I quit too! Congratulations, it is the best thing you can do for your health. Can you replace at least some of the cigs with short exercise or stretching breaks? It is a wonderful thing to be able to walk out the door without thinking about whether you have your cigarettes or lighter. It stops being hard after a while, then you don't even think about it any more.
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Smoke free for 5 months today. I tried prescriptions and nicotine replacement patches and gum to no avail. Decided to try those cheesy e-cigarettes. Cheesy, but they seem to be working for me. Still addicted to nicotine, yes...but without all the other nasties that goes with smoking real cigarettes. Now to start lowering the nicotine levels gradually to zero. My doc says if I make it to six months smoke free, I have a much better long term chance of success. Except for early on, I haven't been tempted to run to the mini-mart and buy real cigarettes, so I feel confident that I'm over them. For people struggling, I recommend giving them a try. The disposables sold at convenience stores are pricey but that's where I started. After some additional research, I've purchases batteries, chargers and other required components. There is some up front investment, and this hardware will need to be occasionally replaced, but when you consider a pack of cigarettes is $5 or more, you'll quickly begin realizing $$ savings with the e-cig, especially if you buy refillable cartridges and fill your own. And there are tons of flavor choices, peanut butter, cinnamon role are two of my favorites...and no calories. E cigarettes are not a perfect solution, and while they can't be marketed as "smoking cessation products" that's what I'm using them for. I've succeeded 5 times longer than I did with other quit methods and for the first time feel confident that I can conquer the nicotine addiction.
Quitting smoking is tough! There are two parts to a tobacco addiction- The physical and the mental (or habit). Using a nicotine replacement product can help you by making the physical with drawls minimal, while allowing you to focus on habits and routines. Of course, not everyone wants to use NRT products, but they do increase your chances of success.
There are resources available for people who want to quit. Try calling 1-800-784-8669. That number should direct you to your states tobacco quitline. Most states offer at lease counseling services, and many even offer free or discounted patches, gum or lozenges. A few states (very few, sadly) will offer assistance with the prescription products Chantix, Welbutrin/Zyban, or the nicotrol inhaler or nasal spray.
Good luck! I quit 6 years ago, and frankly, cannot be happier that I kicked the habit.
Edited by: WHOLENEWME79 at: 8/11/2013 (14:23)
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Congrats on taking the first step in kicking the habit!!! I quit about 12 years ago after smoking from the time I was 12 to 23. I had to take it one minute at a time, and tell myself over and over, I AM a NON-Smoker, I do NOT smoke. I went through a stage where I drew a little on my both hand to remind myself to do something else and recite my mantra. "no, I don't smoke"
I dreamed of the times people would ask to bum a cigarette or ask for a light, and I would reply "No, I'm sorry, I don't smoke" That mantra worked for me, it took some time, and a few puffs occasionally.. which after gaining back my taste buds was GROSS!!!
I know one lady who quit, she replaced the tactile sensation of doing something with her hands with making little rolls of masking tape and fiddling with it till the sensation was satiated.
Years later.. I hate smoking, I don't associate with any smokers, I am the biggest advocate for non-smoking public places, 50' from entrances.. etc.
I wish you a lot of luck and willpower. Quitting is best thing you can do to support a long healthy life. You wont regret quitting. I don't know if my tips are right for you, but maybe it can spark an idea that works.
Edited by: LITTLEBRUNO at: 8/11/2013 (11:16)
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1,546 8/10/13 10:47 A
First of all, congratulations on your achievements so far, and on your decision to quit smoking. I quit about 20 years ago and it wasn't easy for me, but I also know of others who didn't have any problems. Everybody is different and whichever way works for you is fine.
For me, I needed to understand that the physical addiction to nicotine is only a small part. Physical withdrawal symptoms are pretty much gone after a few days to a week. The psychological habit is harder to kick. I had to change my routine e.g. find another "favourite chair", find something to do for my hands and something to do for my mouth. Baby carrots are great because they take a bit of chewing and you're unlikely to overeat on them. For my hands, well, let's just say everybody in my extended family got a handmade afghan that year. It doesn't matter though what you find to do, as long as it keeps you occupied and is not something that you associate with smoking.
Most of all, keep telling yourself that you're doing a wonderful thing for your health. You've already made significant changes and this one will help you with your other goals.
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I use an esig and never hit the tar and particulates. I know it isn't a perfect solution but I'm very happy that it finally got me away from the nastiness that I loved so much.
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1,406 8/9/13 10:27 P
KAILEIGHK1, everyone is different. I quit cold turkey, but my husband needed support. So, if cold turkey doesn't work for you, choose another avenue. Don't give up. You can get past the cravings by following the advise from some of these posts. You're worth it!
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1,751 8/9/13 9:34 P
I had a 2 pack a day habit for 8 years. I couldn't go cold turkey - tried and tried and always failed. I finally decided that I got to 2 packs a day gradually and would get off the addiction the same way.
First, I started by breaking one habit at a time. No smoking until after breakfast. Once that was easy: No smoking for an hour after lunch. When that got easy: No smoking in the car, then, No smoking around my boyfriend. He hated it anyway. I ultimately married my boyfriend and as we spent more and more time together, I spent less and less time smoking. When I was down to 3 cigarettes a day, I went cold turkey. I was over the panic in 24 hours. It took me a couple of months to wean myself off the smokes. This doesn't work for most people for some reason, but it was the only way I could go. I was just too addicted and smoked too much.
I found that when I craved a smoke, taking a short walk helped hugely. (This helped my mother-in-law too.) I think that the deep breathing you do while walking dislodges some of the nicotine stored in your lungs and gives you just enough of the drug to overcome the temptation. But also, getting away from the tempter makes it impossible to smoke.
Good luck, good luck. I wish you every success!
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9,453 8/9/13 3:45 P
Been there!!! Good for you! I quit about 12 years ago after smoking for nearly 25 years.
Trust me, any weight that you might gain will be healthier for you than smoking is. I feel SO MUCH better. It was SO worth it.
Hang in there! Feel free to e-mail me if you need a "quit smoking cheerleader."
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21,125 8/9/13 11:36 A
Congratulations on quitting smoking !! that's going to be a HUGE health benefit. Have you joined any of the great spark teams for quitting smoking ? If not, go here. Spark teams are a great way to interact and communicate with other members.
Here are a couple of teams, but there are more for members trying to quit.
PS - Be kind to yourself as you would to others. Quitting smoking isn't easy !! But it's worth every single effort !
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/9/2013 (11:37)
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I quit smoking yesterday. I'm nervous that it will screw up any progress I've been making. It's making me stressed out and I keep feeling hungry and wanting sweets or unhealthy choices. Luckily I don't have anything too unhealthy at home, so I can't indulge even though I want to. Is anyone else trying to quit? Cold turkey is a lot harder than I thought it would be.
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