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My sister and i have a bet that she can’t quit smoking. i told her i would ask around and put together the best ways of quiting and then she has to pick one on monday and stick to it! I need some help! What do you think the best ways are to quit smoking? ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU SMART PEOPLE KNOW!!
I quit smoking on Monday Jan 3rd of this year. I am currently using nicotine gum and I’m doing fantastic have not had a smoke since I stopped. I would recommend the nicotine gum but it is not a must though it has really helped me out a lot. The biggest things about quiting is that you must have will power, the dedication and want to quit, and a good list of reasons on why to quit there are a lot more than just health. Quiting is not easy trust me but if you stick to it and don’t give in to your cravings you will be fine.
I’d say cold turkey. That, and have someone watch over her night and day for about a week and threaten to beat/taser her if she tries. lol
It’s sad how much research cigarette companies have put into drug research to make cigarettes more and more addictive. Even after you have been off of them for months, you still want to go back to them when you get stressed.
P.S. I have been away from cigarettes since late January of last year. I only gave into addiction one time since and I think I am finally away from it for good because the cravings have subsided completely.
I think the last thing that did it for me was my mom finding a smoked cigarette butt in the bathroom and I promised to quit from then on.
And yes, I’m 16. And even though I only smoked sparsely for 1 year, it was still incredibly difficult for me.
@alex you are so wise beyond your years, I’m not surprised at all that you’ve already started and stopped smoking haha. Props to both you and @derrick for quitting.
@sara I can’t give much insight because I’ve never smoked a cigarette. Although I have tried that electronic cigarette and maybe that in combination with nicotine gum could smother the urge to smoke.
I’m quitting too. This is the third attempt in the past year. A method that works well for me is to go on the nicotine lozenges then when you feel comfortable start taking chewable vitamin C and letting them dissolve in your mouth. There are other ways as well:
Good luck and Godspeed
I quit a week ago. Derrick pretty much covered what I wanted to say! You just have to want it bad enough, and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Cravings will come, but you just have to remember that it will pass, and as long as you don’t give in, you are okay until the next one. After 3 days nicotine is out of your system, and after 6 months habits can reform in your brain. A week, and I feel better already. I have only tried quitting one other time in 7 years. This time I weened myself off, last time i quit cold turkey. I made it 2 weeks, smoked, then made it a month before ‘something stressful happened’. Ha. Took me another year of smoking to quit again. This time for good! Once you start beating yourself up about it though, it’s time to quit. Not even to mention the health aspects..
I recommend hypnosis. I tried it mostly out of curiosity, not really believing it would work. I was a compulsive smoker too. Even my other smoker friends would sometimes tell me I’m overdoing it. I’d been smoking for about 7 years. So if it worked for me, perhaps it might work for others. It wasn’t a hypnosis session like you see in the movies though. She uses a machine which I’m guessing alters brain waves and puts you in a more suggestible state. She made a personalize CD, including some of the stuff we’d discussed which were behind my addiction to smoking.
I listened to it every day before bed. First two days I kept smoking as usual and was beginning to think it was all a bunch of bull and a waste of money (cost me 150 pounds). Then on the third day I got up and went to the kitchen as usual, lit a cigarette, took two drags, one just to make sure I was right about how the first one felt…and put it out. That was the last time I smoked. It almost took me by surprise. It also feels like I cheated, that I shouldn’t really be taking any credit for it because it just happened to me.
You don’t need any will power, I don’t think I had any serious cravings. I’d quit before, cold turkey, so I know how those feel like. I can’t say whether I got any withdrawal symptoms because I was also doing a water fast at the time, so I was already in detox.
With regards to how it feels…best way I can describe it is this: for a while you still get the urge to smoke, but it only lasts for about 2 seconds max. It’s almost like the craving has no more grounding in your consciousness (for lack of a better word) And even then, you move away from the thought, rather than dwelling in it and letting it take over. Hard to explain. I was able to stay with other people as they were smoking even in the first two-three days after I’d quit and it didn’t make me start again. (it’s been 7 months now)
I think it might be difficult to find a good, trustworthy practitioner though. I got lucky.
Hope it helped give you more options.
I’d recommend reading Alan Carr’s Easy Way To Quite Smoking. It helped me quite cold turkey a little over 3 months ago. There is also an iphone app that uses this method.
This book did a good job of putting me in the mindset of being up for the challenge of quitting and being excited about the future 3 weeks and beyond when I have broken the nicotine addiction. The last cigarette I had was when the book tells you to light up and focus on the taste of the cigarette and try to figure out what you like about the taste. I gagged when doing this and finished reading the book a few hours later and haven’t had a cigarette since.
food for thought, stop smoking or……………..
My hubby and i both quit using a prescription drug called Champix in Australia, don’t know whether it’s available worldwide or not. It worked really well for both us and my hubby was an almost a 2 pack a day smoker quit after taking medication for 2 week and have been quit for almost a year now. The only side effect i had was a little bit of nausea and my hubby had no side effects at all. It really was easy on this stuff
This thread is so cool. I’ve been smoking for about 3 years now on and off and I’ve been meaning to quit. These are all really interesting and inspirational! I’ve been cutting back a lot recently, so hopefully this will be inspiration to quit for good. :)
Ok, I’ve been wanting to quit for a while… This has inspired me… I’m going to quit cold turkey on Monday. I just need to do it. Thanks for this post. I’ll post on here how I’m doing with it.
@ Alicia… A monday.. or 2morrow?
But good for you, I almost don’t smoke cigarettes anymore, went from 1.5 /2 packs a day to 1 pack in the week.
The hardest thing for me is when I am out, of drinking…
I do smoke joints… not giving that up… but thinking about vaporizer now… just a little bit of a hassle when on route………
Monday- tomorrow. I have 3 in my pack now… going to smoke my last cig after work tonight…wake up tomorrow and just…not…smoke…
I was a smoker for a long time. I quit about a week ago, cold turkey. I really want to be healthier and do the things I was able to do in highschool, I feel 80 years old and guess what? I am 21. That is motivation enough for me. Haha. I do want to say though, stopping smoking is all about mind over matter. And you have to really want to stop.. :)
Hello everybody.2 month ago,i wasnt smoke.But now,i am.The only reason is my mother death but you know what? that was almost 3 years ago.So,then why am I smoke this thing?
I dont know.Maybe i am the most stupid person in the earth.but no,my IQ like 144?
So i decided to quit now.and start gym.in my home.because gym is expensive.Please,just please,make me more stable about quit that!:)
@alicia keep us updated! I’d love to hear about your progress and some accountability couldn’t hurt, right? :)
@ST For me, the vape just doesn’t give you the same feeling. It’s more of a stoned rather than a high? Is it like that for you?
@erhan Hey, welcome to HighExistence! It seems like intelligent people can be even more prone to addiction. Your plan sounds excellent. I’ve never smoked cigarettes but I’m sure there are a good number of people on here who can be more helpful. Keep us updated!
@jordan, the difference in Stoned VS High is mainly due to the riping process of the plant.
As for me I get stoned from Hash, I get High from weed, but there are plenty of people who experience the opposite.
I tried a vapo a couple of times, ad it does have some drawbacks, it is however also a fact that the tobacco eliminates some of the effect from the pot.m and I just am getting tired of tobacco ;)
It is quite a study, and I will post some relevant info in a topic on that, since there are many fun little things to consider about pot.
I myself like the highs, and When you will be in Amsterdam be sure to drop by for some excellent High Existence :)
If you are into energetic highs ;)
I can go weeks and even months without a cigarette and not even feel tempted to smoke, but sometimes when I’m drinking I just can’t help myself. It seems like if I have a drink in one hand, I should have a cigarette in the other. But I’m trying to kick it for good. I don’t even think I’m addicted because I really don’t feel an urge to smoke, I just enjoy it sometimes. It wouldn’t be so damn bad for you if it was only tobacco you were inhaling, but instead they fill cigarettes wiht fucking poison! Such a corrupt industry. But it seems like everything is currupt anymore so what’s new.
@Jordan- I was just having a discussion the other day about how intelligent people do seem to struggle with addicitons. Why do you think this is? I have a theory that because of being so much more aware of the world and it’s dysfunction and also analyzing everything, especailly ones self makes you a lot more prone to depression, anger, frustration, feeling unsatisfied, etc. Therefore turning to drugs or alcohol becomes a way to cope with all these feelings. Sad how it works that way.
@ Jessica I believe you have a valid point there, especially when you also see the number of adrenaline junkies among educated and well to do folks;)
Caculated risks and always trying to push boundaries, sometimes you crash… or burn, or both
also let us not forget the vast number of people addicted to prescription medication. I do believe this group to be even worse of since most of them are not aware of their addiction and the medical society is not well know for being open about such information. Even the estimates of this problem are shocking.
So in relative terms there is not really a drug problem, the problem is the “war” on drugs making the marketplace dangerous…. (quality/control)
Quality drugs are possible, and there are a large number of medicinal purposes for marijuana alone, education instead of scare tactics will further reduce problems,.