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Old 01-29-2013, 07:56 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Steve Kroll View Post
You're looking for a tip? Here it is: you have to WANT to quit. By saying you don't have the "will to quit", you've already given up.

I smoked for 28 years (started when I was 12) and quitting smoking was one of the easiest things I ever did, but only because it was what I wanted. Thirteen years ago, on the first day of the new millennium, both my wife and I quit smoking cold turkey. We got out of bed that morning, and threw out all the cigarettes, ashtrays, and every crutch around us that would give us an excuse to start again. What followed was about a week of pure Hell (we're probably lucky we didn't divorce ), but we stood our ground and neither one of us has had a cigarette since. I can't speak for my wife, but I don't miss it one single bit.

My incentive was watching both of my once healthy parents wither away from heart disease, premature old age, and (in my dad's case) emphysema. Smoking literally sucks the life out of you over time and I didn't want that to happen to me. My wife had her own incentives.

If you really want to quit, my advice is to set a "quit date" sometime in the future. Make it a date that's important to you - a birthday, anniversary, first day of a new month, whatever. And then stick to it. Every time you want a cigarette, just tell yourself you're stronger than the addiction. It won't be easy, but it will get easier. The first 3-4 days is the worst. After that, it only gnaws at you occasionally.

Good luck.

Steve is spot on ... first you have to WANT to quit .. because YOU want to quit.

Read his advice .. it's very good advice.

The only I would add is to get yourself a journal and every single day make an entry in that journal.

Put a date on the page .. put down what day in your journey it is .. and write away.

It matter not what you write .. it can be your frustration, your upset, your anger, your joy, your pain, your anxiety, your euphoria.

As time goes by and you are having one of those "moments", look back through your journal at how far you've made it.

Think hard when you get the urge .. do I really need it or do I just think I do.

As mentioned above .. tons of support here ... I hope you succeed .. keep us posted !!

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:38 PM   #12
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Allan Carrs Easyway To Quit Smoking.
I smoked 22 years 1-2 packs a day, read the book & quit instantly. No smokes for 6 years now & no cravings at all. No patches, gum, hypnosis, voodoo or any expensive BS. I know at least 10 friends who stopped with the book & none of them have gone back.
If you truly want to stop, just get the book. Best $10 I ever spent.

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Old 01-30-2013, 03:30 AM   #13
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I smoked for about 15 years, pretty full on especially when drinking

I gave up 13 years ago...very cold turkey!

I stopped smoking at 30 years of age, the day my dad died

He was a smoker and he had, had 3 heart attacks and a stroke, a couple of double bypass surgeries and I thought, I dont want that happening to me. My dad had his first heart attack at 38 and died at 58

Giving up smoking is one of the best things I have ever done!

Like others have said, you must "want" to give up, you must have a reason to want to quit, then if you have all that, just go for it
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:55 AM   #14
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Both my ex husband and my mom quit with Zyban.
"I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass."

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:05 AM   #15
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Dad started as a young teen as well. Everyone who I know who has been successful has used the patch.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:23 AM   #16
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I have been trying to start smoking cigarettes again, but all of this coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, stinky breath, stinky house, and extra expense, is making it very difficult....

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