The Urge Hits

Subconscious use cue extinguishment

The Urge Hits

Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Nov 2004, 22:29 #1

The urge hits! You have been off cigarettes for a long period of time. You have not thought about cigarettes for days, maybe even weeks. But now, right now, you want a cigarette.

Sound familiar? It should. Your experience is shared by most of the millions upon millions of ex-smokers in today's world. The thought of a cigarette is aroused by some situation, person or surrounding. Often you have no idea why--all you know is that you want one and you want it fast.

There are two ways to get over the urge for that cigarette. First, you can borrow, buy or steal one and smoke it. That will satisfy the urge for that one cigarette. It will also create an urge, a need, a full-fledged addiction for another one plus an additional million (if you live long enough to smoke a million) after that. Considering this, taking a cigarette is not a preferable solution.

The other method of getting over the urge is, simply, don't take one. You don't have to take a pill, a shot, a candy bar or a drink. All you have to do is go on with what ever you are doing. Go back to work, take a walk or just take a deep breath of fresh air.

Even better would be to take a minute or two and remind yourself of why you quit in the first place. This will help to reinforce your reasons for having quit and even help to further bolster your resolve. The urge will pass in seconds and once again you will go hours, days, weeks and eventually months before you have another urge. Stay happier, healthier and better looking and smelling by simply remembering to stick to your personal commitment to Never Take Another puff!

Joel
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Nov 2004, 22:45 #2

I updated this one a little. I thought Will would appreciate it. The original one was written many many years ago when we only had 33 million ex-smokers in the United States and when things I was writing was only meant for an American audience. Now we have over 46 million ex-smokers in America and in all honesty, I don't know the worldwide number of people who have quit but I know it is a lot.

The sad thing is that there are still well over a billion people who still smoke, and each one of them are getting a whole lot more urges on a daily and hourly basis than all of the millions of former smokers. The former smokers overall are all going to be getting fewer and fewer thoughts and urges as time goes on, and will continue on this track as long as they stick to a personal commitment to never take another puff!

Joel
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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

23 Jul 2014, 17:17 #3



The urge hits


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