What helps when you quit smoking...?

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  1. ii3rittles profile image81
    ii3rittlesposted 9 years ago

    What helps when you quit smoking...?

    I just quit smoking today, and though I feel fine right now, I know the cravings will kick in. I just stopped cold turkey. Anyone have any tips that will help me stick to it? I heard if you can get first the past 5-10 days, its a lot easier after that.

  2. drajithkumar profile image60
    drajithkumarposted 9 years ago

    yes u heard the right. but the nicotin will shows  its opposite action as well. It will also depend on how much u used to smoke also the duration. So in my view never try to stop all on a sudden, just pospond the tendency to smoke to the next hour..................try it u can do . Best of lucks

  3. Theresa_Kennedy profile image80
    Theresa_Kennedyposted 9 years ago

    One day at a time. Remind yourself that it will get easier each time you say no to the addiction. Try using an online support group- since I live in Minnesota, I used quitplan.com but there is something similar for each state. I logged in every day, celebrated milestones, had access to phone support 24/7 and met a lot of super nice people supporting each other in the same goal. Those online tools helped me reaffirm my commitment each day.

    I also bought a package of straws and would chew on one every time I had those strong urges. That helped a lot and also saved my teeth from sugary hard candies.

    The biggest tip I can offer is that you created a smoking habit involved in most everything you do, and you spent years making it a habit. Now, it is your job to replace those habits with something else. After dinner, do something enjoyable instead of lighting up- maybe a walk? When you first wake up, change your usual routine to a habit that isn't associated with smoking. A new habit takes 7 days to become a habit.

    Lastly, do not allow yourself to negotiate having "just one" puff or "just one" cigarette. Because it is never just one....

    You are a non-smoker now. Simple as that! Best wishes to you...I don't know you, but I know you CAN do it!

  4. Merlin Fraser profile image68
    Merlin Fraserposted 9 years ago

    The best advice I can give you is don't quit quitting !

      Giving up is tough but you have taken the first big step and it is possible that you may give in to the craving once or twice.

    What I'm saying is that if you do,  don't treat it or yourself as a failure, just put it behind you and start again.

    Every time I felt the urge to light up I just told myself that I'd have one in a minute.   Trust me one day you will sale through the day without a thought of a cigarette.

    One small word of caution, I quit smoking over ten years ago  and every now and then I still get a twinge so maybe it never quite leaves you .

  5. profile image0
    Lynn S. Murphyposted 9 years ago

    change EVERYTHING you do. if you sat in a certain spot and smoked. MOVE-find another spot. if you took a bath; shower, if you drank a certain beverage with a ciggie - switch to another, if you smoked in the car - stop, etc.

    twas about a habit/habits and you need to change them all.

  6. munirahmadmughal profile image51
    munirahmadmughalposted 9 years ago

    I have never been a smoker but I have seen friends and relatives smoking. I  have always advised them in a very humble and polite manner of the evil effects of this habit and most of them despite being senior in age and profession accepted my advice for which I am thankful to God Almighty who made my words acceptable and to the actual smokers who left smoking and they expressed God given  courage and fortitude in saying good bye for ever to a habit that was injurious to them (i.e.the  smokers) as well as to others who were not smokers and were affected by the smoke and the smell. The same money which they spent on purchase of cigarettes or cigars or any other such thing may now be utilized in other necessities of their own life and if one is already comfortable to spend it to curtail the miseries of the poor and downtrodden people in the society. Habits develop quickly but go slowly. Despite all this, one must go  on trying to leave the undesirable habits. Whenever there is craving, ask yourself, I am a human being, the crown creation of God, I can govern myself. My earning is hard earned and why should I spend it in  manner whereby nothing is gained and the health is spoiling every second. Second tip is to engage in some reading of some useful book or talk with some near or dear kith and kin. The third is to eat some buiscuit or drink tea or coffee or any other thing according to your own taste. This craving is not long lasting. Only the time is to be gained. If you remember any prayer do saying or offering it.
    May God bless all every where.

  7. xanzacow profile image66
    xanzacowposted 9 years ago

    take it one craving at a time. remember, the craving lasts about as long as it takes to smoke one. after that, its over until the next one. each will get longer and longer apart. this is not a quick stop, but a progressive one. keep a log. recognize your progress. you can do it!!!!

  8. nanetteparker profile image61
    nanetteparkerposted 9 years ago

    i never smoke.. but when i asked my friend, who is a chain smoker before, he told me that he just it just a matter of self-discipline. he too added that he always think of his goal every time he feels his craving even a single puff.

  9. edhan profile image57
    edhanposted 9 years ago

    Personally, I believe the best idea will be keeping yourself occupied. Do things that you like and keep yourself busy.

    This will keep your mind off smoking.

    It is always has been my best way to avoid anything that I do not want to do.

    Having yourself doing what you like and time will seem to fly by. You will not be encouraged by the cravings as you will be too busy doing something that you like.

    Hope this works for you.

  10. Faceless39 profile image93
    Faceless39posted 9 years ago

    Replace your bad habit with a good one.  I, for example, started eating lots of strawberries (low in calories but high nutrient density).  Exercise more; focus on making yourself healthy again.  Wash all your clothes, sheets, and anything that would have smoke smell in it.  Do Not use nicotine patches or other replacements.. they just keep you addicted.  Drink lots of water, and eat lots of fruit to clean out your system.  After day 5 it gets really easy.  Good job, just keep it up!!  It's all in your attitude..  smile

  11. mambuayjunaid profile image59
    mambuayjunaidposted 9 years ago

    determination and love for yourself. you must think what would be the outcome of your deeds. ponder on this questions. what if you will die earlier? what if you have a family? loved ones? what if it will lead to more complicated disease?. what the teachings of god on the love of life? don't you love to see your bright future.?

  12. jacqui2011 profile image81
    jacqui2011posted 9 years ago

    I started smoking 3 years ago and am trying to quit now. I tried all the usual - gum and patches, but they just keep the addiction going. I went on the internet and joined a forum to quit smoking. Lots of different people share their experiences and how they are doing each day. I think it is all about willpower, and breaking the habit by replacing it. I have a friend who actually went to a hypnotist to quit smoking, since then she hasn't had a cigarette and that was almost 3 months ago. Best of luck.


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