Kicking the Smoking Habit
After realizing that smoking was a serious danger to my health, I decided that I would stop the bad habit and without any crutches, such as nicotine gum or any programs that would aid, in my journey of quitting smoking, cold turkey.
I chose a time that I felt would be less stressful for me to begin my journey of stopping the bad habit that I felt would eventually cause many illness that are directly linked to smoking. I told everyone around me about my choice in quitting and asked that they participate. It wasn’t hard getting emotional support from the people who cared about my health, the most and they seemed genuinely grateful that I made the good choice of removing all cigarettes from the house as well as any other items which were related to smoking. The first few days, I bought hard candy which took my mind off smoking and I tried to remove myself from activities which I associated with smoking.
After the first week, I felt proud that I hadn’t touched a cigarette and I was even boastful about the fact that I had remained smoke-free for the entire week. There were many times that I craved them but I wasn’t going to go back on my decision so I started an exercise program and kept myself busy to take my mind off smoking. After nine days of not smoking, I noticed someone smoking close to me smoking and tucked nicely in their pocket was a full pack of my favorite brand of cigarettes. I watched as they inhaled the smoke and easily let the fumes puff from their mouth as I thought about how good it would feel to smoke. Feeling weak, I asked for one and before the day was through I was right back to the same bad habit and realized I needed more than my own will and emotional support to quit smoking.