I have tried all, but not recently. Is there one that has been successful for most?
I used the nicotine patches. 21 mg for 3 weeks; 14 mg for 2 weeks; and 7 mg for 1 week. It helps to take the edge off but does not totally eliminate your craves. Others have been successful with Chantix or Wellbutrin. Some people do not respond to these prescriptions at all or they have severe side effects. Bottom line - nothing will quit for you. Whatever you choose to use, education about this addiction is very important. Read, read, read. The more you know, the less scary it is. Also this place is a very good place to get support from people who understand how tough it can be to quit. So stay close to this site and the people here. Best wishes to you!
Welcome to our community!
You can get a better idea of what might work best for you by doing some reading and investigation. I'm glad you are here to do that!
The most important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. Here is a link to a free PDF version of it:
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go the the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmokingonline.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested in My Quit Plan http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T.
You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
I'm using the gum so far it's worked like Jennifer mentioned nothing can do it FOR you. You still have to work. Alot of people here used the patch I guess it's up to the person. I knew that I liked the hand/mouth motion so that was something I had to focus on not saying the patch wouldn't have worked for me but I just found more easier and comfortable using the gum. I think it's a 12 week program. I also use the lozenges in really tough times. NRT is used to curve the physical withdrawals while we work on the psychological part the mind is where your quit is determined! You have to make it up in your mind NOPE (Not one puff ever..again) I know "ever again" might sound a little scary but I promise it's not! It get easier over time. Sometimes we just have to get through one second at a time but as long as we stick to NOPE those thoughts and feelings of emptiness with die to a point where you wouldn't believed you ever smoked (Yep it get that much easier) but we have to push through! Welcome to the EX family!
I did not use anything but my daughter used the patches and has been quit for over a year and a half.
I used the patch,gum lozenges, Welbutrin.I guess they all worked because I successfully quit.
All in one quit? I was tempted to buy the patches but something kept telling me that wasn't the route for me so I'm just doing the gum program and lozenges when I'm really on the edge (which is rarely ever) I also saw a "quit tea" online but I'll just stick to what I'm doing I've been pretty successful so far.
91.4 % of Successful quitters - defined as one Year or more quit - used Cold Turkey or some form of cutting back until quit date - no meds, NRTs, acupuncture, etc.. So why don't people know about it? Who makes money when you stop cold turkey? Nobody! Study after study can advocate for this or that but statistics speak for themselves.
Here we call it Smart Turkey! Set a date and keep that Date no matter what! Do the reading and you will discover how! It's FREE and doable - not easy!
A Smart Turkey
Don't worry - it isn't torture - it's FUN!
Thank You. If the govt. and medical profession continue to allow scumbags to manufacture, sell and advertise cigarettes, why would any sane person think that they would sell you something that could make you all well again? If that junk really worked, then the people making it would have raised the roof with advertising and if it were truly a safe solution, you wouldn't need a prescription for it. I have been off the crud for about 2 weeks and I feel a little derailed most of the time but I do know that there are a couple or areas where we all seem to agree. You need to prepare to quit and you need a strong resolve. Simple its not, and as we all go through our routines this is brought home again and again. I am a taper down and stop guy. I have seen more success from this than anything else, but the bottom line is you need the confidence to do the work. I will say this, and I believe its a fact. The physical withdrawal symptoms of nicotine addiction are pretty benign and not why we go back to smoking. These withdrawal symptoms are too vague to drum up that all consuming need. The conditioning in my brain had turned nonsense into this immutable fact. I can't survive without them. Really? Then why do people who are forced by medical reasons to quit not show more dramatic physical reactions. For me, my imagination and memory were the biggest obstacles, stumbling blocks, addicts in the equation.
Incident (Example, true story). Coming home from a movie, I ran into a drunk driver on my motorcycle at about 45 mph. In the hospital for about 4 or 5 days. They don't let you smoke in the rooms and since my logical mind knew that I needed to stay there if I ever wanted to walk again, there was no problem. The physical withdrawal was benign, nothing at all. The mental addiction or conditioning was trumped ( please excuse the expression) by absolute logical need and a total lack of the physical ability to do anything about it. I knew I couldn't get away and smoke so I forgot about it until I was sent home.
This is horrible to say but, I believe that some of the people who insist that nicotine dosing products and substitutes allowed them to quit, work for either the manufacturers of that junk or tobacco companies ( these may be one and the same people for all I know. That would be interesting to know. Who makes the junk? )
I did some work on the electrical system for a new branch of a local Vapor Shop. This place was really luxurious and in their defense, no pretense was made that they had any intention to help you quit. There were no quitting guidelines, literature on quitting or any other references to quitting smoking. It was straight up just another opportunity to inhale something containing nicotine into your lungs. Fact is some of the bug juice may be hazardous and the nicotine dosing can be pretty high and hence dangerous. Also this stuff smells like something appetizing in some forms which means that it might be ingested accidentally. Not good since nicotine is highly poisonous. Its insane that we would allow something that is an unknown to come to market with so few controls. Just goes back to what I said at the top or this particular rant. Assume anyone selling you anything, especially anything that will Make you Quit smoking is lying. Just my insane paranoia? Maybe
I used 10 patches over 11 days then I forgot to put it on 2 days in a row and just stopped using them. (I forgot my 3rd day and got through fine)
I'm a cold Turkey girl or maybe I'm a Smart Turkey girl because I read everything that I could here about Quitting smoking and Remaining Quit and set my quit date once and wasn't ready and reset it again and that's been 1,014 glorious days ago, thanks Thomas3.20.2010 ,welcome to the site JKM5849 stay close and read everything you can because it'll strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and reclaim your life, Freedom Rocks!
I used the patches. I don't know if I could've done it without them.
I did not use anything as an aid........and as everyone above has stressed....that's what they are ----an aid......a help.....but they are not "what worked". If you quit with them....YOU WORKED! We hear so many people come on here saying I tried _______________ (fill in the blank) and it did not work! That is because they were looking for a "magic" pill or patch or gum......and there isn't any. If you could simply take a pill and not be a smoker.....no one would smoke. Seriously....no one who has smoked over one year really wants to smoke. But they DON'T want to quit because they think it will be so awful. It really isn't! It is work....no doubt about it. And the first few months can be tough. But then....it is so wonderful not to be an addict any longer. It's hard to describe how great it is.
Thomas hit on the point that was most important to me.....beyond the stink and the social stigma and the health issues.....I HATED how much money I was spending on cigarettes. and I knew a powerful motivator would be the money I would save. I did not want to have to spend more money to quit. If there was one thing I loved about quitting, it was the money I noticed I had when I stopped paying to kill myself.
Whatever you decide....education and support are the BEST aids. You are on the right site for them.
Get yourself off autopilot without stressing yourself out about quitting.
The Quitting Game
I started vaping to help me quit smoking cigarettes. Now after 3 1/2 months, I'm quitting that, too. I smoked for 39 years and have tried to quit many times before, and I'm finally succeeding. I've weaned off of nicotine and my smoker's habits. This time, I decided to be kind to myself and give myself all the time I needed to quit. All I can say is that it's working!
I used all the drugs and patches in the past, and failed. Went Cold Turkey this time, and with planning and support of the group have hit 36 days free of any nicotine.
I appreciate all your comments and will certainly use whatever I need. Thank you all.
I agree 100%. Most folks would also. Anything that helps you stop is worth looking at. Maybe we get a little overexcited about what worked for each of us, but since you are yourself and not me or anyone else here, you got it right. Anything that makes it possible for you is worth a look. Just remember that it's really on you at the end of the day.
I joined this amazing place today.
I was addicted to nicotine gum, then gum and cigarettes for years.
I quit smoking a few weeks ago when my son who lives at home, quit by vaping and I relied on gum.
Last week I stopped chewing and used a couple of packs of microtabs.
This week I am using patches. After 2 days I wanted to buy gum or worse.
Instead, I chopped a patch in half and popped it in my mouth.
Oh dear. How stupid am I?
I have set my quit date in two weeks time.
I want to be free.
Welcome to the EX family! There should be some folks here to invite you in with links and everything you need to get started :-) you cut a patch in half and stuck it in your mouth? Did I read that right or did you mean piece? I use the gum as a NRT as well never got addicted though have you ever tried substituting it with sugar free chewing gum or hard candies even cough drop especially the menthol flavor give off that same strong burst! Again welcome stick close to this site!
Welcome to EX. This is the best place for help and support with you quit. Reach out whenever you need us. Don't fear the quit......it is hard but doable.
Check out the post earlier from Nancy (Youngatheart). That will give you some resources to get a plan together to quit. If you use any type of NRT, you need to follow the directions. Expect the first couple of weeks to be tough, no matter what you use.
You are all over the place in trying to do this --- the good news is that a) you're trying, and b) we can give you the information you need to start in an educated place.
I just got the book and think it will be very helpful, as all your posts will be! Thank you.
Good Luck - remember we are all here for you, whatever you decide is best for your quit plan. There isn't any one size fits all - but the most important thing is whatever you choose, you must be WILLING to quit. As I've heard over and over here, it's not about willpower, though you do need determination, that alone will not equal success. Looking forward to your success!
JKM5849 PLEASE do the reading and prepare. There is a great deal to learn about nicotine addiction and you CAN prepare for your quit. I tracked cigarettes, wrote down every one I smoked and WHY, what the crave was. I rated the craves...1 - 5 according to how severe they were. Once I had identified them, I figured out ways to deal with them WITHOUT smoking. I knew they would continue, they were not going to magically disappear, partly because of my conditioning and partly because of my addiction. In MY opinion, there is no magic pill or patch or gum or inhaler or any other NRT that is going to make this an easy journey. The psychological addiction is powerful, it takes time and experiences without cigarettes for your addiction to realize that it's not part of your life any more. It's a journey and it is going to be filled with challenges AND victories. Just like life, there will be good days and bad days, smoking will not change anything other than your health. It doesn't fix anything, not physical pain, depression, stress, anger...ANYTHING. Think about that every time you light up...think about WHY and then be honest with yourself about what happened, was anything resolved?
We are all here to help you...the best NRT is EX!
Heart racing, fuzzy head. I am ashamed to say that I just popped another half patch in my mouth. I thought I was being so clever the other evening when I thought to use a patch this way.
Thank you for all advice and guidance. I am doing the work. I do realise that I am swopping my addiction from one thing to the next and its nicotine pure and simple I will be stopping on my quit day.
Regarding the wretched gum: 28 years ago it was only available here in England on a Doctors prescription and I chewed my way through a couple of hundred packs and stopped when I found out I was pregnant. Did not use nicotine in any form for 20 years. Started smoking again when I met and fell in love with a smoker 5 years ago and also started chewing again. I never found an unsweetened sugar free gum that I could use to stop my nicotine gum addiction and I am very happy to have kicked the chewing habit, especially after my last dentist bill!
I have started a pilates class and will join a gym soon and concentrate on being as fit and healthy as I can be. Oh and reading this website cover to cover and working on my plan
Christophina You're putting the patch IN YOUR MOUTH??? Not a good idea at all! They're meant to be use transdermally (absorbed gradually through the skin.) Please remove it, if you have not done so already, and rinse out your mouth thoroughly. If you're symptoms (fuzzy headed, heart racing) increase, see a doctor - I would say - immediately. You may be getting a huge amount of nicotine by placing in your mouth rather than on your skin. Ingesting it is ....nicotine is a poison. DO NOT USE THE PATCH IN THAT FASHION.
When you cut them you probably destroy the time release factor and are speed balling nicotine. :-)
The membrane against your skin is the timed release.
You don't waterski on your ear do you? :-)
I tried them all.
Cold Turkey was the winner for me.
I wanted the fastest way to quit also and for me anyway, it happened once I understood the addiction and WHY it held onto me so tight. Once I educated myself on that...Cold Turkey was the only way for me to go.
Even with all the aides and drugs available....you still need to learn the WHY... if you want true freedom
its work no matter what Route you choose. It's less work if you understand it.
"its work no matter what Route you choose. It's less work if you understand it."
I may just have to steal that! Mandolinrain And am putting it in Quick Quips
I use patches the first couple times and Chanticleers this last time. The chantix helped this last time but I think one of the best things I did was change habits. Before my quit day I had changed my daily smoking routine around and identified triggers, tremendous help
Thank all of you for your input. I am trying to take it all in. I did get Allen's book and am about half way through it. All hints welcome!
Have you set a quit date yet?
Yes, May 16
Perfect timing to prepare and learn all you can! I'm happy for you!
I unsubscribed temporarily because of the emails. I wasn't able to adjust it. May 16.
If you're email account is overloaded with emails from this community, you can adjust it under preferences on your profile page (click on your avatar and scroll down to preferences). You can choose to just get all emails from your inbox, or a synopsis of the day, or none at all. I had to change mine, cause the volume of emails was too much.
Looking forward to your quit date of May 16th!
I know there's a lot to take in, but just worry about the preparation for now, getting yourself in a positive frame of mind, making sure you know what your triggers are and what you'll do to handle them, making sure you have a good list of reasons why you want to quit (that you keep with you), and that you've got your support lined up (you already know we are here for you!)
The best stop smoking products are education about nicotine addiction, planning what you will do instead of smoking, recognizing that smoking does nothing FOR you but it sure does a lot TO you, committing to staying smoke free no matter what, and the support of the people on this site.
Everything you need is here. Quitting smoking is a journey and not an event and it keeps going for as long as YOU do!
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