We all know that when you stop smoking your appetite increases, and often people get a particular craving for sweet foods. It seems as though smoking (or more specifically nicotine) curbs carbohydrate craving, and when you quit it increases. A number of recent studies have found that glucose tablets (as compared with artificial sweeteners) reduce cigarette cravings, withdrawal symptoms and increase quit rates. Quite a few patients have spontaneously mentioned to me that they found that hard candies such as Jujubes or Halls Montholyptus seemed to help soothe their cigarette cravings. The theory of how glucose may be helpful is that when the smoker quits, part of their cravings are actually for carbs. If these carb cravings are quickly satiated (e.g. by a glucose tablet), then the overall craving for a cigarette will also seem to be lower. If you want a little more detail on the recent research on this, check out this link . I'd be interested to hear if any readers found that they developed a sweet tooth when they quit smoking, or if anyone found any particular foods to help them stay quit.View Thread
Many recent ex-smokers who quit smoking at the beginning of January and are now considering the next challenge....staying quit. I'd recommend taking a look at the "Forever Free" relapse prevention booklets on Smokefree.gov
There are 8 booklets each covering a different topic (e.g. coping with urges, managing weight gain etc). They can be accessed online (and read there or printed out) via this link.View Thread
New year is a peak time for quitting smoking. Around now many are planning on quitting in the New Year but aren't so sure about quitting right at midnight on December 31st (as they may be partying at that moment). When January 1st and 2nd come around and they are still smoking, many feel that they have missed the moment and give up on the idea for another year. To me, that is a great pity, so here is how I suggest you approach New Year quitting. First of all, I recommend that you have a plan with a specific date on which you will stop smoking completely. And of course midnight on December 31st is a perfectly good time to quit. However, it is also reasonable to have a plan to START THE PROCESS on the first of January, but accept that it may take a little time to really crack it. So it is reasonable for each person to choose their own "line in the sand" and figure out their own best way to get there. Some people find the New Year period too busy with family things going on to focus on quitting completely that day. Some prefer to cut down gradually. And some who had planned to use a stop smoking medicine like varenicline (Champix) or bupropion (Welbutrin) are just realizing that these medicines require a prescription and should be taken for seven days prior to the quit day. So there may be reasons to take a little more time to get your plan sorted out and quit. But I think it is important to start the process on New Year's day if you havn't already started. Decide when your target quit day is going to be, decide what medicines, if any, you are going to use and do a bit of research on them. But have a clear day that you are definitely going to quit by, and don't make it too far in the distance. For example….Monday January 24th is plenty of time to get over the holiday rush, get any medicines you may want to use, and start cutting down towards that quit date if you want to do it that way. Anything much later than that is just putting it off, and sooner would be better. But the key is to think of stopping smoking as a process, and something you are going to stick at until it really sticks. If you go into it with that attitude you will likely still be smoke-free by the time December 2011 comes round.View Thread
While many smokers are planning to quit after the holidays, those recent ex-smokers should be aware that the holiday season presents its own set of relapse risks: 1. Holiday parties...with alcohol/groups of smokers huddled outside 2. The stress of family get-togethers, tight budgets etc. 3. Feeling that you deserve some reward after all the hard work So how can you increase your chances of keeping your quit going strong? - remind yourself of all the good reasons you decided to quit - remember all the hard work it has taken to get this far - give yourself a pat on the back and some other treat for your success - just before you go to holiday events, remind yourself to be careful with alcohol, and being around other smokers and that its a success if you come back from the party still a non-smoker. For some more detailed discussion of ways to avoid relapse, check out theselinks .View Thread
I think the gum is a wonderful tool because it allows you to be in a natural state for long periods of time breaking you of the many habits associated with nicotine addiction. Plus when you get a craving the gum truly subsides that craving if used as directed (bite-bite park for 20-30mins), however the patch I disagree with. I think the patch will make you want a cigarette because you keep pumping nicotine into your system throughout the day so you aren't in a natural state (learning to cope without having any nicotine) and also what will you do when a craving hits you? Probably go smoke a cigarette.
2 Thumbs up to the gum it really helped me quit 2 years ago!View Thread
I smoked for 40 years. I would get bronchitis about every two years or so. This last time back in January,...
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I smoked for 40 years. I would get bronchitis about every two years or so. This last time back in January, it kicked me hard for a week. My last cig was Jan. 27th. My doctor had given me a prescription for Nicotrol. I only use it about 2-3 times a day. I have discovered that it wasn't so much the nicotine that I craved, but the hand to mouth thing. Sometimes I walk around the house with just the holder and "NO" cartridge inside. After seeing the ad on TV with that little old, skinny bald man in a wheelchair hooked up to oxygen and looking like death is on it's way at anytime, that did me in. I still have cravings and then I think of him. I have two packs of cigs in a cupboard that I go into several times a day. I left them there to prove a point to myself. I HAVE CONTROL, NOT THE CIGS. View Thread
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