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6/28/18 9:24 A

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i wish you the best of luck- glad to hear the gum is working for you. as successful former smokers have already given you advice, i won't try (i have never been a smoker). but you have a ton to look forward to- increased smell and taste, health improvements, saving money! you can put aside the money you'd normally spend on cigarettes and save up for something you want (a trip, new shoes, whatever!).

Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!


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6/28/18 12:40 A

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"Arsenic, lead, tar— these are just few of more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. See what else is in a cigarette."

This is from the American Lung Association. As well as this - "Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing over 438,000 deaths per year." As an ex-smoker I know how hard it is to quit. It often takes several tries. I can only say keep trying and make an honest effort. I wish you well.

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6/18/18 1:00 P

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Thank you for the feed back. So far the gum is doing the trick. I find that I look for a cig. at the times I use to have one. So I make sure I have gum by the door for when I leave to go some where.
And your right, its physical and mental. If a opioid user can quit, so can I



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6/18/18 11:50 A

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June 26, 2018 will be 17 years since I quit smoking. I had smoked 1 to 1-1/2 packs daily for over 20 years. I used BOTH the patch (per pharmacist suggestion, I cut each of the three step patches in half, thereby doubling the time I used the patch) AND Wellbutrin (for 6-9 months). It was about my 5th attempt at quitting.

The most helpful tool other than above for me: A list of things to do when I wanted a cigarette. It was a long list. I kept one copy at home on the fridge, one at work and carried one in my purse.

I most often needed the list when I was bored or upset.

I continue to be grateful that I finally got rid of that habit. It's a TOUGH one, because there are both physical and mental aspects to the addiction. I found the physical pretty easy to get through.

You CAN do this if you really want to! Good luck!!



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6/18/18 10:58 A

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I am finding that gum Nicorette is helping I also seem to need one first thing in the morning. when withdrawal gets really bad, I make Linda Blair look like and angel!




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6/18/18 9:05 A

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I finally quit (Nov. 1985) after going through a class offered by the American Cancer Society. One tip that helped was wrapping my pack in a piece of paper and every time I wanted a cigarette I had to unwrap it and write down the time, what I was doing and rank my desire for a cigarette from 0 - 5. the first day I cut my smoking by more than half.
the other thing that helped was finally accepting that I was someone who could never ever have a cigarette.

Of course all this was before smoking cessation aids. Hypnosis might help to if you really want to quit.

Persistence is more important than perfection.

Don't assume your freedoms are assured.

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6/17/18 12:52 P

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Thank you very much, I will look up the book and see if it is on amazon



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6/17/18 10:38 A

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First - be totally honest with yourself. If you don't truly WANT to quit smoking purely for yourself, then it is going to be extremely difficult, so make sure that you are quite clear that it is just plain time for you to quit.

Once you are sure, then I recommend picking up this book: www.theeasywaytostopsmoking.com/Book

It may sound unbelievable, but the tips and information in this book made quitting truly easy for me (I smoked over a pack a day for around 35 years --- and became a non-smoker over the course of the afternoon that I read this book). There were some side-effects for a few days until the physical addiction to nicotine wore off, and that was it. I hadn't actually intended to quit the day that I read the book - I had just bought a new carton of cigs and hadn't planned on "wasting" them. That carton sat in my cupboard for months (I honestly forgot it was there) and I never had any urge to open it. I quit around 3 years ago (never bothered to note the date), and honestly have never had a craving for a smoke since then.

Keeping in mind that I truly enjoyed the flavour and aroma of my cigarettes and occasional cigars, but I had already honestly assessed that it was time for me to quit, I have had an occasional passing thought of "oh gee - a smoke would taste good right now" --- but it isn't a "craving", just a random thought that makes me smile with happy memories of enjoying one in the past, with no inclination to actually have one now.

The book is a pretty small investment, and it is definitely worth a try. I passed my copy over to a number of friends and relatives since I read it, and all but 2 of them found it to be a helpful tool for them to become non-smokers. The 2 who didn't find it useful both are very clear that they are NOT wanting to quit for themselves yet, but keep "trying" because of pressure from family and friends (and, honestly, they're just driving themselves nuts every time they "try").

If you are truly ready to go back to being a non-smoker, then the book can be a great tool. Good luck!

Edit to add: When considering the price of the book, or of a group, or of a seminar --- remember to keep in mind all of the money that it will save you in the future! Cigs here were $120 CAD per carton ($15 per pack) when I quit, so the $25 book price was "paid back" in less than 2 days of not smoking...

Edited by: URBANREDNEK at: 6/17/2018 (10:42)
Sir Terry Pratchett:

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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6/17/18 9:59 A

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no, no groups. the hospitals around here are all crying for money so they charge 50 dollars and up for programs.



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6/17/18 7:25 A

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Do you belong to a stop-smoking support group? When I quit, I went to Quit 4 Life (meetings were once a week, at the local hospital. It was free and sponsored by the American Lung Association.) and it really helped. With that particular program, you don't even have to quit before you start going, they walk you through strategies and coping skills before you quit. I had already quit before I started going to the meetings, so a little of it didn't apply-- but overall, it helped tremendously.

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6/17/18 6:04 A

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yes, I have patches and gum. I have also been told to try switching up my daily routine. I always have one after I eat, so instead of reaching for a cig. get up and go do something right away.



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6/17/18 6:00 A

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Just think about how much better you’ll feel hen you quit. I grew up around smokers and hated it so much it caused me to develop asthma and a bad cough. If you have kids or grandkids their health is a good motivator. You can try patches or gum possibly.

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6/17/18 5:23 A



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Sometimes if you just tell yourself that you will have that smoke later, you may find that you can work through it. The rational is that 'later' doesn't actually eventuate. Are you using a cessation patch to help you quit?

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6/16/18 7:41 P

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I am tryin gto stop smoking and having a hard time. Help!



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