Quitting Smoking...

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Quitting Smoking...

Sapphire Pet Sapphire Pet
OK... since I find I spend a good portion of my time here in the Eden Forums I figured I would ask you guys for advice!! I'm trying to quit smoking!! Really trying!! For several reasons... 1> I'll feel better since I'm allergic to smoke 2> It's a smelly nasty habit that majority of people hate 3> I may actually live longer 4> it's freakin expensive 5> (and my favorite!) I currently have no trnsportation and it's 109 degrees today and I'm not walking the half mile to the store!

So here's my question... well there's several! What is the best way to quit smoking and why. Next question... What do you feel is the best reason to quit smoking and why.

Help me out here... looking for distractions and apparently beating my new upstairs neighbors is highly frowned upon!!
08/14/2010
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Blinker Blinker
First of all, congrats on trying to quit! Have you tried patches? Yes they're expensive but they work. I quit cold turkey (ok, ok I admit I smoke after sex with my partner but that's like a few times every other month or so)...my dad quit smoking from using the Commit lozenges, but now he's addicted to those. Try chewing gum! Or masturbate whenever you feel the need to smoke
08/14/2010
Envy Envy
Try chewing gum, especially hot gum or something cinnamony. Keep your hands busy, too, take up knitting, sewing, writing, get a portable game, etc. Just do something to keep busy and keep the stress level down.
08/14/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I quit for about 6 months from last Dec. I quit with determination and free samples of nicorette. By "determination" I mean "my cigarette machine broke and I didn't have money to buy more smokes".

I'm otherwise in the same boat you are, Sapphire Pet. I don't want to smoke, but withdrawals suck! I'm going to try again to quit soon, maybe with the E-cigarette or maybe the gum again. I can't do patches because they remove all that pesky skin they're stuck to.

GOOD LUCK!
08/14/2010
Sapphire Pet Sapphire Pet
I fell off the wagon last night and begged friend to take me to the store. BUT I'm still trying!! The withdraws were putting my neighbors in jeopardy and my critters looked scared!! I plan to use his pack as "emergency" only. I have a nicotrol inhaler that helps with the nicotine but not much else. JR I'm the same as you and the patches leave nasty sores and the gum makes me sick. I'm allergic to EVERYTHING! I have quit before and was so proud of myself!! I guess that's whats making me so upset this time. I KNOW I can do this!! Please keep the suggestions coming!! They are greatly appreciated!! Today I dig out the knitting needles and clay! Maybe I can get some cool stuff made while I'm at this! Thanks!!!!!
08/14/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
From what I can ponder on it, I think the e-cigarette is based on the nicotrol inhaler. I did the inhaler once too and found it worked pretty well. It def. helped the hand/mouth habits too.
08/14/2010
Midway through Midway through
Keep yourself busy, finish that cheshire cat outfit, or the dragon >_>;
08/14/2010
Sapphire Pet Sapphire Pet
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Originally posted by Midway through
Keep yourself busy, finish that cheshire cat outfit, or the dragon >_>;
regarding the dragon... That would involve me having to search the "craft closet" for the wire and that makes me want to smoke!!! As for the cheshire cat... trying to figure that out completely since my "client" is sooo picky!

I'm doing pretty good today! Decided to clean!! Yay! And I plan to attack the next man who walks into my apartment!! LOL Don't worry... He's been warned and seems kind of happy about the situation!
08/14/2010
Owl Identified Owl Identified
I quit smoking, and I honestly have to tell you that an "emergency pack" isn't going to go well.

I did it by weaning myself down to about two cigarettes a day and then stopping completely. If you fall off and bum one or something it's not a big deal, just keep going like it didn't happen. The only thing I can say is don't make excuses and don't try to rationalize it when you mess up. Admit it was a moment of weakness and resolve not to to do it again.

Tips on how to stay clean? DISTRACT YOURSELF. DO NOT SIT AROUND PINING. This will almost certainly end in failure. Keep really busy! Also, figure out the times that you are most likely to smoke (after eating, after work, etc.) and find something else to do during those times (preferably orally-related, like chew gum, eat chocolate, drink tea) so you can maintain the ritual aspect but lose the whole smoking part. The hardest part is losing that ritual, which is incredibly comforting.
08/14/2010
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
I quit smoking cold turkey when I did it. I'd tried gum, patches, pills... Nothing worked.

Through circumstances beyond my control, I also moved away from all of my smoker friends when I quit smoking (and I started smoking again when I found myself at a job where I was the only non-smoker). That helped a lot (though it's not very practical). I'm ridiculously susceptible to peer pressure, and for most of my smoking career, I was mostly a social smoker.

The biggest issue I had was not replacing the hand-to-mouth habit with food. To try to curb that, I kept healthy snacks and sugar-free mints in the house. I carried a pen around in my fingers to simulate having a cigarette in my hand. And I drank a lot of water. A LOT of water.

The thing that sucked about quitting smoking is --and this is gonna sound weird-- I actually like the way it feels when my lungs fill up with smoke. I enjoy watching it as it billows from my lips. And I like the way it tastes.

I quit for five years. These days, I smoke when I drink. And oddly enough, I don't have cravings between packs.

But really, just like with everything else in life, you have to seek out what's gonna work for you. Just cause I was able to quit cold turkey doesn't mean you will be. Just cause the patches, pills and gum didn't work for me, doesn't mean they won't work for you.

In NY, there's a hotline for people trying to quit smoking. I don't know if they have something like that where you live, but maybe you could call them and ask? The number is: 1-800-NYQUITS.
08/14/2010
Owl Identified Owl Identified
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Originally posted by Rayne Millaray
I quit smoking cold turkey when I did it. I'd tried gum, patches, pills... Nothing worked.

Through circumstances beyond my control, I also moved away from all of my smoker friends when I quit smoking (and I started smoking again when I ...
A lot of researchers suspect that meditation can really help with quitting for one of the reasons you are talking about, which is enjoying the feeling of deep breathing and concentrating on your breath. It's oddly like meditation, smoking. Just another thing to think about! And I also smoke when I drink but feel awful the day after. Yucky.
08/14/2010
GreenDaisy3 GreenDaisy3
My hubs smoked for over 10 years and last August he found the e-cigarette and has not had a tobacco cigarette in a year. The e-cig does have different levels of nicotine in it to help people with their addiction, but not any of the other chemicals as traditional cigarettes. It is not made for the purpose to quit smoking all together its a healthier alternative not to say it won't help you quit all together though, but it really depends on the person. He has met several different people who have smoked over 20-40 years who have been able to switch to the e-cig and has had success. My hubs has a website that is just for informational purposes only on the e-cig...check it out link his contact email is on his website if you have any questions. I wish you luck!
08/14/2010
Tuesday Tuesday
I know I posted this on an older thread about smoking, but I'll relay again how my husband quit.

He planned a week long camping trip in a remote area far from any stores and didn't bring any cigarettes along. When its extremely inconvenient to lapse, that helps. Plus he says the beauty of his surroundings made it so much easier. I think that worked like the distraction that others mentioned.

He said it was relatively painless. He didn't even want to smoke. Before this trip he had been trying for years to quit, but kept lapsing. Whenever he saw someone else smoke, he'd start again.
08/14/2010
Love Buzz Love Buzz
For me the best reason to quit is for the sake of your health, followed by the social and financial benefits of doing so.

I think you need to have a plan of attack when it comes to quitting, quitting smoking is possibly harder than quitting heroin! I started by cutting down how many cigarettes I smoked and started paying attention to the situations that caused me to crave a smoke such as after eating or whilst at the pub with friends.

I didn't quit over night or by going cold turkey, but over about 2-3 months I suceeded. I started saving the money I would've spent on cigarettes so that I had a visual aid of what I was achieving, also when I would have a craving for a cigarette I'd make myself wait 5 minutes before I could have one, a lot of times the cravings would pass, over the first month I went from a pack a day to 2 packs a week. Eventually I got down to one cigarette a day and just thought what's the damn point and didn't have another.

I ended up saving over a hundred dollars a week and used it to buy myself presents to make the hard work even more worthwhile.

I wish you all the best with quitting
08/14/2010
Sapphire Pet Sapphire Pet
Thanks everyone! I appreciate the advice!! I'm trying to cut down now and go from there. Trying to quit cold turkey and the inhaler were making me almost panicky so I'm going to try and do it this way. I start a new job on Monday too and even though we have tons of breaks during our 12 hour day I'm thinking this will help a lot too because I'll behave myself!!!
08/20/2010
Owl Identified Owl Identified
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Originally posted by Sapphire Pet
Thanks everyone! I appreciate the advice!! I'm trying to cut down now and go from there. Trying to quit cold turkey and the inhaler were making me almost panicky so I'm going to try and do it this way. I start a new job on Monday too and even ...
Sounds like a good plan, keep us updated. Cutting down actually did work for me, but you have to be vigilant and stay on top of it! Best of luck I know you can do it.
08/20/2010
Dear Ruby Dear Ruby
The hardest part of quitting for me is my schedule... it was pretty much built around cigarettes, which were my only break from work and mundane house chores. I found even just going outside at what would have been my cigarette break (and weirdly enough opening my car window during long drives when I would have smoked) helped me get over the cravings. Turns out I wasn't really craving a cigarette, I was just craving fresh air!
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