Quitting: The Trials and Tribulations of Cigarette Addiction | Real Talk Tuesday

Quitting smoking is by far the hardest thing most people have tried to do. No, that is not right. It is not necessarily hard, but more so troublesome. People have counted on smoking for so long, now that they are trying to quit, they do not know what to count on anymore.

For instance, in my case, when I feel “hungry” even though I just ate an hour or two ago, I would smoke to take my mind off of it. And, that is just one instance, there are so much more. Stress. Anger. Depression. Sadness. Whenever our emotions get to a certain point, when we feel like we cannot contain/control them anymore, we smoke. Sometimes a lot.

Some of us can sit here and say we do not feel like we are addicted to cigarettes, which may be true, but that would be a moot point. It is not the “addiction” that will get us, but the unnecessary excuses, the justification of why we are smoking the cigarette at that point in time, that will.

My point is, I have tried it all. Cold turkey. Patch. Vapor. Gum. Pills. None seems to work for long. But, I am not giving up. I am going to give it another shot. I am hoping this time will be different. I have a goal in mind. A reason to stop. And, maybe, just maybe with the help of some aids, some friends and family, I will succeed.

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