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Well done so far.
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You are so right Sam- the promise is to be to yourself, nobody else!
Although I gave up because my kids begged me... then they both started smoking! My youngest sent me the news yesterday that she stopped 2 weeks ago- and I pray (not in a religious way) that she has really kicked it this time.

Yes, bravo bravo bravo so far.
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Old 13.08.2011, 00:22
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I pray to god, may your childrens quit this thing ASAP.
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The good news is that you are really going to try. I know it is not easy! I have given up twice, the last was 15 years ago. I hope you succeed.
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Old 13.08.2011, 01:00
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The good news is that you are really going to try. I know it is not easy! I have given up twice, the last was 15 years ago. I hope you succeed.
thanks a lot. I need support from all of you
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Re: Trying to quit

I used to smoke half to a pack a day. I had too many bronchitis and I knew it was a big part because of it.

I quit cold turkey. I went in vacation back home to visit my family for 2 weeks and I didn't want my parents know I was smoking! So I smoke the last one before the bording and that was it.

Never touched it again. The desire to smoke is very strong. It took me years to stop having the taste for one. For me, it wasn't the nicotine that hooked me but the taste (I smoked mentol).

It was 5 years ago, when I smoke the last one. It took me 2 years to lose the desire for one (when I was in a big stress mostly).

Good luck with it. I also believe cutting down doesn't work. I tried it and I felt like a failure because I couldn't do it, which made it more difficult on my motivation to quit. So this is why I took that vacation as the perfect timing to stop.

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Old 13.08.2011, 08:20
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I used to smoke half to a pack a day. I had too many bronchitis and I knew it was a big part because of it.

I quit cold turkey. I went in vacation back home to visit my family for 2 weeks and I didn't want my parents know I was smoking! So I smoke the last one before the bording and that was it.

Never touched it again. The desire to smoke is very strong. It took me years to stop having the taste for one. For me, it wasn't the nicotine that hooked me but the taste (I smoked mentol).

It was 5 years ago, when I smoke the last one. It took me 2 years to lose the desire for one (when I was in a big stress mostly).

Good luck with it. I also believe cutting down doesn't work. I tried it and I felt like a failure because I couldn't do it, which made it more difficult on my motivation to quit. So this is why I took that vacation as the perfect timing to stop.

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hmmm...fair enough. That's why I'm thinking to quit it totally from tomorrow rather than cutting it down in numbers which i'm doing right now. A fresh new start
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Re: Trying to quit

I was a "social smoker" that took on half a pack a YEAR. No kidding, about the per year part. Anyhow, I quit before I had kids and more than 3 years later I STILL get cravings on a nice summer evening enjoying a beer or wine. I've probably only smoked a total of 2-3 packs my entire life.

I feel for you and am wishing you the best!
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hmmm...fair enough. That's why I'm thinking to quit it totally from tomorrow rather than cutting it down in numbers which i'm doing right now. A fresh new start
Tomorrow never comes.

DO IT NOW

Break all your remaining cigs and throw 'em out, now.

I didn't previously understand the connection between attending the Parade and smoking - I don't think it's obligatory for participants or spectators.
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Old 13.08.2011, 08:35
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Tomorrow never comes.

DO IT NOW

Break all your remaining cigs and throw 'em out, now.

I didn't previously understand the connection between attending the Parade and smoking - I don't think it's obligatory for participants or spectators.
It's not; however, I'm planning to make a special quit day. Infact, just trying to follow a proverb "be sure you have had enough fun before you plan to carry a gun"
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It's not; however, I'm planning to make a special quit day. Infact, just trying to follow a proverb "be sure you have had enough fun before you plan to carry a gun"
It's down to psychology - if you think and plan like that - a special day, when my pack is finished, etc., it can soften the decision slightly, which in turn can soften the outcome, possibly.

If you say now: "I've already smoked my last cigarette", then that (IMO) shows more commitment and strength, and may in turn may mean your are more likely to succeed.

In the 30yrs. that I smoked, I stopped a couple of times - once for about 2 yrs. - I did it in a way that you've described, and ended up reverting back.

When I stopped the last time, 5yrs. ago - I can't even remember exactly when (round about Easter) - I have not gone back, because my decision to stop was a distinct final spur-of-the-moment cut-off.
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Re: Trying to quit

hmmmmm .........
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Re: Trying to quit

Giving up smoking is easy. I've done it hundreds of times.
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Giving up smoking is easy. I've done it hundreds of times.
ll. Indeed.
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I pray to god, may your childrens quit this thing ASAP.
My kids are probably older than you, lol. The oldest quit when she was pregnant both times, but her OH never did - and the temptation of him smoking in the back garden, then at parties, in front of her just became too much. So she smokes again, and it breaks my heart, It is so hard to stop when your partner won't. What really upsets me, is that before they never smoked in front of the children - but now they do all the time. Never inside, but in the garden.

The youngest (36) has always been the heavy smoker. Her new partner does not smoke and has been begging her to stop- and for a while it was a tug of war about it. They've recently moved to the sun, and she's stopped from the minute they got there. Hurray - I so hope she can do it.
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My kids are probably older than you, lol. The oldest quit when she was pregnant both times, but her OH never did - and the temptation of him smoking in the back garden, then at parties, in front of her just became too much. So she smokes again, and it breaks my heart, It is so hard to stop when your partner won't. What really upsets me, is that before they never smoked in front of the children - but now they do all the time. Never inside, but in the garden.

The youngest (36) has always been the heavy smoker. Her new partner does not smoke and has been begging her to stop- and for a while it was a tug of war about it. They've recently moved to the sun, and she's stopped from the minute they got there. Hurray - I so hope she can do it.
Oh! ha ha.. the youngest is 12 year older then me....hmmm...odile. forsure, you are a granny for me. (kidding)
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I am indeed a granny - some around here call me Auntie, lol. Have a brilliant week-end.
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Re: Trying to quit

Congrats on your decision to quit and good luck!

I stopped smoking 9 years ago and I'm really happy about it. The addiction controlled me and my life and I wanted to get rid of it. I chose cold turkey, slowly decreasing the amount of cigs didn't work for me.
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Old 14.08.2011, 02:35
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I think if you are smoking more than 15 per day the cold turkey approach often fails. Then you feel a complete failure and lose the motivation to try again. Once you can control your smoking to a maximum of one per hour you can then stop completely. It does come down to controlling the desires of your addiction, and if you are a heavy smoker the body is really craving those chemicals.

So my advice is to really, really, stick to just one per hour for a month. Then find a strong motivation (Mine was a new non-smoking girl friend) and find the strength to give up smoking when you are completely relaxed.

My doctor recommended acupuncture, he said his brother had successfully stopped after a course.
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