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The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

Good morning all,

I stopped smoking 6 years ago. I still have, from time to time, this "need" to light up one. I always fight it but these days, it is killing me.

Anyone who is in this position or who has been? By the way, I am not after the nicotine. The only cigarettes I smoked was mentol, it doesnt make a difference but I am wondering if it is the reason why I never had this nicotine craving when I stopped.

From someone in the anti smoke group.
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Old 25.06.2012, 09:56
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

Don't do it.

You'll kill yourself.

Your mind is stronger. Discipline.

Run, dance, hoover the house, masturbate, drink water, jump rope for a few minutes. Just don't poison yourself.
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

Sounds like it's time to start meditating...

Since smoking is a relaxing/meditative type activity... the urge to smoke during high times of stress becomes very strong. If you aren't into trying meditation to relax... at least try to reduce your stress levels. I know with 2012, time is running at lightning speed and it feels like you have no time to accomplish anything. Wrtiting a list of your top "to dos" will help immensely. Hope this small piece of advice will help you. Good luck!
http://healthmad.com/alternative/how...th-meditation/
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Good morning all,

I stopped smoking 6 years ago. I still have, from time to time, this "need" to light up one. I always fight it but these days, it is killing me.

Anyone who is in this position or who has been? By the way, I am not after the nicotine. The only cigarettes I smoked was mentol, it doesnt make a difference but I am wondering if it is the reason why I never had this nicotine craving when I stopped.

From someone in the anti smoke group.
Yep .... it never goes away ... and it is probably the nicotine cravings that the body (but maybe, not the mind) is after.

I stopped too, about 6 years ago ...... after more than 30 yrs. of smoking.
In that time I smoked every variant - if you could stick it in yer mouth and set fire to it, it was good enough for me.

Usually, I now find the smell of cigarette smoke repugnant, but from time to time - more with cigars and pipe tobacco, but less although not excluding cigarettes - I do still get the urge when I smell tobacco; - and also walking through a park in the summer, or a place where there are young(er than me) people congregating.
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Old 25.06.2012, 10:11
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

I stopped dead after a pack every two days, (50g roll yer own's) I had rolling down to a fine art, during driving for instance, I even mastered the trick of rolling one-handed.
To say I loved a smoke is understatement...
...untill one day I snapped and chucked the lot out of the car window and went cold turkey.
That was now 20 years ago, I had two years of craving, then that died down and I started dreaming of smoking, I would enjoy a dreamciggy then wake up with a bad taste in my mouth and a even badder conscience that I had been smoking.
Now unless some bugger lights up a cheap cigar or stuffs a sock in a pipe I am no longer bothered by smoke.
Dreams have stopped too.
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I stopped cold turkey over a year ago, I was more of a social smoker but yes at the moment cravings have definitely cranked up a notch!! Just have to keep reminding yourself your soooooo much better off now! As said before when you get a craving do something productive to take your mind off it and the cravings pass within minutes!
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

Best to not have any cigarettes, but don't worry about it, if you want to have the odd cigarette then have one (don't buy any or make it a regular thing and definitely don't ever smoke in your own home).

If you don't want to have any at all then try to go to places where people aren't smoking and you will be less likely to think about it.

If you really want a few cigarettes then associate it with doing something you don't do often, e.g. when Spain are playing football in a EM or world cup match. Then you can associate it with that rather than a situation you will be in every week.

When I gave up smoking I just stopped, and it was easy when I was on my own, but as soon as I was with people who were smoking I wanted a cigarette so I think the situation/habit is more addictive than the nicotine...

The best thing is for you not to have any cigarettes, but that's for you to choose.

If you do choose to have a few then make sure it doesn't become a few more... and then a few more...
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

I smoked for 35 years until about 7 years ago.
Don't feel any urge to smoke except when associating with other smokers in a bar/pub.
Beer 'n fags always went hand in hand.
(Somebody please expalin to some of our American cousins who may feel scandalised.)
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Old 25.06.2012, 10:31
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Best to not have any cigarettes, but don't worry about it, if you want to have the odd cigarette then have one (don't buy any or make it a regular thing and definitely don't ever smoke in your own home).

If you don't want to have any at all then try to go to places where people aren't smoking and you will be less likely to think about it.

If you really want a few cigarettes then associate it with doing something you don't do often, e.g. when Spain are playing football in a EM or world cup match. Then you can associate it with that rather than a situation you will be in every week.

When I gave up smoking I just stopped, and it was easy when I was on my own, but as soon as I was with people who were smoking I wanted a cigarette so I think the situation/habit is more addictive than the nicotine...

The best thing is for you not to have any cigarettes, but that's for you to choose.

If you do choose to have a few then make sure it doesn't become a few more... and then a few more...
The problem is that you are either a smoker, a non smoker or a ex-smoker.
It is either all or nothing, the moment you light up you have lost and are in danger of starting again, even after years of stopping.
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The problem is that you are either a smoker, a non smoker or a ex-smoker.
It is either all or nothing, the moment you light up you have lost and are in danger of starting again, even after years of stopping.
Which is why never smoke in your own home or in a situation that happens often...

You are right though, is too easy to get hooked again so best if you don't have any...
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Anyone who is in this position or who has been? By the way, I am not after the nicotine. The only cigarettes I smoked was mentol, it doesnt make a difference but I am wondering if it is the reason why I never had this nicotine craving when I stopped.
You do realise that menthol cigarettes contain nicotine, right? And that they're every bit as addictive as regular cigarettes?

That said, I quit smoking years ago but still get the occasional urge. Part of it is habit, part of it is situation. As the years go on, the urges get less and less frequent, but they're still there.

On the very rare occasion I do give in, I end up feeling so ill afterwards that it reminds me why I gave up in the first place.
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

Coupla smoke jokes......


Please don't throw your cigarette butts in the urinal.
It makes them soggy and hard to light. ~Author Unknown

A cigarette is a pipe with a fire at one end and a fool at the other. ~Author Unknown

Nicotine patches are great.
Stick one over each eye and you can't find your cigarettes. ~Author Unknown

Remember, if you smoke after sex you're doing it too fast. ~Woody Allen


Thank you for Not Smoking.
Cigarette smoke is the residue of your pleasure.
It contaminates the air, pollutes my hair and clothes, not to mention my lungs.
This takes place without my consent.
I have a pleasure, also. I like a beer now and then.
The residue of my pleasure is urine.
Would you be annoyed if I stood on a chair and pissed on your head
and your clothes without your consent?
~Sign from Ken's Magic Shop

I used to smoke two packs a day and I just hate being a nonsmoker....
but I will never consider myself a nonsmoker
because I always find smokers the most interesting people at the table.
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Good morning all,

I stopped smoking 6 years ago. I still have, from time to time, this "need" to light up one. I always fight it but these days, it is killing me.

Anyone who is in this position or who has been? By the way, I am not after the nicotine. The only cigarettes I smoked was mentol, it doesnt make a difference but I am wondering if it is the reason why I never had this nicotine craving when I stopped.

From someone in the anti smoke group.
I stopped ten years ago and know the feeling of urgent need well. I fight it with water. Every time I crave for a cigarette I drink a glas of water. Free of calories and always around.

PS: I am not in the anti smoke groupe, as I don't like fundamentalists of any coulour and for sure am not hippocritical enough (after all I still own the numer 1 polluter on earth: a car)
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Good morning all,

I stopped smoking 6 years ago. I still have, from time to time, this "need" to light up one. I always fight it but these days, it is killing me.

Anyone who is in this position or who has been? By the way, I am not after the nicotine. The only cigarettes I smoked was mentol, it doesnt make a difference but I am wondering if it is the reason why I never had this nicotine craving when I stopped.

From someone in the anti smoke group.
Just chew some sugar-free gum when you get the urge to smoke. This urge will eventually go and be replaced by a revolution of the smell of cigarette smoke.

Also, consider your children and family and realize just how inappropriate smoking is...
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Old 25.06.2012, 11:18
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

As a non smoker, this thread is an interesting insight into the residual affects of smoking. I'm glad you all have summoned the will power to stop, and I have empathy with your "its never completely gone" suffering.

I do still wish there was more of you (ex smokers) in CH though...I know 2nd hand smoke has no evidence to prove it's dangerous, but damn, it still tastes disgusting, and the less smokers there are the less I'll have to endure at the station.
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Yep .... it never goes away ... and it is probably the nicotine cravings that the body (but maybe, not the mind) is after.

I stopped too, about 6 years ago ...... after more than 30 yrs. of smoking.
In that time I smoked every variant - if you could stick it in yer mouth and set fire to it, it was good enough for me.

Usually, I now find the smell of cigarette smoke repugnant, but from time to time - more with cigars and pipe tobacco, but less although not excluding cigarettes - I do still get the urge when I smell tobacco; - and also walking through a park in the summer, or a place where there are young(er than me) people congregating.
+ 1.

I stopped almost 2 years ago, and still find myself fancying a fag now and then.

I refuse to start up again: I hated the smell, the need for them and the way they drained me of energy.

But I did like to smoke them
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

Hi Nil, yeah you know how good it can be, that's why you get cravings. I stopped last week, after stopping many times before... the stopping is no problem, it's the restarting for a special occasion that always turned back to everyday being a special occasion.

I was talking about this last night with my partner. It's always going to be appealing from time to time, you probably had some good moments when smoking. But the reason I stopped is because I had less and less good moments. I didn't enjoy the cigarrettes anymore, but I felt like I had to. This is really stupid. If you had one, you wouldn't like it, you're body wouldn't be able to handle it, but if you had a second one, you probably would, you'd try and relax with it... but then the problem is the occasional ones after that....

It's a complicated thing sometimes, but just don't bother with it... I'll remind you that you don't feel better in your body after smoking, so why even bother, have a lovely coffee, tea, juice, refreshing glass of fizzy water.... anything!

Courage!
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Re: The "need" for a cigarette years after stoping.

Oh Dear!

Thanks so much all for being understanding and supportive. I was very close to go buy a pack and I won't. You all remember all the good reasons why I stopped at the first place.

I'm stronger than that.

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Oh Dear!

Thanks so much all for being understanding and supportive. I was very close to go buy a pack and I won't. You all remember all the good reasons why I stopped at the first place.

I'm stronger than that.

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Good! You'll make us proud .

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Good morning all,

I stopped smoking 6 years ago. I still have, from time to time, this "need" to light up one. I always fight it but these days, it is killing me.

Anyone who is in this position or who has been? By the way, I am not after the nicotine. The only cigarettes I smoked was mentol, it doesnt make a difference but I am wondering if it is the reason why I never had this nicotine craving when I stopped.

From someone in the anti smoke group.
Funny, I stopped years ago but had cravings too these days.
Keeping myself busy with "stuff" makes me forget about the cravings but this time I caught myself recalling memories of smoking.
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