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How Tea Helped Me To Quit Smoking

My name is Stephanie Davies, and I have been graciously invited by The Tea Table to share my story with you, dear blog reader.  It’s a story of success, of using tea to overcome obstacles, but it’s really about how tea saved my life.  And by chance, the tea that saved my life, was from The Tea Table.  Allow me to explain…

Back in February of 2007, I was a cigarette smoker.  Not only was I a cigarette smoker, but I was a die-hard pack-a-day for 15 years straight smoker.  I loved my cigarettes.  I would tell people how much I loved smoking and how I would never quit.  And at the time, I meant it.  After all, cigarettes are addictive for a reason…they make you feel good!  They relax you while keeping you alert at the same time.  In most long-time smokers, the relaxation response derived from the simple act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette is just about as nice as you can imagine.

Three months previously, I had discovered The Tea Table’s website by chance.  Until this point, I had not had much experience in tea, at least, not past Lipton, Celestial Seasonings and whatever else they sold at the local grocery store – which wasn’t much.  When I first saw The Tea Table’s website, it was such an incredible surprise…so many teas with so many different flavors.  What really caught my eye was their Triple Threat Temptation, with white chocolate, coconut, and caramel – it seemed like heaven!!  And when it arrived in the mail and I tried it, well, I was hooked from the start.

So I was already familiar with The Tea Table when I became very ill in mid-February 2007.  I was hospitalized with an extreme case of e coli and salmonella poisoning.  During my stay I realized how much control cigarettes had over my life, how much sicker I was than a non-smoker might be in this situation.  I realized that I never wanted to be that sick ever again if possible, and one of the ways I could control that, was to quit smoking.

But quitting cigarettes after 15 years of smoking is no easy feat as I’m sure you know!  I’d tried before several times, cold turkey.  But never made it past 2 months tops!  So this time, I decided I needed a good strategy to help me quit.  Since I figured that I smoked cigarettes for their calming quality while providing alertness, I needed something to simulate that, and allow me to “take time out” from what I was doing as cigarettes had allowed me to do.  And so I determined the best way to quit was a sort of “replacement therapy” – I replaced every single cigarette I would have smoked, with a cup of tea from The Tea Table.

And it worked!!

After a while I came to rely, and even depend upon each cup of tea.  I started learning about the new flavors and types of teas, and not only did my plan to replace cigarettes with tea work…it started a passion for tea in me that I’ve never had for anything else in my life.  I literally became addicted to tea instead!  The Triple Threat Temptation was only the beginning – there were flavors and aromas I’d never heard of before!

As cigarettes became less of a part of my life, tea became more a part of my life, and I started a Tea Review Blog to express my passion for tea and to share it with others.  Unfortunately in November of 2008, that site was hacked and lost forever.  I began a new Tea Review Blog in December of 2008, and have built it up to this day.  It has nearly 1,000 reviews on teas of all types from all over the world, with a panel of 12 tea reviewers as well as myself.

Because of this I’ve become a bit of an expert on teas, and have enjoyed thousands of different teas from hundreds of companies.  I still share my passion on my Tea Review Blog, where you can also read my reviews on some of the wonderful teas here at The Tea Table, the place that started it all for me.

My last cigarette was smoked on February 15, 2007, and as of this February in 3 short months, I will be 3 years cigarette free.  Thank you Tea Table, for allowing me the freedom of being a tea lover and a non-smoker!

- Stephanie Davies, The Tea Review Blog Editor

7 comments to How Tea Helped Me To Quit Smoking

  • Sherryn

    wow, one of my good pals is a heavy smoker.. you are giving me a great idea :)..

    I wrote a blog entry on heart break :)

    http://tinyurl.com/yzesnsx

  • Traci A

    I love your honesty… and your story. Thank you so much!

  • Kim

    I too am trying to let tea replace my need for cigarettes.Two months ago I got very sick with a chest cold and couldnt catch a breath and thought I might die.Since I was so sick I didnt want a cigarette for days, and thought this is a good time to quit since I have a head start (I was a two pack a day chain smoker)During my cold I drank alot of hot tea and just kept on drinking hot tea when I got well intead of a cigarette. So far it has worked.Im now reading every tea blog/forum/website I can trying to learn about teas now that im brewing from a pot instead of a bag.I havent experienced much more tea that Lipton loose,earl grey loose (twinings)and still do teabags like Lady grey and price of wales but soon hopefully I will be purchasing more loose and experimenting. I have a new tea pot with infuser and a new teacups for my adventure.I hope someday I can say Im on my third year without a cigarette also.

  • Hi Kim! It certainly sounds like you have the dedication and drive that it takes to quit smoking cigarettes. With it having been 3 years now, I can honestly say I never want another cigarette, and I have no doubt you can say the same thing in 3 years. Beyond having a “replacement addiction”, you MUST have the ABSOLUTE CONVICTION that not only can you do it, but you WANT to quit smoking, and I think you have that =) Other good things to add to a smoking cessation program in addition to replacement addiction are a good stop smoking hypnotherapy program (I recommend “Stop Smoking Forever” by Glenn Harrold) and a healthy diet to help your body release toxins faster.

  • This is such an inspiring story! And I know how it goes. I once smoked cigarettes. I also had a wine-drinking habit and that’s what tea replaced for me. I’ll be hooked on tea for the rest of my life, and I’ll be loving it. It’s the healthiest of all addictions, definitely.

  • Chris Palmer

    This worked three years ago for me when I was trying to quit and it did keep me off tobacco until a few months ago, divorced and had to move in with some relatives that smoked. I did relapse, but I kept on knowing that it isn’t right for me to smoke. Today is the first day in awhile that I’ve fought against my cravings and it’s been terrible, but I’m going to be replacing my cigs with tea again and hopefully this time will be the last time I have to retry to kick the habit.

  • It is hard to Stop Smoking at all but i tried so hard to quit smoking because of the fear of lung cancer -

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