So today, I asked my Snap chat friends how someone can stop smoking. I was surprised by the number of snaps I got of people asking me to share the advice I got because I guess many people are trying to stop and failing.
Since a Snapchat story only remains for 24 hours, here’s a blog for some of the answers/advice I got. I hope you find them useful.
(Names mentioned are the people’s Snapchat usernames)
EliasSafy thinks you need to stop cold turkey, he suggests sauna and steam for 3 days straight and a walk whenever you have the urgency to smoke; possibly motivating yourself with some teeth whitening: once you have whiten teeth, you wouldn’t want to lose them for the sake of smoking.
Rosemary.isk “forgets” her cigarettes at home. Also, she carries a cigarette box of a brand she does not like so that she smokes less. However, she still fails to do so sometimes and gets herself the pack of cigarettes she likes. At least she is trying!
Alyyshah actually quit cigarettes for some months now.
“You can quit by drinking enough water and juice… working out helps taking out the stress too,” he added saying, “Orange juice is my best friend now”.
KareemTabbaa decreased the amount gradually day by day. Then he stayed smoking 1 cigarette a day for one month. Then he was done!
JustinHammin also cut down the number of cigarettes he smoked by the week. He cut one cigarette every week + water and exercise
ElieAbsi GAINED 20 KILOS when he stopped smoking and doesn’t advise anyone to stop!
– Check this link: tips to quit smoking without gaining weight
Gilbertdeev8 asked me to NOT BE A QUITER!!
Letplaypoker said all it needs to stop smoking is “self belief and will power”.
RachidFadel3 completely stopped smoking 6 years ago and never got back to it. What he did? “I slept, woke up and never smoked ever again,” he said. He added, “All it needs is will power.”
Mckennaian quit many years ago with the help of the patch. “Sometimes you need other than just cold turkey,” he added, “I also had to change my lifestyle. At least for a year.”
Now this is interesting;
MazenAshkar recommended printing a big poster of disgusting lungs on your room wall and cellphone wallpaper for the first month + working out.
He recommended a book called Excuses Begone.
Abou_zeidomar “Smoke the worst kind of cigarettes. Try also to brush your teeth then smoke. That used to kill me when I was a heavy smoker. Search for a healthier life by fitness gym or whatever.”
ChristianChami believes that fasting on cigarettes would actually help. Since you’re doing it with faith, your will power might be stronger + music + keeping busy
KevinVazzo recommends just keeping busy and asking those who smoke not to smoke near you.
HseinChamas “Smoke Shisha” adding, “Believe me wala, because of shisha I stopped smoking cigarettes”
– I guess this works with some people. Shisha is definitely not my thing though.
Anthony.Kahwaji “put nuts in a cigarette box”
– This is an unconventional way to stop smoking, probably makes you gain weight, but at least you would be keeping yourself and mouth busy without smoking
Monaz201 “Chewing gum, always in mouth”
– Again, this would keep your mouth busy. I’d fail miserably in that cause I always tend to swallow gum. I’m not sure what day it was but ever since that day, I never knew how to chew a gum anymore.
Dr-Dubs “I stopped smoking a year ago by running. The first week was hard and I was about to give up. The second week was easy.”
Finally, I got this snap from MohammadZahwe that made my day
“And Mohammad Zahwe said: I fell in love with a fictional exceptional lady who hates the smell of smokes”
– Seriously now, I’d so believe I’m in love with a superhero that doesn’t like smoking!
Just like everything else, people differ when it comes to quitting smoking. All it needs for some is waking up and determining to stop. Others actually need ‘the patch’ or the interference of a superhero!
Update! January 22, 2019
Another good way to stop smoking gradually is the smart lighter, Slighter.
Slighter studies your smoking pattern for one week then creates a personalized program, designed by top-notch engineers and behavioral therapists to help you gradually reduce smoking or quit.
Watch the episode to get more details, and pre-oder it now if you’re a smoker wishing to stop smoking.
Plus, it would be nice to just carry any cigarette looking product and “pretend” to smoke. I remember our physics school used to do that after diagnosed by lung cancer. Holding the cigarette-lookin-gums would be a smart idea.
I hope you find this as useful as I did!
*Would love if you could share your story, too.*
Featured photo by Ahmed Darwiche Photography