Note: This post is about how to quit smoking and never crave for it again. I can’t tell you how to do it in 1 hour, 10 hour or 24 hour. It’s a process and it will take time. If you’re looking for some overnight miracle then forget about it, it doesn’t exist.
I started smoking in 2007, a year after I graduated from school. I moved to New Delhi to continue my studies. I made a lot of friends within the first week of my college, and the only common thing between them was that they all were heavy smokers.
Not only boys but most of the girls used to smoke as well, which was very unusual for me. Where I came from, a very small country side village, smoking was a crime there.
But I got very curious about smoking and asked one of my friends for a cigarette. He didn’t have a cigarette but he gave me a bidi (a type of cheap cigarette made of unprocessed tobacco wrapped in leaves). And that’s how I started smoking.
I was still curious about cigarette and I didn’t like the bidi, so I just bought a pack of cigarette. The taste was worse than anything I have ever tasted before, but I still kept smoking.
I wonder why I did that? The only reason I can think of is that I wanted to show off and it felt cool. It’s been more than 10 years now and I still don’t have a rational reason. The problem is you can’t have a rational reason. This whole smoking thing is irrational. The only reason we smoke is that we are addicted to it.
Even those social smokers who only smoke sometimes, are addicted. They just need less of it, but they need it. And occasional smoking is even worse.
By 2013 I was a heavy smoker and started smoking weed as well. And by 2014 I was smoking more weed than cigarettes. It was mid 2014 when something happened, and I started wondering what I was doing. My whole life was a mess. I had no idea what was going on in the world. I was a prisoner of weed and cigarette.
So I decided to quit weed first and then cigarette as well. But my friends won’t let me, and most of them were from my work. So I took a break from work and went on a vacation for a week. I didn’t bring any cigarette or weed with me.
This place was a small village in mountains, and there was no way I could find weed. And the only cigarette I could find was very cheap and it tasted just like a bidi. The first 2 days were worse than I imagined. I would walk 5 miles to find some good cigarettes. I cried in my hotel room, didn’t eat or drink well. But from 3rd day onward it all just went smooth. On the 4th day I didn’t crave for weed at all, and I only smoked few cigarettes.
When I came back, I didn’t go on lunch breaks with my usual friends to avoid smoking. I don’t know how but within 2 weeks I was back in the group and smoking weed. Which made me hate myself, and I stopped caring about myself. But again after a month something happened and I decided to quit it all at any cost.
The only way to quit was to get away from my friends, so I quit my job. After that I spent a month with my family and didn’t smoke weed at all. After that I traveled for 3 months in Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand. I spent a lot of time in McLeod Ganj and studied about Buddhism. And I didn’t smoke weed at all. I did smoke a lot of cigarettes though.
I came back to New Delhi in February, 2015 and started working again. And now was the time to quit smoking cigarettes as well. I tried many times in 2015 but couldn’t do it. But I never gave up trying.
In 2014 I used to smoke at least 30-40 cigarettes a days, which came down to 10-15 by 2016. And in January, 2017 I didn’t smoke more than 3-5 cigarettes a day. Which came down to 1-2 in June, 2017 and I QUIT SMOKING FOREVER IN JULY, 2017.
It’s been more than a month now and I didn’t even touch a cigarette. This is the first time I never crave about it. I go with smokers and never ask or even feel like smoking.
How did I do that? I didn’t do anything, I just wanted to quit and I did. Quitting is the only way you can stop smoking. Don’t go for electronic cigarette or nicotine gum, it won’t kill the craving. You’d still want to smoke.
Just smoke less and keep trying. If you smoke 10 cigarettes in a day, smoke only 9 for next 3 days then 8, then 7… and one day you will quit. Smoking cigarettes is not doing any good to you. It’s just killing you. You don’t wanna die yet. Do you!?