Does gum really help?
Would smoking hookah at parties be fine?
how do I avoid having a single puff if someone offers?
Damn I'm confused af..
Welcome to our community!
As I understand it, hookahs actually potentially deliver MORE nicotine than cigarette smoking, because you inhale a greater volume of smoke. It is no less toxic than cigarettes. If you use all your quit tools FIRST, gum can help as the final "straw" as it were. I have mentioned quit aids further along here.
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:
As well, read the sections on this site, and read the blogs, responses and pages of folks you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com and quitsmokingonline.com for the good information contained there. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested on this site
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.
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. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around your head alone. 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!
Thank you for the helpful tips
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NOPE hopes, and that means not one puff ever! Please do the recommended reading from our elders who wrote to you above, get used to the idea that smoking is a deadly addiction and it has to be treated accordingly, get your mind in the right place about quitting, and start doing it one day at the time.
There are lots of suggestions in the text above about how to deal with the cravings, how to get strong for a forever quit, and one of the things we all used here, was to come and speak with the community. Some one will always help you get over, hold your hand, give you helpful advice, it is the right support you will be getting here.
You, like all of us can do it, if you set your mind to it. It is in the way to look and think about the quit that is going to make it successful.
Congratulations on a great decision, and welcome to the right support group to help you make this quit your last one!
Thanks for your thoughtful questions!
First let me say that an hour of hookah is equivalent to.....100 Sickerettes!!!!
An Hour Of Hookah Equals 100 Cigarettes, So Why Is It More Socially Acceptable?
So let's set that aside for now.
Does gum really help? Well, like any Nicotine Replacement Treatment gum can be useful to some people - if and only if they use it as a tool to help give them time to learn how to regain control of their Addicted Brain!
More on that later.
So where are you when this someone offers you a puff? Are you hanging with the same crowd in the same places?
I can tell you right now that you are making your Quit chances practically nil if this is the case! Successful Quitters change their Lifestyle - who they hang with, where they hang out, and what they do with their time. Second Hand Smoke from your buddies' Sickerettes restimulate your Addicted Brain Receptors which makes it really, really hard to say No!
What we have to learn as Recovering Nicotine Addicts is that an urge is not a command! A thought does not have to be followed! A feeling might not be true and in the case of Quitting almost certainly isn't true!
Whatever brought you to this website is enough to help you to Quit Smoking! You want to quit or you wouldn't be here!
So at times like that when temptation arises, you have to engage that part of your Brain! You have to be prepared to tell yourself - "I will quit no matter what I think or feel right now knowing that those thoughts and feelings won't last and soon my Brain will be FREE!"
I wish I could tell you just how Wonderful it feels to be FREE of Nicotine Addiction! It is sooooo worth it and it is doable! Read jonescarp's references and learn to look at Nicotine Addiction and Recovery in a whole new way!
We're here for you!
I never had the gum. Hookah would be a no no and there is never just one puff. It always leads to so much more.
Welcome to our Community
The information on this site is great! Here is a link to a blog that crazymama_Lori posted about 5 days ago. I think you will find it helpful.
New Members - Welcome !!!!
Quitting takes education, willingness, determination, and commitment! You will find all of that here!
Have you set a quit date yet? Please let us know! ~Terrie~
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