Nathan has the stats.. those are pretty much accepted as universal.. i actually quit using a support group
those desires to smoke are called cravings.. people in support groups have some tools to deal with them.. one of my favorites is known as the 5d's
Distract (do something else) for instance its hard to smoke doing dishes
Delay (i don't need one right now).. continued delays = a quit!
Discuss you did that by asking the question, people in support groups do it in meetings or e-mails
Drink Water, it helps reduce cravings, and flushes toxins
Deep breathe, most smokers only breathe deeply when inhaling!
the good news is that i now have been quit for over 5 years.. i quit trying to quit alone, and joined a support group.. i attend nicotine anonymous meetings both locally and on line.. on line voice meetings are he as close as your computer, and you can attend while still smoking, before actually attempting a quit.. however you decide to quit good luck, there is simply no wrong way to quit!
Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine.
The actual addiction only lasts a couple of days, or 72 hours! So i'd say go camping, with no tobacco and with no one who has any tobacco, out walking range of a shop. Distract yourself for a couple of days then every day that passes you'll be a little more proud of yourself :)
Within 20 minutes of last cigarette:
Blood pressure drops to normal
Pulse drops to normal rate
Body temperature of hands and feet increase to normal
Within 8 hours:
Carbon dioxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
Within 24 hours:
Chance of heart attack decreases
Within 48 hours:
Nerve endings start to regrow
Ability to smell and taste enhances
Within 48 - 72 hours:
Nicotine leaves the body
Within 72 hours:
Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
Lung capacity increases
Within 2 weeks to 3 months:
Walking becomes easier
Lung function increases up to 30%
Within 1 to 9 months:
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection .
Body's overall energy level increases
Within 5 years:
Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 (after 10 years, rate drops to 12 deaths per 100,000 - or almost the rate of a non-smoker).
Within 10 years:
Pre-cancerous cells are replaced
Other cancers, such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney and
pancreas decrease (there are 30 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer)
All that stuff about self-motivation helps you a lot in the long run. But for just starting the routine of being a non-smoker, I would purchase some Nicotine Patches or lots of gum. Another thing, is to try and keep your distance from friends and family that smoke. This can cause you to return to your old habits.
Hope this helped!:)
I had a friend who did this. She just chewed gum instead. She also thought about what it is doing to her on the inside. Just think of your family and loved ones.
Best way is cold turkey...seriously. My husband just stopped one day and kept to it. Cutting down didn't work...he had to just stop. And of course self-control to avoid the cravings...preoccupy yourself with something else.
Depends how long you've been smoking, longer it is the longer the crave is going to last. I think motivation is the best thing to be honest.