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post #11 of 82 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 11:30 AM
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replace the ciggie with something healthy.

it is a bit like mel gibson eating dog biscuits in lethal weapon, but i now munch on a granola bar when getting home from work instead of blazing up.

nowadays, its not because i would otherwise smoke something, but is because when i get home, i chow down on a stick of cereal!

i don't need to quit that i fink....?

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another thing that helped me was joining a gym. i worked really hard to be healthier and i knew i couldnt work out and smoke. all in all its the best thing i've ever done.
Yeah I did the same thing. I joined a gym. Eventually I wanted the feeling you get from working out/running than from the cigs. You might huff and puff for the first week or two but it's well worth it in the end.

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Man up, grow a pair, and quit.

It's about willpower. Just stop. Ignore those urges and don't give into them. Everything else is just an excuse for being weak. Sure it's going to suck for a few days but once you get past day 4 it'll be a breeze.

You don't NEED a cig. Just remember that.
This I would say is true for marijuana, video games, or cake or something... but I don't think its true when it comes to cigs, man.

Nicotine is an addiction whereby your body gets used to being exposed to levels of it, and when you go off of it, its not as easy as "not giving in" and "being a man" about it . I know people that were trying to quit (or about to try and quit) and even while they're outside smoking, they HATE themselves for it cuz their body craves it.

Thats why there are patches and gum and all that other crap to help gradually lower the amount of nicotine your body needs.

I don't know why people insist on believing that its better to quit "cold turkey" and do things the hard way. There are products designed to help you quit, so use them... not smoking is not smoking, so use what you have to to get 'er done.

G/L... im glad i never picked that shit up in the first place.

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This I would say is true for marijuana, video games, or cake or something... but I don't think its true when it comes to cigs, man.

Nicotine is an addiction whereby your body gets used to being exposed to levels of it, and when you go off of it, its not as easy as "not giving in" and "being a man" about it . I know people that were trying to quit (or about to try and quit) and even while they're outside smoking, they HATE themselves for it cuz their body craves it.

Thats why there are patches and gum and all that other crap to help gradually lower the amount of nicotine your body needs.

I don't know why people insist on believing that its better to quit "cold turkey" and do things the hard way. There are products designed to help you quit, so use them... not smoking is not smoking, so use what you have to to get 'er done.

G/L... im glad i never picked that shit up in the first place.
I quit smoking after years by going cold turkey. It really was about just walking away from it. Addiction is an excuse. Especially if you're down to 4-5 a day. That's nothing. Just stop. Quit using excuses and quit.

You aren't angry because you haven't had a smoke. You're angry because you're an angry person. Accept your anger and take pride in it. You don't need no damn smokes to rid you of a perfectly good emotion. Same goes for being hungry or bored or whatever. It's not the smokes it's you.

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Although i technically havnt quit completely as i usually end up bumming one off of a buddy when im drinking at a bar. I have gotten to the point where i no longer CRAVE cigarettes(except when im drunk lol). I probably have one or two about every week. It kind of sounds funny but one thing that helped me was carrying around toothpicks and whenever i felt i needed a cigarette i just stuck a toothpick in my mouth to keep it occupied.
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I'm on my second real attempt at quitting, I've been smoking for 11 years. Started really early because "it was the cool thing to do", so wrong. Anyway I tried quitting cold turkey last year and joining the gym really helped out as other members have expressed. However my biggest issue was the urge to smoke when I was in the car and when (of course) I had a beer in my hand, so eventually i fell right back to my old habits. My smoking reduced dramatically after that first attempt but was still an addiction none the less, I went from a pack every 1.5 days to smoking maybe 3 - 4 times daily. Then a little over two months ago I taught myself how to drive without smoking, when I did that I saw it as a great opportunity to quit all together. I told myself "dude if you could teach yourself how to drive without smoking, you could outright quit", (note that I've smoked ever since I got my driving permit at 16) so here I am one month plus and going strong. Sure I get urges every now and then, but I rather be around to see my little girl grow up. I'm just hoping I can keep it up.
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quitting was easy for me. everytime i wanted one, id go outside and learn a new trick on my skateboard. by the time i got lazerflips, i realized how much better it was to be tired but still able to breath,.
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Man up, grow a pair, and quit.

It's about willpower. Just stop. Ignore those urges and don't give into them. Everything else is just an excuse for being weak. Sure it's going to suck for a few days but once you get past day 4 it'll be a breeze.

You don't NEED a cig. Just remember that.
I know a boy who likes one or two or sooo now and then, tho I don't think you would anymore... cept after a saftey meeting maybe...

its tough to quit. I quit for 8 years and started again recently. I used the patch for a week to break the habits, and then went cold turkey. I'm gonna quit again, but haven't fully decided too. once you decide that you REALLY don't want to smoke. then you will do it, like mooz said it is really as simple as willpower and just not picking up that cig. you can do it, think positive!!
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I was going to quite a post but I realize there are quite a few members here that has pretty good advice and knowledge.

I suppose if there's anything to say about it is that you can't depend on anything (Chantix, e-cig, patches, etc) but yourself and that after the first three days, it becomes more of a psychological thing than it is a chemical thing.

The feeling I hate most after being smoke free is when I'm drinking. It only feels natural to have something between my middle and index fingers.

It's not so bad. Besides, if you ever need a motivation or a reminder of why you wanted to quit in the first place, don't forget why you're on these forums!
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Drink water, work out, keep busy.

Everytime you get the urge, try to hold off for 20 minutes. Drink a glass of water. Just thinking about it in terms of, "I just need to get through the next 20 minutes" makes it a lot easier to get by. The first 3 days is the worst. After that, the anxiousness will fade. It can be hard to imagine yourself not smoking at all, but in a few weeks / months....you'll won't really think about it. Except of course when you're drinking.....that is when you're in danger.

Really, the best thing is to replace one addiction with another.....a health one....like running. Try running a couple miles when you had a few cigs the night before. You'll feel it.


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