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for a cigarette, that is. I smoked my last on Wednesday (okay, I found a couple of butts in an ashtray early Thursday morning...) after 40 years of steady smoking. Somebody have mercy on an old fool and send a pack my way! Arrrggghhhhhh!!!!
Yes, I've got "the patch" and it helps some, though I'm finding them hard to keep lit. Perhaps I've rolled them too tight. I've got my electric teat, and I'm down from "full flavor" to "mild" cartridges already, but it just isn't doing the trick. Sadly, Arizona isn't one of the states that legalized cannabis this month, else I'd find something a lot less addictive to soothe my nerves.
If this doesn't abate soon, I may have to find something less addictive to keep my mind from seeking cigarettes very soon. Anyone know where I can find some cheap heroin?
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.
Good luck. Peter
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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.
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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Wodger, 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.
It gets better. The only advice I can offer is don't "stop" to quickly. Use your patches and electric, and step off slowly. If the cravings are to hard, go back a step the other way.
I stepped down the electric cartridges whenever I got used to the force that I was on. So I was always puffing it non stop. As soon as I'd get to where I didn't need to keep slurping on it, I'd go to a weaker one. One time I was in panic mode for a day when I switched, and no amount of puffing was going to stop it, so I had to go back up a strength for about a week.
It gets better. I never want a cig now. I don't ever have a craving.
have you consult any doctor or pharmacist? I was given Champix and they are really helpful, don't just buy this drug by yourself but visit a doctor and ask for a prescription.
If you really think about it, there's nothing to abate.
The physical addiction to cigarettes is incredibly minor (or no-one would be able to give up, ever), so it's only your mind that you've got to take control of. The physical cravings are not really any stronger than those for chocolate.
I speak as a sometimes-smoker who also thought he was irrevocably addicted -- which is a much better target than "non-smoker". I have a cigarette when I feel like it, but mostly I don't bother (for weeks and months at a time).
You have to get it in your head that you're not going to suffer violent pangs of smoke deprivation, rather than have a cigarette; you're just going to not bother having a cigarette, using those words: "not bother".
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Have you had a BM? I remember the constipation ended up being the worst part.
My advice, fine something to do every time you need a smoke. Example, when out drinking at a bar, if I really needed a smoke, I'd just order a shot. I'd end up too drunk to care, but well, I didn't smoke. Or find some treat you like, like a snickers, and do that. Or go to the local community college and find weed (which I don't think helps with the quitting though.)