Cosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
I had a conversation today about an ex-work colleague. It turns out that due to his smoking he is now seriously ill.
I have smoked for nearly 30 years and have decided it's now time to kick the habit. I know it won't be easy, but I am determined to succeed.
I have set Monday as my stopping day as I will be taking my parents on holiday that day and therefore my routines will change, which is supposed to help. I have been out today and purchased the nicotine chewing gum in preparation.
Any other tips to help?
BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2318 times:
You may want to seek a doctor's advice (or a quitting professional) on the best way of doing this, as gradually reducing the amount you smoke over a period of time may be more effective (ie standing a better chance of succeeding) than a total stop.
I believe there's advice on quitting on the Philip Morris website (a website that gives advice on reducing the amount of use of their products - not many of them around!).
Well, it depends how strong mind you've got. If you have a strong mind, you can just live with the pain that you'll get of not smoking, and then you don't have to smoke more, and you'll feel much better. This I don't really know, but IMO it sounds right...
Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter): I have been out today and purchased the nicotine chewing gum in preparation.
I think that's a good idea. However, on some people it doesn't work!
Aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
I stopped smoking 5 weeks ago... Its hard, granted I didn't smoke for as long as you, but its hard. I found running really helped me kick my habit. For some reason, as soon as I began running 6x a week, I have had no cravings at all. The only time I want a smoke is when I'm having some beers.
Try to occupy yourself when you are craving a cig. I found FS2004 helps, as does cleaning my room. Before you know it, you beat the crave at that point. Take short steps.
Remember if you need motivation: think about your family minus you. Because if you keep smoking-that's what it will be....
IAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2179 times:
Good luck, Phil! From what I've read in past "I'm Quitting" threads, this place is actually pretty decent for support.
I quit about 5 years ago and picked-up the habit again after 2 months on the patch. Then, my wife -- who thought I'd quit -- found out I'd started again. That was about as close to divorce as I've come yet. Now, its been 2½ years after quitting cold turkey.
You can expect cravings. Especially at times or places where you'd ordinarily light-up. I got 'em after meals and while driving. Also got a hankerin' in places where I used to stop and light-up. You'll also likely dream about it, if your experience is anything like mine.
Again, good luck to you. I think you'll find the benefits of quitting far outweigh what you think you'll miss with cigarettes.
BaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2144 times:
I've helped a lot of people to stop smoking. I can tell you from experience that the best way to success is not to use any aids at all. Quit cold turkey. The sooner you get all the poisons out of your system, the better. My dad smoked for forty years, and quitting cold, he was completely over his withdrawl in a week. Be tough, and tell those around you what you are trying to do. If your friends smoke, don't see them for a couple of weeks.
I appreciate your compliment, but it wasn't luck, it was sheer perseverance!
For me it worked like this. It's a mind-set and I mentally prepared myself to stop. I started kind of berating myself about six months before I stopped. Something along the lines of: "Come on Robert its about time you gave up smoking. In a couple of years you'll be forty, there is a history of asthma in the family, its very detrimental to your health, not to mention your wallet."
One thing is certain, you'll get cravings for a cigarette. This might sound very airy-fairy, and airy-fairy is one thing that I am not. However, give the craving a place, don't fight it, let it be a craving. Then say to yourself while sort of mentally shrugging your shoulders, but in two minutes time I will have forgotten my craving. And lo and behold, within thirty seconds you will have forgotten your craving.
After a while the whole rigmarole can get a little repetitive, but it worked for me.
Once again, good luck Phil, and good luck to those who are prepping themselves to stop. You too, Solnabo. Need a bit of support? IM me.
Well said! The key of the success is in your statement above: Determination.
I've quit smoking 5 years ago after 14 years of hinhaling poison into my lungs. Like you, one day I've REALLY realized that I could get seriously ill and maybe die due to this shit. It was a very deep conviction and I was like you determined to have an end with it. It wasn't easy at first, my routine was often to go in a smoky bar with friends to have a beer and cigarettes. At first it was hard to see all friends drinking a smoking... and me only drinking, man that was hard, the temptation was so strong but I kept strong. Then I changed my routine, it was not a radical change, it went slowly, but at a certain point I began to hate smoky bars and hate people smoking, I hated when I had to wash all my clothes after just an hour in a smoky place. I began to avoid those places, changed my habits and slowly but surely getting away from smoking.
Congratulations for that, I hope you succeed. All the best!