A forum to support any of our fellow Hubbers who smoke, but want to quit. I'm hoping to get some success stories and the methods used to be successful.
Very good initiative taken by you Dmop. I was a chain smoker prior to this year but now have quit this habit from the first of January this year.
To quit smoking, very strong will power along with the support of your near ones is required.
Its the first three days which are very crucial in quitting smoking. After that you will find that craving for smoking will decrease gradually.
In fact, I have written a hub on quitting smoking also based on my personal experience. I hope it will help other smokers to quit this habit.
<a href="http://amanthkr01.hubpages.com/_250qcxz8vjs43/hub/How-to-quit-snoking-5-Simple-steps-to-quit-smoking">How to quit smoking? 5 Simple steps to quit smoking</a>
Hey D, long time no chat. :-) Glad you started this, great idea.
I've been a smoker for over 20 yrs. My wife quit a year ago, fell off the wagon for a month or 2 and now has quit again and doing well.
I know I should and need to quit but just can't get past that "losing my best friend" feeling. If I set a date, I end up smoking more leading up to it and then lying because I don't quit. I now take my lumps from my family and can only tell them, "I can tell you I'll quit but I don't want to lie to you."
I figured with all the supportive people you find here it would be a good place to start a support group. I too have been smoking for over 20 years, and it's about time I give it up. I know I can quit, I just need a little nudge to keep me focused on my reasons for quitting. Instead of a quit date I have decided that I have bought my last carton I have 8 packs left, and I'm trying to make them last as long as possible. This way, hopefully I will slow down considerably before I run out and get to finally quit.
I now have five packs left, I have slowed down a little bit. I am ready to quit and after these five packs are gone I am going to. I just don't want to smoke any more.
I just wrote a hub about using Aromatherapy to quit smoking. Hoping it can benefit someone out there! http://cloverleaffarm.hubpages.com/hub/ … it-Smoking
I calculated how much I spent on tobacco per month (I actually chewed not smoked) and then figured out how much of an awesome gaming computer I could buy (I'm a HUGE PC online gamer).
I went and bought the most hardcore system available, ON CREDIT. The monthly payment terms were exactly what I spent on tobacco per month.
I asked my wife to help me succeed, and she agreed once she was assured that I really meant it. So, I gave her a nice 5 pound sledge hammer. I asked her to swear on our love that, if I started using tobacco again, she would go into my den and completely destroy my brand new machine with the hammer.
She was pretty reluctant at first because she knew that doing so would really be a big fight in the end, with me making lots of arguments about how, as much as meant it when we started, human weakness is what is is, and blowing out a computer if I failed was dumb.
But, being a student of humanity that I am, I already saw all that coming, so I made her swear.
I am fortunate to have a smart and brave wife. So, she agreed. "Okay. I'll freaking waste that thing," she said. The look in her eyes told me she finally meant it.
It worked. 15 years later, I'm still good. That system is long gone, but it doesn't matter now.
I have managed to quit for 4 months now. I am using ecigs and although still addicted to nicotine am saving a fortune and not taking in all the harmful chemicals and tar. My cough has disappeared and am feeling so much healthier. There are many electronic cigs to choose from and I was lucky enough to find one that suits me. I had tried one or two before which would not have worked for me. I am so delighted. Never thought I could quit. Whenever I tried before I would only manage for a day. I got stomach cramps and generally ratty. Never buying real cigs again. Best of luck to all giving up. You can do this.
I am in the process of trying to quit. What I have found that is working really well for me is the Blu Cigs electronic cigarette. It has the nicotine, smoke and taste of a real cig without the nasty stuff of real cigs. You can slowly step down the nicotine, like patches. I find that since I have started using these I smoke less. Good luck.
I am on the verge of quitting smoking! I used to be a chain smoker since I was 17... somking 3 to 4 packs a day... now I have lessened it to 3 to 4 sticks a day....and in the future I am determined to make it nil....
I stopped smoking on June 3, 2010. That day, I smoked the last cigarette in the house and have not smoked since. I had been smoking on and off for about 30 years and had got up to 40 a day due to stress. The day I stopped was the day my partner finally succeeded in drinking himself to death after dragging me through hell for 2.5 years.
I found that the combined factors of the expense, smell and mess that are associated with smoking were enough to stop me from smoking again. No longer having another smoker in the house also made a big difference. The only times I felt a desire were when I had odd gaps of time to fill, for example, waiting for something to come to the boil. Previously, I would have smoked while waiting. However, not having any cigarettes in the house meant I couldn't.
I think a further major factor which helped me is that people can no longer smoke in pubs and restaurants. I was always tempted to smoke after a meal or over a drink, especially when other people were smoking around me.
I think going cold turkey is the best way, but this can only work when the conditions are absolutely right.
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