When Matt Ridley of The Spectator UK asked Hon Lik why he invented an electronic nicotine delivery (END) device that looks and functions like a normal cigarette, the man simply replied, "To solve a social problem."
Hon Lik is also known for declaring to all and sundry that "quitting is suffering" in reference to the pain and misery that smokers' experience after they stop smoking. So, if you're planning to go cold turkey in the hopes that it would finally force you to quit using tobacco, then you'd be facing the most difficult period in your life.
Prepare Yourself Mentally, Emotionally and Physically
Start with an intensive detox regimen to flush out the nicotine and other tobacco-specific toxins from your body. Do a full detox immediately after quitting smoking to help strengthen your immune system and cleanse your gut of bad bacteria. Try following this detox diet suggested by Living Green Newsflash:
To help you quit smoking you need to begin with a 3 day cleansing diet. Drink plenty of organic fresh fruit and vegetable juices plus miso soup to get rid of the nicotine acid that has built up in the system. A healthy detox diet should also consist of a lot of organic vegetable proteins. Drink a cup of green tea every day to help get rid of body carcinogens. Green magma is also very helpful.
You Are Your Greatest Enemy
Sun Tzu said: "Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories." You'll be fighting an uphill battle during the transition period. You'll have a strong desire to smoke whenever you see a cigarette ad or catch sight of someone close to you light up a cigarette. Be aware of your vulnerability to social triggers such as these and make the effort to avoid them completely.
Smokefree.gov shares the following tips on how to stay on top of your cravings for cigarettes:
- Wait 15 minutes. Challenge yourself to read a magazine, listen to music, or play your favorite game for 15 minutes. Cravings only last a few minutes!
- Take a walk or jog. Don't have time? Go up and down the stairs a few times. Physical activity, even in short bursts, can help boost your energy and beat a craving.
- Review your reason for quitting. Just one puff will feed your craving and make it stronger. Starve the craving by reminding yourself why you want to be smoke-free.
- Go to a smoke-free zone. Most public places don't allow smoking. Go to a movie, a store, or any other smoke-free public place where you're forced not to smoke.
- Calculate your savings. Cigarettes are expensive. Add up all the money you're saving and decide what you're going to buy with it.
- Keep your mouth busy. Bum a stick of gum instead of a cigarette, or keep hard candy with you. Drinking water also works!
- Do something else. When a craving hits, stop what you're doing immediately and do something else. Simply changing your routine can help you shake off a craving.
- Take deep breaths. Breathe through your craving by inhaling (through your nose) and exhaling (through your mouth). Repeat this 10 time or until you're feeling more relaxed.
- Exercise in short bursts (try alternately tensing and relaxing muscles, push-ups, lunges, walking up the stairs, or touching your toes).
- Call a friend, family member, or a telephone stop-smoking help-line when you need extra help or support.
- Eat 4 to 6 small meals during the day instead of 1 or 2 large ones. This keeps your blood sugar levels steady, your energy balanced, and helps prevent the urge to smoke. Avoid sugary or spicy foods that could trigger a desire to smoke.
- Above all, reward yourself for doing your best. Give yourself rewards often if that’s what it takes to keep going. Plan to do something fun.
Visit the above-mentioned links for other useful tips in staying tobacco-free throughout the holiday season.
Keep Your Cool and Remain Steadfast to Your Health Goals
You'll have to be strong when intense cravings for a cigarette are starting to get under your skin. You'll be sweating buckets, but your hands and feet are going to feel clammy. Your moods will change and you'll often feel irritated and grumpy. Plus, there are times that you'll feel like you're going to go mad if you can't smoke cigarettes soon.
Smokers who have tried to quit not just once, but multiple times are likely to stay away from cigarettes when they're given low-nicotine replacements for tobacco products. The most preferred option is the vaporization of nicotine-containing e-liquids in various flavors using an electronic cigarette.
Many smokers took to vaping their favorite flavors of e-juice rather than tolerate the inefficacy of gums and patches. They found out that they have a greater chance of quitting smoking completely when they're given the freedom to consume flavored e-juices with decreasing amounts of nicotine. They kept on vaping e-juices with low nicotine strength until they achieved satisfaction from vaping zero-nicotine liquids.