wanting some tips from others on what helped them quit.
Background... Ive been smoking for 4 years. I have tried just stoping not buying them etc. But DH is a smoker with no intentions of stopping the longest i have managed to not have a cig was 6 whole days and on the 7th DH came home went out the back and was having a smoke and the smell just drew me in and that was the end of that. I have a e cig but find it crapppp.
Any tips that anyone used to help them quit they want to share?
Please pleaseeee dont make this into a debate on smoking or ram that its bad etc etc down my throat i know. If i didnt care i wouldnt be asking mkay!
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23-03-2013 15:21 #1
quit smoking tips?
23-03-2013 15:27 #2-
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Perhaps a long discussion with your DP about how you respect his decision to choose whether to smoke or not, but you have decided to quit and for you to stay off cigarettes you need him to be not smoking at home/leaving cigarettes around.
If you were an alcoholic trying to stay off alcohol, you'd expect your partner to not bring alcohol into the house and not drink around you?
You are trying to break an addiction and you need as much as support as possible, and definitely don't need any triggers (packs of smokes lying around, people smoking at home) to stop your awesome work.
Edit: Also calling Quitline and talking to one of the counsellors - they might be able to give you some tips and strategies for your situation.
Also have a read here
There's a section about coping with social situations, which hopefully will help
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23-03-2013 15:43 #3
The biggest thing that helped me was remembering that: the first week is the hardest, and that physical cravings literally only last five minutes. Just try little things to occupy you for that time.
When I quit smoking my XBF continued to smoke heavily, but I put a stop to smoking in the house.
I also used patches for the first two weeks.
It's hard - I would still love to smoke, and the second I hit 85 I'm going to start again!
23-03-2013 16:19 #4
thanks guys for the suggestions
i found that the 6 days i stopped for knitting to my mind of it abit.
I have talked to DH he understands that i want to stop but doesnt want to himself he has said he will try to not smoke at home and if he does he will go right down the back of the yard rather then the back patio... We shall see how that goes.
But again thanks
23-03-2013 17:39 #5
Gum, lollipops, knitting. Anything that keeps your hands busy! Good luck
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23-03-2013 18:03 #6Member
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I found the best thing was those nicabate lozenges, little mini things in a blue canister , worked well fro me. I smoked on and off for 19 years, I have quit a few times over the years only to take it back up again. This time I had quit about 4 weeks before I became pregnant using those lozenges then i found out I was preg so it was much easier. I am 7 months preg now and although I still think about it I have no desire to go back to it, I really hope this time I will stay quit for good. Good luck with it it is a really hard habit to break.
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23-03-2013 18:16 #7Senior Member
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Seriously, the only thing I've ever found to work is cold turkey.
I've quit smoking several times (taking it back up stupidly when drinking or exam study, and it's back as usual) and I really think it is mind over matter.
A nicotine craving lasts for approx 6 mins, so if u can last that long doing something else, it's just about the conscious decision that you don't smoke anymore.
Don't tell yourself "I'm quitting", tell yourself "I don't smoke anymore".
It's one of the hardest things you'll ever do but so worth it.
23-03-2013 18:20 #8Senior Member
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As pp said cold turkeys the only thing that worked. For me anyway
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23-03-2013 18:26 #9
Ill take up the knitting again. Try some gum and if DH sticks to his word hopefully ill kick this nasty habit in the butt once and for all
23-03-2013 18:34 #10
I've smoked and quit a couple of times over the last 15 years or more...
First time I was about 25, quit cold turkey and every time I wanted a ciggie I'd have a juice. Eventually the idea of having a ciggie instead of a juice became revolting. Quit for about 1 year and then went overseas and smoked my guts out.
Second time I was about 30, went to hypnotherapy and it worked. But... I still have a ciggie when I drink. I'm one of those people that can do that, I really don't have an urge any other time. Lots of my family are not like this, they have to quit completely.
My DH is also a smoker but I never have the urge when I'm around him unless I'm drinking.
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