Sip water to help you through your cravings.
Will sugar free gum help though cravings
Yes, sugar free gum will help quite a bit.
i have been useing medication to help me and hard candy i slipped up once now i am back on track
Hi, I am new to this group. I want to quit but need help. I have tried about all the drugs they have out to help quit but nothing has help me so far. Now I am trying to quit by cutting down on the amount I smoke each day & hopefully eventually quit. I am using the electronic cigarette which has helped me cut down from about 1 1/2 packs a day to about half a pack a day. My question is, am I just going from one bad habit to another? This is helping me to quit cigarettes but will I become dependent on the electronic cigarettes?Thanks for any advise you can give.
I am by no means a professional or expert at this quitting smoking routine, I am only telling you what my experience has been. I am 50 years old and smoked for 32 years. If I can do this, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!
In my opinion, yes, the "e-cigarette" is just shifting your habit. You have cut yourself down to 1/2 a pack and this is where self-discipline chimes in. I would suggest you quit the e-cigarette - get rid of it. Set you a quit date and hold to that. Give yourself a couple weeks to get used to the idea but remind yourself daily that as of that certain date, you will be a non-smoker for life.
Next, go to http://quitsmokingonline.com/ on a daily basis and read the online book. This helped me to get my mind set on quitting on October 1st.
Only buy enough cigarettes to get you through to your quit day.
I know this sounds silly, but the night before I quit, I went outside with my last cigarette and basically had a "funeral" for it. I told my habit thanks for the memories but I think I have it from here. I smoked that cigarette right down to the butt and enjoyed every last puff - then everything went in the trash. No stash, to tucking away for emergencies.
For the next week or so I changed my morning routine so that it didn't remind me to have a cigarette. I waited an hour or so before I had my morning coffee and would sit and sip my water and do deep breathing exercises. Sit up straight, breathe in deep through your nose and exhale slowly out your mouth. Take a couple sips of water and do it again. It really works. Don't think about a cigarette. Concentrate on this exercise.
When that little moment creeps up on you for a cigarette, immediately make yourself think of something else. Think of a favorite song in your head, do something to distract your mind. Once you get in the habit of doing this, it will come naturally.
One thing I always say to myself when something happens that makes me want a cigarette is "a non-smoker has done this and THEY don't need a cigarette" and it is amazing the power that the power of suggestion can have. Brainwash yourself. We are such creatures of habit, all we need to do is change our thoughts and habits.
The first week will be a trial for you but I promise, drinking the water, deep breathing and being accountable to yourself and you will feel like a new person. Chew gum and suck on hard candies. Believe me, I went through bags the first couple weeks.
I am only 23 days into my quit and already I can smell more than I did before, my taste buds are coming back into action and I can even take fast, brisk walks during my breaks at work rather than smoking. I work in a huge, two story building and me and my friend speed walk up the stairs and down the hall and down the back stairs and back around for 15-20 minutes twice a day. I cannot believe how much my breathing has improved in just this short of a time even after that vigorous workout.
Stick close to this site and http://quitsmokingonline.com/ and you will be amazed at how great you will feel. Give it a chance. Give yourself a chance and see how you do.
that's all really good advise smurfette, thanks!!!
Thanks I am new to this, I must stop I do not like myself because I smoke
great tips Sherry as I having been using an e cig like Toni
i do know its just a replacement & now have to set a date to stop these
best wishes to all~Julia
I've finally set my quit date (Nov. 15) but originally it was supposed to be next week. My nerves are getting the best of me and I keep finding excuses to push it back, even though I'm ready to be done with it now. I've made several attempts to quit smoking in the past and really want this to be it so I'm hoping this site will provide the support I was missing in the past. Thanks to everyone for being a part of the "community."
I like chewing on a straw. It seems to help the cravings alot. I have an e cigarette, but rarely use it. I have cut down to 5 or 6 cigarettes a day with the straw. I buy a bunch and cut them in thirds. I hope this helps someone.
I have tried Chantex twice, started out great but the nausea would become overwhelming and then it was right back to smoking. I use smoking as my stress relief unfortunatly. I work at a pretty relaxed office and can go out back and smoke whenever I want so it has allowed me to smoke smoke smoke.... I cant even say I enjoy it anymore, its more habit than anything, I hate the smell, the taste is getting bad and I have started getting nauseous right after smoking, such a dork, so you would think ti would be east to quit!! Not!! It seems easier to light up than not to.... cant get over the hurdle and dont know what to do to get over it???
Okay, yesterday was my quit day! I was soo not strong in the morning and took some drags from a friend. But that was the last smoker I will spend time with for at least a week. I haven't smoked since then and have been using the patch today. A little rough for the past half hour, but I haven't smoked. Phew. I hate the way it smells the most!
hello, im new to this group. i have a quit date, which is 11/19. i have tried so many time before and have failed and always started again. its a real challenge when your husband smokes and has no desire to quit. i really dont smoke heavily, maybe 5-7 a day and sometimes less. just looking for support and tips from people.
I am new to this group and have had NO cigs for 40 days now. I have been using the nicotine losenges,which have been a great help to me. I had been smoking 30 a day for the last 40 years and could never go 20 minutes without wanting a cig!! I have really surprised myself by getting this far. some days are better than others, but i know if i have that ONE cig i will be back to where i started.
Hi I'm new to the group. My quite date is the 26th. I've quit several times, but I hope this time will be it with the help of my supporters. I hope to accomplish this without medication, and try to use meditation and exercise.
My first day towards my quit day next month. Started by Eliminating those cigs I do not even know i am smoking or need. Not having them within reach has cut cigs by 5 today. Delaying smoking while having my morning coffee hopefully eliminate 1 trigger. Learning I have a lot of triggers. One step at a time. Feel better just making one positive step.
Been 9 days smoke free. I quit on November 19/12, because I went to the Dentist for a cleaning and a check-up and figured that this would be a good time because I would have a clean mouth. Also I woke up that morning with a sore throut and went to the Doctor as well who said I had Bhroncitis again. Got Meds and went to bed.
Hi! I've set a quit date of 12/12/12. This is my 2nd time quitting. The first time I quit I did it cold turkey and was smoke free for about 8 years? I chose this date so I can remember the day I quit! Right now I'm trying to smoke less so it won't be so hard the day I actually quit. I need to try to find other thinks to do with myself when I get to those times I normally would smoke. Is anyone out there from Emmett, Idaho? Would anyone be interested in texting to help get thru this
I also chew on straws. May not be attractive but it works.
Hi! I'm new to this site, and I need all of the tips and tricks that I can get. I need a lot of support because I am a closet smoker and I can't turn to anyone for help. This is day 1, so I hope I am sucsessful :)
four days quit. Urges there and just a rotten time today. Took nap. Complaining constant. On the patch. OH WELL i really want to be this ex smoker. "Pat on the back"
The holidays are getting closer...I cannot possibly quit before NYE.
I'm being realistic.....Is mid January too late?
Hi, I am new here. I had set my quit day for January 1st but the smoking was giving me such bad headaches I actually quit on December 23rd. I am on the patch and I do fine pretty much the only time I have a problem is when I'm at work and my co-workers (smokers) ask if I want to go on break with them. I am such a sucker because I can't say no and then end up bumming one from them. They know that I'm trying to quit but they just make fun saying that I quit but bum. Any suggestions?
Ok today is the day I quit.....I told my daughter that I had my last cig at 6pm. She told me when I feel like lighting up just text her she' s be there.
Having had whopping cough in Sept 2012, I decided that enough was enough. I haven't smoked since. I have quit before and was smoke free for 2 years and then decided that "just one" wouldn't hurt. Kept the smoking under control for awhile but it quickly got out of hand. I then continued for 5 years!!
Even though I haven't smoked since september 2012, I still have hard moments. I am using nicotine lozenges and seem to be "hooked" on them. Was hoping to be off of them by now. Wondering if anyone else is using the NRT and what you're doing to stop?
My thoughts of smoking can be pretty strong at times and right now I am just waiting them out and hope I can continue being strong enough to do that.
I am having a really hard time not smoking. My depression is getting the best of me and not helping. I feel like i am losing a battle between to evils.
Just joined the group, and can use all the helpful hints I can find. Any mints that anyone recommends. I am thinking of using tic tacs... Thanks
im quittung friday ive done before cold turkey but started again, im nervous any suggestions
These African webcams are very cool!
a live barnyard (can make fullscreen and has sound)
Here's a link to a beach webcam I enjoy. If there are any clouds at all the sunsets are changing and incredible and you can make them fullscreen. Right now the best time is about 9:30-10pm Eastern.
Here's one to the live webcams at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
They say come here for supposrt but I have not gotten much, and it is difficult to navigate here if I dont get help with both then This site will be scrapped.
Laughter is a distraction for me. I have found many incredibly funny people on youTube - Jeanne Robertson, Chondra Pierce, Bill Engval, and so many more!
This idea is borrowed from a friend who says when cravings get really tough, she takes a quick shower. This is a great one if you are at home. I am not sure I would have made it through the first 72 hours without it.
Thanks to the person who said I should put Vick's under my nose at especially trying times. I can really see this helping and I am trying it this weekend.
My quit date is tomorrow. I am excited about being an official member of this group. The idea of having a clean smelling house, car and body scent (all of the time) is inspiring to me. Other than health concerns and social stigma, the scent phenoma is really important to me.
I have a plastic tupperware container filled with last cigs I smoked and add water when it gets dry. When i take a whiff of that, I'm reminded how STINKY and DISGUSTING cigarettes are and smell on my body, hair, clothes and car. And since my nose smells better because I'm not smoking, it really sends a strong message to stay quit.
I wash my hands often and put wonderful smelling Victoria's secret lotion on them. Makes me feel good knowing that I smell feminine and clean, not like cigarettes.
I like the straw idea ,,,take a straw cut into 3 pieces use this for the hand and mouth habit especialy in the first month or two it has really helped me !
I keep a cigarette length piece if a straw in my car wih a cinnamon stick in it. It fits just right so won't slip out... When I feel a crave I draw on it, the size and shape help a little but the little tang and taste of cinnamon helps more.
I find it very helpful to workout at a gym, going for a long walk at a good pace, listening to upbeat music, listening to podcasts online, playing free internet games, .and getting support from the smoking cessation line from my state . i am thinking about taking a zumba class at my gym as it is a combination of aerobics and dancing and also has music. anything that keeps the mind distracted and hands busy is very helpful
I've been sucking on cough drops. I get the riccola all-natural ones. I imagine it's not the best thing for me, but I like the menthol feeling it leaves in my throat and it occupies my mouth when i get anxious.
I think of the money i will save when i quit. I have tried a straw thinking it was a cigeratte
I have tried candy that may have a menthol taste, I have chewed on a pencil.
I keep thinking out the smell out of my clothes,hair,breath. I have pretended I
was a drummer on the table.
I love to run
It is my favorite distraction and makes me feel great and dont want to smoke all day long !!!
I have been keeping coffee stirs in my pocket or purse to fiddle with and chew on when i have an urge.
Greetings. I am just beginning my journey into finally quitting smoking forever. I've tried before, but this time I feel more committed and excited about becoming a non-smoker. Today, I chewed on a whole clove for awhile, and it really lessened the withdrawal symptoms I was feeling. Thank you for all of the other ideas. I need as many tricks as I can fit into what feel like the LONGEST LASTING days EVER!
My quit date was July 4th and even though I went in stron, within a couple days I was climbing the walls and crying even when doing things that should make me happy such as reading the bible. I could use all the suggestions I can get my hands on
Theys s my first day of quiting (after years of attempts). But the thing I know this time is asking for help and communication with others that have gone through the same struggle. I have always been a closet smoker and tried to be a closet quiter, it just does not work. So don't be afraid and spill your guts out to the best group that can understand and support you. Here! So far today I have been cooking (it brings me joy) and have been reading blogs. Try the silly things that helped other. I know I will :-)
This is day three for me . I laugh at myself because in the car find the most upbeat song on the radio,turn it up as loud as I can and sing at the top of my lungs. It seems to help at least for smoking in the car as far as being home and social outings I am in need of a few more little tricks for I have none besides trying to keep my self busy.
I know this is bad BUT....I just pop peices of fruit in my mouth and it seems to work. This could be cause I'm part Italian so I have the genectics to replace cigs with food, or just cause I am really really adamant about quitting cause its expensive living out here.
This creates a huge problem: its only been 5 days and I'm gaining weight! I'm pretty fit, but I already got a tummy on me! (My family ARE NOT helping with eating habits either). It is just after Xmas, so thats usual. Actually, that's my biggest concern about quitting: the weight gain! Typically, I weigh between 119 and 124 lbs, and I'm 5'7", but I definitely got a tummy! So I've done some stuff to reduce it. I hid my stash of candy from Xmas and sticking with fruit. I just consumed a can of pears, and it probably will be a whole can cause I did use to chain smoke menthol 100s late at night. Anyone else struggling with this feel free to contact me, cause this is my biggest worry.
Oh yeah, and I also found late at night when I want to chain smoke, I go outside for a walk and a breath of fresh air. And exercise is good. ;)
Since coffee is a big trigger....I couldnt give up both...so now when I have coffee I make it a point to walk around and drink it...The smoking urge comes (for me) when I sit down with the cup.
I am also hand washing my dishes....gives me something to do through the urge.
I need any suggestion to help my triggers....
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