I have a 40 minute drive to work - and I would smoke at least 3 cigarettes on the way to work depending on traffic that could easily be increased. I have now replaced the cigarettes with a smoothie (I drink from a straw) for the oral sensation and then I also have a stress ball in which I hold and squeeze. It is working so far.View Thread
I just started chantix a month ago, for the 3rd time. So I thought this time I would arm myself. First I upped my anti depressant Second use a stool softener every day for constipation And got some nausea meds from the Dr!!!!!!! Haaaaaa ,IM READY!View Thread
If any of you are like me, you probably had trouble quitting smoking and have tried more than once.
The very first time I tried to quit cold turkey I would get headaches, have trouble sleeping, and was very easily aggravated.
Eventually I went back to smoking and struggled to quit for years. Early last year I decided to stop into a local smoke shop and get some information about ecigs and purchasing an electronic starter kit. I went home, researched the best reviewed ecig companies who offered different levels of liquid and finally purchased my starter kit and 4 bottles from a company called Clean Smoke USA. You can visit their site here http://cleansmoke.com . The kit came with two ecigs, a charger, replacement atomizer heads and a USB port. I also purchased 4 bottles of their USA made e juice. The bottles of liquid actually allowed me to start with 26 ml of nicotine, then 18ml, then 9ml, and finally, 0ml of nicotine.
It turned out to be an extremely easy system to follow and it only took me one month to stop completely. I smoked Marlboro Reds for years and read it would be better to switch over to American Spirit because there is less additives and it is easier to make the switch to ecigs from them. After about 2 packs of the full bodied American Spirit I took the challenge and made the switch to ecigs. Below was my weekly regimen:
Week 1: 26ml USA Blend (I smoked it all day and most of the night)
Week 2: 18ml USA Blend (I would try to smoke it like it was a real cigarette - went outside, after food, etc.)
Week 3: 9ml USA Blend (I only smoked it socially or occasionally after food or with coffee)
Week 4: 0ml USA Blend (Smoked it only when I really felt stressed or was really craving it)
During the last week of smoking the 0ml I realized that I didn't really need it and only had cravings a couple of times throughout the day. Thanks to Clean Smoke I was able to diminish my dependance on nicotine and live a smoke free life.
I kept my ecig and purchased some 0ml flavored e juice just to have in case I ever get a craving. Every once in a while I will take a couple draws off it just for fun or to show friends or family how I quit.
There are several techniques to quit smoking. Cold turkey, nicotine patches/gum, hypnosis, electronic cigarettes (this concept is debatable) and other medical treatment are common methods to kick the habit. What I would like to introduce is a fresh but practical concept called "Placebo Smoking ". As the name suggests, "Placebo Smoking" is a discipline to guide the mind and body to believe the body is relaxed by apparently "smoking"; when it does not involve a physical cigarette. I can imagine some objections at this moment - "I will probably need a real cigarette after a while", "I can't pretend to be relaxed without the actual cigarette/nicotine", "I am deceiving myself!". So how will this technique really help quit smoking? The guiding principle behind this is our breathing technique. The inhaling/exhaling of cigarette smoke is what truly creates the lasting relaxing effect, not the cigarette's burning taste or nicotine's chemical effects. Studies mentioned that nicotine is a stimulant/relaxant and can transmit signals to the brain to release chemicals that alter mood, emotion and behaviour. However, such effects are short-term and last for minutes only. On the other hand, proper breathing techniques can produce the same benefits - without the foul smell cigarette smoke leaves on our breath and fingers. Not to mention reducing the risk of lung cancer, pregnancy complications and other health hazards tar and other chemicals can do to our body. I am sure we have seen smokers who lived till the age of 90 but why should we take that chance that we can live for the next 60 years without the risk of smoking-related diseases ? This is a gamble I personally do not wish to take. Now, if you are committed to quit smoking, here are the next steps. Step 1 The first step is always to cut down the daily intake. Start by one cigarette after each meal, one on the way to the office and one on the way back home. That is about 5 cigarettes a day from your usual. If you are smoking less than 5 a day, you are very close to quitting smoking entirely. Then stick to 1 a day and smoke that one cigarette after a long day work. Cutting down takes away a lot of psychological pressure that quitting takes so take baby steps.
Step 2 When you are consistently smoking 5 or less cigarettes a day, you are very close to being less reliant on smoking and moving away from the vicious habit. This is now the game changer - when you finish the last pack, do not think of buying. Think about something else - you could save that up, go have a coffee and start practicing "Placebo Smoking". Do this - imagine yourself taking a pack of cigarettes from your pocket, take out a stick and put it in your mouth. Imagine lighting it and go through that whole motion. Now, take a deep breath and inhale the imaginary cigarette. Inhale deeply. Exhale slowly and imagine releasing the cigarette smoke from your mouth and nostrils. Take another imaginary puff and reenact the whole motion. Feel your lungs expand as you take in the air and your body relaxing as you exhale. Take your mind away from the smoking intent and continue with another activity.
Step 3 The next time you feel an urge to smoke (after watching someone smoke or decide to take a breather), practice Step 2 again. Move your fingers to your mouth while pretending to hold a cigarette between your fingers and inhale the imaginary cigarette again. Remember, take that temptation away by practicing "Placebo Smoking". Remind yourself to fight that urge by not focusing on the medium - which is the cigarette but focusing on proper breathing techniques.
Through these 3 easy steps, it is possible to condition our mind and body to replace actual smoking with "Placebo Smoking". When we learn to form new positive habits and ditch old degenerate ones, we can step out of comfort zones and do the seemingly impossible. Do the "impossible" today.
Why use nicotine to quit nicotine? Freedom from smoking, should be freedom from Nicotine. You wouldn't give an alcoholic a beer, if they were trying to quit drinking vodka.
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Why use nicotine to quit nicotine? Freedom from smoking, should be freedom from Nicotine. You wouldn't give an alcohol a beer, if they were trying to quit drinking vodka.
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This is my first day no cigarette. not to say I would love to have one but I keep putting my mind in other areas and do something with my hands. If this means I need to suck on a straw I will but I want to quit. I did not like the smell on my clothes and was trying to hide my smoking from others. If you feel like you have sneak at a habit then you need to give it up. I believe God wants me healthy and happy. Smoking was not making me happy only making me cough all the time. All those out there who want to quit it can be done if you really want too. I need to be my best friend and trust that God will help me get through this one as He has got me through so much in my life.View Thread
Used to smoke for roughly 20 years, as we all know a disgusting habit. Have 2 kids and my wife is pregnant with our 3rd. Tried Clearette and never looked back. Clearette is an Electronic cigarette very close to a regular cigarette but with no tar, carcinogens or odor. My wife is thankful, I am thankful. My lungs are thankful. Hugh difference. Tobacco companies have made millions on killing us, I think its time we all wise up. Give them a try, Great Alternative www.clearette.comView Thread
I read somewhere that quitting "isn't rocket science". In other words, keep it simple. Quit for right this minute and don't worry about how you will make it through tomorrow or next week. It's now that matters and you are not smoking right now. Some minutes may be harder to get through than others, but educate yourself on what's going on with your body when you quit and celebrate each smoke free breath you take!
I quit cold turkey this time. It has been a week and I have not even wanted to light up....not saying that I haven't struggled with my addiction. But I am keeping it simple. I need to quit, there is no good reason to smoke, and I am worth this! It isn't rocket science....just don't do it.View Thread
Was 20 year, pack a day. Bought Prosmoke. Wasn't nearly good enough. Got an EGO with the 510 refillable cartridges. It took 4 weeks to finish my last 6 packs of real cigarettes. I smoked my last real cigarette 4 days ago. I use my E-cig maybe 5-7 times a day with 2-3 puffs per session. 18mg/tobacco flavor from Vaporgod. Day 2 after quitting was the worst. I had physical withdrawl symptoms. Day 3 was MUCH better and today I wasn't really "needing" it. Still vaping and intend to step down the nicotene content as the weeks go by. Was around 2 smokers last night and had very little desire to have a real smoke cause it just felt "dirty". I vaped only once. The idea for me here is to quit entirely. So far/ so good. The trick was finding the right flavor to give me the feeling of smoking while reducing the chemicals. I still had the cravings but the E-cig "took the edge off".View Thread
A consequence of smoking that is often overlooked is depression. Symptoms of nicotine dependence are correlated with symptoms of depression. Depression symptoms can also be put to blame when looking at the low success rates of smoking cessation. People who are more depressed are more likely to smoke and less likely to be able to quit. This is related to activity in the brain. If you are a smoker who is trying to quit and is unable to do so and is also suffering from symptoms of depression, taking antidepressants may help. Always talk to your doctor first to be sure that antidepressants are right for you. It is not easy to quit smoking, as most people take numerous try's before they are actually able to quit, so don't get discouraged.View Thread
Hello. I just wanted to give a heads up if you decide to use Chantix for quitting smoking Please, without any doubts, make sure your doctor knows all of your medical history and what medicines you are on, especially if you have any kind of mental health issue. I had a friend whose doctor put him on Chantix knowing his full health history. He is Schizophrenic and was under control with his medications until this. Unfortunately, most of the so-called friends in his life who supposedly understood all of this acted like a lynch mob and booted him out of their lives instantly except for me instead of trying to figure out what was going on. I knew him for 10 months. He was on the Chantix but I wasn't familiar with the drug. It never ocurred to me and I was going through health issues of my own. I had moved far way soon after that but we kept in touch. It wasn't until I started seeing the constant commercials about Chantix and figured it out. He did not hurt anyone, but the anger and aggressive behavior was unbelievable. It didn't scare me as I really had the chance to get to know him, was familiar with a variety of mental health problems issues out their but didn't put it all together.I am writing this with the hopes that it will help make family and friends who know somone with a mental health issue so that they can handle the situation in a more informed and better way. Thankfully, he is better off the chantix and found out who is tru friends are. Thank you for listening. God Bless!View Thread
The only way to quit is WANTING to quit. Get some self-discipline and man-up. It is all 100% about will power. If you want it bad enough you'll stop. Or you will just keep smoking yourself to death. Stop being a wimp.View Thread
Many smokers feel they have already tried everythingâ€¦..cold turkey, hypnosis, patches, acupunctureâ€¦..but still find they are smoking heavily and have almost lost hope of being able to quit. Lets take a not atypical exampleâ€¦.a 2 pack per day smoker who smokes their first one of the day within 5 minutes of waking, and sometimes wakes at night and smokes. This particular case is in their 60s, has already had cancer and cardiovascular problems and some prior quit attempts have lasted for as long as 6 months, but ended with relapse to cigarettes when they stopped taking the patch. If this type of smoker felt ready to have a serious attempt to quit, what might make this one succeed in the long term?
The first suggestion would be to think of quitting as a process rather than a single event. But importantly, go into it with the view that they will continue with the process nomatter what. It doesn't end when they have quit for a month or for six, it doesn't end when they stop their meds, and it certainly doesn't end if they have a cigarette or a pack after a period of abstinence. You will succeed if you decide that you are going persist with this and keep on itâ€¦basically forever. Sure after six months, then a year then 6 years it will require much less effort, but from time to time it will require renewed effort to stay abstinent.
My second suggestion is to initiate the quit attempt along with counseling from a reliable source. By "a reliable source" I mean a health professional who has been trained to help smokers quit, is familiar with all the smoking cessation meds and how they work, and who has been doing this kind of work for at least a year. I feel that quitting along with a group of other smokers is often the best way to get structured support in the first few weeks that are very important, but seeing a health professional for individual weekly appointments can also help, as can regular telephone contacts from a telephone "quitline" where face-to-face is not available. Many people are skeptical about "counseling" or "group therapy" but there is very good evidence that this can increase your chances of getting off to a good start. For the type of case I described above, quitting smoking may be a life-or-death intervention so you have to use all the help that you can get.
Thirdly, a heavy smoker who has already tried most standard treatments should be speaking to their doctor about using "extended combination pharmacotherapy". This means rather than using just one of the effective medicines, like the patch or Chantix, for a couple of months, they should be considering using more than one medication for at least 6 months, and possibly longer. This could be a combination of the patch and 4mg gum or lozenge, or varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion, or bupropion plus patch plus nicotine inhaler. Dr Michael Steinberg and colleagues at UMDNJ in New Jersey conducted a randomized trial comparing standard duration nicotine patch with patch plus bupropion plus nicotine inhaler for up to 6 months. At 6 months the combination extended duration had a significantly higher quit rate (35% v 19%), and it was found to be safe even though all the trial participants had a pre-existing medical condition.
So initiating a quitting process, with counseling plus extended combo meds is worth considering for smokers who have tried many of the standard methods. Keep at it and you will succeed.
I stopped smoking regular cigarettes and went to electronic cigarettes 7/15/2011. Stopped electric cigarettes 9/23/2011. I feel like a part is missing. I have tried Chantix and the patch. This is the only thing that has worked for me. I dropped the nicotine in the e cigs every other week. Just feels strange not smoking when I am sitting around reading and on the computer. I never thought I could stop. I feel so much better. Can breath deep for the first time in years. Oxygen level is 99 percent again and have no crackling in my lungs. The Dr checked these things last week when I was still on the e cigs.View Thread
Many smokers who have tried unsuccessfully to quit smoking on their own start to consider seeking help to quit. Of course a quick internet search reveals that there are plenty of treatments, clinics and gadgets out there on the market, professing to have the best treatment for nicotine addiction….at a price. But let us assume that you are really serious about quitting smoking, and willing to attend a specialist service for treatment. What are the characteristics of treatment services that are associated with higher quit-rates? A study of this question was recently published by Dr Leonie Brose and colleagues at University College London. They examined the characteristics of services in the UK and the outcomes of 126,890 treatment episodes, in order to try to identify the most effective characteristics. They found that those treated at specialist smoking cessation services had higher quit rates compared with those treated at their family practice or pharmacy, and that those treated in group treatment also did better than those receiving individual counseling. They also found that quit rates were highest in those using combination nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. patch plus gum), or varenicline (Chantix), which were higher than a single NRT (eg patch only) as compared with those using no cessation medications. It is reassuring that these results are entirely consistent with the recommendations in the U.S. Clinical Practice Guideline for Tobacco Treatment, and also consistent with data published by colleagues working in tobacco treatment services in the USA.View Thread
It's amazing the advice and facts given to me about quitting smoking have all come true. My Father (RIP) once told me if I wanted to quit smoking I'd have to start exercising like crazy (this was back when I didn't). Well, I gained the 7 lbs they say you will after quitting and increased my workout volume to no avail. My doctor told me it's not unusual to not be able to lose the weight until after a year of quitting. For me that milestone was June, and today I stepped on the scale and was THERE!! HOORAY! Please don't let the weight gain stop you from trying. You can do it!!!View Thread
Many visitors to this site have commented on the close association between smoking and caffeine consumption, most commonly involving smoking while having a cup of coffee. I have seen lots of good advice being shared about trying to reduce the cigarette cravings that can be triggered by a coffee break by changing the routine, drinking a different drink etc. But I would like to mention a few other ways that caffeine consumption can interact with smoking cessation. When people quit smoking, their metabolism of certain drugs slows down, and caffeine is one of those drugs. This means that if you normally drink 6 cups of caffeinated coffee per day and you continue with the same consumption after quitting smoking, your blood caffeine levels will build up more and remain higher for longer than before you quit smoking. For example, you may feel like you have consumed 9 cups, even after you had 6. This would not matter very much if it wasn't for the fact that too much caffeine can have some unpleasant effects. For example, even moderate caffeine consumption can cause palpitations, sweating, feelings of anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Sometimes people who were heavy caffeine consumers experience these symptoms when they quit smoking and assume it is caused by the stopping smoking or the smoking cessation aids they are taking, when it is really the caffeine that is causing the symptoms. It is fairly typical for caffeine metabolism to slow down by around 40% on stopping smoking, but the change appears to be proportional to how heavy a smoker the person was (i.e. bigger effect for heavier smokers) and also subject to large individual differences (e.g. some people will have very little change in caffeine metabolism on stopping smoking, and some people will experience a four-fold slowing in their caffeine metabolism). My advice to people who are planning to quit smoking is to reduce their caffeine consumption by at least 50%, and to avoid drinking your usual caffeinated beverage completely in situations where cigarettes are available (note, caffeine is present in many common drinks other than coffee, check this link ). So if you feel like you need a caffeine kick to get you going in the morning, and after lunch, that's fine, but change your usual habit. I suggest against stopping all caffeine consumption suddenly as that will likely cause caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as headache and fatigue. Don't buy your morning cup at the usual place that also sells your cigarettes, and don't go for the coffee/smoke break with your smoking buddies at work. Try drinking tea, or some other low calorie drink, or decaf at other times, and don't drink any caffeinated drinks after 4pm in the afternoon unless you specifically want it to keep you awake at night. Stopping smoking can feel stressful enough without experiencing symptoms of anxiety, sleeplessness and having cigarette cravings triggered by unnecessary cups of coffee.View Thread
I have been quit smoking for 6 weeks now. I usd the Nicotrol Inhler System to help with the hand to mouth habit---DON'T USE THIS PRODUCT. It really burns your throat and mouth. I only used the inhaler for only a week and not constant either as i had already cut back to 5 cigarettes a day. Wondering if my mouth sensation will ever return back to normal?? Smoking is bad for you --but didn't feel this bad when I smoked. Can't use mints,mouthwash certain types of toothpaste -as the burning sensation is very painful and even makes me sick @ my stomach somewhat. Best way to quit is to quit cold turkey. Other than my burnt mouth, can't say I feel any differently.View Thread
I started smoking when I was a stupid teenager, just 2 weeks shy of my 19th birthday. Thank god, I've...
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I started smoking when I was a stupid teenager, just 2 weeks shy of my 19th birthday. Thank god, I've developed into a not-so-stupid young adult and I had my last cigarette and puff of hookah (nargila) on my 24th birthday, January 15 2011.
I've had asthma my whole life, so don't even start to ask why I started smoking. A hot guy made me do it. I had had a few drinks. It was a party. Everyone was doing it. I could continue, but I don't believe in stupid excuses. I believe in people's personal will power. I started because I chose to. No one made me do it.
So I quit. I didn't even smoke that much to begin with. There were times, though, depending on how tough the exam was going to be, or when my father had yet another heart surgery, or when my grandparents passed away, or during a bad relationship and the inevitable breakup... but for the last 6 months or so before quitting, I smoked about a pack every 2 weeks.
After I quit, I was coughing so hysterically for about 3 weeks that I couldn't sleep. Literally. So I went to the doctor and I was given Codeine for the night, and an expectorant for during the day, and an acid reflux pill, along with refills of my nebulizer meds and a few inhalers to have around.
Then I started getting hives ALL OVER - I also have had random outbreaks of hives for my whole life. I went to the ER 3 times. I tried to tell them that Benadryl is marketed as a sleeping pill here in Israel where I live called Nytol, but they still wouldn't prescribe me with it, so I was given Allegra instead. It worked, and I stopped taking all the other drugs and just stuck with my inhaler and drinking lots of water.
I'm still coughing - I can't have a 30-second phone conversation or even kiss my boyfriend without coughing a few times. At least he's very understanding and knows it's nothing contagious. People always think I'm sick, so I say "I quit smoking, it's a good cough", or nosey passersby ask why I spit when I cough sometimes, which I know is very unladylike, and I say "I quit smoking, I'd rather all the crap came out rather than stayed in!"
But I don't crave cigarettes.
I moved to a different city in Israel 2 weeks ago and rode here in the delivery truck. The driver and his buddy were smoking, and I demanded, despite the rain and cold, to open the windows all the way so the smoke didn't bother me, because it irritates my sinuses. I hate the smell. I don't even know why I started!
Maybe I'll mature into an even less stupid young adult and I'll never start again.
Here are some tips:
--Use a sleeping pill (benedryl/nytol worked for me) but really only if necessary, and don't take it during the day because it can impair you while you're driving or at work, or bother you when you're with your family. Also there is a risk with sleeping pills to develop a dependency so be wary of that too.
--Chew something! I like Bazooka gum, it's the best for blowing bubbles. I always have bubble gum with me anywhere I go. At the bar they have popcorn or something, which happens to be quite a healthy snack, so chew on it. If you live in a country like Israel where smoking indoors is OK, then you get extra points for not smoking when you're out with your friends!
--Talk about it with your friends and family. All their support and "pats on the back" will give you that extra boost of energy you need not no return to smoking again.
You'll also like how your clothes, house, and hair smell too. And how happy it'll make your partner! If your partner smokes too (mine doesn't) then it's harder - try to convince them that this lifestyle change is better for both of you, especially if you do it together. Imagine, all that time you spent having cigarettes together, added up, could allow for more time of some other things together
I am finding in my process of quitting smoking that exercise is VERY beneficial to stopping or at least delaying the cravings. Plus, it helps with the depression that sometimes comes along with quitting and which I experience. I was actually smiling while exercising!!! SO I suggest that when you have an urge to smoke to pop in a work-out video, take a walk or dance to music...you'll feel better and you'll ward off weight gain at the same time!View Thread
55 years of 3+ packs a day I've had it. I did some math and then made a sign and posted it on my desk at home. "QUIT SMOKING, SAVE $360.00 A MONTH" This worked for me, I haven't had a butt since December 27th, 2010.View Thread
A recent study reviewed all the evidence on acupuncture (and laser therapy etc) for smoking cessation. The conclusion from 33 studies was, "There is no consistent, bias-free evidence that acupuncture, acupressure, laser therapy or electrostimulation are effective for smoking cessation, but lack of evidence and methodological problems mean that no firm conclusions can be drawn. "For a more detailed summary, click here. View Thread
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