10 Things to Remember Before You Quit Smoking Today

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

The 3 Week Diet

CONGRATULATIONS. By arriving on this page, you have very high motivation to quit. Unlike the thousands of smokers out there, you are among the very few people who are strong enough to quit smoking today. YES – you can quit. And it’s easy. But before you do, here are 10 reminders to help you. Every time you feel light lighting up again, just hold on these things and you will never fall in the ditch of smoking, again.




  1. NEVER rely on nicotine-containing smoking cessation drugs. Nicotine is the main reason why you’re addicted to cigarettes in the first place. So why take a medication that contains the same substance? You will not far to quitting smoking if you will inject, patch or chew nicotine.
  2. Don’t think you can refrain from smoking by using a substitute. There’s no better substitute for smoking. If you think e-cigars will lessen the harm, think again. They still have chemicals. And if you keep using any form of substitute for smoking, you’re most likely to go back into the bad habit, and all your efforts to quit become useless.
  3. Keep in mind that when you stop smoking, you’re not giving up anything. As a matter of fact, you’re rewarding yourself. You’re giving your body enough protection from serious illnesses. You’re freeing your pocket from unwanted expenses. And you’re freeing your mind from the disturbance smoking brings to your life.
  4. There’s no such thing as “one more cigarette”. Lighting one cigarette leads to lighting another. And the thread continues.
  5. You may fail, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never succeed. If you think you can quit smoking today because you tried before and you failed, you’re wrong. Actually, there are millions out there – people spending 20, 30, 40 years of their life trying to quit. How many days or months have you been trying?
  6. If you want to light up because you feel depressed, take a cold shower and clear your mind. Never has it been proven that smoking relieves depression. Smoking in fact, is a major risk factor of depression and other mental illnesses such as anxiety and behavioural problems.
  7. If you think it’s too late for you to quit, think of this – an improvement in your health happens after 7 minutes of quitting. Even if you’re in 60 or in 70, you can still benefit from quitting smoking now.
  8. Don’t be bothered if smoking gets in to your mind every now and then. It’s normal, but only temporary. It won’t stay long. For the coming days and months, you will live as if you’ve never known cigarettes, how they’d taste and what they’d look like.
  9. Be positive. What the mind thinks, the body follows. If you are positive about your success in quitting smoking today, then you will succeed.
  10. If at any moment in your life, you compare the pros and cons of smoking, always remember that it does not do anything good or useful for you. It shatters your dreams and it kills you.


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