- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
If so, how did you do it? Any tips?
If so, how did you do it? Any tips?
I quit cold turkey. I ran out and just decided not to buy another pack. But I wasn’t a heavy duty smoker, 2-3 times a week.
My FH and I just quit a few days ago. Today is day number 5! We have both been smoking for several years. I wasn’t a heavy smoker, maybe a pack or so a week. It’s so much easier than you think. Sure there are cravings, but nothing unbearable. FH and I did it so we could spend a nice long life together.
I used the patch when I quit. I could have never gone cold turkey. So impressed with people who do!
I quit cold turkey in november! I just didn’t want to smoke anymore, so I dont. But I’ve slipped a few times, I had a few smokes at my FMIL’s during christmas holidays but thats it.
I have not quit and have no immediate intentions of doing so.
I smoked about 2-3 packs per week when I smoked. The first time I found out I was pregnant, and that was incentive to quit smoking. I lapsed here and there over the years, but never picked it up regularly until the end of grad school. I smoked like a chimney while I wrote my dissertation. My Fiance used to smoke, and didn’t want to pick it back up, so he encouraged me to quit. I did it cold turkey again. It was hard and the headaches sucked. I got over it. Now I do Tobacco research and have a smoke machine and have to clean it. It gets so nasty and stinky, that I don’t really want to smoke ever again. Eww! I have to clean out the tar in the pipes and I just think about how that could be my lungs.
I was a pack-a-day smoker since I was around 16 (dayum, that’s 17 years of my life I was a smoker) and I quit the day we got home from our honeymoon. The patch was my bestest friend during that time and actually made it pretty easy for me. I think the key was preparing myself for it though, I had set that day as my quit-date months in advance so I knew it was coming and made myself as ready for it as possible.
I don’t smoke, however, another possibility (especially if you’ve already tried OTC nicotine replacement prodcuts – patch/lozenge/gum) is to talk to your physician about Zyban or Chantix. These are both prescription medications that help with smoking cessation.
I quit December 9, 2009….. I did it cold turkey and the website whyquit.com really helped me. What I kept thinking about was how much money I was wasting on those dumb things. So at the end of the 1 year mark I went out and bought myself something really nice and didnt feel guilty about it at ALL! Good luck!
I used the patch, ice cream, and a lot of crying. In retrospect, zyban probably would have been helpful.
I”ve been smoke free for nine years now!
My fiance just quit this Christmas, and so far has been fine (with a few cravings, but he hasn’t caved). He read Allen Carr’s book The Easy Way to Stop Smoking and I think that really helped him mentally prepare. Good luck!
YES, I second “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” It is very short, and I think you can even get it online in PDF. I used this book, even though it is geared more for cold turkey smokers, and I used Chantix.
It is key to reform the way you think about smoking and how you identify yourself as a smoker, and the associations you have with smoking. Most of the quit is psychological. I put in a lot of work in that department.
I liked quitnet.org and went to counseling in addition to using Chantix. A lot of hospitals offer quit smoking programs for free. I would really recommend Chantix.
I smoked for about 10 years, a pack a day. I quit 1/26/08 and have not had a puff since. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
I started smoking when I was 16, and tried to quit cold turkey and using the gum several times throughout college. I say that I quit completely when I was about 23, but I gradually stopped. A few things helped, and obviously some of them are pretty specific to my life- but they might help!
1. I started dating a non-smoker. Although he never told me I had to quit, he did make it clear that he didn’t like it that I smoked. I slowly started hanging out with him more, and going out drinking less, which is where a lot of my smoking happened. I also started growing out of my old group of friends- the kind that smoked and partied a lot.
2. I started running. I wanted to loose the weight I gained in college/ because of medications. I had always been reasonably active, and didn’t have too much weight to loose, but I could tell a difference if I didn’t smoke for a few days and went running versus smoking the night before and trying to run.
3. The most helpful thing for me was telling myself I DIDN’T have to quit cold turkey. Before, I would give away a pack, throw out all my lighters, and make it about 4 days until I went out with a friend and then I bum smokes all night. The next morning I”d be hungover and annoyed with myself for smoking again, so I’d say “screw it” and just buy another pack. I told myself I could bum as many cigs. as I wanted, I just couldn’t buy a pack. It was probably pretty annoying for my friends for a while, but it actually really helped me cut back.
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