4 Things You Can Do To Help Your Loved Ones Quit Smoking Cigarettes
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4 Things You Can Do To Help Your Loved Ones Quit Smoking Cigarettes

My husband and I met each other when we were still in college. He is already a smoker by then. Of course, I didn’t mind it at first. Not until our relationship has gone to a deeper level. I became more concerned of his health and well-being. That if we end up marrying each other and he’s still a smoker, he might get serious disease caused by smoking cigarettes and who knows? I might end up a widow.

This kind of thinking was instilled unto me when one of my Uncle died from Lung Cancer. And it is because of smoking.Β I saw how his children (my cousins) struggled when he left to be at peace with the Lord. I don’t want my future children to experience “that”. Because it is preventable. Only if a smoker would completely stop from smoking.

Please don’t get me wrong if you’re reading this and you are a smoker. I do not hate you. I just don’t like the smoke and what it does to you.

And so, his smoking habits became a familiar topic of our petty fights and arguments. I couldn’t understand why he won’t just stop from doing it. I had strong belief in him that he could quit, only if he really wanted to. But he can’t. I know he tried. His cigarette intake decreased to 3-5 sticks per day from the usual 1 pack a day back when were still in college. But I wasn’t satisfied because I wanted him to completely STOP.

I have helped him in almost all the possible way that I know but to no avail. I guess cigarettes are very addictive. As simple as that.

But I still want to help him quit the bad habit. Because he is my husband and I don’t want to grown old alone. Prevention is still better than cure, right?

So how do we help them? Here are 5 of the things I did for my husband to help him quit cigarette smoking:

1) I Bought Him His 1st Vaping Kit a.k.a E-cigarette

It was his 26th birthday last March 2016 and I bought it for him as a suprise birthday gift. He was really very happy when the package arrived in his office.

So what makes Vaping different from cigarette smoking? This infographic from Vapersoul site:

4 Things You Can Do To Help Your Loved Ones Quit Smoking Cigarettes
Source: http://www.vapersoul.com/what-is-vaping/?v=a25496ebf095

 

I will post more about my husband’sΒ vaping experience soon.

2) Stop Nagging

Nagging my husband and giving him sarcastic remarks about his smoking habits before was one of my big mistakes in trying to make him quit the bad habit. ‘Til I finally understood that quitting it is really very hard on his part and that it gives him a lot more stress and pressure when I constantly nag him about it.

3) Encourage them to do other activities or sports that will distract them from smoking a cigarette stick

Yes. It’s a big help. Join them in doing sports or go with them for a jog… It’s a win-win thing for the both of you specially if you also need to do some working-out and de-stressing.

Actually, I am excited to play badminton with my husband again since we just bought our new sneakers last Sunday. Yay! πŸ™‚ finally!

4) Be patient with your partner

Recognize that quitting the bad habit itself is really hard. It is frustrating and exhausting for them as it takes a lot amount of effort on their part. For those who doesn’t even use the vaping technique, some may even be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. So be patient. They need your support above anything else.

I have come to accept that my husband’s smoking habits will not go away in an instant. But I believe he will be able to stop smoking eventually. Even now that he is vaping, he told me that his goal is to finally stop vaping after a year. And I appreciate his efforts for that. πŸ™‚

Right now, as of this writing, my husband has not smoked a single stick of cigarette for almost 2 months already. He doesn’t miss the taste and feel of the cigarette smoke that he usually puff.

I am happy to say that my husband is on his way to quitting the bad habit. For me, it’s a good thing rather than not taking any action at all.

 

Live. Laugh. Love. Pray.

17 Comments

  1. loveyourhealth

    I did smoke before, the last stick I had was last 13 April 2006, the night before I finally decided to accept Christ’s doctrines taught in the religion where I belong now, that is MCGI. Faith and fear of God is the number 1 and most effective way of leaving those bad vices behind. πŸ™‚

    FILIPOS 2:13
    13 Sapagka’t Dios ang gumagawa sa inyo maging sa pagnanasa at sa paggawa, ayon sa kaniyang mabuting kalooban.

    All the best to the two of you! God bless!

  2. I stopped nagging my partner to stop smoking. I mastered the not caring attitude but it is still very important for me for him to stop smoking because of our kids. Vaping will not be the option that I will choose, maybe number 3 & 4 will suit for us.

    1. Many times na rin na halos pikon na pikon na ako sa kanya trying to make him quit. I hope your husband quits the bad habit na, very soon. For the little ones. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m not sold on the whole idea of vaping though…

  4. I’m happy my hubby doesn’t smoke but my mom does and she’s already almost 60 years old but still can’t quit. I have given up trying to make her stop a long time ago. My brother has been vaping for some time now and he seems to enjoy it. But I’m still skeptical because of an article I read somewhere that it caused medical issues on someone. Guess we have to wait for further studies to really be sure about it’s safety first.

    1. I was skeptical too before. But if it’s the only way to make him stop smoking cigarettes, then it’s my only choice. It really is hard to convince a smoker to stop, right? I almost give up na rin with my husband e. Pero I saw the willingness in him, so I had to make a way. I heard a lot of success stories with vaping. At least they did stop puffing cigarettes which are way more dangerous to their health. πŸ™‚ I hope your mom stops na rin. 😐

  5. I don’t have this problem with my partner as he doesn’t smoke, but I was a chain smoker back in high school. I stopped cold-turkey, as in all of a sudden with no need for transition. My secret? Jesus! πŸ˜€

    1. Oh wow! Congrats to you Mommy Maan for successfully doing it. πŸ™‚ Super hirap tumigil – as many smokers say so. Pero if you pray nga naman and you have faith, you will be able to surpass the withdrawal symptoms and all. πŸ˜€ Good job! πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, this is so timely! FIL’s BP is always high and we’re suspecting that it’s because of his smoking. Maybe we can suggest vaping. I hope he’s open to it.

    1. I hope so, too! It still depends pa din kasi sa tao if he’s willing to quit cigarette smoking. In my husband’s case, he wanted to stop pero he doesn’t know how he’ll cope so vaping was one of the options. Atleast he’s not puffing all the harmful chemicals in a cigarette stick

  7. I’m lucky that mu husband does not smoke. His pamangkin on the other hand, is a different story. Will share this with him. Thanks!

  8. OMG! This post is really close to my heart. My husband used to smoke also. When I got pregnant, he won’t smoke if I’m within the area. But when our daughter was born, we had several nasty fights simply because he smoked and left a 3rd hand smoke smell on his clothes. My daughter was hospitalized due to pnuemonia. And both of us are asthmatic. So talagang promise gigil na gigil ako!! Our savior is also vape. πŸ™‚ My husband has been vaping for almost 2yrs now. And yes. It is indeed different from smoking. Sooooobrang laking difference kasi malaki din ang difference sa health ng anak ko. Bukod kasi sa pnuemonia nagkaron din ng ear infection ang baby ko nung 2months sya. Both are caused daw by 3rd hand smoke o yung tirang amoy na lumapit sa katawan. Kaya ako talaga, I HATE SMOKING and I really hate inconsiderate people who smoke in public. Hate talaga kasi health ang naapektuhan. These are great tips!! Sana madaming ma inspire.

    1. My baby had pneumonia as well when he was still around 3-4 months. I got really very sad because he had to go on an xray for that. I am glad that your husband chose to start vaping already. Atleast, all the harmful chemicals from a cigarette have been eliminated from the picture.

  9. I’m lucky that hubby doesn’t smoke. My friends are a different case though. These are great tips to start with. Thanks Mitch πŸ™‚

  10. We bought my FIL his own vaping kit because we wanted him to quit smoking. He didn’t like it . πŸ™

    1. Aww that’s sad. But they say that the secret to making vaping an effective way to stop smoking is to find the flavor of juice that suits the vaper. In my husband’s case he liked the honeydew flavor. Though it smells like green apple to me. πŸ™‚

  11. I think it depends din sa kanila, my husband and dad is smoker they tried to quit but it always fail, maybe kulang pa din sa motivation. We also bought e-cigarate same din bumaik pa din s pagiging smoker. Buti pa si hubby you

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