Cigarette smoking, one of the most harmful habits. It not just affects the smoker but the people around them and the environment.
This is not a Philosophy post that is going to make you realize the harms of smoking and motivate you to reduce smoking as everyone know about the hazards of smoking and most of them still continue to smoke, and that is because habits die hard. To quit smoking is not a easy thing, and am sure that all the smokers have learned that they smoke more when they attempt to quit smoking. After countless attempts to quit and ever dragging deadline of your last cigarette, many of them have given the hopes of quitting. So, your Best bet is to Reduce rather than quitting itself.
I being a non smoker, among a lot of smokers know for a fact that a person who smokes 20 Ciggies a day will smoke so many no matter what because they are all stuck in their routine like, a smoke with morning/evening tea, a smoke during office breaks/movie intervals, a smoke before a ride to work, smoke with pals and so on. They are all stuck in this vicious cycle, making it very difficult for not smoking up one at that hour of the day.
I have come up with some small things that you can do to reduce the amount of Nicotine intake with smoking up the same number of cigarettes each day.
1> Smoke 3/4 of the Cigarette
Once you light up a cigarette don't smoke up to till the end(butt) of the cigarette, by doing this a person who smokes 20 Cigarettes a day would have only consumed nicotine in 16 Cigarettes. By the end of the year your nicotine intake would have reduced by 1,460 cigarettes (staggering isn't it?)
2>Increase the Idle time
If you feel that you cant waste that 1/4 of the Cigarette that you paid for, or you are a person who cannot stop yourself from smoking up till the very last puff, then you must increase the gap between the puffs you take. For eg, if you take a puff every 10-15 seconds, increase the gap between the puffs to 20-25 seconds, it will have the same effect of smoking just 3/4 of a Cigarette.
If you have a companion in smoking then light up just one Cigarette and share it. Remember the old saying "Sharing is caring" and here its caring for your own health.
4>Dont buy more than one Cigarette
Storing a pack or few Cigarettes in your pockets/bag are the worst thing you can do. You can smoke anytime you want. Buying just one at a time will surly help you satisfy your nicotine needs for that moment, but by storing them you will smoke up more than you actually need. Also not having a cigarette handy will let you smoke less cigarettes per day
5>Chop the Cigarettes
If you are a person who always has accessibility to cigarettes and cant help yourself from smoking up one every now and then, then you must go for the smaller ones, or lighter ones. I know most of them don't like the taste of lighter ones, so I suggest you cut a part your cigarettes and store it and throw away the rest. Now every time u reach out for that smoke, you are taking in less nicotine.