"One day at a time is all we have"
Hey guys, At one point when I was in the army I was smoking a pack a day and dipping a can of copenhagen snuff a day easily! Hell, at times while in the field or deployed I would have a dip of snuff under my lip while smoking a marlboro red! I am proud to say that it has now been seven years since I have had any nicotine! (except for second hand)
I decided to quit smoking and dipping after I got out of the army! Despite my habits while in the army, it never hurt my running and PT performance! When I got out I got fat and out of breath easily after only a few months. After realizing that I was going to ****, I decided to quit smoking, dipping etc and started lifting seriously.
It was never hard for me to quit nicotine despite my habit! I just think I traded one habit for another lol!! I honestly believe that lifting, supplements and martial arts permanentaly replaced nicotine for me! I think if some of the heavy smokers took up a positive alternative and maybe weened down at the same time they would be OK!!
I smoked for 10 years and recently quit 4 months ago. It was hard as hell, but I woke up one morning and decided I didn't want to smoke anymore. It gets easier as time goes on, but I still get big urges every now and then. I just don't let myself buy any cigarettes. There are prescription drugs out there that can help and one of them is called Chantix. It has been on the market for almost a year and has amazing results. I know five people that have used it and are still not smoking. But the only way you can truly quit is by making up your mind that you whole heartedly want to stop smoking. That is what helped me. Good Luck!
Smoking restricts blood vessles... Restricted blood vessles causes lack of oxygen and nutrients to reach desired muscle groups. Smoking will reduce your pump.