By Pranjal Begwani:
Don’t give up smoking all of a sudden, in a spurt of emotion. It’s not going to last too long, and for all you might know, you’ll be back at puffing. Start gradually; come down from buying packs of cigarettes a day, to just a single pack and then probably just one or two cigarettes a day. So, the next time you get that urge to smoke and you put your hand in your pocket, you’ll find that there are none there. This would slowly bring down your desire to smoke. This process of slow but sure renunciation is scientifically effective.
Set some deadlines, (even better if you write them down) and follow these to the tee. If you break one deadline, you’ll break another and it’ll set off a chain. You’ll soon be off the hook and back at what you do best i.e. romancing with that Marlboro in hand. So don’t break that deadline.
When the urge hits, divert yourself and take your mind off the desire to smoke by doing something else. Sip on a cup of herbal tea, brush your teeth or do some other important chores which are waiting to be done, but delay and put off that urge.
You may detest chemical formulae, but make an exception for this one.
Chew on mints and suck on cinnamon flavoured toothpicks instead. Sucking on flavoured toothpicks can be an effective way to replace the physical act of smoking which your body and mind has got used to, at the same time being harmless when compared to nicotine. It, in effect would ease your psychological transition to a smoke-free future.
But nothing is more important than being determined and having the will to not touch that lighter again. With a steely will and a dose of other psychological techniques, I dare say, the path to a permanent cigarette free future will be a lot easier.
And last but not the least, no matter how gory, repulsive and hilariously repetitive it is, the gruesome advert preceding movie screenings in India portray some real people and some very real side effects of smoking, which you must not forget at the end of the day.