good tipps to give up smoking?

  • McMacster

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    Jun 12, 2012 7:35 AM GMT
    hello

    so I'm smoker and I hate it

    it dont taste good, it stinks, its expensive and its unhealthy icon_mad.gif

    are you an ex-smoker? how did you give it up?

    greets
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    Jun 12, 2012 7:57 AM GMT
    find something to replace it! That's what my ex-smoker friends have told me. Something to put in your hands and distract you when you get a craving.

    Also, it's far easier to quit when you are 100% sure you'll never smoke again. To make a goal like "I'm going to quit for a month", you'll be tempted the whole time. But cutting it off for life means there's no future hit to look forward to, and so you'll forget about it faster.

    You can do it!
  • BardBear

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    Jun 12, 2012 10:11 AM GMT
    Since starting smoking in the eighth grade, it took me forever to quit. I finally did, and have been smoke-free for 11 years now.

    *) Pick a date in the future, write in on a calendar in full view of yourself and everyone. Tell everyone you're quitting. THe more people who know, the more they'll ask how its going and you'll feel bad if you aren't following through.

    *) EXTINCTION: As the date draws near, set a schedule for how many smokes you have a day. I had four weeks. I went from twenty to ten, to five, to two over four weeks.

    *) REPLACE: Replace the habit. If you feel you want to smoke, DO something. For me, the house was immaculate. I'd also just walk the pup.

    *) HYPNOSIS: Okay, I did this as a support measure. I had a CD that had relaxing music and a supposed "subliminal" message to quit smoking. I'd play it when I went to sleep or taking a nap or just reading. Not sure if it helped, but it added onto the attack.

    *) PATCH: I did the patch for four weeks afterwards, if I remember correctly, to avoid further issues. That seemed to help.

    You can do it!

    Peace,
    Bardy
  • Medjai

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    Jun 12, 2012 10:32 AM GMT
    Honestly, I woke up one day and decided to quit. That's really all you need. All these other tools are replacements and excuses, and will never work unless you're truly committed to quitting. Funny thing is, if you are, you won't need the tools.

    I still recommend cold turkey unless it's not medically viable. It worked for me, and a half dozen people I know that quit. The people I know using tools, replacements, etc are either still trying to quit, gave up trying, relapsed, or are now addicted to the replacement. None fully succeeded.
  • Jerebear

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    Jun 12, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    I went on wellbutrin for 6 months and sucked on nicorette lozenges when I needed it. Why anyone would do cold turkey is beyond me when the evidence shows its the least effective method (and its torture).

    Dont underestimate this addiction and good luck.
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    Jun 12, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    E-cigs worked beautifully for me. Also Acupuncture. I'm the type that refuses to take any drug for that kinda thing.
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    Jun 12, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    My mother is doing it at the moment by using the lozenges and it's working great for her
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    Jun 12, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    I did hypnosis. I quit for a year. I am going to try acupuncture next month to see if it will do the trick.
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    Jun 12, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    If all else fails, try CHANTIX. Get a prescription from your Dr. I had little hope I'd be able to quit but it has been 5 months now.....icon_surprised.gificon_eek.gificon_lol.gif

    Edit: It's called CHAMPIX in Germany.
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    Jun 12, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    Get pregnant/married ! Only thing that stopped my sister smoking. J/K icon_lol.gif

    A lot of people recommend cold turkey and tbh NRT has never worked well for me when I've been trying to quit so personally I'd go with that. Then again I only stopped for like a month so perhaps I'm not the best person to give any advice.

    Good fucking luck whatever you decide to do.
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    Jun 12, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Chantix worked well for me also
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    Jun 12, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    http://youtu.be/GEWky9PEroU
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    they make you UGLY
    durr
  • Guycicle

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    Jun 13, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    Whenever you think about smoking, imagine the cigarette in the opposite hand than the one you used to smoke with. That and try not to think about it. Congratulations and good luck!!
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    Jun 13, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    I was a smoker, tried to quit on and off 10 times, still love the smell of american spirits ... the organic kind.... but ever since yoga, especially hot-room yoga (aka Bikram), learning how to breath just making smoking unnecessary and disgusting... think arsenic and cancer... not pretty.

    Instead of a smoke break, do a stretch or yoga break... After 7 years of smoking, I have stopped for over 8 years.
  • in_this_corne...

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    Jul 13, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    A few guys I work with downloaded apps (such as iQuit) that accrue number of cigarettes not smoked (based on current average) and dollars saved not buying cigarettes on a daily basis. They have other motivating statistics like health stats and how much extra life you've earned since quitting. Doesn't do anything for cravings, but these statistics can be motivating.
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    Jul 14, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    I quit smoking on the 4th of July, fifteen years ago. I woke up and I could smell my ash tray. I picked it up, threw it away, and then I crushed my cigarette package. I smoked a pack a day for many years, and I never went back. I had to change a few habits for a while, a piece of chocolate after dinner instead of a smoke, walking it off when I got a craving. The first three days were kind of tuff, after that it was a breeze. Funny thing, I still have dreams where I'm smoking. When I do, I wake up feeling guilty. Good luck, quitting is the best thing you can do for yourself.
  • riamu79

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    Jul 15, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    I smoked for 8 years and in the last year I probably gave up about 5 times. Sadly, there's no magic bullet; I tried patches, gum, replacement therapy, cold turkey and habit changing (ie, giving up and not going to the pub), a friend of mine tried hypnotherapy and drugs.

    When I finally did give up for good, there was no real difference from other times I had tried to give up - the will to give up was the same, the goals etc. - the only conclusion that I could draw was that it was the right time.

    Everyone has a slightly different quitting story and the only common thread generally is that they'd tried multiple different quitting methods previously. My advice? Just keep giving up until it sticks.
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    Jul 15, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    McMacster saidhello

    so I'm smoker and I hate it

    it dont taste good, it stinks, its expensive and its unhealthy icon_mad.gif

    are you an ex-smoker? how did you give it up?

    greets


    Stop. It'll be a drag for a few days, and you'll feel a social surge from time to time. It will fade.

    Tell yourself you are stronger than a silly cigarette. Assert your control.

    Make sure you eat, as when your blood sugar is low is when you'll feel your addiction. That addiction will fade. Eventually, you'll be an ex-smoker, who can't stand it.
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    Jul 15, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    Funny enough..people that quit cold turkey are more likely to gain massive amouts of weight..Ween ..Ween..icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 15, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    The sooner you quit, the sooner you get better. Stop. No drugs. No classes. Stop. Take control. Get better. No excuses.

    30 years ago, I decided I couldn't breathe for exercise if I smoked. I stopped.

    About five years after that I started a 20 year snuff habit. I was heavily addicted. One day, my bp was high and I felt icky. I put the chew can in my desk drawer. I stopped. That chew can sat there for three years.

    Snuff addiction is deeper than cigarettes, and it's a delivery system with longer, and higher, levels of nicotine.

    You have to tell yourself that the sooner you quit, the sooner you'll be better.

    You deal with a lessening addiction. You stop. You assert yourself. You win.

    Understand, nicotine, is both stimulating and sedating. It allows you to go without eating, and that nicotine changes the way your respond to blood sugar levels. Understanding those facts will help you to minimize the urge to reengage in smoking. The social urges will take a bit more will power to overcome..say, like, when you're drinking, but, just don't stop. Pretty soon, a day becomes a week; a week becomes a month; a month becomes six months; six months becomes a year; a year becomes two years...one day at a time at first.

    My mom's friends died from lung cancer. Mom died from COPD. She was on an oxygen machine the last two years of her life. When even that wasn't enough, her sister held her hand and she passed on.

    Stop smoking for yourself, and those you love, and that love you. The urge is petty compared to the hurt.
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Jul 15, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    chuckystud said

    Stop smoking for yourself, and those you love, and that love you. The urge is petty compared to the hurt.


    ^^^^^^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ icon_exclaim.gif

    Start tweeking your behavior now and set a date. Keep your pack and lighter in one room (or ideally outside if you can) and do not carry them on you when you go out. I used the e-cig; it tastes disgusting but takes care of the hand/oral fixation in the near term. You will sweat...you will feel like you have the flu and you will smell that crap coming out of your skin and its all worth it. Keep track of how much you are not spending on cigs and by all means avoid bars and clubs until you have detoxed. You may have to do this several times before you finally quit and thats ok.....if you fail, set a new date...as in tomorrow...not the next month.

    Godspeed to you icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 15, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    i woke up one day and realised that i could just give it up if i wanted to. so i did. i also did some acupuncture to make sure that it "set", but for the most part i just quit. i had gradually reduced from smoking half a pack a day, down to 1-2, and only in the evening after dinner, like a dessert treat. then one day i just decided that it was the last one and never looked back.

    there's still half a pack in the kitchen drawer, but i haven't even been tempted to open it. it sits there as a reminder of what used to be a crutch, and what is now an accomplishment.

    yes, smoking is an addiction, but its 90% psychological. within 1 week of not smoking, all the nicotine is out of your body and you are no longer chemically dependent on it. however psychologically, you have developed a lot of attachment to smoking - emotions, gestures, memories, time structures, socialising, etc. and this is why many people fall off the wagon and go back to smoking.

    i was a life-long smoker and began at 14 yrs old, when my older brother introduced it to me. i went through periods where i was a heavy smoker (almost a pack a day) to light periods where i would only smoke 1 or 2 a day. so i figured that if this was possible, then it was possible to eliminate it completely.


  • Trepeat

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    Jul 30, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    I quit buying cigarettes.icon_idea.gificon_idea.gif