Any EF users wanting/trying to quit smoking cigarettes?

Any EF users wanting/trying to quit smoking cigarettes?

sktb0007 sktb0007
The reason I ask is because I am a smoker, but wan't to quit. I have quit in the past (wish I didn't start again), and at the time, I quit WITH someone which made it easier.. I thought maybe if there are a few people or even just one other person other than me, than we could support each other through messages and such... Maybe that is a corny idea and no one is interested but I really think it could be beneficial and help us get through the withdrawal better. We can "bitch" to each other and what not.. lol

I don't have any real life friends who care to quit smoking, or they just don't smoke to begin with so they aren't really the best choice to help me..
09/03/2011
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The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
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Originally posted by sktb0007
The reason I ask is because I am a smoker, but wan't to quit. I have quit in the past (wish I didn't start again), and at the time, I quit WITH someone which made it easier.. I thought maybe if there are a few people or even just one other ...
Honestly I did quit smoking about 10 years ago. I did it with stick cinnamon that you can buy at the supermarket and having a girlfriend (now wife) that said either it stops or I go. What also helped was I bought a new (er) car that nobody had smoked in and I vowed not to smoke in it. The majority of the time I smoked was in my car so that nipped that in the bud. Im not going to lie its not easy but the best way honestly is just straight up cold turkey and deal with the shitty addiction feeling for a week or two. The problem is its a chemical and physical addiction so I used the stick cinnamon for the physical and you just have to fight through the chemical addiciton. My biggest problem now is the only other time it was certain I was going to smoke was if I was drinking so I do my best not to hang out with other people who smoke or go to bars when I drink. I find myself drinking alot at home now instead of out. (Cheaper and no smoke!) I allow myself one every once in a while but I wont buy a pack I will pay someone like 3 dollars for one cig so they dont feel like im taking advantage and so that I wont want to pay another three dollars to the same person for another one. If I buy one im back on the wagon! And think of all the money your saving, you can step up to better alcohol with the money you save! Top shelf baby! The two things are literally if you arent around cigs you wont smoke them so stay away from people that have them and away from places where people smoke until you feel you can say no and keep reminding yourself that they straight up arent healthy and what you use to light them (matches and sulpher based matches) are carcinogins (Proven in some way to cause cancer).

You can do it! Im not going to lie it sucks, but once you get over the chemical part you are good to go. Dont use gum stay away from anything having to do with nicotine because you are simply carrying on the chemical addiction.

Good luck! Wish you the best!
09/03/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
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Originally posted by The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
Honestly I did quit smoking about 10 years ago. I did it with stick cinnamon that you can buy at the supermarket and having a girlfriend (now wife) that said either it stops or I go. What also helped was I bought a new (er) car that nobody had smoked ...
Thank you for the encouragement and sharing your story! That is really amazing that you quit smoking! good for you!

See, the problem for me is that my partner smokes. He has no problem smoking outside (we currently smoke in our apartment), and he doesn't really care to quit at the moment. I am sure he will eventually, but our timing really isn't in sync. And I am okay with him choosing to smoke, that is his decision, but it does make it harder for me.

As for the drinking, that is not a problem for me any more. I don't drink, at all. When I did drink in the past, i seriously chain smoked. Drinking alcohol made me want to smoke even more! So I totally know where you are coming from when you suggested not going out to bars where people smoke and drink, etc.

For me, I feel that quitting with someone is much more motivating because you feel more accountable for your actions.. Like, even if I was super tempted to smoke, I'd resist more because I know I have someone who 1. I have to encourage 2. is in the same boat as me .. I guess it's sad that I need someone instead of just doing it for myself, but my past attempts prove that it works better for me. I've tried quite a few times, and the longest I went by myself was 5 days. The longest with a support partner was 3 months.

Dammit. I wish I just stayed a non-smoker to begin with lol
09/03/2011
The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
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Originally posted by sktb0007
Thank you for the encouragement and sharing your story! That is really amazing that you quit smoking! good for you!

See, the problem for me is that my partner smokes. He has no problem smoking outside (we currently smoke in our apartment), ...
You are very welcome and I wish you the best!

The whole situation of having your partner smoking to makes it a bit harder. I didnt realize that before.

My problems were that when I was a kid both sides of my grandparents smoked heavily so I got to really like the smell. My first car was my grandmothers so that smelled like smoke so it wasnt a problem to smoke in the car because my parents thought it was simply the left over smell from my grandmother smoking in the car. So honestly I was a smoker before I was a smoker if you will.

I did however find out the exact opposite as far as having a partner to quit with. We eventually both ended up encouraging each other back into smoking several times. LOL. I know its hard but you might just want to try it yourself.
09/03/2011
js250 js250
When is your quit date? I am pretty stressed right now, but would be happy to join you in a couple of months. If we keep a thread, maybe more will join?
09/03/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
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Originally posted by js250
When is your quit date? I am pretty stressed right now, but would be happy to join you in a couple of months. If we keep a thread, maybe more will join?
I was hoping a bit sooner than a few months, but if I am still smoking at that time, we should definitely! I most likely will be since I find it easier not doing it alone
09/04/2011
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