• 7 months ago

    stick with it

    I have been a smoker for 40 some years and have to quit, but I find it very difficult, looking for support and suggestions to help me get through the process in the beginning, the hardest time for me is first thing in the morning, as I smoke in the first 10 minutes after I wake up.

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  • 7 months ago

    RE: stick with it

    I think the best way to quit something is to replace with something, A chew gums or fake smoker stick kind of things!
  • 7 months ago

    RE: stick with it

    I perhaps am an anomaly here, but I was able to do it in one night -- hypnotism. I Started smoking when I was ten. A friend had gone to New York, and said cigarettes were $1 a pack. I said if they ever got that expensive I would quit. I was 14 then. I turned 40 and found cigarettes to be $10.75 a carton -- generics -- where I lived at the time, San Diego, and I was smoking three packs a day, so it wasn't cheap even then. One morning I saw an ad to give up smoking via hypnosis. I figured now was the time.

    One session later -- with a couple support visits -- and I never smoked again. I turn 68 this year, so, technically, insurance carriers see me as a non-smoker.

    Best decision I ever made -- for my health and wallet both!
      • 7 months ago
        What or who was the hypnotist
      • 7 months ago
        No hospital. It was an "open session" initially, and then after I found one of the therapists that specialized in smoking cessation and that was two sessions. So, all in all, it was $45 for the initial, and $150 for the two follow-ups. But, since I had been smoking three packs a day, I made my money back in a "heartbeat", so to speak.
  • 7 months ago

    RE: stick with it

    Werther's Original Hard Candies in big bag. Suck on one when you have urge to smoke. Will get sugar addicted but that is easier to quit. Hard part is staying quit after couple weeks when you feel better. Just tell yourself if you smoke you will die.
  • 7 months ago

    RE: stick with it

    Accupuncture worked for a friend of mine!
  • 7 months ago

    RE: stick with it

    When I quit smoking I never told myself I couldn't have a cigarette. I told myself each time "just not right now". I still have MOMENTS of desire but for ten years, just not right now.
  • 7 months ago

    RE: stick with it

    I don't usually post on-line but I know how difficult this can be. I smoked for 55 years (and enjoyed most every puff) but I became afraid as my voice (which used to be good) became hoarse and sometimes I lost my voice (no warning). I quit 4 years ago using years-old nicotine patches and chewing carrots & celery. Don't despair. The desire may never go away but take a walk and breathe deeply. Also, cigarettes now cost SOOOO much! Good luck.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: stick with it

    I smoked for 42 years and quit four weeks ago. I decided to use Chantix to help me. I smoked a couple of days longer than the instructions state but when I did I made sure that I had cigarettes available to me if I wanted one. Each time I got an urge I knew that I could have one but told myself to wait a bit. It seems to be working. I cut my Chantix in half and very rarely get any urges and they seem easier to overcome, so far. Hopefully I can stay on track and be done with tobacco.
  • 4 months ago
  • 1 month ago

    RE: stick with it

    Today is my 3rd day of quitting, but failed this morning with 1 smoke and a cup of coffee. Now I feel worse. : (
      • 1 month ago
        Your get there in the end, if you want to, I did it when I was 51, I will tell it was hard, but you have to look at the good its doing you and it gets better.

        Keep at it and good luck.

        NOWHARD