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Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

My New Year resolution this year is to quit smoking.

And I'm really seeking some encouragement and advice from others who have managed to do that successfully... or from anyone that has something to share.

I'll confess; I'm scared. And I don't even know why I'm scared. I've told people before that I'm afraid to quit smoking because I know I'll gain weight, but I know that's a very lame excuse. And I've said that I'm afraid to quit because I can't handle any added stress in my life (I already have a problem with grinding my teeth at night due to stress, which is causing problems.)

But I know that my reasons FOR quitting smoking are much more important. I'm 41 years old, and I have a three-year old little boy. I've been smoking since I was in my early 20's, and I just really don't want to end up a statistic -- and dying from something so stupid that I had done to myself. I want to see my little boy grow up, and I want to feel healthy and alive again. I'm tired of being a slave to these stupid things. They're so much a part of my daily life that I barely even realize it. I've joked before that I wish they cost a million francs per pack, so I couldn't afford them and would have no choice but to quit.

So for the first time in my life, I feel that I'm ready to really start trying. I had never really tried before, so I guess I don't even know how easy or difficult it really is. But I do know that many people have successfully quit; and I want to be one of them.

One thing I find difficult is that I only smoke outside -- usually on the patio in our garden -- and I actually (usually) really enjoy these little moments of solitude. But now it's winter, and it's cold. I figure this surely must be a good time of year to quit.

Does anyone have any advice? Anything they found to really help them? I had found another thread on here where some people suggested chewing gum or eating grapes, but I can't stand aspartame (all the gum here in CH has it!!!) and grapes often bother my stomach. Someone also mentioned Alan Carr's book "Easy Way to Stop Smoking," which I actually do have. It's just been sitting on a shelf, collecting dust. I think I'll start trying to read it a bit before bed.

Also, has anyone tried the patches? I've used them on overseas flights before, and I found they really did help. But, at the same time, I also knew that I couldn't smoke (on the plane) even if I wanted to.

Can anyone tell me how much better they felt after they quit? I think that might really provide some of the encouragement that I need...

Sorry for such a long post. But thanks for reading.
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Old 01.01.2015, 18:32
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

I gave up 4 years ago and life is so much better. I did gain weight, a perfect excuse to start excercising, which I never did before.
I smoked for 20 years, a bit more than a packet a day. The day we signed the contract for the house I decided that I couln't afford it anymore. It was the best incentive.

I did it cold turkey, I find it's the only way that works for me (I'm an all or nothing kind of person). Was it difficult? Of course, the first two weeks were bad. It got better, fast. Now, I hardly ever think about it, only to congratulate myself when I see people freezing their arses outside having a cigarrette.

I wish you good luck and hope you succeed. It would be worth your while, I promise
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Old 01.01.2015, 18:34
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

I recommend taking up a craft. The thing that really helped me was taking up cross-stitch. Having something to do with my hands was really useful, and meant that I didn't replace the cigarette in my hand with a bag of crisps. Weight gain after quitting smoking is almost all down to comfort eating to replace the cigarette breaks.

Avoiding the specific places where you smoke is also a good idea, so if you enjoy a smoke outdoors then yes, giving up while it's cold is a great idea (in my case, I pretty much only smoked in the pub, so the UK smoking ban was a huuuge help).

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.

Remind yourself regularly why you're giving up. Keep a picture of your little boy in the place where you normally keep your cigarettes and every time you think you really must have one, look at the photo and think "do I want a cigarette more than I want to celebrate his 21st birthday?"

Finally, every day without a cigarette is a success, and if you buckle and have one, it's not the end of the world. One fag does not automatically make you a smoker again, so don't give up hope.

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

Get proper drugs from the doctor. Champix for example. Imagine they cost a fair bit here but probably equiv of smoking for a month or two.

I smoke too and although yeah it's an addiction, I don't feel too enslaved by it, i mean for example if they run out at 6pm, unless I'm going out anyway, I'll wait until tomorrow to get some. Plus i kinda like it sometimes. I recently had a whole suite of medical tests including the whole cardio set and i was secretly hoping the doctors would tell me to stop smoking for health reasons. I specifically asked, should I change anything like smoking/drinking and they said - "well smoking is never good but from all of these tests, you're fine, carry on with whatever".

Champix wise, I used it 7 or 8 years ago, took the tablets for a couple of weeks, stopped smoking for 2 years - then got married, had a cigar at the wedding and hey presto, started smoking again. I'm gonna ask my doc here about them when i see her in a couple of weeks.
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Thank you so much.

Your (old) habit is much like my own, then. I was worried that, if I do quit, I'd be resigned to spending the rest of my life constantly craving a cigarette every time I saw someone else smoking. But apparently that's not the case. Come to think of it, I guess I also remember a few people telling me that they couldn't stand the smell of cigarette smoke after they had quit (like they'd feel sick if they smelled it).

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Get proper drugs from the doctor. Champix for example...
Thanks! I had never even heard of Champix before, so I just researched it a bit online. Did you notice any side-effects from it? And was it easy to stop taking the pills?

I'm not too keen on taking prescription meds, but if it comes down to it and nothing else works, they might be something to consider.

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I recommend taking up a craft. ...
That's excellent advice. Thanks! I can see how that would definitely help (keeping the hands busy), and I did study art, so...

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Thank you so much.

Your (old) habit is much like my own, then. I was worried that, if I do quit, I'd be resigned to spending the rest of my life constantly craving a cigarette every time I saw someone else smoking. But apparently that's not the case. Come to think of it, I guess I also remember a few people telling me that they couldn't stand the smell of cigarette smoke after they had quit (like they'd feel sick if they smelled it).
I don't mind people smoking around me (as long as it isn't in my house) but, for some reason, the smell of cigarrettes in my husband's hands really bothers me. I think it's got something to do with the way he holds the cigarrette, like covering it with his hand.
He really has to wash his hands when he gets back indoors

And seriously, some of those cliches are true: the food tastes better, the capacity of my lungs is incredible, compared to 5 years ago, and most noticeable, I have much more energy. It's like an awakening
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

Just to help you avoid confusion, the name of the drug is Chantix, not Champix.

Good luck quitting!
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No new tips to give but wishing you all the success in trying to quit for good
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Just to help you avoid confusion, the name of the drug is Chantix, not Champix.

Good luck quitting!
In the US but over here the same drug is definitely called Champix.
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One thing I find difficult is that I only smoke outside -- usually on the patio in our garden -- and I actually (usually) really enjoy these little moments of solitude.

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Does anyone have any advice?
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.

In my case, it now involves going back upstairs after the babies are down for the night, making up the feeds, filling the dishwasher, then settling down with a decaf espresso to finish off the evening. Sure, it tastes nothing like a whisky sour, but the important thing is that the ritual has a similar purpose to the old one. I never would have thought I'd ever look forward to cleaning the kitchen, but those few minutes of solitude with a warm coffee are one of the best bits of the day for me.

Perhaps you could create something similar to give yourself an excuse for a few minutes outside? I have no idea what, but the idea is that you are mimicking the feeling of having a smoke without actually having one, if you know what I mean?

Good luck anyway. It's worth it, and you know it. You just have to persuade your body to go along with your brain!
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Old 01.01.2015, 20:25
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I just stopped and didn't smoke again ..... it's all about the power of the mind - nothing else.
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

The main thing to remember is you need to find something that works for you. You may be able to do it cold turkey - my dad did, but that was after he had his first heart attack and the doctors advised he quit so he did. My uncle, on the other hand, tried various methods and I think hypnotherapy finally helped him kick the habit.

Keep an eye on what you eat and add in some exercise to make sure you don't pile on the pounds. Don't like grapes or gum, but how about some veg crudités instead? Or some nuts? Anything low/no fat will do so you can vary what you eat and not get bored.
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

OH gets bad skin reactions to the patches, and he says the nicotine gums taste awful and make him nauseous. Plus they're fairly expensive.

His solution at the moment is to reduce his consummation. He rolls his cigarettes, and the hassle means he smokes a bit less.
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

I swear nicotine is more addictive than most so called illegal hard drugs.

We all smoked from the age of 15 here in Switzerland in the sixties- even at school at break time.

Cold Turkey was my method, and at the end of the day, perhaps the only one that works - did it for my children.

Good luck and well done. Our eldest and her OH have stopped now for 18 weeks-- and it is the best Christmas present they could give me. We've lost so many good friends of smoking over past few years- in the most awful of ways (not 'just' lung cancer). You can do it- with you all the way.

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i agree cold turkey seems to work but it's just mind over matter for a while- you have to make a sort of click that just takes smoking out of your life. for the downtime that you miss- don't sacrifice it, just either give yourself a few moments outside, without smoking to just enjoy doing nothing or a cup of tea, take a bath, whatever but make sure that you still have that time to relax.

also, the more active you are- walking, running, yoga etc the more you'll feel how good it feels not to smoke and replace all the nervous non-smoking energy with better energy. breathing exercises and meditation help me too. if you need any support, contact me- i'm right there with you and it's really not too bad
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Thanks! I had never even heard of Champix before, so I just researched it a bit online. Did you notice any side-effects from it? And was it easy to stop taking the pills?

I'm not too keen on taking prescription meds, but if it comes down to it and nothing else works, they might be something to consider.
I had no side effects.. The drugs came in two packs, one pack with xx strength that one starts taking while still smoking, for 5 days i think, then stop smoking then a few weeks later change to the pack with zz strength..

Anyway I took only the first pack, strange to explain but after a couple of weeks the thought of smoking just felt strange. And that first few days of smoking with the tablets, each cigarette was rubbish.

My inspiration this time is that my five year old has told me to stop :-/
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...... and remember, if you can't smoke it, make brownies.
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Re: Seeking tips and inspiration for quitting smoking...

It is not inspiration, but this is what Mark Twain, the American author, said about giving up smoking:

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.

Anyway, I wish you perseverance to overcome this nasty habit.
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Thanks so much to everyone for all the tips and words of encouragement here.

I had exceeded my posting limit last night and wasn't able to post any more until this morning. But maybe that was a blessing in disguise, because I ended up (finally) beginning to read that "Easy Way to Stop Smoking" book last night. I read one-third of it last night, and I'm actually really amazed and impressed by its effects on me. I had to force myself to put the book down and go to bed, and very strangely, I didn't even really crave a cigarette during or after reading it.

One thing the book has made me realize is that the smoking is causing me to be stressed (the highs and lows of nicotine addiction), whereas, before, I think I had been deceiving myself into believing that the smoking somehow eased my stress. But what is perhaps most helpful is that the book is really making me think about the smoking -- and what it is that I'm doing exactly. (I think any regular smoker would agree that they normally don't even think about smoking unless they run out of smokes or have to go a while without one, etc.). So I think that's the first step -- to really become more conscious of the smoking and to understand the reality of why we smoke and the fact that the addiction is a vicious circle. One cigarette creates the need for another, etc. I mean, this is obvious. But I think it was more obvious for me at the subconscious level, whereas now I'm more conscious of it at the forefront of my mind. The book is also excellent at explaining how irrational the fear of quitting actually is. And the author manages to do all this without using any "scare tactics."

Anyways... sorry to sound like a commercial, but to anyone else who is also really considering quitting smoking or has had trouble doing so, I very highly recommend this book.

http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Carrs-Ea...o+quit+smoking

I think it's probably a very good first step. It certainly seems to be for me.

So... yes, I'm still smoking. As usual, I woke up this morning, put on my big blue fuzzy robe (sexy, I know ) and stepped out into the garden and lit up. 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.

Thanks again to everyone here who has shared their thoughts, experiences and well-wishes. Hopefully my three-year old will let me read more of this book today and over the next few days.

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I had no side effects.. The drugs came in two packs, one pack with xx strength that one starts taking while still smoking, for 5 days i think, then stop smoking then a few weeks later change to the pack with zz strength..

Anyway I took only the first pack, strange to explain but after a couple of weeks the thought of smoking just felt strange. And that first few days of smoking with the tablets, each cigarette was rubbish.

My inspiration this time is that my five year old has told me to stop :-/
Thanks! Last night I was reading through a lot of reviews for that drug, and things like nausea, trouble sleeping, severe constipation, mood swings, etc. were often reported. You really didn't notice any side-effects that like? One guy even reported that, while on that drug, he went to a party and ended up freaking out on everyone there, consumed by rage for no apparent reason whatsoever, but doesn't even remember any of it.

I know what you mean... My three-year old has just recently begun to say things about my smoking (thanks to my husband telling him to do so). It gets on my nerves a bit, but deep down, I know that it's probably best for me if he continues to do so.

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I know several people who stopped using the Allen Carr book after several attempts trying other methods. I gather Champix does work but you have to be really careful with it as one of the side effects is suicidal feelings. Good luck!
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