Steps How to Quit Smoking: A Surefire Way To Be Nicotine Free!

I am so pleased to announce that I am 6 months free from smoking and I am so happy to share my steps how to quit smoking. I honestly never ever believed that I would be able to quit smoking.

After 22 years of smoking being a smoker has almost been part of my personality, part of who Lynne is. I think I can safely say (for now anyway) that I am now a non-smoker. Wow, this feels great.

What I find just as exciting is that I can now share with you all how I managed to achieve this and share my steps, hopefully you will join me in the non-smokers club.

Steps how to quit smoking now

10 Steps How To Quit Smoking Now

1 Decide on Your Reasons for Quitting Smoking

For me there were so many obvious reasons like my health, the financial cost of smoking, the fact it stinks… and these are similar for everyone. The deciding reason for me quitting smoking comes down to my children.

About 2 months before I quit smoking my daughter came to me (with a very proud) look on her face and told me she is going to grown big like me, wear my clothes, become a mommy and smoke. I felt so ashamed and so sad that moment. She wanted to be just like me. A smoker. This is what she looked up to. She was 3 years old at this time.

This was the exact moment I realized my smoking days were coming to a close.

3 Weeks later my daughter asked me to play a game with her. I told her yes, no problem, just give me 5 minutes. She then looked at me and said “Oh are you going for a smoke first?”. There was no accusation or unhappiness in her question at all…. but it suddenly hit me that I put smoking above everything in my life. Even my children. What am I saying to my child by my behavior when I have to have a smoke before I do anything with her? It says loud and clear that smoking is more important than her.

This was the exact moment I decided I would be quitting.

So my now 4 year old daughter and my 2 year old son are my reasons for quitting smoking. I want them to have their mommy put them first at all times. And if they do come second at times, I don’t want it to be because of cigarettes!  I don’t want my children to smoke and if they do, let it be because they choose to smoke, not because they are copying their mother.

2 Set A Quit Date

When I decided I was quitting I immediately spoke to my husband who was also a smoker and we agreed to quit and we set the date for 01 October 2015. This was a great feeling.

We had often spoken about the fact we should quit one day. My husband had attempted to quit smoking on a number of occasions and done quite well each time. I had never attempted to quit or even set a date before, or even agreed to quit for sure. It couldn’t have been easy or nice for my husband to quit when I was carrying on smoking.

Make your date for quitting whenever you want. Make sure you are mentally ready. If you don’t want to quit smoking you won’t succeed. Wait until you are really ready for it.

3 Tell People

Share with your friends and family that you are going to quit, tell them the date. The fact that I wrote a post about it on my website and then shared it on social media made it really hard for me to back out of my date to quit smoking!

4 No Nicotine Replacement or Cutting Down Before Hand

Until the day you quit smoke as much as you want, in fact smoke more! How addiction works is that unless you are physically consuming the thing you are addicted to, you are actually in the process of craving it. So to cut down is really just torturing yourself before you quit. Rather smoke, enjoy your cigarettes and mentally prepare yourself for the date you have set to quit.

The same goes with nicotine replacement. What is the point of quitting smoking and then giving yourself a little hit of the thing you are addicted to in another form? You will make it harder for yourself in the long run, I promise you this! So forget the patches, leave the gum and the vapes!

It really is a case of all or nothing here. Smoke or don’t smoke.

5 Read Fuck It The Ultimate Spiritual Way

This will help you so much with your mindset, this was a brilliant read and it not only helped me with quitting smoking, it also helped me change my life in so many other ways that I can’t even begin to describe. If I do try and explain all this book has done for me I will be writing a book in this article that will go off in a completely different tangent. So in the spirit of keeping it simple, read this book!

Here is my full review of Fuck It The Ultimate Spiritual Way.

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6 Read Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Quit Smoking

This book was also brilliant and I need to find the time to write a review on it for you, but for now just trust me when I say you have to read this!

As an addict and an alcoholic that is going to be 8 years clean this year I saw the value in this book in the first few pages. I could see this book was going to be great. This changed the way I looked at smoking. It made me face my unrealistic fears of quitting smoking. It made me see how quitting smoking would make me free.

I highly recommend you read this book. It will give you so much more insight into smoking addiction. This will make your chances of success so much higher. It will also make the whole quitting smoking  process easier on you.

Allen Carr's easy way to quit smoking

 

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7 Change Your Mindset

This is a big one and hopefully this will come about when you read Allen Carr’s book. Smoking is a trap, there is no way out unless you quit. You are chained to your cigarettes. Quitting smoking is not a loss for you, it is a gain.

The sooner you come to see this and hold onto this the better. Even though you may understand it logically, when you quit smoking it is not so easy to keep the positive mindset that you are free.

Don’t think “I can’t smoke, I mustn’t smoke”.

Think “I choose not to smoke”.

8 Do Anything BUT Smoke, Be Kind To Yourself

This addiction is strong. I told myself as long as I didn’t smoke (or drink/ take drugs) it was fine. Bring on the coffee, chips, Coke (cola not cocaine), sweets, cake…

And boy did I munch! I am now left with a sugar and caffeine addiction that I will be addressing soon, so watch out for that.

9 One Day/ Minute/ Moment at a Time

Stay in the moment, don’t think about the fact you will (hopefully) never smoke again. This will fill you with terror. Just decide that for the next 5 minutes you won’t smoke.

This is what I did. I told myself have a cup of coffee and if I still want to smoke I can drive to the shop and get some cigarettes. When the coffee was finished I told myself I am going to go for a walk on the beach and if I really want to smoke I can do it after my walk. Keep busy and just get to another point each time.

This truly works wonders.

10 One Puff is all it takes…

One puff of a cigarette and you will be smoking like a chimney again! Please trust me on this because it will happen. If you start thinking you can smoke the odd cigarette or have a puff of one now and then you are mistaken.

I still sometimes want to smoke and the thought of never smoking again (or drinking or taking drugs) fills me with fear and terror. I tell myself every day that I can smoke, I can drink and I can take drugs… but if I do I will be back where I started. I can one day do that, it just won’t be today.

Just for today I will not smoke, drink or use drugs.

I hope you have found these steps how to quit smoking helpful.  I hope this will help you quit smoking and keep you a non-smoker. If you have any questions or just want to chat please leave a comment.

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17 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Gave up the old ‘sticks’ about 5 years ago but started again (briefly) when my sister passed away. The second time was actually a lot harder to kick than the first.
    In the end I took up one of those vape sticks and I still use it even now – never gone near a ciggarette since! Great site you have here – I hope it helps a lot of people out!

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Chris

      I am so sorry to hear about your sister 🙁

      Well done on quitting, and like you said it is hard when there is an emotional patch, so I can totally understand you picking up again.

      My hubby is hooked on the vape now lol.

  2. Darren says:

    A huge congratulations of quitting the smoking habit. 22 years is a long time to have a habit, so it’s not an easy feat. Having valid reasons to quite and having a plan on how and when you are going to quit is a great idea. So is telling people, as it obligates you to give it your best shot.

    Lots of great tips and advice in this post and I agree with all of it.

  3. Webguy2024 says:

    I watched your “about me” video on YouTube and then jumped over to read this article on quitting smoking. I just quit smoking two days ago. It has been a tough two days and was feeling weak. Your insightful posts and videos inspired me to see it through and quit smoking!

    • Lynne says:

      Hey Webguy2024

      How awesome to see you on my website 🙂 Congrats on getting through the first two days! It really is hard and you just need to get through these tough moments.

      You will have plenty of weak moments in the coming days and months but please just trust me when I say that when you get to where I am you will look back and realize that is has all been worth it. Yes I do think about smoking every now and then but it is more sort of a weird feeling that comes and goes so quickly. I don’t mind being near smokers and I don’t want to smoke anymore. The urge has gone.

      I wish you all the strength you need to get through this.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Ryan

      It is a pleasure 🙂 On the 01 October this year I was one year nicotine free. It was the best thing I have done in many years. I wish you success with quitting.

  4. Azima Jannat says:

    I have read this full article about steps how to quit smoking.This is a very good and more effective post, thanks for this best idea.

  5. Kelli says:

    I really enjoy reading your stuff! I am a fellow addict. Just celebrated 3 years clean this month and i had decided it was time to stop smoking too. I am on day 12 No Nicotine!! I feel great. Definitely Free!! I wish i had tried harder to quit sooner, but i am not going back. Just for today, no smoking, no drinking, no drugs!!

    • Lynne says:

      Kelli congrats on your three years clean milestone, that is amazing. I really found that my life started getting so much easier after my three year milestone and the gifts of recovery came pouring into my life. I can’t quite explain it but I wasn’t really focused on staying clean and putting all my energy into recovery, it was rather that my life started getting so much more interesting and while recovery was and still is a part of my life things just got so much easier. More integrated and not such an effort.

      But now you are in 12 days not smoking so I am sure right at this moment you are on a roller coaster! If you can do 12 days you can so do it. Seriously the worst is over and yes there will be some bumps and tough times but you can make it.

      I wish you all the best with staying off the nicotine. It has now been over 18 months since I smoked and I feel incredible, it was such a great move for my physical and mental health.

  6. jeffrey16201 says:

    Great tips on how to give up smoking, I will be sharing this article with my father who has struggled trying to stop smoking for years. Even on oxygen he still is smoking, but I don’t know if he really wants to quit or just tries for my mother or his doctors?

    • Lynne says:

      Oh my gosh Jeffrey, it just goes to show how strong addiction is doesn’t it? I take it that he has emphysema? My gran also got emphysema and she continued to smoke for a while but then managed to quit smoking.

      It really is hard to say why he is trying to quit and figure out whether is genuinely trying or not.I hope he gets it right soon.

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