(Closed) The husband and I decided to quit smoking cigarettes, any advice?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My husband started working out when he quit cold turkey. He would run or go lift weights when he was feeling like he needed one. He hasn’t had a cigarette in five years.

Also, good for you! That’s awesome!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

My FH just started Chantix 3 weeks ago and has been 2 weeks without smoking.  He has substituted his smoking with working out and drinking water.  He goes through a TON of water every day, lol.  It’s insane. 

It’s awesome that you guys are quitting!! Keep it up!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@kris325:  First of all, congratulations on making the choice you did. FI quit smoking and I know it isn’t easy. He has gained weight, but we have been told that the weight gain is still healthier than smoking. I guess he replaced the smoking addiction with food, which you obviously don’t want to do. Is there a healthy activity you two could do together to distract yourselves? Maybe hikes, or going to the gym, or taking up a fun new hobby? I know in my FI’s case, the initial shitty period of constantly wanting to smoke did pass. He can’t even stand the smell of it now.

So there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can do it!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kris325:  

I got really sick last year (horrible bronchitis) and I was forced to quit because I literally couldnt breathe. I remember the terrible cravings and feeling sick on top of already being sick. I know you said you didnt want to rely on food, but what about healthy things that might also help with the acutal action of smoking? Carrots or celery might work. That way you could still hold them as if it was a cigarette and then your satisfying the “action” of smoking… Also, what about sugar free lollipops? Would that work??? Good luck to you!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have been struggling to get my FI to quit. Nothing seems to work for him. I think one of the main things is so many people smoke! How can someone quit when it’s around them all the time?!

Try to stay away from smokers until the hardest part is over :/

Good luck to the both of you!!! It’s awesome that you have decided to quit!!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

@Artificial-Sweetener:  +1!! FH had to completely STOP being around smokers.  He could not quit because of all of his smoking friends constantly pressuring him to smoke with them.  As far as smoking is concerned, his will is weak.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

my friend is a fan of electric cigs.  You could try that.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@kris325:  It’s not just you being ‘weak’. Nicotine is just as addictive as cocaine. Smoking completely rewires your brain and it takes quite awhile for your brain to rewrite those pathways to not include smoking. To some extent those pathways will probably always be there. I was going to suggest water and exercising, but pp already beat me to it. The other thing I would suggest is eating foods that are good for your brain with healthy fats (a surprising amout of brain tissue is insulating fats) to help your brain heal more quickly.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have no personal exerience, but I just wanted to offer my congratulations and support! My grandparents both died too young from smoking-related diseases and I miss them so much. I’m always happy to hear when someone decides to quit, even if I don’t know them!

If you can use exercise to divert the habit, that would be awesome because you could kill two birds with one stone! Or maybe try brushing your teeth? That helps me with sweets cravings. Water sounds like a great idea, maybe sparkling water would be more exciting and is also good for the teeth and mouth.

My cousin’s husband quit by using light therapy- she made him quit as a condition of marriage, LOL. I was shocked when he told me that that’s what he did, because he is a totally no-nonsense kind of guy who I could imagine calling something like light therapy “hippie bullshit.” But, it worked and he quit cold turkey!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@kris325:  I think avocados and fish are good as well as nuts, seeds, legumes, flax. The kind of fats I’m talking about are the omega-3 and omega-6s, the Western diet usually has too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3.

Here’s an exercpt from this article

Omega 3 fatty acids are found in ground flax seeds and flaxseed oil, coldwater fish (primarily salmon and tuna), canola oil, soybeans, walnuts, wheatgerm, pumpkin seeds, and eggs.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@kris325:  As Artificial-Sweetener mentioned, I think one thing that might help you is staying away from other people who are smoking. . . and connected with that, it occurs to me that maybe a bit of the reason you want a cigarette when you get in the car, is because the car smells like cigarettes? Maybe it would help with that aspect of things if you shampoo the interior of your car to make it smell different?

I have a friend who has tried many times to quit smoking, and he seems to keep going back to it– I think because his life has been really stressful lately. So I think part of keeping yourself away from smoking is finding something else that helps relieve stress, whatever that may be for you!

Good for you!

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