How do I quit smoking?
I have tried everything: Patches, Gum, Reduction, Hypnotism. I need to quit.
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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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.read more collapse
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!read more collapse
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