"I'm trying to quit smoking"
Video discusses how the way you describe your quitting status can impact your early quitting experiences. Previous videos covering similar information are:
- "What should I call myself?"
- Carrying cigarettes
- "No thank you, I can't have a cigarette"
- How to deal with people offering you cigarettes after you have quit
Also related, 2002 commentary from the Freedom from Nicotine string “Carrying Cigarettes”:
Ex-smokers should never carry cigarettes–not from day one of a quit. One reason is for the real risk of smoking it, and the second reason is that as long as a person keeps cigarettes he or she is also keeping a mindset that he or she is a smoker trying not to smoke as opposed to being an ex-smoker. Ex-smokers and never smokers never keep cigarettes–why would they? It serves no purpose to them. As long as a person feels like a smoker trying not to smoke, he or she is going to have the psychological problems and play the little mind games of a smoker trying not to smoke. When you cross over to the frame of mind that you are not a smoker trying not to smoke but rather you are now an ex-smoker–and that is what you want to be–the psychological benefit can be both powerful and profound.
If you work on proper frame of mind in the beginning, you can feel this difference a minute into your quit and you will prove yourself right as long as you always remember that you are committed to never take another puff!