Top tips to stop smoking
Discover our top 10 tips for quitting smoking and understand the different methods for stopping smoking, how they work and the differences between. Keep reading
10 tips to help you quit smoking
So you’re a smoker and you wish you weren’t. Join the club!
In fact, every smoker in the world is a fully paid-up member.
More than 70% of smokers say they wish they could be non-smokers; the rest just don’t admit it.
You have admitted it, which is great news and you now need to evaluate why you should stop, find solutions to stop smoking and which method to choose to help you.
Before the top tips a few celebrities who have stopped with Allen Carr’s Easyway method.
As long as you use a drug-free method that also ensures that you understand the psychological aspects of nicotine addiction – these tips will help you.
So please read our world-famous tips but you must remember that smoking is like being trapped in a maze.
The tips/instructions help but without the right method/map you may never find your way to freedom so please read on after the tips to understand the different methods to stop smoking.
1. Set your date and time to stop
You’re going to stop smoking naturally so carry on smoking as usual until then.
Set your date and time to stop and carry on smoking as usual right up to that time – don’t try to cut down beforehand, that just makes cigarettes seem more precious rather than less so.
2. Look forward
Remember – you’re not giving up anything because cigarettes do absolutely nothing for you at all. They provide you with no genuine pleasure or crutch, they simply keep you addicted – a slave to nicotine.
Get it clearly into your mind: you are losing nothing and you are making marvellous positive gains not only in health, energy and money but also in confidence, self-respect, freedom and, most important of all, in the length and quality of your future life.
You’re going to enjoy being a non-smoker right from the moment you put out your last cigarette.
Nicotine addiction is actually weak; it’s an extremely mild, slightly insecure feeling. To ensure success focus on the 99% mental aspects of addiction;
Understanding why you smoke is essential. Most smokers mistakenly believe that they do it because they enjoy it or because it gives them some kind of benefit or support. It’s the addiction that convinces them of this.
3. Have a final cigarette
You’re going to give up smoking easily so make a solemn vow
Actually, there’s nothing to give up – you’re getting rid of something. Have your final cigarette and make a solemn vow that regardless of what highs or lows may befall you in future, you will never smoke or take nicotine in any form again.
This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make because the length and quality of your future life critically depend on it. What’s more, you know it’s the correct decision even as you make it. Having made what you know to be the correct decision never even begin to question or to doubt that decision.
4. Be cool about withdrawal
The physical withdrawal is very slight and passes quickly
Your body will continue to withdraw from nicotine for a few days but that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable or crave cigarettes.
The physical withdrawal is very slight – there is no pain – and it passes quickly. What’s more, it’s what vapers and smokers suffer all their smoking lives. Non-smokers do not suffer it. You are a non-smoker and so you’ll soon be free of it forever.
The unpleasant symptoms people describe as “nicotine withdrawal” are nothing of the sort; the empty insecure feeling of nicotine withdrawal triggers a thought process. It’s the result of that thought process which leads to the unpleasant physical feelings.
If you associate smoking with a coffee, tea, drink or break, have your coffee, tea, drink or break and at that moment, instead of thinking: “I can’t smoke now”, simply think: “Isn’t it great: I can enjoy this moment without having to choke myself to death”.
5. Socialise as normal
You won’t be craving a cigarette so there’s no need to avoid smokers
Do not try to avoid smoking situations or opt out of life. Go out and enjoy social occasions right from the start and do not envy smokers, pity them.
Realise that they will be envying you because every single one of them will be wishing they could be like you: free from the whole nightmare.
No smoker wants to see their children start smoking which means they wish they hadn’t started themselves.
Remember it’s not you who are being deprived but those poor smokers. They’re being deprived of their health, energy, money, peace of mind, confidence, courage, self-respect and freedom.
If you’re offered an cigarette, just say: “No thanks – I don’t smoke”, rather than start a long conversation about how long it has been since you stopped.
6. Think about smoking
Don’t try to “not to think” about smoking – it doesn’t work
Don’t try to “not to think about” smoking – it doesn’t work.
If I say: “Don’t think about a brick wall”, what are you thinking about?
Just make sure that whenever you are thinking about it, you’re not thinking: “I want a cigarette but I can’t have one” but instead: “Isn’t is marvellous: I don’t need to smoke anymore and I don’t want to smoke anymore. Yippee, I’m a non-smoker!”
Then you can think about it all you like and you’ll still be happy.
7. There’s no such thing as “just one” cigarette after you quit smoking
The next smoke is the continuation of a problem not the solution; Understand a cigarette simply momentarily relieves the discomfort caused by the previous one.
That’s how addiction works. The more you experience the effect the more convinced you believe the cigarette is solving the problem rather than causing it.
Never be fooled into thinking you can have the odd smoke just to be sociable or just to get over a difficult moment. If you do, you’ll find yourself back in the trap in no time at all.
Never think in terms of one smoke, always think of the whole filthy lifetime’s chain.
Remember: there is no such thing as just one smoke.
8. Avoid Substitutes
Patches, gums, nasal sprays and e-cigs just keep the addiction alive
Do not use any nicotine substitutes. They all make it more difficult to stop because they perpetuate the illusion that you’re making a sacrifice.
Substitutes that contain nicotine or so-called Nicotine Replacement Therapy; patches, gums, nasal sprays, e-cigarettes and inhalators – are particularly unhelpful as they simply keep the addiction to nicotine alive.
It’s like advising a heroin addict who’s smoking the drug off foil, to start injecting it instead.
9. Ditch your cigarettes
You are already a non-smoker the moment you put out your final cigarette
Do not keep cigarettes on you or anywhere else in case of an emergency. If you do, it means you’re doubting your decision. Non-smokers do not need cigarettes.
You are already a non-smoker the moment you put out your final cigarette. In fact one of the many joys of being free is not having to worry about having cigarettes and a light on you, of ending that slavery.
10. Enjoy your freedom
Live a smoke-free life and be on your guard not to fall back into the trap
If your brain ever starts playing tricks on you by thinking “Just one smoke”, remember there is no such thing.
The question you need to ask yourself is not: “Shall I smoke now” but “Do I want to become a smoker again, all day, every day inhaling the smoke into my lungs, never being allowed to stop?”
The answer “No”. Why not?
“Because I didn’t like being a smoker – that’s why I decided to become free”.
That way those moments can become pleasurable as you congratulate yourself that you’re free and that way you can enjoy remaining a non-smoker for the rest of your life.
The best way to become truly free is with the right quit smoking method so read on to learn more.
What are the most effective ways to quit smoking cigarettes?
Your success in quitting smoking, depends very much on the method you decide to use.
Although there are numerous techniques and treatments purporting to help you most of them result in less than one person out of ten actually succeeding.
The table below shows that the overall best method is Allen Carr’s Easyway.