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Old 12-23-2012, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Quitting smoking?

I'm 19 will be 20 January. Ive smoked on and off since 16 and the past 2 years I've smoked about a pack a day. Lately my Chest hurts in the morning, coughing all the time. I just want to quit but I can't. Any tips? I don't want to do it chemically ( medicine, gums) I'm not addicted to the nicotine I'm addicted to the actual smoking part. Stupid I know. Thanks


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you need to decide you're done, then stick with it. don't let yourself buy anymore, throw out or give away what you have left.
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I'm 19 will be 20 January. Ive smoked on and off since 16 and the past 2 years I've smoked about a pack a day. Lately my Chest hurts in the morning, coughing all the time. I just want to quit but I can't. Any tips? I don't want to do it chemically ( medicine, gums) I'm not addicted to the nicotine I'm addicted to the actual smoking part. Stupid I know. Thanks


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When we smoke (pack a day or more for 20 yrs), we are addicted to a myriad of things. It took me 3 times - 3 real attempts lasting a year or more - before I broke free.

I didn't drink for 10 years after I quit because drinking is linked with smoking.
I used the gum because I was addicted to the nicotine which you only realize after a week without a smoke.
I was addicted to having something to do with my hands and started playing spoons and forks and pens.
I put on 15lb because once you eat a thing you keep on going having no way to know you have eaten too much.
I had to stay away from smokers and smoke.

You cough up gunk for a year or more - I did because I smoked so long.

To this day, when I smell smoke outside a building I track down who is smoking and not considering their health (and I get a secret joy smelling tobacco smoke).

I quit in 1992.

JUST DO IT because it is a criminal use of a body to coat the lungs in crap and to think that deliberately breathing in the fumes from a fire can't hurt your lungs.

ETA: I forgot to mention that the walls and everything in your house smells and turn yellow, and your dog can get real sick from 2nd hand smoke. Do it for your dog, if not for you.
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Well I live with my parents and fiancÚ and they all smoke. I'm just getting tired of feeling like crap all the time because of it. I'm making this my new years resolution to quit. I never liked smoking but started because I drank at a young age and partied a lot. I no longer party or drink.


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Well I live with my parents and fiancÚ and they all smoke. I'm just getting tired of feeling like crap all the time because of it. I'm making this my new years resolution to quit. I never liked smoking but started because I drank at a young age and partied a lot. I no longer party or drink.


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This will make it very, very hard to quit. You will be kissing an ashtray. It is disgusting and that is why a pair of smokers have trouble quitting.

I am so sorry - but you have a difficult time ahead. Can you not get your fiancee to quit as well? The 2nd hand smoke can be just as lethal...

A warning, marriages have broken up over quitting smoking so I suggest the pair of you do the right thing (the adult thing) and quit before you marry. PLEASE...
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He says he will but he says he will start dipping instead. I guess thatll help me a little but still..... I want us to
Live a happy healthy life and we can't do that being sick from smoking.


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I know you don't want to do the chemicals, and I wish you luck with willpower alone.

Champix (Chantix in the US?) changed my life, my husbands and my daughters. We will never smoke again, and feel no residual nagging cravings.

I was really only on it for a week, until it blocked the nicotine to the brain. It didn't take long to find smoking a stick disgusting.

I tried the gum once, was hooked on it for two years, and my hubby had to take me camping in the boonies where I wouldn't be able to get it in order to break that habit.

I quit first, my husband always went outside to smoke, so it wasn't hard to be around him, except that he stunk......

It has been almost three years now, and I love not smoking!! LOVE IT!

Oh, and no matter what method you try, Allen Carr's book is a must read. It really helps you understand what the brain is doing to try and get you to smoke.

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I used chantix as well. I have not smoked in over two years now. Neither has my fiancÚ. We quit together and it was the only way we would have been successful. We used it almost as a competition, neither of us were going to lose. I also told very few people for the first month. I didn't need people asking me about it and reminding me of not smoking. Good luck!
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My dad smoked all his life so I understand what you're saying! Your young and the future is ahead of you. My husband smoked for 5 years and one day driving south on 1-95 he threw the cigarettes out never to touch them again. Keep us informed how you're doing. My prayers are with you......
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I hadn't smoked since Sept 25th until my champix ran out a couple of days ago (my Dr's stuffed me around)...since then unfortunately, there's been the odd one or two I couldn't resist...but I honestly can't wait until my script for my final maintenance pack arrives as I do NOT want to go back to full time smoking. It simply costs too much $ wise ($20 a pack over here...cheaper to have an illicit drug habit!). And it stinks.

I'd smoked for 3o years, but knew that the only way I could save up enough money to buy my dobe was to quit smoking. Having another obstacle crop up in me getting my next dobe just as I ran out of champix has caused this small 'wobble' ...but I am determined to get a handle on both and achieve my goals.

Not having to go outside (to smoke or to buy smokes when you run out), not having to constantly remember to take them everywhere with you, and that you have enough to get buy....the freedom from that slavery is enough alone to inspire me to be free of the habit. It felt fantastic to be free for 3 months!
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It helps to give yourself a strong motive somehow. My grandfather started smoking when he joined the Air Force and went to basic. He and my grandmother were engaged when they were 18, before he joined the Armed Forces and back then, this was the 1940s, pretty much every man in the military smoked.

When he came back from basic with kiss that tasted like ashtray my grandmother refused to marry him till he quit. And he did, cold turkey. We still have his last pack of Lucky Strikes that he kept in his garage but never touched again. They were married 55 years when he passed away so my grandmother did something right! And he didn't have to go through the horrors of lung cancer.

Just find your motivator. Whatever it is. Your dog, find a picture online of a pack-a-day smokers' lungs, something that makes you WANT to stop.
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You CAN do it! It took me 3 yrs. after my mom passed from small cell lung cancer to do it but I did it and I was 37 and had smoked for 20 yrs, The last few of which I was smoking almost 3 pks a day! I used the patch and the inhaler for breakthrough craving. Start by making some changes until your quit day.

1. Start smoking a brand you hate.
2. No more smoking in your car ever, If you are driving pull over and get out to smoke if you really must stop.
3. Pick one spot in or around your house where you can smoke, make it somewhere unpleasant. This is the only place you can smoke when you are home.

4. after 2 days eliminate the after dinner cigarette, 2 days later the first thing in the morning cigarette. You get the idea.

Come your quit day you should be good, hang tough! I hope this helps!
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citrus flavours help against cravings (and put you off smoking)...so always carry a mandarin with you and eat a segment instead of having a smoke. I also found musk flavoured life savers were a good deterrent too...and I carried those round like a pkt of smokes for the first few weeks as a habit replacement. (after 3 weeks I started to forget them and not panic that I had...that's when I knew I had it beat.)
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I found the thought of it actually worse than the actuality. I wore the patch for a couple of weeks... then as Australdi said, the 'slavery' part of it made me mad. Going outside when it's cold, or raining, seeking out other smokers at parties, Carrying mints or gum constantly.. etc. . I do have a puff ( and put it out) in the morning, and evening, so I suppose I really haven't 'quit smoking' but I'm well on my way. Triggers are important to note. I used to reach for the pack when the phone rang. Not anymore as I don't smoke in the house. I would smoke in my car on the way home from work. Once we got a new car I didn't want it to smell like cigarettes.. The hardest part for me right now is once I've completed a project, then I want to light up. So I go brush my teeth instead. Trading one habit ( bad) for another one. ( good)is really helping. Good luck. there are different methods for everyone.. keep trying til you find one that works for you.
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Just wanted to say good luck. I've never smoked but some of my husbands family members do. I have asthma and can't stand to be around smoke. Do it for yourself and for the people around you. We asthma sufferers will thank you! Keep us posted on your progress.
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I started smoking at 16 years old finely quit smoking when I was 60 years old using Chantix I have COPD so please quit now if you can hopefully you will not get COPD.
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Oy! It's tough, lady! I'm about 2 months clean of cigarettes, and I have to think that the thing that really kicked it in to gear for me was exercise. I made a plan to get healthy and lose weight, so once I started a walking/jogging regimen, the smoking had no place.

My SO still smokes, though, but i've now found that the smell of smoke is totally nauseating. My parents smoked my entire childhood life INSIDE, so I always struggled terribly with cardio exercise UNTIL RECENTLY.

The trick is making your mind WANT to quit. Don't make it feel like not having a cigarette is punishment. You need to make your brain believe that not having a cigarette is actually a self-given reward and a positive step to health. It was really tough the first few weeks, as I was not addicted to the nicotine, but the act and relief that smoking gave me. I began smoking in the restaurant industry, as that was the absoutely only way for me to get a five minute break while waiting tables. And it felt good while drinking.

I had to find something to do with my hands, and when on a long drive and felt the craving to smoke, I chewed regular gum to distract myself.

I just now can allow myself to drink and hang around those that smoke. Even two weeks ago this would have been too much, but I've gotten enough momentum that it is now OK. My SO still smokes, and I'm trying to convince him to quit, as I hate hearing him coughing up a lung after a long night out partying with his boys.

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Hang around those who do not smoke. Do not allow yourself to purchase cigarettes. Find something to distract your mouth and hands while stressed, and begin a cardio-based exercise routine that you make yourself accountable for.
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Maybe look at trying the E-cigarette. I was using them for a while and was reeeaalllyy able to cut down on cigarettes while using them. I plan on ordering more liquid this week and trying to kick it for good. If you do use the E-cig get one that uses VG based liquid, it produces a vapor that is much more consistent to a real cigarette than the PG based counterparts. I get my liquid and accessories from American E Liquid and have found their stuff to be the best:

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for those recommending Chantix, i'd like to offer a bit of caution. recently(ish) they've started adding certain side effects to the warning label, namely depression and suicidal thoughts. my SO took Chantix for 3 months back before these were on the label. the stuff works, but it also caused him not to care about anything else. when a few stressful things happened in our lives, he became very depressed and suicidal, and i actually walked into the house to find him contemplating swallowing a bullet. Chantix is very effective, but it also can change a person completely while they're on it.

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After several failed attempts at quitting, I realized that I will quit when I *really* want to quit.

I became determined but it's not been easy, and I've had a few relapses. Here's what I've learned and take it for what it's worth to you:

1) Chantix was too expensive and my doc advised and prescribed Wellbutrin. When I was taking it as prescribed, it worked. When I stopped taking it, I went back to smoking.

2) Smoking, when drinking, caused severe headaches the next morning. That has been enough of an enticement to quit.

3) I can no longer be prescribed birth control when I turn 35 next month if I am still smoking.

4) The gum didn't work for me - it actually gave me a sore throat. And it tasted like crap.

5) I gained weight - it happens when you quit smoking. I started going to the gym and surprise, surprise - I can actually breathe and get through 20 minutes of cardio without feeling like I have an elephant on my chest. Exercising helps me with my cravings. It doesn't alleviate them, but it helps.

6) It's a turn-off for my husband when I smoke. That's a no-brainer. He doesn't want me to die but he understands that I have to quit on my own time. You have to surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. Be your own person and do your own thing.

7) I don't drink as much because for me, smoking goes hand-in-hand with drinking. So when I do drink, I have one or two fruity cocktails (I used to drink beer) and it satisfies my craving. And I don't have the terrible hangovers like I used to.

8) I hate smelling like smoke. I'm tired of smelling like an ashtray. And I want my white teeth back. I promised myself that when I fully gave up smoking, I would treat myself to a professional whitening. I'm not there yet.

9) I don't want to die young. I don't want to be living in a nursing home because of something self-inflicted and having those feelings of regret. It's not too late to quit. Ever.

10) People want you around and they don't like when you smoke. But remember, you have to WANT to quit. And it may take you a few times, or 10 times, to quit. But keep getting back up when you fall and move forward.

You can do IT if you really want it.

Good luck!
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My dad smoked for years when he worked in a casino. He's 67 now, and has a hole in his retina. It wasn't until the hole happened and the early signs of COPD that he stopped. To my understanding (mind you, I didn't meet my dad for a long time ) he had smoked ever since he left his dad's cotton farm in Louisiana and moved to Las Vegas to work in the casinos.

It was hard for him, but with my mom's support and my own support, he's finally smoke free Sadly, the COPD will never be reversed.
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Well it's me, my fiancÚ, and now my mom on board for quitting. I'm glad she agreed. I have faith we can do it, my dad won't quit i know for a fact. But us 3 can if we help each other!! Made the decision to not buy any cigs in 2013. Trying to slow down on them now.


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My husband smoked since he was in high school. He tried Chantix but couldn't kick the habit. He died of lung cancer at 57.
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I quit last October, I got an e-cig from totally wicked. Best thing I ever did. Nicotine is not the problem, the problem is the habit of smoking becomes so ingrained in your life, it's hard to go without it. I remember not having a cigarette for weeks, and going outside after lunch, reaching in my pocket, then saying "wtf am I doing..." lol

The e-cig helps because you still get that feeling of smoking, minus all the carcinogens. Let's face it, if nicotine was the problem, we wouldn't still be craving them when using the patch, gum, etc.

My father in law passed this year from smoking, he was maybe 6"1 and down to about 110 pounds. Seeing what it had done to him was my deciding factor, and I was smoke free long before he passed. For those that haven't seen it first hand, trust me, it's no way to go.
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Yes to all the above, and I'd also like to add that my mother was hospitalized right before Thanksgiving with a collapsed lung due to a cancerous ulcer, COPD, and emphesema from smoking. She smoked since she was 16, and still smokes now. She's 60. She smoked while pregnant, she and my father smoked inside until I moved out at 18, and they used to smoke while eating at restaurants when you could. They smoked everywhere.

I didn't try my first cigarette until 18 while drinking, but I always had problems growing up with cardiovascular exercise and having out of breath feelings. It was so miraculous to me when, once all forms of smoking and cigarettes were out of my daily life, that you can actually enjoy something like running or swimming without feeling like you are dying!
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