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7/28/11 3:47 P

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Like many others I read Allen Carr's "Easy Way". For anyone who is still having cravings weeks and months later, or who is agonizing over cravings, READ THIS BOOK! As someone else mentioned, out of the dozen or so people I have given this book to, only 1 didn't quit, and it was because she stopped reading the book. She stopped because she knew it was working and got scared. Fear is the only thing creating your cravings, and the book helps you to break the brainwashing and mental and emotional addictions before you try to break the physical one. It is awesome. (And you get to keep smoking while you read the book, unless you've already quit)

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7/21/11 6:14 P

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i have stopped smoking now for 3 days going cold turkey, i also agree with some of the other comments that reading allen carrs the easyway does really help with the brainwashing of nicotine. good luck.

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I'm quitting as of now and going cold turkey, which I've done before. I didn't know about the use of water or fruit juices to help rid the system of the nicotine. I've also not heard of Allen Carr's book before, so I will be picking it up ASAP. Thanks for all the great advice and suggestions! emoticon

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7/18/11 12:45 A

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Yes I have quit without the help of modern day science. I have done cold turkey and also weaned myself before too. I quit for long stretches so it isn't like I am talking just a few wks! The trick is to break this habit you have to stop going to the areas you usually light up, or if you can not avoid these areas, then weaning probably is best, because you can put limits or rules on yourself! Example would be no smoking in your house and car. Then only carry a certain number of cigarettes on you. Once these have become habit you will find that if you take less and less cigarettes with you each day; eventually you will be down to none! :)

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I real Allen Carr's "The Easy Way" too. I had my last cigarette when I finished it and havent smoked since. I have had three situations when I craved a cigarette, then I remembered, "Oh yeah! I want to smoke right now because I used to smoke on the way to dinner functions!", and once I recognized the association, I was able to diffuse the uncomfortableness within minutes.

I also want to add that 9 days after I quit, I thought to myself, "Well, if I can quit smoking, then I can sure do it without gaining weight darn it!".

And 74 days later, I weigh the exact same thing I weigh the morning I quit. I have not been quit for years but I am finally letting myself feel proud of it. We can do this, we can all do this, getting past the fear of life without cigarettes is our first step!

Life is great.

I wish you the best!

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6/26/11 2:11 A

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Yes, Because I was a smoker for 15 years I don't say this lightly. It is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life. I prayed hard and long and I was ready in my heart, mind and spirit. I prayed and exercised my way throught the cravings. It is possible. I used to smoke almost a pack a day and 2 packs if I was drinking. It can be done and you can do it. It things are possible throught Christ who strengthens me.

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4/13/11 6:36 A

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I quit a couple of weeks ago because I couldn't take my hubby's nagging (lovingly) anymore. Since then I have fallen off the wagon only twice...but I don't really want to smoke anymore...just when I have a crap day (which is rare). When I want a smoke at work, I just go for a brisk walk around the perimeter. The sunshine and the fresh air and the exercise are a way better way of coping!

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4/12/11 11:12 A

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I quit over four weeks ago cold turkey.. I have had challenges but have been able to remain smoke free. I'm doing this for my health :)

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4/11/11 11:08 A

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I also read "Allan Carr's book. "The easy way" after reading the book and after many, many failed attempts at quitting I was able to quit without any issues...it really was easy, after reading his book I quit "COLD TURKEY." I've tried all the other quitting aids before this finally quit. HIGHLY recommend his book.

Free and Healing for Two Months, One Day, 20 Hours and 37 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 4 Hours, by avoiding the use of 913 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $205.92.

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4/9/11 2:49 A

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I quit over 3 months ago. The only way I was able to sustain this long is with prayer through God. God Bless

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CHEESYWONDER's Photo CHEESYWONDER Posts: 31
4/9/11 12:29 A

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I am 9 weeks into quitting cold turkey. I read a book, "The easy way to quit smoking" The last time I quit, It was almost too easy, so I started again.... But The knowledge in the book stuck with me and this time I am done. Doing better than I ever have quitting. I just know that I wont go back to smokin ever. (It is by Allen Carr) I really recommend it even to people who quit a while back. Has awesome things that help you remember why you want to quit.

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3/23/11 12:49 P

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I quit about 2 months ago. I did not use anything to help me quit. It took about a month but now I only have cravings every once in a while.

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3/15/11 10:21 P

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No aids, but I was smoking only two or three cigarettes a day. Was hiding it for a while from my fiance, and it caused an argument so I quit the day we were married.

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3/9/11 1:48 P

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I stopped on January 22 of this year. I developed a head cold and was sick for a week so I went ahead and stopped all together. If I can go a week because of being sick I can go longer. No aid or help just a cold.

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3/9/11 9:53 A

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i quit 5 months ago today!!! cold turkey (although i used quitnet.com) the daily reminders in email helped (a little- only to see what $$ i saved.) you can do it!!

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3/8/11 1:10 A

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I decided to stop 3 days ago. after smoking for like 9 years 2packs a day. no cravings no aids.

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3/6/11 9:31 P

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I had wanted to quit and then got really sick right after Christmas 2010. Before I knew it, I had gone 8 days without smoking and thought well might as well give it up now. It's been 73 days and is going well. I just keep concentrating on my daughters and living to be healthy with them. That helps alot! Good Luck!

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3/4/11 7:07 P

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Quit cold turkey 17 days ago...I haven't had much trouble with cravings as I wanted to quit really badly and I was already in a good exercise routine but had trouble breathing being a smoker...only problem I am having now is sleep...I can't seem to sleep through the night, but I think that will go away over time!
Good luck, you can do it, you just have to want it!!

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3/4/11 3:52 P

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I quit without any aids. My last day of smoking was December 31, 2009-- I smoked 1 cigarette a day (down from a pack a day) every day for 2 months, and on new years eve, I smoked a whole pack of cigarettes and never bought a pack again.

It's been tempting. I dream about smoking-- or, mainly I dream about trying to buy cigarettes but can't get to the gas station. I hate being around people who smoke because it makes me crave it again.

It's been over a year, and sometimes I miss it-- when I get stressed out I want one. But, I try to think of all the positive reasons for not smoking, mainly, my bank account isn't being drained into cigarettes anymore.

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3/2/11 10:37 A

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Alan Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking - it's a book - try reading it coming up to your quit date - might help with keeping going back. If it doesn't the only thing wasted is a few dollars and a couple hours reading a book. Good luck to you.. I read it 8 months ago and went from over a pack a day to nothing litterally over night - no cravings, no excessive moods, no mental prep... Seriously all the best to you and anyone else trying to overcome that monster.

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5/17/09 12:53 A

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I have quit smoking so many times and gone back smoking. I have always quit cold turkey. I pick a quit date so I can mentally prepare myself for no more cigarettes. I usually do pretty good. My longest quit time was 1 year and something very stressful happened and I went back smoking. I set my quit date for June 1st.

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5/16/09 11:59 P

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I quit cold turkey myself and think its the best method. I didn't want to spend the money saved on quitting on some "help aid" I could get hooked on. Kinda defeats the purpose! I have to admit the first week was emotionally tough and the hardest hump so far I had to climb in the 57 days of being smoke free. But I did it and think everyone can if they truly are ready to quit.
Good luck!

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5/15/09 10:27 A

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i quit with nothing when i found out i was pregnant then started again when i was done breast feeding. i am stopping again, cold turkey, my last smoke was yesterday. i agree telling people you quit helps. i can't let people smoke in my car or my house because i just don't have the willpower to be around it. when i knew i wanted to stop i didn't allow myself to smoke in the house for that last pack. its about figuring out what works for you and not being shy about making it happen

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5/13/09 10:19 A

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I too quit cold turkey. I bought a bag of suckers and lots of gum to use when the really bad cravings hit. I'm on day 45 and no longer have cravings.

You just really have to commit to it. I also found it helpful to let my hubby and my friends know that I was quitting. They were very respectful about their smoking, never offered me one, and never gave in when I asked.

Best of luck, I know you can do this!

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5/13/09 10:09 A

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I quit cold turkey and I am on week number 3. That first week is hard but you have to keep it in your mind, it's what you want to do. That it is you time to do this and that you are doing it for yourself and the one's you love. I smoked for 17 years and I quit a couple times but never for the right reasons. This time, It was right..

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i know a couple of people already mentioned this, but read allen carr's "easy way to stop smoking." i've yet to meet someone who read it all the way through and did NOT quit.

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i quit cold turkey this time around, and it's going great. i've done it cold turkey before, but the withdrawal symptoms were always killer, especially depression, which is why it never worked. this time i read a book that changed my whole attitude towards smoking around, and i haven't felt a single withdrawal symptom in the three weeks since i quit. crazy! good luck with your quit.

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5/11/09 4:07 A

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Yes, I attempted to quit cold turkey a few months ago. I did really well for a while, but now I still have about one a week, unless I go out with friends, then it's more like 3 or 4. I realize that this doesn't count as quitting yet, but I've found that cutting way back has been really helpful for me. My advice - educate yourself on how your body will react when you quit so that you can be mentally prepared. Good luck, your health is worth it!

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5/6/09 1:34 P

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Without any aid at all, I quit. Because I want to. Smoking 2 packs a day bothers me much, so, I made a decision. So, it's been 14 months and 22 days now smoke-free & I am a warrior. emoticon

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I quit cold turkey but did have a box of the nicotine gum around. I think I chewed about 5 piecies over the first week and still have the rest. For me the key this time was getting active. Whenever I wanted to smoke, I would walk and now exercise has become somewhat of a habit for me. A win-win!

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I went cold turkey this time. It isn't the first time I've quit, but the first time cold turkey.

It has been tough, particularly the nicotine withdrawal, which I now think is over.

But I have done a few things; first I have started going to the gym 6 days a week, up from 3 days a week and the exercise has helped me to stay calm and sleep.

Second, I regularly attend a 12 step meeting (not smokers anonymous) and the habits developed there really help me with the smoking cravings.

Finally, I joined spark people and have been posting here, and tracking my other health related activities. It helps, makes me feel more in control and helps remind me what I really want in my life.

I am now 10 days smoke free and looking forward to starting the 11th day.

Good luck.

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4/20/09 2:35 A

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Hello and Welcome!
I also quit cold-turkey :)
my best advice, Google it and read everything you can on what to expect.
Have a plan, for me it was the hands thing i needed to replace so i learned to crochet,
Make a plan, be ready for the cravings and know what you are gonna do to combat them.
Hope that helps Good luck !!!!

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4/19/09 5:07 P

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Yes i quit Cold Turkey,it was H*ll for the first Month/sixweeks but i can honestly say i hardly ever think about cigaretts now.I wish i'd done it years ago!
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Hi Hope and welcome to our team. I quit 14 months ago cold turkey. It was tough but not as bad as I expected. I read Allen Carr's EasyWay to Stop Smoking and it really helped a lot. I have friends who tried hypnotherapy with great success.

The nicotine will be gone from your body after 3 days, you just need to beat the habit after that. Dotti said it earlier, you need to have a plan in place to deal with cravings. A plan and some willpower.

Best of luck! You CAN do this, we're all here to help.

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I tried patches and the only made me want to smoke more. So I finally quit cold turkey and it has been over 2 years now. I agree make sure you educate yourself as to what to expect and I also found that drinking lots of water helped. Good luck.


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Some non medicinal options would be Laser Therapy, accupunture or hypnosis. I did the laser in two sessions and haven't looked back. 4+ years ago
The water, exercise (mental and physical) vitamins and breathing are all key components to a successful quit.

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I haven't quit cold turkey, but I do know that juices high in vitamin C, plus plenty of water, helps to flush the nicotine from your body faster.

I hope this helps. There are many people who have quit cold turkey! You're used to toughing out most illnesses and injuries without medication, so I know you're strong. You can TOTALLY do this!

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I also quit "cold turkey."
Dotti is right on educating yourself on what to expect. I learned a ton on whyquit.com and it really helps.

Don't forget to it's one day at a time and you can do it!

Some good news?! - The worst is over after the first 72 hours! :) Keep us informed, and we are here to help you!

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I quit "cold turkey". You'll find many on this team who did. Don't be afraid. Educate yourself on what to expect. Come up with a quit date,a plan of how to quit and a plan on how to get past the cravings. You can do it.

We're here to support you!

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Has anyone here quit without use of patches or pills. Due to allergies I cannot use either. I am allergic to the adhesive in patches and have develop enough allergies to different classes of medication that I can only get a prescription when it is the only alternative to being hospitalized. I have to tough out a lot of illnesses and pain.

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