I smoke too much

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CapninHapnin
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   Posted 7/15/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I smoke 3 packs a day. I sleep 7-8 hrs a night, so that means I smoke 1 cigarette every 12 minutes.
 
I've tried the cold turkey, gum, patch, that pill (i think its called chantix or something like that).
 
Any of you which used to smoke have any suggestions for quitting?
 
Cap
I want "I wish I had one more day to spend at the office" on my tombstone.

I used to be crazy, but now I have enough money to be called eccentric.


little b
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   Posted 7/15/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW that is a lot and i wish you the absolute best and strongest will to quit. really makes me want to do it before i get there...
to suffer is not enough.


CapninHapnin
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   Posted 7/15/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you. I was able to give up alcohol which I was even more hooked to than cigs. I hope I have given you some inspiration.

Cap
I want "I wish I had one more day to spend at the office" on my tombstone.

I used to be crazy, but now I have enough money to be called eccentric.


CapninHapnin
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   Posted 7/15/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I had some side effects with the police. True story. I lived in a small town without a police dept. The county deputy got so sick of having to come out to get me, he left me locked in his car and in his driveway overnight.
I want "I wish I had one more day to spend at the office" on my tombstone.

I used to be crazy, but now I have enough money to be called eccentric.


M73
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   Posted 7/16/2008 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you try cutting down maybe a little? I smoke about 10 a day to keep me from feeling anxious. Not that that is wonderful or anything but I used to smoke about 2 packs a day.

I quit for 1.5 years but didn't get a replacement coping skill to fill in for what the nicotine does for me. I would say that is the hardest part.

marthamae
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My grandmother in law quit when she was 80 because they were "too expensive". LOL.

My brother in law just up and quit one day cold turkey. It's been five years. He's 50 now. I have no idea how he did it.

My mother smokes like a chimney. No offense to any other smokers out there, but I can't stand to be around her. I mean, she reeks of smoke. When she gives me books she has read, I can't read them because of the odor they give off. I am serious.

I don't understand why my mother smells so bad. Plenty of other people smoke and they smell fine. It's weird.

Good luck...I hope you can do it for YOU.

sukay
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   Posted 7/16/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing I can think of is to try to hold out for a cigarette every half hour. Do that for a while if you can, then try 1 every hour and so on. Good Luck.

tulipenoire
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   Posted 8/21/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I quit 14 days agocold turkey and I started to exercise regularly, at least 3 times a week with aerobic exercises..I used to smoke almost 1 pack/day.
I wish you good luck.

Diskus
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   Posted 8/22/2008 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Cannapin- My fiance and I both quit a year and half ago with COMMIT!! It is expensive at first, but the generic works just as fine as the brand...it was the only thing that worked for me and I smoked for 11 years. Commit is the lozenge..

twisted71
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   Posted 8/23/2008 2:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I smoke a pack a day and I seriously need to quit. DH is constantly hounding me about it. I want to quit too. I am getting to that point that I do want to. but I can't quit cold turkey. I tried gum before and it didn't work. I think I am also going to have to figure out a way to quit and not go back to it.
AJL
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!


jujub
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   Posted 8/23/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I'm visiting from the UC board. I quit 11 years ago with the help of the patch, and here's some things that helped me:
 
"Air" smoking. Yeah, like air guitar. When I got that horrible, itch in the pit of the stomach craving, I'd take in a really deep breath, pucker my lips and exhale sloooooooooooowly through the puckered lips. For some reason, it made the physical craving go away.
 
Every time my mind or mouth started saying "I'd kill for a cigarette," I'd make a conscious shift and say to myself "but I don't smoke any more."  Then I got up and exercised. Stationary bike, walking, good old-fashioned calisthenics, whatever. By the time I was sweaty and a little out of breath, the crave was gone. (It also helped keep me from eating.)
 
I kept no smoking materials in my home or car - no cigs, lighters, ashtrays. That kept me from suddenly realizing I had lit a cigarette without even thinking. Since I'm a lazy person, it also meant that if I wanted to smoke, I had to get ready, get in the care and drive to the store. By the time I finished doing that, the crave would be gone.
 
 
I know what works for one person doesn't work for everyone. Good luck with your efforts!
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