2a) I quit 7 days ago and I'm still going strong
3) American Spirit - Medium
4) 7 or 8
5) - Before you quit ----
- Set a quit date: Maybe 8/1. There's a lot to consider. Do you expect to have to deal with the stress of work?
- Until then analyze your smoking habits and triggers. You should avoid those triggers when you quit.
- Speak with you doctor if you dont want a "cold turkey" quit (without medication). You should see your doctor as well if you have to take medicine on a regular basis. Maybe you need a lower dose when you quit.
- Try not to quit alone.
- Don`t kid yourself into thinking that this will be easy. It gets easier but those first couple of weeks can be frigging tough depending on your addiction and smoking habits.
-- When you quit ---
- Avoid triggers.
- Make walks but don't go out for a beer during the first couple of weeks.
- Drink cold water, drink cold water, try to drink even more water ...
- Brush your theet more frequent.
- Drink less coffee.
- Support other "Quitters" and receive support of them. Try http://www.quitnet.com
or other communities.
- Remember: It's only one day after another.
- Celebrate your quit, reward yourself.
- Try to do things a different way. It shouldn't be the usual life just without the smoke.
- Don’t ever trick yourself into believing that one puff won't hurt. But at the same time don't give up when you have a slip. A slip is no relapse, one cigarette won't make you a smoker again. However, a slip makes your quit even harder.
- Always remember: Cravings and urges may be hard to deal with, but you have witnessed worse than that - and made it through those times.