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Tips,Tricks to Help You Quit smoking

Updated on June 4, 2013

Tips, Tricks to help you Quit Smoking.

There are many great products and prescriptions to help you quit smoking. They will help you too, however, you truly have to want to quit to succeed.In this article I will help you with triggers and what you can do if you experience one of your triggers.

I started smoking at the ripe old age of 14. I am now 48 and it has been 7 years since I quit. Here's how I did it. First, I I set about writing the times I smoked, what were my "triggers".I found I smoked at certain times,everyday. Okay now I know when I smoke. That makes it so much easier.

Then, I bought a box of patches, I didn't really have faith since I smoked OVER two packs a day. I knew I couldn't do it with out help.I have to give the patches credit , they work.

When one of my triggers came up, I had vegetables and ranch dressing. I had low calorie snacks, water,peanuts,things of that nature. I didn't want to gain the weight , I just wanted to quit smoking.

My triggers if you will, were talking on the phone, on the computer, driving, after eating. I would turn my attention away. For instance I make ornaments and I cross stitch. So instead of smoking, I would make an ornament or start a cross stitch project.

I carried low fat snacks. Drank lots of water.This will help prevent weight gain.

The diseases smoking brings are awful and the people that get these diseases really suffer. I watch my beloved father die from emphysema. trust me THAT'S an awful thing to watch, much less go through. Watching someone gasping for air is terrible.

Every time I looked and my son, I realized I can't let him watch me go through this. You can do it if you want. This is just how I did it and was successful. I want to pass along these tips, in the hopes they help someone at least smoke one cigarette less than the day before.

I hope this helps one person if not more, to quit before its too late. Good luck.

Copy rite 2012 Ruth McCollum all rights reserved


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  • Rusti Mccollum profile imageAUTHOR

    Ruth McCollum 

    6 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    thankyou all

  • Rusti Mccollum profile imageAUTHOR

    Ruth McCollum 

    6 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Talk to your dr. he has prescription medications you could try.

  • Rusti Mccollum profile imageAUTHOR

    Ruth McCollum 

    6 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    That is wonderful, your partner was able to give it up.Great to read your reply thanks! The tea idea is a good one too.I had to cut out

  • Rusti Mccollum profile imageAUTHOR

    Ruth McCollum 

    6 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Thankyou everyone.Nothing worth having or doing is never easy.I know quitting smoking was hard. There is a medication you can take for a week,(chantex) then quit. My mom tried it. It didn't work for her. She didn't want to. You have to say enough is enough. Watching my dad gasp for air, scared me to death. I couldn't put my husband and son go through that.I used to sit up at three in the morning crying my eyes out.

    I wish all of you sucess in the world.I KNOW you can do this. I don't have that awful cough anymore. Thankyou for your support.

  • Emma Harvey profile image

    Emma Kisby 

    6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

    My partner recently gave up smoking, after years of battling with it. This time he had good reason: a family.

    He tried the spray and lozenges and so far they have worked. He's still on them but hasn't touched a cigarette yet. Lots of family support helps - plus he replaced them by drinking herbal teas which is far better, and doesn't make you put on weight!

    Great hub.

  • SandyMcCollum profile image


    6 years ago

    I have to mentally get ready to do it. I hate smoking, but I can't do it alone, I need help with it. The thing is, I don't smoke that much and when I use the patch, I get so much more nicotine than I would have by still smoking, and it makes me dizzy and nauseated. They should make a "lite" patch for smokers, everything else has a lite version lol.

  • Tams R profile image

    Tams R 

    6 years ago from Missouri

    Thanks for sharing your tips for quitting smoking. Congratulations on your own success. It takes tons of willpower but it can be done.

    Terrific example you have set for your son!


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