Stop buying cigarettes.
Lol jk I think it is really hard to stop all at once so go gradually. This website has a lot of resources, it even has an app to help you quit. Congratulations on making a life changing decision! http://www.smokefree.gov/tools.aspx
drewskidooo (rep: 793) posted May 27, 2012
that's great that you want to stop, it sounds like you just might need the right motivation. there are many options for you that you can find in the pharmacy. nicotine gum is a way that can transition you off. if taken properly, your body can still get a low does of nicotine to sooth the cravings, however for some people that may not be enough. there are also prescription options available but you'll have to see a physician for that.
there's also patches that help release nicotine into the body as well. this helps since your body gets the nicotine it needs, but you end up tapering it off..which is good. for some people, they prefer an alternative option since their behavioral actions are used to using their hand to pop a cigarette into their mouth. if that's the case, maybe the gum will be a better option for you.
e-cigs definitely help with the behavioral symptoms..but check into it. there are a lot of options out there and we can be your support system. don't feel like you need to do this on your own...it's a big step..and it's very difficult, so i definitely recommend a support system. what helps is to tell the people closest to you. what also helps is to set a start date. if you want, you can also speak to a physician to get prescribed meds that will help prepare for the stop. for instance, if you choose a stop date of July 1st, then your physician may prescribe a certain medication for you to take two weeks prior to that date to help you when you get there.
lots of options..lots of support..GOOD LUCK!
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted May 27, 2012
Definitely buy something special for yourself with the money you save. That could be a great motivating factor for you!
Maybe it would help you to get a job somewhere that makes smoking a hassle, like at a school or a clinic. If you don't have experience you could always start doing something janitorial, no shame in that.
dealwagger (rep: 10.3k) posted May 27, 2012
chantix is a prescription option..and that's the one i had in mind when i said you need to speak to your physician.
as for the e-cigs giving you nausea..it's probably due to withdrawal symptoms. your body is accustomed to having a certain amount of nicotine..using the gum and patch helps because it gives the body what it craves, but at a lesser dose...this way you don't have to experience the withdrawal symptoms as much.
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted May 27, 2012
Good luck. I recommend cold turkey. I tried cutting back, but found that I would smoke more once I proved I could do it. Kinda a backlash effect. That said...I'm fortunate enough not to be predisposed to actual physical addiction. I usedta smoke, but when I decided I was done, I walked away with no ill effects. Had some cravings, but no real withdrawals.
nthsll (rep: 12.4k) posted May 29, 2012
Your will power is like a muscle. Just gotta work it out more!
I've never been truly addicted to anything, so I can't actually speak to the ease of this technique. It helps if you do something else when you start jonesing for a cigarette though. Try drinking water everytime you feel the urge to smoke? Like try chugging it. Maybe having to pee all the time will make you want to smoke less after you trained yourself to instinctively go for the water haha.
But congrats on trying to quit. You'll save a ton of money too, I'm sure.
toast (rep: 5.5k) posted May 29, 2012
Quitting smoking is a great opportunity to learn about ourselves, as you have already observed.
Congratulate yourself on having the desire to stop - then you are over the worst, but still need to maintain your resolve. It's just so easy to start thinking that just one won't hurt, but it does. Just one achieves nothing except feeling the need for another. Whatever you do, don't have just one. Beware - alcohol will weaken your resolve.
Here's a few home-brewed tips that might be useful.
It's not just nicotine addiction - there are 50+ chemicals in cigarettes. Also the main problem is habit.
We have been used to having body sensations which we translate as 'my body needs something', which we have attempted to satisfy by having a cigarette.
When we try to stop smoking, we still get these 'my body needs something' sensations, and we still feel that we want a cigarette. We have to train our body to be more selective. When we feel we need something, we have to work out what it is that we actually need.
A glass of water is an excellent substitute if nothing else comes to mind, as it helps with the clearance of the toxic substances in our body. Another good substitute is a bag of salted peanuts, used in combination with the water.
Another thing to do is to find an activity which occupies the mind or body. Go swimming - nobody wants to smoke while they are swimming. Slowly, as our body adjusts and translates the 'want something' feelings into something other than cigarettes, then the feelings begin to go away. We know its not a cigarette that the body really needs, because as soon as we've had one we still have the feeling, and want another!
We will have a few bouts of feeling or even being short tempered. We must try to bite our lip, and control; ourselves. Recognise the short temper as being the removal of toxins which are trying to find a way out. They went in through the mouth, and they try to get out that way to. We must learn to keep our mouth closed, and force the toxins out the other way.
After we have stopped for a while we will begin to feel that just one wont to any harm.
All that leads to is a desire for just another one. We must guard very strongly against the desire to have just one.
Louisalice (rep: 1) posted Sep 05, 2013
Cold Turkey....that's how I HONESTLY did it. I had 1 cigarette before I went in hospital for my stress test only to find that I had all valves clogged. Quadruple bypass open heart surgery pretty much put the life of god in me, and I said no ore, and I haven't since that day which was Oct 8th 2012. You have to want to quit otherwise you'll just find excuses why it's okay. Just put them down. I really didn't have heavy withdrawals, but that's not to say you will. Strength!!
LilRed77 (rep: 7k) posted Sep 08, 2013
Sign up for a marathon or half marathon (so long as you have no injuries preventing you from running)at a location far enough away that you will need to book a room at a hotel. (Personally, the cost of signing up for a race and booking a room always guarantees i'll go through with the race) Look up a 12 week training program online and stick to it. STICK TO THE TRAINING PROGRAM!!! If it is too hard...find an easier program. There are so many! The first week or two will be annoying but soon you will realize that your lungs are holding you back and you'll want to quit. I just think having a goal, like a race, makes quitting make more sense because you can really feel how smoking is keeping you back and affecting your health.
VirginiaPeanuts (rep: 11.7k) posted Sep 15, 2013
The method doesn't matter as much as your desire to actually quit. If you are truly motivated to quit then you can use gum, patches, e-cigs, or anything else that helps with the oral part of the habit while you quit smoking cigarettes. I do recommend that you reward yourself often, especially at first, and continue to recognize your success as time passes.
erick99 (rep: 52.1k) posted Sep 25, 2013
if you just want to quit smoking, i would go and practice on it. Do more body and heart exercise. Drink lot of water. Run everyday! To quit smoking, you'll maybe want to chew gum or have some candy in your mouth. Eat more chocolate and drink more milk. Enjoy talking to others and playing outside.
go4tiger (rep: 74) posted Sep 30, 2013
Quitting smoking is very difficult. I can share you my experience. I was a heavy smoker, I could not give up for 1o years. I stopped smoking several times but for a very short period. Every morning I was coughing and had a breathing problems. After all finally I gave up smoking using electronic cigarettes. This cigarettes have real nicotine taste You can watch video about this cigarettes on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7SiNr1cMug. It helped me very much.
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