Quitting Smoking

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  1. JohnMF

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    3 days without a smoke. I've never gone more than a day without a cigarette in the last 15 years.

    Anyone here ever successfully given up smoking?

    How long is it before i will no longer feel the urge for nicotine? Don't know how long i can hold out for :shaking: :bounce: :shaking: :crazy:
     
  2. Rob

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    Take everything one day at a time. Avoid the pub. Keep yourself busy. Use chocolate digestives as a substitute when you're really bad. Try relaxation, meditation. Avoid those key moments when you'd have a cigarette (well except maybe THAT moment).

    Good luck. Maybe one day I'll manage it!

    Rob
     
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    thanks rob

    ...not looking forward to the pub
     
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    You don't have Nicotine patches in Pommyland?
     
  5. Rob

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    They give you a nasty cough when you light them. :p
     
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    They say the physical addiction is about 48 hours, so techniclly your body no longer needs the drug...it's the psychological addiction that is really the problem...that can last forever.

    My parents both quit cold-turkey, and have been smoke-free for over 20 years. My mom says that she still wakes up once in a while with a craving, but not usually.

    Just remember that every day without a ciggy is another day of life :)

    Keep it up.

    Oh, I would stay away from rob's idea of the candy--you'll gain weight :)
     
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    "Gain wait" ???? ????? From you??? :stun:

    Tut tut.

    Rob
     
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    Just remember that as soon as you light one up it'll taste like a really foul ashtray!

    I've tried to quit a few times and the foul taste of a cigarette after a few weeks without sticks in your mind!

    When the urge gets too much try doing something you wouldn't normally do. Go out for the day/evening with your camera to somewhere you either cant get any or you can't smoke.

    I know someone who just brushed their teeth whenever the got a craving. Gave them sparkly teeth and fresh breath they prefered to burnt ash breath!

    My Uncle would hold out for several days & when the cravings really made him mad he'd "borrow" one smoke off someone. He never bought any because then he'd have some more to smoke! He went on like that for a few months until he could eventually manage the cravings better.
     
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    Hey JohnMF
    I too am quitting the cigarettes, give patches a go :thumbup:
    You'll still get your nicotine while you still need it but none of the chemicals and rubbish that you get with cigarettes.
    Another good motivation to keep you of the ***s is to think how much lovely camera equipment you buy with the money your not spending on the tobbaco products.

    Best of luck :thumbup:
     
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    I was a two pack a day guy...for 12 years!!!!!
    I haven't had a smoke since July 15th, 1997 :biggrin:

    I quit cold turkey ;) Was it hard...yep! Did I wanna choke someone...yep! But was it all worth it in the end...oh you bet!!!
     
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    The more you think about it the harder it will be. I recently read an article about how people who spontaneously quit have a much higher chance of actually quitting than people who plan it. Evidence of this comes from my roomate who quit smoking due to being sick and has not smoked in a month. He smoked for 8 years and has no problem with people smoking in fron to of him. I am in the process myself and find it helpful to think about how smoking a butt will not make me feel any better after I smoke it and the taste in my mouth will be bad. I only smoked 1 cigarette yesterday and this morning I felt great when I woke up.... not smoked out. I want this feeling again so Im not going to smoke today. Also think about how you will feel when the doctor walks in the room and tells you you have lung cancer, that sinking feeling will be enough to keep you off them.
     
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    thanks for all the ideas everyone, i will definately try them out

    I've been exercising to try and keep my mind occupied. problem is, now, I'm full of aches and pains :confused: i'm hobbling around everywhere, like an old man
     

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