Anyone can help me quit smoking?

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  1. agentmango profile image61
    agentmangoposted 12 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!

    1. Hublog profile image61
      Hublogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Six months is nothing...You can quit it quite easily. I used to cope with my cravings with fruit and water.

    2. sarovai profile image75
      sarovaiposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You. You only can make it. Others can advise. Your strong will can make it. Read number of books. Do scheduled exercise.

    3. Sean Evans profile image75
      Sean Evansposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I smoked for much of my teen and early twenties.  One way I found to quit was to record every time I wanted a cigarette.  Then I recorded if I caved or not.  Afterwards I was able to determine that most of my smoking was not so much relating to the addiction but was because of habit to something else.

      Such as having a smoke with my early coffee.  Or  get in my car and light up.  Habit of behavior more than addiction.

    4. Barbara Kay profile image74
      Barbara Kayposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I found that two weeks of preparing myself really helped. During that time you need to make a list of why you want to quit and read it to yourself everyday. Buy a brand that you really don't like and smoke these during that two week period.

      After the two weeks throw out all your cigarettes and don't buy anymore. Clean out all the ash trays and store them away. At certain points reward yourself if you haven't smoked.  Best of luck.

    5. profile image0
      kikkibabesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I smoked since i was 15 and i always use to give up and start again but always made sure i quit when i was pregnant. Sometimes i went cold turkey but the last few times i had patches and support from my local chemist and its been 9 months since i gave up but it is hard when people you know smoke. You got to have will power and determination and with support of others around you helps a lot too. You need to want to give up otherwise it won't work.. good luck. x

  2. mareezy13 profile image61
    mareezy13posted 12 years ago

    For me, quitting meant cold turkey, not even having a puff off of a cigarette.  I have been smoke free for a year and a half!!!  Don't cheat!

  3. Cagsil profile image72
    Cagsilposted 12 years ago

    If you really want to quit and you've only been smoking 6 months, it shouldn't be that difficult. You are actually making it more difficult, because of what you have heard or learned about others quitting.

    For you, it should only be a matter of mind over matter. IF you truly want to quit, then convince yourself that that is truly what you want to do. Otherwise, you will have no chance to do so.

    Remind yourself WHY you want to quit and make sure you do not give into temptation. You must fight against yourself to be successful.

    Good luck going forward.

  4. sofs profile image78
    sofsposted 12 years ago

    It is easy to get rid of any habit.. Develop a new but better (or here healthier) one in its place.. Chew Gum for example.. or use mints..

    Any thing that you discontinue for 14 days is need another 7- 14 days to strengthen the new habit of not smoking. So give your self 28 days to a month to get over the habit.

    Get those things that trigger the desire to smoke out .. or avoid the common triggers..

    If you give in once.. no need to fall back into the trap.. get back on track with a firmer resolve..

    Most importantly you need to convince yourself of why you need to get out of any habit..It is a mind game smile
    Good luck to you agentmango smilesmile

  5. Anamika S profile image67
    Anamika Sposted 12 years ago

    I have a Hub on Quit Smoking through Yoga. Go to my profile and use the search feature underneath my picture (Search Content by
    Anamika S) to find the Hub. If you find the Hub useful please like it on facebook and other sites.

  6. Ben Evans profile image65
    Ben Evansposted 12 years ago

    Stopping smoking as well as stopping any nicotine product is hard.  I believe that it is harder for some people to stop than others.  I chewed tobacco for many years and I tried many different methods.  Cold turkey was the only one that worked. 

    Some people have a higher predisposition to addiction than others.  The best thing is to figure a time to stop and just stop. 

    Other methods may work but that is what worked for me.  Even though it is 6 month, I believe that it may be hard for you and for others it may be easy.  I chewed tobacco for over 20 years and I tried to stop at the beginning and failed.  I didnt have the will power at that time.

    It is hard and you really have to want to stop......Your will power has to carry you through the urges and cravings.  The first 3 days are the hardest and then the next 7 are the next step.  At this point if you decide to "just have one", you wont stop.

  7. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    Only six months sounds more psychological than physical addiction. Analise all the reasons why you smoke, which for starters may be a substitute for things you lack, like strong sense of self-esteem. However self-admission is no more easy than it is to quit smoking.

  8. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    A lady I knew had been a long-time smoker.  She said the only way she could quit was to count the number of cigarettes, set up a time (like after lunch and after dinner) to smoke, and gradually eliminate each time/place she smoked.   Six months isn't long.  Stop now before you become a 30-year smoker.  That lady I mentioned said what a lot of other smokers will say:  It would have been easier to quit when she was a teen or young adult, rather than keep smoking, have too much adult stress/life kick in, and end up finding quitting even harder than it would otherwise have to be.

  9. cathylynn99 profile image75
    cathylynn99posted 12 years ago

    if you smoke a pack a day, that's 20 cigarettes a day. resolve for one week to only smoke 19 per day. then the next week 18. the next week 17, etc. that way you can avoid the withdrawal symptoms of going cold turkey. this worked for some folks i know. my mom quit with chantix. some quit with zyban. some use patches or gum.

    quitting smoking is a powerful thing to do for your health. keep trying until you quit. if you can't quite quit yet, consider your efforts practice (rather than failure) for the day when you finally succeed. it takes most people many tries to actually quit. never give up.

    1. platinumOwl4 profile image72
      platinumOwl4posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      First , you can quit. You must tell yourself you can quit, your brain produces nicotine and when you smoke you add a little more to your blood stream. Now how to quit, one day at a time, you must put something else in the place of that cigarette. Instead of smoking read a book at every point that you would normally smoke. After the first 72 hours it is all psychological.

      Look in the Mirror and speak to your inner self and say, " I have quit this habit"

  10. agentmango profile image61
    agentmangoposted 12 years ago

    I tried to quit. I've done it for a week. And then get back to my habit. When I don't smoke, It feels like I am gonna catch a fever or flu. My body shakes for a bit. Is this withdrawal syndrome?

    And guys, I read books while smoking. Reading books seem don't work. I read Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren and try to reflect on it. It just hard to reflect. Whenever I am weary, I smoke, I eat them smoke.

    What other alternatives that you have tried to replace cigarette?

    1. Cagsil profile image72
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it's nicotine withdrawal. However, your will should be strong enough to overcome it, IF you truly want to quit.

  11. writer_villa profile image59
    writer_villaposted 12 years ago

    There are two different ways to quit smoking:

    1) One that relates to your mind and willingness to quit
    2) The other that relates to developing a habit other than smoking

    Now to the first:

    Develop a self-talk card that trains and orients your mind not to smoke. I would suggest downloading a self-talk card from Zig Zigler's web site and modify as per your needs. Saying NO to your sub-conscious mind could be one of the best solutions. Here is another method that could be quite harsh to you. Some smokers visit a cancer hospital where there will be some lung cancer patients. Visiting these patients may urge you to quit smoking. It might create a sense of fear inside you.

    Now to the second:

    Developing another habit could be somewhat difficult. However, you can do it with consistent practice. Using cinnamon sticks or chewing green basil leaves could work for some smokers. Some people also chew mint leaves that might mimic the mint taste of cigarettes. Chewing carrot sticks is another idea.

    I hope it helps! All the best

  12. kmackey32 profile image62
    kmackey32posted 12 years ago

    I have been smoking for 20 years and would like to quit. I have contacted a doctor to try Chantix.

  13. brimancandy profile image79
    brimancandyposted 12 years ago

    This is just a suggestion. When you get the urge to go out and buy cigarettes don't do it. Find someone that has cigarettes and  smoke just one. Make it a routine to go out and get just one cigarette a day, then maybe every other day, then every 3 days, then once a week, than maybe once every two weeks. Eventually, you might find that you don't need a cigarette at all.

    But, don't give up on spreading out your time between cigarettes.
    I had a different addiction, that I was able to stop, simply by doing it less often. Now I have no desire to do it at all. I used to drink hot tea every day, now I can't even remember the last time I drank it. Might work for you.

    There is no harm in trying, and having other people help you keep your routine in check, might help you break out of smoking as well. Also, chewing gum helps. A friend even kicked the habit by butting a straw in his mouth, and using it as if it was a cigarette. helped him a lot.

  14. agentmango profile image61
    agentmangoposted 12 years ago

    I am trying it now every suggestions posted in here. Hope this works. At this time of writing. I feel like I want to smoke.

  15. fucsia profile image60
    fucsiaposted 12 years ago

    If you want quit, if you really want it, it is simple. The only thing you have to do is decide. Keep in mind your decision: it make you strong.

  16. dutchman1951 profile image60
    dutchman1951posted 12 years ago

    Do not know if this will help but...

    used to work for Philip Morris in NC. Made Marlboro Cigs. They are flavored with non-distilled non purified black cherry liquor, and with a coco- chocolate from the Islands,  marked not for human consumption on the bags at the factory.

    They are allowed %'s of rat drippings, dirt, and weeds beetles and other insects as part of the tobbacco content without penalties.

    They are not regulated by the food and drug admin., like everyone thinks, but by ATF. and the inspections are for the proper tax stamps and warnings and such on the pack lables and cartons.

    The also use a jel liquid called PZ.  this is splashed on the raw, un-sterile cotten fiber they use to make the filters. It comes right out of the cotten producers, raw and un-cleaned. comes in bales, uncoverd, right of the semi's and into the factory.  I am not kidding.

    When The PZ solution dries,  it holds the filter in the tight tube shape.

    When the operators spilled any of the PZ on the floor, it would eat the surface off of the wood tiles  around the machine. Make the floor look like it was rotting away. Maintenance had a floor crew constantly replacing tiles. Round the clock, to keep up apperances.

    The menthol added to the Cigs, is placed- inserted in either the tobbacco, or the wrapper, or the filter, depending on the brand name and process used.  and the menthol cigs are stored in Industrial cold  boxes to allow it, the mentho,l to seep-in or penatrate into the cigs. and the paper.

    every one who worked on the menthol lines, had a perminant roseacia type of rash after about 6 months to a year, and those I am still friends with are having medical problems from it.

    it took me 6 months to stop sneezing after I left the factory, and for 3 months I coughed up brown dust, and I did not smoke.

    The ingrediants are dangerious, and I am not exagerating about this at all. I have seen mamal poop. spit, spilled grey water and other undesirable stuff allowed to mix into the tobbacco storage bins, and not be sifted out, or cleaned.

    we had a grey water line under the bins break, and the contaminated tobbacco was saved, placed in boxes lined with plastic bags, and slowly shoveled back into the remaining tobbacco in the bins in small amounts at a time, and sent through the process to be made into cigarets.

    Those factories do not waste any product what so ever, no mater where or how it got there.

    Why would you ever want to inhale any of that..? Take any of that into your body at all..?

    think before you light up another one, please.

  17. profile image0
    jerrylposted 12 years ago

    This is how I quit smoking.

    I bought a pack of my favorite cigarettes.  I did not open it.

    I promised my children and myself that the next cigarette I smoked, would come out of that pack.

    I also promised them and myself that I would not ask for, or accept a cigarette from anyone else, nor would I buy any more cigarettes, or any other tobacco products.

    Then, I took 2 pictures of my children and taped them to both sides of the pack of cigarettes, with transparent wide tape.

    I taped it many times in different directions. 

    I carried that pack with me every day, knowing that if I wanted to smoke, I would have to break my promise to my children and myself.

    When I felt the urge to smoke, I would look at the picture of my kids, and put it back in my pocket.  It worked.  I haven't smoked for years.

    Good luck.

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    Home Girlposted 12 years ago

    Smoking is an addiction. You will have withdrawals whether you like it or not. I never smoked in my life but I remember how my husband struggled and could not do it. Just could not quit. There is another trick. After a cigarette, eat something you like - an  apple, an ice cream, anything, same every time you smoke, just a little, not much, but it has to be something you really like. Then one day when you want to smoke, you just eat that thing, that's it, you want to smoke but you eat that food instead just a little as usual, but no smoking. Do it every time, until you do not have an urge to smoke anymore. Might take some time, and surely some struggle, but it is so worth trying.  It's your life - do not ruin it by smoking. Everyday day you put poison in your body and for what? Nothing but bad, dangerous, expensive habit. Put your money where your health is.

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    Deb Welchposted 12 years ago

    I quit smoking when cigarettes were 85 cents a pack - I had smoked for 13 1/2 years - approximately one pack to a pack and a half a day.
    I tried every imaginable way to quit and could not do it.  So - I went to a Relaxologist and he talked to my sub-conscience mind.  Within 3 months - I quit 'cold turkey'.  It was one of the hardest things I ever did but one of the smartest things I ever did.  I really wanted to quit - my health was being affected and that was when cigarette addiction became known. They probably put more chemicals in those 'nails for your coffin' today then they did that many years ago.  Good Luck!

  20. agentmango profile image61
    agentmangoposted 12 years ago

    I wish cigarettes are $1 per stick. So I won't buy anymore.


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