How do you curb your urge to smoke?

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How do you curb your urge to smoke?

MamaDivine MamaDivine
I've been thinking for the last few weeks that I should really at least try to cut back on smoking. I smoke like a chimney. Its ridiculous really. There are some mornings that I will wake up and my voice cracks and I have a sore throat all day. Its time to put the pack down lol!

So, I know that going cold turkey will not only put my husband at risk, but I'll probably end up curled into the fetal position in a corner somewhere around the block if I totally cut it out lol.

So my question to all of you ex smokers or those of you that have cut back considerably. What have you done to help curb your cravings for a smoke? Did it work? Did it help you to quit or did you "relapse" lol.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I need to kick this nasty habit, if nothing else cut back. I want to be able to have fun with the kids this summer, not be hackin' a lung on the sidelines while everyone else has fun
05/11/2012
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MamaDivine MamaDivine
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Originally posted by MamaDivine
I've been thinking for the last few weeks that I should really at least try to cut back on smoking. I smoke like a chimney. Its ridiculous really. There are some mornings that I will wake up and my voice cracks and I have a sore throat all day. ...
Mind you-I have heard that sucking hard candies or suckers works well-I have about five teeth that are so painful I can't talk. I don't need to speed up the process on those poor things lol. So hard candies are out of the question and it hurts right now to chew gum
05/11/2012
LusciousLollypop LusciousLollypop
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Originally posted by MamaDivine
I've been thinking for the last few weeks that I should really at least try to cut back on smoking. I smoke like a chimney. Its ridiculous really. There are some mornings that I will wake up and my voice cracks and I have a sore throat all day. ...
I quit smoking cold turkey last October. My doctor basically told me to quit or it is going to make my medical condition worse. It was quite a challenge for the first month, I constantly wanted a cigarette. I smoked for only two years but I was up to a pack a day. Poison of choice : Camel Light 99s.

I got through it by not being around smokers. I ate a lot of sunflower seeds and kept things in my mouth. It was kinda like an oral fixation. Even when I washed my hair and did that motion where your hands go up, it felt like I needed a cigarette. So, I know what you are going through.

I would try to not be around smokers, eat sunflower seeds, have SOMETHING in your mouth, fuck -- suck a lot of dick if you are married/have a boyfriend, focus on other things. I took up hobbies. I started to bake a lot more and get all really crafty. I took classes at craft stores on things I didn't know how to do. It kept my mind preoccupied. Working out helped. The patch/gum/nicotine substitutes to help smoking really don't work in my opinion because you will just be addicted to those items. OH. And I sucked on A LOTTTTTT of ice. Ice seemed to help me.

I wish you luck.
05/11/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
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Originally posted by LusciousLollypop
I quit smoking cold turkey last October. My doctor basically told me to quit or it is going to make my medical condition worse. It was quite a challenge for the first month, I constantly wanted a cigarette. I smoked for only two years but I was up to ...
LMAO @ Suck a dick. My husband would love you saying that

Well, its kind of hard in my situation to not be around smokers. My husband smokes, my mom, brother, sister in law, father in law, handful of my friends lol. Its really not an option at this point, sadly.

I have a TON of hobbies that I never finished. I have done mosaics, candle making, polymer clay is my current obsession, knitting too, crotchet, and a handful of other misc here and there stuff. We rent an apartment, and don't have our "own back yard" beacuse we share ours with our landlords downstairs. I REALLY would love to start gardening again. Sadly, I don't really have any say over the back yard (or front or side for that matter lol). I had the kids and I paint some of those clay pots a few weeks back. Going to be putting soil in them this weekend and planting some potted flowers. Those will look cute on our steps. But after those are done, then what? Ya know? LOL. Not much else to do. I suppose I could always hand weed the back yard. God knows it needs to be done, haha!
05/11/2012
Ansley Ansley
By smoking. I have no intention of quitting.
05/11/2012
Nora29714 Nora29714
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Originally posted by MamaDivine
I've been thinking for the last few weeks that I should really at least try to cut back on smoking. I smoke like a chimney. Its ridiculous really. There are some mornings that I will wake up and my voice cracks and I have a sore throat all day. ...
There is a book called quit somking for women. Cause it's very different for men and women on the ways to quit and stuff. I read that and just quit. I'll try to find you the link.
05/11/2012
Nora29714 Nora29714
link Here is that book.
05/11/2012
Beck Beck
I quit smoking 5 years ago by replacing my urge to smoke with chewing gum. I had so many packs of winter fresh gum it was ridiculous. It was really hard to quit when everyone else around me was a smoker, but after time the smell made me so ill that I just couldn't stand to be around it. I still can't. I feel like I can't breath around cigarette smokers who smoke around me.

What made me decide to quit smoking was my father being diagnosed with COPD and emphysema. He has oxygen tank next to his side of the bed. He refuses to use it properly along with everything else that is wrong with him. He has diabetes doesn't take meds like he should. He is over weight with a BMI over 40. And he refuses to give up the Pepsi and large portions of food. When my dad smokes he coughs. And every cough is like the painful coughs you have when you have bronchitis. He also has sleep apena which makes him stop breathing for short periods of time in his sleep. At night time you can hear him gasp for breathes. It's awful. Trust me! Quit now. Your lungs can heal within a few years as long as there is no irreversible damage.
05/11/2012
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