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  • Peterpan
    I stopped smoking after 30+ years. Took 2+ years trying to stop and failing.
    Truly hard, I know! But doable and highly rewarding.
    Felt immediate benefits, as I run measuring my heart beat. One or two weeks later I could run with 15, 20 beats below. This is huge.

    I did it with an app android that works like this:
    In the beginning I state how many cigarettes a day I smoke (was 25) and in how many days I want to stop (was 30 days).
    Based on that, the app shows a semaphore that says "Green, you can smoke" or "Red, not yet".
    The interval between cigarettes increases every day, so that 30 days later there is only time for one single cigarette.
    Frequently I was desperate watching the "time control". In the write moment, I used to stop whatever I was doing for my cigarette -)

    App was for Android, this one:

    I used run in place, and skip rope, whenever I wanted to smoke before the green-light.
    Think any cardio would do the same.

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  • SirWeasel
    I was a smoker for 23 years. During that time I tried loads of ways to quit smoking. Nasal spray, inhalator, gum, patches, Champex, hypnosis, accupuncture.

    Of all the things I tried only two things worked:

    The first for a short period of time was the "easy way to quit smoking book" I managed to stop for about a month, which was a big thing for me as a hardened smoker. I also know lots of people who quit for good using that book.

    The second which got me to permanently stop was vaping. I started using one and I havent smoked since (3 years quit!). I still had smokers around me but it helped as I had a safer alternative.

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  • Soloakel
    After seeing all these engorging posts I can to give a few pointers
    1:show your friends the negative effects of smoking
    2:if that did not work then maybe these friends aren’t the friends you are destined to have find other to give you encouragement to help
    3:to replace the habit of smoking get a hobby learn a new instrument but when I face negativity I started a journal a became truthful to the book and write down what is going on in my life you can post topic and do your journal here we can help you but if you need friends we are here for you.

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  • Andi64
    What Rathgar said. Failure is part of the process. But you have to keep trying. I smoked for 30 years around 40/day. It took me more than a year to quit. More like 2. Have not had any nicotine in 18 years since.

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  • Rathgar
    Good on ya. Try, try, try. Never stop trying until you've freed yourself. Own the journey and share it on a thread, you will have a limitless supply of support.

    figure out your way to change your habits and that skill can be used for everything in your life.

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  • Dyna
    Few years ago I switched from cigarettes to vape but vaping just gave me weird feeling in the lungs and coughing fits, then I went back to cigarettes. I never smoked at home so since the start of this pandemic my intake dropped to three cigs or less every week. I consider that a huge improvement since I used to smoke 8-10 cigs a day.

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  • Andi64
    Originally posted by getsukurokoshi
    I smoked for 10 years and couldn't stop for a long time, and then I switched to vape. So, I can tell you that from experience, it works!
    You switched form one nicotine-source to another. So what exactly 'works'?

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  • DustyQOTF
    Originally posted by HenryV
    You can always switch to vaping then wean yourself off of that using less and less nic. PM me if you want product names. Good luck.
    I wouldn't Vape or use a e cig you still get the buzz from nicotine and weaning your self from smoking by replacing it with something else that goes in the mouth wont work. since youll just use that money for cigs for the new addiction.. I do like John_Salt post find what motivates you and exercise when you want to smoke. If you try e cig or vape you are just replacing your old habit of regular smokes and my brother has a e cig that he tried using to quit and it didn't work he still smells like smoke constantly.

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  • John_Salt
    Hey afroblue , you have done the first step by writing this post !

    I stopped smoking last summer by reducing the intake over 2 months.
    My flatmate kept smoking and still smokes... I really don't like the smell of it anymore.

    Things that can help :
    - Start logging every smoke you take.
    - Also log the money you did not spend on cigarettes.
    - Give yourself a reward for example after one week without smoking, another one after one month etc..
    - Go for a HIIT workout when you want to smoke, intense exercice will give your body what it wants !
    - Fell proud of every cigarette that you don't smoke !
    - Keep us posted on how you are doing, you will have a lot of support in the hive.

    As you said, motivation is the key !
    First find what motivates you the most, Health, Money, Pride, Reward, and it will be a lot easier.

    Go for it !

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  • DustyQOTF
    I stopped cold turkey when I got pregnant with my daughter. Now the only time I even crave is if I have been drinking. My husband is a non smoker (odd since he grew up with his siblings smoking) I also found that if I didn't get in the habit of buying cigs then I wouldn't be able to smoke them unless I bummed and I told my friends that I limit to a certain amount a day and if I go over that they need to cut me off. yea withdrawals are apain but are worth it in the end.

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  • Knyte
    I was a heavy smoker - anywhere from a pack to two packs a day for nearly 20 years. Unfiltered rollies, too. There's just something about the smell of a fresh bale of tobacco when first opened.

    At some point I just got absolutely sick of it...I hated being chained to an addiction, tied to a product. I felt the choice was taken away from me, I was hooked without my knowledge. I hated the yellow fingers, the disgusting lung butter, the ashtrays.

    You must realize that nothing will MAKE you quit. It's a very personal, deep down feeling. For me, I had to HATE it and everything about it. The romance was gone. I had a bit of help from family and got a prescription for Xyban, and it worked very well for me; I was ready. I do not miss it. It's been somewhere around 12 years now, my wind is back, I feel better now than since in my teens (will be 48 this year). I can climb the stairs in my office tower without breaking a sweat. It's been a change of lifestyle, for sure - the vast majority of my friends are non smokers, I tend to shy away from socializing with smokers now.

    It's about making healthy choices. At first, you'll look back after an hour and say, wow, I did it! Hours become days, then weeks. Soon you'll have realized many years have gone by - it's a thing you will never, ever regret. I've not once ever thought, gee, I sure wish I had one more cigarette, or gosh I should have smoked just one more week.

    By being here and talking about it, you've taken a great first step. You understand what 'healthy' is, and that is a gigantic leap in the right direction. Keep talking about it with us, keep us up to date. You'll find that the people who really care will support you.

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  • Rise_Like_A_Phoenix
    So, I am also more or less surrounded by smokers and I've quit smoking - save for my wife, who smokes e-cigarettes, so the pull isn't quite the same from her. I tend to be an anxiety/stress based smoker and am working right now on getting anti-anxiety meds so that I can further combat things with a bit more of a full tool kit (so to speak), so I've quit several times only to pick up the habit again when I have a really bad day or set of days or stressful life situation, etc.

    That said, I've managed to quit cold turkey for a few months now. I don't know the last time I smoked - I find keeping up with the time to make me be pulled back to it in the past - but I stopped nonetheless. I'm on a set of medication that can make my risk for very serious diseases bigger if I smoke, so it's very important for me not to smoke.

    I know a few others brushed on this, but I found replacing the habit with something else to be extremely useful - exercise is a good one, especially if you can find a way to micro-work-out with small things whenever you feel the urge to smoke. You don't have to drop and give 'em twenty - but some squats, or calf raises, or stretches, or anything that can get your blood moving works. Keep to exercises you know for now, and when you're more comfortable exercising in general, you could probably get more experimental. I've heard of others that ate carrots and similarly shaped vegetables - putting them in their mouth like cigarettes - while they were feeling an urge as well because they knew that practicing the motion could feed into a small part of the addiction.

    I really like Noen's suggestion regarding smoking. I quit cold turkey myself - but we also don't often have visitors at my place in particular, so me not smoking isn't a big deal. Slowly introducing your friends into the concept of you not wanting the smoke itself in the house and also limiting how many cigarettes you smoke a day and - ideally - slowly lowering that number you can smoke might be worth a try. I often took advantage of being sick, or unable to get smokes, or whatever to be a reason to pull away from smoking.

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  • Powaphil
    Hello Afroblue. First sorry for my english I hope you will understand what I want to tell you.
    My experience : I had always feel the stress grow up when I arrived to the end of my cigarettes case when I didn't had one more at home. But one day, this stress feeling disapear. From that day I quit. Then comes the most difficult : don't try again. There are some situations who give me the desire of smoking. On the way to my job, after lunch, when I come back home, when I was on party with my friends. But more I am on these situations without smoking, less the desire is. For me the hardest time was when I come back home because I didn't smoke at my job. The first week was tuff. But more days pass more the desire pass too and now I have totaly forgotten the desire of smoking when I come home. You have programmed your brain and your body to desire cigarettes on specific situations. You have to give them new habits.

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  • EmperorIoannes
    I don't smoke, never did and never will. However, a great majority of my social environment does smoke and this is how I get away from it.

    I always think that: "I am going to reach 40 years old and I am not going to have to worry about climbing stairs or running away from hospital trips."
    If they are really your friends, they would accept you even if you do not smoke, am I wrong?

    Exercising more should really help you to understand the true happiness of being healthy.

    For me, the most important part to understand is that you smoke because you are addicted. I see plenty of 16 year olds every day smoking, knowing that they only do it because of peer pressure. Don't succumb. It is not worth it for your life. You may not be THAT guy now, but if you keep smoking (and you are probably going to keep smoking more seeing that smoking is an addictive habit which only multiplies if left untreated) you are going to become THAT guy who cannot fly stairs and the whole non-smokers have to keep behind. I would not want that for me. And neither should you.

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  • Noen
    The best way to quickly quit smoking is, of course, stopping completely.

    However while there are many smokers who succeeded with this there are also many smokers who have tried this many times and failed.

    So if you find the quitting completely approach does not work for you maybe you can try the following.
    (While I have never smoked I have some experience with food addiction and many addictions have similar sturctures.)

    You are surrounded by smokers, that makes it harder. If you suddenly quit and then tell them they can't smoke in your flat anymore they will have bad thoughts about you, that makes for poor peer support.
    So instead control your smoking. In the morning (or the day before) set yourself an amount you are allowed to smoke that day. Take only that many cigarettes with you, not a single more. This way you will have some control over your smoking and your friends and colleagues learn that they can't lend cigarettes from you.
    The next step is not smoking where you live. For cigarettes go outside, ask your flatmate to go outside, too. This will have the benefit that your flat and clothes do not smell that strongly anymore and your friends and flatmate will learn to go outside to smoke. It will be easier for them because you will be going outside alongside them.
    These are just two examples, but they represent you taking control and establishing a "social infrastructure".

    Before lighting a cigarette you should also always think a certain mantra like "this makes me less healthy, I am only smoking this because I am addicted". Mindless feeding of your addiction has to be a thing of the past, you need to be conscious of what you're doing at all times.

    Doing all this will make it easier when you quit completely.

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