Whenever I ponder the question of how to quit smoking, I think about these 2 scenes in this old Robin Williams movie. I guess it’s a misnomer to call it a Robin Williams movie since he only played a bit part and I don’t think he was even credited for it. Anyway, in the movie Robin Williams plays one of the main character’s former shrink. I say former shrink because he lost his license to practice for having improper relations with a client.
The main character wants to quit smoking and RW’s character gives him this advice:
There are two kinds of people in the world. There are smokers and there are non-smokers, pick which one you want to be, and then be that.
Later in the movie, the main character (why can’t I remember his name?) goes to interview someone who has had a tracheotomy. While he’s interviewing the person, the guy with the tracheotomy lights up a cigarette and takes a puff from his throat hole. That’s when the main character says “I think I’ve just decided to quit”.
That’s it in a nutshell. Smoking is a conscious decision. You decided that you wanted to start smoking, for whatever reason, and now you feel like you can’t stop. I’m here to tell you, the answer to the question of how to quit smoking lies within you, all you have to do is activate it and use the help of an aid like TBX-Free.
When I quit smoking, I just decided to quit and that was it. I went cold turkey.
This may not work for everyone, actually, I know it doesn’t work for everyone but the key is that you have to be committed to the end result. Decide that you want to quit smoking, or decide that you want to be a non-smoker and just be that.
If you need some additional motivation, try taking up running or swimming or some other aerobic exercise. You’ll notice just how much capacity you’ve lost to smoking in the beginning, but as time goes on, you’ll notice that you’ve been able to recover some if not a lot of your former breathing capacity.
I feel that nothing will really help you quit like the feeling of not being able to breathe. That’s how you quit smoking.
I’m not one of these people that goes around telling you how much damage you’re doing to your body, how you’re more prone to get all kinds of cancer and so on.
You know all of that, and yet you still chose to smoke.
I won’t try to make a financial argument either. Everyone knows how much cigarettes are taxed and how expensive cigarettes are. Yet people continue to smoke. I think they can price cigarettes at $15 a pack and people will still smoke. I won’t even try to argue the whole stench of the matter. These are all things you know and have decided to live with.
Just remember that all it takes is for you to make the conscious decision to quit smoking. The road may be bumpy. You may need to quit hanging around certain people, or going certain places, but in the long run, in my opinion, the benefits far outweigh the costs.
Quitting smoking was one of the best decisions I ever made. I don’t regret making that decision one bit.
How do you quit smoking? You decide that you want to quit. “You decide” is the operative phrase there.