For any Ex-Smokers, How did you quit smoking?

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    Kentrallosposted 10 years ago

    For any Ex-Smokers, How did you quit smoking?

    how long where you psycho? how long until you felt like you didn't need a cigarette anymore?

  2. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 10 years ago

    I am not a smoker, but I can tell you how difficult it is to quit smoking. It needs tremendous will power and determination to do so. I am writing this because I have close persons, who tried several times to quit but again started. Although they sincerely want to quit smoking, they have not been able to do so far.
    The best option is, Do not get into this habit.

  3. Sonali Singh profile image45
    Sonali Singhposted 10 years ago

    Try using electronic cigarrates which have come in the market, in recent days.

  4. MickS profile image60
    MickSposted 10 years ago

    Just chucked everything to do with smoking into a rubbish bin, and never smoked again.  I never turned 'psycho, and I never suffered cravings.

    1. MickS profile image60
      MickSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Neglected to add, that was in 2001, and I've never smoked since.  I used to smoke half an ounce of rolling tobacco a day.

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    Ghost32posted 10 years ago

    My wife battled the quit-smoking war for many years.  She tried every angle there was, from patches to inhalers to cold turkey to you name it.  Nothing quite worked; "emptying out" completely was always enough to drive her homicidal within 48 hours at the most.

    Finally, just this past December, she decided to try hypnotherapy.  Never had trusted the concept before but felt she was ready...and it helped.  A lot. 

    Today, roughly 2 1/2 months after her 2 hypno sessions, she still smokes some, but the difference is night and day.  She no longer lights up in the house at all.  I take whatever she needs--right now an average of 3 ultralights per day, but she's poking pinholes in those, and she's out in the open air, so secondhand smoke is not a lot. 

    One example of how much she's changed:  Yesterday, I had to run to town on errands and forgot to take her final cig of the day to the laundry shed where she lights up. She does NOT know where I keep her cigs in the house.  I was gone for several hours...and this time, for the first time ever, she did not lose it.  Just played one of her computer games till I got home, no sweat.

    She still craves, she till smokes, but she's no longer using the patches (which she was) and expects to be completely off the stuff by year end...after what will by then have been a 43 year habit.

  6. Rusti Mccollum profile image60
    Rusti Mccollumposted 10 years ago

    I used the patch. i tried many times and I have to say , you have to WANT to quit bad enough or you won't. It's been ten years since I quit a almost 3 pack a day habit.
    Get veggies and low fat healthy foods to snack on. I used tootsie pops. get up and clean or do something when you want a smoke. drink water. exercise, something about when your exercising you don't want to smoke, Also like me, watch your dad die of emphysema and gasp for air until he couldn't gasp anymore. That should do it. At least it did for me. I sat on my hands. I didn't drink. Often people that drink like to smoke. I wish you strong will power and luck. YOU CAN DO THIS ONE MINUTE AT A TIME......never went physco, in about 2 weeks you will get a bad craving. IT PASSES! I remember one day thinking "I haven't thought of smoking in weeks even seeing people smoke" THAT was the best day! smile)

  7. Jlbowden profile image85
    Jlbowdenposted 10 years ago

    I smoked when I was in H.S. years ago and even though I gave up that bad habit then. I can tell you that it was difficult to do even after having smoked for about 2 years.  The best way I had found out, at that time was to quit COLD TURKEY. 

    There are a few other methods, but I believe that this one is the only true way.  Do yourself, your lungs, your heart as well as the rest of your organs a real big favor by quitting now!  You'll really be happy you did.  Don't let cigarettes control you.  Work on your level of willpower.  Good luck with giving the cancer sticks up


  8. Savva Pelou profile image60
    Savva Pelouposted 10 years ago

    I saw an ad for some e cig site called and I must say, its been 3 months and I have not touched a cigarette since.  I have seen massive improvements in both my health and my bank balance!

  9. iviskei profile image73
    iviskeiposted 10 years ago

    I don't have an addictive personality, so when I stopped I went cold turkey and wasn't psycho. But that's just me. I hear a lot of people have trouble quitting.

  10. advisor4qb profile image75
    advisor4qbposted 10 years ago

    I tried several times.  It took hypnosis AND the patch, but I have not had a cigarette in over six years.  I did have a second smoking cessation hypnosis done at six months after quitting.  I have not had any cravings since that time.  I did not have cravings initially, either.  No psycho reaction here.

    She was really good, and I have no idea whatsoever what she said to me.  I fell asleep, and when I woke up, I did not want a cigarette.  Unfortunately, she retired.

  11. Sheila Wilson profile image87
    Sheila Wilsonposted 10 years ago

    Um, I'll try to answer this with a PG-rating. I smoked for years. The number of cigarettes I was smoking every day kept increasing. I went from less than a pack to over a pack and a half. Then, I'd have days I was smoking more than two packs. In order to motivate me to quit, my boyfriend withheld something I enjoy doing until I quit. I have a bit of an oral fixation, I guess you could say. I quit that day, cold turkey. I had bad cravings for about two weeks. The first week was the worst. There were certain times for months that I would really want a cigarette, but I recognized that having the craving felt awful but I could get through it. Eventually, it felt more like I wouldn't want a cigarette. Like now, I think I would hate it. I quit three years ago and haven't smoked since.

  12. stestifie profile image71
    stestifieposted 10 years ago

    I actually stopped smoking by using the patch, but was still getting the cravings. I got one of those vapor e-cigarettes with the oil that has no tobacco in it. Every time someone wanted to smoke with me I took it and I puffed on it, releasing yummy green apple smelling air instead of their dead, decaying air. It was about 60 bucks, and if you order the oils off of you can get them pretty cheap. Hope this helps! It helped me, I haven't smoked in over 50 days (I actually lost count)

  13. Mike Marks profile image59
    Mike Marksposted 10 years ago

    I think the first move I made was to wrap my Marlboros up in a blank paper and then wrap a thick rubber band around the pack and paper so it wasn't so easy to choose to take out a cig without at least being conscious I was doing so, and after I did all that unwrapping, before I lit up, I took the pen I always carried with me and wrote down the circumstance - I just finished lunch, I was just stepping out of the house, I'm starting the car, I'm contemplating something, I'm pissed at something - that triggered myself wanting a cigarette... then I'd enjoy my smoke and rewrap the pack... I've writtten more about quitting smoking on my own hub...

  14. Goody5 profile image60
    Goody5posted 10 years ago

    Patches, and I'm now at 56 days without smoking a cigarette.

  15. LeslieAdrienne profile image71
    LeslieAdrienneposted 10 years ago

    I smoked from age 14 to age 25... From age 16 on, I smoked one pack a day, everyday. I tried to stop in many different ways, but it was nothing short of a miracle that caused me to stop smoking.

    I happened to be in my dorm apt when a televangelist came on tv and said, "if you want to quit smoking, I dare you to just throw your cigarettes onto this platform. If you do it God will take the taste and cravings away from you. He will prove to you that He is God!"

    I threw my cigarettes onto the mantle where the tv was, and that was the beginning of the end of a 21 year addiction. I slipped a few more times, but I haven't smoked since that year! That was in 1979.


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