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Old 03-07-2007, 11:53 AM   #1
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Day 1...

no more smoking.

My plan was to start Saturday, but that didn't work. My first time on the patch, it seems to be pretty effective.

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Old 03-07-2007, 11:57 AM   #2
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I found that I had to chew gum with the patch because it seemed the nicotine flowed into my mouth and tasted metallic.

Good luck!
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:08 PM   #3
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Good for you, Jeekinz!

I quit many years ago, and I believe that one of the most positive things you can do is to begin to SEE yourself as a 'non-smoker' rather than a smoker that is trying to quit. Part of that is declaring your intentions to a supportive group such as this and your loved ones. We all know that it is difficult, and can appreciate your struggle. You will want to smoke again, especially in times of stress (well, for me anyway). But remember... you are now a non-smoker. Congratulations.

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Old 03-07-2007, 12:16 PM   #4
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Hang in there dude! :)
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:19 PM   #5
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Congratulations, J!! I wouldn't say "good luck", because I know you will make it through!!
Yes, that is one of the most important keys to success, never let your confidence buckle, and keep believing in yourself.
Then, take it one day at a time, sounds like a cheesy clichè, but it is so true, if you are concerned about remaining smoke free just for today, it is not such a drama, but it becomes an awful drama when you start thinking about "how the heck I am going to deal with the rest of my entire life without smoking?".
Trust also in time... right now it may seem impossible, but it WILL get easier as the time go by. Fill your time with all the things you enjoy doing, keep your mind and hand busy.

Keep us posted how you are doing, we are all cheering for ya!!
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:29 PM   #6
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Saturday I lasted up to 2pm. You should have seen it, I go into my local home center to buy a few things and I was putting items in my cart that were already there! Then, as I was driving home, my brain was so out of it, I almost rear-ended another car.

I dealt with the crazyness as long as I could.

It's definately difficult. I'm 32 and have been smoking since I was about 12-13.
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:39 PM   #7
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I quit in 2000. I use the gum and found it very effective because: 1) hands used to open it etc 2) mouth action and smoking is very oral, 3) I could control the burst of nicotine by how fast or slow I chewed etc.

If you follow the program they start you at one or two pieces an hour and you step down each week for 12 weeks. If you really follow the step by step program it can work.

mind set is important too ... not I am trying to quit, but I have quit and this will help me stay that way. Support from friends family etc is crucial. And if you don't make it the first time, ok...try again! I didn't succeed the first time but I learned what didn't work for me, so I didn't screw up again.

Lots of us were long time heavy smokers. So don't give up. If you want to quit, you can.
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:33 PM   #8
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Good luck!!!!!
I haven't managed to get there yet.
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:14 PM   #9
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I quit 4 years ago, but have been sneaking one in now and then as of last 3-4 month, teribble habbit.
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:20 PM   #10
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I think you have to have your mind ready and prepaired to quit, I had acupuncture and it worked for nine months, then I was having a drink with a friend (who smokes) and decided I could have one puff - Wrong the biggest mistake, - guess I wasn't ready! still enjoy it sorry, but I will try again when Iam ready. But Acupucture does work !! Good luck to you !!!
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