I'm having troubles giving up smoking. How do i stop this, my will power is weak.

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Trevin, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Trevin

    Trevin New Member

    I stopped for a few days but then started again. :( You know i find this website quite interesting. Whole lot of info. :) Don't be shy to comment.
     
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  2. Kmaamka

    Kmaamka New Member

    It took me a long time, but I was able to quit using e-cigarettes. About 8 months of slowly tapering down my nicotine dose until I was nicotine free. I started using the highest amount of nicotine liquid I could. Even though I still had cravings for the real thing at first, it was enough to get me going. Eventually I got to the point where I didn't even feel the desire to smoke a regular cigarette.

    It's still hard to be around friends and people who smoke the real thing sometimes, but I think that craving will always be there after smoking for so long.
     
  3. Lauren Alvarez

    Lauren Alvarez New Member

    Hey there @Trevin. I commend you for reaching out and wanting to stop. I'm just wondering who do you have in your support system? Your friends, your family, co-workers; the people who you share your goals and aspirations with? I have always found when I am trying to reach a certain goal it helps to let my support system know because they keep me on the right path and they let me know when I am not keeping with my goals. Hope this helps and that you reach out to those around you.
     
  4. Dusan

    Dusan New Member

    I am still smoking. But, I want to quit this bad habbit! I will try with nicotine gums.
     
  5. letski

    letski New Member

    I have quit several times. It used to be easy! Now I can't stop but I would want to someday. Thinking about it, nobody can tell you to quit if you are not emotionally ready. I had friends who would literally break a whole pack in front of me but I would just buy another. Better examine why you smoke. Is it because of tension? Is it peer pressure? Have you tried keeping a goal like going down to 4 sticks a day until you get to zero? It worked for some. There are replacements to the cravings like drink a glass of water instead of grabbing a smoke. Take it out your peripheral vision. I know I'd quit very soon because I am starting to hate the smell of it. Good luck to us!
     
  6. Angele

    Angele New Member

    Here is how I quit smoking.

    I started drinking red wine. It is a little less disgusting and I don't feel as bad having it. I have to admit that I have addiction problems tied to OCD, so I think I just gain another addiction. I actually cut down on red wine and became addicted to exercising. It actually increases serotonin and makes you forget about all of the bad stuff that you do or have done. It's awesome! I'm going to go do 400 crunches now.
     
  7. lexus1

    lexus1 Member

    I am smoking. I have all of the right reasons to quit. Is there a wrong reason? Of course not! I know it is disgusting, it smells, it will KILL YOU eventually! So what is my problem? Why can't I quit? I am not dedicated when it comes to quitting. I am weak. I fall prey to the addiction of smoking. I have tried different methods of quitting. The patch, the electronic cigs, gum, you name it, I have tried all of that stuff yet nothing so far has worked. So do I have to have a doctor tell me I have lung cancer and have 6 months to live? Gee, I hope not. If anyone out there has a different way of quitting I would love to hear it. I need to become committed to quitting this I know. Thanks for listening...and good luck to those who are trying and congrats to those that have!
     
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  8. Tjrline

    Tjrline New Member

    I am a former smoker who has turned to vaping. I've tried patches, gum and lozenges. I've always gone back to smoking until about a year ago, because of vaping. I know it's not great that I still use nicotine, but the milligrams in my e- liquid has decreased. I have also noticed the improvement in my health. It has also helped with the OCD aspect of smoking. I highly recommend vaping for anyone who is having trouble quoting smoking.
     
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  9. Mary R-B

    Mary R-B New Member

    Why not ask if you can volunteer at a hospice and meet the people dying of smoking related disease ?Meeting and interacting with those people who would love to live a little longer may help you to take a proper stance with regards to your choice to smoke.
     
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  10. NBair

    NBair New Member

    Here is the technique I used:

    1. Write down all the times that you crave cigarettes the most. For example in the morning, after a meal, while drinking, in the car, on work breaks etc.
    2.Cut out ONE of these cigarette times for three days. For example decide that you will not have a cigarette while driving. You are still able to smoke the other times, so your mind will think of smoking and then let it go. This is helping to train yourself to notice the cravings and stop yourself before reaching for a cig.
    3. Keep cutting out the cigarette times one by one. If one is really hard, give yourself a few more days to cut it out rather than just three days.
    4. If you get stuck on the drinking and smoking habit, you may need to stop drinking for a while in order to quit. Once you have stopped drinking and smoking for at least a few weeks you can slowly have a drink or two without smoking.

    The trick is to reprogram yourself. No more running on automatic. Notice each time your mind thinks of smoking and release this thought or redirect it to something else. I hope this helps!
     
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  11. penny_32

    penny_32 New Member

    E-cigarettes are a great idea. I started going down the path of addiction and quickly switched to e cigarettes. I hardly even use mine now, but it's there for those stressful days. You can lower your nicotine content down until you're at barely anything or zero. It's so much healthier than regular cigarettes, and it comes in flavors that are pretty good!
     
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  12. LyraLyra

    LyraLyra New Member

    I also used the e-cigarette to quit smoking, but all you need to do is break the habitual pattern of smoking with your friends and family. For me the addictive bit of smoking wasn't the actual smoking it'self, but the rolling of it, the "something to do" of it, it's like a little ritual you create for yourself with your friends and family. What the e-cig allowed me to do was break that ritualistic habit, I could smoke inside pubs, everyone else went outside, when my friends smoked weed, I'd be the one not getting high. Its took me a good year after a decade of consistent smoking, but I'm not smoking and never will again!
     
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  13. nanouhammie

    nanouhammie New Member

    I am proud to say that I have been quit from smoking since 2013! I did it because I developed Asthma. I now need to use 2 types of inhalers. I would recommend switching to vaporizers. Some allow you to purchase liquids for the chamber that have different nicotine levels. They have a similar feel as that of a cigarette and I have heard that many people were able to successfully ween themselves from the addiction lowly by choosing this method.
     
  14. Jaxxy

    Jaxxy New Member

    When I quit smoking I did it by slowly cutting back over a two week period. On day 14 I allowed myself to have 10 cigarettes, day 13 nine, day 12 eight, etc. Each day I would cut one out until I was down to one a day. This method help me lessen the physical withdraw symptoms. I did not want to use gum, patches or an e-cigg. The hardest part was the "mental cravings" and readjusting my routine (one after dinner, one in the morning etc.)
     
  15. Cicismom

    Cicismom New Member

    I know exactly what you are going through. I have tried to quit several times but have never been able to quit the habit. The last time I quit cold turkey. It worked real well except for the anxiety attacks. I had to take anti-anxiety medication for a little while. I was nicotine free for 3 years but I also had many co-workers and relatives who still smoked so I started smoking again. I think you really have to have a lot of will power to be successful.
     
  16. sweet_pilyz

    sweet_pilyz New Member

    I started smoking when I was 14 years old and went from Marlboro lights, to reds, to menthol which is where I'm at right now. By the time I was 18, I was smoking 2 packs a day. Slowly, I cut back, but could not stop. I tried lots of times and miserably failed. The only thing that stopped me cold turkey was when I found out I was a couple of weeks pregnant. I immediately threw my pack in the trash. For the next 3 years I was pregnant and breastfed my last child for a year, you could say I was clean. I couldn't believe it I was finally free.
    I did fall if the wagon though. After I stopped breastfeeding, I went back to work and I felt the stress was too much. I don't smoke as much, just before the kids wake up in the morning with my coffee and at night after I tuck them. I guess I need more will power.
     
  17. entyanne

    entyanne New Member

    Honestly, go to vaping! Switching to vaping was the easiest thing I've ever did and now I don't smoke or vape at all. I would recommend staying away from the "cig-a-likes" (ones that look like cigarettes that you can get at walmart) and possibly from Brick&Mortar shops. Look on popular sites like reddit or facebook groups for vaping or ecigarettes, and you'll find plenty of people willing to help you out. If you want, I could even send you my beginner kit! Send me a PM!

    (Note, I'm not just BSing this for the 10 post requirement. If you really want some help stopping smoking, send me a PM. I have a really nice kit and I can tell you all about how to get started)
     
  18. AMAS24

    AMAS24 New Member

    I'm still smoking, so I can't be of much help. I smoke a pack of Winston 100's every day, at the moment, but I've been smoking for about eight years. I always say I want to stop, and I really should since it burns a big hole in my pocket. The electronic cigarette just doesn't appeal to me since I find it ridiculous that I can't smoke if my cigarette runs out of battery. It might be more mind over matter, in addition to the nicotine addiction. Try and make a list of all of the reasons you should quit. Or, what I'm going to do is calculate how much money I spend on the cigarettes and see what I could use that money for. I think the major problem is that it becomes a basic necessity for smokers, such as food and shelter.
     
  19. DirtRider

    DirtRider New Member

    Well I think I am one of the lucky ones that never became addicted to cigarettes and for me it was easy. I was smoking around 80 Chesterfields a day in my 20's and that was heavy. The one day I lit a smoke had a few puffs and it struck me how stupid this was. I put it out trashed the packet I had on me and did not smoke for around 20 years. The only issue I had was the automatic reaching for a cigarette when I did certain things. This was however a moment thing and once I realized what I was doing and that I had given up the moment passed. I never experienced any cravings like most people report it was as if yesterday I smoked and today I don't.

    Some 20 years later I started again due to being bored travelling around the country on a project. This time around I stuck to a light smoke and only a pack of 20 a day. I did this for a number of years until about a year back when I found the e cigarettes. A friend gave me a go on his one and it was surprisingly nice but I never thought about it much after that. A few month later I was purchasing my normal monthly cartons of cigarettes and when paying for it the cost of it all struck me and what a wast it all was.

    So I was off and purchased myself a Twisp, the starter pack came with a sample of tobacco liquid that I used a few times but did not like it much. I then when and purchased some other flavours nicotine free and have never looked back. Once again no craving for a regular cigarette at all and it is the same thing as last time, yesterday I smoked and today I don't.

    We seemed to be reading a lot on how bad the e cigarettes are but I am sure that the tobacco companies are taking a huge hit with this so they would promote how bad they are I suppose. After speaking to a lung specialist he said that it is rubbish and the e cigarettes don't cause the harm that these articles are claiming they do.
     
  20. DottV

    DottV New Member

    I am in the exact same boat right now, brother. It's definitely not easy. I was able to quit smoking during both of my pregnancies, but I always went back to it after each of my daughters were born. There was also a period of time I stopped for like 6 months at one point where I wasn't pregnant, but I started dating a guy who smoked and slowly eased back into it, and I'm very disappointed in myself.

    I agree with everyone else about vaping I loved it, and had good success with it before. The only reason I went back to smoking real cigarettes is because my e-cig broke, and I was lazy about replacing it. There are tons of benefits to vaping. Even though there's a bit of an initial investment, it pays for itself in a week or two depending on the frequency that you're buying packs of cigarettes. There are so many great flavours. My favorites were vanilla cupcake and orange creamsicle. There are also tobacco flavours too, if you want to recreate a more authentic smoking experience.

    If you're unsure, try to find a vape store, or a smoke shop that sells vaping supplies in your area. A lot of them will have testers and you can try it out! The Wild Bills smoke shop by me has a full vaping section, but I don't know if they're all like that.

    Basically, you're not going to do it before you're ready. You have to actually WANT to quit, it's not enough to just know that you should. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, obviously it's not enough to keep us away.

    Also, if you haven't already, try to identify what your triggers are. For me, I'm a big time "stress" smoker. I smoke the most when I'm angry or stressed out.
     
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  21. Jessica Niroys

    Jessica Niroys New Member

    I "quit" smoking multiple times in the 10 years that I was a smoker. Most of the time I'd go cold turkey (which turned me into a crazy lady) but I have also tried Chantix, patches, gum, and vapes.
    I have now been smoke free for over a year and haven't craved it once!!! My sister has been as well but she did it through the vape. Unfortunately for her, if she runs out of liquid she gets the same withdrawal feeling that she got from running out of cigarettes.
    I ordered the book "The Easyway to Quit Smoking" by Allan Carr. It took me about 9 months to actually pick it up and start reading. The biggest step that you can step is mentally getting yourself ready to quit. If you are not actually ready then it will be SO much more difficult. After that you'll have a chance to kick the habit.
    I hope that you, and those reading this with the same problem, will be able to finally quit permanently!
     
  22. Denise Collins

    Denise Collins New Member

    Well, if you feel your willpower is weak, then I think you've identified your problem. Maybe you shouldn't try and do this by yourself. I find that having an accountability partner makes things a lot easier. Have someone set up activities like exercising during the hours you smoke the most. Set up a reminder text to be sent to you with motivational quotes. I just wouldn't attempt it alone if you've already proven it to be a struggle.
     
  23. crissy

    crissy New Member

    The best time to quit is always now. The moment that you are thinking about quitting, because that is the moment when you are at the momentum of a desire. Once you decided not to light that stick you are holding, you already taken the first step towards your goal. Make each day one step forward, and you'll be there in no time. Once you've taken a step forward, never think of going back. Think of all the challenges you've gone through, all that will be wasted if you decided to go back.
    You just need to believe that you can stop. Believe in your capability, that you are a strong minded person, that once you set your mind into something, you're gonna finish it no matter what. Believe that you've gone to other challenges before, harder than quitting smoking, but you triumphed. This is nothing compares to you. You are bigger than that cigarette stick. You are far better than being a tobacco slave. You can stop if you want to. Don't let cigarette control you. It's inanimate. You are a human being who has full control over yourself. That's why never ever think that you just couldn't quit. Remember...you can quit TODAY! You always can.
     
  24. Otilrac

    Otilrac New Member

    Don't wait until your body begs you to stop smoking otherwise it might be too late.

    Cigarettes are and will always be sold because it's a huge and good business. People, rich and poor, smoke like it's part of their meal everyday. And they enjoyed it so much.

    I for one has been a smoker for almost two decades until i decided to quit abruptly when i felt abnormality in my heartbeat, a some kind of palpitation.

    First, I tried it out of curiosity and peer pressure. One stick increased to two and three sticks in just one minute interval.
    Until i found myself buying it by the packs and by the rims just to make sure that i still have plenty of reserves for the rainy seasons.

    I started with the menthol flavor then upgraded to the red and stronger flavor. I ignored medical warnings and signs against smoking then because frankly every stick of it seems an aphrodisiac to my brain. I really enjoyed every millimeter of it especially with a mug of black coffee.

    For those who are planning to quit smoking, do it now!
     
  25. ran44

    ran44 New Member

    I would recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor to discuss this issue. It's fantastic that you are making attempts to quit! But, as you know, it can be hard to do, especially if you do not give yourself the proper preparation. Your doctor can help you make a quit plan and start you on an effective course of treatment. Usually, the best approach is a combination of medication and counseling/therapy. If you do not have a doctor or insurance, you can always call a QuitLine, which will provide you with counseling over the phone. Many also offer a free short term supply of medication to help you quit.
     
  26. Winchel Borres

    Winchel Borres New Member

    I have the same problem having my boyfriend quit on smoking. I would suppose a smoker finds it difficult to stop unless he/she already feels the consequences, like having a lung cancer.
     
  27. Alicia36

    Alicia36 Member

    I am having the same problem I have quit before but I ended up starting right back and now it seems harder this time around.i have had people tell me the same thing that it is mind over matter. That if you really want to quit as my brother has told all you have to do is to put your mind to it. Well I have tried and still no success. I have even done the patches didn't do nothing for me.i don't know what else to try and quit.
     
  28. MandaMoooooo

    MandaMoooooo New Member

    There are a few tips and tricks that I've come across to help break a habit: for every pack of cigarettes you're tempted to buy, put the money into a savings jar or move that money into your savings from your checking account. You could also take deep breathes when you feel a craving; smoking is a stress reliever to people because it's inhaliated breathing. I've also heard that black pepper helps curb smoking cravings. You can try eating some popcorn with black pepper when you feel the sensation to smoke coming on. There's even hypnosis, or treatments at a doctors office through the ear that can help smokers who are trying to quit. Best of luck to you!
     
  29. Gabino Tapia

    Gabino Tapia New Member

    I have heard online and told by many people that did stop smoking that electronic cigarettes are a great way to start to quit smoking because they are in some way safer and have less chemicals in them.
     

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