Many people are all too eager to tell you how THEY think you should quit smoking cigarettes. Be they other quitters and ex smokers who promote specific methods, or the abundant self proclaimed quit smoking guru’s selling their “expert,” advice.
I actually believe the success of a quit smoking campaign can not be determined by any particular method used to quit smoking.
In my experience, the great deal of advice made available to quitters has a tendency to not consider an individual’s particular situation. This doesn’t surprise me, after all, only you can know your specific needs, challenges, physiology, level of addiction and current state of mind.
If I use my own website as an example; the best I can offer is a general guide and resource of information to draw from. It would be wrong of me to tell you what method of quitting smoking is the best option for you.
In truth, I actually believe the success of a quit smoking campaign can not be determined by any particular method used to quit smoking.
If the success of a quit smoking campaign could ultimately be determined by the method used to quit, the evidence supporting such a method’s effectiveness would be insurmountable.
You would be right to expect a remarkably high success rate, proven time and again by peer review. I am yet to see any such method. In reality, people tend to fail more often than they succeed, regardless of the methods used to quit smoking.
I would say the success of a quit smoking campaign ultimately comes down to the person quitting and NEVER the method employed.
I eventually quit smoking using the cold turkey method. Which is also the very method used during the majority of my failures.
In the past I had been relatively more successful using patches and medication. However, when the time came for me to quit smoking once and for all, cold turkey ended up becoming my method of choice.
Not because it is considered by some to be more effective than other methods. Because it is simply the fastest way to do so.
Based on my own experience, I would say the success of a quit smoking campaign ultimately comes down to the person quitting and NEVER the method employed.
The method is SECONDARY, and largely dependent upon whether or not the quitter has decided for themselves which method is the best option for them.
I believe the major factors that determined my own success were;
- the research I put into learning about my addiction,
- the development of my plan,
- my overall preparation,
- my past experiences,
- my motivations,
- and of course my support network.
The method I chose was a logistical choice and nothing more. Cold turkey worked for me; not because all other methods fail or that for some “it makes more sense,” but because I owned my quit and it was the way I wanted to go about it.
If you are considering a quit smoking attempt and not sure how to go about it, or you are largely discouraged by previous failures, I have the following tip…
Take a Bit More Time and Rationalise Your Quit!
Analyze your work/life situation and determine the challenges you will have during the quit process. Review all the facts and learn the pros and cons concerning the methods to quit smoking that are available to you.
Talk to as many ex smokers as possible and get a big picture view of the healing process. As opposed to a limited view based on a handful of opinions.
I also recommend you become familiar with what I call the five best practices for a good quit smoking campaign, and in doing so;
- Discover Your Motivations to Quit Smoking.
- Learn About Your Nicotine Addiction.
- Get Support from Other Quitters and Ex Smokers.
- Develop a Well Thought Out, Quit Smoking Plan.
- Own Your Quit and Commit to the Healing Process!