How to Quit Smoking for Good

In 1992, I started school to be a Respiratory Therapist. In 1992 I also began to smoke. I know, I know, I should know better than anyone about the dangers of smoking. In 1992 my whole respiratory class smoked. Today none of the therapist I work with smoke. I quit smoking a year ago with the help of my friends, family, and coworkers. How did I do it you ask? Well, I tried everything there was to quit smoking and they all are good concepts, but keep reading and I well tell you my secret.

Like most smokers, I heard how bad smoking was for me and how it affects my body. How badly I smell with smoke. Smoke permeated everything I was around. There is not a smoker out there who has not tried to quit smoking at least a half a dozen times. I tried everything, but what it comes down to is I did not want to quit smoking because I enjoyed it way too much. It was my pacifier, my stress relief, my after dinner delight, and my night cap. Tax it as much as you like I would have paid it. Smoking was a part of my life, and my life was smoking.

I tried several quitting techniques. I tried cold turkey, which worked until I was alone at a gas station staring at my obsession. Then there was hypnosis. What a joke. Do not forget the gum, the patch, the nicotine inhaler, the Chantix, the Welbutren, the smoking coaches, the smoke counselors, the commercials, the pictures of the jaw cancer, lung cancer, e liquid and sad family members. I tried them all with no success. I failed every time. When I thought I had the problem licked and let my guard down, then my will power went out the window with it. 

The problem was not the programs and the countless ways to get help. The problem was me. I was not ready to quit. I had no motivation to quit. Then in 2008 my motivation arrived. It arrived with birth of my daughter. The thought of my daughter not knowing her father. Growing up and wondering about me. Not being there to see her grow up and walk her down the aisle. Comforting her when she was hurt. Laughing at her jokes. Just plain being there for her. I could not bear it. I wanted to quit.

In conclusion, the only way to successfully quit smoking is to have a reason to quit and being ready to quit. Nothing anybody says to you will help until you are ready to take that first step. Good luck with your future success. Now go enjoy life.



Julia Arostegi lives in California USA. She took Developmental Communication at the University of California and finished her studies in 2012. She is currently the managing director of California Magazine. She is also a blogger, content enthusiast and a photographer.