I'm 34 and set a date for September 10 th to stop smoking what gum is the best
Are you talking about nicotine gum? If so, I would opt for the least expensive. Otherwise, sugar-free in a flavor that you enjoy!
Firstly, you have made the best decision to quit smoking. Secondly, you have given yourself enough time to get educated about addiction.
I am 64 and saying.....if I knew then what I know now.....I would say the answer to your question is NONE.
That is, unless you know for sure that you won't replace one addiction with another, avoid NRTs especially gum. Used wisely and with care and awareness I guess NRTs work for many.
But here's the bare bones of my story:
When I made my first attempt to quit, there was no world wide web and Alan Carr hadn't yet written his book The Easy Way... I chewed packet after packet of regular gum and liked the cinnamon flavour best. I worried that I chewed so much that I would wind up with stomach cancer. I didn't. I got IBS instead. I was in my 20s.
The next time I gave up Nicotine Gum had been invented. With no thought for my poor irritable bowel, because I hadn't made the connection, I chewed my way through hundreds of £££s worth. Spent another small fortune at the dentist.
We used to get Nicorette on a Drs private prescription here in England. When the dispensing pharmacist learned I was pregnant she refused to sell me any more.
I started smoking again after 20 odd years only this time I was doing a nicotine gum and tobacco combo. I had a vague idea that smoking wasn't helping my osteoarthritis but hey ho it wasn't until my second hip replacement that I took a long hard look at myself and stopped smoking. A few days later I found this wonderful place and all the kind, supportive people in it and, like you, tentatively started asking questions and reading, reading, reading and figuring out which stuff applied to me, what I could use and what ideas would help me. So my quit date is actually the day I stopped using nicotine of any description nearly 100 days ago.
I finally made the decision to quit nicotine forever so this is my forever quit and I am very happy about it.
If I had my time over I would read all that is written here about smart turkey and go for it....but that's easy for me to say now.
Christine said it all. Any NRT you use, lozenge or gum or ecig, you risk becoming psvchologically addicted to if you do it every time you think of smoking. The patch is best because you put it on once a day and don't control the dosage.
I like using the patch because it has a gentle (fairly) step down system and I have no control over how it delivers the nicotine. I've tried gum and lozenges and the problem, for me, is when I get hard cravings, I don't want gum, I want a cigarette. The patch causes the cravings to be less intense. Many people here will suggest cold turkey and they have good reasons but for me personally, I can't take 5 hours of hard cravings let alone 3 days.
If you do choose an NRT, The Equate brand at walmart is the cheapest and just as effective as the name brands.
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking.
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 to 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!
Welcome to Ex. You've come to the right place to talk and get support.
Welcome to EX, you have gotten some great advice above. Remember that NOTHING is going to quit FOR you...you have to do the leg work. You have to be willing to take this one day at a time and sometimes one BREATH at a time!
Many of us smoked for many, many years, some quit with the patch, some with gum, some with lozenges, and some with nothing. I fall into that last group, I didn't use anything but I got so sick that I HAD to quit smoking.
Be willing to commit and to understand that this is not easy but it is a very, very rewarding journey!
I am smoke free, and nicotine free. Went cold turkey because I failed whenever I tried NRT. I am addicted to nicotine, not to smoking, so that is what I needed to stop. I do use a lot of Mentos gum. Am I addicted to it....no, but it has helped a lot. And even if I am addicted to it, it isn't hurting me.
I tried cold turkey several times and failed miserably. Like Connie, I just couldn't handle breaking the psychological and physical addictions simultaneously. Tried the patch and liked the delivery system and felt it kept me calm but unfortunately after a week or so, I started itching uncontrollably head to toe. Rather than cave, I tried the gum. However, though the instructions stress you should chew a piece every hour or two in the beginning, I knew that would risk my getting addicted to the gum. So, I only chew a few pieces a day (and not particularly at times I regularly smoked) just to take off the edge. That seems to have worked pretty well for me. I don't plan to continue using it for the recommended 12 weeks either...probably just another week or so. (I'm on week 4).
Just my 2 cents because ultimately, you need to find whatever works best for you and that may even be a combination of things. I also track the pieces and times I chew it.
I like clove flavored gum! It shakes up your mouth! 8~)
Beware of the gum; one of my former co-workers chewed Nicorette for 6 years after quitting smoking...just saying.
You'll learn what works best for you, we are all different, set your mind to it and just do it!
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