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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

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Break the habit. Don't drink beer. Try a gin and tonic or someother new drink you don't associate with smoking a cigarette...
Whilst I agree changing habits, changing way of life is absolutely essential to quitting smoking, you don't necessarily have to break them.

Try looking at things differently; for example do you even remember the taste of beer without the cigarette? Have you had one full cup of tea without smoking? These things really taste differently (and much better) when one doesn't smoke.

It's just like that: Different. Build / rebuild the habits on this new, different life-style and soon you will see that life is much more enjoyable in the non-smoking world.
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All that these 'helps' will do is convince you that you can do it. I don't think you need anyone's help but you own. Believe and you will quit...
I stopped from one day to the next. No craving, no cold turnkey malarky. It's a lie.

Even all the nicotine gum and patches say on hte box 'With will-power you can stop... '

I've stopped and started several times with several years in between starting again. But I was young and now that I'm older, I really feel the health benifits of having stopped, even if it has left me with mild asthma. Each time has been from one day to the next.

Don't be scared to try and cut it off, just like that. Cutting down and rewarding yourself with cigarettes seems like some kind of foreplay.
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Old 11.01.2008, 11:51
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

If you can't drink without a cigarette...

do like me... stop drinking.


I drink however, but very occasionally, maybe one cuba libre per week, but I allways dinner with a cup of wine.


P.S. I tried that method several time but didn't worked for me... my quitting was radical, full stop, suffered one whole week, drank a lot of water, excercised and was freed of the vice after some 10 days
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

I have smoked cigars for years, and occasionally stop for a couple of months without any difficulty, and like the advocation of temperance , I really couldnt see the point in my relapse, and so started again...life is sweet.

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I stopped from one day to the next. No craving, no cold turnkey malarky. It's a lie.

Even all the nicotine gum and patches say on hte box 'With will-power you can stop... '

I've stopped and started several times with several years in between starting again. But I was young and now that I'm older, I really feel the health benifits of having stopped, even if it has left me with mild asthma. Each time has been from one day to the next.

Don't be scared to try and cut it off, just like that. Cutting down and rewarding yourself with cigarettes seems like some kind of foreplay.
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I have smoked cigars for years, and occasionally stop for a couple of months without any difficulty, and like the advocation of temperance , I really couldnt see the point in my relapse, and so started again...life is sweet.

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The fundamental differrence between cigarettes and cigars is that there's no popping out for a quick stogie. There's no quickly firing up a lancero as soon as you get off the train.

And I bet when you do smoke cigars, that it's not even every day. How would you feel with a stupid little white thing in your hands after a cigar, daft right?

I say if you are going to smoke, smoke cigars. What kills me about cigarettes is that as soon as someone gets off the train, they light one up for example. People walk around smoking, it's not pleasurable, it's on enjoyble, surely they feel grubby and stinking doing it. There's no sense of occasion, it's as if they feel insecure about not having anything in their hands.

There is something of the occasion about the cigar.
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

Thanks for this, very helpful :-)

I stopped smiking almost 6 yrs ago, conciding with a new life 8new job, new place to live etc) and it was easy a sI presented myself as a non smoker, so no one expected me to smoke.$

But then 2 yrs ago I started again, on and off and now am in a limbo... I do not smoke for 2 months, then I see friends with who I smoke and can smoke again for a wekek and then oof again...

so so weird...

and... I do not particularly like it when I do it either... ;-)

So, yes, i agree it is all down to breaking habit and being so strongly self wille.d.. i also notice that I drink more when I do not smoke... so this is one to watch out ;-)

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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

Another crutch (Point 7):

Cut raw carrots into ciggie sized sticks. When the craving comes, munch these instead.

Read Allen Carr's book. If you're not convinced, read it again - and again and again, until the message has sunk into your sub-conscious.

Think that the process takes about 3 weeks (that's not long, is it?). But the craving does peak at this time. You just have to get through it.

Good luck!
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

I have to say I personally disagree with this one. When I quit smoking (3 years not even a drag and then damn Switzerland) I didn't change a single thing I did. I didn't see the point in punishing myself even more than I was by quitting smoking to additionally deny myself the things I would normally do. Not go out to a bar with my friends and have a good time cause they'd be smoking? That doesn't sound like fun. As a real smoker, everything you do is related to smoking somehow. I don't think you should rearrange your entire life just because you quit smoking.

I used to, every morning: Get into work, get a few things going, go get coffee and sit outside and read the University paper. I continued to do exactly that, except without a cigarette. Slowly the desire to follow this habit left and I didn't even go outside anymore. A co-worker of mine also quit smoking at the same time and we would go outside to have "a sit" instead of a smoke. But it made so much more sense to do this then to break the smoking habit along with the 10 minutes outside I would get every couple of hours.

I just basically did everything I would normally do, without a cigarette and it worked for me.

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I[*]Change you habits. If you usually have a cigarette with a coffee, then have a tea or water instead. If you usually sit at the table and smoke after a meal, get up and do the washing up instead. Socially, you should avoid places where you usually smoked until you have really quit.
Break all the times in the day when you usually smoke. If you usually smoke at the tram stop, stand somewhere else, or walk to the next stop instead. Simple tricks, but they work.
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He he, that's what everyone kept telling me. All the stop-smoking literature, people, everything. I didn't feel a damn bit different while smoking and after quitting. Didn't feel a difference going from not-smoking to smoking. But, alas, I will quit again when I move back to the states.

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It depends how much the lungs were damaged. But it seems that the time for full recovery is measured in years.

However, you will feel the improvement within a few weeks...
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

Do you mean "smiling", "smirking" or "smoking". Any of these sound good, but we should be told...

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I stopped smiking almost 6 yrs ago, conciding with a new life 8new job, new place to live etc)
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Do you mean "smiling", "smirking" or "smoking". Any of these sound good, but we should be told...

dave

I meant smoking... smiling and smirking I still do a lot

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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

what works for some doesn't for others, good for you that you could do that but for me, after 5 years trying to give up I discovered that the main downfall was being in the pub. I decided that if I was serious about giving up it was only a small sacrifice to make to get over the first 6 months, I now happily go out and socialise, I just drink less than i used to (not a bad thing) and annoyingly I find the smokey pubs uncomfortable. I have to say my husband and non of my friends smoked so it wasn't being amongst other smokers in a pub that was my downfall it was just being in a pub with a drink, i associated it 100% with smoking - the hardest aspect for me giving up was the habit, not the addiction, it felt uncomfortable and alien not to have a cigarette in the other hand whilst having a drink

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I have to say I personally disagree with this one. When I quit smoking (3 years not even a drag and then damn Switzerland) I didn't change a single thing I did. I didn't see the point in punishing myself even more than I was by quitting smoking to additionally deny myself the things I would normally do. Not go out to a bar with my friends and have a good time cause they'd be smoking? That doesn't sound like fun. As a real smoker, everything you do is related to smoking somehow. I don't think you should rearrange your entire life just because you quit smoking.

I used to, every morning: Get into work, get a few things going, go get coffee and sit outside and read the University paper. I continued to do exactly that, except without a cigarette. Slowly the desire to follow this habit left and I didn't even go outside anymore. A co-worker of mine also quit smoking at the same time and we would go outside to have "a sit" instead of a smoke. But it made so much more sense to do this then to break the smoking habit along with the 10 minutes outside I would get every couple of hours.

I just basically did everything I would normally do, without a cigarette and it worked for me.



He he, that's what everyone kept telling me. All the stop-smoking literature, people, everything. I didn't feel a damn bit different while smoking and after quitting. Didn't feel a difference going from not-smoking to smoking. But, alas, I will quit again when I move back to the states.
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

Ah, that's why when I went out drinking with my friends, I'd have what I called my "holder" I'd literally go outside with my friends (can't smoke indoors in Oregon) and just hold a cigarette while they smoked.

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what works for some doesn't for others, good for you that you could do that but for me, after 5 years trying to give up I discovered that the main downfall was being in the pub. I decided that if I was serious about giving up it was only a small sacrifice to make to get over the first 6 months, I now happily go out and socialise, I just drink less than i used to (not a bad thing) and annoyingly I find the smokey pubs uncomfortable. I have to say my husband and non of my friends smoked so it wasn't being amongst other smokers in a pub that was my downfall it was just being in a pub with a drink, i associated it 100% with smoking - the hardest aspect for me giving up was the habit, not the addiction, it felt uncomfortable and alien not to have a cigarette in the other hand whilst having a drink
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

Some good tips there AbFab. I started smoking my junior year in high school when I was 17 years old. I was dating a sophomore who was a smoker. I tried for weeks to get her to quit - it killed me to see her smoke. She simply didn't want to quit, so I started. Can't beat 'em, join 'em type deal. I smoked around 1/2 a pack a day for 5 years. I'd tried nicotine patches before but they gave me strange dreams and I'd wake covered in sweat

A few weeks after arriving in Switzerland I started jogging for exercise. It was terrible, I couldn't get enough air. I threw away the last 7 packs from my duty free carton and called it quits.

That was four weeks ago. A few Fridays ago I went out for some drinks in Schaffhausen and bought a pack. I couldn't bear not having a smoke while shitfaced. I woke up the next morning with my chest feeling like a bag of asses. That day I threw the rest of the pack away and promised myself not to drink any alcohol until the cravings are gone. I do want to start smoking again out of sheer boredom, but I know it's not worth the health risks.

I've always lacked the willpower it takes to overcome addictions so if I do relapse, I'll reference your list.
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Old 18.01.2008, 10:21
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

This video made me think, as a very very occasional smoker

Tar extract of 400 (admittedly strong) cigarettes – Evidently the creator of the video is on a mission if you read the text but it's interesting nonetheless.

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Do you mean "smiling", "smirking" or "smoking". Any of these sound good, but we should be told...

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maybe she meant "smiting", which would also be very cool.
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

I gave up 6 weeks ago now... and for me it was easier simply to tell myself im not a Smoker.. rather than im an ex smoker.. I do not smoke , so why on earth would i want a cigarette. Even when sat next to people who smoke.. i simply thought of my self as a non smoker..
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I gave up 6 weeks ago now... and for me it was easier simply to tell myself im not a Smoker.. rather than im an ex smoker.. I do not smoke , so why on earth would i want a cigarette. Even when sat next to people who smoke.. i simply thought of my self as a non smoker..
6 weeks! wow, most excellent mein freund!
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

Thanks AbFab, i will give this one a shot.
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Re: AbFab's 10 tips to quit smoking in 10 days

lost count now , but must be 12 weeks and not a smoke has passed my lips.. inhaled a few passers by , and came close a few times , but im still a smoke free zone .. hows the rest of you doing ?
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