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I gave up the cigarettes for a more expensive (tattoo) habit.
Ooh! Bad trade... I much rather smell like trash than look like it. Tatoos, I realize and accept, are part of the current culture. But the fact remains that job opportunities are controlled by old farts like me, who feel that tattoos are a mark of prison time or street trash. Neither image gains points for hiring ease. That's wrong, in principle, I know. But it's also undeniable that those tattoed individuals that I have hired in the past turned out to be the worthless trash they advertise. It's going to take some time before people who sport blatant tattoos are considered hireable potential employees.
Went through that agony 3+ years ago. Used Nicabate lozenges. Tapered off a bit quicker than suggested, but all OK since. Now I'm one of those horrible ex-smokers who gets all snippy at smokers in the street. Great to have a sense of smell back. Never noticed what I was missing... and never realised what a stinking mess I must have been...
The only downside to the lozenges/gum is getting hooked on them. In my last couple of years smoking (20+/day), had a workmate on gum whose nicotine intake was about twice mine.
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If you don't care for your teeth you can do the same as Kojak (Telly Savalas), start with lollipops.
Teeth can be exchanged, lungs not yet.
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
Chewing gum might do the trick. It attacks the teeth a bit less than lollipops, and is in some ways a bit more discrete (unless you are chewing like an old cow). Plus, unless you are walking on the side of a soccer field watching your team, in which case it does not matter, it looks definitely more manly.
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Five years ago or so I quit after more than 30 years of the weed. I didn't try patches or e-cigs, I just went cold turkey - 30-40 a day down to zero in one fell swoop.
The first two or three days were terrible because the craving was there and the reflex habit of many situations was to light a tab. After a week or so, the craving went down but the withdrawal symptoms came in - I was very bad tempered and my darling love says impossible to live with. That stage lasted about two weeks, gradually diminishing.
Within a month I was clean, no craving or noticeable withdrawal symptoms, just weight gain from increased appetite.
Now I feel great and I so wish I'd done it earlier.
For you, I say good luck and every day you go with out make a big thing of it, you're now on day 6 say it to yourself. You are the only one who can do it and I only did it because I really wanted to, I was sick of smoking.
Good luck, I am on your side and I'm sure so are many others.
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I used the patches eight years ago, and it helped (although I had difficulty sleeping properly while I had them on). Won't say it was easy - nothing worthwhile ever is - but it was worthwhile. And I wore the final patch for about three weeks, just trying to suck all the nicotine out of it...kinda a safety blanket kind of thing, I guess.
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Hang in there Roger it takes time to get it all out of your system and it's not an easy thing to do even with the patch. I smoked for 45 years and it took every bit of will power I could muster. All I can tell you is that the end result is worth what your going through; no more coughing fits, especially in the morning and your shortness of breath will get better, although after 40 years a lot of damage has already been done.