Are you tired of wheezing lungs, spending money on endless cigarettes and smelly clothes? Colleen learnt how to stop smoking for good, and today she’s here to show you that you can too.

I was a smoker from my early teenage years up until the age of 29.

There are a few options when it comes to stopping smoking – cutting down, vaping, or doing what I did – and going cold turkey.

There are lots of stop smoking aids that helped me to quit cigarettes and roll-ups, and I’d like to share them with you.

1. How to stop smoking with THE Book

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The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr is fantastic. The book turns quitting on its head and doesn’t tell you it’s hard (which we’ve been led to believe).

Instead, Carr tells you ALL about the wonderful benefits you’ll receive when you stop, and the enlightening fact that you’re not giving up anything at all – you’re gaining, in health, wealth and much, much more.

I’ll be honest with you – I found it easy to hide the book away, to read it slowly, and to completely avoid finishing it because I knew I’d have to quit at the end.

Eventually, I knew I REALLY wanted to quit (see below) and got the audiobook version. I couldn’t escape it once it was coming out of my headphones and I quit the day I finished listening to it.

I even passed the book onto several friends who also quit using his method. It’s one of the best stop smoking aids I found, so if you’re serious about becoming a non-smoker, I urge you to give it a read or a listen.

2. Be certain that you want to quit

There’s absolutely no point in quitting smoking until you’re truly certain you want to do it.

If there’s even a part of you that thinks, the feeling of ‘I don’t really want to quit’ – then this isn’t the right time for you – you’re just not ready.

Once you’ve decided that you no longer want to smoke, you will be ready.

3. There’s no such thing as ‘One Last Cigarette’

‘Just one cigarette’ does not exist. You need to get it in your head that smoking is a chain – one cigarette leads to another and you’re just kidding yourself if you think that it doesn’t.

It’s highly probable that you thought the first cigarette you had might be the last one, or that the last time you tried to quit you had that elusive ‘one last ciggie’, only to lead to another ‘last ciggie’ and another.

If you really want to stop smoking, you must be honest with yourself. Understand smoking is a chain reaction and the only way you’re going to break that chain is to quit, for good.

4. Get the Smoke Free app

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I can’t recommend the SmokeFree app enough.

Once downloaded you enter the following personal smoking information:

  1. Your quit date
  2. How much a packet costs you
  3. How many cigarettes in the packet
  4. How many smoked each day

From the information you give, the app can work out how much money you’ve saved (including annual savings).

The app also lets you watch your health improve with a handy percentage bar. This includes the following health targets:

  • Pulse rate
  • Oxygen level
  • Carbon monoxide level
  • Nicotine expelled from the body
  • Taste and smell
  • Breathing
  • Energy levels
  • Bad breath
  • Gums and teeth
  • Tooth staining
  • Circulation
  • Gum texture
  • Coughs and wheezing
  • Risk of heart attack
  • Risk of lung cancer

As the time passes since your quit date, you will see the bars fill up to 100%. This enables you to celebrate small victories and gives you more motivation to continue as a non-smoker.

I still look at the app years later – it’s lovely to see how far I’ve come without smoking a single cigarette.

(That’s 4 years, 2 months and 14 days in case you were interested!) This is one of the most motivating stop smoking aids I found and really recommend you try it.

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