How to Make Quitting Smoking Easier on Yourself

Gone are the days of blissful ignorance, when just about everyone seemed to smoke cigarettes. Keep in mind, those days of blissful ignorance were littler more than 5 decades ago, during the 1950’s and 60’s, when everyone was lighting up, from your average Joe Shmoe Janitor to your upper class stockbroker on Wall Street and socialites on Fifth Avenue. Back then, no one really knew the true, long term dangers of smoking.
Sure, the doctors were starting to see serious correlations between smoking and heart disease, smoking and cancer, and smoking and lung disease, among other things, but it was still pretty much a socially acceptable, and medically acceptable vice to indulge in. Then, the truth started to really make itself evident in the rising rates of heart attacks, increased incidence of lung cancer, and other health related issues.
This increasing awareness eventually lead to a ban on cigarette advertising in the early 1970’s, and of course that ban still exists today. In fact today, even though there are still quite a few people who smoke cigarettes, there is an increasing pressure to kick this habit to the curb once and for all. People can’t even light up in several states if they are in a public area or a public place of business.
This smoking ban, incrementally increased tobacco taxes, educational programs aimed at stopping smoking, and the increased media awareness of smoking’s bad rap all have contributed to a sort of mentality that smoking is bad and smokers are foolishly putting their lives in jeopardy.
This in itself has been a deterrent, but if you are a smoker, you know how hard quitting smoking can be, and you know that there are lots of ways you can fall off the wagon if you are trying to quit. But there are also ways you can make quitting much, much easier on yourself and elevate your chances of success exponentially.
If you were one of the thousands that made the New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, then right now at this very moment you may be craving a cigarette, and wondering if this is really worth the cravings, the irritability, the various individual withdrawal symptoms that you inevitably have that maybe you didn’t even count on.
Here are some ways to make sure you pull through those difficult times and manage to come out smoke free for good. All the healthier, grateful and richer for it. Yeah, richer – cigarettes are expensive!