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Quiting smoking

vaginatarian

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Don't be weak and let yourself be defined by an unhealthy habit. I smoked for 22 years and then quit using the patch, hypnotherapy and acupuncture. Use everything at your advantage to help stay strong. It's been another 22 years since I quit, and I have never had a craving or wanted another smoke.
 

Ppstrangler

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Congratulations, I used to smoke a pack a day as well and now that's a thing of the pass. I'll have one here and there but only a drag or two.

It's impossible to get away from smoking in South East Asia, and Korea.
 

theoldcavalier

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Hang in there even if you slip up, quitting smoking menthol cigarettes was the most difficult of my past vices to overcome. I was into my second pack per day when I finally stopped. Now I’m addicted to Asian providers.
Much better addiction. Maybe not cheaper, but better for your health and happiness.
 

njlefty

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Good luck. I was a smoker for 22 years. I had tried a couple of times going cold turkey, but that did not work.

I used Nicorette. The first two weeks are the toughest, but the Nicorette helps with the nicotine craving. After a while, it got easier. The recommended time for Nicorette was four months. I went about five.

Never went back and in fact it is 20 years now since I quit.
 

Drjon7

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Watch the NYS health Dept smoking ads
if you start to buckle.
They helped me quit and should scare you straight.



It’s one of those “just do it” things. (In this case just don’t do it)
 

charliebrown

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Its been one week and 8 hours. The first taste was like aweful. Last taste was aweful too. Cant believe i did that for 40 years. Wish me luck because i could go back still any minute
There is nothing like positive feedback for your good behavior. Every week you go without a cigerette, you should reward yourself with a visit to a spa.
 

AutomaticSlim

Wine is fine, but whiskey is quicker...
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Good luck. I was a smoker for 22 years. I had tried a couple of times going cold turkey, but that did not work.

I used Nicorette. The first two weeks are the toughest, but the Nicorette helps with the nicotine craving. After a while, it got easier. The recommended time for Nicorette was four months. I went about five.

Never went back and in fact it is 20 years now since I quit.
I wish there was a "Boozerette"...
 

rubberman

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I quit when I was 50. I always said that if someone told me I had 6 months to live, I’d buy a pack of cigs. I don’t miss it at all and when I’m around smokers I realize how bad the stench is. I always chew gum or eat mints for my oral fixation. Good luck!
 

Kayloe

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Two months with no cigs for me. Pack-a-day to zero cigs feels pretty good — I still crave them for sure, especially after I eat something. Keep it up!
 

248Lancer

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I never smoked, but have several friends who have successfully kicked the habit. Their advice:

1. Eat more slowly. You will be tasting your food better, and savoring that enjoyment will give you an endorphin release that counteracts the after-meal cravings.
2. Try foods you did not like before - they will taste different, and you may like them now.
3. Disrupt your daily routine for the times you normally would grab a smoke:
- If you normally smoke before a shower, go right to the bathroom, or eat breakfast,
- Always have water/coffee in the car, and take a small sip when you want a drag (its not about actually drinking it).
- Stay out of the casinos until you're comfortably past the anxious stage. The combination of drinking and gambling makes starting back up hard to resist.
4. Clean all the ashtrays in the house, and get them out of sight. Then deep clean your living space - including carpets, upholstered furniture and curtains. Take a weekend to wash ALL the clothing and bed linens in your closets and dresser drawers. WHY? Fabrics harbor odors, and odors are one of the strongest triggers out there. If your house smells like you still smoke, you will want to smoke whenever you are home. If your clothing smells like you smoke, you will want to smoke.
6. Do not ever bum a smoke. No good ever comes of it.

Good Luck, and best of health to you!
 

njlefty

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I never smoked, but have several friends who have successfully kicked the habit. Their advice:

1. Eat more slowly. You will be tasting your food better, and savoring that enjoyment will give you an endorphin release that counteracts the after-meal cravings.
2. Try foods you did not like before - they will taste different, and you may like them now.
3. Disrupt your daily routine for the times you normally would grab a smoke:
- If you normally smoke before a shower, go right to the bathroom, or eat breakfast,
- Always have water/coffee in the car, and take a small sip when you want a drag (its not about actually drinking it).
- Stay out of the casinos until you're comfortably past the anxious stage. The combination of drinking and gambling makes starting back up hard to resist.
4. Clean all the ashtrays in the house, and get them out of sight. Then deep clean your living space - including carpets, upholstered furniture and curtains. Take a weekend to wash ALL the clothing and bed linens in your closets and dresser drawers. WHY? Fabrics harbor odors, and odors are one of the strongest triggers out there. If your house smells like you still smoke, you will want to smoke whenever you are home. If your clothing smells like you smoke, you will want to smoke.
6. Do not ever bum a smoke. No good ever comes of it.

Good Luck, and best of health to you!
Excellent advice. When I quit, I signed up with a website to record my routine in the form of a diary. It gave me encouragement to keep going.

And breaking the routine that comes with your smoking is extremely important. I used to come home from work and change and then head out into the back deck outside for a couple of smokes. I used to look for anything else to do to disrupt that old routine. It was more important than I realized, and it sure helped.
 

KittyHawk

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Best of luck to the recent quitters and congrats to the guys who quit long ago. I had my first cigarette when I was 8 (drug of choice back then) and started smoking steady when I was 14. I have been a steady smoker for 61 years now. My constant hope is just to cut down since it's hard to imagine quitting anymore. That is a lot of money that could have gone to the important things in life, like amps and building my truck.:unsure: The one thing I did right was to stop intentionally inhaling. That and all of the supplements that I take to replace any lost nutrients are probably the reason I can still function.
 
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