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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 am a social smoker/ when i am drinking with friends, This has worked for me, I know its not quitting but it is a lot better then two pack a day smoker i used to be. So in a month I can say I smoke about a pack and or two, from two packs a day. My goal is to not smoke at all but its a work in progress, I think i am going to have to give up all activities that include drinking cause that where i start to crave a smoke. So what I am saying is that if you going to really quit, quit cold turkey, if not reduce the amount you smoke to a point where quiting is more feasible IMO.
Day one- 2 pm- haven’t smoked. On my way to work where I normally take smoke breaks with coworkers. I don’t have any cigs and I am going to tell them not to give me any… we’ll see if my promise to myself and if the good relationship with my coworkers still exists when I check in tonight. ;)
fail… it was more of a warm turkey… I was doing alright at work. Fine in the car but then got to band practice and…fail! Try, try again! Argh…
ALICA! Here you go. I was just going to post this here, but now I can give it to you. :)
I’m in the process of quitting smoking currently, and if you have the will power, I’d definitely say cold turkey is the way to go. Alas, the hardest parts of quitting are overcoming both the physical withdrawal cravings and the oral fixation with smoking. I love smoking! With my friends at the coffee shops, during my break at school, etc. I feel that so many smoke because of the desire to get some fresh air(ha!) and take a quick break to relax or socialize. “Smoke breaks” are really the only common break that people take… how many people like to step outside and just stand there? It’s uncomfortable for many, I’m sure. Thus, I’ve decided to tackle my habit one step at a time, by smoking “herbal” cigarettes. No, not marijuana :) I am smoking an herb called Damiana, which you can get at natural food stores or herb stores. Thus, I’ve overcoming the nicotine addiction while still enjoying a smoke.
Sheer willpower, my friend. The best way to go about it is to take each craving individually as it comes. It’s nonsense to say “today I quit smoking forever,” namely because telling yourself that tricks your brain into thinking you’ve already actually accomplished something—which you haven’t. But! next time you get the opportunity for a cig, just say “no, this time, i will not smoke,” and do that every time. Before you know it, it’s been 2 months and 17 days without a cigarette.
I think this thread deserves a bump!
I quit in January of this year–and it’s been great! What killed me was how much everything smelled & just seemed more “dirty.” I’ve tried to quit a zillion times & this is the longest I’ve gone without cheating at all. I had to do chantix, then that made me feel weird, so I went on wellbutrin which made me feel even weirder, so now it’s just me :) My cravings act up when I’m drinking..so I don’t do that as much-and if I do I make sure I have an electronic cig handy-they hold me over. Chantix has got a really bad rap–but if you could even just take it for a few weeks–it’s like magic…you really just don’t want one & they just don’t taste good anymore. The key is to changing your overall habits–if you smoked with your coffee in the am–dont’ have the coffee, re-arrange your house or your “smoking area,” etc.. good luck anybody who’s also a part of the struggle!! :)
I myself have tried to quit many times. I have smoked for about 6 years and the bad part is that I started at such a young age I’m not sure that I have any other coping mechanisms. My way of coping with things is smoking. It is actually one of the times when my brain is most active, i.e. coherent and complete thoughts, creativity, etc. I did quit earlier this year for about 2.5 months, and then reverted back to smoking because of mood issues. I am normally a non-aggressive person but even after quiting for months I was highly aggressive. I am still attempting to quit, this time I am more active in the effort mentally, I am trying to deal with the issues that arise other than just the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Chantix works well, patches and gum are just substitutes.
Well, it’s been a while but I am proud to report that I have officially quit smoking!!! It took a while but it finally happened… I feel so much better!!
@Alicia – Congratulations! I know how difficult it is. Well, at least to try. I’ve never succeeded at quitting. I’ll go a day with no smokes, but then I break down and run to the store. Do you have any advice on how to do it? What worked for you?
quitting smoking is not hard. infact it is super easy. some people say its hard so they have an excuse for not stopping, others say it is hard so they can build an industry around devices and services to help people quit.
just remember its ALL IN YOUR MIND, and you are in control of your mind. everytime the thought of smoking comes into your head, dont dwell on that thought, push it away and think of something else. like your plans for later or just concentrate on someones voice or something you can see.
oh and go cold turkey, wasting money on patches and such shit is as bad as wasting money on cigarettes.
I’m in the process of quitting right now and I have to say willpower is very big factor. That’s my problem, really. I mean I have cut down quite a bit, I went from buying a pack a day to buying one maybe every four or five days and doing better. I do have to give props to the electronic cigarette although the prices have risen ridiculously in the past few months. Someone has probably already explained it on here, but you can buy them with different nicotine levels, and you can work your way down to one that has absolutely no nicotine, which is great because most people are simply used to the hand-to-mouth interaction.
Also, I have to say be careful what you substitute for the cravings. A lot of people, like my mother when she quit, eat when they want a cigarette, which can lead to weight gain. That was the only time I had ever seen my mother over-weight and a few other people I know too. I don’t have to worry about it because stress has caused me to lose TOO much weight, and I need to gain a little anyway. Chew gum, eat small pieces of candy, drink water.
nakedbrunch: I know what you mean lol. As I have been qutting, when I do smoke, I get the little nicotine buzz I used to.
best advice I can give is you HAVE to replace the habit with something!! Otherwise you’ll think of smoking whenever there’s a lull in your day where you would have been having a cigarette. I replaced smoking with running… every time the craving hit I would take a run. The fact that I literally can’t run while keeping up the smoking habit was a great incentive.
Kill the addiction at its roots. You’re addicted because you used something to fill up an empty space in you or to distract you from problems. The emptiness or problems are still there even when you stop smoking.
When I stopped smoking I didn’t just stop, I meditated and searched for the cause of the problem and when I found it, I didn’t feel any need or desire to smoke.
Read up on cause and effect if you’re interested.