Smoking is notoriously hard to quit, and most hopeful quitters tend to fall of the wagon sooner or later. Here are 3 simple tips that will set you firmly on the path to freedom from the butt:
When a single method fails, try a combination of several
There are several ways you quit cigarettes, including the classic cold turkey, using substitutes like gum or patches, and popping prescribed pills that wean you off nicotine. It's not necessary you pick one alone to help you on your way, and depending on how badly you want to, you may opt for additional means to increase your odds.
Avoid situations you know will make you crave for a smoke
The classic mistake many prospective quitters make is to be overconfident in their ability to be able to resist temptation. It's always prudent to lean toward pessimism in these situations, and look to avoid any situations where you might be inclined to reach for a light. Don't buy whole packs, throw away your lighter, and maybe even avoid hanging out with people in situations where they're likely to smoke.
There are no two ways about it. Ultimately, it boils down to how determined you are to follow through. Reminding yourself that the first few days are the hardest helps sometimes, but better methods include rewarding yourself when you achieve significant milestones, and hanging out with non-smokers for extended periods of time.
Smoking is arguably the hardest vice to escape the clutches of, and following as many of such simple tips will at least prolong your relapse, if not set you free for good.