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I have stopped smoking before (didn't last then) by having a drink every time I craved a cigarette. Yes, the drink made me feel like a smoke even more, but then I just drank even more. Got me through the first night with no smoking, then the next day the last thing I wanted was a smoke. I stopped the drinking after two days and stayed off smokes for about six months.
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.
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012
I understand that it mostly a psycological dependency, the secret is in keeping the hands busy and getting a five minute break for your brain.
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.