how do i quit smoking?

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  1. reallybigcock

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    iv been smoking for a few months now (7) and really wana quit now, but i need some help.:frown1:
     
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    No offense, but 7 months is nothing. Most people should be able to do that cold turkey.
     
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    Agreed. 7 months is nothing. Stop now before it turns into 7 years. Just throw your pack away and quit cold turkey. If you think you need a little help, try buying an e-cig...but keep in mind you're just replacing one nicotine delivery device for another. If you get a craving, tough it out and find something to keep yourself busy...it's all about will power at this point in your addiction. Cinnamon toothpicks, or cinnamon fire jolly ranchers will help take your mind off the cigarette. Trust me, you aren't truly addicted yet...but you will be if you don't cut it out. It will be 100x harder to quit 2-3 years from now, so do yourself a favor, bite the bullet and quit today...you don't need cigarettes, they need you. Speaking from experience

    Or you might consider Chantix for a couple months..although I doubt your doctor would give you an Rx for a 7 month habit. And that's another thing. Don't look at it as an addiction, look at it as a bad habit, like chewing your nails. It takes a little getting used to not doing it, but if you stick with it you'll break the habit and smoking will seem unnatural again
     
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    Yeah, 7 months shouldn't be too hard to quit off of.

    I had been smoking for 7 and a half years when I quit.

    I was able to quit cold turkey, so it shouldn't be an issue unless you're smoking more than a pack a day.

    Good luck and remember that 7 months isn't long, cigarettes aren't really a part of your life, especially if you don't want them to be, just finish your pack before you go to sleep; next day don't buy any and try to avoid doing whatever makes you want to smoke, it's easier than it might seem.

    Good Luck! :biggrin1:
     
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    I am struggling with this after many years. I tried Champix but I don't think they agreed with me, I kept feeling sick on them. At the moment when I feel the need for a ciggie, I can put it off by thinking I will have one when I have done this etc and then realise I have had only 2 when I would have normally had 5 etc that gives me boost. I also find that I don't tend to smoke at weekends, but smoke when I am work I feel thats stress related.but maybe I am trying to give myself and excuse too.
     
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    Exercise, ride a bike, lift weights. I agree that at 7 months you are just beginning to form a habit. Stop now.
     
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    Don't mean to burst bubbles here, but nicotine is addictive whether you've been at it for 7 days or 7 years... You smoke a cigarette, the nicotine starts to leave your system in about 20 minutes. In about 45-60 minutes, you start to notice it, and "need a cigarette". Thus you get a sense of pleasure/relief when you have a cigarette. That's the smoking cycle - it makes no difference how long you've been smoking. Nicotine is more addictive than heroin when you look at it in toxicology terms..
     
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    smoked for 10+ years, am 30 now and am seriously considering quitting (at 14$/pack for my brand...why not)

    Trouble is I don't want to give up either coffee or beer/wine. Which for me are the horse and carriage companion to ciggies. My name after all is Dunhill lol.
     
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    Agree with most above - 7 months is nothing - you should be able to quit tomorrow!.

    There's no way on the planet I was addicted then - if you can go a day, or even 12 hours without smoking, & still feeling OK - you ain't an addict.

    Go out with girls who don't smoke & hate smoking - you'll quit like that (snap).

    The habit isn't just about nicotine, it's the rituals associated with it.

    Stick the money you'd spend each day in a jar - & rent yourself a couple of pornstars for the night at the end of the year, or something!
     
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    This.

    I had to quit cold turkey because I made a promise I wouldn't break. How I did it was this:

    1. Commit. If you really want to quit, don't give yourself an out. Either do it or not.
    2. Get rid of all the cigarettes and ashtrays and wash anything that has the smell in it.
    3. Stay as busy as possible for three days straight, preferably in non-smoking company. It only takes 48 hours for the nicotine addiction to break and your body to begin compensating. That 48 hours can really suck (didn't so much for me) so it helps to have something to do so you don't think about it or have time to get crabby.
    4. Fill the hole the habit leaves with something else. Lots of people do this with food, i.e. trade one oral habit for another. I did it with gum in the car, and pushups at all other times.
    5. Be patient with yourself. Your not only killing a habit, but the desire for it. It won't take as long as you think.

    Best of luck. I have been smoke free for 13 years.

    SL
     
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    That's great advice. Once you start some sort of work out routine, after 7 months of doing it, you will feel way better than with the smoking. Make running or cycling your addiction - it is much better for you.
     
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    I smoked for 25 years, give or take. I quit about 1000 times or more. Finally, about 3 years ago I stopped. It was time, I was mentally ready to quit. Just stopped wanting a smoke. You have to really want to quit to do it. You have to be ready and committed totally. It's a psychological thing.
     
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    ANYONE CAN QUIT IF HE (OR SHE) REALLY WANTS TO.

    Just wondering now why you started in the first place?

    Good luck.
     
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    I believe the research on addiction disagrees with this statement. It is not a matter of really wanting to not be addicted to something. Most addicts, regardless if it is alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, sex, porn, illicit drugs, or whatever other behavior one is compelled to continue despite it bringing negative emotion...want to not be addicted to the behavior.

    I would also say that 7 months, while not as long-term as some, is still beyond "nothing."

    If you want to quit but find you cannot, you need to get help...from a qualified person who has experience with addiction, not random input from people on an internet BBS. Smoking is a risk factor for just about every chronic disease in the book and many that will manifest long before lung cancer.
     
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