Smoking has killed millions of people. Lung Cancer, Emphysema, and heart failure are some of the things that I have to look forward to if I continue smoking. I am twenty-four years old, and I have been smoking for twelve years now. Three years ago cigarettes killed my grandfather, he was sixty-five.
I am a person that believes that without some vice or another life would be a bit boring. There is an old expression that solidifies this maxim, “if it makes you feel good, do it.” Well, I do it. To “ do it” is one thing but then again, I do not want to end up dead or dying of some horrific disease at thirty-five. That is why I have chosen to try and quit smoking.
Quitting smoking can be a process, I have tried previous to this little experiment in behavior modification and it was a nightmare. After a small time without a cigarette I became hostile, my personality changed, and I eventually succumbed to the craving for nicotine. So I knew that I was going to have to approach this methodically if I wanted any chance of success.
The first thing that I was able to do is speak with my doctor about the possible alternatives to “going cold turkey,” she informed me that nicorette gum, the nicotine transdermal patch, and also a prescription medication called Zyban was available. My doctor recommended that I try either the patch or the gum before considering Zyban, due to its side effects. I opted for the transdermal patch.
I have tried the patch before with some short-lived succession. I think that I was able to quit with the patch for three weeks or so. Wednesday morning I awoke, and instead of reaching over and lighting a cigarette before my feet hit the floor, I grabbed a patch went to the kitchen, cut the package open and slapped it on the upper part of my left arm. I remember being pretty proud of myself for making it as far as the kitchen.
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The first week was the worst. The patch helped with the physiological addiction I had developed, but what I hadn’t realized was that I had developed a need to be constantly doing something with my hands and mouth. This was the hardest part. I had been smoking for as long as I can remember, so not smoking felt wrong. The physical act was so embedded in my personality that I didn’t realize how addicted I actually was to cigarettes.
Weeks two and three went by with more ease but it was still extremely hard in certain situations. After eating, sex, or drinking coffee, I found it particularly hard not to smoke. It was also difficult when I was out with my friends drinking alcohol, and the mere smell of smoke still threw me into craving fits.
By the fourth week I had a pretty good little system for alleviating the cravings. I chewed a lot of gum; I was eating a lot more frequently. On Friday of the fifth week, I ripped off the patch and lit a cigarette and this experiment in behavior modification came to a screeching halt. Looking back on what exactly triggered me to smoke is difficult, but I know one contributing factor, I was drinking heavily at the time and just lost the discipline. The next day I was seriously discouraged and did what the majority of people fail to quit smoking do; I went and bought another pack of cigarettes.
When I told my doctor what had happened she was very understanding and said that the entire attempt was a success. It was the first time since I can remember that I was actually able to go without a cigarette for an entire month! I am happy about having
Accomplished as much as I did. I truly believe that successfully quitting smoking is going to require many attempts on my part. I also believe that quitting is the hardest thing that I have ever attempted.
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