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It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking  
User currently offlineCosec59 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?

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User currently offlineBristolFlyer 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!).

Good luck with it.



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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter):
It turns out that due to his smoking he is now seriously ill.

Oooof!

Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter):
I have smoked for nearly 30 years and have decided it's now time to kick the habit.

Yeh! Finally!  Wink

Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter):
I know it won't be easy, but I am determined to succeed.

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!


User currently offlineAa61hvy 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....

Good luck!!



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter):
Any other tips to help?

Cut out any alcohol too since it makes you want a cigarette.  Smile


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter):
Any other tips to help?

Yes, this delightful ad at the bottom of this page.




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User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20540 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Congrats, and I hope you succeed.

Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter):
I have been out today and purchased the nicotine chewing gum in preparation.

A friend of mine was addicted to the gum, and never smoked a day in his life. He started when the drug companies began giving out samples in his office (he was a doctor).



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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2278 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 4):
Cut out any alcohol too since it makes you want a cigarette.

Did that 4 weeks ago Ian.

Quoting Aa61hvy (Reply 3):
Try to occupy yourself when you are craving a cig.

Yup that's why I have chosen Monday as the day to stop. In the meantime, I will cut down as suggested by BristolFlyer.
Thanks for the encouragement


User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2721 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2265 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter):
It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

I did stop smoking 5 years ago with the help of ZIBAN after 20 years of being an active smoker
Good luck Cosec59
Alex!!!



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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3591 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2234 times:

I quit 18 months ago after somking 2 packs a day for 30 years.

The gum does help. The losenges are even better in that they are less damaging to your teeth.

If you fall off the proverbial wagon for a moment, get right back on.

First day of quitting, I had 7 cigs, second day I had 4, third day I had 1, one month later I had 1 puff. No more for 18 months.

I went to the smokiest pubs and carried an unopened pack of cigs with me for 2 weeks just to prove to me that my will power was strong enough, then I gave away the pack of cigs.

If you truly decide to quit, there is nothing that can stop you.

Good luck.


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2234 times:

Be strong! Good luck! Keep us posted on your progress - and you will progress!

Regards, Robert

(stopped smoking 25+ a day 6½ years ago, cold turkey)



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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

@ RobertNL070

You lucky devil. Stop cold turkey after 6½ years! Kudos to you. I´ve been smoking for 34 years now and GOT TO stop this shit:

It cost a fortune to smoke (a pack of Prince 41 Skr/$ 3,50)

Ruins your health and teeth getting more n more yellow...  

Micke// 

[Edited 2006-09-15 00:15:37]


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

Quitting smoking cigarettes is a pretty good idea, I will definitely do it next year and I already know that it won't be easy (and before you ask, I won't stop smoking the green stuff  Silly).

Patrick


User currently offlineTmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Quoting Aa61hvy (Reply 3):
Try to occupy yourself when you are craving a cig. I found FS2004 helps, as does cleaning my room.

How was your flying? Big grin

Good luck. Not only will you see a health benefit but think of all the money you save through not smoking. thumbsup 

Matt


User currently offlineIAH777 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.


User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1807 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

The difficult part is not at the beginning, but after some time, when you'll have somewhat overcome the habit, and will want to reward yourself... by having a smoke.


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User currently offlineBaylorAirBear 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.

Avoid nicotine at all costs.

BAB



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 11):
Ruins your health and teeth getting more n more yellow

not to forget your back pocket
BTW Cosec59 I hope it works out for you and good luck.

[Edited 2006-09-15 04:13:21]

User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 6):
A friend of mine was addicted to the gum, and never smoked a day in his life. He started when the drug companies began giving out samples in his office (he was a doctor).

So he did not smoke but he somehow decided to chew the nicotine gum instead of just regular gum? Why would anyone want to even start doing that?



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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 11):
You lucky devil.

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.

Robert  bouncy 



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User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Thread starter):
I know it won't be easy, but I am determined to succeed.

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!

Cheers,
Alejandro



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