Do you know any tips or tricks that you personally or someone you know have used to quit smoking cigarettes?
E-cigs. But the liquid is the most important thing. It's vital that you get one that satisfies you. I highly recommend Halo e-liquid. I would try Tribeca if you smoke regular cigs and Sub Zero if you smoke menthols.
I used the nicotine patches and alternated between sunflower seeds and gum.
My grandpa claims a hypnotist got him to quit. I honestly think hypnotism is dubious at best but it worked for him.
My dad bought a large supply of tootsie roll pops & similar at Sam's Club & used them for the oral fixation addiction & until the cravings died off.
I smoked 3 packs a day since 12 and quit cold turkey. At 45. Just requires discipline of mind.
Start vaping instead and slowly lower the amount of nicotine intake until its small enough that you can just stop without any major problems.
This is actually what I did. I caped a 0 nic for about two weeks over a month ago then I quit completely for two weeks but now I'm back into it because it was bothering me too much.
- Quit cold turkey.
- Remove yourself from as many situations as possible where you regularly smoked (that one is tough).
- Replace the cigarette with something else (take your mind out of the gutter). I used plastic coffee stirrers.
- keep busy.
Tried it all, I chewed gum and it seemed to work but I work next to the "smoking section"
How about mental imaging? Picture yourself pulling around a tank of oxygen so you can breathe in 20-30 years. That's my mom, she has COPD from smoking.
Yeah, my grandpa died from lung cancer from smoking. I never even got to meet him. I know in my mind that I'm gonna have to quit some day and sooner is better.
I was never a smoker, but some things I've gotten from other people
Wash everything in the house, curtains, furniture, anything that could smell like smoke, if you or anyone smoked in your house, the odor could trigger a relapse
Throw away every bit of your smoking related stuff, ashtrays, lighters, whatever it might be, if they're just up in a closet somewhere, they're easy to come back out
Tell everyone that your quitting, and don't be afraid to call on them as a distraction from smoking
Just quit. I did almost 4years ago. I decided one day I had enough. I went 5 days without any help, then, right when I was going to kill someone, I threw a patch on. Wore a patch for a week or 2 and took it off figuring I didn't want to be dependent on anything. I haven't looked back. The first month is the hardest. Get through that and you're golden.
So many people say this but I haven't found that kind of strength yet.
It's very hard.
You will when you're ready. No one else can tell you to quit.
I used the patches exactly as directed. Worked out well.
Those made me sick.
Yes we did it 45 years ago together. Put them down and NEVER touch one again. Tell everyone you see that you do not smoke.
After trying several times with no help, I realized how strong the oral fixation was, vs it was easy to get over the nicotine. I got the patch and a bunch of little suckers. For awhile, everyone saw me with a sucker in my mouth. I even have a photo of me with sucker.
The oral fixation is the easy part for me, I just chew gum it's the craving that comes back stronger and stronger every ten minutes.
Just play a few NYS anti smoking ads, those would get me to quit!
Chantix and a crap ton of will power 20 year habit kicked a year and 9 months ago
This isn't the first I've heard.
I was in the navy aboard a ship. Cigs we're cheap.
Didn't like that I needed a smoke. Made the decision to quit and threw a nearly full pack overboard.
That was a symbolic act for me and have never smoked again in over 40 years.
If you say I'm quoting after I finish this pack then you're not committed to quitting. You want to quit then quit now.
I used apples. Part of what makes it difficult to quit is the habit of taking a break, away from work or school where your friends hang out. It's hard to watch your friends go hang out while you hang back white-knuckling it. So I bought apples and I'd take one with me while everyone else smoked. You'll get some looks and some remarks but in my experience, the apple satisfied me in the sense that I felt like I started something and finished it, just the way I would a cigarette. It also made me feel like I was doing something good for myself after years of poisoning myself regularly. Also, once you start smelling the cigarette smoke that you're nose blind to now, you will really begin to understand how others might find it repugnant. Science says that it takes 21 days to develop or lose a habit, so make a pledge to take an apple with you on breaks from work or school for 21 days. I tried to eat an apple and step outside anytime the urge was intense. It helped me. Good luck.
Also, Bupropion or Wellbutrin is an antidepressant that has been prescribed as a smoking cessation aid (aka Zyban). It does change the way they taste and the way nicotine makes you feel. It is a safer alternative to Chantix. Gum, and hard candy (sugar free preferably) helps with the need to grab something and put it in your mouth. Sugar can actually trigger a craving. And change your purse and any accouterments that you carry regularly. The smell of a smoke free purse is not going to trigger a craving like the smoky smell you're receptors are conditioned to.
P.S. I don't recommend nicotine patches or nicotine gum unless you are a heavy smoker and need to gradually wean yourself from a higher toxicity. The gum can be addictive and create an additional problem. I've known people to smoke while chewing the gum. Don't do that.
Tried the patches and gum and they made me sick. Even the apple thing which sounds smart wouldn't be the most helpful at my job since I work next to where all the smokers go.
Cut up red licorice to be the same size as cigarettes. Put them in a cigarette case. Every time you want a cigarette, take one out. It's the same size and feel as a cigarette and you can keep it in your mouth too. Just the act of holding it is calming. This worked for me 20+ years ago when I quit smoking cold turkey.
Interesting, I have noticed inhaling and exhaling helped me get through some cravings.
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Cigarettes are just oral fixation, just quit and get over it. Make up your mind.
Which is stronger, the cigarette or your mind?
You gonna let a little cigarette have control over you? Stop the whimp act and quit.
After a week you won't even believe that you ever smoked.
It looks stupid, it smells bad, and it is costly!
Lol went two weeks and then it started driving me crazy again.
As a smoker, I can tell you it's just not the same.
Hard to explain but while you get nicotine, the "kick" that a real cig provides is missing.
I'm a smoker too and you're right for the most part. However I was able to go from over a pack a day to under 5 cigarettes daily. I could probably kick those 5 but screw it. They taste good 😜
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That's great UP, congrats! I think getting the right e-cig makes all the difference. I tried the Blu and other over the counter ones without success. When I finally bought a decent battery and tank online it really helped.
I've been using a vaporizer for the past 6 months, works great, didn't smoke a single cigarette. About a month ago after using a zero nicotine for a while I decided I would quit and went two weeks without smoking or vaping. Had one bad night at work, decided to smoke a cigarette and now I'm back at square one.
That's disappointing for sure, but keep at it. I've told myself it's a process. I went from 24mg to 18 then back to 24 again for the nicotine level. I try not to beat myself up over it because anything is better than smoking as much as I was. Just try again and don't be too critical of yourself.
No tricks involved. One day I decided to quit and tossed the cigs in the trash. That was shortly after I became a born again Christian, so I believe God had a hand in it. No going back, no withdrawal, enjoyed fresh air once again...
An older guy at my job did the same thing.
I've heard that Chantix definitely works, but that it can be very dangerous psychologically. Be sure that you have family support to monitor your mood closely, because it can cause severe depression and even suicidal tendencies. The good news is that, after a week, you're not a smoker anymore.
It depends on how rare the numerous side effects are but they sound worse than what they cure.
Suicide? Oh boy!