Going Up In Smoke

By: scubaman
Trying to light a cigarette in the rain, or with cold fingers, or on a particularly windy day and your chance for a relaxing break pretty much goes up in smoke. Still, the urge persists, and smokers are a pretty tenacious bunch. Huddled in a sheltered corner, or poised under a newspaper, if you really need a cigarette, you will find a way.

At the same time, the daily annoyances can get you down over a time. The inability to relax without needing smoke breaks, the disrupting of social events, the constant preoccupation with when you will have your next one, how many are left, and where did you leave that pack? At some point you may decide your mental energy might be better used elsewhere.

Having made that decision, ask for support from friends and loved one, and you are almost guaranteed to receive it. Everyone knows someone who has survived the process of quitting, if they have not endured it themselves, and people are generally very happy to assist in this noble cause. There are also more resources available than ever before, to help you find tips on how to quit, products you can use, or other cognitive and behavioral tricks. Apply that same determination you formerly used to fit in a cigarette break, and watch yourself progress.

Kissing has been known to work as an effective motivator, as well as the less rapid aging of your face and skin. Others make the decision purely for health reasons, and some out of concern for their significant others. Individuals in a role model or mentoring relationship may decide to quit because of the influence they have on young people. Whatever factors help you stick to the decision, keep them clear in your mind as you begin the daily process of breaking your habit. When it is a matter of priority, it will be easier to stay focused and on track.

When you think about it, you can apply the image of going up in smoke to numerous aspects of smoking. Each year numerous fires are caused by a wayward butt or forgotten cigarette. And the concept of the money spent going up in smoke can be a useful motivator in your decision to quit. Imagine all the things you could do with that money instead, and promise yourself or a loved one a treat to help you stay on target. The rewards will be so plentiful, you will look and feel like a new person, and in addition to enjoying your new, healthier lifestyle, you will also serve as an inspiration to others. Feel good about your decision to quit, and take advantage of as many stop-smoking methods as you need to achieve your goal successfully.
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