Believe you are a non smoker. I mean, really believe that you no longer smoke. One very effective trick to use when you finally bite the bullet and decide to quit smoking is to instantly think of yourself as a non-smoker. It may only be an hour or two, or yesterday, that you took the plunge and had your final cigarette, but think of yourself as a non-smoker. Make believe that you have never before smoked a cigarette. Now, if you find yourself back sliding and looking for a cigarette, say to yourself “I don’t smoke. I stopped. Todday, I’m a non-smoker. What possible reason could I have for wanting a cigarette?” Reinforcement techniques like this is really what you need to help you to quit smoking.

“Rather, she [Death] simply is the Ultimate Hostess who tells you when your table’s ready. It’s up to other powers what section you’re seated in (smoking or non-smoking).” by John C. Straffin

It is really important to believe that you are a non smoker. Develop the mental attitude that you quit smoking and do not need a cigarette. You will have to keep reinforcing this attitude until it becomes second nature. While the physical elements inherent in your cigarette addiction may be hard to come to grips with, certainly if you have been a long -time smoker, the physical segment of your addiction is surprisingly, the element most easily treated with medication. On the other hand, the cognitive, emotional, and psychological components of your addictive habit will be the most ferocious battle you will face.

By immediately classifying yourself as a non-smoker, you are taking the first, and most important, first step to being nicotine-cigarette free. This must be a conscious, exertive effort on your part. While this may appear absurd to brand yourself as a non-smoker, even though it has only been a couple of hours or a few days, try it: if you can really convince yourself that you are a no-smoker, the thought of having a cigarette will really take a lot of negative energy on your part to convince you otherwise. It will really make you think twice about having a cigarette – after all: non-smokers don’t smoke, do they?

If you don’t develop this idea that you do not smoke, that you have quit smoking and no longer crave a cigarette it will frankly begin a very slippery slope lapsing quickly back into an occasional puff, then a cigarette. Don’t fall for the hype that everyone has a relapse; that everyone falls off the nicotine wagon and takes a drag now and then. If you don’t really believe that you don’t smoke and don’t use nicotine you will never get anywhere. You will make excuses for yourself and you will find yourself smoking again, quicker than it takes to light up a cigarette.I have heard it said that it only takes three days to get the nicotine out of your system. When I was in the military, we had a saying:”I can do that standing on my head”. You can too.

The most important thing to remember is this: Once you quit, if you start smoking again, even just one puff will increase subsequent urges and make quitting even more difficult.

Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.

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