One effective way to reduce the number of cigarettes you will consume in one day is to give yourself a quota, an allowance so to speak. The goal here is to loosen the death grip that nicotine has on you, all the while ingesting a smaller quantities of tar, cyanide, and countless other chemicals that are contained in every cigarette.
But every system works better with both a carrot and a stick, rather than just with a stick – or worse, just a carrot! Give yourself an allowance of cigarettes that at the beginning is just under what you would normally smoke, so that actually keeping your allowance rather than exceeding it will not be torture, just mildly unpleasant.
For every cigarette that you go over, give a set amount of money – one dollar for example – to a local charity of your choice. This system will encourage you to stay within your allowance, and if you do exceed, at least you won’t be feeling completely terrible, because you’ll be contributing, albeit by default to a local good cause.
Of course, the goal here is not to contribute to local charities by smoking cigarettes, but rather to lower your overall ingestion of harmful chemicals. That cigarette smoke may taste oh-so-good as it invades every nook and cranny of your erstwhile pink lungs, but you’d better be sure that it is leaving something behind!
Reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day by giving yourself a quota, and giving a dollar per extra cigarette smoked to the charity of your choice is a low-stress way to start cutting back on your cigarette smoking, with a view – a medium term goal – of quitting completely.