Quit Smoking in 30 Days or Less, Mathematically

Published: 21st June 2008
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Have you tried to stop smoking cold-turkey, only to smoke again a day or even minutes later? Many health practitioners will tell you that making a clean break from cigarettes is the only way to quit smoking. What do you do if you simply can't quit this way? You have to create a method to quit smoking that encourages you to quit, your own way.

In all the methods you have used to stop smoking, did you try reducing smoking gradually, over a period of days or weeks? Reducing smoking slowly allows you to wean your body of the addictive effects of nicotine. Additionally you will take control of your habit by smoking with specific purpose.

Use these steps to create a gradual quit smoking schedule for yourself:

Step 1. Determine how many cigarettes you typically smoke per day.

Step 2. Decide the number of smokes you can reduce from your daily allotment. An ideal quantity to shoot for is 2 per day. This number will be called the Daily Reduction Number.

Step 3. Divide #1 by #2. For example, if you smoke 30 cigarettes each day, divided by 2, you get the number 15. This is the number of days you will need to completely stop smoking.

Step 4. Take a piece of paper and on the left-hand side write the number of days you just determined you need in step 3. For example, if your result was 20, write Day 20. Just below that write Day 19, Day 18, and so forth all the way down to Day 1.

Step 5. From the bottom of the list (Day 1) write in the Daily Reduction Number from step 2 (in this example, 2). On Day 2, add the Daily Reduction Number to the number on Day 1. In this example, you would write 4 on Day 2. On Day 3 you add the Daily Reduction Number to the result on Day 2. Continue adding until you add up to the top of your list of Days. You are now that number of days away from quitting smoking!

Once you make these calculations you are ready to begin cutting back, gradually. Take your "quit plan" with you wherever you go. You may want to attach it to your pack of cigarettes.

Start by smoking the quantity of cigarettes on the beginning date of your plan. Whenever you smoke a cigarette, put a check next to the day you are currently on. When the number of marks reaches the number of cigarettes allotted for that day, you are done smoking until the following day. Be sure not to smoke all your allotment early in the day.

To dramatically improve the success of this plan, try the following. As with most anything worthwhile it requires some effort. At the beginning of day, group together all the cigarettes you will be smoking that day. Since you can see exactly how many cigarettes you will be smoking that day, you can better understand how to space out your cigarettes. By the way, if you reach the end of the day and have cigarettes remaining, DO NOT add them to the next day's allotment. Instead, pat yourself on the back for smoking less than you planned on.

Use this formula to calculate your smoking reduction plan:

(Typical Number of Cigarettes Smoked Daily) ____ / ____ (Daily Reduction Number) = ____ days

(for example 50 cigarettes / 1 less cigarettes per day = 50 days)

You can print this chart for your own plan:

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The plan I have given above is but one alternative of the smoking reduction method. If necessary, modify the plan to better suit your own smoking habits, quantity smoked, time needed to stop smoking, etc.

Weaning yourself from cigarettes over several days can be a highly effective way to destroy a smoking habit. By weaning yourself from nicotine's addictive effects, and taking control of your habit, you make quitting much more reachable. Start the weaning process today!

Fred Kelley helps thousands of people to stop smoking each year at http://www.quitsmoking.com

Smokers can find over 100 quit smoking articles, plus get quit smoking products, and get help at the smoking cessation forum.

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