smoke rings were still good for a laugh.
As a "twenty-something," her parents accepted her smoking. When she got involved in a healthy-living clique, quitting was really no problem.
She found work in the casino industry, which tolerated (or even encouraged) smoking, but upon meeting the man that she married, she quit smoking to please him, and found that it was relatively simple to do.
Smoking chain and Motivation to quit
It was the divorce that took its toll. In all of her earlier "quits" she had not really evaluated what cigarettes had done for her. They had given her a feeling of acceptance, a feeling of rebelling, and an enclave from loneliness and insecurity. They had been a part of her style, in the way that she presented herself. But with the major crisis of divorce, cigarettes became a tool to repress anger and resentment while maintaining an atmosphere of reserve. She started smoking again with a vengeance, masking emotions of rage and betrayal. There came a time when quitting smoking was unthinkable, until she began to lose her health.
"Quitting smoking is easy," she said to herself. "I'll just do it, and see who notices."
Committed to quitting smoking
Her commitment to quitting was solid, and she was successful, but her unconscious mind "noticed." She could no longer tolerate the stress level at work, and found a different, lower-paying job. She found herself constantly demanding more out of her life, and spent money that she no longer had on trips and money-making schemes that never quite worked out. She discovered that even though she had affection for the people that she knew, none of them understood her at all. She discovered that her social skills were inadequate for the professional positions that she aspired to, even though she was qualified on an educational level. The stress level was building toward relief in the form of nicotine.
As a way to bring in a few extra dollars, she accepted a commission-only position as a lay counselor for a quit-smoking program. The main requirement was that she be a non-smoker, preferably an ex-smoker for at least two years.
She was to read the program, and present it to what-ever group signed up. In her own words, she stated that she wished she had had the common sense to sign up for a program in the first place.
Ready to Quit
As it was, she learned most of what she needed from the people who took her clinic, and the advice and materials in the program itself. Without the moral and intellectual support, she is convinced that she would have returned to smoking. She presented the quitting program with commitment and sincerity for five years, during a period when her state had mandated quit programs for all of its employees, including teachers, mental health professionals, accountants, lawyers, and other assorted bureaucrats. This venture did not solve her money problems, but she has been smoke-free since 1985.
If you're ready to quit right now, make sure you learn more about this quit smoking program. It works for most people and can start working as early as 8 days.
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