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PEORIAPOLE SparkPoints: (60,691)
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1/9/13 3:52 P

I smoked for over 25 years and stopped a few times during that period, the longest was a month or so during basic training.

I have been smoke free for 8 years. I used Chantix as my aid...but really, it came down to me wanting to stop this time. No plan, drug, or method is going to help you stop smoking until you really, really (I mean really...) want to stop.

I decided I wanted to be around to watch my daughter graduate at all levels, walk her down the aisle, and play with my grandchildren...hopefully in that order.

It wasn't all that easy either, I really enjoyed smoking. I even want one from time to time to this day. It doesn't crop up with any regularity, but strange things will set it off, like typing this response. I get over rather quickly, and I really can't stand the smell now.

One last note-if you go the Chantix route, make sure you eat something with it or else you will get stomach cramps.


P.S. (just read over what I wrote, the urge is gone already)

AZRAEL1842 SparkPoints: (183)
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1/5/13 6:28 A

Thank you all for the tips. Gardenman94, I hadn't heard of that particular company I think I'll try it.

DAVIDR1450 Posts: 140
1/4/13 3:30 P

Trinity - that is awesome!!

I may try that.

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1/4/13 11:49 A

Not a smoker myself, so take my suggestions with that in mind:

1. How long have you smoked? Can you remember what your stress relievers were before that?

2. Do you have other stress relievers besides smoking you enjoy that you could do more frequently, more passionately?

3. If you have a significant other or someone close to you, is there an activity the two of you could do together to relieve stress?

1/4/13 10:37 A

This is a little long, but it's a copy of a post I sent to another SP member who was quitting smoking:

*Name of SP Member*, I quit cold turkey 19 years ago. At the time patches were new and untried, and gum etc. weren't widely available, so I came up with a sort-of homemade aversion therapy.

Here's what I did:

1) Took 2 weeks off work.
Since I smoked most often at work, I wanted to give myself room to break the habit without having to follow my usual pattern.

2) Switched from my regular brand to homemade cigarettes using pipe tobacco.
One puff was enough to make me hurl, and feel nauseated for hours, which would take me through about half the day. When I stopped feeling sick, I repeated the process. This got me down from nearly a pack a day to 2 or 3 cigarettes a day.

3) About a week before my official Quit Day I got rid of all ash trays etc, and started putting out all cigarettes in a large, empty coffee can. The day before quitting, I added about 2 inches of warm water to the bottom of the coffee can full of butts and ashes.

4) Starting on Quit Day, every time I felt the urge to smoke, I opened the coffee can and took a deep breath. Got sick, threw up, didn't feel like smoking. Repeated as required. After the first 3 or 4 days, I didn't feel the urge to smoke anymore.

To this day, smoking is still firmly linked in my mind to severe vomiting and the smell of a wet dirty ashtray.

GARDENMAN94 SparkPoints: (8,544)
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1/4/13 1:00 A

I tried an E cigarette and seems to work well. The E cigarettes only have water vapor as smoke but you get the same sensation. The brand is Green Smoke check out online. different levels of nicotine but, the important thing is NO smoke just water vapor but looks and has the sensation of a real cig. I smoked for 38 years now 57 years old and it was way overtime for me to do something about it.

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1/4/13 12:28 A

I need to quit smoking. I smoke as a stress reliever and when bored. I f any one out there has any helpful tips or method they used to quit I would sure appreciate the help.

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