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I Haven't Smoked in over 365 Days--Want to Know How?

Updated on April 16, 2011

To Smoke or not to Smoke

My New Years resolution was to stop smoking. When my husband heard, he decided to quit with me. We are both on day 19, and haven't slipped up yet. It really wasn't that hard, do you want to know what we did do quite?

The first thing we did was to challenge one another. Although we didn't make any bets or anything like that, we just challenged each other, with things like, if I decided I wanted to smoke, he would say to me, well, I'm not going to......and vice verse.

The other thing that we did was to write on a piece of paper, three times a day, I hate the way cigarettes taste. I hate the way cigarettes taste. I hate the way cigarettes taste. After writing this enough days, like four or five days, you really do hate the way cigarettes taste....It is a lot like self hypnosis, as a matter of fact, that is exactly what that is. Self hypnosis goes a long way to helping yourself quit doing a self destructive behavior. Any behavior whatsoever that you would like to quit, self hypnosis will give you a good 85% boost towards achieving your goal.

Another thing that we did to help stop this disgusting habit, is to realize that it is an oral fixation. Having something in your hand as a substitute also helps some people. It seemed to help both of us to have a cigarette in our hands, and in our mouth, without lighting it. Just something that we could have to play with instead of actually lighting it.

We also knew that actually making up ones mind, and not be wishy-washy about actually doing it had to be a must. Saying that you want to quit, and then allowing yourself to give in does not work. You have to make up your mind and stick to it.

I think the thing that we did the most, and the thing that has hit the nail on the head so far as being a key to not lighting up, is this. When you really get the urge, don't lie to yourself, but just tell yourself later. You can have one later if you want. Just by putting it off, not telling yourself that you cannot have one at all, but just telling yourself that you will have one later, and then just forgetting about when that later comes. When my husband wanted one, he would tell me and I would tell him OK, but later? Alright? and he would do the same thing to me, tell me OK, we can have one, but let's smoke later. The fact of the matter was that later never came. That was OK, later was not supposed to come. 

About six months into this, I began smoking only one or two smokes a day.  I kind of got stuck there, and even though it was not a complete success, I felt good about it.  When I went to see my doctor, I rather bragged about my success thus far and this is what he had to say.  He said that even though a smoke or two a day is better than a pack, that it wasn't good enough, for when you stop smoking altogether, your body has a chance to clean up your lungs.  When you smoke even one smoke a day, it keeps those tars and chemicals there and your body cannot clean out those things that have been caught in your lungs for a very long time.  Your body cannot heal itself unless you go all the way and give it a proper chance.

I am not going to say that it is a perfect system, but so far, and up to day 19 it has worked. Not one puff, and we even have cigarettes laying around the house just in case we decide we want to not quit. It is not something that we are forcing each other to do, but something that we are encouraging each other to not do.

We are going to continue with what we are doing so far, for it seems to be working for us so far, and in another few weeks, I will write another hub, whether or not it is a success. I will let you know how far it worked and where it fell through if it does not work. But continue to cheer us on in our endeavor.....

day 30 and all is still good

I am happy to report that here we are on day 30, and I still have not even thought about smoking anything. All the helps that I wrote about previously have held me, and at this point I can say it was not hard at all. The hardest part was the first 8 hours, and after that it was nothing at all.

Another thing that I did that helped as much as the self brain washing, was whenever I wanted a smoke, I would not lie to myself by saying that I will never smoke again, so I just tell myself that I will have a smoke later on. Later on never comes, and I forget. It works, They are all little tricks that convince your mind that it will all be good, and will work out as planned. Brainwashing yourself. It's a trick that works.....


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    ddsurfsca 6 years ago from ventura., california

    To stop smoking was my new years resolution one year ago this January. I still am not smoking and I think that this method could work for many people.

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    ddsurfsca 7 years ago from ventura., california

    well everyone, it is the middle of october now, and I haven't smoked since the first of january. I think these methods have prooved themselves to me...

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    NIKKI 7 years ago

    me and my daughter gave up 6weeks ago together (not for the first time) really want to stick to it this time as im going to be a nanny early next year so have gave up for the baby :) but still get the odd craving:( the daughter who gave up with me isnt the pregnant one... well as yet it's just hard

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    ddsurfsca 7 years ago from ventura., california

    I think that it is different with each person, but with myself if I have a couple around just so that I can have it to hang out of my mouth unlit, for right now it still helps. my husband on the other hand, is more like you, and tends to go look for the lighter at this point. It has been four months for us now, and I have actually smoked two cigarettes in that time. I haven't condsidered it a failure, I just continued with my plan, and so far so goood.

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    garryw10657 7 years ago

    please dont leave cigs around the house, the temptation would be too great for most mortals. i gave up 10 days ago march 3rd id smoke 30per day and i tell myself i will have one tomorrow and of course tomorrow never comes, i wish you all the best in giving up but it will be hard with a unlit fag in your mouth. please throw them away.

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    Jewshavemorefun 7 years ago

    I've been trying the "I'll have one but smoke it later" method, works a treat. I'm down from twenty to ten a day most days (sometimes it's a little more) and I'm getting to the point where I forget to have it later and only remember because I find the cigarette in my pocket. Still early days but I'm getting there. Thanks for the advice and the faith. :) How are you and your husband getting on with it?

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    ddsurfsca 8 years ago from ventura., california

    I have faith, at least some of them will...give it another go.

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    Jewshavemorefun 8 years ago

    Well done for getting to 19days keep it up :)

    I've tried quitting before and only made it for a month before I slipped back into the habit. Might just have to try your suggestions and see if they work for me.

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    Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

    Good for you -- both, Hope it keeps working. Cheers!