I have set the date to Sept 5. Should I just slowly cut back or just go cold turkey that day? Suggestions. I have already started cutting back. I think that's the way to go.
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that link may help you.
and this is how I prepared to quit my first and only time
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You will probably get a lot of answers on this. Everyone's quit is a little different from another's. I know some who cut back and others who smoked twice as much trying to get sick of them. I smoked my regular amount (about 15 per day) right up to my quit day, then went cold turkey. Seemed to work for me. So far 105 days nicotine free.
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First, I would recommend you do some reading about this addiction. As part of the recommended program, they will recommend you track your cigarettes and think about what else you might do instead, and then put each one off a little bit and thus naturally cut down.
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!
I would suggest reading absolutely everything you can on this site as well as other stop smoking sites (just google Quit Smoking and dozens will pop up). Allan Carr's Stop Smoking the Easy Way is good too. Research cold turkey, as well as all of the NRT methods. Then decide which path would be best for you. And once you do decide, don't be afraid to tweak that method if you feel it's not working right for you. I wish I could've gone with cold turkey but it just didn't work for me. Liked the patch but wound up having an allergic reaction but rather than give in, I switched to the gum. As others will tell you though, you need to be very cautious with any NRT that can wind up as addictive as smoking (such as the gums, mints, lozenges).
Congratulations on setting your quit date...Keep this website close as your deadline nears...I'm sure anxiety will begin to set in (not saying this to scare you, just to prepare you and I have learned on this site that a prepared quit is a successful quit). When I quit this last time (after many attempts) just 42 days ago (so I'm still quite a newbie), I went cold turkey and before that, I cut down a bit only because I refused to buy another pack of cigarettes and needed to make that current one last until my quit date. Best of luck to you and we are here to cheer you on!!
Quitting is a good thing. Follow your instinct on this, since you've already got an idea that seems right to you. Delaying especially at key times might give you pause for thought as well. Get jazzed about the renewed life that awaits you, because it is there for you to rediscover one day at a time. Heading toward a good chunk of time without the smokes and I did it cold turkey and mostly alone (came here after a good while and have stuck around). Support is a good thing, and so is sharing your experience--good, bad or in between.
Good question, thanks for asking.
You have lots of good advice and a lot of suggested reading so right now I just want to say Hi and ......
Congrats on your decision to quit. It's never too late. I think cutting down is a good thing.Learn How to Quit Smoking (and Make it Stick)
Welcome to the site, please do the recommended reading because there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to quit smoking and Remain quit and start living a life of Freedom.
Practical Tools to Help You Quit Smoking You've come to the right place. Stick with it. If cutting down doesn't work, try cold turkey. If cold turkey doesn't work, then try the patch. Main thing is never give up. Keep trying until you find something that works for YOU
You know yourself better than any of us. I say trust your instincts. If you find cutting back is working for you - then go in that direction. I could never have done that as I'm an all or nothing type. The more educated you are about this addiction, the better able you will be to take the right course of action for yourself. We cannot stress enough to READ everything you can. A strong preparation makes for a strong quit. When you understand what you're going to be facing, you can skip some of the potholes. You only have to quit once if you get it right the first time. Stick with it and with us. We'll walk the journey with you. Glad you've made the decision after 30 years. It's never too late, until it's too late. So the sooner, the better!
Read, educate, prepare, and most of all...stay on this awesome site!
You'll be amazed that you (as well as all of us) went though you know what, to be free!!
You can do this, one day at a time!
Welcome...I am so joy filled for you and you are gonna do great just keep blogging FIRST...before you take that first puff over you....thanks for sharing and helping ME to stay quit no matter what and TOGETHER we will so keep on keeping on.
It takes A LOT to even take it this far. Good Luck!! My date is set for 9/11. WE CAN DO THIS!!!
Softball67 Here's hoping your Day 1 is a Day WON! Check in with us and let us know how everything is going!
You have already gotten so much advice, so I just want to say: Good for you for deciding for your good health, Welcome, and quitting is possible!
Daniela 543 DOF (Days of freedom) and from about 40 days in I have been on this site, listening, learning, sharing, complaining, thanking, and making progress one day at the time.
Welcome to EX...remember that this is a one day at a time journey, it is not an event. You CAN do this.
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