questionshow do i quit smoking?

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Have you talked to your doctor about Chantix (sp) - I have heard a lot of success stories about it.

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Carry a midget in your pocket and have him kick you in the shin every time you light up. Worked for me!

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Cold turkey. In the long run it's the way to go. Take it one day at a time. No cheating at all.

The first couple days, drink a lot of fruit juice to help purge the nicotine from your system. It'll still suck, but this will help. If you have an oral fixation issue, normal sugarfree gum is also good.

Be aware of certain situations in life that might normally get you to smoke, i.e., being at a bar, after a meal, at a game, etc. You can keep your normal routines, but maintain them without smoking. If it's really impossible, give up the activity during the first couple weeks or months till you're confident you can get through the temptation.

If you encounter a crisis that makes you want to smoke, just remember that smoking will not solve anything, and will just complicate things. It's another problem added on top of the crisis.

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A fire extinguisher would take care of it, but water or baking soda also might work, depending on what kind of fire is the source of the smoke.

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Put the money you would spend on cigarettes in a new savings account. Treat yourself to some cool gift or vacation after a couple months. Be proud you quit. Tell your friends and family about it. Brag.

Above all, not one more puff... it might seem like nothing at the time, but smoking is really an all or nothing proposition. You don't want to deal with withdrawal again. Or deal with trying to quit again. Just don't do it.

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@novastarj:
What he said. Groups help, in that they add peer pressure and help organize the quitting process. They also help you get clear in your own mind
1) Why you smoke
2) Why you want to quit.

If you understand your triggers you can try to avoid/minimize them, at least for the first few months.

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My father had been a smoker for 40+ years, had tried to quit multiple times with multiple methods--but nothing "stuck". Eventually he'd have a bad day and the only thing that would take the edge off was a cigarette. Nothing lasted more than a couple of months, until he read the book "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by Allen Carr. He said that book COMPLETELY changed the way he thought about smoking, and he's been cigarette-free for almost a year now.

Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/The-Easy-Way-Stop-Smoking/dp/1402718616 - 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 829 reviews. Used from a penny!

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@novastarj: Very well put and 100% spot on. I also found that I needed to keep my hands occupied with something.

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Just to chime in again, here's a previous deals.woot question on this exact topic, which had some useful insights:

http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/9a95dd02-ca82-499c-a3f3-6f4740d3575c/

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I used Chantix. Had crazy dreams, but it worked for me (and my wife). Been smoke free for 3 years, and she's been smoke free for 6.

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You need to have the proper motivation. Just saying "I think I want to quit, might save me some money" isn't going to do it. Think about the health of you and your family. Everyone has reasons, they're just sometimes hidden from view. I personally know a girl who had been smoking for almost 10 years (since she was 12, scary...) and she quit cold turkey and for good (so far, it's been 6 months) when she found out that the guy she wanted to be with wouldn't marry a smoker.

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I think you should listen to the people who have quit smoking for advice. Quitting Cold Turkey was the best for me. I had a couple of life changes happen around the time I quit which really motivated me. I had just met my wife and had gotten home from a long military deployment, and cigarettes were just hitting $5 a pack. I made a decision that now is the time I quit smoking for good. And I stuck to it.

It takes a lot of strength to get over the first few days. But once I hit that week mark it became easier. You just need to make that decision that NOW is when you're stopping. Not tomorrow, not next week. Don't give yourself the opportunity to put it off, or an excuse to put it off. Once you make that decision you will stick with it, and you will overcome your addiction.

You will get through this. All it takes is a couple of days to get over the hump and then it is all downhill from there. Good luck my fellow wooter!

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Do whatever it takes. My father stopped smoking when he died from COPD, so stopping is worth it.

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i was a pack a day smoker in college. i quit cold turkey at least a dozen times while in college, but relapsed each time. sometimes i'd eve make it a full week without a puff, then on the wknd i'd be at a bar or a party and someone would offer me one and i'd cave, and i'd stop and buy a pack on the way home. i wasn't able to actually quit until i graduated. the problem was, that while i was in college, alot of my friends and room mates smoked, which makes it literally impossible to quit. no matter how good you're doing, if everyone around you is always smoking, you will never be able to kick the habit. i've been 100% cigarette free for about 5 years now (i smoke my pipe in winter but its for relaxing, i'm not addicted by any stretch). in my opinion, the company you keep is key. why do you think drug addicts that go to rehab are told to avoid their old friends? same can be said when you're trying to change any kind of behavior. cont...

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cont... seriously, try going on a diet while everyone around you is eating bacon burgers and milkshakes. even if there is no peer pressure, you'll convince yourself that you need to take part. I genuinely hope you stop, because i remember how nasty of a habit it is, but unless you can avoid friends and family that smoke, it will be very VERY hard if not impossible. obviously you don't have to avoid them forever, but i'd say at least for 6 months to a year, or however long it takes for that craving to disappear. good luck!

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I completely agree with @novastarj . My mother just quit smoking and she just quit cold turkey. She made sure she had 3 days lined up with no "real stress" factors and kept herself busy. This was not her first attempt but it has been over a year since she tried last. She had 2 days in a row completely off and one at work where her boss was not there.They say it takes about 3 days for the nicotine withdrawl symptoms to subside but it is a constant (but hopeful) fight for a while. She is going on 3 months smoke free so far! Best of luck to you - you can do it!

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Yadda yadda to what people said above, it's all good advice. I quit a couple of years ago - I got bronchitis for like the 90th time (absolutely smoking related) and my lungs hurt too much to smoke, so I stopped while I was sick. Decided not to pick it back up. I had "quit" a few times in the past, but obviously none of them stuck.

This time, I got into shape and started doing athletic things (this was independent of quitting, but bare with me). I think that doing that, and knowing how hard I train and the sort of events that I am into requiring me to be in great shape have kept me from picking it back up. No sense in being at the gym at 545AM if i'm going to tank it all with a cigarette.

Also helped to get rid of my smoker (now ex-) girlfriend, but that may or may not be an option for you!

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My fiance is in the process of quitting right now, hes tried gum/patches/cold turkey previously, his job was too stressful and none of them stuck. Currently he is on Chantix and aside from the insomnia & sometimes weird dreams he says its working. Been on chantix 2 weeks, already 1 week smoke-free.

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It may have been mentioned, but you have to want it, not kind of, not sort of. Half the battle is in your mind the other is physical. Psych yourself for it, pick the day, then do it. Stay strong.
15 years smoke free.

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I'm another person who quit with the help of Chantix. Chantix is more than the medication that you take daily; it comes with an entire support system. Every evening I got a phone call checking up on me; granted, it was an automated call, but it praised me for another day without smoking. I looked forward to the evening check-in. Chantix also provided a phone number to call when you're feeling severely tempted to smoke. I never used it, but it was terrific to have it, just in case.

I'm coming up on four years smoke-free. Sometimes I can't believe it. I'd tried all kinds of approaches before, but Chantix (on my doctor's recommendation) made the big difference.

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Try ecigs/ electronic cigarettes! Look them up for more info.

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Nothing will work until you decide it's time. If you allow yourself the option to fail, you will fail. As mentioned above, define your triggers and make a plan. When I quite 9+ years ago, I couldn't drink coffee in the morning. It was too deeply ingrained to have coffee and a smoke so I had to give up both. You just have to decide how to get through the cravings. Nicorette gum helped me a lot.

My dad died of lung cancer at 57 and even that was not enough to make me stop. You really have to get your mind right first.

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If you're not in a relationship, trying seeing someone who doesn't smoke. Worked well for my wife (then girlfriend) as I very assertively pressured her to quit smoking.

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My parents were both smokers for a long time-mom quit when she decided to have kids, and stayed off until we were both almost out of the house, but then fell back. Dad never really stopped. They both used chantix, and it worked like a dream (slight pun-weird dreams are the biggest side effect) for dad, but mom couldn't handle the dreams and it messed with her sleep patterns too much, so she dropped it and still smokes every now and then.

As I saw someone mention here, in my experience (not ever a smoker, but seen lots of friends/family try to quit) having a support group around you cheering you on is a huge help. A coworker has been trying to quit, so instead of going on her smoke breaks, she'll get a couple of us to go outside with her for a few minutes and just chat. She still gets the break she's used to, but no smoking! Talk to your friends, tell them you're quitting, and ask for their help to cheer you on!

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I've heard people have great success with those e-cigarettes.

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Another vote for cold turkey. The first few days, just take it one craving at a time - put it off for an hour, then do it again, and again. Detail your car and clean your house to get the smoke smell out. The only thing that worked for me. Ever, was cold turkey.

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I smoked for over 20 years, and then last year I quit cold turkey.

I had previously tried the patch, and failed many, many times.

Then last year, I realized that I really love my wife, and I could not bear to have me die early due to anything smoking related...and leave her alone. I also want to enjoy seeing my kids grow up and hopefully live to see grandkids.

It's a little bit corny,.., but after years of being a bachelor and smoking cigarettes in my living room in my underwear when I lived alone to being married, owning a home and having kids....well, I've got a lot to live for and smoking wasn't going to help me live long enough to enjoy what I have, and smoking would have ended up hurting family and friends that would rather see me alive in old age.

I'm not going to lie, and say that I've stopped thinking about smoking. Although tempted daily, I am resolved to remain smoke free.

I wish you luck in finding the fortitude and personal reasons why you should quit smoking.

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Chantix. I smoked for 40+ years. Started Chantix and quit on the recommended day. Went out and bought a pack that afternoon. Stayed on Chantix, smoked for two more days. Quit on the third day and it stuck. That was 4 years ago. Still had the habit for quite a while of reaching for my pocket to light up, but never had the disire to smoke. I would look and my hand and think "Well, that's interesting." Chantix removed the need for nicotine so I only had to worry about the "habit". From the day I quit, I never really wanted to smoke, even when in a bar with other smokers.

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I'd start with keeping cigarettes away from your mouth, and lighters away from said cigarettes.

I'm a Doctor. You can trust me: it's in my name.

Then go for the "E-Cigs."
$5 + FREE SHIPPING! Bout the cost of a pack. So no excuse not to try it ;)
http://www.tomtop.com/hygeian-green-smoke-health-electronic-cigarette-kw-d1722.html

I can't even explain how much I'd recommend those.. they're basically cigarettes sans the death & cancer.

They have nicotine (plenty :D). You can smoke them inside. The also glow when you inhale like a cigarette cherry..
But best of all.. You BLOW OUT "SMOKE."

I spent months looking for the best deals on those things, that link up there is one of the fruits of my success :) - it's free shipping too, so you have no excuse not to try it.

[ed] Also Chantix(?) has had some good reports from some people.. and some horrible side effects from a handful. It's worth trying, but I'd go e-cig before you start trying drugs.

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I quit a year ago. I started with 4mg nicotine gum and tried to sleep as much as I could the first week. The absolute worse day was day 4. After that, the cravings would come, but I could power through them. I started to integrate sugarless gum and wean off the 4mg nicotine gum. After the first month I was using 2mg nicotine gum. I used that for 6 months. Then I broke the 2mg in half and chewed 1mg. I supplemented my oral fixation with sunflower seeds and frozen grapes. I also gave up alcohol at the same time as it was a smoking trigger.

A year into it, I rarely get cravings and it makes me nauseous to walk through someone's smoke haze. Also, I couldn't believe how much people who smoke stank! I've saved about $2,000 this year by quitting smoking (cartons were $80 each and I bought 3 per month). I focus on all the benefits of quitting and if I really really have a hard time, I'll chew that half piece of nicotine gum and move on.

Best of luck to you!

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I smoked for 17 years before I quit for what I hope is for good (though I still have urges and do not take it for granted). The last time I quit was more than 12 years ago, in May 2001.

In the 17 years before that, I quit for (at different times, of course) 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and two years. That's not counting the "I'm quitting" moments where I didn't have staying power (too many to count).

The 3 month quit was necessary for basic training in military school, so I did it before I got there so I wouldn't have to add insult to misery. Lots of nicorette gum, candy, baby bottles full of water (um, yup) and pacifiers (yup again, I admit it).

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Second time I quit for a very hot boyfriend. When we broke up I wanted to stay smoke free, but when I drank alcohol I wanted to have "just one" cigarette. I wasn't a big drinker, but when I found myself wandering around the dorms looking for beer, desperately, so I could smoke, I knew it was time to start smoking again before I became a raging alcoholic.

Fast forward to final quit--lots of Nicolette gum, then the patch, then weaning off that. Then staying away from smokers and smoking lifestyle. The "just one" attitude in bars and during billiards tournaments I was participating in really sucked me back in for the two year quit--the one year quit the problem was clubbing in general. I consider the misery of quitting to be painful incentive to not pick up another smoke, and yet I did so four times, convincing myself that "this time would be different" and this time I could have just one, or just one a week.

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I see quitting as... why go through that kind of torture just to pick it up again? And so you need good, no GREAT reasons to quit. They can be crap reasons for someone else--they oly need to work or you. For me it was that I didn't want to die and at 29 I was no longer feeling so immortal (yes, I started smoking at 12). A cousin of a friend of mine, 29, died of lung cancer and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was also engaged to be married and out of the club scene, and now only play pool with my non-smoking husband. I wanted (healthy) babies, and now I have two. I want them to stay healthy. To borrow a phrase from AA (which I am grateful to have never needed), I took my quitting one day at a time, one hour at a time, and sometimes one minute at a time, because it is necessary to stay focused on the NOW. Distractions in the now are a big help too, things to do, things to fidget with.

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I admit I miss smoking. I really liked it--no, loved it. Quitting hurt like hell, a personal torture of the body and soul that I went through five times by choice. But you know, when you are ready, you can do it. You need 3 things: great enough reasons, to remove yourself from temptation, and a method that fits you. For me it was tapering the nicotine withdrawal through lots of Nicolette gum, and after six weeks of that I moved to the biggest patch, and gradually to the smallest patch per package instructions. Yes, it sucked. I prefer 12 weeks of tapering to cold turkey. Either way has its own set of misery. But dying early, harming my kids and husband, and stinking like rot to those I love stinks more, pun intended. You can quit too. Maybe not tomorrow, but under the right circumstances and with the right support, I believe you can do it.

Good luck!

Keri

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The last year I smoked (1986, after 10 years) i tried 3 or 4 times before it stuck, I was determined.

I think what helped was putting a lot of thought and effort into getting mad every single time cigarettes made me do something I didn't want to do, like go out late at night to get smokes because I needed one in the morning, and building a disgust for the plain grossness (word?) of the habit. I got more and more pissed off at how much control they had over me.

Then one morning driving home from a graveyard shift in Palmdale, CA testing B-1B aircraft and having a bad cold for like a month, I lit up a smoke, and damn near couldn't breath for a couple of minutes.

That was the final straw, smoke or breath, the smokes had to go.

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What everyone else said.

I personally used a combination of Zyban (Wellbutrin) and the patch when I quit. I coordinated with my doctor, who was very supportive. The last time, I went cold turkey, Summer 2000. It's been almost 12 years.

Just focus on getting through today - don't worry about quitting forever.

Stay away from situations that make you want to smoke - whatever your triggers are.

One thing that surprised me is that it still smells so darn good when I walk past people who are smoking. Another thing that surprised me is how bad people smell when they come back in from a smoke break. I shudder to think that I used to smell like that!

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@75grandville: for the first year after i quit, the smell of burning cigarettes was enough to make me salivate. i'd stand near smokers and just inhale.... fast forward 5 years, and now the smell of cigarettes makes my stomach turn. a year or so ago i was hammered at a party and someone offered me a smoke and i took it. i took a single drag and immediately thought "how the hell did i do this enough to get addicted?". my mouth tasted like ash and i felt like i stunk all night long. i immediately snuffed it out but that one hit made me smell and taste it the rest of the night. now if i go to someones home or get into someone car who smokes, all i can think of is getting out of there and getting a shower. i can say from personal experience, that you crave it for a while, but it comes to a point when you never understood the appeal in the first place. although i'm sure some people never really lose the craving

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Stop putting cigarettes in your mouth. Worked for me.