Quitting smoking is a lot harder than I thought

2Xtreme21

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So I haven't been smoking too long. I picked it up when I was in France over the summer due to major issues going on with a girlfriend back home and simply because whenever I'd go out I'd bum cigs from friends. It then turned into me just buying a pack to go out with, but I don't know, I just got the urge to smoke them when I wasn't out... living with a French family that smoked like chimneys didn't help things either.

Bottom line is, I was retarded, and I've realized that it's incredibly stupid to smoke, as I've always thought. My chest is starting to hurt and I've noticed a lot of constant mucus build up in my throat, so I'm committing myself to stop. So far today I've went without one, but I don't know if I'll be able to make it the whole day. Tips for coping? :(
 

krunchykrome

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I smoked for 2.5 years and I quit cold tukey. The hardest part about quitting for me was that whenever I had a few drinks, I wanted a cigarette.
 

PepePeru

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if you want to quit, you will.
its only temporary.
it just takes some willpower.
i quit cold turkey after smoking for 8 years.
 

Kyle

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keep yourself busy - come up with things that you've wanted to get done for a while and do them...most urges will last 5 mins or less, so when you get one, immediatly go do something else to distract yourself. Substitutions also usually work - gum/straw/hard candies/sunflower seeds etc.
 

ThePresence

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I stopped cold turkey after 10 years of a pack a day.
You need something to motivate you other than just thinking you want to stop.
It's gotta come from deep inside you, you need a real commitment.

When I stopped I made it a point to go to all my smoking buddies and tell them I stopped.
I told everyone I knew that I stopped.
This way if they saw me smoking I'd feel like a loser.
It really helped.

Some people will tell you to avoid the friends and places you used to smoke at.
I disagree strongly.
My first stop when I stopped was to the bar I used to hang at.
I didn't smoke. It was hard. But once I got over that I never had to avoid it anymore, because I was there already without smoking.
 

Auggie

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I'm also trying to quit. Grrr... such a hard habit, but it is just a mind-game. If you REALLY want to stop, you will. All of my friends as well as my family who have smoked say the same thing.
 

Joemonkey

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I recently quit, my reasoning was my daughter having issues coughing a lot. Wife and I thought smoke on our clothes and/or in our car (never smoked in the house) surely didn't help, so didn't take much effort when you have a reason like that.
 

WaTaGuMp

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Originally posted by: G Wizard
if you want to quit, you will.
its only temporary.
it just takes some willpower.
i quit cold turkey after smoking for 8 years.
Same here, but I smoked longer then 8 years, after a while you realise that not smelling and tasting like an ash tray is a really good thing.
 

Howard

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Every time you crave a cigarette, punch a wall really hard. If you can't do it, then you don't really want to stop.
 
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Originally posted by: Howard
Every time you crave a cigarette, punch a wall really hard. If you can't do it, then you don't really want to stop.
I call for this, Associative Learning.

Everytime you think of a smoke, do something painful
 

ManyBeers

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Originally posted by: Kyle
keep yourself busy - come up with things that you've wanted to get done for a while and do them...most urges will last 5 mins or less, so when you get one, immediatly go do something else to distract yourself. Substitutions also usually work - gum/straw/hard candies/sunflower seeds etc.
In my experience and many other smokers i personally have known and discussed this very topic with there is no effective substitute for a cigarette. That is one of the reasons they are exceedingly difficult to quit for most people.
 

xanis

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Find something else to chew/suck on to keep your mind off of the cigarettes. When my grandpa quit he started eating tons of Tic-Tacs. He eats A LOT of them, but it's sure as hell healthier (and cheaper) than smoking.
 

ManyBeers

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Originally posted by: 2Xtreme21
So I haven't been smoking too long. I picked it up when I was in France over the summer due to major issues going on with a girlfriend back home and simply because whenever I'd go out I'd bum cigs from friends. It then turned into me just buying a pack to go out with, but I don't know, I just got the urge to smoke them when I wasn't out... living with a French family that smoked like chimneys didn't help things either.

Bottom line is, I was retarded, and I've realized that it's incredibly stupid to smoke, as I've always thought. My chest is starting to hurt and I've noticed a lot of constant mucus build up in my throat, so I'm committing myself to stop. So far today I've went without one, but I don't know if I'll be able to make it the whole day. Tips for coping? :(
It's a fight,you will either win or you will lose. It's your choice. There is no "easy" way.
 

PliotronX

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You first have to truly want to quit. It seems easy enough on the surface but you have to realize there is a mental and physical component to the addiction. The patch program works great for focusing on the mental part while the physical is taken care of by a constant and consistently smaller supply of nicotine. I could not do it cold turkey, but the patch worked great seven years ago. Weight lifting, calisthetics, and aerobics helped with keeping the extra weight off :D Also solved some insomnia.
 

Kyle

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Originally posted by: ManyBeers
Originally posted by: Kyle
keep yourself busy - come up with things that you've wanted to get done for a while and do them...most urges will last 5 mins or less, so when you get one, immediatly go do something else to distract yourself. Substitutions also usually work - gum/straw/hard candies/sunflower seeds etc.
In my experience and many other smokers i personally have known and discussed this very topic with there is no effective substitute for a cigarette. That is one of the reasons they are exceedingly difficult to quit for most people.
Obviously it's not going to be as good as a cig.
Sub's will just take your mind off the fact that there is nothing in your mouth/hand.
Also - EVERYBODY's quitting process is different...That is the most important thing to realize - some people can just quit CT - some struggle for months. Some have more of an emotional attachment to the cigs, some it's just habit. I've talked to people who want nothing more than to Q but it throws them in to a deep depression to be without a cig. For some people it's like their best friend. Some people smoked all day most of their life - that's like telling someone to Q somehting that is really a part of their every day activities.
Bottom line - there is no secrect- it's just a matter of finding what works for you, keeping your motivation high, and fighting through it. Support helps, medication helps (nicotine replacement; Chantix, Bupropion etc), subs/coping skills MAY help - but really nothing is going to "take the place" or be a 100% effective sub for a cig.
BTW- I am an ex-smoker, and work for a Tobacco Cessation company - have helped thousands of people Q and everybodies quit is different - it effects everybody differently.
 

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