Smokers don't often talk much about it, but we all worry about the damage we inflict on ourselves by smoking, day in and day out. Another thing we don’t talk about is how much time we spend thinking about quitting...but we do, day in and day out.
I should know.
I spent a full 16 of my 26 years as a smoker dreaming wistfully of the day I could call myself an exsmoker and really mean it. That’s an awfully long time to continue doing something you hate, but that is the nature of addiction.
Addiction Steals Our Right to Choose
None of us started smoking thinking we'd lose our right to choose, but that's exactly what nicotine addiction does to us. The associations we build up over time slowly weave their way through every activity in our lives until we can't think of doing anything without our cigarettes. This habit is insidious and tenacious, and millions of lives are lost every year worldwide to it.
However, there is good news here, and it is this:
Thousands of people quit smoking successfully every year.
They break the chains of nicotine addiction and they leave smoking behind -- permanently. You can too.
The Quit Smoking Toolbox
The quit smoking toolbox gives you links to information and the support you need to build a solid quit smoking program for yourself. Learn what to expect when you stop smoking, and have some faith and trust in the process. Remember: Countless others have successfully beat the addiction to nicotine, and you can too.
Why Quit Smoking?
5 Key Reasons to Quit Smoking
All smokers harbor the secret hope that they will be spared the disease and death that follows nicotine addiction. We tell ourselves we’ll quit in time and somehow dodge the bullet that smoking is.
Why Should I Quit Smoking?
Making a list of reasons for quitting is a good first step towards successful smoking cessation. What are your reasons?
Readers Respond: Why We Quit Smoking
About.com Smoking Cessation readers share the personal reasons that brought them to the point of stubbing out that last cigarette.
Email Courses to Help You Quit Smoking
Prepare to Quit Smoking
This free 6-part email newsletter course is designed to give you a head start by teaching you how to prepare for a successful quit program.
You'll receive this free newsletter daily for 5 days in your mailbox. It will give you tips on how to manage your first smoke free week and beyond.
Quit Smoking 101
This free 10-part email course combines my other two ecourses: Prepare to Quit Smoking and Quit Time into one longer ecourse along with more motivational quit stories from those who have quit smoking successfully.
How to Develop the Will to Quit Smoking
Quitting tobacco is hard for most people. It takes patience, trust, and commitment to the goal. Learn how to condition your mind to build the resolve it takes to quit smoking successfully.
Understanding Nicotine Addiction
The effects of nicotine on the human body create dependency through chemical reactions in the brain.
Fostering the Mindset for Success
For some people, there is that magical click where everything falls into place before quitting or just after, but for most of us, the reshaping of attitude into the “right” mindset comes gradually, one day at a time.
Preparing for Your Quit Date
Preparing yourself for what lies ahead when you quit smoking will add to your ability to make a success of your efforts.
Products to Help You Quit Smoking
Learn about the nicotine patch, gum, inhaler, nasal spray and nicotine lozenges. You'll also find information about alternatives to NRT's, such as bupropion (Zyban or Wellbutrin), varenicline tartrate (Chantix), acupuncture and hypnosis.
Gather Your Supplies
The first several weeks of smoking cessation can be difficult. It's important to have things you can do to distract yourself in mind ahead of time...before the urge to smoke hits.
After the Last Cigarette
What happens inside our bodies when we quit using tobacco? Have all of the years of tobacco use caused too much damage for quitting to be of any benefit? Not at all. The human body is amazingly resilient. Within the first 20 minutes of quitting, the physical healing begins.
8 Common Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal
Let's review some of the more common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and what you can do to manage them should they occur.
10 Tips to Help You Manage Nicotine Withdrawal
Most people will experience some symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, but in general, the pains associated with this phase of recovery are short-lived, especially if you have a few tools to help you manage them more easily.
Smoking Cessation Support Forum
Support from those who know what you’re going through is invaluable. Stop in and browse through our very active smoking cessation support community. You may visit as a guest and read messages, or register (free) to join the discussions and post comments of your own.
Avoiding a Smoking Relapse
5 Steps that Lead to a Smoking Relapse
Understanding the psychology that leads to a smoking relapse is the best way to avoid having one.
Why People Relapse Years Later
The key to lasting freedom from nicotine addiction lies in changing your relationship to smoking. If you quit smoking by sheer will power, believing somewhere in the back of your mind that you're sacrificing something good, chances are very high that you'll eventually relapse.
There is No Such Thing as Just One Cigarette
Most people who quit smoking have romantic thoughts about smoking just one cigarette now and then. It's a normal part of recovery from nicotine addiction, but failing to deal with these errant thoughts has been cause of many a failed quit program.
Don't be afraid to quit smoking.
Do the work it takes to get the monkey that nicotine addiction is off of your back. The rewards are outstanding and you'll love the person you become without the chains of this killer habit weighing you down.
Believe in yourself and you can free yourself.