Is your morning cough irritating you? Are you constantly short of breath? Do you find smoking in the rain a chore, a pain you can do without?
Now, let me ask you this question: when you are deeply focused on something you thoroughly enjoy, where you are sitting at the edge of your seat, how often do you think, “I want a cigarette?”
For example, when you are totally engrossed in a movie, or immersed watching your favourite sport and your much-loved team, or listening to a speech, do you think of cigarettes? Probably not.
Why’s that? It is because your mind is deeply focused on something you enjoy, something that is by far more enjoyable than a cigarette. So if you can go without a cigarette for that duration, it goes to show that you can do without smoking when you deeply want to.
I believe one very powerful way to stop smoking is to distract your thoughts away from your itchy fingers who want to reach out for a cigarette, away from the craving of that deadly nicotine.
If you are a smoker who plays a particular sport in the evenings or at the weekends, do you smoke while you are playing? No, you don’t. You conditioned yourself that when you play you don’t smoke. As a matter of fact, smoking doesn’t even enter your mind. In much the same way, you conditioned yourself that you must have a smoke after the game when having an alcoholic drink.