Do You Have the Right Motivation to Quit Smoking?

Happy Ex Smoker with SonQuitting smoking is difficult. In fact it is so difficult, millions have died because they have been unable to do so. For a non smoker, it would be extremely difficult to understand why the likelihood of a painful death is simply not enough motivation to quit smoking. 

Whilst the well known dangers of smoking cigarettes provide plenty of motivation for smokers to attempt a quit, it is rarely enough see the quit succeed. Smokers themselves have a hard time coming to grips with this.

Smokers, almost always hungry for nicotine, will willingly place others in harms way while they get their regular and much needed hit.

There is a cold hard truth to smoking. It is a very selfish act, driven by a chronic brain disorder known as nicotine addiction. A disease that corrupts the brain and keeps its sufferers in an almost constant survival mode.

Smokers, almost always hungry for nicotine, will willingly place others in harms way while they get their regular and much needed hit. Addicts will often sacrifice the well being of their own children, even if they know and despise what they are doing.

A smoker can easily find themselves at a point of such desperation for nicotine, that reason and logical thinking abandons them. This is why despite knowing their addiction is killing them, millions of smokers can not stop smoking.

The junkie brain always provides an excuse for a nicotine addict to smoke.

Quitting because you should quit, be it for your own health or the health of others, is not enough. You have to genuinely want it and want it for the betterment of your own life experience.

To successfully quit smoking, a smoker needs to be just as selfish when seeking the right motivation to quit.

Do You Really Want to Quit Smoking?



If You are Looking for the Right Motivation to Quit Smoking, Consider These Ten Positively Selfish Reasons to do so.


 Quit smoking because you no longer want to be in a permanent state of need.

 Quit smoking because you want to get a better sense of joy from life’s simple pleasures.

 Quit smoking because you want to feel the benefits that come with good health.

 Quit smoking because you want to participate in more stimulating, physical and mental experiences.

 Quit smoking because you want become more productive at doing the things you want to do in life.

 Quit smoking because you want to enjoy the things you can’t afford to enjoy as a smoker.

 Quit smoking because you want to improve your relationships and discover new ones.

 Quit smoking because you want to develop stronger self esteem and build self confidence.

 Quit smoking because you want to become more effective at overcoming life’s challenges.

 Quit smoking because you want to achieve the things in life you have always wanted to achieve, but can’t because smoking holds you back.



  1. Natalie says:

    Amazingly, you have articulated all the reasons that I want to stop smoking. I haven’t had a cigarette for over 24 hours now (cold turkey). I think I’ve tried every single method known to man to stop smoking in the last 15 years (probably 5-8 years after I started) and have always gone back to it or, just not even managed it.

    I HATE my life with cigarettes in it and I don’t even identify with being a smoker anymore. I’m so embarrassed of my habit. I absolutely know my my life will be so much happier without cigarettes in it.

    I need to get these next few weeks under my belt and I’m not looking forward to them. I seem to enjoy being snappy with my family and I don’t want to be. Having said that, I’m wondering if I’ve just put up and shut up before now and stopping smoking gives me an excuse to say something!

    I won’t lie – I’m not looking forward to my first weekend. It was a weekend that broke me last time although I chose to drink which didn’t help. I was using the Allan Carr method last time and was confused by the advice not to do anything differently as I had a feeling that wouldn’t work for me. If anyone has advice for managing the first weekend I’d be really grateful! I tend to reward and punctuate tasks with a cigarette normally but I think my Friday night when I get home, pour a glass of wine and have a cigarette (and repeat!) is going to be difficult.

    This is such an amazing site Cameron. I’m so pleased I found it.

    • I’m glad you found it Natalie 🙂

      My advice is do do whatever it takes to make it as least stressful and tormenting as possible. Lock yourself away from the world for a couple of days and barrage through it. The further you progress, the more you gain control. Once the chemical dependency is broken, it becomes a lot easier to manage as your way through the long term heal.

      Oh, and join our community! Let us know how you are going!

      The Good Quit Smoking Community

      • Hi Cameron! I couldn’t find where I’d posted!!

        I started again… was a very gradual process of restarting – firstly it was just when I was drinking at weekends then I went on holiday with my smoking sister and her husband which totally destroyed it but then when I got back at the beginning of September I still wasn’t smoking in the mornings and mostly not smoking during the week at all….then I started smoking a couple in the evenings up until last week when I actually was having a couple in the morning before work (although none all day when I”m at work until I got home).

        Nothing else really bothered me apart from the not having a glass of wine and a fag scenario however, I LOVE having a glass of wine and a fag. Although that’s not really true either – I USED to like doing that. So much so that I was doing that every night when I got home from work. I realised a year or so ago though that it wasn’t really working for me anymore and I was searching for something else. Hence my motivation for stopping smoking – I knew it was intertwined with smoking.

        I was so happy when I stopped! I actually got emotional in the car on the way to work one morning three days in – I just couldn’t believe I’d finally done the thing I’d been desperate to do but couldn’t find the strength to do – it felt so empowering and I felt anything was possible. So why do I feel I can’t stay stopped?!!

        I think alcohol is at the root of it. We have a hectic social life and everyone I know (I’m British….!) drinks. People think it odd if you don’t. What I need to get my head around now is the social drinking (because it’s not something I’d be that bothered about stopping) but everything in my head tells me that’s impossible. I suppose I believe that a social event won’t be at all enjoyable without alcohol.

        Anyway, I haven’t had a cigarette at all today and I’m fine. I had a bit of a crave earlier but luckily, because I didn’t get fully into smoking again, it’s not like going back to the beginning. I’m also using GABA which does help.

        Going out and drinking (if I want to drink socially) and not smoking is something that I’ll probably only have to do a few times before I accept it. Maybe. Or, I could go out socially and not drink and I’ll also accept that after a while.

        I need to read more on the junkie brain as well. I think I need to understand that more.

        Thanks Cameron. I’ve re read that list again and it’s so totally true. Maybe I ought to just take one day at a time for now instead of thinking too far ahead.


  2. Its been 4 days that i quit(cold turkey). I don’t really have any sort of a motivation to do so. I just woke up one fine day and was about to light one up before throwing it in the bin. I am asthmatic but i have been so since birth and this has never really been a factor for me to quit smoking. I don’t really know how long i will hold up.
    I have been smoking for 7 years now and have tried to quit some 9-10 times. I have gone as far as a month but the craving for a cigarette juts gets the better of me when i drink.
    Hoping for the best

  3. Hi Cameron, thank you so much for your site; your advice is excellent!
    I am now on day 6 of a nicotine free life, and to be honest I feel great! – even with a trapped nerve in my neck and a bloody awful cold too!
    My partner is pregnant with our first child, understandably she’s not drinking a drop and I have also decided to do this with her as an act of solidarity, I honestly think that anyone even attempting to stop smoking, should also abstain from alcohol for the first 3 – 12 weeks, I believe this makes an otherwise uphill climb just that little bit more manageable.
    To be fair though, I couldn’t really care less about alcohol though as it too is an addictive drug, perpetuated by the millions daily, along with caffeine too (which I also stopped and switched to de-caf a couple of years ago – never looked back either!)
    I know it sounds a little sad to some, but I really am starting to enjoy life without addictive drugs – i.e. fresh air is really, really nice 🙂
    Keep up the good fight!


  4. Georgia Savva says:

    Thanks for all the useful advice! I have been a smoker for 28 years and recent health scares have just put me off smoking. Day 3 of cold turkey and doing great, never thought i could do it

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