The Stages Of Giving Up Smoking

Lent, No Smoking Day – it’s the season of giving up evil habits. For anyone who’s ever tried to give up smoking, this will be a familiar story…

1. We all know smoking’s bad for you. Unfortunately, you are an expert at denial.

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2. Then you work out how much money you spend on cigarettes every year…

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A 20-a-day habit means you’re spending almost £3,000 a year?!

3. Fags thrown out, declaration made – no going back now.

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4. You’re full of optimism – you can totally do this!

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6. The air smells fresher, the sky looks bluer… You don’t need to smoke!

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7. Until you find yourself walking behind a smoker…

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8. Then the realisation of what you’re taking on begins to sink in…

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9. You try to compensate by having more of your other daily pleasures – like strong black coffee – and realise that’s not the way to go.

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10. Food? Maybe food. So you eat ALL THE FOODS.

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11. After a couple of days of miserable gluttony, you try a healthy alternative to stem the cravings. It’s not a winner.

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12. Of course, everyone’s got their own ‘helpful’ quitting tip they can’t wait to share with you.

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13. “Cold turkey – it’s the only way to go!”

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14. A few days in – the cravings have peaked and it’s getting tough.

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15. At work, people cheerfully head out for a fag break – and you can’t join them.

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16. People point out that you seem a little tense. In case you hadn’t noticed.

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17. Words of encouragement from friends and family fill you with rage.

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18. Some may say you’re being melodramatic, but the world seems unsettling and strange.

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19. Everyday tasks are suddenly insurmountable challenges.

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20. If only you’d never started smoking, you think.

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21. You find yourself begging your smoking friends to let you have a quick drag (and not tell anyone…)

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22. This quickly becomes an entire cigarette, which turns into a whole pack. And you know what? You’re HAPPY.

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23. Until you realise you’ve just ruined your sans-cigarette personal best.

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24. So you beat yourself up, throw out all smoking paraphernalia, and start again – feeling a little ashamed.

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25. The realisation hits: you can’t do this on your own.

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26. Time to trawl the Internet (with regular Buzzfeed breaks, obvs).

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27. Suddenly, you find something that might just WORK.

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Patches, knitting, holding a carrot instead of a cigarette – it’s just a matter of finding out what works for you. The British Heart Foundation’s No Smoking Day website is a great place to start.

28. Armed with your new strategy, you take on the fags again.

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29. And this time, you feel FIERCE.

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30. Eventually, you emerge from the hellish quitting battle as the victor.

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31. The best part? When someone asks you if you smoke, and you can finally (and honestly) say NO.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/joe6/the-stages-of-giving-up-smoking-fbk8

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