cosec59
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It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:08 am

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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bristolflyer
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:14 am

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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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:16 am

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!
 
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:17 am

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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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:17 am

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

Cut out any alcohol too since it makes you want a cigarette.  Smile
 
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:21 am

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

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

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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:22 am

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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cosec59
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:38 am

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
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:57 am

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
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:02 am

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.
 
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:02 am

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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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:12 am

@ 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// 

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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:16 am

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).

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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:23 am

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 

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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:34 am

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.
 
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:57 am

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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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:47 am

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.

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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:11 am

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.

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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:00 pm

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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RobertNL070
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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:36 pm

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.

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RE: It's Time For Me To Stop Smoking

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:17 pm

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,
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