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The Way • 3 years ago 
DON'T QUIT! I smoked for 23 years, up to 2 1/2 packs a day.
  14.         Then I got a head start with a bad bout of Bronchitis, you know, so bad that I couldn't inhale. Got me to day 4. Then I made myself a deal. If I lit a cigarette during the first minute of an hour, I could smoke for the rest of the hour. If I missed the first minute I had to wait another hour. I didn't quit! When I missed the first minute, which I always seemed to do, I'd curse myself and vow to catch the next hour. I also told no one what I was doing except letting everyone know that for the next 7 days, I might have to leave meetings or disappear without notice. I also gave my self the same 8-10 minute breaks through out the day that I had been taking with "cigarette breaks".
  15.         After 7 days my deal changed. I put a pack of cigarettes on my bed side table. I promised my self that if I was willing to light up as soon as I woke, before going to the bathroom, then I could smoke for the rest of the day. So far, 27 years, I have not wanted a cigarette first thing in the morning. Doesn't matter, if I want one tomorrow I can have one. You see I never quit. So, when that late night at a bar rolled around, away from home, lonely and I felt the urge, I just had to curse a little and promise to my self that tomorrow morning, I will light up and smoke for the day. Of course the next morning, I felt differently. I NEVER QUIT. Just haven't smoked for 27 years and I will see what tomorrow brings.
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Donna L Kay The Way • 3 years ago 
That is an incredibly clever way to do it. Not once have i ever heard that before.

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Down to Earth Thinking The Way • 2 years ago 
I did it some what similar. I smoked for 20 years as well and quit 25 years ago cold turkey also. I went thru some gyrations and numerous attempts and I simply got so upset with myself that I finally realized I was mind fucking myself ! I was playing a game on myself and then with that realization I realized I was actually feeling very guilty to myself about myself. So I finally grasp that once I felt bad enough about myself, I would simply quit, and I did ! I simply said this is NOT going to control me, I am going to control it ! After 3 days all the serious nicotine was gone and I stated a serious running regimen, and never looked back . I felt there was no way I could cave in and let myself down , so I didn't ! Ilearned a tremendous amiunt at that phase of my life about me and I did pray for help and it was apparently given. So two very powerful life lessons with one stone , Hey ? I did the same with marijauna and alcohol later. I am now much older but have the body of a fit 25 year old and enjoy excellent perfect health ! anybody can do the same. It is all at my site for FREE and much more. My name +.com Good on Ya !

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Kayleen Damateo-Pawlak The Way • a year ago 
I have to say worst mistake was not quitting all substances from the beginning. Today rehabs here in South Florida get rid of it all. When I quit in 93 we still smoked in the rooms. I wasn't gonna give up everything you know. Well, I now cannot breathe thought I was going die. I quit just as I did the other things. Put it down one day at a time. Use what I know from the rooms of AA and kept going. It is by far the hardest one I have done for it has been many years and I love my cigarettes Is it fun .no. But I cannot smoke one cigarette. I cannot replace it. Sobriety has taught me to know me. All or nothing. No vapes, patches. That is how I work and I try not to lie to myself today. Do I still want a cigarette oh my yes and that by far is sicker then the addiction itself. I will keep doing it one day at a time for I do not want to die gasping for breath today.

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mssam1 The Way • 3 years ago 
Thanks for sharing your story. Real solid thought process - I quit many years ago by reading a book whose message was that don't focus on what you're losing but on what you're gaining. I'm going to give your strategy a shot - I really like the tough love part 2 - smoking before any am activity lets you smoke rest of day.

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Iris Camarena • 3 years ago 
I was very young when I start it to smoke cigarettes. One day I came to my senses and said to myself my body doesn't belong in a pack of cigarettes like a dead body laying down in a coffin. I looked around,and seeing everyone doingl good things that I liked to do.It motivated me to quit even sooner. Then I prayed, through Jesus I was going to quit. I woke up in the morning and went to work, then said to everyone. Today I quit and so I did. I thank Jesus for helping me get through. You know that if you really want to quit smoking you just have to believe in God and love yourself. Everyone thinking that they can quit on there own without God.but it's wrong. I used to feel ugly, I had no energy, I was lazy and had a lack of oxygen.Since then I don't smoke and I'm still in this world. Because I trust and believe in God. Everything is possible with God. If I was to tell you how much understanding God have provided it me so that I can understand the way to live my life, it's incredible. I speak to God all the time, but people don't belive in him. Like I said put all your problems in God hands and he will comfort you today and always.

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KevinLawson Iris Camarena • 3 years ago 
God is like having a split personality. Some people don't want to believe they are evil, so they create an evil personality to do bad things, others can't believe they are good, so they need to split their goodness off into this thing they call God, and it is able to do what they need. Final healing comes by integrating your personalities and understanding that the power of good is simply you.

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MightaswellcallmeJesusFreak KevinLawson • 3 years ago 
I find it amusing that on a forum about quitting smoking, when faced with someone's testimony that God took away their addiction, that you find it necessary, absolutely imperative to explain away God. I find it equally necessary, absolutely imperative to tell you KevinLawson, that I feel sorry for you and I am praying for you. I earnestly hope and pray that God will knock you off your feet with his presence. I know when you put your life in the hands of God there is no limit to the things that are possible. I pray for you to know that reality.

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KevinLawson MightaswellcallmeJesusFreak • 3 years ago 
God hears your prayer. His answer to you is no. I feel so sorry for you that I am going to fund a scholarship in your name. Is MightaswellcallmeJesusFreak your full name?

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thefirstdiggit KevinLawson • 2 years ago 
My name is ...I.C. AFool

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KevinLawson thefirstdiggit • 2 years ago 
5 months later I have finally recovered from this devastating insult, thefirstdiggit...Here's my other cheek. Would you like to slap that now?

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thefirstdiggit KevinLawson • 2 years ago 
Are you posing as God? Then no.

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KevinLawson thefirstdiggit • 2 years ago 
So if I am posing as God you won't slap me? Is that how it works with you people?

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Sue KevinLawson • 2 years ago 
Is this a forum about sharing successful stories re quitting smoking?

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KevinLawson Sue • 2 years ago 
No, Sue, this is the internet. Anything can happen here so you may want to unplug yourself.

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thefirstdiggit Iris Camarena • 3 years ago 
@Iris...I needed to hear that! God loves me too, I must quit (again) 35 years is enough....

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Amanda Sherman Iris Camarena • 3 years ago 
If God didn't want people to smoke why did he allow tobacco to be used that way in the first place? People who feel the need to put God into everything are so lame.
I believe in a higher power but some "Almighty" man in the sky who can help me quit should just do all smokers a favor and make every cigarette on the planet disappear plus all of the means to make more.

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Roms Amanda Sherman • 2 years ago 
Amanda Sherman, it's so easy to say "God allowed", but the truth is, we humans always find someone to blame for things that go wrong and things that we cannot explain. The truth is God is such a loving and merciful God, that he has given us the freedom to choose. Choices are made by us everyday, sometimes every minute, and when we take it upon ourselves to make a choice (mostly without being aware of everything we need to make an informed decision) and then things don't go the way we expect it to......we blame God! Don't you think that's a bit unfair to the creator of everything that is awesome and good?

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fgd Roms • 2 years ago 
Why is he such a dick tho

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dgc Amanda Sherman • 3 years ago 
Amanda...you need to think about the question you asked..." If God didn't want people to smoke why did he allow tobacco to be used that way in the first place?" God, when He created us, gave us free will....WE are responsible for the choices WE make...has nothing to do with God...yes He created the tobacco plant, but again, it's our choice if WE chose to use it.

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Michael dgc • a year ago 
Why do you people always place human characteristics onto God's intentions. So totally self absorbed that you think God is so very worried about all of your little trifling issues like smoking cigarettes. Get a bloody grip on reality.

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dgc Michael • a year ago 
...try and think outrside the box...the fact you made such a STUPID comment shows the whole world what a complete imbecile you are...get a life loser!!!

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Michael dgc • a year ago 
You must be one of those ever happy people that has found the miracle.

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dgc Michael • a year ago 
...absolutely. shalom

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alenajoy Amanda Sherman • 7 months ago 
If we were meant to smoke our noses would go up like a chimney. It's unhealthy and it's an addiction. Get therapy.

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Unchained Iris Camarena • 3 years ago 
Thanks for sharing Iris, and may God continue to richly bless you!

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slovenski domoljub Iris Camarena • 3 years ago 
God can do a lot of stuff, but what is God? Some call it Jesus, others Alah the third Abraham(they are all figure of our imagination!). God is nothing else but a higher force of nature which we humans benamed, belive in any God u want but look at the facts. The only power truly worth believing is in yourself and mother nature, it was in your will to stop, not the Jesus's will..IF u'll take this seriously don t be depressed and go back to waco tobacco, keep the faith living-living and believing in yourself!

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unnamed slovenski domoljub • 3 years ago 
Slovenski domoljub, i have though the same until i've discovered that the higher power is God itself. God has created nature for us to love and part of God lives in every each of us, that part which gives us strenght and to come face to face with the temptations of this world. Jesus was his loyal follower, making an example for us to follow in his footsteps so we can come in to the kingdom of God which is none other that the higher state of conscience . Iris, thank you for sharing your amazing story, you have given me hope!

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bdog • 3 years ago 
1. Don't judge quitting by the first 3 weeks. The cravings will subside if you simple abstain
  505.         2. Don't waste your time with NRT. In the long run, it just keeps you hooked and the failure rates are astronomical
  506.         3. Most important BY far: Under no circumstances can "have just one" ever again. If you start down that path you may not start up fully right away but I promise you that eventually you'll fold if you do the "occasional" smoke or drag

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cigarbabe bdog • 9 months ago 
Try an ecig they work unlike FDA recommended NRT's. There is no one that will work for everyone so you need to find out what works for you. I was a 3 pack a day smoker plus used 3-10 cigars on top of cigs. For 37 years I smoked. Saw a friend using a box like device and asked about it. It was an early ecig. I wanted to try it since I had tried every other way to stop smoking including prayers, CT, patches etc. I didn't want to quit only cut down on my smoking. In 3 days time I had accidentally quit a 37 year habit. That was 6 years ago. If nothing works for you try those things you have ignored.
  524.         Do your own research and don't let folks tell you vaping isn't safer than smoking.....
  525.         It is!
  526.         C.B.

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derExDeutsche • 3 years ago 
After 20 years of 2 packs a day, I went Cold Turkey with a qp of the dank. Its been 4 years now, and I never looked back. Don't get me wrong, its not easy, but Marijuana helpled me save my life.

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indian derExDeutsche • 3 years ago 
Instead of saying something like this why not just be quiet man...

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derExDeutsche indian • 3 years ago 
WHy don't you be quiet, bro?... Its how I quit smoking.

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z derExDeutsche • 3 years ago 
do not insult the way of the prophet bill wilson~ lol!
  596.         AA-salamu alaykum!

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Patrick derExDeutsche • a year ago 
Because you supplanted one bad habit for another. Hardly the message people here need. Get it?

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derExDeutsche Patrick • a year ago 
Oh right, so just keep smoking fucking tobacco. Pure fucking genius.

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pearson derExDeutsche • 3 years ago 
For me marijuana is the "gateway" "drug".
  650.         When i smoke dope I get hooked on tobacco :-(

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pixman55 pearson • 3 years ago 
only in countries that mix Tobacco with the Ganja ,is the tobacco a problem. Herb is not Addictive like Tobacco.

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HoyesMiGente pixman55 • 2 years ago 
Yea. Maybe not for you. But for me the ganj is just another habit.

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pixman55 HoyesMiGente • 2 years ago 
Breathing is addictive ..just try stopping . Drinking Tea or Coffee is a "Habit" Driving a car to the nearest Shop (Insread of Walking) is a Habit ..repeating a Routine is a habit. it is Easy to Give up Ganja much Easier than Nicotine or Sugar As Ganja is Not An Addictive Herb.

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HoyesMiGente pixman55 • 2 years ago 
Dude. Please. Ganj is not the peaceful cool herb in my experience and opinion. And what a stupid pot head response. :0

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pixman55 HoyesMiGente • 2 years ago 
I do not consider myself a Pot head even though i have Used the Herb just like i am not an Alcoholic because i have a Beer or Wine a couple of times a Month but as you say "In YOUR experience" which is Different to "MY Experience" Maybe you were involved with a Bunch of Bad People when you Smoked it .which would Cloud your Memory of Ganja .I have Shared the Experience with Peaceful People. But can see how a Bunch of Drunk people Smoking at a party Could get Violent But that is the Alcohol .Or if the Weed was Mixed with something Like "P" or Meth .I had a Smoke with one of the Most Feared Gangs in New Zealand "The Black Power" (And i am 7/8ths White) But it was in 1979 at a Bob Marley Concert. I was the Only White Person who was Down near the Stage at the Time and had No idea that the 3 Foot wide Gap between the rest of the Crowd and the Gang down the Front was because of that. I treated them like Normal Bob Marley Fans and they were the ones to Share their Herb with Me.. as Bob Marley Said "Herb.... Herb is a Plant Alcohol Makes you Drunk Mon".(Man)

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pixman55 pearson • 2 years ago 
What a load of Rubbish I have Enjoyed the "Herb" For about 50 Years . i have "NEVER" Been Addicted to it. I have Not Smoked Tobacco or even wanted to. It has been added to the "Herb" but it makes me Feel Sick. so i Never Smoke Mixed Ganja and Tobacco. Tobacco is A very Addictive Drug. But So is Sugar ,Sugary Drinks are Very Addictive, I can Give up Ganja at any time No Withdrawl Symptoms No Craving for a Pipe or a Joint. If i don't have it i go without. ..Do Not Mix Tobacco with the Green. and you will not Get "Hooked" On Tobacco.

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Gog Magog pixman55 • 2 years ago 
You've been smoking weed for 50 years but claim not to be addicted? You're hilarious.
  771.         I shoot heroin 6 times a day. Every, single day. So, if anyone knows how ~not~ to get addicted to something, it's me. ;-) Hilarious.

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pixman55 Gog Magog • 2 years ago 
You are Obviously a Liar Gog Magog or extremely Rich Shooting Heroin 6 times a day Every Single Day what a Joke you must be one of the Misinformed Christians against Drugs People. Who Claim Stupid stuff like People Inject Marijuana etc (it is either Smoked or Eaten)

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pixman55 Gog Magog • 2 years ago 
I started Smoking Cannabis over 50 years ago but i am Not a Daily Smoker. .Some people will smoke every day .some 3-5 times a day...An Addiction is Daily Drinking or Smoking. but once a Week or once a Month is Not an Addiction.I Breathe 24 hours a day ,i drink Water at least 4 times a day. I Never Crave Cannabis.if i Don't have any i am ok. An Addiction is where a person can not Control their Urge or desire for Something .Alcohol,Drug,Chocolate,Sex...ETC ..

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k man pixman55 • 2 years ago 
That's not how you do capital letters :)
Also, many people have problems with cannabis.
Don't deny them their truth in the name of yours.

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pixman55 k man • 2 years ago 
It is How I Do Capital Letters ...I know MORE People who have Problems with Tobacco Addiction than With Cannabis...Nicotine is a Physically Addictive Drug Cannabis is not. Check out the June National Geographic Magazine. it has a very Honest article about Cannabis. which was a surprise to me.but they are focusing on FACTS not Myths in the article..

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k man pixman55 • 2 years ago 
I used cannabis for 30 years mate. You need to stop being obsessive about it and try to accept that you are not the only one with a valid opinion or experience.

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Dr. Joe derExDeutsche • 3 years ago 
Yes, that sounds smart

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indian Dr. Joe • 3 years ago 
Does it???

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Sue derExDeutsche • 2 years ago 
brilliant.....

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Traci Deiss • 3 years ago 
Because I was very young when I started smoking, I smoked for 36 years. I quit 8 months ago, using e-cigs. But I didn't just trade one habit for another, I literally used them to quit. Here's how: I bought a disposable ecig and put down the cigarettes. I took a puff of the ecig ONLY when I had a major craving and thought I could end up heading to the store for some real cigarettes. Depending on how bad it was, I might take 2 or 3 puffs or even more. When I was calm again I would put the ecig away so I didn't have the constant reminder that it was there. I didn't feel deprived, just a little "off" from being in the habit of reaching for a cigarette or always having a lighter in my hand... but my mental state was amazingly good. BTW get rid of anything that reminds you of smoking first! After about a week or so, I was finding myself going for anywhere from 2 to 5 hours at a time without thinking of smoking. With NO withdrawl symptoms. I kept using the ecig for whenever I felt a major craving, but found pretty quickly that I would forget it was even there. After about a month I stopped using the ecig with no withdrawls whatsoever. It's been 8 months now and I'm thrilled! I feel SO much better and such an accomplishment has really boosted my self-esteem. Please give this method a go if you really want to quit! Even if you end up using ecigs regularly (worst case scenario) they are SO much healthier than real cigs. GOOD LUCK!

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pixman55 Traci Deiss • 2 years ago 
E Cigs are Not Good for Health Some people "Smoke" Just as much Nicotine Via E Cigs as the Tobacco Cigs. The chemical Compounds in E Cigs Has been Found to Be Harmful .An idea Is to Sweat out the Nicotine .Drink Lots of water,Juice Etc Have a sauna and Sweat out the Nicotine . Do exercise Go for a Walk Drink water Once the Pores of your skin open and release the Nicotine the Craving Goes.

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cigarbabe pixman55 • 9 months ago 
Everything you've said is a lie pixman.

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HoyesMiGente Traci Deiss • 2 years ago 
Gasp! Good for you. That's actually a great system. The 6 months or so before I actually quit, when I was still smoking and wanting to quit, I started trying to remember to use the gum or the puffer if i wanted a cig. I don't know if I ever would have set a quit date though. I got really sick so that took my choice to smoke away.

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KatieT • 3 years ago 
Chantix.....and a beautiful letter from my 17 year old daughter begging me to quit, so I wouldn't die and leave her like my mother left me....12 years ago from lung cancer. 9 months clean and no regrets....but am NOT happy with the weight I gained!!!!

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MartinNYID KatieT • 3 years ago 
People PLEASE be careful with Chantix - it almost caused my mother to need to be institutionalized. It works for some, but there's plenty of horror stories out there too.

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7milebch KatieT • 2 years ago 
I used Chantix too. October will be 4 years! It's the desire to stop. Not God, family complaining, coworkers, none of that. It's you, and just you.
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lcooper KatieT • 3 years ago 
Hi Katie
  1054.         I quit on Chantix also 19 months ago. I am a 57 year old woman and happen to be in menopause so, I felt has if I had a double whammy with the weight gain. The day I quit smoking I knew that I would have to start moving and I have been moving ever since. Yes, I did gain weight, 10-12 lbs,. despite my change in diet and activity level. I can only imagine what I would have gained had I not made changes. I have added a no carb diet and am now working out at Curves in addition to my daily walks. I still struggle with my weight but feel so much healthier! It feels good to be physically active and participating with others in this new life style change. I also use my 12 step recovery program in Al-anon when I am feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with all of the new changes that come about with not smoking.Celebrate the healthier woman you are becoming. Blessings!

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Melissa KatieT • 3 years ago 
I also quit by taking Chantix (they call it Champix here in Australia). Side effects were overwhelming the first time, causing that effort to fail. I cut the dose in half the second time and, combined with a genuine desire to quit, I succeeded - it's been four years now. I know people say to be careful of this medication but I don't know how else I would've dealt with the obsessive-compulsive stuff of quitting. I honestly didn't feel like smoking when on Champix and, in retrospect, I don't know if the side effects were caused by the drug or nicotine withdrawal. It's bloody hard, this much we know!!

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HoyesMiGente Melissa • 2 years ago 
It is OCD isn't it? Just that frantic feeling.....

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pixman55 KatieT • 2 years ago 
Weight Gain is Often an Excuse .The Mouth is a Pleasure centre So once you Give up Nicotine You can Taste the Food. Putting Nice tasty things in the Mouth is what the problem is. If you "reward yourself with Chocolate or Sugary Snacks or Junk Food You will put on weight. I read a book About Smoking. they did an experiment Using a nose Clip so the person could not smell the "Smoke" and the person was Smoking Water Vapor ,the particles of Steam hit the Back of the Throat Just like the Squirts of Breast Milk or Bottled Milk that a Baby gets . People were asked if the Smoke was as Good or worse than a cigarette and most people said it was the same. but it was only Vapor (Like E Cigs)

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Frank R. • 3 years ago 
Hey Everyone, I am 34 & I started smoking full-on when I was 15, so for 20 years! I have tried to quit using every method-e-cigarettes, chantix, cold turkey, the patch, gum, and hypnosis (twice). I quit 2 months ago, this time using chantix, for the second time, but something was and is different. I had watched the dialogue of promising myself I was going to quit the next day and then not doing it go on for so long that it was actually devastating my self-esteem, not to mention that with every cigarette I truly felt like I was killing myself, like actually, I could feel it. My advice is to keep trying no matter how much shame you feel if you try and fail, or if you do my favorite move, which was to declare to everyone I know that I quit, make it a few days, and then start sneak smoking but not tell anyone until I got caught, which usually went on for a few weeks of lying to everyone but mostly myself. Own it, know it, try and try and try and try. Don't let anyone tell you that one method is better or that this & that won't work, try them out for yourself. Chantix made me not want to smoke this time but it only worked because I was so desperate to quit. I wish you all the luck with it and know that smoking is a lie. I feel so wonderful not participating in the structure that pushes it on us and I feel stronger every day.

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pdxtim Frank R. • 3 years ago 
I have totally done the quit and then sneak smokes until I got caught thing. <hangs head="">

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Sue pdxtim • 2 years ago 
me too

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LostInUnderland Sue • a year ago 
And me...

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Sue Frank R. • 2 years ago 
As a nurse i should know better, shame on me. Smoking is become socially unacceptable.At any public place, the smokers are huddled together like they're hiding, lol. Hair, clothing, and vehicles stink! I had a young female patient who had a stroke point to letters on a board ( her only way to communicate ) ask me if I smoked.

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MartinNYID • 3 years ago 
A research specialist once told me it takes 7 earnest attempts to quit to be successful - sad but for me probably was true.
FInally, For me it took a total lifestyle change. I arrived at the decision for real, after becoming very good at yoga, taught by an institute with a long, credible history and teacher lineage - before the 'Madonna' factor. As I progressed, I found I simply could not breathe to do the more advanced postures. So I endeavoured to, after about 6 unsuccessful attempts, to give it up.
1. I wore the patch, and did so for as long as it took. I think 8 months in total. I stepped 'down' when my body felt like the step 1, say, was too much. I just knew it.
-the patches work because the first stage is getting used to a steady stream of nictoine, instead of big blasts from a cigarette or those inhalers or gum, which do not work. All these e-cigarettes and stuff just keep you in the habit - don't be fooled.
2. I changed my diet, to get rid of all/as much acid and carbs, trigger foods as possible. I gave up meat except for some fish. I stopped with the burgers, chips, fries, pizzas - and especially as much sugar as possible - all of it. I started taking Vitamin B supplements, and was recommended an amino acid 'L-Theanine' from a professional nutritionist which is a godsend for anxiety.
3. I gave up alcohol. A definite trigger and topic of another article, surely.
4. I changed my social life. Bars, clubs, drinking saloons - places where people are generally being unhealthy are no place for a recovering smoker. I stayed and still stay away form smokey places - just plain unhealthy. I discovered new activities, parks, bike riding , getting up early and enjoying mornings, etc. I started making friends around activities and interests, rather than distractions and addictions.
5. Exercise was key, and I found mine in the yoga. I actually got very good at it - something I'd never been at anything physical, and moved right up in skill level (if there is such a thing). I remember the first day my lungs expanded fully for the first time in 20 years - amazing. It was slow, gradual, with a lot of frustrations. But I did it, 2-3 times a week and at home.
6. I allowed myself to cry. I allowed myself to mourn the loss of my addiction. I allowed myself to mourn the loss of friends who rejected me because I didn't smoke (or drink in some cases) with them anymore. I also cried from joy of being free from the shackles that is smoking.
7. I chose to use positive language. I did not 'quit' I rationalised "I just don’t need this anymore" - so my head space was around other things than an angry argument with myself.
8. I took note of when I used to smoke. I used to think I watched 4 hours of TV every night, or talking on the phone - I wasn't. I could barely tell you the conversation or the show - I was doing all this manically, while I sat smoking. I also found that smoking was something that connected me and my mother - oddly - and I've been working for years on forging a new relationship type with her - gratefully, she stopped smoking about 2 years ago or so.
I now find smoking ot be an angry, aggressive thing. People on the streets intent on forcing their addictions on everyone else. Arguing their 'civil right' and all that - I just avoid them at all costs. I am not afraid to move tables at restaurants, or ask people to wait. I also can get up and leave - it's not just the smoke, its the attitude that comes with it.
I also am finding ways ot make amends ot everyone I harmed with my smoking. This may sound 12-step-ey, some of it is, but in reality, I cannot BELIEVE I sat and puffed away with toddlers, babies in the room. Or sat in restaurants feeling all empowered about my 'rights' and making others miserable. The saddest part: my dear, dear grandmother died from years of sittin in her den, with my grandfather who smoked. Second hand smoke, lung cancer. She died from others' smoking and I was one of them. Again, to the world and everyone in it, I am sorry.
Good luck out there - but imho - turn off the TV, the rattle boxes and internet in general - set the plan and do it. Oprah ain’t gonna do this one for ya. Get around healthy people, food, and living. Good luck.

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KevinLawson MartinNYID • 3 years ago 
Wow, beautifully put!

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pixman55 MartinNYID • 2 years ago 
Acupuncture Can Work. a Small Pin in the earlobe that you Touch when you Feel like a smoke. The area is the Pleasure Centre in the ear and Stimulating it Takes awy the Craving ..it Can Work for People.

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5 years • 3 years ago 
I went cold turkey, succeeded at the 4th attempt. I woke up one particular morning late in my smoking career and my throat felt like sandpaper and I felt disgusting. I made a conscious effort to hold onto that memory and it helped. No other special advice other than sticking with it is worth it - you start to feel much better remarkably soon.

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CCmoon • 3 years ago 
I have told my method to several of my friends who wanted to quit, and so far, all of them are still smoking. All I can say is that it worked for me. I had smoked off and on for about 15 years, never more than a pack a day when I decided it was TIME to get serious.
  1284.         1) I picked a time when I was sick and UNable to smoke anyway. Sick with an upper respiratory problem (likely the result of smoking)......so right away I put together 3 NON-smoking days.
  1285.         2) I had a digital watch that I could set an alarm on. Everytime I had the urge to light up, I set the alarm for 15 minutes, telling myself that when the alarm went off, if I STILL WANTED A CIGARETTE, I could smoke it. I kept delaying and delaying that cigarette until the urge was so strong that I relented and smoked one. Instantly, the total number of cigarettes per day was reduced by about half.
  1286.         3) After about two weeks of delaying it 15 minutes, I moved it up to an hour of delay. Soon I was down to about 4 or 5 per day, instead of 20. My nonsmoking friends laughed and said if "that was all I was smoking, why not just quit completely?"----but I REALLY wanted those 5 cigarettes.
  1287.         4) One night, at home, since I was only allowing myself to buy a pack at a time, I ran out of cigarettes. I told myself that I would stop on my way to work the next morning, that I could wait that long, no problem.
  1288.         5)The next morning I got to work and realised that I had FORGOTTEN TO STOP TO BUY SOME. I decided that was a sign that I could do without them..........and I have. For 12 years. Im not saying there werent times and triggers, but they were steadily conquered, one at a time. All I can say is that it worked for me.

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CPD • 3 years ago 
Quit the Church of Nicotine called AA.

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MartinNYID CPD • 3 years ago 
That's seems very one-sided. It's a well-known fact that the nicotine binging among recovering alcoholics is due in part to vitamin B deficiency and in Panthotenic acid. Stinkin' Thinkin'? 

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Tom CPD • 3 years ago 
I was looking for people saying they quit through SA; haven't seen any.

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Buddha Man CPD • 3 years ago 
That's how I did it, man. Preach! It's not one-sided, Martin. I used to look forward to the breaks at AA as I'm sure many do as a time to smoke "socially." It's the same counterproductive thinking landing us in a similar situation as what once landed us in AA. Scary cycle, ain't it?

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Terasa Barker CPD • 3 years ago 
Yeah, the place is flooded with addicts still addicted to Nicotine

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Dr. Joe Terasa Barker • 3 years ago 
Agree! You are not truly sober until you stop using coffee and nicotine to alter mood. Sorry, you're an addict...no substances, EVER!

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wackyTobacky Dr. Joe • 3 years ago 
Shut the front door

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Patrick318 • 3 years ago 
I quit cold turkey. Started smoking at age 15, quit at age 39. The whole thing is about getting into the right state of mind and staying there. Get angry at the tobacco companies and the dirty tricks they pull, and stay angry. With every nicotine craving, scream at them. Cuss them out. But keep your head in the game. It does get easier, the cravings less frequent.

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melonhead • 3 years ago 
After more than forty years of smoking and several failed attempts at quitting I read a book.
  1448.         Not just any book, a book titled 'The Easy Way to Quit Smoking' by Alan Carr.
  1449.         I was smoking up to three packs a day. The day after I finished reading the book, I quit cold turkey and haven't had a cigarette since. Feb.15 2007.
  1450.         It was easy.

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Name melonhead • 3 years ago 
Thanks for your comments here and congrats! Hope that you are doing well! Very similar story except it took me four times reading the book word for word before it finally took. I quit for three months after those four reads. During that three months of success, I picked up the book a few times for support and reread a few key areas. The book itself smelled like it had been Napalmed with tobacco smoke. I then restarted smoking for six months and now have quit again for two days after rereading most of Mr. Carr's book for the fifth time!!!!! As dumb as all this may sound, forty years of chain smoking was perhaps even dumber.

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Chlo melonhead • 3 years ago 
Alan Carr's book did it for me, after 25 years 1-2 packs a day. I have been quit 2 years and have no desire to ever smoke again. the book is available free online, just google it.

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CrushLimpballs • 3 years ago 
I had the magical combination of having moved to a place where smoking was no longer popular, no indoor space to smoke (nope, not even home,) and the understanding that every day I put between me and my last day smoking would get the shit out of my system the soonest- and cravings would soon pass away. I also made certain to not piss-around with it by hanging out in smoky spaces or "romancing" it.

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Cathy Henes CrushLimpballs • 3 years ago 
Funny I know ppl who think that b/c they quit they are exempt from re-lasping. They go out to 'test' themselves by going to smoky places, bars.I dont think I would mess with a hard addiction like this but oh well......

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MarlboroPerson • 3 years ago 
Mad Russian, EasyWay, hypnosis, acupuncture (the needle behind the ear), patches, lozenges, gum and running helped. The free programs for patches are good, easy to find online. Nicotine Anonymous was a bit too much. Mainly staying stopped long enough to see how much better I felt physically, and to count the money saved. $16,000 so far.

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Lee Johnson • 3 years ago 
For me, I used nicotine patches to wean myself off the smoking habit while still getting my nicotine. I used cognitive-behavioral techniques, such as Face It/Replace it/Connect, to deal with psychological cravings, either to smoke a cigarette or to have some nicotine. I also read Allen Carr's book and that helps. It's important to realize that there's the craving, and there's the fear of the craving and the anxiety about quitting, that I needed to deal with.
I have stopped smoking four times since 1995. The first time it lasted a few months. The second time it lasted eight years. The third time it lasted six months. I am now approaching a year again.
I consider every one of these attempts a "success." Not one of them is remotely a failure. Each quitting attempt helped clear out my lungs and improved my health.
The first time, I went cold turkey. It was extremely painful, physically and psychologically, and frankly, I felt beat up by the experience. I used no special techniques at that time -- I just stopped. When I started up again, I remembered how uncomfortable quitting was and that kept me locked in for a few years.
I tried the patch in 1998, and it went as smoothly as you could expect. However, I believe you only get one "free" recovery on the patch. It was so easy, in fact, that eight years later, when I started smoking again, I assumed I could easily quit again whenever I wanted -- on the patch.
Not so. The last two times were painful, but this last one was excruciating during the detox phase. Mentally, I craved cigarettes and pouted when I didn't allow myself to smoke them. Allen Carr's book, plus CBT techniques of dealing with the craving and the fear of the craving, helped ground me. After about four months, I felt much better.
I heartily recommend Carr's book because it takes a heck of a lot of the drama out of quitting. I recommend CBT because it helps you shut off cravings and helps prevent them from coming back. I also recommend nicotine-replacement therapy simply because I never would have quit without it. I know people say that the clinical studies show it's no more effective than cold turkey -- all I know is, without the patch, I still smoke. Everyone has to make their own decision on that one.
Good luck to anyone who quits!

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jell • 3 years ago 
I would not recommend the method I used to anyone. It was a little harsh but highly effective. I went cold turkey and when I started to crave a smoke I would go out for a jog. That's right a jog! Not just a leisurely stroll, I would push myself. It didn't take long before I would be on my knees coughing, wheezing and gagging for air as my body desperately tried to expunge the many years of Lung abuse. A few times is all it takes to kick the urges. My stomach would get queasy and I would start to cough a little if I even smelled cigarette smoke. Even the thought of lighting up became disgusting. Good Luck!!!

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Lori • 3 years ago 
I guess it's not technically "quitting" but I have substituted the cigarettes with an e-cig. Upcoming spinal surgery pretty much forced me to quit, and I am happy to say that it has been 6 months since having a smoke.
  1593.         My hubby also "quit" 2.5 years ago using the ecig. It works.
It does take some getting used to, but that's only a few days, then you are good to go. I'll never look back, and am saving a TON of money.

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NicotineSubstitute Lori • 3 years ago 
You didn't quit shit. You're still feeding your addiction. It's like an alcoholic saying he quit drinking, when he just switched from liquor to beer. Face it, you're still addicted and didn't quit anything.

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Takeiteasypsycho NicotineSubstitute • 3 years ago 
I don't think discouraging people from switching from real cigs to ecigs is helping ANYBODY...sure, you're still taking in nicotine, but I think it's safe to say it's a much BETTER alternative. Perfect? No. But give her some credit for the work she's already done and get your negativity the hell outta here.

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nonegativity NicotineSubstitute • 3 years ago 
@nicotinesubstitute
what an incredibly nasty response. she clearly says "it's not technically quitting" yet you feel the need to inject her journey with your negativity. people like you make the internet a terrible, terrible place.

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RS NicotineSubstitute • 3 years ago 
give your head a shake and READ Lori's comment, kudos to you and Hubby Lori!!!!!!

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MARY Lori • 3 years ago 
IF YOU SMOKE. EVEN AN E-CIG ,,,you smoke,,,,, AND YOU WILL DIE!

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Michael E. Vivian • 3 years ago 
I started smoking cigs at 14. I turned 56 this past August. That's 42 years. Then you throw in the weed and crack and all the other crap I've smoked and snorted into my lungs, and it's a wonder I'm alive. But I stopped all the other stuff and have over 18 years clean, except for the cigs. I continued smoking them until about 3 weeks after my 56th birthday. I knew for a long time that I needed to quit. In April of this year, a program associated with my health care benefits group at work named Quit For Life contacted me by phone and got me to say I'd quit by using the patch and set a quit date of May 1. They sent me a complete patch program kit in the mail, with supporting info and a workbook. May 1 came, I wasn't ready, I didn't quit. I avoided the calls from my "quit coach" and just kept smoking. I did hang on to the patch kit, though. On August 26, 22 days after I turned 56, I had a heart attack. 100% blockage of the right coronary artery (RCA). I went to the local hospital, they put me on a Life Flight to a bigger hospital and I went right into a cardiac catheter lab where they removed the blockage and put a stent in my artery. While in the hospital, they gave me patches. When I got home a few days later, I began using the patches in my kit. I used them for about 7 weeks, until I developed a reaction to them, probably the adhesive, and had to stop. I was down to the 7mg level, so I just stopped altogether. I've been nicotine-free for about 4 weeks. Surprisingly, it hasn't really been that hard for me. It seems that, just like with the drugs, I had to reach a point where I could not justify or rationalize continued use in the face of the facts of my life in order to become willing to change. I had heard, and experienced for myself, that the only way addicts will stop using is if they really want to, and that this is the hardest part of the quitting process. I believe it. It seems a shame that I have to get backed into a corner where my very life is threatened before I become willing to change, but I can't deny the truth of that fact as it has played out in my own life. Many people I have met in recovery feel that continuing to smoke cigs, even drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks, constitutes continued substance use. I've never really taken a stand on that issue (mainly because I did both and didn't want to admit to still using!), but I've never bought into it as a good comparison due, mainly, to the behavioral aspect. I mean, I've never resorted to stealing, lying, manipulating and degrading or debasing myself to continue using coffee or cigarettes. So, the level of unmanageability never reached a critical point with those two substances...until the heart attack. Besides quitting the smokes, I've cut back a lot on caffeine. I guess my whole point here is this; if you want to quit smoking, you probably will. Until you really want to quit, you probably won't. But let my experience be a warning to you...don't wait to have a heart attack or stroke before deciding you really want to quit, cuz you might not be as lucky as me and survive it.

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mjc • 3 years ago 
Cold turkey is the way to quit once you realize that if you keep smoking you will develop painful, expensive, irreversible diseases you will still have to live with. Don't have a last cig, just stop. For the first week have a fridge full of food and a support system of friends, family, that know you are quitting and are sensitive to it. A tip a friend gave me that tremendously helped -- orange rinds. A chew on an orange peel kills the craving immediately.

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pepper • 3 years ago 
I ended up in the hospital almost two months ago from smoking. I have COPD because of smoking, I knew I had to quit cold turkey and not look back. I smoked for 50 years and know I can never smoke again. I am on oxygen day and night so I would be a fool to even take one puff. If I can do it anyone can.

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karlt6 • 3 years ago 
I had smoked for 12 years, including times of straight/filterless. I 'tried' to quit a couple of times but failed. However, once I told myself I AM quitting, it took about a week. I simply decided I wasn't wasting any more money... was no longer going to walk around smelling like a fire pit... was no longer going to subject my girlfriend to the stench or health impacts... and no longer put my own health at risk.
I bought a box of the patches and used them full strength for a week. Then cut them in half and used that until I was out. Then was done. Never looked back.
You have to WANT to quit. You have to tell yourself you ARE quitting.

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Jill Wilkerson karlt6 • 3 years ago 
Here, here. Never try because trying is just another form of NOT DOING. Become ready and willing to quit and just DO IT. Then never look back.

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z Jill Wilkerson • 3 years ago 
only wear black and white clothes and say either yes or no in all conversation is required for it to work. ya nazi lol

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simonpr • 3 years ago 
I realized that I was smoking because I was morally broken. I admitted I was powerless against nicotine; that I was a nicoholic; that only God could save me from the defects of character that caused my nicoholism; that attending daily meetings where people shared about the good old days of smoking before we all held hands and admitted we were nicoholics, and that I would be a nicoholic and need to attend meetings for the rest of my life was the only true way of quitting-oh wait, that's not how I quit. I just decided that smoking was a terrible coping mechanism. I got short-term support to get through the initial craving period, and found alternative habits to replace smoking (going to the gym, hanging out with friends, hobbies, etc), the same way I quit drinking.

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I smoked for 8 years and quitting was the toughest thing I have ever done. I used as many tricks to help me as possible!
  1824.         1. When the pain of the urges hit me (they would surge in and out), I would do pushups until the pain went away.
  1825.         2. I would eat sunflower seeds. This seemed to give my mind something to do. (cracking the seeds in your mouth, and I guess the salt).
  1826.         3. I put a placebo cigarette in my mouth. I used one of those two inch long cigarette holders to chew on and "pretend to smoke".
  1827.         4. I drank orange and sometimes grapefruit juice. (again, just seemed to provide something as a reward I guess).
  1828.         5. I would lay down and just rest, all the time telling myself I was a "Non-Smoker".
  1829.         6. Once the habit had been broken (which took about 3 months), I had to make the toughest decision of all...... To never smoke again... That was 33 years ago.

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James E Lockwood • 3 years ago 
Keep in mind that the physical addiction will be greatly, if not completely diminished at the end of 72 hours. For the next few weeks you may experience an occasionally sharp urge to smoke, keep in mind the desire is like a spike on a graph and will leave just as rapidly whether you succumb to it or not. Go through it. There is nothing I know of that will boost your self esteem and feeling of well being than quitting smoking. One final thought, every time you finish a cigarette you have quit smoking and therefore every time you light one up you are electing to start smoking. Choose not to. You are worth it.

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AdeVries • 2 years ago 
I stopped smoking by tapering off cigarettes. I was on 20 a day, then reduced by one a day until I was down to five a day. I then reduced over the next two weeks down to 3 a day. The relief of having a cigarette at that stage was not worth the torture I was putting myself through, so I resolved then and there not to smoke again. That was over 7.5 years ago, bar one brief episode about 5 years ago. This ultimately taught me that smoking or not smoking is for me a matter of choice and I have that ability to choose. And for what it is worth, I ultimately made the right choice in abstaining.
Oddly enough, I found it to be the easiest mood altering substance to quit using and it is the substance I'm longest abstinent from.

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Darrell • 3 years ago 
I ask God to take the addiction away Before I went to bed. THEN I WOKE UP AT 6:00 am THE NEXT DAY I REALLY FORGOT TO SMOKE . When I was walking into work I saw and smell coworkers outside smoking I remembered. OHHHHHHH MY GOD PRAYING WORKS I have not smoked in 6 months 20 days After 25 years TRY GOD. MY GOD IS NAMED JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Smith • 3 years ago 
Stop. I subsitituted one addiction for another. I run now. I started running to stop smoking. In my first year I ran 6 half marathons. I am running my first full marathon in Oct. I could not have done it without running and God, but thats just my story. Yours will be different, but good luck!

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kine2b Smith • 3 years ago 
After 35 years addicted to ciggarettes I doubled up on the Transdermal Nicotine patches and got a few oz's of good shake weed and everytime I wanted to smoke a cig. I would smoke a shake joint instead it took a few months but it worked,,,,(I dont believe its so much regular tobacco but the fact the "Big Tobacco" has manipulated this product to increase its immediate brain bio-availability
  1919.         ..ie: These are not your grandparents cigarettes..its much like a freebase form

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Guest • 3 years ago 
Chantix and the scene in my mind of watching my best friend die of lung cancer

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Francis T Rozario • 2 years ago 
I QUIT AFTER 36 YEARS AND WHILST DOING 60 STICKS DAY.
  1956.         Yes that is exactly how I quit, I began serious smoking at the age of 16 in 1966, and gave it up at the age of 53 and let me tell you my story.
  1957.         For up to three years after i had given up smoking most of my friends could not accept the fat that I had given up because I was virtually a chain smoker and if I was out drinking with the boys which at that time ws at least twice a week I'd easily do about 90 to a 100 sticks a day.
  1958.         I had returned from a business trip to Indonesia and of course just like any other smoker I got my self a carton of cigarettes at the duty free, I had taken the nest day off, and so I was at home sitting watching TV and was on my 5th cigarette from my sixth pack and that to the day after I had returned.
  1959.         My daughter who suffers from asthma, who had finished her Law finals with University of London was sitting in front of me watching TV too, then suddenly she turned around and said rather rudely, " Daddy if you want to smoke I think you had better go out!! and to it, You do not realise how it affects my asthma, every time you do it."
  1960.         I really got a shock I really never realised that I was putting my daughter through hell wen I smoked, I reached for the ashtray and put out the cigarette, and said, "okay I'll stop smoking from today," she looked at me and gave me that cynical look as if to say, "there he goes again." I saw that look and I thought this is my daughter, my only daughter, my eldest child and I owe it to her, my beautiful wife and our children and I stopped.
  1961.         I did not go to the bar the throw away the remaining packs, neither did I throw the pack that was already opened, I just put it back in the carton box I left them all back in the Bar where they remain to this day.
  1962.         I suddenly realised how easy it is to give up, all the excuses I made up for my friends and others were all lies you suddenly realise, you may not have realised it then, and that is true because the urge to light up does that to you, but all you have to do is to fight that urge for one day, chew gum, pop a candy or something but don't smoke just fr one day and you'd have beaten this nasty habit.
  1963.         Cure smoking by yourself do not let Cancer, a Stroke, a Heart Attack, or other illness cure your smoking habit, it is just not worth it.
  1964.         I m a diabetic and have hypertension now, but I am healthy with all under control at my age 65 I walk a distance of between 9-12 kilometers a day that is how I begin my day,and I remain healthy.
  1965.         I have a still drink my favorite Scotch, (I am no drunkard) and enjoy the other fine things in life in moderation, so if you are a smoker join me.

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Karen • 2 years ago 
Get pregnant. It worked for me. You will feel so sick that you won't even be able to smoke.

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Jeanie • 3 years ago 
I read a ton of "what happened to me" stories on Whyquit.com for several weeks. My doc said that 90% of her patients who were long term quitters did it cold turkey.
I decided that I wanted to travel to Europe w/ just a carryon, and I can't do that with an oxygen tank. So, at 2 packs a day, I quit cold turkey and adopted the mantra of "Never take another puff." It's been over 5 years. Be careful around the year mark and during random stressful times like holidays when your routine changes and you should be golden.

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Barb M. • 3 years ago 
Nicotine free today for 8 months. Forty years of smoking with no appreciable time free of this addiction. Fear of the consequences were never enough to keep me from smoking and, the actualization of those consequences not enough to make me stop. ("That will never happen to me; I probably already have cancer so why bother quitting...") Using the tools I learned in another 12 step fellowship for 2 years now, I was finally able to accept that I had no control over my addiction to nicotine as well. By attending a Nicotine Anonymous meeting, I was able to "surrender" and the obsession and compulsion has remained at bay. Life so much more pleasant when I'm present in the moment and not thinking about my next cigarette.

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Liz Gorden • 3 years ago 
You don't need Chantix or any drug to help you quit. What you DO need is a change of mind. The physical part of the addiction is the smallest part-over in a few days. It's the mental and emotional uses and therefore triggers that send every one of us running back into the arms of the friend that's always there, no matter what: cigarettes. THAT thought, and many, many like it, are what erode your resolve. You end up rationalizing yourself back into smoking. I quit many times. The last time I swore that whether I started again or not, I was NOT going to quit again! It seemed like each attempt was harder than the last. Even watching my mother die of 100% smoking-related lung cancer didn't stop me! I finally noticed that when I was trying to quit I would do a lot of negative self-talk about how much I wanted a cig and how much I hated quitting. On my break at work "Look at him, HE gets to smoke, why can't I?" etc etc. How are you ever gonna stay quit like that, huh? I realized I had to answer that question with: "Because you are a non-smoker. Because YOU decided you are not gonna be anyone's slave anymore. Because you don't WANT TO SMOKE ANYMORE! is why I'm not smoking and that guy is." And let it go at that. When I started referring to myself as a non-smoker and started to relate to that as "who I am", and stopped babying my inner addict by whining about wanting a smoke, my whole attitude about it changed. I realized I was in a state of doing what I REALLY wanted to do by not smoking. Not being a victim of the dread of not smoking and never smoking again. Not smoking is not being a victim of high costs, illness and lining the pockets of the uber-rich tobacco companies. Not smoking is allowing myself to once again have a CHOICE in how I want to behave and what I choose to put in my body. Not smoking is being free to go anywhere and do anything without dragging those things along and being ostracized. Not smoking allows me to have good breath and nice smelling clothes, car and house! I LOVE IT!! I have never looked back. Don't even wanna. It's now been 13 years. Yay Me!! And all of us who said NO to the slavery of smoking. Screw you cigarettes!

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subject13 Liz Gorden • 3 years ago 
I have smoked for 27 years and picked up a vaper with liquid nicotine in it and i haven't smoked in 20 days (since I bought it).

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sue • 3 years ago 
I quit 20 years ago after smoking for about 25 years. My employer instituted a 'no smoking at your desk' policy and we smokers were relegated to a corner of the cafeteria, using .our breaks to grab a smoke. That cut me back to smoking before and after work with 2-4 cigarettes a day AT work. That really re-arranged a pack-a-day habit. Then, about a year later, The "no smoking in the building' policy hit...in January...in Pittsburgh. COLD outside. But they also offered paid time off to attend American Lung Association classes on quitting. My biggest motivation for quitting was embarrassment! I w3as not about to hang on the corner huddled in my coat like a teenager sneaking a smoke.
The ALA program was fantastic. Its a cold turkey program where the first thing you do is trow away all tobacco product you have, including nicotine gum and patches, right there, in the meeting room. The next day you bring all your home cigarettes plus all paraphernalia (ashtrays, lighters, carrying cases). Then the work began. learned how to deal with cravings, how to identify smoking triggers. There was a support group to whinge with and to celebrate successes. One of the facts I really held on to was that the nicotine leaves your system in 3 days, the rest is overcoming habitual behavior. One of my worst triggers was smoking while sewing. I loved to sew but the intense WANTING of a cigarette made me just give up my hobby. Last year, 19 years after quitting, I was able to sit down to a new sewing machine without wanting to reach for a cigarette. I FINALLY felt "clean". I still get the 'gosh a cig would be great right now' thoughts but I stomp on it.

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Bill Cat • 3 years ago 
Try whatever appeals to you and follow the directions -- cold turkey, patches, gum, e cigs, lozenges. I had good luck with the patch. The strongest one for a couple weeks, then the medium one, and then the weakest. One day I forgot to put it on and went off to work -- that was the end of it. I keep a can of strong mints around just to satisfy that occasional move-hand-to-face habit, but even the need for them faded over time. Never stop trying to stop, don't get discouraged.

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etoain • 3 years ago 
Follow the money. In wayback times, about 1988 I think) it was my habit to buy a carton of cigs with a 10 or 20 and have the change for pocket money for a week or more. When I began to realize I was running out of money earlier and earlier I thought about the price increases
  2109.         since starting to smoke. And I realized the prices would never go down. So I quit. Pretty much cold turkey. I do believe I was more habituated to the process and custom of smoking than addicted to nicotine. And I enjoy having my spare change for other foolish pleasures.
  2110.         So will you.

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Charlie • 3 years ago 
I planned it for a couple years and structured my life around being a non-smoker, stuff like not smoking inside, not smoking in the car, etc. Then I got really sick and used the opportunity to quit. I switched to the e-cig and used that for 5 days, tapering down the use of that, and then quit all nicotine. The first month was actually the easiest. It was the couple months of feeling irritable and impatient that really wore me down. I've been off cigs for a year and still really want to smoke. It sucks but at least it's not a constant craving anymore.

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huffin and a puffin • 3 years ago 
One day at a time.
  2147.         When I started smoking as 15 cigarettes were $1.70, when I stopped they were up to 4.75. - Screw that. Walk with somebody who does not smoke, and notice how slow you've become

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Helena Angelina • 3 years ago 
Fuck patches, fuck nicorette gum & fuck inhalers.....you'll just get addicted to them instead.
  2166.         Read "Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by Alan Carr and see how you go. It's proven remarkably successful and ties in well with recovery.
Best of luck!

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Jay • 3 years ago 
Chantix. Just be ready for the side effects.

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Beeez • 3 years ago 
First off let me say i loved to smoke, i smoked a pack a day for 30 yrs. I have been clean off smokes and all nicotine now for 6 yrs. How did i do it? The nic gum and a few other things. It's a physical addiction, so what i did was wait until i NEEDED to smoke. Then i would chew the gum and take an unlit cig and "pretend" to smoke. From my hand to my mouth, i would take a huge "puff" on the unlit smoke. I was getting the nic fix from the gum and fulfilling the whole oral thing too. And i prayed. I asked the God of my understanding to take this horrible addiction from me. It wasn't easy, i like to say it was harder than quitting heroin. ( not really true, but close). Today i have no desire to smoke. Zero. If a miserable smoking wretch like me could quit, so can you!

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Pam Hemphill Beeez • 3 years ago 
I am 60 years old and have been smoking since I was 16. I am a sober member of AA for over 34 years, I stopped eating, gambling and overworking including other addicitons, too many to count, but with smoking I use to say "Don even ask me to pray about stoping, as I never will want too stop" but today because of my age, I would like to stop. I have tried the V-cigs, and stopped for 48 day, but did not like the vipor, I have ordered the gum, i think this may help, I am reading the book from NA and its helping a little. My brother is sober over 38 years and stopped smoking because of a heart attach 6 years ago, he saids "I am a somker who does not smoke, just like an Alcoholic who does not drink. I am at least at the place where I am praying for help, but do not believe I will ever be able to stop smoking, but I will try the gum in a few weeks. I suffer from serious PTSD issues, and I am grateful to be sober, if God takes away the smoking that will be a gift, but I do not hope to much for gifts anymore. I feel hopeless about being able to stop smoking, but wanted to thank you for giving me some hope with your story, as I am going to try. Pray for me.

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Name Pam Hemphill • 3 years ago 
Prayers up.....

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WestCoastBeez Pam Hemphill • 3 years ago 
Praying for you Pam.

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Jill Wilkerson Pam Hemphill • 3 years ago 
You sound depressed. I think you should look into getting some help for your depression (i.e. sense of hopelessness that depressed people feel) and then evaluate your readiness to quit smoking. Depression makes it nearly impossible to take on any challenges and it makes you feel hopeless and helpless to do anything. Lift the depression and miracles happen. My ESH.

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unnamed Pam Hemphill • 3 years ago 
Belive that YOU WILL STOP , if u will not belive with all your heart and imagine yourself how to stop, the prayer will not work beause u did not belive. God can not help you if u do not want to help your self.

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beeez Beeez • 3 years ago 
I should add this. I slowly cut down the nicotine, starting with 4 gums a day for a week,then 3 a day and so on. I actually cut down too fast, b/c i was too cheap to buy more gum when i ran out. One last thing: quitting has been hugely rewarding. I can't stress that enuff. Not only physically do i feel better but i have a sense of a great accomlishment to this day. Give yourself this gift.

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Lea C. • 3 years ago 
Hypnosis worked for me. Getting out of the HABIT the first week was the hardest part, but Werthers hard toffees helped.

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Shadow242424 • 3 years ago 
Chantix, it was awesome. One month and have been smoke free for 8 yrs.

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suomynona • 3 years ago 
Cold turkey. I quit the day the I saw my three year old daughter trying ti impress me by pretending to smoke. I quit that day after 21 years at two packs a day. I had flu-like symptoms for a week but the image of my daughter stayed with me. After the first week I still had occasional urges to fight down. Now the smell of smoke turns me off. It is mental just stick with it and soon you will feel better.

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Willow • 3 years ago 
I used a one hitter (the little fake cigarettes most people smoke weed out of) and just switched my pattern to smoking that tiny bowl of tobacco every time I needed a cigarette. It left me frustrated but never near the torture of cold turkey and after getting in the habit of that for a month cutting off completely was a minor nuisance compared to previous attempts. Also smoking weed helped, but obviously some sober people consider that cheating.

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Guest • 3 years ago 
i spent 4 days in ICU, completely unconscious and another 8 days in the hospital. by the time i was sent home, i was no longer physically 'hooked' on cigarettes. i just didn't light one up once i DID get home. sure, there were times when i wanted one, but i did something else to get my mind off it.
  2399.         not the best way to quit smoking but it worked for me. a bit of luck coming out of an unlucky situation (emergency surgery for a perforated colon)

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Brian Burgess • 2 years ago 
Stay away from people that smoke and places that sell cigarettes. Change routines if possible. Quitting smoking at a start of a vacation could be easier than quitting while staying in your day to day routine.

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silverdarling • 2 years ago 
Smoked heavily for 35 years, roll your own and tailor-mades. i had never managed to stop more than 24 hours before. Like alcohol i thought i needed it to live and i seriously wondered if i could ever stop.
From previous experience stopping drinking, smoking or doing drugs i
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  2438.         prompting me to pick up again. So I planned to avoid people and tobacco and find my own solitary rehab.
Age 49 i read Allan Carr's 'Easy way to stop smoking', went cold turkey, took some valium for the journey and headed for a sparsely populated island taking no tobacco with me. I camped, fished and hiked around, 'living off the land' when i could. I was blessed with fine weather and the myriad beauties of nature.
Almost all the time i was at least 8 hours hike from the nearest tobacco supply. If a craving came for me i knew it would take a determined effort to satisfy it and i would have time to reconsider.
A week later, coming back to urbania I still had cravings but also the knowledge i could stay nicotine free for 7 days, a pride in my clean time and a desire to keep it. It wasn't so difficult for me to be around people and not smoke.
Now, 2 months later i'm still smoke free. I do often think about smoking, but a day at a time, i know i don't need to smoke.

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j.h silverdarling • 2 years ago 
That sounds like an awesome adventure. I had to stay home and quit :(
  2456.         Worth it either way

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Nucky Thompson • 3 years ago 
I started smoking when I was 10 years old.. All those years of smoking I hated it and wanted to quit but told myself that until I was really ready, I would not try unless I was willing to commit myself both mentally and physically. I woke up, exactly one week before my 20th birthday, and took the plunge. Seconds turned to minutes, minutes turned to hours, hours to days, days to weeks, etc. Nothing had ever felt so empowering as taking back control of my self. That was 16 years ago. Still going strong... My advice: JUST DO IT!!

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Burfm • 3 years ago 
Cold turkey here. Started using an E Cig for a little bit but I could tell it was just reinforcing the "hand to mouth" habit. The cravings really do go away with time. My dad smokes and I would take a couple puffs here and there which would just give me a headache. Now it doesn't bother me when he smokes, and I don't crave after meals. I also try and concentrate on all the benefits I've gotten from quitting. That motivates me. 4 months now!

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Tania • 3 years ago 
I didn't have a plan in advance to quit. On a Friday I told my husband we should quit on the next Monday. We used patches and lozenges. The patches we used everyday through the entire program. The lozenges I only used when I really wanted a cigarette and they were gross so I never sucked the whole thing. After a couple weeks the lozenges were over but kept with the patches through the whole program they advise. I replaced cigarettes with the gym and 2 1/2 years later can't imagine giving up my workouts and smoking again. I do not miss the nasty smell of my clothes and hair, I do not miss my breath smelling like a cigarette, I do not miss wanting a cigarette really bad in a situation where you can't have one. I don't miss spending so much money on them. In fact, I miss absolutely nothing about smoking. I LOVE saying, thinking and knowing that I am now a NON smoker :-)

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the truth • 3 years ago 
"THE EASY WAY TO QUIT SMOKING" BY ALLAN CARR AS WELL AS THE 12 STEPS

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DB • 3 years ago 
I used AVRT with 100% success. No drugs, no patches.

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slovenski domoljub • 3 years ago 
And one more..i know this is only for a few people but still..I am a webcam model, if u are too and are smoking like crazy STOP. I smoke out of bordom, altough i don t work alone(she smokes to xD) and i think she smokes out of the same reason even if we talk a lot just light one up u know...well if u have a simular job, try to "mind slap" yourself and rather hold back-if u have a pot pipe or whatever that helps u-hold that in hand and when u wanna take a breath just pull one out of th pipe even if that's not louded. I know this one seams weird, i tought that to, but it helped me a bit so good luck.

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Sucker on the other end • 3 years ago 
It is nothing more than a habit, realize that and you can stop. After thirty years I looked at my self and asked why. Did I enjoy the taste no, taste like s--t, was the smell good no I smelled like s--t. Did I look good when I did it no , look in the mirror there are your future wrinkles looking back at you every time you take a drag. Did I like the smokers cough no so why am I doing this to my self?
  2583.         So instead of telling my self I needed help to stop I started asking my self why. Before each cigarette I asked my self do you really want this can you afford this physically and the monetary cost was just as high.Back when I started it cost little to nothing to put the nails in your coffin. Now days it is unbelievable what it cost.
  2584.         Do not listen to the ads or the tv commercials it is some one trying to make a buck off your bad behavior. You can do it your self ,you do not need a patch you do not need gum you do not need to be hypnotized you do not need laser. All you need to to start asking your self why am I doing this. I had all kinds of great excuses, stress, kids ,relatives, job ,economy, boy friend,husband, but you know what it was just a bad habit I needed to break.
  2585.         Take back what is rightfully yours, if you have ever tried to quit that is all it takes .I tried many times and failed, failed with the patch failed with the gum failed with the laser failed with the drops. I wanted some one to do my thinking for me and to get me off of some thing that I and only I had total control over all along. So when moved in to new house no smoking indoors, did not want house to smell like I did that was the first step. Then would ask myself when I lit one up why, do you really want this and need it. The answer was always no and would put it out on the second or third drag. I put a note on fridge
  2586.         " Why Are You Smoking" Answer was " I Am Not I Am The SUCKER On The Other END" Did I want to be just that The SUCKER ON THE OTHER END. I looked my body does in fact does not smoke in any way at all. Mother nature did not intend for it to smoke no chimney. The only way it smokes is if I am to weak or ignorant to pick up and not put down the cancer stick.
  2587.         All I am saying is listen to your self if you say I need to quit change that to WHY AM I DOING THIS. I wrote down why I did not want to do it and from time to time would read it on fridge. After about a month I was driving home from work and went for the pack out of habit. I looked at the smoke and realized what am I doing, it tasted bad and smelled bad and I did it with out thinking. BAD HABIT. I can not and will not sell you a thing because it is all up to you. Stop believing the hype there was no one there twisting your arm when you started. You do not need any one or any patch or such to stop. It is a bad habit takes 21 days to break a bad habit. Start today not with throwing them away but asking yourself why I am I doing this ,you may be surprised what can happen in 21 days. It also won't cost you a thing , all you have to have to the strength to believe in your self and take back your right to chose.
  2588.         The night I threw my last pack out the window of my truck was 12 years ago. Never had the urge to go back no with drawls no lapse in judgement. I was done being the SUCKER ON THE OTHER END.

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hairbrainman • 3 years ago 
Nearly 30 years ago, I tapered off with a light brand, and had some good counseling. I gave myself a time limit and then quit 100%. I kept myself away from addicted smokers, but I see nothing wrong with smoking or vaporizing cannabis, which can be curative.

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Fr. Jack Kearney • 2 years ago 
n the addiction treatment world we are seeing a lot of success (80% at one treatment center) with the use of electronic cigarettes as a tool for smoking cessation. Since nicotine itself is fairly harmless (like caffeine), using ecigs as a delivery system greatly reduces the harm and eliminates the addiction. (nicotine produces dependency, not addiction.) If we could get everyone to vape instead of smoke we would save millions of lives.

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chaotica2010 • 3 years ago 
Stop Smoking. Start Vaping. Ecigs. The ultimate harm reduction tool.

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Melvyn Bowler • 9 months ago 
Hi
Back in the early seventies I tried all kinds of things to stop smoking, and failed. Then I got clean and sober (1974) and still failed. But by that time I knew a lot of what smoking can do to me, and I never stopped trying, though some of my efforts were quite ridiculous.
But perhaps not as ridiculous as the way I eventually stopped for good, in September 1975.
I was brought up in Manchester, which used to be a cotton mill city in England. It was a place where knowledge of tuberculosis was common. So when I coughed up blood and phlegm on 20th September 1975, I knew what it was, and knew that was it for cigarettes.
By that time I had been sober in AA for 10 months, and although I continued to cough up blood and phlegm pretty much on a daily basis for the next 6 months (it took the medical profession 6 months to diagnose and isolate me) I needed extra help to make sure I got through the day without the crutch of a cigarette.
So I decided I wasn't stopping smoking, and hadn't stopped smoking !
I calculated that it took 7 seconds between the decision to smoke and the first inhale. Now, no matter how desperate I was to smoke, there was always going to be that 7 seconds. So I decided that I would simply put off smoking for 7 seconds, and repeat this for as long as the desire was with me.
We know the mind can hold 2 conflicting beliefs at the same time, I just made this paradox work for me. Mind you, one has to be committed to staying stopped.
I also carried cigarettes and matches with me all the time (I eventually stopped doing this after a few years). I accepted that I could go crazy, and piss everybody off who knew me - didn't matter. My only qualification was that if there was an atomic war I still would not drink but I would have a last cigarette before dying (Camel unfiltered was what I carried around).
Having tuberculosis changed my life in many ways (that's another story), but the similarities between a rock-bottom in drinking, and making sure I stayed stopped by going to AA, and coughing up blood and phlegm, and then working out a strategy to maintain the abstinence from cigarettes is, to me, obvious.
To my knowledge, no one has ever successfully emulated my method, but who knows, this post might just be what someone is looking for.
Have a happy recovery filled life, no matter how you do it.

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Hans Bump • 9 months ago 
One quick tip from a certified smoking cessation specialist: Taper down to about three cigarettes, then quit altogether. If you taper down to 2 then 1, you tend to get to get desperate about letting go of the final one and it limits your chances of success.

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Hank • 9 months ago 
I just quit. I took the decision to quit when I started to work on
  2697.         loving myself more. I also had a particularly bad hang over from smoking
  2698.         too much which gave me a big migraine. That's when I decided to quit.
  2699.         It just didn't make sense to me anymore to hurt my health in such a
  2700.         severe way. I'm a social smoker, I mainly smoke when I drink alcohol, so
  2701.         I stopped smoking and drinking at the same time. I chewed LOTS of
  2702.         chewing gum the first few weeks. Whenever I wanted to smoke I chewed one
  2703.         and I made sure I always had several flavors at hand. It made me very
  2704.         popular with people in bars since I shared them generously. I put the
  2705.         money I'd spend on cigarettes in a jar and bought a nice dinner for me
  2706.         and a friend at the end of the month. I tried to become more aware of my
  2707.         emotions. Whenever I started to feel stressed out, I took a deep breath
  2708.         and listened to positive affirmations on my MP3 player. I started to
  2709.         work out 5 times a weeks. When I'm running 30-40 min a day at 6 m/ph I
  2710.         really don't want to smoke. Sometimes when I really felt like smoking I
  2711.         just did. Then I stopped again the next day. I think it's better to slip
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  2713.         slip up big time. All change needs time and I go easy on myself. But
  2714.         honestly, in this way I hardly ever missed smoking.

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Terasa Barker • 9 months ago 
Quit ALL harmful substances since 1994 and the cigarettes were the hardest to let go. Must be around ALL non smokers and look upon cigarettes on the same level as your other addictions. After all....it IS an addiction. Started when I was 13 and continued for the next 17 years. Find hobbies, things to occupy your hands and mind to compensate.

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Librarian • 10 months ago 
I would like at add a new idea. One of my friends has been quit for a month. It cost her $100. She is a serial-quitter and this time she did something vastly different to help her stay quit.
She purchased 15 tests to test for tobacco use. Yup - the urine test variety. She tested herself once/week until she got a negative result. That took 4 weeks. During that those 4 weeks there were many times she wanted to smoke but the thought of fail the drug test helped keep her 'clean'.
She is continuing to use the other ones and considers herself to be 'in long term treatment program' for tobacco use. She says that she might use the tests for a full year if she is not over her temptation after the 3 months.
She has also considered switching to the Saliva type of testing because it is more sensitive than the urine test and that she would probably still show up as positive for tobacco use in that one - even after 4 weeks. She bought her tests through Craig Medial which is a very reputable company that sells testing kits to physicians / insurance companies as well as for personal use.
Now THAT's commitment! And a great idea. She says it is empowering and humbling all at the same time.
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Jay • a year ago 
I quit Christmas Day after smoking a pack a day for decades. You have to want to quit most definitely. Get yourself to a point where cigarettes become physically repulsive to you. It also helps to have a plan. Something more solid than, "I'm gonna quit tomorrow". Pick a date, tell everyone you know that you're quitting, get a few patches and make your last pack your last pack. It's not impossible. Whoever said quitting cigarettes is harder than heroin never had themselves a good heroin habit. Good luck.

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Librarian • a year ago 
How did I quit?
1) Recognized that cigarettes are my heroin - simple as that. If I have one - I want 25 more with lots of fresh coffee and I will happily sit there smoking one right after another. So every time I think I might want 'just one', I think of it as heroin - that keeps me away from it.
2) Used aids. I tried vaping; burnt my lungs on the vapor (apparently if you cant tolerate the smoke they use on stages then you can't vape). So I purchased the ultra-slim cigarettes that were more like a quarter cigarette then used those for a long time because they deliver far less than a regular cigarette, made me 'uncool' with the other smokers, and broke the image of the cigarette that I liked so much.
Then when I was ready, I used a nicotine mouth spray. It helped.
3) Stay away from people who smoke - especially at work. funny... I don't think my smoking buddies at worked missed me! We were just all smokers in the smoking area together - not friends.
4) Changed the smell of my home environment. I didn't smoke in the house but that was besides the point. I purchased some lavender essential oils and rubbed it on my temples on the first day. Then I put a few drops in water so my living room would smell different; like my grandmother. This reminder made me happy and made it easier to think of her (something good) every time I wanted to light up.
My final advice? Keep quitting - no matter what. Eventually you will find the combo that works for you.
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Nancy Marron-Asti • a year ago 
I quit so many times I can't count. Finally, i got very sick and the smell of smoke just made me vomit. When I was better, I told myself that if you smoke you will vomit. The smell really bothered me from that day on. I don't get it. But it has worked. I still can't stand the smell. And I smoked from age 12 to 55!!!!! I think being older and afraid of death as well as not being able to breath scared me. Also, I have 3 grandkids who I ADORE...I want to live long enough to see them grow up. So there you go. Everyone has their own "bottom" and that was mine.

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vexedshelly • a year ago 
There are many ways to quit smoking. One thing that helps is to get really mad at the tobacco companies. They know they are creating a product that kills, and they don't care. They target children. They are the only business in the world that produces a product that kills the user of that product if you use it as intended...... think about that, and then get pissed off. If you hate something enough, if you get angry enough at the people who make it, you will quit using it.

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JenniferJeckles • a year ago 
I was in a coma for 6 weeks 3 years ago after a suicide attempt. Before, I loved smoking which I did constantly. I hated the smell though. Now I am a vaper - all the nicotine and none of the smell: brilliant! It really isn't like smoking cigarettes but I know if I did smoke a cigarette I'd be addicted instantly again. 

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Oriam Sammy • a year ago 
I was a two and a half packs a day smoker.
I quit smoking cigarettes on a New Years' Resolution. Call it ,Will power. Mind over matter. Whatever. I quit Cold turkey.
It was the hardest addiction I had to give-up.
The first day was hard, the next two weeks for me was the worst.
I was difficult to be around with during this phase. You will be too.
The one thing I used that helped me was Chewing Gum. You have to replace that habit with something else, until you can say to yourself with a definite answer that you'll never smoke again. My wife used beef jerkey which satisfied that hand-to-mouth habit. Sitting on your hands when they're idle helps too.
Its been over 30 years since I smoked last, and to this day, when I happen to get a whiff of cigarette smoke, my brain instantly reminds ME of how Good it used to feel when nicote and all of those other chemicals where running throughout my body.
  2859.         But, I snap myself out of that ridiculous thought, and go about my business.
You can do it! Good Luck.

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JenniferJeckles • a year ago 
I was in a coma for 6 weeks and had no cravings when I woke up. That's the way to do it! A year later was diagnosed with lung cancer...am in remission- 1st year- . Nicotine wants you, though, as have relapsed onto ecigs but don't believe they are as bad as actual smoking. We'll find out when they've been studied I expect. So, that's my advice 🤓
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smedly • a year ago 
The Way is the way
  2897.         Don't count the days it brings the fear feeling of failure into play if you do, so no counting! If you had a smoke just put it out & continue not doing it, don't wait till the next day to continuing stopping. Stop saying your a smoker, for some the input of saying your not a smoker can be self viewed as a lie till your not doing it. so just don't say your a smoker, shhh. don't say "I'm trying to quit" instead say I am stopping that, it's good input to hear from yourself. The negative mind game comes from the word quit so just get to a spot where you just aren't smoking.. So I stopped a week or so maybe just a couple days before thanksgiving I think 4 years ago not sure. i was done with it and never stopped long enough soon enough to accurately figure it out. its one of those few times a thinker or anyone should never look back when its working.. ;-) . I see the 2 posts before me said they never looked back or they never really quit. i had both those attributes of success working for me i also thought i was screwing myself buy smoking after quitting for a year cold turkey around age 17 then again around the age 26 then i finally got to the point where I was afraid to answer myself back if I felt I was ready to stop there was definitely a fear of what I would feel & say back to myself, the situation, stress, cold sweat the word quit brings so i didn't answer cause i didn't want to lie to myself or feel the fear, just looked the other way and let myself get away with it... . you stop you don't quit . cigarettes where $.55 a pk at age 12.... $.60 in the machines when I started smoking. stopped around age 47 or 48 I'm 52 & don't smoke pot either now. remember "stopping and not doing" are choices of strength. quitting is week an taught to us as well just that quitting so even after you stop doing that, saying you quit can foster weakness years later, just continue not doing it and saying you don't smoke..so change "I'm gonna quit" to "I want to stop" then next time your ready you will have changed what you say to yourself in habit and the back of your mind wont interrupt with that word you trained out of use. and stop and shhh don't talk back then don't look back cause stopping is whats important to you not knowing how long it's been. yes?

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JP • a year ago 
quitting was by far the hardest and most worthwhile thing ive done, even compared to sobriety. sober 4.5 years, off the cigs 21 months. and i've only read some of the comments here but i echo the sentiment of DO NOT GIVE UP. making it x amount of days is INCREDIBLE....and yes it is painful, challenging, scary- there were times i thought i was going to lose my mind....but i didn't give up and i am SO grateful. the first 90 days were the most challenging for me and its THAT pain that keeps me from picking up again [though i do think about it almost everyday]. what i came to understand was that THIS was my drug of choice- even more than prescription pills and booze- cigs were my best friend.....so the quitting process has been long, emotional and challenging.
how i did it was cold turkey. but i made a deal with the universe after i had heard a segment on NPR about a woman who made a deal with her partner- if she picked up smoking again she would have to pay $5k to the KKK. i thought this was brilliant. i had a test coming up for work, a major one that i really wanted to pass though im a terrible study-er and test taker. so i made a deal with the universe- get me to pass this test and i will quit. i passed by 1 point. so that day was the last day i smoked.
in the beginning, i did eat a ton too- at one point i was eating 4 full sized snickers a day. i know not everyone has that luxury, but i had a first things first mentality- had to make it through the detox.
anyway- i am proof positive that it IS possible....and though it is hard, it is SO worth it. hang in there- it really does get better [that whole don't quit before the miracle thing....]

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AusTexAnon • a year ago 
So I'm going along, 18 months sober, maybe 20, determined that I'm going to quit smoking. Of course, I was unable to do so, any more than I'd ever been able to quit smoking, regardless how many headlong assaults on it.
Duh. It's an addiction. And I think that *I'm* going to be able to quit, on force, by willing myself? Ridiculous. I got it -- I'm not going to be able to do this. I'm in all these meetings and we're all the time talking about powerlessness but I didn't make the connection. And then one day I saw it. I think I actually laughed out loud at myself, and if I didn't I ought to have.
So. Powerless. But that does *not* equate to helplessness, I'm not supposed to just sit there and drool, there are actions that I can take. This is the one that I chose: In prayer, along with the rest of what we're given in the text, I'm like "Old Timer -- I'm a smoker. I don't want to be a smoker. I sortof don't think that it'd be your will that I hawk up all this neon green phlegm, I sortof don't think that you'd have me to throwing my money into the trashcan, I've seen pictures of smokers lungs and I just rather don't think that you'd want that for me. But -- I'm a smoker. I got it now. This one is yours now. I'm going to buy cigarettes, and I'm going to smoke them, and I'm not gonna fight myself over this. This is yours now. You're The Director, this is your Show, I'm but an actor in it. I'm done. If at some time you decide to lay the grace upon me, plz let me know. Ring a celestial chime. Or like a big, honkin' gong. Some such. As says the song on the radio -- gimme some kind of sign. Thx for your Time, hearing me out here. Amen."
And I went about my life. Working. Meetings. Sponsoring anyone nuts enough to let me near them, though if the text was open between us they had a chance, right? (Actually, I did start sponsoring fairly early on, guys trusted me, plus I'd run work, crews of carpenters, so I understood a bit of the role, and they felt that, and leaned into it.) In any case, I was completely guilt-free w/r/t smoking. It was great. I *did* keep putting that same "I'm a smoker, I don't wanna be one but I know it's yours now" bit into my prayers, morning and night: "Plz help, Old Timer! I'm a big mess here!"
Lots of times I'd throw out the John Lennon prayer:
  2934.         Help me if you can I'm feelin' down
  2935.         An' I do appreciate you bein' 'round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
  2936.         Won't you please, please help me?
That's still one of my favorite prayers. I mean, yeah, the serenity prayer is cute and all, but Lennon just nails it there, don't you think?
So anyways. Months go by, not sure how many, wasn't my job to keep track, just to pray, just to ask. Comes one Friday afternoon, I'm in San Antone with my good friend Jessie, we're putting in an acoustical ceiling, I hear a call. I'd heard old timers talk about having to learn to listen with a different part of your ear if you want the goods, they'd talk about how our big fat egos have these big fat mouths and they go on blathering about this and that and the other, and plenty loud, too, but you can tune your ear, like maybe how if I went to a symphony I'd not know an oboe from a bassoon from whatever else but someone who knows music can hear it, no problem. Well, this was maybe the first time I'd been able to pick out that other part. It wasn't some big chime -- it wasn't loud at all -- it was kindof more like "Hey, how ya doin'? Got a minute?" real friendly-like.
Well. I damn sure *did* have a minute, for this. I called out to Jessie "Hey, I'll be back in a bit." and I head outside, found a secluded little alcove 'round the corner, I look around, no one to be seen. I hit my knees in that sand, facing into that corner, I've got my eyes closed, my head down, and I'm like "Old Timer -- If this is you, if this really is the gift, thank you, thank you hard as I know how. An' I'll do all I can, I'll try to carry my bit. And hey, look, if this is just me, being presumptuous, wanting to hear something so bad that I'm pretending that I do hear it, well, please forgive my lame ass; I don't mean any harm. Please help me, Old Timer. Amen."
I got off my knees, walked back into that office, tossed that damn near new pack of Pall Mall reds into that acoustical ceiling, and as far as I know they are still there. May 31, 1984. My clean date is June 1, 1984.
My part? Ha! I found out *fast* that caffeine was *not* a good thing for me, there in that first year or two. That stung -- I'm a fiend. It was worth it. Also, I carried those stupid little mints that come in those stupid little plastic boxes, probably I went through a box of them a day, for maybe three months or six, I don't recall.
I never asked anyone to not smoke around me. My home group, it was totally disgusting, the walls yellow-brown with cigarette scum, but those people were my family, that place was the first place I'd felt safe in many years. You people saved my life, and if I needed to brown my lungs to clean my heart, well, so be it. Now of course, no smoking, esp being as how I'm in Austin now -- I'd quit smoking when living in Houston, where I got sober. Here in Austin, we'll eat organic dirt, we'll eat any sort of gruel you put in front of us, so long as we think it's healthy or what-have-you. We're nuts. But I sure do love it here. (Come visit! But then go home, okay?)
Hardest times, when do I remember how great cigarettes are? (And let's don't bullshit ourselves here, they're great, aside from how bad they suck and all.) The hardest would be, obviously, if I were drinking, but I haven't, so all okay there. After sex. With coffee. With coffee after sex on a languid Sunday morning, the sun shining in through the glass, dappling through the trees. On a work break, much moreso if it's physical work in my experience of it but even in the office, my mind in knots from three hours deep inside a complex computer programming problem, and whether the problem was solve or it wasn't, either way a cigarette would be mighty fine, seems to me. Except of course it isn't at all mighty fine, or even a little fine.
I've passed my experience on to any number of people, and it seems as though it works. It works if your patient, with yourself, with your addiction, with the higher power. Sitting still long enough to tune your ear, hey, that's a discipline. It's work. It's a pain in the ass. My yoga master and I, we're bleeding on the mat at like four or five in the afternoon, I've worked construction outside in the sun in Florida and Texas but I've never before sweat like I did on that yoga mat, my master would laugh, how there are guys at this very minute we're dying on the mat, they're eating chips and dip and watching Sports Center and they're wanting what we have but they want to take a supplement to get it. We'd laugh about it, then commence to suffering on the mat some more...
Okay, I've got to stop now, heading out into the night, gonna meet with a sponsee, a great kid, 38 years old, took him 18 years to get five years clean and sober, the guy is a speed freak and a drunk and a total psycho, I just love this guy. You should have heard the fifth step! Whoa! He's a trip. To look at him, you'd never in a million years guess who he is. Isn't AA just the coolest?
~~~~~
If you want to quit smoking, give this a whirl. If you want support while you're doing it, shoot me an email. Tune your ear, ask for help, then listen. Have fun!

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Michael padavano • a year ago 
I was kinda of a chain smoker,every like 20minutes, less knowor more.I definitely needed an aid,an today hospitals,medicaid, an so many programs and institutions out putting out to help people quit.I did the patch,which worked,but for me,an I did it a few times.chanted!i have 6 months now!but this time I'm staying stoped!before,i would get a month or a few,but I'd always take that drag off someone's cigarette, it would give me a little buzz,i'd get scared,i started associating cigarette smoking to crack smoking, an it kinda took me to that place.I haven't bought a pack of cigarettes in two years, an stay away from hanging out after meetings to long for now?but I really feel like doing a dance eveyday,an thank god,the patch,an chantex!every time I see someone light up,i thank god it doesn't have to be me today!!!:)

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Greg Lindstrom • a year ago 
you have to find a reason to stop for you not for other people. For me i started lifting weights and smoking would hurt my progress. took me 2 days to stop after smoking for 10 years.

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pamela ames • a year ago 
Chantix. I had, for YEARS tried everything, truly everything. After year 4 of recovery from drugs and alcohol, I helped a relative recover from a lung cancer surgery, Chantix had just been approved by the FDA (I had to inform my doctor about it). I took a week off of work, thinking this would be necessary. After 7 days I was still smoking, went back to work and thought, what the hell, that dkdnt work, but i will take the Chantix for another week or two. On day 13, was at work, looked up at the clock and realized I hadn't smoked in 4 hours. Truly remarkable for I had a routine I had adhered to for years. THIS IS WHEN THE REAL WORK BEGAN! For this is when I understood it was not the physical addiction, for that was removed by the Chantix, it was psychological. The pull was great,-driving home? Want a cigarette. Finished a project? Want a cigarette. Happy?want a cigarette. Sad? Want a cigarette. So I began, right from the beginning, to use AA. Slowly, from one minute at a time, to one hour to one day..... I remained curious and mindful. As for the nausea, eat something, anything before you take your pill, a banana, piece of bread, doesn't matter. For the nightmares, I wrote them all down and remind e d myself of the true nightmare of watching a loved one suffer through lung cancer. Today I am clean, sober AND free of the nicotine. If you are able to tolerate the Chantix I hope this helps! Good luck to you all. 

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Mike • a year ago 
A friend gave me a vhs tape, "Stop Smoking for Life" by Larry Hagman. The tape contained simple suggestions which I tried. All went well for couple of weeks and then I thought I'd have just one cigarette. Quickly realized there is no such thing as one cigarette and went back to the tape. This past May 8 marked 25 years since my last cigarette. The tape may now be available on DVD.

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Helen Moore • a year ago 
My dad has smoking habit, and he used to smole 5-6 butts daily, which is not much but quite more, so he decided to cut one cigarette per day, he had to face some problems, but he started eating chewing gum mint, so slowly slowly he reduced his no. of cigarettes to 1-2 in the evening, which is quite acceptable to us.

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Patrick • a year ago 
I recognized it as being exactly the same as any drink or drug I took and applied the same principles. It's step one. I stopped lying to myself that it was ok. Now, on to Nutella...

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Burfm • a year ago 
I just hit 3 and a half months today. Although I only smoked for 4 years it had become a definite habit and I'd tried to quit plenty of times and couldn't do it. I switched to an E cig for a while and it completely satisfied the hand to mouth and blowing smoke craving. With time my body started to feel better and I really liked the benefits of not inhaling actual smoke; better lung capacity, better circulation, better sex life. But after a while I realized that the E cig was continuing my craving for the motion of smoking, so I finally quit that for good. Now I don't get cravings for smokes at all. It's hard to say what to do and what not to do, so I'd suggest to just figure what works for you. And if you can only get to nicotine replacement that's still better than smoking. Good luck and good health!

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Ted Sweeney • a year ago 
Vaping. Without the vaping and cheating with cigarettes here and there nonsense.
Vaping breaks some deep neuroplastics surrounding when you ingest nicotine, how much of the drug is consumed at a time, associations with flavor, along with cutting out all of the MAOIs that smokers are hooked on.
Start with the level of nicotine you smoke at. And then lower it, but casually use it more often. Over the day you've consumed the same amount - but you're breaking some deep learned behaviors and ruituals by varying the administration of the same dose.
Now that you're not "having smokes" anymore - its easy to ween down on only nicotine. You're not in a position where you simply deliver a fix after X amount of time, or when Y associated behavior happens. Now you're open to lowering the level of nicotine you intake. It's shocking how little you miss stepping down from 12mg to 3. Then you can go to 0. Keep it around for the learned behavior - when you simply need something to do, that is some deep (almost lizard brain) behavior you're overcoming at that point.
And then - well you're not consuming any nicotine. Get rid of that silly doo-hickey you've been carrying around.

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Mar Daily • a year ago 
I let go of a 40+ year cigarette habit in about three weeks with an E-cig. I haven't wanted a cigarette once in the last four years. In fact, II find them harsh and nasty. I still use an e-cig and I don't care if I ever give up nicotine, It's all the other stuff that kills you.

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Guy Lamunyon • a year ago 
I have quit many times ! ! ! ! The last time I used the nicotine gum and became badly addicted to that. Then I used the patches to get off the gum.

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Kevin Johnson • 2 years ago 
Two words: electronic cigarette.

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Jeffrey R. Jean • 2 years ago 
Keep trying, never quit quitting. It took me fifteen attempts. Three Times I thought I'd succeeded. Each of those times I had quit for months. This is the fourth time I got past the three month mark, (seven months quit). This time I used everything, gum, patch, e cig. , and lozenges, of course not all at once. I used a patch at night, gum of lozenge at work, e cig after meals or sex. Adopt an attitude of 'whatever it takes' I ain't smoking another cigarette.

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John K • 2 years ago 
I smoked for 25 years(ages 16-41) and ended up at 2 1/2 packs a day. I wanted to quit for a long time, as the years went by I was getting more and more scared of cancer and emphysema. I finally decided to try and quit for good(after a couple half-assed attempts), and used a state-provided patch for a week, and prayed my ass off. I was at the point where when I was on the phone, the person at the other end of the line could hear me wheeze. I was only 41! So that was my motivation -- I used patches for a week (Monday-Saturday), but they kept falling off. I ended up losing the desire to smoke and haven't had one for 5 years; I've only had cravings a few times. I can still smell it even across the street, but I basically used the 12 Steps and it worked. I am only more grateful as time goes on. I didn't have irritability, or any of the other things I was afraid would happen as I withdrew. Good luck, everyone! It was one of the best things I've ever done for myself -- and now my hair, clothes, skin, apartment, car doesn't stink anymore, and my conscience no longer bothers me about smoking.

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Jeffrey R. Jean John K • 2 years ago 
"I can still smell it even across the street"
  3188.         Me too, I smell a smoker when he is fifty feet away, I smell a cigarettes in traffic. Something about smoking for 30 years them quitting seems to make some people hypersensitive to the smell. The most insidious thing about the cravings, for me, wss how they will come out of nowhere when your guard is down. I'll go months without thinking about it, then WHAM! all of a sudden I'm craving a cigarette like it's air. When I first quit I expected the cravings and could fight them off in a fair battle. These sneaking cravings just seem cruel. 

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Zac Talbott • 2 years ago 
I used the nicotine replacement patches EXACTLY AS DIRECTED on the boxes... It took several months. I also had an e-cig that I would use OCCASIONALLY the first month or so if i just really had a bad craving as I also worked on breaking the hand-to-mouth habit. But most folks who say the patches "don't work" haven't done the full months-long process and gone back and bought the three different boxes that decrease the amount of nicotine slowly. When I did it exactly as described on the boxes (plus an occasional puff off the e-cig the first month) I quit without many problems at all. That was a year and a half ago, and I've not picked another cigarette up yet.

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Jack Shuman • 2 years ago 
I used lozenges, the strong ones, for a while. I didn't use them as long as is recommended. I don't know what's in the lozenges but I got off them as soon as I could--they are very hard on your teeth. As with any addiction, in order to stop, you have to change your attitude. Addictions are just not that good, period. Make a list of why you want to quit. Change your attitude toward smoking. Do you want to spend the rest of your life coughing and worrying about cancer and emphysema? Remember to write all these reasons on your list. The fact is, there are so many times smokers aren't able to smoke that they are going through withdrawal at those times anyway. Get it behind you and you will never have a craving again. There may be short periods of time when you're tempted to smoke, but remember what it was like to go back to it after quitting for a period of time. Smoking is an addiction and it's just not that damn good.
Also, I smoked for about 36 years.

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AntLionKing • 2 years ago 
Just up and quit. To be fair, I had two false starts over a period of about two years before it took. Used the same tools I used to get off crack a few years earlier: urge surfing and mindfulness. Was prepared for both physical and mental discomfort, but the suffering lost much of its power when I observed what was happening in body and mind intently and didn't try to push the unpleasant away.

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KBBU • 2 years ago 
smoking is realy dangerous .for those who are doing it to stop.kindly i will explain it very soon.

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HoyesMiGente • 2 years ago 
I quit while hospitalized. Thought I should after 30 years. It's a year later, and I still crave. Not everyday all day, but at least a moment of every day.Then i f'ng breathe through it and try to remember a craving never lasts for more than 5 minutes. I don't believe in a god, a higher power, a dog, or an ashtray so didn't fantasize that assistance. I've gained a disgusting amount of weight. My breathing is as labored as if I still did smoke, I like having better looking teeth and gums. I've had to give up foods I loved because I can't stand how they taste now. I'm a better example to the kids around me. I wouldn't want them to pick up smoking. I'm a singer, and I've gained voice back..tone, range, etc. Too depressed to sing very much. I still sniff from the can of butts I saved more than a year ago. Saved a number of those cans over the years. This is the last one. Don't chew nicorette anymore because I mean really? Why bother? I approach people smoking and ask if I can just stand next to them for awhile. They get it. I've begun screaming, "I MISS SMOKING!" as an irregular outburst 2 times a week or so. But then I make sure to follow that up with , "But I don't miss the puke cough or the yellow teeth and the stench and I don't want to get cancer so I'm NOT GOING TO SMOKE!" All caps, btw. Yes, the kids found this startling at first. If I ever get cancer? I swear by all that is good, I will pick up a pack of american spirits and not stop til I'm dead.

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Librarian HoyesMiGente • a year ago 
Hmmmmmm.... talk to your doctor about how you feel. You sound pretty on edge and that is usually gone by the year mark. Could there be something besides smoking that is going on?
Librarian

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HoyesMiGente Librarian • a year ago 
Hm. I've spoken to lots of people who feel the same way at this point. The sunshine up your ass they give you is it will all be over in a month or so. Many of us are saying that's bullshit. Nothing wrong with truth.

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Librarian HoyesMiGente • a year ago 
Hi, I'm not tottaly understanding your response. Do you agree that it is a good idea to see an md or not?

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HoyesMiGente Librarian • a year ago 
I made my self very clear. Not interested in a conversation with you. I smell that you have an agenda. Buh bye now.

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csilva11 • 2 years ago 
It's been a while since the last post here but... This is what works for me. Read the book, "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by Alan Carr. Just repeatedly makes the point of how smoking is so ridiculous you can't do anything but quit - really! Notice that I said "works". Sometimes I will schedule an "intentional nicotine re-intake" for various reasons. Then it's back to the book and bam - all gone!

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James Deans • 2 years ago 
I used a non profit state funded free quit source that provides 6 months worth of either free patches or gum to help you quit smoking. I checked in with their help line 1x/month and filled out a quick survey. It was easy and as far as i know most states have these free programs. Before changing to a nicotine patch i started using an e cig. You can likely find these programs by searching "state funded free nicotine patches from the Department Of Health". Something along those lines. Good luck. Before getting on the patch for good I had been trying to quit for a few years. 

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Guest • 2 years ago 
I took Champix. I'm one of the horror stories you hear about. It made me manic and gave me anxiety that was off the charts. Don't let my experience dissuade you but let it be a gentle reminder that if anything seems/feels too good and off kilter for you ... see your GP. Truth be told I think it is partly why I managed to succeed because in the beginning the euphoria I felt displaced any anxiety I had.
I was reading a forum about using the drug and people were posting that they wanted to smoke less, but I had started to smoke like a chimney. One stopped being enough. I got up had a cigarette, sat back down then decided I was going to go to bed. As part of my ritual I'd go have a final cigarette. "you just had one you don't need another." I said to myself and went off to bed. The first cigarette of the day was the hardest for me and I was edging closer to my official champix quit day. I decided when I got up in the morning I'd see how long I could go without that first one.
Apparently, I can go without for a really long time. It's been a few weeks shy of three years since I smoked a cigarette. I started smoking when I was a child of 8 or 9 and kept going for another 30'ish years with a pack a day habit.
A few things. One day I went to have a cigarette when I was angry but stopped myself with, "a cigarette won't make the feelings go away. They'll still be there and you'll have ruined a month of being smoke free." I still use this a koan a lot when I recognize I'm trying to distract myself with unwanted behaviours.
Don't under estimate the number of ways you use cigarettes. I felt like I had been stripped bare of all ability to cope. There were a few times I wound up in a sobbing heap because I couldn't find a way to make myself feel better/distract myself from the awfulness.
Anger. I met someone else who quit once who said to me, "how's the anger?" For about the first year I would wake up, not always mind, and there'd be this spark of intense irritability that would morph into a full on rage within a few hours. A blood boiling rage for no apparent reason. It eventually goes away.
That year I started to meditate.
Good luck.

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Gunnar Thalweg • 2 years ago 
I quit twice. The first time was NRT--the patch. It was fairly painless, as long as I used the patch. I quit for eight years. Then I went back for six years--and smoked very heavily. I quit again with NRT--the patch. But it was painful this time. Also, I read Allen Carr's book, which helped a lot. Also, used some CBT techniques. But it still wasn't easy

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Fr. Jack Kearney • 2 years ago 
Electronic cigarettes. We're seeing an 80% reduction in smoking at an inpatient treatment center that no only allows them, but passes them out.

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Excalibre • 2 years ago 
Practice makes perfect! I bought so many last packs of cigarettes that I was totally used to nicotine withdrawal by the time I actually quit for the last time. I barely even noticed any cravings or withdrawal symptoms, and if you do what they say and just feel the cravings and wait for them to pass, they really aren't very hard to handle. With as much practice as I'd had by that point, it was old hat. I smoked my last one in the car on the way to work one morning, and haven't smoked one since, in the intervening three plus years.

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alejandra • 2 years ago 
I quit many times and I started again many times until one day, got "The easy way to quit smoking" by Allen Carr. Best book ever, change my life and the life of many friends since then, the most gentle way of quitting, against all will power goals and tricks, never suffered one second, smoke all the way while reading the book until I smoked my last cigarette, and it was the most beautiful thing, easy and HAPPY. I AM A HAPPY NON SMOKER! Thanks Allen, I love you!

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Guest123 • 2 years ago 
I smoked for 15 years, and tried to quit many times. Admonishing myself and shaming myself never worked. But one day I started thinking about it differently. Instead of thinking, "I should really quit, this is bad for me" I started thinking, "I want to quit because I want to live long enough to meet my grand children." I got sick and didn't smoke for a few days, and after that, then when ever I craved a cigarette, I thought "which do I want more, to be a non-smoker or to have this cigarette?" And every time, the answer was - I want to be a non-smoker so I can meet my grand kids. Somehow the positive messaging (thinking "I want to quit" instead of "I shouldn't smoke") with a specific goal really helped.

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santi • 2 years ago 
Just say no.

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mojo • 2 years ago 
I was a hard core smoker and I tried to quit many times through shame, guilt, and general disgust with my habit that I also loved, because smoking really was my favorite thing to do. What worked was sitting on my deck, smoking my cigarettes and realizing that this relationship was not sustainable. I still enjoyed smoking, but I just didn't see myself smoking for the rest of my life, and I started to think about all things I really WANTED to do and no longer enjoyed - like hiking and skiing. I mentally prepared myself to quit - and it was like breaking up with someone I still really liked, but didn't want to marry. Realized I'd be a total bitch for at least 2 weeks, and prepared to drink a ton of water (which I did) and chew gum. If that didn't work, I was prepared to invest in an ecig. Seriously, it was alot easier than I expected. I think it was because I was prepared for the worst and didn't spend any energy trying to talk myself out of not loving cigarettes, just wanting something else. That's just my psychology, however. I've never been motivated by the stick. I loved smoking, but I really wanted to not smoke anymore, and I haven't for 6 months and don't miss it in the least. I"m around a smoker, too. It was my choice and I waited to foment real motivation and desire. That was what worked for me.

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Sooz • 2 years ago 
I planned a year ahead to quit and I really enjoyed smoking that last year. I began exercising and yoga. I got all kinds of herbal and vitamin supplements to help with anxiety. I began eating healthier and I told everybody I knew I was quitting. I also had a quit partner. About a week before our quit date a friend said she'd use Chantix to quit. I've had psych issues and the ads say it's not for people w/these. My friend said she'd had them as well and had no problem. I had quit for 10 years once and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. My friend had also quit for years and had a tough time of it. She said w/the Chantix it was a breeze. So I went and got an rx. It was great, I didn't even think about smoking much at all and when I did it wasn't a craving. I took it for less than recommended only about 7 weeks. It's been over a year now and I'm really glad I quit again.

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William • 2 years ago 
I smoked several of cigarettes the first time I smoked....I felt nauseated, I felt pale, it took some time to get over this. I could not understand why anyone would want to do this regularly. I decided it tasted like crap, I felt like crap and never did it again.
My advice is find a reason to quit. That advice was documented in The Truth About Addiction by Stanton Peele, PhD. His uncle stopped smoking when he found a reason to quit.
You may also find Alan Carr the easy way to stop smoking helpful. One thing I don't like about Alan is he calls addiction a disease however other than that his book is helpful.

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Anti-Recovery@YouTube • 2 years ago 
If you are a Christian (according to the Bible's definition) you should make a decision to stop and then continue praying for the Lord to help you stay quit. He did not answer my prayer concerning this right away because He had to show me something to do first. The same day that I did what He showed me to do, He arranged something that embarrassed me so much that I never smoked again. That was 23 years ago.

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nnennoo • 2 years ago 
I don't know whether this book really helped or I was ready to quit anyways, but I it's been 8 years since I read it and I've never had another cigarette: http://www.theeasywaytostopsmo...

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William nnennoo • 2 years ago 
Other than the fact that he calls addiction a disease it is a good read....

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Joyce • 2 years ago 
I quit smoking because..........realized I had a morning smoker's cough, was starting to smoke more than one pack a day and got tired of hearing my son say"there goes Mom lighting up another one"! And why did I decide on the "cold turkey" method? Because I am an addict: cigarettes and food. I am also a fine negotiator. Let's say this is going to be my plan: "I will allow myself 4 cigs a day" Well, knowing myself so well, this is what my "giving up smoking" would be like. "Ok, only had a quarter of that cigarette, so I still have three quarters of that one left. Ok, only had one half of that one so i can finish the other half later".........and on and on and on! So I quit cold turkey, was not easy but the other way was a killer. I'm pretty proud of myself and have been cigarette sober since 1979. When asked by others "what is the best thing you have ever done for yourself? Quitting smoking is at the top of my list!!

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Smoke-free and Hapy • 2 years ago 
I tried several dozen times over decades before finally succeeding and finding the right help. It wasn't Buspar the doctor tried to get me on, nor his Prozac, which made me throw up. I studied books at the library and the bookstore and researched online and made piles of notes. I tried a lot of medicinal supplements. I found that when you get addicted to a mood-altering substance you're telling our brain to stop making it's own. Then when you courageously quit your addiction your brain is still sleeping on the job and you're not getting any of the natural chemicals a human brain usually makes to relax you and help you to feel comfortable and confident. I had started smoking when I was 13. My parents had divorced and my mother rejected me so my father took me in, but he was neglectful. So cigarettes were like a substitute nipple. Nicotine fools the stomach into thinking it's food, so I didn't eat much. My growth was stunted -- that's another side effect. So quitting was like losing my substitute mother and starving to death at the same time.
USE THESE TO QUIT SMOKING:
3 very important amino acids: GABA, Tyrosine, 5-HTP (Tryptophan). Jumpstart brain. Make you feel safe. GABA - an amino acid you can buy without a prescription - has a significant effect on overcoming Nicotine addiction: http://www.news-medical.net/ne...
Amino Acids and ADHD. Everything on this webpage will help you quit an addiction. http://adhdhomeopath.com/tag/l...
The US government (CDC) really wants to help people quit smoking http://t.co/cSDhXW4D
A Game To Help Break the Smoking Habit http://www.addictionandsubtrac...
Club Moss Tea (Lycopodium Clavatum) http://t.co/sABwt4JD Quit smoking by becoming nauseous http://t.co/aXpBAwBk .
Herbs to help you quit smoking: Lobelia, Valerian, Skullcap, Hops. Sleep combination formulas have a these in them too.
Sleep: Kava (but it gave me overly vivid and dramatic dreams), Melatonin 3 mg.
Chamomile Tea - A natural relaxant, it will calm and heal your nerves.
Fish oil - A natural anti-depressant.
St. Johns Wort - Will stabilize shaky emotions.
Yucca herbal extract is said to help remove the desire for cigarettes http://t.co/uUl5ECQL
"One way to stop smoking" http://tinyurl.com/yhpcecr
Aother way to stop smoking http://tinyurl.com/yz3p3fb
Still smoking? http://www.metacafe.com/watch/...
12 Devastating Health Effects of Smoking http://t.co/MrDYsp7D
Sulfonil – The Thioglycerols in Sulfonil bind to the nicotine cell receptor sites preventing nicotine from attaching and thereby minimizing the craving for nicotine. Sulfonil can inhibit the effect of nicotine in the brain. Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends taking two capsules upon awakening, one every four to six hours during the day and two more at bedtime. You only need to take it as long as you have cravings, usually three days to two weeks.
Alpha-lipoic acid, NAC, and Ester C – Dr. Sherry Rogers calls these three supplements the “detox cocktail”. When taken together they have the ability to increase glutathione levels, the body’s most potent detoxifier present in every cell. Tobacco contains many toxins, which need to be flushed from the body. The Detox Cocktail will assist this.
THE KEY TO MY SUCCESS: Close friends prayed for me for 3 months. There were days I didn't think I could go on, but somehow I could feel their prayers. It was as real as if someone were right next to me, pulling me on when my strength was gone. My withdrawal symptoms lasted 4-5 months at a high level, then 2 or 3 years at lowering levels.
Cigarette companies are targeting their advertisements towards society's weakest members: Teenagers, the poor, women, and minorities - because well-educated, successful people don't smoke anymore. They even used cartoon characters in their advertisements to attract children. Cigarette companies knowingly put highly-addictive additives into cigarettes such as sugar, which nowadays makes quitting as difficult as kicking a heroin or cocaine habit. But do it anyway. Lincoln freed the slaves, so be free.

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Addition Marketing • 2 years ago 
I went cold turkey. Started to run a lot, get into fitness, and used sun flower seeds as my habit. Worked for me!

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Олександр Кузава • 2 years ago 
Hello world

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DonDong Олександр Кузава • 2 years ago 
Hi, Alexander.

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Олександр Кузава • 2 years ago 
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Anti-Recovery@YouTube • 2 years ago 
I prayed and ask the Lord to help me and He quickly arranged a situation where I was so embarrassed that I quit smoking for good. That was in 1991. He always helps His children somehow if they really want to do what He wants them to do, and He certainly doesn't want them to smoke poison. I hope this helps.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Alcoholics Anonymous Is Dangerous! (Part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

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Gail Gardner • 2 years ago 
First of all you have to be ready or no method will really work. I quit in increments. When I wanted a cigarette I'd say to myself just wait for another 15 mins. Then I'd increase it an additional 15 mins. until I'd gone a full day and I never told myself or anyone else that I would never smoke again. I kept a pack in my purse until eventually I didn't need to do that anymore either. Its been 18 years 4 months. One day at a time..

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Mylittlephony • 2 years ago 
You can download a free PDF copy of "the easy way to quit smoking"

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Mylittlephony • 2 years ago 
I really hadn't enjoyed smoking for a while and was definitely a "slave" by this point. I started reading on line and found the suggestion of Allan-Carr's book simply titled "the easy way to quit smoking". Everything in it hit home with me especially being 44 and seeing the shift through the decades from everyone smoking to no one smoking. More importantly though the book explained the truth regarding nicotine addiction and withdrawal. I was so scared I would die a smoker because the addiction was more powerful than heroin addiction blah blah blah. When I would feel bad about smoking I would light up. Nervous, anxious, stressed, driving, procrastinating, drinking, insomnia even if I was sick - better light up. I only have 6 months in but it truthfully was stupidly easy when I allowed that little 100 page book to debrainwash me so I could clearly make a logical choice. Booze is the only monkey on my back now. Yes, there is an Allan Carr book for that. Wish me luck

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samantha brown • 2 years ago 
I quit with NRT and recommend that for anyone who is very, very addicted to nicotine. Yes, you get addicted to the gum (or whatever) but it is SO much better for you than cigarettes and SO much easier to get off the gum than the smokes. I totally think its the way to go for some people.

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Rick p • 2 years ago 
I quit with Zyban about 10 years ago. After coming off Zyban I went through a strong depression and anxiety that may have been a side effect of the zyban or might just have been from quitting smoking. as a cyclist I almost immediatly noticed a difference in my fitness. A also started running again. I can count on one hand the number of times i cough on average in a month. I know lots of people who quit with the Alan Carr book including my wife.

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Curt • 2 years ago 
Was up to 3~5 packs a day. Went to a hypnotist. Haven't smoked since. Been close to 30 years so far.

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Ungaro • 2 years ago 
I took Champix for a few weeks and it helped me a lot. No, it wasn't easy and I still have cravings after six months of being tobacco free.
bdog is spot on: YOU ARE ONE PUFF AWAY FROM A PACK-A-DAY.

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Freesheena • 2 years ago 
Chantex half of regular dose, smallest patch first day. Plan to stay home for three days to concentrate on myself and avoid any triggers. Lots of gum, water, began exercising again two weeks before my quit date so I could exercise when I was craving instead of eating. If I would have gained weight it would have been a deal breaker. I was up to between two-3 packs a day when I quit. I never got past 36 hours until the last time, April 1st was five years ago. I still love the smell of cigs. Will not take a drag and become a slave again it was just too much work to quit and I like being free!

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Mike Wilson • 2 years ago 
Quit smoking is not an easy task, If a addict really want to quit from smoking then it takes a lots of willpower and support. it required dedication. If youhave desire then it's not a difficult task. People with smoking do notdecide to make their habits. Quit smoking is not immediate, it happens gradually. We must keep in mind that smoking cigarettes causes many heart and lungs related disease. You have to motivate yourself to keep going.

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casajunco • 2 years ago 
I've been "vaping" for 1.5 years, in doing so I have decreased inhaled nicotine levels and ceased from putting a cigarette in my mouth. Granted, all the quantitative analyses of electronic nicotine devices have yet to be conclusive (regarding long term usage) but at least I know that I am no longer inhaling the known carcinogens found in cigarettes. 

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Molly • 2 years ago 
I think this is literally the first time I've ever posted on a website. But that's how grateful I am and hope I can help someone else by sharing: The Easy Way to Quit Smoking by Alan Carr... he tells you to smoke while you read it. And it's a quick read.
I quit for 6 months & then smoked for a week and a half because I wanted the immediate feeling of release I got by smoking the 2nd cigarette (the first cigarette created the withdrawal). It didn't work. I tried it for a week & a half before realizing it wasn't doing anything. Then I skimmed the book again & creating a little "cheat sheet" of tips from the book. I carry it around in my wallet & read it if I think I want a cigarette.

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Sean • 2 years ago 
Funny I like a good challenge , a friend said he was charging 100 bucks for a stop smoking class. Back in 1975. I smoked from 15 to 23 . I said if I quit on my own would you bet me 100 bucks . Each day for a week I smoked less and used cognoscent therapy , I learned from
  3957.         An American Indian . He said each time you say time for a cig I pushed the thought out of my mind . As soon as I said to myself I would like a cig I didn't complete the sentence the brain sees you are not smoking and it stops sending the sentence to my head . It worked for me , quit in one week and got 100 bucks. The money and the bet gave me the strength . Crazy but true.

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Whitney • 2 years ago 
I tried to quit several times and every time I went back. 9 years ago I successfully quit. I spent 3 weeks convincing myself I wanted to quit. Eventually I became determined and knew I could beat a little cigarette. I tried the gum for the first few days and found it very beneficial. Despite the benefits I knew I was going to have to kick that habit too so I quit using it after 2 days. Basically I quit cold turkey. Self-determination is how I successfully kicked the habit. 9 years later I know I cannot hit or smoke a cigarette. Maybe not right away but eventually this would lead to me buying a pack and reigniting my 2 pack a day nasty habit.

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Guest • 2 years ago 
I chewed gum, and jogged a lot. I also just felt over it naturally. I never think about it now even when anyone smokes around me. It was my own process.

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Dreaded1 • 3 years ago 
It is all in your head. You have to really want to quit. Everyone knows that they should quit, but that is not enough. Zyban helped as well. Smoked 1 1/2 pks per day for 38 years, now 8 yrs free

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MJ • 3 years ago 
I finally was able to quit and stay quit thanks to Nicotine Anonymous! Saved my life-- I almost died from lung problems. nicotine-anonymous.org

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Guest MJ • 2 years ago 
How does this work? Do you still have to confess your sins to your sponsor so that the disease that makes you smoke doesn't take control of you? Do you have to seek God through prayer and meditation to remain smoke free?

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James Deans Guest • 2 years ago 
Better then finding god through lung cancer. But seriously using the 12 steps to quit smoking has a really low success rate.

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Page master 1993 • 3 years ago 
I quit cold turkey.... After 30 years. It has been nine months. I won't lie and say I never miss it I do, but I do feel so much better. When I was smoking I felt like I couldn't breathe. I don't have that problem anymore. When people ask how I quit I tell them I just stopped lighting them up. I simply stopped doing it. No one is putting a gun to your head and making you do it. You are the only one that can make yourself stop. If you want to stop, just stop. It is not the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. No matter what anybody says don't believe that. I sometimes think about people overcoming heroin addictions and crack addictions and alcohol addictions and I feel very lucky. The key to staying quit is making a decision to be quit and to tell yourself you will never smoke again because you don't want to. Why would you want to? There are absolutely no benefits to smoking.

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binkyspop2 • 3 years ago 
I quit after 15 years cold turkey. The thing that held it together for me is that whenever I got a craving, I knew that if I could just fight it,,it would subside. And the next craving got got easier and easier. You start buzzing on your success! Still nicotine free 35 years later..tho I still enjoy the occasional toke.

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DOOC • 3 years ago 
I quit smoking 5 years ago, I do it this way I hold one stick always in hav it in y hand wherever I go whne ever the temptation of cigar starts I sip it of course no light the first day is the most difficult , if you pasdt the first day repeat it again the next day and soo on until the time you trow it away the first day is tha first target then go for a week sooner you will be one of no ore smoking person try it it works

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DOOC • 3 years ago 
yes I

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Fran • 3 years ago 
I quit smoking using the Nicoderm patch system after smoking 40 years. Best decision I ever made. Listen to the tapes that come with the patches and follow all the suggestions. It worked for me.

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Joel Rice • 3 years ago 
Try cytisine (Tabex). You can order online. It is the medication from which Chantix (varenicline) was derived in order to create a patentable molecule to sell for millions. Cytisine is just as effective as varenicline without the psychiatric side effects. See article in New England Journal of Medicine and position of WHO.

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SunshineOnMyShoulder • 3 years ago 
Cont'd.... My husband stopped smoking about 3 years after I did and he did it under the same scenario..... was sick with the flu and didn't go back to smoking once he was better. We often say that we are so happy that we were able to quit and because we had that diversion of being so ill we couldn't even think of smoking at that time. I hope this helps someone out there. It truly feels great to have rid ourselves of that dirty/smelly habit. Good
  4190.         luck to everyone out there, keep this story in mind next time you're sick and have thought of stopping..

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SunshineOnMyShoulder • 3 years ago 
Nicotine addiction ends in about 3 days of abstinence and after that it's all habit that keeps you hooked. I was so sick with the flu and was unable to smoke during this time because I could barely breathe that once I got better in about 4 or 5 days that I noticed I didn't have a urge to smoke until I smelled tobacco smoke on my drive to work with my husband.. he smoked the same brand as me, plus smoking was allowed in the office. Many times while out for dinner I would ask for just a puff and my husband would say no. There still was a draw to it but I had to just fight it. I stopped smoking 35 years ago when it was still the trend everywhere you went. 

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Amanda Sherman • 3 years ago 
Try having to listen an elderly neighbor who has smoked all of his life slowly die from breathing-related issues. When I would stand on my balcony to smoke I could hear him coughing. At first it wasn't too bad but it got there. I had no idea that he was actually dying until one morning the police showed up because his friend had come to check on him and found him dead. The night before while I was outside smoking I had heard a horrible noise that I couldn't identify or locate. Pretty sure now it was him struggling to breathe. The day after his death I quit, cold turkey. I hardly had any withdrawl symptoms and don't crave it at all anymore.
Bob was a guy who kept to himself but there was an incident in his apartment that spilled into the 4th floor hallway one night. I went to his aid that night and I think he really appreciated not only what I did to help but the fact that I didn't turn his personal business into fuel for the great gossip machine that exists in our Co Op seemed to be what he appreciated more. I like to think that it was easy for me to quit because Bob was helping me from the other side.
Sounds crazy I know but I'll be 6 months smoke free in June and will never start back up. Thanks to Bob!

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Misti McClure • 3 years ago 
I switched to a Vapor Pen and haven't smoked a traditional cigarette in over a month,besides not inhaling/exhaling 2nd hand smoke and spreading the thousands of chemicals added to cigarette's I can gradually decrease the milligrams of Nicotine in the e juice to 0% if I want to. I know the electronic cigs have gotten a lot of bad press but I can't imagine the liquid being any more dangerous than traditional tobacco,I wouldn't advocate a Non Smoker messing around with Vaping because Nicotine is extremely addictive but its perfect for someone that wants to stop "smoking".

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richcom133 • 3 years ago 
I used the patch. I also hid a pack of cigarettes in the basement, to get over the anxiety of not having any in the house. The pack is still in the basement, and I have not smoked for 19 years There was several attempts before the above method worked. Don't say I quit smoking, either, say I have not smoked since whenever you smoked. If I got a bad urge, I had a chant to repeat, something like a mantra: Smoking stinks. It makes me breath stink, my house stink, my car stink, my walls yellow, my clothes stink etc etc. By the time I repeated the mantra, the craving had stopped. I also set a quit date about 5 weeks down the road. Another mantra with that period of time: I am enjoying this cigarette, but will stop smoking by the date you get in mind to stop smoking..

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RickyZ • 3 years ago 
I used the first 3 Steps ( I can't , He can, I think I'll let him). I did not turn it into an event, I cannot even remember exactly when I quit for good (I did try several times before). Knowing that after about 2-3 weeks the physical craving will be gone and then it is just mental helped. I did have a foggy brain and there are supplements that help alleviate that, I suggest taking them a few weeks in advance so your body starts absorbing them. To not obsess over it I used chew sticks, ate more (sorry, but you will put on weight), and changed things I associated smoking with. Hardest times were after a meal, after sex, upon waking. But to know how much better I feel, how much money I'm saving and how I am not ruining my health is the ultimate pay-off. And as scary as it might seem to some, whatever you do you do only for today. I could always go back. I am ok with that.
Most importantly, you must believe you are worth it.

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John B. • 3 years ago 
I quit 31 years ago. When I decided to quit, I set a date, several months in the future. I was a two-pack-a-day smoker. Every time I lit a cigarette I reminded myself that I was going to quit on that date. When the day finally arrived, I had the choice of quitting or not quitting and watching my self-esteem go down the drain.

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Richard Paines • 3 years ago 
The most important thing about being able to give up smoking is to be positive. Don't give up because if you don't you will die a horrible death but give up because you want to be fit enough to run for a bus or chase your giggling grand kids. Very few people give up smoking or drinking by being told the ghastly truth. Hope this helps.

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blodwyn • 3 years ago 
i was a heavy 30 a day smoker a day for 25/6 years. one day the cigarette taste foul (? why - i don't know). spent the rest of the weekend alternating between having the odd drag, finding it disgusting and binning the rest of the cigs and so on. on the Monday i took a packet of unopened cigarettes and some nicorette inhalators to work.i told myself if i really wanted a cigarette i could have one, knowing that meant i didn't crave so much. i have a really stressy job, so when i left work on the Friday with the unopened products, i gathered id beaten it.
  4335.         3 yrs on i have not relapsed once. i do get the odd cravings, but find they do go away fairly quickly. my main problem was for the first few days i felt really ill, all the crap coming out my system. i felt jittery, shaky and had the worst headache ever.
  4336.         one tip i found that helped.changing my routine at times to one that i didn't associate with smoking (where possible). eg after a night shift instead of staying up smoking and web browsing/cleaning house etc i went straight to bed.

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Mike Wilson • 3 years ago 
Regular use of Cigarettes makes you addicted of it. In addiction you feel that you can't live without it or you want more whenever you are in stress or tension. You need lots of help to get cured most of the time. It's possible to get cured and recover from Smoking addiction. This is just an experiential fact. It is even possible that those who quit on their own could have quit earlier if they sought professional help. You can get out help from rehab centers. It offers many programmes to recover your smoking addiction.

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Cig • 3 years ago 
After 20 years of 2 packs a day, I went Cold Turkey with a qp of the dank with the help of E-cig. Its been 5 years now, and I never looked back.

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guest • 3 years ago 
I smoked for 18 years. I always figured it should be easy for me to quit as I "only" smoked 12 to 14 cigs a day. On my fourth "real" quit attempt. I am using the nicotine spray. Am down to a few sprays in the evening (from prob 20/day plus 21mg nicotine patch initially). Its slow going and cant say I kicked it yet, but I'm working on it :)

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amza • 3 years ago 
smoked for 8 years, i just decided never to allow my hands to touch a cigar. i kept to that rule till now 14 years down the road no cigar has ever jumped onto my lips. you can quit if you set this rule and keep to it.

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Mike Wilson • 3 years ago 
To quit from smoking can be very difficult task, but it can be done. Rehab center is still up and coming to help more in addiction recovery process. At first you have to motivate yourself to get back from your addiction solution. Smoking is very injurious to health it causes very physical and mental health issue. Add motivation and spiritual into your life it becomes easier to overcome from addiction.

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hummingbird • 3 years ago 
swop to roll-your-own-tobacco, its cheaper, it doesn't have chemicals that keep it alight so less addicting, you can buy filters. i think this was the first step to my giving up, last cigarette about 15 years ago. I got sick with a really bad flu and then never went back to smoking which is amazing as I smoked a lot

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Guest • 3 years ago 
Cigars:
  4463.         A friend introduced me to cigars about five years ago, I was in my late forties and had not been a smoker previously. I had always liked the smell of a "good" cigar, and after a few months found myself becoming a cigar partaker, buying $10.00 -$15.00 dollar cigars. Addictive- YES. I was spending over $80.00 a month on this addiction, good for me, NO.
  4464.         I quit after that year and craved them for a couple of years after that especially when grilling and having an adult beverage. I quit cold turkey- I would tell others- just do not go there or start with cigars. It has been a couple of years now, and at rare moments the urge still creeps into my mind during grilling that it would be a cigar moment.

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A Jose • 3 years ago 
I have been smoking for the past 10 years, averaging a 15 per day.
  4483.         Quit for the past 3 months and it happened the following way...
  4484.         1. I have goal in life... really big, so my pride is hit if I don't achieve it. I said to myself, if I am not even able to stop smoking, I wouldn't be able to achieve this goal.
  4485.         2. I read all the bad things about smoking and prepared the ground- it's foolishness, its connected with poverty (there is proof - Google it), it's done only by the less educated (if highly educated does, they are fools) - then I came with an all important realization.
  4486.         3. I SMOKE BECAUSE I HATE MYSELF - Someone who loves himself wouldn't hurt themselves by sucking in all the smoke into a beautiful body. GUYS REMEMBER EACH TIME YOU SMOKE - YOU DO THIS BECAUSE YOU HATE YOURSELF (listen to yourself when you have a cig in hand, what's going in the head - oh that sucks, I am screwed, i don't deserve it or I deserve to be punished, I am not good enough...)
  4487.         4. Now decide I wont smoke ever again in my life... Dont worry, you will.
  4488.         5. Again you smoked, you are guilty, Decide again - I wont smoke ever again in my life...
  4489.         6. At this stage, you will be angry at yourself for even starting this stopping spree.. Keep going....
  4490.         7. Then one day, may be 1 month, 2 months, 6 months, depending on how hard you try.. You will STOP.
  4491.         8. Again, make a note on how you convinced your mind not to smoke, then use it everytime you feel like smoking... THIS MANTRA SHOULD ALWAYS BE HANDY, IT'S AN EMOTIONAL BLACKMAILING AGAINST SMOKING, KEEP USING IT may be for life, I dont know...
  4492.         9. To learn more about it read these books - power of now & power of habit...

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Olivier D • 3 years ago 
I quit 20 years ago. No patch, no prayers, no nothing. I was a bit disoriented for a while, not really knowing what to do with my hands, more angry than before but I knew what I wanted. I didn't reach the point were I was about to die, but I wanted do be free. I also started to hang out with non smokers and avoid place where people smoke too much. I have nothing against smokers but I have to say it stinks and it's damaging. Before that, a year before I was on heroin. Non smoking is a part of my abstinence and I love it. I fee free.

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Olivier D • 3 years ago 
I quit 20 years ago. No patch, no prayers, no nothing. I was a bit disoriented for a while, not really knowing what to do with my hands, more angry than before but I knew what I wanted. I didn't reach the point were I was about to die, but I wanted do be free. I also started to hang out with non smokers and avoid place where people smoke too much. I have nothing against smokers but I have to say it stinks and it's damaging. Before that, a year before I was on heroin. Non smoking is a part of my abstinence and I love it. I fee free.

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c@c.c • 3 years ago 
1. Learn to feel disgust about some one you know that smokes. Imagine how much harm is coming to their body and learn to feel disgusted about them smoking.
  4547.         2. Realise the effects of stopping smoking begin immediatly after quitting and within a year you will have the same chance of getting cancer as a non smoker.
BOOM easy!

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Evy • 3 years ago 
After 8 yrs of being clean and sober I decided to take it to the next level and I quit cold turkey 16 yrs ago after being a pack a day smoker for 29 yrs. Bottom line is I was sick of the addiction and wanted to be free. I started walking every day, drank lots of water and when the urge to smoke hit me I would just breathe through it because it passes. And I have not one single time picked up since I quit on June 9, 1998.

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miami vice • 3 years ago 
Willie Nelson says, " if it don't get you high, why smoke it?"

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Merilee • 3 years ago 
A lot of it is mental. When I quit in 1984 I purchased a new car. When I stepped into the showroom to take possession of it I threw what I had left in the pkg of cigarettes I had left into the garbage and made up my mind that me nor anyone else would ever smoke in this car or any other I owned. Each week that I didn't smoke I awarded myself with something I couldn't have purchased because I would have spent the money on cigarettes. As time went on I would wait and let the money add up so I could purchase larger and larger items but in the beginning never let a week go by in the short term. I have since been diagnosed with a disease called tracheobronchomalacia. It's a lot like copd and is caused from second hand smoke. I worked in office buildings with smokers and boyfriends and fathers who smoked in cars. They thought it was OK if they had the window rolled down. NOT I started smoking trying to beat them and to lose weight. Neither happened. I still crave a smoke after I eat and probably always will.but I will not succumb. I've promised myself and those around me. I think all the aids (gum, patch etc) are crutches and until you decide they are just another bad expensive habit._.

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faheenkhalliq • 3 years ago 
I'm down to 4 cigarettes a day but can't seem to get past that point. Help me please?

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daiety • 3 years ago 
Thankyou everyone for your comments, I am just gonna 'not smoke anymore'..quitting only lasts for a few days and I start sneaking..........so im thinking if I just tell myslef I dont smoke I wont smoke,.......................

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Manzu • 3 years ago 
I was a hard smoker for about 15 years but stop smoking at once not gradually.

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winstons • 3 years ago 
Or use a vaporizer, get the nicotine that is beneficial to many people's brain function plus get rid of all the cancer causing chemicals that are found in tobacco.

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Carizo • 3 years ago 
2 packs a day for 20+ years to a non smoker for last15 years.
  4692.         In 1999 I used the patch, nicotine gum, candy to keep in my mouth.
  4693.         Big part of quitting was my Loving Sponsor I called constantly for reinforcement the first few days. But Most Important and helpful was Step 1- Step 2- Step 3 then the third step prayer. If the craving was still there I called. No telling how many times a day I used the steps this way.
  4694.         This worked for me might work for you

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Opt_health • 3 years ago 
What worked for me was having a different out look on why I was quitting and not feeling like, well I quit everything else why would I have to quit another thing that's accepted by AA or NA. I had to be able to be confident in my choice. It really helped getting a gym membership and just all around improving my health. I also chewed a lot of regular gum (not nicotine gum). Best of luck!

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xsmokergirl • 3 years ago 
I was not a huge smoker but I had trouble quitting until I was completely convinced that I no longer wanted cigarettes to be a part of my life. I was tired of the smell on my hair, on my clothes, etc. I had decided to quit on May 31st 2012 (World No Tobacco Day) but I ended up quitting on the 30th just because I did not want to smoke for another day. And it stuck. Of course I went through severe craving stages, but they went away relatively easily. For the first few weeks, I gave myself permission to eat all kinds of candy. I would reward myself with things like perfumes and hair products, that made me smell nice. And whenever I got a really strong craving, I would remind myself "This is not just one cigarette, if you do this you will be smoking again every day."
  4731.         Also on the first few weeks/months I really enjoyed the taste in everything. It is incredible how much of your taste you lose when you are smoking.
  4732.         Almost two years in, I do get the occasional craving but they are not bad. It's just like, yeah, a cigarette would be nice now, but remember how nasty it was?
  4733.         I do smoke pot sometimes (like, once a month at the most) but it does not get me craving cigarettes at all.

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indian • 3 years ago 
It is possible but tough. I quit smoking like this. ...
  4752.         1. Whenever you feel like smoking tell yourself you won't.
  4753.         2. at nights the condition used to worsen so I used to go out in open but heavy sweating and all used to be there.
  4754.         3. Initial days are Ok but after 7 days body craves for puff so say to youtself that no is no.
  4755.         4.most important stay awau from friends who smoke. This is most important.
  4756.         5. Even today I am not free from it ... I sometimes feel the urge to smoke but I say to myself no is no.
And after all this trust me... its worth leaving smoking

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MyurMarley • 3 years ago 
I was smoking since 5 years from college till I started working, and the thoughts of leaving the smoking habit had creeped into my blood just like cigarette smoke,but everything I tried was in vain, and I used to curse the cig I smoked and myself at the end of it, one fine day it so happened I was holidaying with best friends of my life who apparently happened to be non smokers, and plus being their best friend they dint say anything as they knew I will never quit, but my determination raised its head on the last day of our vacation where in I went into the sea where we had our holidays and asked the divine force to give me the ocean's strength to QUIT the smoking and here I am 2 years without a cigarette, so all I want to conclude is if u want to quit smoking promise the deity or the divine power or yourself whatever u believe in to take up that responsibility and slowly or however the nature takes it course u will kick the habit as it all lies in ur brain. just do it

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Ryan • 3 years ago 
I would advise that if you ever get that moment where you want to quit, you take it. I quit with 2 cigs left in my pack and never looked back. Once you make the decision, the next 48 hours is critical. Sleep, overeat, have lots of support. Get past those and don't start again.

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Susan • 3 years ago 
Quit using Chantix which is a prescription medication , I quit smoking but it is not good for every one . I had a terrible time for one year . But was the best thing I did for myself and my children and grand children .
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Regretful Grandmother • 3 years ago 
When I started to smoke it did't hurt a person. No one knew, everyone I knew smoked. I tried to stop numerous times, but several months later, in a social situation, I would bum one, saying, "just one won't hurt. It always did. In 1990, I'd had a sore throat for 3 or more months, when I attended a convention, had way too much fun. I continued to smoke after arriving home. The next morning, my first words were, "I quit". I had 3 carton of cigeratts, wrapped them, put them in the freezer. Within days my sore throat was gone. That was 24 years ago. For the last 4years, I have been on oxygen 24/7, have both a bad heart and bad lungs. A miserable existence for a type A personality.

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Mrs_H625 • 3 years ago 
I quit smoking 93 days ago after 34 years of constant chain smoking. A friend in a 12 step program offered to be my sponsor when I was ready to quit. She said a memorable day was helpful for her. I chose Halloween. I went to see a smoking cessation specialist at the local hospital to figure out what would be the best way to quit...Chantix, patches, cold turkey, gum ,hypnotism. We decided on Chantix after an extensive review of my smoking history and daily smoking habits. It was suggested I put together a daily plan to fill my time and find alternative things to do other than smoke.
  4848.         I took Chantix for a month, that was helpful for me as well as changing my habits.. Tea in the AM instead of coffee, etc. The first 3 weeks were weird. But I am stupefied at not being obsessed about smoking or wanting to smoke. I call friends when I felt a craving which is rare.. Good Luck to you!

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Quit coach • 3 years ago 
I can help you quit smoking. PM me at sunny.bohemia at yahoo.com

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Hazelnut • 3 years ago 
I quit by reading The Easy Way to Quit Smoking by Allan Carr.

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tataceb • 3 years ago 
i was determined to stop smoking so..... i went to my dentist for prophylaxis. nice feeling clean teeth but nicotine flowed from my tongue base and i keep brushing my tongue to get rid of the nicotine. after a week its gone.... i continued my resolution for 8 years now.

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PT_BurnEm • 3 years ago 
I switched to a refillable electronic cigarette. You can experiment with the different flavors and different strengths of nicotine then step urself down off that. Might not work for everyone but it worked for me, after smoking 13 years its now been 3 months 29 days without nicotine and even longer since I lit up my last Camel!

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EnlightenedBowman • 3 years ago 
Smoked 60 a day for 20 years, my wife 40.
  4939.         We used smokeaway. It's supposed to be homeopathic.
  4940.         Some may argue that it is a placebo. I don't know. It bordered on impossible anyway. It has now been ten years. three suggestions
  4941.         No nicotine replacement. It keeps you addicted.
  4942.         You will feel like shit for the irst month. Read up on why. It's ironically yourt body detoxing and telling you it's getting better.
  4943.         Never, NEVER think you can have one. Just persevere and you'll win

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unclebill • 3 years ago 
2 years sober I could not breathe. Mad at the Power. There were days I was too sick to drink but never too sick to smoke. After a meeting someone suggested I use Step 7. Six weeks later on 5/16/81 at 11:30 in the morning I smoked my last 3 Winston 100's. Guess I hit a bottom. I know if I have just one I'm screwed. Powerless is not bad news.

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Eileen • 3 years ago 
A book called "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" was very helpful because it explained the psychology of the addiction and that helped when quitting both mind and body.

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guest35 • 3 years ago 
Cold turkey a few times. Just kept trying and failing until it somehow stuck. Been cigarette free for 8 or 9 years now.
Also, I keep in mind how expensive it is and how bad it is for my health as motivating factors at the back of my mind.

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Yvonne Delet • 3 years ago 
Here's one of the worst ways to quit smoking. I had started smoking in my early teens and smoked off and on up to two packs a day into my early twenties. I knew if I didn't quit soon I would probably smoke unto my death so I made a deal with my 'using' self. You see I didn't get sober until I was 30 so how I figured this out and actually put it into practice I have to believe was with the help of my Higher Power. The deal was 'if I quit smoking cigarettes I could smoke as much pot as my heart (disease) desired'. I kid you not. Now I do not recommend this even though some 29 years later I have not had a puff, but ironic as this is it worked for me.

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Olly • 3 years ago 
EasyWay by Alan Carr. No Nicotine replacement. You will be fine.

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Zeetha • 3 years ago 
I started smoking in 1990 but now I have quit for a year. Most reason is I don't feel good anymore after smoking. Did not have to try so hard, just quit.

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Adnileb • 3 years ago 
When I quit drinking it seemed only natural that a few other things would lose their appeal, smoking was definitely one of those things. That being said, it took me a solid year to quit completely. I simply cut back and challenged myself by seeing how long I could go without a cigarette and each time it got longer and longer. I also kept the fact in my head that the craving lasts for a mere 3 minutes and if you can overcome that small amount of time you empower yourself each time. I did keep a half a pack of cigarettes in my glove box but never smoked them. Also, I stopped doing things with a cigarette. I stopped driving with a smoke, stopped having one after a meal etc...it took time but now I hate the things and I am a Registered Respiratory Therapist!

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AbookU • 3 years ago 
It's actually very easy, replace the time that you spent for smoking to actually doing something else, take a day for a day and keep pushing, you should be aware what are you doing to yourself with every smoke entering the body, how your brain react and process. You must have enough of addiction lifestyle, getting the stuff, smell, chest pain, short breath..., who enjoy smoking with the coffee or a drink, stop drinking... because your brain will miss something and the circle starts again. It's slow process but you can do it and just remember that the drive to smoke again actually never really dies, it's in your brain because you were using it for so many years and there are things in life that can trigger the behavior again so it's very simple DON'T EVER SMOKE ANOTHER ONE TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE most of the people never do and they are just o.k..
  5088.         P.S: Don't waist your time and money using drugs to get off, they don't help YOU just misleading the brains and the body to think as they are produced to do.

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Crone58 • 3 years ago 
I'm 55, w a 30 or so-year pack history. I quit for 1-1/2 years with hypnosis, but when I relapsed it didn't help me the second time around. Could not smoke when I was pregnant; morning sickness is nature's way of telling you, "No!" I've been vaping an ecig for 11 months. I'm still getting nicotine, but my lung function is improving. Now I just have to get off the ecig. I'm thinking my next step is to switch to fruity flavors, then to fruity candy or just fruit. We'll see...

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tjb357452 • 3 years ago 
Robin Williams stated a line in a movie that helped me. It went something like this, "Make up your mind to be a non smoker, or a smoker, and live that role.". Why would anyone choose to be a smoker given the information available ? Another comment I took to heart when quitting 14 years ago was, "Nothing bad is going to happen to you if you don't ever have another cigarette.".

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Dr. Joe • 3 years ago 
You see yourself as a non smoker..then any smoking activity becomes abnormal and out of place. After 30 days, you will forget that you even lit up at one time.
  5143.         And hello addicts out there, kick coffee and cigs when you are kicking your drug of choice.
  5144.         The benefits are numerous, and your relapse rate will be lower.

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Scarlett O Hara • 3 years ago 
Myself, forever the diehard all-in or all-out extremist with everything, I not surprisingly went cold turkey with regards to cigarettes, supressing my cravings for nicotine with thoughts about ANYTHING ELSE.
  5163.         This method actually worked for almost a year, until a recent overseas two month vacation saw me mentally implode again, due to severe personal space issues with others due to
  5164.         years upon years of living alone and doing EVERYTHING as an uncompromising free agent.
  5165.         Sadly now I am back on board with smoking, having happily STILL forsaken my other evil vices of sex, serial dating, self harm, reclusiveness, drugs and alcohol.
  5166.         Not a GREAT accomplishment however a MUCH BETTER alternative.

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HEG • 3 years ago 
I foolishly smoked one of my smoker boyfriend's Sherman cigarettes out of curiosity and became a smoker instantly because I loved the initial high. Fourteen months later and a pack and a half a day habit, I went on Chantix. Unfortunately a few weeks on Chantix led to psychosis, which I later found out is alarmingly common! So even though it eradicated cravings which made quitting easy, I don't recommend it. Quit for a full year, then bought a small pack and smoked two then threw the rest out. Went several months and had a yen for a cigarette, so thought I could smoke occasionally. Was smoking six to nine daily within two months. Smoked that amount for eight months total then quit using patches, then 4 mg. mint Nicorette. I allowed myself to buy a Nicorette supply at Costco three times, then switched to hard candy and then sugarless gum. I haven't smoked for four months. I tried an E-cigarette before using NRT, but found this unsatisfying and frustrating. It wasn't as hard to quit as I'd anticipated. I'm a former alcoholic and drug addict so was sure quitting smoking would be grueling due to cravings. I was irritable, had trouble concentrating and yes, did have cravings. But they weren't intense because I was using NRT. Another thing that helped was going to bed early and sleeping more because it was an escape from feeling out of sorts. Now I know I can never smoke another cigarette. I smoked two years total so hope I didn't compromise my health too much. I agree with others, you have to really want to quit and be sick of smoking or at least sick of its effects. Once I was in the right mindset, I was able to quit for good. 

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theresearcher • 3 years ago 
I think the best method to quit smoking is to use addiction management techniques and quality nutrition that will make you feel better so that your smoking becomes unnecessary. It worked for me.
There is a great video I found on youtube about this here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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MGJ • 3 years ago 
SO, THE BEST WAY TO QUIT SMOKING IS TO NOT START SMOKING!

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MGJ • 3 years ago 
I am allergic to cigarette smell from a smoker's breadth (mouth). I avoid speaking to a smoker.

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MGJ • 3 years ago 
I rear fancy pigeons. That is my hobby and past time. I do not smoke.

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MGJ • 3 years ago 
I did never start smoking. As a 5 yr boy when neighboring 6 yr boy was smoking and gave his cigarette butt to me to have a puff, I did not like his company. So I did not start smoking and did not stop smoking!

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Jill Wilkerson • 3 years ago 
As the first step states: I made a decision. A firm decision not to TRY to quit because trying is just another form of not DOING. When I was ready, I just did it-- no trying, just doing. I made myself ready by forcing myself to hit bottom by doing an inventory of what was wrong with smoking. I came up with 145 things that were negative, ranging from the mild (setting my hair on fire when lighting a cigarette) to the deadly serious (extreme increase in the chance that I would die of lung cancer or emphysema). This eye-opening exercise knocked me out of denial and into reality. I became willing to go to ANY length to stop smoking. That meant that I became willing to go to a meeting a day and do a LOT of work toward recovery. Quitting became by far the highest priority in my life. At meetings, I noticed that the people who went back to smoking (slippers) were the people who were NOT willing to go to any length to quit. They were the ones who were more concerned about the weight gain they had than staying quit. Quitting a nicotine addiction is by itself one of the most difficult things I ever did. Trying to control my eating at the same time was just too much to do at once. I, too, would have slipped had I followed their example. I stuck with the winners and gained 60 pounds but I quit this deadly addiction for good. I have not done any form of nicotine for 25 years now.

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Jill Wilkerson • 3 years ago 
It was a lot of work. I had to be willing to go to ANY length to stay quit. That meant gaining 60 lbs that I had to serenely accept. I went to Nicotine Anonymous meetings and noticed that the people who failed were not willing to go to any length and tried to control their weight while trying to quit. Doing both was apparently to much to do at once and they slipped. I just didn't do what the losers did. I stuck with the winners. That was 25 years ago.

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Matt • 3 years ago 
First of all I wanted to. But I also read Alan Carr and took Champix for about a week. It worked and really happy about it. First week sucked but after that it's all in your head. ODAT too!

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Edison Stars • 3 years ago 
I was listening to an audiobook by Louise Hay and she recommends that you say "I bless you with love and I set you free" to every cigarette you smoke. The idea is that the subconscious mind will pick up on the messages you are saying out loud and the cravings will eventually subside. It's free, it can't hurt and thee are no known bad effects.

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Ian • 3 years ago 
i've quit smoking with the same approuch i've stoped using: just for today. quitting for the rest of my life looked impossible. so it was: just for today and tommorrow i'll see... now it's 2 years 8 month a 20 days (jft :-).

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Loved to Smoke • 3 years ago 
I started smoking cigarettes around the age of 13 or 14 yrs (8th Grade) Right before High School...in High School I was smoking 1 pack daily! at the least. Had my 1st daughter in January 27 1993 at the age of 20 and the 2nd in December 29 1993! (11 months and 2 days apart!) Stopped smoking during pregnancies and started smoking again when my 2nd was 3 years old and both girls in Pre-School. Smoked only outside- so I felt is was OK- My yard/garden was beautiful because I would smoke and garden- that brought me up to at least 2 packs a day! I loved to smoke- I thought it "relaxed" me and I felt great. Then I started hating smoking- the way my hair smelled and my skin. I was 30 years old and divorcing my first husband- I could NOT/would NOT stop and constantly gave in to the cravings... I got remarried at 35 and had another child- When I was pregnant I could not smoke because of the smell and horrible morning sickness-well needless to say... I started again when he was 1 year old. When my son was 4 yrs old my husband and I and my young son where getting ready for bed (and I had been feeling very tired the whole week) I leaned over the side of the bed to give him a kiss goodnight and WHAM!!!!!! I thought I had been struck in the middle of my chest with a carving knife! In the blink of an eye! I couldn't breath the pain was so severe...I thought OMG! this is it! I'm going to die right in front of my son... My husband picked me up and put me the car and drove me to the ER(oh yeah- I totally shit myself too) at ER I thought that I was having a heart attack! They gave me 3 nitro glycerin tablets- Nothing - BP through the roof... I was Lifeflighted to Stanford and unconscious for 4 days out of my 12 day "vacation"- I had a type B aortic dissection at 40! Holy Shit! THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF WOMEN IS HEART DISEASE... Please stop smoking it really will kill you.

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Chris445 • 3 years ago 
My sponsee was recently told by her doctor that she will be in grave danger if she continues to smoke (cancer in family, and beginnings of emphysema). She is recently clean (6 mos) and was honest with the doc about her drug and alcohol history. She asked him what the best method for quitting was, and he said ''Well, why don't you try whatever method you are using that is keeping you clean and sober?'' Working some of the A.A. concepts such as ''ODAAT'' and admitting powerlessness while seeking help from quitters within the fellowship, along with whatever medical help is available all sounded like good ideas to me. I went cold turkey years ago, but I can't tell her that's the only way and there are far more options available than when I stopped...and honestly I thought it was harder to stop smoking than to stop drinking! It is difficult, but it can be done. Good luck to all!

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Tony Cruz • 3 years ago 
I quit cold turkey. I couldn't deal with the constant sore throats in the middle of the night. I really did feel controlled by these damn things. My smoking actually became the heaviest it ever was when I went to rehab, but after spurts of sobriety lasting three months at a time and hanging tough alone with my cigarettes, I decided to finally put them down. It makes little sense to me to continue a deadly habit, even during the recovery process of an even more dangerous one. And although I never tried a vaporizer, I still think those are better options then actual cigarettes. Also, chew gum, for the oral fixation.

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Quasi Quirky • 3 years ago 
Quitting is a "Btihc". Smoked 2 and a half to 3 packs a day for 25 years. (1) Somewhere some medical group wrote out the physiological advantages of quitting on an hourly basis - growing to a monthly then yearly basis. That gave me a check off list. (2) I took two days off to shut myself up in my bedroom alone so I could cry, scream, run in place, shower a lot, sleep through it, etc.. (3) Needing that hand to mouth motion, I kept a toothpick in my hand and passed it just like a fag into my mouth and out of my mouth.
  5437.         Smokers don't bother me. I actually kind of feel good about myself around them, but I don't know many anymore and never lectured ANYBODY! Not my place. Never again took a toke of anykind in 16 years. My doc told me a few years back that my lungs sounded just as good as a person who never smoked. Lucky me!

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AddictionRecoveryCoach • 3 years ago 
I am an addiction recovery coach who works all over (mostly NY, CT, FL, CA, etc) and several of my latest clients have hired me for continued cigarette cessation rather than the drug and alcohol- addicted clients and their families who were once my only clients. My success rate with these past smokers, some 30 year plus cig addicts, is 100 percent so far. If you really want to quit and stay quit and want to invest in your own health and future, contact me at sunny.bohemia at yahoo dot com. (Dot between sunny and bohemia) It's a big commitment but oh so worth the time and $....and everyone who stays quit ends up saving money in the long run....I urge you to give yourself the gift of freedom from the most disgusting deadly addiction that ever existed....good luck and feel free to contact me if you are willing to go any lengths to stop, but need help, companionship, education (for you and your family about how to support you in this after I'm gone, etc......I also do interventions which can definitely be done for cigs. Good luck

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Cathy Henes • 3 years ago 
Sorry to say that it took the beginning of COPD for me to really get serious about quitting.Patch didnt work and kind of scared me.Chantix was the winner but I had to do it twice,didnt want to have to ask my doc for a third.Early on i would have couple puffs here and there.I woke up pretty quick,knew I was playing with fire ,literally,put a stop to that.Along with that the cravings ease up,they really do. (I remember once years ago tearing my room apart in hopes of finding a butt or something; horrible feeling).Now its been close to nine months and I ve noticed my breathing getting easier eg I can walk up steps etc. Also luckily never had any bad side effects which i m grateful for those Chantix warnings are no joke.Good luck to everyone struggling to quit for good.xxoo.

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TrickQuit • 3 years ago 
trick yourself into quitting...get a ecig disposable, use it only has a backup when you run out of real / analog cigarettes...till you can get out to buy more...then a strange thing starts to a occur...in a short period of time when filling in my regular cigarettes with the ecig... that is real cigarette start to really stink & you begin to really smell them ... I was 2 packs a day for 25+ yrs...switched to ecigs completely...then went a month & got off of the ecigs using lozenges... all in steps ..little steps lead to a huge leap ...worked for me nearly year completely free...& if the craving or stress rolled in on me, I would do a lozenge to easy the pain, or if its really rough go & puff on a ecig ... Right 2 steps back, But nowhere near a puff on the old fire & ash dragon... I found this back up system worked for me

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Robert Blume LOA • 3 years ago 
This guy is amazing.
christian@christianwasinger.com

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Lovinglife52 • 3 years ago 
I used the methods in Paul McKenna's stop smoking book and completely lost the urge to smoke and live a healthy lifestyle. There are good lessons for other issues in it as well.

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joejoe • 3 years ago 
What I would say to someone is that I swear to god - there will be months, years and decades that will go by and you'll NEVER think about smoking. I haven't craved a cigarette since about my 6 month off cigs. The cravings WILL go away and you will wonder why you ever liked it. I'm smoke-free 17 years now.

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Richard Moore • 3 years ago 
I quit just under five years ago.....I made a gradual decision to quit from never, to maybe I should. maybe I'd like to be a non-smoker, in 2007 I made a resolution to quit the following year..
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Lin • 3 years ago 
I quit smoking on the spot after 20 years of a two pack a day habit. I went to a chiropractor who was recommended by my dentist and had accupressure on my wrists. 3 sessions one week apart...

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Charles Minus • 3 years ago 
I would give two bits of advice.
  5601.         1. Keep trying. If you fail, use it as a learning experience and try again. I quit many times and failed, The last time worked: it only takes one victory and you're done.
  5602.         2. When you decide to quit, keep it to yourself. Don't make public announcements. It will only humiiiate you if you fail and make it that much harder to try again. Instead, wait for the moment when someone says, "Hey, you're not smoking. How did you quit?" That's gold.

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RangerLee • 3 years ago 
I have always felt everyone has the ability to quit, it just takes an event so powerful that you follow through. I quit for the 4th time, and final, time about 27 years ago. This time it wasn't hard...for the previous 2 nights I had experienced terrible nightmares as well as migraine-like headaches. I never smoked again after that day. Now after those 27 years I am not sure how much resolve I have. Recently I have had an interest in cigars. We'll see how it turns out. Good luck to all.

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Badcatitudes • 3 years ago 
I quit cold turkey after 20 years of smoking. I had the early signs of COPD. One day after a particularly bad coughing episode, I said to myself "if you don't quit, you will die." I threw my Kools out one by one, crushed and broken to pieces. "Quit or die" became my mantra every time I wanted a cigarette. It's been 19 years now without a smoke. Hardest thing I ever did.
  5639.         Everyone will quit at some point. Unfortunately, for some, that point is their last breath in this life. 

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sharpdoc • 3 years ago 
Allen Carr's EasyWay to Stop Smoking is a miracle book. Quick read resulting in a psychic shift. Quit, never looked back. The man should be a saint.

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me in kansas • 3 years ago 
never quit trying to quit, even if it takes 40 years

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Ronnie • 3 years ago 
Just hang in there, but remember even if you slip, forgive yourself and jump right back on the bus. I will take if you keep tying. GOOD LUCK!!!

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iquitslowly • 3 years ago 
I cut down gradually. I checked the clock and thought well it's 10am, I can wait one hour. Then I would see how I felt in one hour. I might smoke and I might wait another hour. After a while I smoked about 3 cigarettes a day. Then, I made up my mind and just quit. It's actually a mind thing, if you can truly make up your mind, it's over, cold turkey. I was just not a cold turkey person until I got to that point.

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Cathy • 3 years ago 
I sometimes say I was born smoking because my mother smoked through her pregnancy with me. I have smoked and quit a number of times. Come Jan. 1, 2014 I will be smoke free 10 years. This is what worked for me: 1. Consider and plan. Think about what you are going to do and why. Make the pro and con lists and then consider them every day. Observe people on the street smoking--what is pretty and ugly about that picture? Pick a date to quit at least a month or so in advance. 2. Quit cold turkey. Allow yourself to chew gum or eat to deal with the cravings for the first 7-10 days. Plan on ways you can baby yourself or indulge yourself. You're saving a lot of money so its okay to buy yourself small gifts to mark your success. 3. Consider acupuncture from a knowledgeable practitioner. I was living in Santa Fe where alternative healing is the thing. I went to 2-3 sessions in the month before my quit date and I practically had to force myself to smoke in the last week/days before my quit date. I would just forget to smoke! 4. This might seem silly but in the first weeks and months when I first quit and I was alone in my car I would observe people on the street smoking and I would say out loud "I'm a non-smoker now!!" It made me feel good. In the past, I would feel deprived. Focus on the great accomplishment you are achieving. 5. Never take another puff. At least this is true for me. One puff, a few days, then two puffs, a week or two, trouble at work or in romance!!, a pack a day again just like that. And then you have to start all over again. Good luck!

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slovenski domoljub • 3 years ago 
im sorry to disapoint u, i am still a smoker..i had some times when i was sober can are willing to share my "cure".
  5748.         1. Start smoking PURE cannabis(bong is the most helpful if u ask me) and continue with that for a few days but then try to stop smoking every day or even 2,3rd day(unless the Cannabis opens what opened to me, the world i've been to stupid to notice) and learn from the experience as long as u have to(without excuses, here's where i went wrong. I smoked Cannabis and were high all the time, when i was busted by the cops then i turned right back to tobacco-i know stupid..)
  5749.         2. Smoke the last pack u have and just don t buy a nother one, if a friend has it ask him if he could skip one or two cigs, if not look deep in yourself and see why u've wanted to stoped(my motos were, i don t smell, i won t feed the wrong tobacco industry witch feasts on peoples sorrow)
  5750.         3. Try alternative smokes, i ve tried lemongrass(to spiecy for me) and catnip(use it for tea, not smoke) but there are stuff like "legal buds"(herbs that are legal and don t neccesary get u high witch u can smoke whenever u want) here in Europe my country doesn t have these(-.-) but i've done some researh and the Dutch have invented stuff called Greengo(mixture of herbs) with is suppose to be awsome. Try that or invent your own mixture..
  5751.         4. If all of the above fail(i'm here xD) try smoking but not so much as u used to, instead of 3 cigs smoke 1 cig while waiting for a friend to show, get buissy and do something else, go for a walk when u are about to touch the cig(i know u will) "mind lap" yourself and say why do u need this shit right now?! Try holding for a few mins-it seams stupid but for me it's a great way to see i can hold back(even if just a bit)

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Marlene • 3 years ago 
When I quit smoking it was with the reminder that the timeline starts again from your last cigarette. The pull to smoke again starts with a single drag, so if you really want to quit - DO NOT give in to that temptation. The first 30 minutes from your last drag should be considered in your head the most successful since that is the biggest pull to have another drag.
I smoked for 23 years and decided to quit in my 20s. I told myself that when I turned X years old, graduated college, or was going to have kids I would quit. For the health of all involved. How hypocritical it seemed to smoke and work in a related industry. The point is, set a life goal that is undeniable to yourself and it will start the path to quitting. I also told myself every day for years that I would not break that promise to myself. I avoided quitting for the other two reasons but when I turned X years old there were no excuses, I was quitting once and for all.
1. Quit cold turkey
  5770.         2. Avoid places where other people smoke (for at least a month or two). I found at that point the smell of cigarette smoke actually made me want to throw up when I smelled it. Everyone's time point for this will be different. If it smells good to you still, get away from it for longer. That includes not hanging out with friends while they smoke (yes, if you go to a bar - don't go outside with everyone when they go to smoke). It doesn't mean you have to avoid your friends all together.
  5771.         3. I picked up oral fixations like chewing gum whenever I wanted a cigarette.
  5772.         4. Lastly, when the craving came when I would want a cigarette badly (I ALWAYS had one when I drank or when I got into a car ... so those moments were the hardest) I would take a moment out and smoke some weed. I wasn't someone who smoked regularly so this actually helped me quit smoking cigarettes totally.
After 1 year I could be around other cigarette smokers and didn't mind the smoke and didn't have any cravings. The biggest key is no matter what - Do Not Have Another Drag. The clock starts all over again with the cravings.
I am even dating a smoker now. I don't kiss him immediately after a cigarette but I can hang out with him when he does. It's been 9 years since I quit! And I've been with a smoker for 3 years of those. It is possible to totally quit and still be around it.

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DJL • 3 years ago 
Okay, the thing to understand is that the physical nicotine addiction passes quickly - it is the psychological addiction that trips you up. That and the fact that a lot of people don't really want to quit: they know they should quit, or they want to want to quit. If you're ready to quit I recommend the following...
One to two weeks before you make the effort make two simple changes. First, switch brands. Second, stop smoking ritual cigarettes. You know what I mean, the "drive home" cigarette. "After dinner", "with coffee", or whatever. During this time you can still smoke when you get a nic-fit. What you're trying to do here is break as much of the psychological addiction BEFORE you take on the physical.
When you're ready to proceed from there, the next step is simple. You quit. Just like that. There isn't a fancy easy way to do it. You stop buying and bumming smokes, stop putting them in your mouth, and stop lighting them on fire. YES, it is difficult. NO, there isn't another way to do it.
One final thing that always sounds stupid to people, but I have found helpful. If the craving gets REALLY bad, then get a drinking straw. Cut it off to about the right length and use it as a substitute. Drag on it, flick it, whatever - just don't light it. YMMV, it could just make you want the real thing more. In my case, I found it helpful.

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K • 3 years ago 
I smoked cigarettes off and on for ten years, quit through sheer will power a number of times, only to relapse.
  5809.         There were two things that helped me. One was realizing I wasn't quitting for me. Once I was quitting for me, it stuck. Hit bottom!
The other thing is about the attitude we seem to have towards quitting: that it's a physical problem only. With the emphasis on nicotine patches and drugs, we are taught that killing the physical cravings through pharmaceuticals is the road to a nicotine free life.
But for me the hardest part was learning how to be a non smoker again. Waiting for the bus without needing to smoke. That takes practice. This is one way of looking at successive attempts to quit that end in failure: you are practicing. You wouldn't give up trying to learn how to ride a bike just because you fell off a few times. Eventually you'll get it. So don't give up!

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achicks • 3 years ago 
I quit cold turkey before all the otc nicotine alternatives. It hurt! But, as others have pointed out, the physical addiction clears up quickly. The psychological addiction is a bitch and not to be underestimated.I had a couple of plans.
To fight the false memories of how delicious it was, I had saved my last weeks' worth of butts. I put them in a jar, sprinkled a little water over them, tightened the lid and saved them for the times of serious longing. One whiff of the nasty reality in that jar and my desire to enjoy a smoke ceased immediately.
To fight the habit of doing this thing with my hand, I bought a set of Chinese Meditation Balls. As I drank my morning coffee or waited for the bus or talked on the phone, I practiced moving them around the palm of my hand. It took some effort, a little concentration so that took my mind off of smoking. It also had a very soothing effect. The weight of the balls, the coolness of the metal, the lovely chiming sound--it was exactly what I needed. It occupied my hand, calmed my nerves and helped me stay in the moment.
It has now been eighteen years since the second time I quit. The first time I had an occasional cigarette with friends. Then I bought a pack at a stressful time. In no time, I was back to more than a pack a day. Cigarettes are the enemy! No fraternizing can be permitted. I truly hate them now. I think that's part of making it, knock wood, permanent.

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Donnchadh • 3 years ago 
first note how dirty it is
  5846.         find out how withdrawal from nicotin afects your body
  5847.         chring when you light up or have to clear an ashtray
  5848.         go cold turkey now you have the facts
  5849.         it is a hard call for some I enjoyed the money I saved
  5850.         25 years clean but still have an odd dream which tells me to smoke

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bored • 3 years ago 
switching to pot helped me. Either cigarettes or pot? Can't afford both.

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SwD • 3 years ago 
12 months prior, I had stopped all illicit drugs, and mentally was prepared to stop smoking when I caught the MEASELS at 32(can be fatal as an Adult), during the 6-7 days that I was down, I stopped smoking, and since most Nicotine cravings subside after several days, I was able to walk away from what I now view as a nastly habit.

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Jan • 3 years ago 
I quit may 26, 1 day before my birthday. Been planning it for six months. No patch ,No pills
  5905.         just a plan burned into my brain. Good Luck!

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quotidian • 3 years ago 
I did it cold turkey the day I was biopsied for mouth cancer, which it turned out I had; it required major surgery. That was enough to overcome whatever desperate craving I had to smoke.

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Dave • 3 years ago 
Take chantix.

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exoraluna • 3 years ago 
I have heard that it takes the average of 6-8 times to quit. It took me about 12. I cut back to the minimal amount and stayed in that zone for a couple of years. One day, my brain said to throw all the ciggies away. Quit cold turkey.
  5960.         The MOST IMPORTANT thing to remember: NEVER, NEVER think it is OK to have just 1 or to take a drag. It takes years to make NOT smoking a habit.
  5961.         Take extra vitamins and minerals. Breathe in, breathe out. Don't smoke.
  5962.         I took the negative words out of my vernacular. "Don't smoke." Became "I am smoke (cigarette) free." Being free is wonderful.

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Gforce4ever • 3 years ago 
Ask yourself, "Am I a smoker?" What I mean is how you perceive yourself. Do you want to be a smoker? Are you okay with your choice to smoke? If you are not happy with it, and you even THINK to quit, there is a reason. This reason must now become larger than your addiction.
There is no "trying to quit." Stop falling for the pansy-assed bullshit excuse. You are either a smoker or a non-smoker. Now that you have THAT understanding, you may proceed.
To become a non-smoker, you must stop smoking. It's that simple. You choose a day, and then you smoke up until that moment, such as 11:58 p.m. the night before your DATE OF NON-SMOKER STATUS.
Quitting smoking is monumental. The event should be a day for you to remember, celebrate, and recall often. It is a proud moment for you, and a wonderful day for all of your loved ones -- those present and future people who your life will impact.
Talk about it. It's okay. You smoked. A lot of people do and did. You are now part of the elite. You made a choice. You did what it took. You are BETTER than you were, because you made a decision to take control and to fix a problem.
If you think smoking isn't (or wasn't) a problem, then you may be fooling yourself, as you had been all those years while smoking. When you own it, and you accept that you screwed up, you may get past it. Having been a smoker never goes away; it remains part of your past. You may as well let those skeletons out to play. Just remember that you are the closet gate-keeper, so you may control those skeletons.
If you get to the point where you think you might want to take a toke, remember that you are stronger than a craving, and that you stopped for a reason or ten, or twelve, or a million.
I picked a day, after thirteen years of being stupid, and I stopped smoking while sitting in a bar, with a beer in my hand. I put the last cigarette out, and then asked the dude next to me if he wanted a lighter. He said, "Sure." I slid the lighter over to him, and then I pushed the ashtray as far away from me as possible.
The next few days, during the craving period, I just drank a lot of orange juice and did push-ups and sit-ups every time I craved a cig. I was exchanging adrenaline for nicotine. It worked, and I got healthier and stronger, not only physically, but mentally.
Over a few weeks' time, you will notice that you will smell things, taste things, and feel things you hadn't before, or for a long time. That is a good thing!
Lastly, you may begin to hyperventilate. This is due to your lungs healing, and you don't need to breath quickly and shallowly now. You need to conduct deep breathing exercises to stretch your lungs out and prepare them for their new job of providing you with the lung capacity of a normal, healthy person who needs oxygen!

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allenallen • 3 years ago 
NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine)
Helped me a lot. I'd 'sometimes' just forget to go smoke. It wasn't on my mind as much. Keep in mind that I don't find any proof concerning nicotine when I searched "NAC and addiction" or "NAC and nicotine" I took a chance judging from the results on NAC and cocaine. It isn't expensive and is non-toxic and has some beneficial side-effects.
The other thing I did was that when I had a craving I'd focus on the sensation (in the chest) and ask myself what I was 'really' craving. Was it a craving for some mineral I was lacking? Some vitamin I was low on? Water? A hug? It didn't matter because the question occupied me until the craving passed.
Part III was figuring how much cash I was literally burning up. Then I decided I'd put a meaningful amount in a 'fund.' I chose $30 per month. (It was probably less than I was spending on cigs at the time but was enough to represent the habitual burning of cash.) I wanted some audio/video equipment. I figured even if I paid with a credit card and had the worst credit card interest in the world I'd still OWN something after a year rather than just smoke the cash away. That added a reward and it helped to see daily, the new receiver or speakers that I had that would have just gone up in smoke.
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DonDong • 3 years ago 
Cold turkey DIDN'T work for me. On my 4th try I decided to gradually cut down till stopping completely wouldn't be a big deal. Unlike a lot of smokers, the 1st cig of the day was my least favorite, so I put off smoking it for as long as possible. If I woke up at 8am, instead of smoking at 10am, I'd try to wait till noon. Then maybe I'd limit myself to a certain number during the afternoon, etc. So I went from smoking 3/4 of a pack/day for 18 yrs, to about 2-3 cigarettes a day. A LOT easier to quit a 3/day habit, than a 15/day habit.

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j • 3 years ago 
I started in the young teens continued until 2005 4 day hospital stay, one nice nurse with the patch, Winter green mints and ton of support ..... and a huge present to myself after a year after quitting with the money I saved... I still have the Yamaha (aka "the present")

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Bill Cat • 3 years ago 
Smoking was a tough one for me. Smoked for twenty-plus years and by the end was smoking Camel non-filters and roll-'ems -- a stone nicotine junkie. Tried once with the patch when it first came out, became almost insane after a couple weeks. Scratch that effort. Tries again cold turkey and by day three was in a screaming argument with my girlfriend over a sandwich, and thought about snatching lit smokes from others at bus stops. Scratch that one too. But I didn't lose interest in quitting in between, kept looking into it, didn't even like smoking anymore and just wanted a nicotine hit. Know thy enemy.
Bought a little booklet the size of a pack of butts that was full of nifty facts about smoking. What caught my eye was that almost EVERYTHING in a smokers life is a 'trigger' to smoke. Before and after almost every activity -- waiting for the bus of getting off it, going in a store or coming out of it, before bed and waking up, before and after meals, sex, showers, appointments, coffee, car rides, roller-coasters, swimming. And a quick look back proved that very true in my life.
So the last time I patched-up, bought some really grungy little cigars -- that I wouldn't have smoked ever -- to feed that strange hand-to-pocket-to-lips ritual, and carried on. Never lit one, just enjoyed the ritual along with a little tobacco taste. Used the patches until one morning I forgot to put one on, and decided that must be the real end of it, the obsession had finally passed. So far so good, that was 6 years ago.
Advice I was given by the old timers: "If it ever comes down to smoking OR picking-up, go buy a pack of smokes."

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Juanita Waterman • 3 years ago 
I quit because I wanted to please God. And do what was right for my Body. However I tapered off and the last cigerette was the hardest to give up. But I had made up my mind to quit so I did. But if I imagined some excuse for why it was ok to smoke I would still be smoking today.

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25 years • 3 years ago 
I quit smoking 25 years ago. I had a heart attack and my DR. advised me to quit. I spent 10 days in a hospital without a cig and have never looked back. Cold turkey is the only way. The road to quitting is between your ears.You can not quit if you don't get your head right. make a commitment and stick with it. used sunflower seeds for a crutch.

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Skeptics • 3 years ago 
It was fun while it lasted. Thanks for all of your hard work The Fix!
http://www.nydailynews.com/ent...
There was no fixing The Fix.
An editor from the online magazine started — and allegedly killed — by idea-man Maer Roshan emailed staffers Monday thanking them for their hard work, and promising to try and pay writers for already published pieces.
“The priority in our last couple days was finding the money in our reserves to pay every invoice submitted by writers,” the email from deputy editor Walter Armstrong said.
This comes three months after Confidenti@l reported that Roshan, a one-time editor at New York and Talk magazines, was suing drug recovery publication The Fix, which he left in early 2012 amidst addiction problems of his own.
RADAR FOUNDER MAER ROSHAN SAYS HE WAS PUSHED OUT AS REHAB WEBSITE CHIEF
In a farewell letter to his staff obtained by Confidenti@l, Armstrong claimed that fighting Roshan’s suits has forced the publication to close shop.
“I’m sorry to have to tell you that last Friday was the last day of The Fix,” Armstrong wrote. “It was a sudden death.”
In that letter, Armstrong says, “As to why Maer Roshan would continue to file lawsuit after lawsuit that resulted in the destruction of the online magazine that he created — and that perhaps only he could have created — is a question only Maer Roshan can answer.”
Roshan, who started thefix.com in 2010, tells Confidenti@l he was “surprised” to hear The Fix was broke. He forwarded Armstrong’s letter to his attorney, who says Roshan’s claims against The Fix's parent company Recovery Media were attempts at transparency regarding company expenditures to help determine the value of Roshan’s 29% share.
Roshan claims in court papers that when he refused Recovery Media’s $30,000 offer to go quietly, higher-ups at The Fix threatened to make news of his past struggles public, thus hindering future career prospects.
But according to one Fix source, “(Roshan) was constantly dealing with addiction, resulting in multiple no-shows and other behaviors that were not compatible with running the site.” That source also claims Roshan relinquished his editorial duties before his March 2012 termination.
“My brief relapse, which I quickly and voluntarily addressed, has nothing to do with the company’s current state of affairs, as I have not been involved in day to day management of the company for the last 17 months,” Roshan tells Confidenti@l. “I don’t think anyone can say I was derelict in my duties.”
Further denying his client’s personal demons were an issue is this case, Roshan’s attorney tells Confidenti@l, “He received a letter from (company chairman) Paul McCulley on March 15, 2012 that he was suspended from the company and to check into rehab March 26. He did so on March 27 and they terminated him anyway.”
Former Fix editor-in-chief Will Godfrey confirmed to Confidenti@l that Recovery Media filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last Friday.
“The Fix has stood out as an innovative and valuable resource and forum for debate about all things addiction,” said Godfrey. “I'm proud of my team and grateful to all our readers.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ent...

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Dylan • 3 years ago 
Cold turkey. White knuckle it for the first few days, after that your craving drops off a cliff and a life without nicotine suddenly seems possible. But you have to stick with it through the difficult period (like sobriety itself, I guess)

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Vander • 3 years ago 
I went cold turkey 18 months after getting clean and sober. I apply Steps 1, 2, 3 and turned it over to GOD, and in Aug -2013 I will celebrate 21 years as a non-smoker. I would suggest you set yourself a target day, get rid of lightesr, ash trays, and most of all stop buying or asking for cigarettes. You can change if you want to the only requirement to do so is a desire to stop smoking, and learn some tools/coping strategies to stay stopped.

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J D Linda Daniels Vander • 3 years ago 
Watch someone you love struggle to breathe long enough and you'll quit.

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realneal • 3 years ago 
I quite cold turkey in the late eighties after I was clean & sober for a few years. I don't even think that they had patches or nicotine gum back then. I tried to stay away from people who smoked. I went to non-smoking meetings of which there were very few back then. I also started exercising; running and riding a bicycle. It was harder than quitting drugs for me. I would not even consider myself clean if I was still putting poison in my system all day every day. Getting clean for me is about getting better, not just stopping the drugs and keeping everything else the same.

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Qigong • 3 years ago 
I decided to quit and put them down. The power of will is mighty.

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Joe • 3 years ago 
There was a stop-smoking program in the eighties called "Stop-For-Life" I took the course in 1985 in Atlanta. It was great because you didn't change a single thing in your life to stop smoking - if you drank alcohol, you were actually encouraged not to change that. Same for coffee and any other thing that you did while you smoked.. No carrot sticks, no added exercise. No substitutes for smoking! You smoked your full amount right up until the quit day (I smoked 3 packs per day.) And after you quit, you carried around a pack of cigarettes with you for a year. Cost $600 and you didn't have to pay if you didn't stop smoking. Worth every penny to me as I haven't smoked since. If anybody knows if this organization s still around in some form, please let us know,as I'd like to refer still-smoking friends to the program.

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Terasa Barker • 3 years ago 
Go cold turkey. Stay busy. Keep your mouth occupied with straws, gum, candy and fruit. Always remember the urges will pass, the more you ignore/distract the less frequent and powerful they'll be. Steer clear of other smokers. Never forget your reasons for quitting. Find other hobbies and things that relax you. I've been quit over 19 years----NEVER to return to that stink habit. I started smoking at 13 and quit when I was 30 years old. It was a 19 year addiction with a destructive habit.

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Joe C • 3 years ago 
It was important for me not to have a gaping hole where the positive feedback from the addiction once was. I was in love with smoking. So I needed a replacement. For me it was sports. I was a teenager at the time, still in high school. I could see that I didn't perform at peak levels while I was smoking. I just couldn't breathe. Sports, such as basketball were very important to me. Performing at the highest level I could was also important. I didn't want to sell myself or my team short. This desire to play at the highest level I could was the turning point when I was jonesing. I couldn't have it both ways. Did I want the smoke and turn my back on my sporting aspirations? My desire to improve and perform well was a way bigger and more immediate positive reinforcement to white-knuckling through my craving than, say, living another 10 years.
I was sober only a couple of months when I decided to quit. People cautioned me that it was a mistake to give up drugs and alcohol + smoking. That turned out to be enabling advice. I followed my gut instinct and did it. By the way, it was almost an unfair advantage, being clean and sober for my first time in high school, I was voted most improved athlete of the year. Do I every wish I had waited and enjoyed more cigarettes. No.

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SwD • 3 years ago 
After stopping Alcohol, MJ, Cocaine, and Methamphitamines, I was wanting to cease my dependency on cigs, yet was told 'too much to soon can be bad'(trying to stop the cigs during the 1st year of being off Alcohol, and Drugs), yet, I caught the 'measels' at 32 years old, and was able to throw the cigs away, as I languished in bed for several days....
  6269.         Mentally I was wanting to cease, and after 2 weeks or so of recovering from the measels, I was able to stop.
  6270.         The hardest part was the first several months when 'someone else' near me smoked, and that 'trickle-waive' of 'sweetness' filled the senses.......I would romance the idea, yet have never deviated from not smoking cigs.....
  6271.         Cigs' are nasty....the smell 'clings' on the skin, and clothing, and to kiss a person who smokes.....ahg!!, the smell is nauseating.
  6272.         Do what you need to, yet, IF you are not mentally equiipped to stop, then it will be to no fruition, as so many stop, and THEN START again!!!!!! Crazy....

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Homeless Singles • 3 years ago 
I moved from a country where I could buy cigarettes for seventy cents USD per pack to where they now cost me $8 plus a pack. My COPD also helped.

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Mona Lisa 222 • 3 years ago 
I accidentally used the aversion method--long before I quit drinking. I'd gone out and gotten drunk, high, etc. and smoked something like 2 packs of cigarettes in one night. When I woke up the next morning I had a screaming hangover, but the worst part was the smell and taste of old cigarettes. After that, a mere sniff of smoke sickened me; I've never wanted to smoke again! I wish that had worked with alcohol, but noooooooooo........

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wholeness • 3 years ago 
after i had a stomach virus i got a 1 day head start and took it. i ate raisins wafers and lifesavers all day long - kept my mouth full and gained 15 pounds. which i lost over the next 5 years, good luck there's still lots to die from - even successful career repetitive stress injuries.

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Clifton Isaacs • 3 years ago 
Cigarettes were removed from me at about one year clean, by virtue of willingness and the first three steps. Also, about three years later, I talked myself back into having one, and I never felt so horrible in my life. It's been clear sailing ever since. Yes, I definitely would view picking them back up as a setback in my recovery, a definite vestige of the old way of life. My one cigarette relapse bathed me in shame, and I felt filthy and slimy. The same diseased process of dishonesty and rationalization used to talk myself back into smoking is precisely the same process that could lead me back to using, as my sponsor made abundantly clear.

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dennis sowell Clifton Isaacs • 3 years ago 
I am an Addicted to nearly everything as far as I can tell, now happily 29yrs free of Alcohol & Recreational Drugs, 19 yrs free of Nicotine (thank Goddess/Goodness)!
The story is too long for this kind of forum, let me say that I was Blessed with "Burning Bush" Spiritual Awakening in my early Recovery.
I was not so lucky with my ongoing attempts to be "smoke free" for my health and survival, The struggle lasted ten years after my AA Miracles took place. The Nicotine Addiction cost me a marriage, a dozen relapses after being quit for a month or two, even a year or two, but them would relapse again after some "stressful" event caused me to reach for a cigarette again. Turns out I was never really free of the Nicotine (in my bloodstream) even though I was not smoking, (because I was still living with a smoker) who would not respect my need, my right, for "nicotine free" air to breathe. I finally laid down the law and demanded to have "no second hand smoke" anywhere, ever again! She and our 12 yr old son whom she'd been buying cigarettes for packed their bags and left. I've been quit a long time now, and not even had an urge to smoke again in 19 years.
Yes, the divorce followed soon after. I asked her to be careful to not let the screen door hit her backside on the way out. Yes the DIVORCE was traumatic and costly. But I am better off by far. You cant buy the peace and happiness I have today.
Best things come to those who wait. I waited and along came a wonderful woman who understood what marital bliss ought to be like and sought it as much as I did. We've been happily joined for 15 yrs now, and from this Union we have three wonderful Grand-children by her eldest and her Husband, Both the daughters have adopted me as their Dad, as did the grandchildren (the daughters did not have a good male role model growing up). My wife, nor our daughters and grandchildren would even recognize me as the person I used to be (all those years ago). Nor do I miss the stress or conflict from that life.
I can never forget though where I came from, or who I truly am. I am blessed child of a Loving God, who has been given a daily reprieve, based on the maintenance of a fit Spiritual Condition. I have also been given the remarkable gift of being able to help my fellows where and when sometimes nothing else can. For that I am obligated, to carry the message of recovery, not just from Booze and Drugs, Nicotine and addictive behaviors beyond the realm of Chemical Dependency.
I have been given the power to save my own life by helping others, and this applies to all kind of self destructive behaviors, and counter productive living. There is no 12 step program that covers it all, and I cant wear that many hats all at once. So I call it all "A A" for Addictions Anonymous! I am recovered from that vast sea of dangerous "addictive behaviors" that tried its very best to kill this kid!
By the grace of the Divine whom I choose to call Goddess Mine, I am free at last, free at last, free at last !!
And so can any one of you be, (if you desire it like you desire Life itself! If you desire to be "free" like your head was being held under the waters surface, (for minutes, and then even longer)! Still longer you are forced to wait to breathe, until finally....... at long last......., you are allowed to Gasp that first breath of air, to breathe the beautiful breath called Freedom, from your Self, and your "Self destructive" behaviors, manifested as Addictions of all kinds!
namaste, brothers and sisters I am dennis sowell, "Recovered, by Grace"!

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Rob • 3 years ago 
I know this is an old post, but people look into way for how to quit smoking everyday. I have smoked on and off for 15 years. It has always made me feel sluggish and overall, not good. I started working at a drug and alcohol treatment center this year and everyone used vapes. I felt strange going out to smoke around the smokers tent and everyone was puffing on vapes, while I smoked a regular stink cigarette. Hesitant to make the $40 investment because I thought the initial cost was too high, I did it. I used the vape for about a week before getting used to it. I smoked about half a pack of cigs a day, so I got the juice that only had 6 mg of nicotine in it. Overall, I seem to be puffing on it all day long. It certainly doesn't take the place of a cig, however, if you really want to quit and you don't buy a pack, using only the vape, it can def be accomplished.
  6380.         Good luck to all of you trying to quit. Through willpower, YOU can do ANYTHING you set your mind to.
Rob
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John Maryland • 3 years ago 
I haven't quit. I've cut down to six a day. I enjoy my six a day. I'm not going to worry about it. Hopefully I'll live a long time, but I am not living just to live longer. I am living to enjoy my life. Cigarettes help me enjoy life (and coffee).

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