I have been nicking cigarettes for about 2 years now, and I would like some help on quitting. Any advice is valued, and quitting methods would be even better. Please, I need to stop doing this, and I don’t think I can alone.
I'm not a smoker but I have a few friends who are or rather were and I can share with you what helped for them. A female friend of mine lost her job and decided at that point it was time to quit. She did some research online at natural detox remedies like green tea to quickly get the nicotine and other toxins out of the body that lead to the cravings. That coupled with the fact she always felt she smoked because of her job has kept her smoke free for 6 months.
Another friend of mine works from home and he and his wife smoke quite a bit. They have wanted to stop for a long time but often cause each other to light back up for various reasons. They found these electronic cigarette things online and ordered a few. You then order bottles of inhalant with different flavours and levels of nicotine. The idea is to slowly reduce the amount of nicotine over time till you are at 0. These things are pretty popular and there are even groups forming around them. From what I've read though they have their health concerns but honestly... could it be worse than smoking? Keep in mind you are cutting out most all of the harmful chemicals of smoking but keeping the nicotine so you still need to break that habit but slowly over time. The nice thing about those e-cigaretts is that they feel a lot like smoking if you are trying to get over the habit as much as the addiction.
Have some friends who can help you out in controlling your urge. I've never had any friends I've helped but I've read some online... It would help if you did everything gradually. Instead of buying the large pack of cigarettes, try buying the smaller one. Also, you can't puff those sticks all the way til the end. Puff only til 1/3 then throw them away.
I smoked for about 7 years. from a very young age and just quit last year.I tried a few times but could never fully stop.I recently tried a tablet called champix. It gave me headaches so I bumped it down to only take 1 a day (you are normally required to take 2). You take it for a few months but I only took it for about 2 months. It starts to make cigarettes taste horrible. I would recommend it.
Start your stop smoking plan with START
S = Set a quit date.Choose a date within the next 2 weeks, so you have enough time to prepare without losing your motivation to quit. If you mainly smoke at work, quit on the weekend, so you have a few days to adjust to the change.T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.Let your friends and family in on your plan to quit smoking and tell them you need their support and encouragement to stop. Look for a quit buddy who wants to stop smoking as well. You can help each other get through the rough times.A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.Most people who begin smoking again do so within the first 3 months. You can help yourself make it through by preparing ahead for common challenges, such as nicotine withdrawal and cigarette cravings.R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.Throw away all of your cigarettes (no emergency pack!), lighters, ashtrays, and matches. Wash your clothes and freshen up anything that smells like smoke. Shampoo your car, clean your drapes and carpet, and steam your furniture.T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.Your doctor can prescribe medication to help with withdrawal and suggest other alternatives. If you can't see a doctor, you can get many products over the counter at your local pharmacy or grocery store, including the nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine gum.(http://www.helpguide.org/mental/quit_smoking_cessation.htm)I often have had family members who have chewed gum or always had candy on them and when they were craving a cigarette they would chew a piece of gum or take a piece of candy.
My mom is currently quitting smoking herself. She uses Nicodern CQ patches and another thing to try is chewing gum. Or another thing to try is when Ronald Reagan was quitting smoking in the '60s, he became a lover of Jelly beans. Any of these remedies are certain to help you kick the habit.
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