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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

Good for you for taking the steps towards better health.

I was a very heavy smoker for 25 years and finally gave it up a few years back. I had bought the nicotine patch as a back up but then afterward decided that I really needed to commit myself to the action of becoming a non smoker. So I agree with all the others here who recommend the cold turkey method.

I'm also a highly stressed person and was even more so then when I quit, so I understand your concerns. You know it really wasn't that bad, the cravings and all. The first 2 weeks were the hardest but then after that it got much easier. Now I could never imagine that I was ever so addicted but I was.

My biggest tips to get over the first couple of weeks is for every time you have a craving do the follow two easy things;

1) Take 3 deep breaths
2) Drink some water, it's a better choice than food and gives you something to put in your hand and mouth to replace the old habit.

I didn't gain any weight doing it that way.

I also had to change all my work-break buddies, the ones I used to go outside for the smoke break with. While I missed the daily chats with my smoking friends it opened my world up to a whole new group of people I never really had the time to get to know prior.

You can do it if you set your mind to it, go for it, you'll be amazed at how great you will feel.
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My sister, who has chained smoked for 25 years, gave up in September by switching to an e-cig. I've never tried one, but I'm really impressed that she's quit so easily - although obviously she's still getting her nicotine hit.
So, she didn't quit - she just changed her addiction delivery mechanism. I swear, after reading about the uncertainties and probable risks associated with those (https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...arettes-emerge), I'll help the next person to "vape" indoors next to me to explore the feasibility of smoking via enema.

To the OP: I've never smoked beyond the occasional party cigarette, but I gave up coffee (from 7-9 espressos per day) and coke zero (2 per day) in August, keeping only my occasional chai tea latte. The more I have those (for example, it I have one every day for five days), the more tempted I feel by a coffee or coke. So (inserted for Uncle Max) I'd suggest cold turkey and never give an inch. Feed the habit once and you'll find it easier to feed it again.

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ok watch out for constipation! you won't be having a cigarette assisted poop in the morning, i found mornings were a trigger time to reach for a cigarette. So find ways to replace that cigarette.

- Drink a glass of water the night before, and definitely a glass before you have your morning coffee/tea.
- this brown rice is very good and not too 'rough' if you get what i mean, it doesn't taste like basmati strangely enough which suits most cooking styles.
- Have a banana every day for a month or so. (I have a theory the worlds road rage incidents could be reduced if people just had a banana a day)
- Get some exercise, you'll be surprised how tense you get (even with the bananas, water and brown rice )
- Try hypnosis, this guy is famous in the uk, good reviews on amazon, cheap solution.
- Set up a reward system, stickers works with kids?, a new top, some expensive perfume?
- Remind yourself billions of people get through the day without a cigarette in their hand.

Good luck, breathe deeply (a lot),

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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

You got a lot of good advice and encouragement. Here is some more:

Keep in mind that your body is going to go into shock when you quit, just as it would if you had never smoked and suddenly started smoking 20 cigarettes a day. But that should not stop you from doing it. You will survive.

If you are afraid of gaining weight (a strong possibility), then watch what / how much you eat, and start exercising. That way, in a few months when you are free of the addiction, you can be doubly proud.

If you don’t succeed the first time and relapse, don’t give up. Most people who eventually quit had to try more than once. I quit a half-dozen times before I kicked the habit.

Happy New Year, and good luck.
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Here is what you can do. Essentially, it is all about milestones. Get a pack of post-its and for each day or even half day you didn't smoke stick a post-it on an empty wall. Like this you can visualize and quantify your progress. Whenever you have a positive sensation from not smoking, write it down on one of the post-its on the wall. The best location would in your bedroom, like that you have some instant motivation right when you wake up. You could even jot down the money saved on each post-it as you progress. Now, set yourself a milestone reward. Now that can be up to you...a week, a month...3 months whatever.
Key to quitting anything addictive is that you have to set your mind, that this is a long term change and that being smoke free will be eventually your natural lifestyle. Keep up the good work, I believe in you.
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

Good for you!

I quit 5 yrs and 5 days ago and have never stop smiling that I got over that bad habit. I actually lost weight when I quit and I became a much calmer person when I quit. Nicotine is a terrible drug on your body and does some wicked bad things to your brain. Trust me, I smoked for 33 + yrs so I know how it is to quit. I smoked about a half a pack a day and when I was mulling over the quitting, I smoked more! I hated that I had actually started smoking more, the more I thought about quitting. When I was trying to get pregnant, I was able to quit for 2 yrs and when that failed, I picked it up again and hated myself for it.

The key to my success the last time I quit is that book you're reading. Alan Carr convinced me to think of nicotine like heroine and that was the trick for me. I had to read it twice because the first time I quit, I failed but later tried again. He asks you to think of a heroine addict and what they look like and then asks you to set the book down and go look in the mirror. That is what an addict looks like and MAN, that was it for me! I struggled for years with hating the addict in me, the smell, the people that didn't smoke that dismissed me etc., and I didn't want to be that person anymore. And my health was really taking a hit after all of those years and I was having terrible heart palps and I seriously thought I'd drop dead of a heart attack if I didn't quit. I quit cold turkey. No drugs, no patches, nothing but sheer determination.

And it was freaking hard. The first two weeks were absolutely miserable. When I got an urge, I went for a walk. If it was too cold outside, I did laps in the house. I walked off the urges and that helped me walk off the urge but helped me get up and move and helped me lose the extra weight I was already carrying around. I drank lots of water and could feel the detox happening. After the first week, I was so happy I got through that week. I got one of those quit calculators that tells you how much money you saved and checked it every couple of days. That was a huge motivator and I made sure that I didn't pick up sugar to replace cigarettes.

I also stopped drinking alcohol at the same time and that helped removed the triggers. I always, always, always smoked with a drink so I stayed away from friends that smoked, drank and steered clear of the bars and restaurants. My friends understood what I was going through and by March (2 months) I started to come out and was around smokers and it didn't bother me. I did this very carefully and slowly because I knew I could fall right back into it.

Be careful of triggers and unexpected stress. Have a plan for those times. What are you going to do when faced with something you didn't expect? My stress level actually got better after I quit the nicotine monster. I kept telling myself, DON'T FEED THE MONSTER (nicotine) and I did it. I stopped feeding the MONSTER and 5 yrs later and I am healthy again. I've lost 40 lbs, I have a good pumping heart, my lungs are clear and I'm one of those dreaded ex smokers that can't stand the smell anymore. I hate being that hypocrite but I hated myself as a smoker and I'm glad that is gone now.

You can do it. Set your mind to it, set a date, read the book (twice if you have to) and do it! Your family will be so proud of you. Your child will be proud of you. You'll smell beautiful again and you'll love yourself which is most important of all. Good Luck!

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Good for you!

I quit 5 yrs and 5 days ago and have never stop smiling that I got over that bad habit. I actually lost weight when I quit and I became a much calmer person when I quit. Nicotine is a terrible drug on your body and does some wicked bad things to your brain. Trust me, I smoked for 33 + yrs so I know how it is to quit. I smoked about a half a pack a day and when I was mulling over the quitting, I smoked more! I hated that I had actually started smoking more, the more I thought about quitting. When I was trying to get pregnant, I was able to quit for 2 yrs and when that failed, I picked it up again and hated myself for it.

The key to my success the last time I quit is that book you're reading. Alan Carr convinced me to think of nicotine like heroine and that was the trick for me. I had to read it twice because the first time I quit, I failed but later tried again. He asks you to think of a heroine addict and what they look like and then asks you to set the book down and go look in the mirror. That is what an addict looks like and MAN, that was it for me! I struggled for years with hating the addict in me, the smell, the people that didn't smoke that dismissed me etc., and I didn't want to be that person anymore. And my health was really taking a hit after all of those years and I was having terrible heart palps and I seriously thought I'd drop dead of a heart attack if I didn't quit. I quit cold turkey. No drugs, no patches, nothing but sheer determination.

And it was freaking hard. The first two weeks were absolutely miserable. When I got an urge, I went for a walk. If it was too cold outside, I did laps in the house. I walked off the urges and that helped me walk off the urge but helped me get up and move and helped me lose the extra weight I was already carrying around. I drank lots of water and could feel the detox happening. After the first week, I was so happy I got through that week. I got one of those quit calculators that tells you how much money you saved and checked it every couple of days. That was a huge motivator and I made sure that I didn't pick up sugar to replace cigarettes.

I also stopped drinking alcohol at the same time and that helped removed the triggers. I always, always, always smoked with a drink so I stayed away from friends that smoked, drank and steered clear of the bars and restaurants. My friends understood what I was going through and by March (2 months) I started to come out and was around smokers and it didn't bother me. I did this very carefully and slowly because I knew I could fall right back into it.

Be careful of triggers and unexpected stress. Have a plan for those times. What are you going to do when faced with something you didn't expect? My stress level actually got better after I quit the nicotine monster. I kept telling myself, DON'T FEED THE MONSTER (nicotine) and I did it. I stopped feeding the MONSTER and 5 yrs later and I am healthy again. I've lost 40 lbs, I have a good pumping heart, my lungs are clear and I'm one of those dreaded ex smokers that can't stand the smell anymore. I hate being that hypocrite but I hated myself as a smoker and I'm glad that is gone now.

You can do it. Set your mind to it, set a date, read the book (twice if you have to) and do it! Your family will be so proud of you. Your child will be proud of you. You'll smell beautiful again and you'll love yourself which is most important of all. Good Luck!

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What a lovely and inspiring story for smokers wanting to quit but unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I'm genuinely happy for you.
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I can't really talk about smoking, being (sort of) a lifelong non-smoker, but I gave up alcohol this summer and the sentence above resonates with me. I used to really enjoy sitting on the balcony with a whisky sour or a G&T, and really missed that part of the day. Having had an enormous upheaval has helped (or, rather, two little upheavals ), but the best thing I found was to replace the ritual with a similar one which didn't involve alcohol.
Bit off topic, but why the hell would you want give up alcohol?! Unless you were an alcoholic of course, which i assume you're not.
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Bit off topic, but why the hell would you want give up alcohol?! Unless you were an alcoholic of course, which i assume you're not.
What is so dramatic or momentous about giving up alcohol? It's not required for socializing or having a good time... the only reason we make such a big deal of it is decades of ingrained and usually unhealthy social habits. I know a couple of people who have given it up of late, and still go out partying and have a laugh.
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What is so dramatic or momentous about giving up alcohol? It's not required for socializing or having a good time... the only reason we make such a big deal of it is decades of ingrained and usually unhealthy social habits. I know a couple of people who have given it up of late, and still go out partying and have a laugh.
Not just from the social aspect, alcoholic drinks are delicious. German beer, Armenian Brandy, French wine, Scottish Single Malts, Tropical cocktails... the list is endless. Why would you want to deny yourself that? I just can't see how it would make your life any better? Especially if you look on it as a treat? And let's face it, getting drunk every now and again is rather fun .

The only reason I can see for giving it up is if you're taking it to excess.
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Not just from the social aspect, alcoholic drinks are delicious. German beer, Armenian Brandy, French wine, Scottish Single Malts, Tropical cocktails... the list is endless. Why would you want to deny yourself that? I just can't see how it would make your life any better? Especially if you look on it as a treat? And let's face it, getting drunk every now and again is rather fun .

The only reason I can see for giving it up is if you're taking it to excess.
You can apply the same logic to many things that people choose not to do, it's all a matter of perspective. The fact is, not everyone needs or wants it in order to have a good time.
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Not just from the social aspect, alcoholic drinks are delicious. German beer, Armenian Brandy, French wine, Scottish Single Malts, Tropical cocktails... the list is endless. Why would you want to deny yourself that? I just can't see how it would make your life any better? Especially if you look on it as a treat? And let's face it, getting drunk every now and again is rather fun .

The only reason I can see for giving it up is if you're taking it to excess.
In my case, I gave up because I'm taking long-term medication that could cause liver damage when combined with alcohol.

It's a bit of a pisser because, as you say, alcoholic drinks are delicious, but I don't need them and they might kill me. That would not be fun.

Similarly, I used to really enjoy smoking cigarettes, lighting up on a sunny day in a beer garden, such bliss. Giving them up was a bit of a pisser too, frankly, but I didn't need them and they might kill me. Again with the not fun.
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Not just from the social aspect, alcoholic drinks are delicious. German beer, Armenian Brandy, French wine, Scottish Single Malts, Tropical cocktails... the list is endless. Why would you want to deny yourself that? I just can't see how it would make your life any better? Especially if you look on it as a treat? And let's face it, getting drunk every now and again is rather fun .

The only reason I can see for giving it up is if you're taking it to excess.
Or for health reasons maybe. Drinking alcoholic drinks is not a good idea when taking certain medicaments and some medical conditions also require abstinence if the sufferer wants to live a reasonably long life.
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But I do think that I made a big first step yesterday in finally convincing myself that it's time to quit and, most importantly, that I CAN quit.
This is what will make you succeed in quitting. Not the meds, not the patches, not the nicotine substitutes, not the book.

Nicotine is truly a drug, working on your brain to make your body believe that it needs the cigarettes, that you'd never be able to function without. Guess what? Not only you can, but you will. Once upon a time, you were a non-smoker, and you survived, no?

Don't be intimidated by the cravings, I still (very rarely now) have them even after almost 2 years smoke-free, but you learn to ignore and let go/do something else/get distracted.

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Good for you!

I quit 5 yrs and 5 days ago and have never stop smiling that I got over that bad habit. I actually lost weight when I quit and I became a much calmer person when I quit. Nicotine is a terrible drug on your body and does some wicked bad things to your brain. Trust me, I smoked for 33 + yrs so I know how it is to quit. I smoked about a half a pack a day and when I was mulling over the quitting, I smoked more! I hated that I had actually started smoking more, the more I thought about quitting. When I was trying to get pregnant, I was able to quit for 2 yrs and when that failed, I picked it up again and hated myself for it.

The key to my success the last time I quit is that book you're reading. Alan Carr convinced me to think of nicotine like heroine and that was the trick for me. I had to read it twice because the first time I quit, I failed but later tried again. He asks you to think of a heroine addict and what they look like and then asks you to set the book down and go look in the mirror. That is what an addict looks like and MAN, that was it for me! I struggled for years with hating the addict in me, the smell, the people that didn't smoke that dismissed me etc., and I didn't want to be that person anymore. And my health was really taking a hit after all of those years and I was having terrible heart palps and I seriously thought I'd drop dead of a heart attack if I didn't quit. I quit cold turkey. No drugs, no patches, nothing but sheer determination.

And it was freaking hard. The first two weeks were absolutely miserable. When I got an urge, I went for a walk. If it was too cold outside, I did laps in the house. I walked off the urges and that helped me walk off the urge but helped me get up and move and helped me lose the extra weight I was already carrying around. I drank lots of water and could feel the detox happening. After the first week, I was so happy I got through that week. I got one of those quit calculators that tells you how much money you saved and checked it every couple of days. That was a huge motivator and I made sure that I didn't pick up sugar to replace cigarettes.

I also stopped drinking alcohol at the same time and that helped removed the triggers. I always, always, always smoked with a drink so I stayed away from friends that smoked, drank and steered clear of the bars and restaurants. My friends understood what I was going through and by March (2 months) I started to come out and was around smokers and it didn't bother me. I did this very carefully and slowly because I knew I could fall right back into it.

Be careful of triggers and unexpected stress. Have a plan for those times. What are you going to do when faced with something you didn't expect? My stress level actually got better after I quit the nicotine monster. I kept telling myself, DON'T FEED THE MONSTER (nicotine) and I did it. I stopped feeding the MONSTER and 5 yrs later and I am healthy again. I've lost 40 lbs, I have a good pumping heart, my lungs are clear and I'm one of those dreaded ex smokers that can't stand the smell anymore. I hate being that hypocrite but I hated myself as a smoker and I'm glad that is gone now.

You can do it. Set your mind to it, set a date, read the book (twice if you have to) and do it! Your family will be so proud of you. Your child will be proud of you. You'll smell beautiful again and you'll love yourself which is most important of all. Good Luck!

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Wow! I really cannot thank you enough for such an insightful and inspiring post. I do find it so helpful to be reminded that is it possible to quit! And to be reminded of how much better I'll feel afterward.

The thought of gaining weight (after quitting) has really scared me. So I do think I'm going to have to try to replace the smoking with some kind of exercise. I think that would also help me deal with any kind of stress triggered by the nic withdrawal. I actually just started going to the gym a month and a half ago, and even from that, I'm starting to feel so much better, physically, which seems to be helping to further encourage me to quit smoking.

Also, thanks for the tip about possibly needing to read the book twice. I still haven't finished it (this first time), but I'm hoping that I, too, will be able to quit cold turkey after finishing the last chapter, like so many others have.

Again, thank you so much for taking the time and having the consideration to post as you did. It's exactly this kind of encouragement that I need!

I also thank everyone else here who has been supportive.

Hopefully it will be just a few days until I have had my last cigarette. Perhaps I should ask, in advance, that if I start really freaking out on this forum due to the withdrawal, someone should just ban me and put me in the time-out chair for a bit.
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Bit off topic, but why the hell would you want give up alcohol?!
I didn't want to.

See the previous couple of answers on the subject.
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Bit off topic, but why the hell would you want give up alcohol?!
More money to spend on drugs and prostitutes.
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

There are some 'stop smoking apps' out there that might help? no personal experience and i'm not sure it would suit me personally, not liking a lot of structure, control, rules , though i wish id had one to remind me to breathe deeply more often when i was quitting, you can get tense, breathe shallowly, get more tense, breathe shallowly, reach for a cigarette to have a deep breath, illogical but thats the way it was, so preempting and breathing deeply regularly may help with stress for the first few weeks or so.

this link came up when i googled apps to stop smoking.

they seem follow a little in the vein of lostinbroads post, showing you how far you've come, probably some other helpful stuff too.

one other thing that came to mind was that people do stuff because they think there is some benefit (perceived or real) to them for doing it so i had to associate more negative stuff to smoking, maybe make a list of all the awful things.

worst is the animal testing, they are suffering for what?

they use beagles monkeys rats mice

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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

I seriously do wish that the price of a pack of cigarettes would suddenly skyrocket to something like 1,000,000 CHF per pack (and the equivalent elsewhere). Then I would have no choice but to quit.

Anyways... my little boy just went to my angel-in-law's for the weekend, so hopefully this means that I should be able to finally finish that book... and have my last cigarette! (For whatever reason, the book even advises that people to wait until the end to quit -- unless they are strong enough to have quit before the end).

What I can't really figure out, though, is why there is this stupid fear inside of me about quitting. I guess I just mostly fear that initial phase of withdrawal... and that I'm going to explode with stress or something.

Where's that fast-forward button when you need one?!?!

I wonder if there's anything I can get at the Apotheke here to help with stress.

Does anyone know? Some kind of herbal supplement or something?
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

CathHarmony, they use people in 3rd world countries too- the less people smoke in the first world- the more they push cigarettes in the 3rd world.

Go and talk to your GP, or your local pharmacist- there are lots of herbal remedies to alleviate stress, and also specific nicotine based patches, chewing-gum, etc, to help with the cravings. YOU CAN DO IT.
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