quitting smoking

  • cbrock

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    Dec 18, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    So, my roommate and I have decided to give up smoking. It's great! We're only on day 2 right now and we need your help. We came up with a list of things we can do instead. The problem is that we've already done almost everything on our list. Help me think of some more things to add. They can be the smallest easiest thing, to the most complex thing imaginable.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Dec 18, 2008 4:54 PM GMT
    I quit smoking like 7 years ago......join a gym and get ur ass' movin....That'll keep your mind off it.......icon_eek.gif
  • Rookz

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    Dec 18, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    Do you have chewing gum?

    That helps when the stress levels get to me, plus it burns calories (minute but still helps) and calms me down. Always best to pick up a healthy hobby, one that'll calm you down and you'll enjoy.

    May you succeed and enjoy your cancer-stick-freedom!
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    Dec 18, 2008 5:03 PM GMT
    As withHonor said, chewing gum! When I quit, I had this initial habit of a toothpick and when I would go out a Blow-Pop
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    Dec 18, 2008 5:04 PM GMT
    First of all, congrats on being smoke-free for two days!

    I'm not sure if you have done this already, but you should make a list of the situations in which you generally have a cigarette -- ie. after meals, with a drink, etc. THEN you have to come up with an alternative action (ie. go for a walk around the block after dinner) OR avoid the situation all together (ie. giving up going out to bars -- or alcohol in general -- until you are over the worst part of the nicotine cravings).

    If you miss the feeling of having something in your fingers, a stress ball can help (or even twirling a pen). Since many people put on weight when they stop smoking (they overeat in an effort to satiate their oral fixation), keep pre-cut, low-fat veggies in the fridge to snack on (low-fat/fat-free dip is ok IN MODERATION). Don't be surprised if things start to taste & smell differently -- smoking affects both of these senses, and as your system works out the toxins, these senses improve -- so don't season your food until you taste it in case you overdo it!

    Oh, and get plenty of exercise to distract yourself.

    As for "extra" things to do, how about:

    - museums & galleries (see if they have any free days you can take advantage of)
    - a controlled indoor sport if offered in your area (rock climbing or circus arts)
    - an art class (a great way to keep your hands occupied while you have a creative outlet -- just don't make any ashtrays in pottery class icon_wink.gif )
    - volunteer work for a cause that is important to you

    Good luck! Let us know how it goes!
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  • Rookz

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    Dec 18, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    a1972guy saidAs withHonor said, chewing gum! When I quit, I had this initial habit of a toothpick and when I would go out a Blow-Pop


    Yeah! That reminds me, it's always best to suck on something when you have that hankering.
  • David0728

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    Dec 18, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    Congratulations on deciding to quit smoking! It's probably the best thing you could ever do for your life! I smoked for 8 years and quit when I was 25, I've been smoke-free for over two years! If I can do it, I know you can do it.

    I chose to use the nicotine patch program. It seemed costly at first, but I calculated how much I was spending in cigarettes compared to the price of the patches and I was saving money. That is another thing that can motivate you to not smoke, the money you'll be saving!! Another thing that helped for me was chewing gum and creating new (good) habits to replace the bad one! Also, like someone else mentioned, I avoided going out to the bars for awhile because at the bars it was always a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. It totally helps when you are not around smokers when you are trying to quit! Good Luck!!!! I know you can do it!
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    Dec 18, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    You definitely need something for that oral fixation.
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    Dec 18, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
    toothpicks are great. Get flavored ones - it will help.
  • SpartanJock

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    Dec 18, 2008 6:00 PM GMT
    Congratulations!!!! There are many things you can do. You and your roommate have already helped each other by quitting together.

    Keep your body moving---exercise
    Keep your mind occupied with other thoughts
    Drink LOTS of water
    Take up yoga or meditation to control stress
    Stay away from other smokers
    Keep on quitting!

    There is no such thing as failure as long as you keep trying. I also picked a reward for reaching milestones. For 3 months of being smoke free, I bought my self a flat screen TV.

    It is amazing how much your sense of taste and smell (for me smell was a huge difference) will increase after being smoke free for awhile. That in itself is a motivator. icon_smile.gif
  • pcsean28

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    Dec 18, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    I began to quit smoking about 2 years ago after a 5 year, 1/3-1/2 a pack a day habit and I noticed a few things.

    You should have a plan for when you relapse... because it will definitely happen. I noticed that it happened when i was stressed or depressed about something in particular, I would get to the breaking point and the craving would be really intense so I'd go out and buy a pack and suddenly I'm a regular smoker again. The first cigarette would be heavenly of course, but starting with the second one the headaches came back, the general sluggishness, phlegmy cough, all those wonderful things (you don't realize how shitty smoking makes you feel until you've quit for awhile and started up again). And more importantly I didn't feel any less stressed or depressed, in fact I felt worse from the defeat of falling off the wagon.

    So it WILL happen. But here's what you need to do... try to stop after that first cigarette... THROW THE REST AWAY... if anything it'll remind you how wasteful cigarette smoking is, and there's that sense of victory over an inanimate object that's always fun. Then you need to realize that all those problems you thought smoking would solve when you were craving weren't solved! Smoking is not a solution, it's a big problem. Remember that the next time you're craving... it'll force you to focus on the real problem (getting over that guy, finding a new job, doing better at your current job, making a better plan for getting to the gym... all those things that actually pull us out of depression).

    Another method that might work is, like someone mentioned, recognizing your triggers and associating them with another habit (eating a carrot, chewing gum, running around the block, masturbating...seriously it has a way of getting you out of a rut).

    What definitely didn't work for me was giving my cigarettes to a roommate (who didn't smoke) and having him ration them to me in the morning (when the craving was strongest) or after a meal or something... limiting it to two or three. But if there are cigarettes in the house I will find them and smoke them. I also stopped getting along with the roommate so that might have lead to the downfall. But I'm pretty sure "cutting back" is not a way to quit... no one would tell you it's a "healthy alternative", you'll just start slipping back into your regular habit, promise.

    Hope this helps... great topic! Post another one if you fall off the wagon.

    Sean
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    Dec 18, 2008 6:40 PM GMT
    Congratulations !!

    I quit smoking 7 weeks ago. After 33 years of smoking, quitting can really suck. Of course I am careful in how much I indulge, but I do not deny myself a treat when I want one.

    The nicotine patch and accupuncture have really worked for me. Also, I've been going to the gym more and not making important plans with people. When I've had a craving, it has helped to cancel my plans and try to sleep.

    Good luck !
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    Dec 18, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    CONGRATS and stick with it, no matter how it keeps nippin at chyo heels!


    There is nothing to make it better, really, it's just an awful process but if it's something you want, you'll get through it dude.

    best of luck....
  • MattyC0709

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    Dec 19, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    Motivation is what you need. Next time you feel like a cigarette tell yourself, "I shouldn't, guys don't really like the smell of the smoke I make," or make it a competition... see which one of you lasts longest without a cigarette!

    It's kinda like saying "I must not eat this junk or my abs won't show"... kinda like a scare tactic.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:13 AM GMT
    I gave up last year, 28th December (YAY almost a year)

    I had tried 3 times before hand, but, the ultimate catalyst for giving up smoking was the gym after I had a solid reason that was it, I wanted to give up and no matter how desperate I got I still didn't want to smoke..

    Mind you the occasional cravings I get still are interesting..

    Keep moving, give you self something to do, BUT don't do things that will prompt you to smoke.. say, when I was reading a book, I'd have a cigarette when I got to a particularly exciting bit, I had to stop reading for a while because reading a good book made me want to smoke.. So, keep your self outta them situations..
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:38 AM GMT
    smoke pot
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    Dec 22, 2008 10:23 PM GMT
    Miasma saidsmoke pot


    No Don't listen to him! lol

    Really, someone else said it already but it is worth repeating. Prepare for relapses or bumps in the road. I have been addicted to different things in life but have never smoked anything before. However, the baseline of addiction is the same for everything. I used to cut myself.. sometimes badly. for five years I have cut my self over 80 times... 40 scars are still visivble. The last time I cut was almost a ear ago. It doesn't seem that long yet over the past 2.5 years i have only cut myself about 10 times. That may seem radical but i was much worse before (from 2002-2005ish)

    See I used to beat myself up for cutting so much until I realized that it was an addiction, and trying to quit cold turkey is most liely doomed to fail. Be prepared for days when you feel the only way you'll survive is but smoking.

    Several things that you are doing are good.
    1. You didn't wait for the New Year... everyone makes new year resolutions... but I say... why wait for the new year? Why not start NOW... which you are doing.
    2. You are quitting with someone who knows how hard it is not to smoke, or knows how addictive smoking can be. Having a buddy system is the same as having a trianing buddy at the gym... one can push the other or vice versa.

    Good luck!
  • Arcangel7769

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    Dec 23, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    Oooh! Ooooh! I know, I know! Pick me, pick me!!!


    Um...sorry. Now that I have that outta my system, time for some seriousness.

    Yep, I used to smoke. A lot. For a LONG time. I tried patches, gum, toothpicks...nothing worked. Mostly cuz they wouldn't stay lit. Oh wait...still being serious...

    Anyway, what worked for me, once I had made the comitment to actually quit was this. When the craving got too bad, I would pull out a new pack of cigs, tap them down, peel off the cellophane wrapping, open the box. I'd pull off the foil wrapper and tap out a cigarette. I'd put it in my mouth , light it and take that first deep wonderful inhale, then blow it upwards. Then I'd keep smoking til the craving was gone.

    Oh yeah...left out one MAJOR thing. No actual cigarettes. No lighter. You go through all the motions but without a cigarette, even down to the inhaling and blowing it out. For some reason this fools your body into releasing the endorphins that give you relief from the nicotine fits. It may sound weird and even look weirder, but it works. Yeah you may get some strange looks, but believe me, quitting is worth it.


    Good luck guys. Hang in there
  • irishcream

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    Feb 15, 2009 1:20 PM GMT
    most people cant do it
    so many people have tried to quit but failed
    you need to have a really strong motivation to quit - try visiting the hospital and talk to any patient dying of smoking related illnessed.. that should help.

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    Sep 17, 2009 7:25 AM GMT
    As of 11pm CST last night, I have made it 2 full weeks no smoking. No smoking cold turkey that is! icon_smile.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 17, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    lunchboxwk saidSo, my roommate and I have decided to give up smoking. It's great! We're only on day 2 right now and we need your help. We came up with a list of things we can do instead. The problem is that we've already done almost everything on our list. Help me think of some more things to add. They can be the smallest easiest thing, to the most complex thing imaginable.


    why not have sex evertime you want to smoke-should put you to sleep sooner!!
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    Sep 24, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    All I did when I quit was chew gum. My world was rocked for about two weeks, but after that, cigarettes have only had a good smell.
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    Sep 24, 2009 4:49 AM GMT
    Oh, I also learned how to snap my fingers. Between the gum and my snapping, it took care of the oral and hand parts of smoking. I still chew gum and snap my fingers like a mad man if I get hyper.


    Basically, find something better to do with your time, hands, and mouth.
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    Sep 24, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    Hey lunchboxwk, I quit smoking cold turkey which is what worked for me. I smoked almost 2 packs a day for YEARS.

    So, run, swim, bike, lift, do yoga, kung fu, read, daydream, parachute, go hang gliding, wrestle with bears - ANYTHING but smoke. Here's another thing to consider.. Just do nothing.. that's right, nothing. Sooner or later, boredom is going to strike and you're just going to have to deal with being alone with yourself. You don't need to replace your addiction to cigarettes with anything.. Think about it, what did you do before you smoked? You never thought about having a void of time to fill that was left by the absence of future cigarettes.

    And remember... It WILL get easier and easier and easier. The only time I ever think about cigarettes anymore is when i see someone smoke or when someone brings it up. I never get cravings for them, and if you stay a quitter, neither will you. Best of luck to you!!!
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    Sep 24, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    Maybe quiting cold turkey isnt for you? Perhaps a gradual decline is in order. That way you can slowly cut down.