I have quit smoking and I declare with confidence that I finally got rid of that injurious habit.
It was indeed a very tough call. After smoking for over two decades, it is almost an insurmountable task to give up smoking while those around you are simply smoke and especially the celebrities who you highly admire (Clint Eastwood in those classic Western movies …).
Here is the trick that I used. I took a photo of my daughter on her first birthday and wrote on it, "Baba, you'll not smoke now." Can you do it for your daughter? " It was my first birthday gift to her (Of course, we gave her something else as well)
Every time I had that strong urge to smoke (Almost all the time) I used to look at her photo and asked myself, "Can not I do it for my daughter?" and all the time the answer was in affirmative. It was a constant battle between an old and stubborn habit and my will power supported by a solemn pledge.
Quitting smoking may not prolong your life but it would certainly improve it. There are many disadvantages of smoking and there is only one advantage, or the reason for that matter, YOU ENJOY IT.
Do you like to enjoy at the cost of your health and the future of your dependents? Do not forget, you are not free to do whatever you like. Think about those who love you. If your health goes down, not only you but your loved ones suffer as well.
I suggest that all smokers should try to quit smoking. There are various approaches to it, quit it all of a sudden, cut down on number of cigarettes gradually and substitution etc. I advise you continue smoking the same number of cigarettes a day but strictly smoke half of each cigarette, keep reducing it until you take only two or three puffs. Then start reducing the number of cigarettes per day. Read articles about the hazards of smoking, and chew something like chewing gum or nuts etc., or drink cold water when craving gets to your head. Keep a picture of the hazards of smoking, something visible and factual. The best is the picture of Barb Tarbox, as a tribute to her and as a strong reminder that you owe something to her, to your family and to this world, a healthy environment.
Post Script: I used to have sporadic pain in my chest and always considered that as a result of indigestion. After quitting smoking, I felt it only once or twice initially and its completely gone now. See, you get immediate health benefits. Cheers !!