Trying to quit smoking, need new vice

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I've had a nasty case of smoker's cough so my plan to quit smoking in 3 months got sped up to ASAP. I couldn't sleep last night because of the gross coughing so I have to do this, but I need a vice to keep me from going back to smoking. FOod is a bad one, don't want to gain weight!

Any ideas?
 

Kadarin

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Masturbation. Just get yourself a fleshlight, download some pr0n, and go for it!

What could possibly go wrong?
 

Kadarin

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Originally posted by: Azraele
Originally posted by: theprodigalrebel
Coughing up bloody phlegm?
That's a big sign to check for cancer in smoker's iirc.

He should also check to see if he's affected by the pet food recall.
 
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Originally posted by: Azraele
Originally posted by: theprodigalrebel
Coughing up bloody phlegm?
That's a big sign to check for cancer in smoker's iirc.

It happened to my cousin when he was 22. Wasn't cancer but some other type of throat infection. Caused him to dramatically reduce, that's for sure!
 
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Originally posted by: Azraele
Originally posted by: theprodigalrebel
Coughing up bloody phlegm?
That's a big sign to check for cancer in smoker's iirc.

I've been smoking for less than a year and the phlegm was not bloody. I did the googling - chronic bronchitis is a sure sign of unhappy lungs but clears up after 4 weeks of non-smoking. Lung return to normal after a few months, our body's pretty resilient. Now, if I was smoking for 20+ years I'd go to the doctor over the cough...
 

ThePresence

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You don't need another vice.

I quit smoking cold turkey (after smoking a pack a day for 10 years) and I went on a diet and lost weight at the same time.

It's not easy but if you're committed enough you can kick any habit you want to. Don't trade in one bad habit for another.
 

AgaBoogaBoo

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Vice? Take a cold shower everytime you think of smoking... soon enough you'll get sick of the cold water and will just give it up.

Are all the cigarettes out of your reach? Don't keep any in the house, toss them out.
 
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Originally posted by: ThePresence
It's not easy but if you're committed enough you can kick any habit you want to. Don't trade in one bad habit for another.

^Intelligent man^
You shared your experiences in a thread I once made about wanting to quit cigarettes (3-4 months ago). I was only able to quit for a fortnight or so...I smoke a cigarette after a meal :( Some day...I shall quit this for good.
 

giantpinkbunnyhead

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New vice suggestions: (in no particular order though 5-9 are good for depleting your cigarette money, thus helping you quit)

1) chewing gum

2) healthy snacks

3) junkie snacks

4) masturbation

5) booze

6) strippers

7) exercise

8) some sort of hobby

9) housework (home improvement, etc.)
 
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Originally posted by: AgaBoogaBoo
Vice? Take a cold shower everytime you think of smoking... soon enough you'll get sick of the cold water and will just give it up.

Are all the cigarettes out of your reach? Don't keep any in the house, toss them out
.

What's funny is that I was in CT the other day and cigarettes were much cheaper there than in NYC - I have 5 brand new packs on my desk. Trying to give them away.
 

40sTheme

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Exercise is the best suggestion so far. AgaBoogaBoo's cold shower idea is next in line.
 

crumpet19

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It's not about getting another vice. Its a lifestyle change. You'll have to sever your connections with cigarettes - physically, chemically, and emotionally.
Don't smoke socially, to relieve stress, relax, when you're angry or bored or whatever. Identify the situations in which you normally smoke and eliminate or alter those situations.

For me it was while driving, at work and socially at parties. It was a nervous/anxious habit and also a habit of boredom.
I stopped driving to work and started biking. At work, I found extra tasks (often in other departments) to stay busy and simply not have time to smoke. Socially, I stopped drinking (I'm not against it, its just that my will power dramatically drops while drinking). If I do drink, I do it in places that dont allow smoking.

I've tried hypnosis tapes, the gum, the lozenges, candy etc in the past and none had worked. The last time I was able to use nicoderm CQ patches (starting at the largest dosage for two weeks and then stepping down to the middle dosage for two weeks). The patch helped control the the cravings and ease the effects of detoxification. I also started working out - specifically cardio workouts. The exersize helped with the anxiety and boredom that I normally would have filled with smoking. Additionally, just keep reminding yourself of why you want to quit: tastes bad, smells bad -and everything you own will smell like it, stains your teeth, destroys your body in SO many ways, effects your ability to be physically active, causes coughing, EXPENSIVE (hell, a weeks worth of patches was actually cheaper for me than a weeks worth of cigarettes), and many other reasons.

In short,
.THROW AWAY EVERYTHING used for smoking in your car and house (full and empty packs, all lighters, ashtrays,
pipes, cigars, posters, advertisements, etc)
.Eliminate or alter situations in which you'd normally smoke.
.Use a product to help reduce chemical cravings.
.Find other activities to keep you busy and not bored.
.If you get a craving, work out/ play music/ whatever you're into until the craving passes.
.Constantly tell yourself the negative associations with smoking and the positive results from quitting.
.Don't think of this as a burden, but as an opportunity.

What to expect while you quit:

shortness of breath while your lungs heal
coughing
headache
nausea
tingling sensation in extremities
lucid/vivid dreams
 

clamum

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Cocaine or heroin would work.

Just kidding... I'd say exercise would be a good option. Two birds with one stone: you stop smoking and get in better shape.
 

crumpet19

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sorry about the ginormous post, but I've recently gone through this. I've been smoke free for almost three months and no longer have any uncontrollable cravings -even around other smokers!
 

Jeff7

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Originally posted by: Astaroth33
Masturbation. Just get yourself a fleshlight, download some pr0n, and go for it!

What could possibly go wrong?
Oh god no. Then instead of YAGT's we'd have YAMT's.
 

ThePresence

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Originally posted by: crumpet19
Eliminate or alter situations in which you'd normally smoke.
I strongly disagree with this point.
I think that going that route is setting yourself up for it to be a temporary quitting.
Because eventually, perhaps after a few months, you'll go back to the situations where you used to smoke and the craving will be too strong.
When I stopped I immediately went to a bar, and I hung out with my smoking friends in our smoking spot at work. I just didnt have a smoke. This way I withstood the situations where I would normally smoke when my motivation not to smoke was at it's highest. I never have to avoid those places and situations again because I now know that I can do it and not smoke.
 

CKDragon

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Good luck, OP.

That said, I'm a life-long non-smoker who gets very tired of hearing how hard it is to quit. I'm very proud of my willpower having overcome OCD tendencies (twitches, habits, and such...). I've heard about the difficulty of quitting smoking so much that I sometimes wish I had the opportunity to quit smoking so I could tell these people to buckle down and stop being a baby. Am I crazy or is this a common feeling amongst other non-smokers?

It's not like someone else is physically lighting the cigarette and moving your arm up to your mouth. How hard is it just not to do that? :p