Want to Smoke Where and When You Want? Get Over It
The anti-smoking movement has reached a point of no return. And if you’re still clinging to your old-fashioned smoking ways, it’s time to make a change, whether you like it or not. The question is not ‘why to quit smoking’ but when. And the answer, of course, is.
In case you haven’t noticed, more and more cities have been banning smoking in bars, restaurants, and other public places (we compiled a complete list of smoking bans for you). You may not like it, but the science is all there, and the facts on smoking are clear: Everything points to the fact that the negative social effects of smoking are real. Second-hand and third-hand smoking hurts others, and it will indirectly hurt you in the form of missed social and dating opportunities.
If you’re a smoker, you’re probably an individualist, and maybe you don’t like governments trying to tell you what to do with your body. If so, here’s the thing: Most people agree with you in principle, but this doesn’t change the fact that they’re disgusted by your filthy, self-destructive habit.
They don’t want your smoke in their bodies and on their clothes, the so-called third-hand smoke, so they’re not going to want to be around you, much less date you.
Smokers’ Losing Battle
It’s simple: No matter how strongly you believe in your individualistic, pro-smoking views, you’re going to lose in the end. There’s just no way around it. No matter how right you are, the world is going in the other direction.
So, all you can do is get over it. Accept the fact that you’re going to be allowed to smoke in fewer and fewer places, and that more and more people are going to be turned off by your habit.
The sooner you accept this hard truth, the sooner you’ll be able to move on with your life.
Smoking and Dating
In this day and age, if you’re a smoker, your potential dating pool is pretty small. In fact, it’s probably limited to other smokers, because very few non-smokers want to mess around with that god-awful stink and the social stigma that goes along with it.
You may be in denial about the consequences of smoking, but others aren’t. And they probably won’t want to get close to you—physically, personally, emotionally—until you get clear of your addiction.
Is this still not enough reason to quit smoking? Give it a few more years, as the number of smokers keeps going down and down. You’re going to start finding yourself in a very small company. A small, phlegm-choking, bad-breathed, bad-smelling, scratchy-voiced, nicotine-enslaved company. These will be your choices of potential dates.
But if you stop smoking now, all doors will be open. Okay, you’ll still have to be interesting and attractive, but at least you won’t have your smoking working against you.
Time to Quit
Are you convinced? If so, it’s time to choose a quit-smoking technique. You have things like nicotine patches and gums, but these do nothing but take your money and keep you addicted.
Then there’s prescription drugs, but you can only get these from a doctor, and your insurance might not cover them. So they’ll be costly, and they might not even work any better than a placebo.
If you ask me, the best method to quit smoking is to use stop-smoking hypnosis in combination with quitting completely cold turkey. It’s not going to be pleasant, but the hypnosis will give you the inner power to get through it.
Give it a few weeks, and those doors will start opening for you. You’ll start getting promotions at work. More strangers will want to talk to you. Your friends will call more often. Your family will stop secretly rolling their eyes at you. In short, people will like you more.
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