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Click on this - this is a list created and maintained by Giulia of members of this site who have successfully quit for at least on year.
Your quit date is totally up to you. I decided to quit about one week before my quit date and others wait a longer period of time to read, educate, and prepare. For me, if I had waited too long, I would have talked myself out of quitting.
Best wishes to you!
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Your date depends on any quit aids you intend to use (the Rx drugs take a bit to build up in your system) and how long it takes you to do some reading, planning and preparation. These are all valuable steps in this effort! I took Chantix and set my date about 10 days after I started taking it. Just don't make it TOO far in advance - because that tends to just be an excuse to keep smoking.
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.
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!
I had many failed quits before this one but once I found this site and I did all of the recommended reading and then I read blogs and commented and read some more, I asked for advice and I LISTENED when it was offered. I made a commitment not to smoke, no matter what, NOPE, Not One Puff Ever became my mantra and I said nope over and over and over again. I came to this site every morning and every evening and whenever I needed to in between. I learned what worked for some people, I learned that there was no substitute for my own commitment and that no one or nothing could quit FOR me. I knew from past experience that it wasn't going to be easy but I knew that it would be EASIER with the support of these amazing people. It has been over 5 1/2 years since I smoked and I have never regretted quitting, it does get easier and we get to live our lives without nicotine pulling the strings that control us. You can do this.
Welcome to EX,
it's like finger prints never alike. differs person to person.
take call yourself, try not to take "I am going to quit" toooo loooong. Quit at once, and your are free to inhale purest form of air all the time.
all the best !
The site recommends 2 weeks to get yourself adequately prepared.
As already stated, that depends on you. You can quit today if you want. With Chantix and Welbutrin you continue to smoke for a few weeks. The important thing is to educate yourself about nicotine addiction and create a quit plan to be successful. After many attempts this is my successful quit (1.5+ years). In addition to the aids I used, this site was instrumental in my quit Having support can make all the difference.
Unfortunately I have no health insurance. I would love to try Chianti’s or Wellbutrin. I’ve witnessed so many good outcomes!
Don't let that stop you. There are many options if you want to use an aid or you can always go cold turkey. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) which will connect you to your state quit line to see if you can obtain free nicotine patches. Are you still smoking? If you are you have that money to help with NRT.
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