Sometimes I feel like saying I am a smoker is like admitting I am gay - there is always going to be people that are supportive and then people that will attack you. Well, I went through a few of the posts on this forum and when it comes to smoking, most of you seem to be pretty supportive, so I figured, what the hell. I need answers/suggestions and everywhere else is filled with people that are very hateful. By the way, this is long! Apologies ahead of time.
Okay so I started smoking when I was 16. Over the years there have been times where I wanted to stop but something always happened to where I decided to hold on a little longer. Last year for instance, was really rough. My cousin, my dog and my grandma all died within 5 months of each other. I agree, smoking is not just about being addicted, its also about comfort and habit. I do smoke when I am in stressful situations, dealing with deadlines, dealing with... life lol. They seem to calm me down. But, I also don't want to die, I don't want a surefire way to get cancer, and I would like to live long enough to see grandkids.
On one hand I just want to quit cold turkey. I had a chest cold this week and haven't smoked a commercial cigarette in about 5 days. Any inhaling makes my dry cough really bad. On the other hand, quitting cold turkey freaks me out, panics me and makes me go all "wtf am I going to do for stress" lol (even though the smart me knows there are alternatives to releasing stress; exercise, sex, yoga, etc).
So I figure I have three or so options.
1- Quit cold turkey - not excited about this or the withdrawal symptoms.
2- Wean myself off to e-cigarettes - I have tried these before, but I need a higher dosage of nic
3- Buy my own tubes, my own organic leaves and make my own damn cigarettes.
The above options may be alternatives, obviously one is the most sought after option. Duh.
E-cigarettes are something I have, but I think the nicotine dosage needs to be higher because last time I tried quitting, I smoked these and I don't know if it was all in my head or what, but I felt like I was not getting what I "needed" in terms of the nicotine.
Organic RYO cigarettes: Is this really an alternative? You are still inhaling something, its still going into your lungs, and it still contains trace amounts of tar - albeit less than something like a unfiltered or commercial cigarette. Yes, if I would roll my own, the tubes would have filters on the end. I see no other reason to NOT put filters on them!
So I wanted to see from the people that know about this subject or the people that smoke or have tried alternatives, what really worked for you? Are organic cigarettes really a better alternative to commercial cigarettes and are e-cigarettes really a good way to get yourself off of commercial cigarettes? I would really like some feedback from you guys.
FYI: As far as the government, FDA and big Pharma companies are concerned, I think they are all BS when they say something like organic cigs and e-cigs are worse for you than commercial cigarettes. YES, I am one of those conspiracy people to a certain point lol.
My neighbor quit because she had a bad dream featuring growths on her lungs. The next day, she put an unopened pack in her kitchen drawer and never opened it or another pack again. She quit a long time ago, (during the 90's) but, now she is in her 80's. She has emphysema and must take oxygen from a canister. She is very short of breath and can't do the gardening she so loves.
Just realize when you were born, your mother spent nine months giving you your beautiful pink lungs. Now they are black.
This can't be good for your future health.
Contemplate the reality of your no-longer-pink lungs. The sooner you start allowing your lungs to heal by clearing out the gunk, the better chance you have of a healthy, breathing future.
STOP somehow or other! stop! My Dad quit cold turkey. My mom held his hand and comforted him during the shakes etc. He got through it and his lungs are perfectly fine now that he is past his 80's. He stopped in the 1980's, thank goodness.
Be motivated by fear of bad consequences. Know what they are. Do some research.
Did you want this type of advice?
Well, you got it anyway.
I wish you luck and most importantly, motivation to quit and restore your beautiful pink lungs.
PS Try to drink green tea, instead… it helps over come alcohol addiction… maybe nicotine addiction too!
by romper20 7 years ago
Whether you've smoked a pack a day for 15 years and finally kicked the habit or you are in the process of quitting smoking right now. Which alternative works best for you?*me*I have tried patches which help for the first few weeks and then lose their touch for me at least. I never have been a fan...
by Miss M 9 years ago
Do they have enough power to do it, or do some MPs smoke themselves?
by saveascj 7 years ago
anybody have experience of quit smoking successfully?and pls kindly provide some suggestions.
by Paula 3 years ago
If you were successful at quitting the wretched habit of smoking..How many times did you TRY and HOW did you finally quit?
by agentmango 7 years ago
I have trouble quitting smoking. I am smoking for 6 months now. And before its too late I want to stop it. But I know its hard. Non smokers please understand. Thanks!
by Lynda Gary 8 years ago
I've made the committment to quit smoking (again). And I'm looking for others who are on this journey or considering it. I've never approached this before with support -- and that may have been the reason for my repetitive failures.Having read about the e-cigarette on here somewhere...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|