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Nicotine is an addiction. Its smoky mask blurs our vision and doesn’t allow us to see smoking for what it really is: a killer. A slow, manipulating killer, legal to sell and legal to buy. The tricky part? The addiction convinces smokers that they actually like it, that they enjoy smoking. Nicotine gives us a feel-good sensation that goes right to the brain and calms our senses, giving the smoker a sense of enjoyment or pleasure.
The trickery is just masking its real purpose, to kill its host: YOU!
Education is important when quitting smoking. By educating ourselves, we understand our addiction, which helps to tame the fear of quitting. We understand why we feel irritable in the beginning of our quits and why we might feel like we’ve lost something important to us. We know it’s a psychological response to the loss of something that gave us a “feel good chemical”. We understand we are not losing anything, but gaining so much more!
Protect your quit.
Treat your quit like it’s the most important thing you have to do for yourself! Smoking is not an option.
Learn to acknowledge and accept that quitting is hard! It may be the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do in your life, but its benefits are huge. Freedom! You are freeing yourself from the chains of smoking. No more guilt rolling around in your mind about quitting or having to quit, because you are quit! You are free, and the freedom is so awesome on the other side. The freedom outweighs the struggles and the difficulties of quitting. The guilt no longer lingers in your daily thoughts!
And before you know it… you’ve done it! You’ve quit! You’ve been able to do what you know is the best decision of your life.
Make this quit your final quit. Every smoker starts somewhere, and it’s the beginning. You can succeed. Quitting is possible, and you will love it on the other side!