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I picked up smoking again earlier this year which was stupid. I was only smoking maybe 6 a day but now I am around 12 to 15 and I know that is even worse.

I want to quick by means of weaning myself off them but I am not sure how to go about doing it. Anyone here quit smoking and has some great tips?

I am heading out for awhile tonight and I am not going to buy any cigarettes to take with me. I will be forced to go without at least for the evening. 

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I used to smoke and got close to a pack a day in a short period of time about 30 years ago until one day I just had enough.  I felt like crap and was tired of it.  I had a high stress driving job and it was one way to help deal with the idiots on the road. 

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones that just never had an addictive personality.  I can do the same with alcohol as I will sometimes just not have the taste for it for a while, etc.  

I'm not going to say that I didn't have cravings for a smoke nor will I say I stopped entirely.  It was more difficult back then as you could smoke just about anywhere you wanted.  .....bars were the worst because it seemed smoking and booze were a natural match and I was at the age when we were always going out.

However, I did essentially stop smoking that day but would still have one or two when going out with friends who smoked and offered.  It eventually dwindled to the point where I would only smoke maybe 6 days out of the year when my wife and I would go to Vegas.  ....I'd buy a pack of Dunhills and we'd share that for the weekends we were there.   I never really missed it in between.  At some point I just stopped all together as even the 1 or 2 I might have in a year became zero.  

The thing is, I never made it about "quitting".  I just made the conscious decision to cut back and eventually I just didn't want one.  .....but hell, who knows, I still might strike one up one of these days or a cigar which I never stopped indulging in when the mood strikes me. 

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Cutting back is certainly easier than quitting cold turkey. You ever hear about why diets fail people who are trying to lose weight? The reason is because they are too strict. I smoke now and then but used to smoke about half a pack a day, basically where you are now. I just got more active and did more with my time. I found that the less I was doing, the more I smoked. Find a hobby or something that interests you enough to stay busy with your hands and don't put too much pressure on yourself. 

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You'll be able to quit when you really want to quit. A lot of people who try to do this with the mindset of failure or wanting to quit for someone else. 

I heard vaping can help. Maybe try to slowly replace cigarettes with vaping and then lower the nicotine levels on the liquids. 

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Keep busy. Drink loads of water if water is your thing. A lot of people don't make it because of withdrawal symptoms. My brother had some nasty migraines for a week when he quit but he did it cold and didn't cut back first. I think it is better for your body if you do cut back though. I know a lot of prescription pills require this. Once your body is used to something, just stopping it can make you feel sick as hell.

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On 12/26/2019 at 11:08 PM, harry747 said:

The best way to stop smoking is to not even start.

Well, yeah... That is just common sense. But he already started and needs help quitting so this doesn't help at all.

As for my advice, start cutting back slowly. Get yourself down to like 5 a day and quitting will be a lot easier. 

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On 12/28/2019 at 7:22 PM, buttlint said:

I've tried Chantix twice, without success. 

I have had friends that used it and quit for good after one try.

Here, in the states, doctors will pass it out like candy. 

Isn't Chantix addictive in and of itself? I am not sure if this is what I am thinking of but I am pretty sure one of the side effects is suicidal thoughts. Yikes!

I think some people can just decide one day to stop and stop for good. It helps when you aren't friends with any smokers big time. 

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40 minutes ago, redscrew said:

Isn't Chantix addictive in and of itself? I am not sure if this is what I am thinking of but I am pretty sure one of the side effects is suicidal thoughts. Yikes!

No, it's not addictive. I couldn't handle it because of the nightmares and lack of sleep. 

Suicidal thoughts?

Yes, for some people.

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On 1/1/2020 at 10:03 PM, buttlint said:

No, it's not addictive. I couldn't handle it because of the nightmares and lack of sleep. 

Suicidal thoughts?

Yes, for some people.

I just remember seeing commercials for it. The side effects list freaked me out. But then again, most drug commercials had strange/scary side effects. 

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For me, dating a non-smoker made it easier to quit. That might not be an option though! 

Another thing that helped was having something to do with my mouth. When I realised that no biro would survive contact with me I started buying packets of candy sticks to gnaw on instead. By the time I finished chewing one of those (or pretending to smoke them) I was sufficiently distracted and my habit sufficiently replicated that I'd lost interest in smoking anything.

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On 1/23/2020 at 3:13 AM, FruitOfTheLum said:

Another thing that helped was having something to do with my mouth.

This is the reason a lot of people gain mad weight after they stop smoking. They end up replacing smoking with food. I know a woman who was always like 110 pounds. Within 2 years of quitting, she was up to 190 pounds. So gotta be careful there.

Hard candies seem to help and since they take awhile to eat, you can't severely over do it. 

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On 1/25/2020 at 7:48 PM, Jammin Jim said:

This is the reason a lot of people gain mad weight after they stop smoking. They end up replacing smoking with food. I know a woman who was always like 110 pounds. Within 2 years of quitting, she was up to 190 pounds. So gotta be careful there.

Hard candies seem to help and since they take awhile to eat, you can't severely over do it. 

Yeah they were too chewy to nom a lot of them. And I've been a regular at the gym since I was 19 anyway so I wasn't hugely worried about that. I just needed something to pretend to smoke!

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I quit with using an e-cig.  

Took me about 6 months.

Every couple of weeks I would have them reduce the nicotine in the mixture until I was down to zero milligrams of nicotine per bottle. 

So about 25 years of cigarettes, 6 months of e-cig, and finally quit. 

I realized vaping has its own risks, but without it I would still be smoking cigarettes today.  

Its what worked for me anyways. 

 

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On 1/29/2020 at 11:26 AM, Freakshow9191 said:

I quit with using an e-cig.  

Took me about 6 months.

Every couple of weeks I would have them reduce the nicotine in the mixture until I was down to zero milligrams of nicotine per bottle. 

So about 25 years of cigarettes, 6 months of e-cig, and finally quit. 

I realized vaping has its own risks, but without it I would still be smoking cigarettes today.  

Its what worked for me anyways. 

 

You aren't using the addictive part which I think is the worst of it anyways. You just vape nic free now right? Better than smoking for sure. 

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13 hours ago, Jammin Jim said:

You aren't using the addictive part which I think is the worst of it anyways. You just vape nic free now right? Better than smoking for sure. 

I did vape nic free for about a month,

But less and less each day, as I knew I really wasn't getting anything from it, I just naturally began to pick it up less, until one day I realized I hardly touched the vape pen.  

Now I do neither.  

Still have cravings though.  I guess that will never stop. 

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I've smoked on and off for years. I never intentionally quit, it kind of just happens. I know one thing for sure though, when I buy a house I am not smoking in it ever. Anytime I stop smoking, I can smell the cigarette stench everywhere in my apartment after 2 weeks and drives me nuts. 

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