Anyone used Smoke Away? Thoughts?
I believe there is someone on the site that said they were using this. Hopefully they'll respond.
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I found this after a web search: :Marketers of Smoke Away Pay $1.3 Million to Settle FTC Charges | Federal Trade
Commission I searched here on the site and found one person who said they had been successful in the past using it, but it was a long time ago and their account was deactivated.
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings! I CAN tell you that nothing is going to make this process painless, crave free or easy. There is nothing that is going to quit FOR you. What you can do to make it eas IER is read, plan, prepare and commit. The more you work at this ahead of time, the less uncomfortable, frightened and anxious you are going to be.
The 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. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
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, quitsmoking.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. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
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 after you have tried to delay and distract. 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. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four 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, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. 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. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. 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: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe 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!
Someone told me they are using another herbal product to help them maintain their quit.
I can't remember the exact name of it....Maralago or something like that.
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I am glad you found our site. Sounds like you are ready to quit smoking...I do not know about the product you are asking for, but I am sure someone here will have the information. While you are researching...please be sure to read My Quit Plan There you will become knowledgeable about quitting and smoking. You will also set a quit date. Once you have that day, you will plan for it like no other. Please stay close to the support site, we are all in this journey together...it isn't easy, but it is doable...Happy Sunday ~ Colleen 125 DOF
I used Smoke Away. Came directly to this site after that site ended. Had a great support group. My experience - there were three parts to the "kit" as I recall. One main bottle of pills, a bottle of liquid that kind of smelled like Eucalyptus, and an "emergency" small bottle of something like a 'cell salt' tablet you'd put under your tongue, I think I remember. This was back 2006, so my brain isn't THAT clear on it. I took maybe 1/4 or 1/2 of the large pill bottle and found it did absolutely NOTHING to curb the cravings. The liquid bottle you just opened and sniffed. Call it scent therapy. You might as well just sniff some Eucalyptus oil. The tiny cell salt bottle I never used because I was afraid it contained nicotine, and the point was to get RID of all nicotine. So essentially I'd say, save your money on that particular product.
There's no magic potion that's gonna quit for you. NRT's can help reduce the cravings, Chantix can block the pleasing effects of smoking, but YOU have to do the hard work. Quitting is a Skill that CAN be Learned The hardest part is behavioral change necessary. That can be accomplished through education and support. You've come to the right place for that! Stick around! Glad you've joined us!
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