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User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

OK guys, need a bit of somehting here.

As off October I told myself I´d stop smoking(cigarretes) for real in January, and January is getting closer and closer.
So, how many of you here stoped smoking and how was it, cause I´m getting nervous about it.
Any tips how to make trough the first days things like that.

All the help is apreciated.


Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

i gave up 3 weeks ago this afternoon....used nicotine patches every other day for a week and ive not touched any since!

christmas will be tough!


User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

It's all about your attitude. You need to go at it with the feeling of "I'm finally going to be free" rather than "Oh shit, I'm so nervous I'll start smoking again". See it as what you would have rid yourself of instead of what you're missing out on. I found that doing sports helps because it motivates you when you see your performance improve.

Stay away from the alcohol initially. Almost all people who relapse back into smoking do so because they miss it while having a drink!

Eat lots of vegetables that will not make you fat if you find yourself needing to have something in your hand or mouth. Alternatively, if you were interested in men, you could nibble on something else  Wink

Vitamin C will help kill off the remaining nicotine in your body faster than usual (if however you are going to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy there is no point in doing this). I drank more than a litre of natural, pure, orange juice per day.

Try to stay away from the activities/people that will tempt you to smoke if you are not a strong person, even if just initially for a week or so. It's a lot easier when you are not reminded of it in the initial phases where the nicotine inside of you is craving for more. Once this it out your body, it'll be a piece of cake Big grin

And... don't forget to treat yourself to something with all the money you save from not smoking. Although you bastards probably barely pay anything for cigarettes anyways because they are not heavily taxed  Wink

And last but not least, enjoy the fact that your appartment/house, fingers, clothes, hair and so do not smell of that FILTHY smoke!

At least that's how I achieved it  angel 

Good Luck!



Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 1):
christmas will be tough!

I hope that by this time next year it´ll be fine...

how is it, do you still fell like smoking, or the need for a quick one???



Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

Quoting Erikwilliam (Reply 3):
how is it, do you still fell like smoking, or the need for a quick one???

only when im drinking......though wen i sit at my desk for too long i really start to crave! this is when the patches are good!


User currently offlineCMB320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 413 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

I used the SmokeAway system (www.smokeaway.com) Premium kit over one weekend and kicked the habit entirely. It was mostly in my head though because I was very ready to quit. I just realized I had so many wonderful things in my life, I didn't want cigarretts to cut my life short.

If you have anything to live for, or want to, then kicking the habit suddenly becomes very easy when you realize it WILL kill you and cut your life short if you don't stop.

After I quit, there were a few months where extremely stressful situations had me craving slightly... however, it was easily controlled. I started exercising more, nibbling throughout the day on more vegetables (especially broccolli), and trying to keep myself busy. The one thing that hit me kind of hard after I quit smoking was how much time I had on my hands. I didn't realize how much time I actually spent outside sitting and smoking, doing nothing.

Situations where I typically would have a smoke were:
1. Sitting and doing nothing, so why not go outside and smoke.
2. Talking on the phone.
3. Having a drink
4. After dinner.
5. During or after stressful situations.
6. At the airport before and after flights. Double whammy: I would typically sit outside the airport on the phone with a ciggy.
7. In the car.

So:
1. Instead of sitting and doing nothing, i would go for a walk or play with my dog, or work in the yard, or find an interesting program on TV that I normally wouldn't have watched before.

2. Talk on the phone was a tough one. I found myself on the phone alot less because smoking had become such a social crutch for me. I still to this day don't talk on the phone very long because I find myself either wanting a cigarrette, or becoming incredibly bored.

3. Now while I have a drink, I don't crave a cigarrette at all. However, I do enjoy being in a bar and smelling smoke from somebody else. I enjoy the fact that it's somebody else killing themselves and not me, and that I won't smell like a cigarrette butt when I get home.

4. After dinner, now have more time to clean help clean the kitchen, walk or exercise a little bit, or I just come up and get online and go through the discussion boards, or learn about something I normally wouldn't have.

5. You'll definitely have to find a way to deal with stressful situation in a positive way. It was very difficult for me since I'm a hot headed and stubborn person. I know it sounds corny, but read some self help books on stress management... I promise they will help you out.

6. Now that I don't smoke at the airport, I have so much more pleasant and available time before and after flights, and easier connections. It was hard at first, but after a couple flights without smoking, I got used to it.

7. Since I quit smoking in the car, I decided to focus my energy on better driving. Slowing down, enjoying the music and the scenery, and paying more attention to the road. Much safer now.

______________
You can do it, I promise! I wish everybody in the world would quit smoking. It's such a disgusting and time wasting habit, and in a year you'll look back and be so glad and so proud of yourself for quitting.

GOOD LUCK!


User currently offlineKLM-MD11 From Greece, joined Mar 2002, 471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Hi erik,

I'm quitting too this January, 02/01/06 to be precise.

I tried quitting two years ago as well and it worked for about three months. What really helped a lot were the nicotine patches, but I stopped using them too early I guess...

As others above mentioned the most difficult times will be at work, and while drinking... But since smoking will be prohibited at our office as of 01/01 it'll make things a lot easier.

Two reasons for stopping: 1 = my health and 2= money... A 20-pack now costs 4 euros and I smoke about 9 packs a week so you do the math!!!!!

klm-md11



GELUK IS GELUL MET EEN K
User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

Quoting KLM-MD11 (Reply 6):
I'm quitting too this January, 02/01/06 to be precise.

good luck to both of us.



Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

Good luck on the quitting. I will become a non-smoker in Jan too

User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

i quit more than 3 years ago. i did it the slow way, it took me more than a year. i reduced the number of cigarettes and slowly decoupled all sorts of places and activities from smoking. during last 6 months, i allowed myself only to smoke on my balcony, nowhere else.

now i have no wish to smoke whatsoever. i cannot understand anymore how i could get addicted to it, but i certianly was. i feel ashamed when i think about the fact that i smoked for 15 years. when i imagine how bad i smelled (the few smokers i know always smell bad), i shudder. i am glad that it is over and i sincerely hope that i did not fuck up my lungs too badly.

good luck!


User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

givin up the old cancer sticks phil?  Wink

User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 8):
I will become a non-smoker in Jan too

Mmm...was that a pig that just flew over my head?


User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

One other tip, if you fall off the wagon and have one cigarette, DON'T THINK YOU HAVE FAILED!!!!! - you have just had a momentary relapse. Don't say, well that's that, I'm a smoker again. Kick yourself, or have a relative or friend give you a big kick up the backside - and keep on trying.

Let's face it you don't ever want to go through quitting again. Do it once, and forever! Bonne Chance


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

In the beginning it's quite hard but your body doesn't need any nicotine anymore after two weeks. then you addiction is over (bodywise).
Problem for me have been the habits and my favourite ciagrettes of the day
(After meals and after you know what  Wink )
But after a few month you actually think :" Hell how could i ever... and why? and pfew never wanna touch one again.

I'm smoke free 2,5 years and i'm not regretting a it a minute.
I smoked 20 fags a day.

DON'T GIVE UP GIVING UP.

Regds
jush



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

Quoting Jush (Reply 13):
your body doesn't need any nicotine anymore after two weeks

i was told three days! but i dont believe it!
apparently nicotine is more addictive than heroin! dont know how true that is either!


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

Quoting KLM-MD11 (Reply 6):
A 20-pack now costs 4 euros

In Dublin it's € 6.25. In Sydney, the 20 pack is around $10.00

Easy to quit - easy to restart. Just never, ever buy another packet. If you bum one off someone, don't worry too much, just don't buy a packet!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

bout £5 for a twenty deck here!

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