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To Smoke or Not to Smoke[/size]
Many ex-smokers forget the problems they had while smoking and also the initial difficulty they encountered during the quitting process. Without remembering these two stages, the resolve to maintain smoking abstinence is often weakened.
There are two emotions shared by most people who currently smoke or have a past history of cigarette smoking. There is a side that wishes to smoke occasionally and a side that never wants to smoke again. The smoker is in a constant battle between these two factions. The ex-smoker only occasionally considers the luxury of taking one puff.
By forgetting the medical and psychological dangers associated with cigarette use, you may inadvertently strengthen the side which wishes to take one puff. This often results in more frequent urges of much greater intensity and duration. By remembering the real detrimental effects of smoking, your resolve remains strong. Keep a clear perspective of what it is like to be a smoker and an ex-smoker.
Never fixate on how nice one puff would be. You no longer have one puff as an option. Cigarette smoking is now an all or nothing proposition. Consider what smoking at your old level again will be like--the medical dangers, the social stigma, the staggering expenses. You are not depriving yourself of one good cigarette, rather you are doing yourself a great favor by no longer consuming one, two or even more packs per day. By coming to the clinic you were making a conscious choice not to smoke. It was a good choice. Stick with it. NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF! Joel
SueAnyone in denial about what it means to continue smoking will find this one hard to read. When we need a jolt to put us back on track, this will work.
It seems that the avenues your mind travels down to enlighten us to the truth are endless . Thank you again, just doesn't say enough, but it comes from the bottom of my heart.
|I saw where a member wrote in two posts that she almost lost her quits. I am going to assume that this wording meant that she almost decided to smoke. This string and the post "I made a conscious decision to smoke" seem appropriate to bring up in lieu of this thought. They could have been written as "I almost made a conscious decision to smoke," or "I almost decided to go back to smoking." The same commentary in both strings would still apply.|
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