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Advice and help needed from FReepers who've managed to quit smoking
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Posted on 10/04/2011 7:53:55 AM PDT by Marie

In January, I'm planning on having a major surgery and I cannot have this operation until I quit smoking.

I've been trying to quit for the last 17 years and I haven't been able to make it for more than a month.

I can get past the immediate horror of it all. I'm using Chantix to help me with that. (Chantix was the easiest way to quit that I've found so far.)

But what always gets me are the 'crazies that don't go away. Even after the habit is broken - after the cravings are gone - I find myself in a constant low-level anxiety. Grumpy. Pissy. Snapping.

The closest thing that I can relate it to is a state of constant PMS. Only it doesn't go away after 2 or 3 days. Noises are grating and too loud. everyone is getting on my nerves. I'm nervous and anxious all the time.

The thing that gets me, where I fall, is that I don't know how long this will last. How long I have to endure. I end up picking up a cigarette just to put an end this crap - and it's usually an act of mercy for my family. It really is a form of insanity.

I know that I'm not the only smoker that's gone through this. How long does this last? (I know that it's more than a month because I've made it for a month before.) What medications have worked for you? Are there any herbs or vitamins that I should try?

When will I be calm and happy again?

I've already had my dr put in a referral for a mental health professional, but it's going to take two months to get an appointment.

Please. ANY advice or insight would be helpful.


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And one more thing - weight gain. How much weight did you gain and how long was it before things stabilized?

I'm already planning on surrounding myself with foods that I can pig out on without gaining, so I hope that helps.

I just last 60 pounds in preparation for this surgery and my doctor told me that I could gain up to 15 back without it being a problem.

Thank you all in advance.

1 posted on 10/04/2011 7:54:05 AM PDT by Marie
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To: Marie
I cannot have this operation until I quit smoking

Says who? Why?

Medical folks will try all kinds of BS to get you to quit smoking.

I had pleurisy and pneumonia, they said it was from smoking.

I called BS, asked them if they imagined I had smoked an infected cigarette.

No answer, just propaganda.

2 posted on 10/04/2011 8:00:21 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Marie
My brother quit with Chatix and did not go postal.

Not smoked for 3 years now. ..put on about 20 lbs.

Good Luck.

3 posted on 10/04/2011 8:02:26 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Marie

I’ve never smoked, but I have had to overcome some “addictions.” The number one thing that helped me is praying to God that he take my craving away. Keep praying for it and believe in it. Eventually, it will happen.


4 posted on 10/04/2011 8:02:26 AM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: Marie

I tried everything. Hypnosis worked well ( until 3 years later I thought I could have just one ).... The nicotine patches work good too ( do not try to wein yourself off too fast, or you will fail, like I did ) with the hypnosis i gained no weight at all....on the patches I gained about 15 pounds, and lost it all before I failed.... with the chantix, i had hallucinations, and gained about 25 pounds...if you have not been hypnotized before, give it a try...


5 posted on 10/04/2011 8:02:56 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Marie

“....constant low-level anxiety. Grumpy. Pissy. Snapping....”

Sounds like me all the time and I haven’t quit. Welcome to old age :)

Seriously, Good Luck to ya.


6 posted on 10/04/2011 8:03:52 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: Marie

...as far as exercise Walk walk walk.......do a mile in the morning, and one in the afternoon DAILY! find a friend TO WALK WITH..(encourage each other)
DIET...chicken,tuna,greens,salads,some beef (lean of course)
...whole grains...soups worked for me...


7 posted on 10/04/2011 8:04:22 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Marie
Expect to gain back the 15 pounds, at least.

I stopped by using Wellbutrin, a milder antidepressant than Chantix. My wife and I scheduled a vacation while over her birthday almost five years ago. I started the drug and smoked until the day we left two weeks later. It was ruff for a few days, but the trip and being in a nonsmoking hotel helped.

Once home it went relatively smooth and I stopped taking the drugs after a few months.

I also have decided that I am only suspending smoking. When I turn Eighty I fully intend to start smoking again. So, I have that to look forward to.

8 posted on 10/04/2011 8:04:34 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Marie

I’ve been clean for about 2 years. I’d gladly light up one or two or a pack if I could. But I can’t. And I won’t. The desire never goes away. It fades with time and you find ways to compensate but it’s always there. Once you accept that you can move on and focus on staying clean.

It sounds lame, but finding things to do with your hands and mind really helps! Mine was crochet. Some gals take up knitting. Anything to keep you busy. You don’t have to be good at it-Just do something! : )

You will gain weight. At first,I packed in about 30 pounds!! YIKES!!! But keep active. Even a walk around the block is a start. It’ll more difficult to lose the weight if you’re older as I’m finding out, but I’m not getting discouraged and neither should you.

Good Luck, sis. It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do! But the best thing for ya.


9 posted on 10/04/2011 8:04:54 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly ("Hit 'em again, Todd!!")
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To: Marie

Swedish Snus helped me but I am still doing that.


10 posted on 10/04/2011 8:05:10 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Marie
I stopped cold turkey (spur of the moment) on August 5, 2005 and swore I would never be a slave to cigarettes again.
I did gain 25 pounds but have lost it since then.
I'm a stubborn gal, once I set my mind to something, that's it for me.
I wish you the best - good health and happiness. You can do it!
:)
11 posted on 10/04/2011 8:05:46 AM PDT by Melissa 24 (I Brake For Epiphanies)
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To: Marie

Stopped over 25 years ago after being a two pack a day smoker for 15 years.

I went away to a friend’s camp, listened to stop smoking tapes, had recently been hypnotized, and took 25 valium five mg tabs with me, that I took when the cravings were overwhelming.

one plus year I avoided all restaurants,bars, coffee and friends that smoked. I dropped my club. I gained ten lbs and lost it the next year.

best thing I ever did.


12 posted on 10/04/2011 8:06:15 AM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Marie

Hi Marie. Congrats on your decision to get healthier, and your weight loss so far. God bless!

I quit a little over 20 years ago. I still remember the withdrawal spikes. What your body wants is some kind of solace or reward that cigarettes used to fill.

What will work is replacing it with something, NOT food (that’s how you gain weight).

Ideas:
- A brisk walk, or other exercise session, get those endorphins going
- A relaxing shower or bath, or session in a hot tub
- Manicure, pedicure or massage
- Singing (in the car, this is great!)
- Meditation or prayer session with relaxing music
- A treat “read” that you’ve set aside just for times like this

Good luck!!!! HUG!


13 posted on 10/04/2011 8:06:26 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: Marie

Hi Marie. Congrats on your decision to get healthier, and your weight loss so far. God bless!

I quit a little over 20 years ago. I still remember the withdrawal spikes. What your body wants is some kind of solace or reward that cigarettes used to fill.

What will work is replacing it with something, NOT food (that’s how you gain weight).

Ideas:
- A brisk walk, or other exercise session, get those endorphins going
- A relaxing shower or bath, or session in a hot tub
- Manicure, pedicure or massage
- Singing (in the car, this is great!)
- Meditation or prayer session with relaxing music
- A treat “read” that you’ve set aside just for times like this

Good luck!!!! HUG!


14 posted on 10/04/2011 8:06:40 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: Marie

Forget the Chantix - just go cold turkey. My wife and I both quit over a year ago. Think of the money you will save and plan a nice vacation a year out for motivation. We figure we saved over $6000 and just returned from two weeks in Italy and France.

I gained a bout 10 pounds and my wife gained 8.


15 posted on 10/04/2011 8:06:40 AM PDT by oncebitten (Obama: "A Big Ole’ Hunk of Nothing on Two Thick Slices of Nada.”)
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To: Marie

I have quit several times for as long as a year and I always go back. Now I am a pack a day smoker and I run 30 miles a week... just did a half marathon in 2 hours (the irony). My body tells me when it is time to step back. I would like to quit entirely, but it is very difficult when everyone around me (family, work, etc.) smoke. I’ve never tried a pill, but from what I understand, it is super expensive and you have to slowly ween off it... like an antipsychotic. It scares me as I don’t personally believe in them.


16 posted on 10/04/2011 8:08:06 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: humblegunner

I understand what you’re saying and I appreciate it. I really do.

But there is NO surgeon who will perform this surgery on a smoker. It’s already very dangerous and everything must be done to get me in the best shape possible to go through it.

I’m having my entire spine (minus the neck) fused into one long bone. One part of the surgery (I’m still not sure if he’s even going to have to do it) consists of collapsing one of my lungs to access the spine from the front. Healthy young people have severe complications from this maneuver.

Before, I wasn’t a candidate because I was overweight, smoking and in a state of general ill health. I’ve spent the last year losing weight and addressing my nutritional deficiencies. My only obstacle now is the smoking.


17 posted on 10/04/2011 8:09:30 AM PDT by Marie (Cain 9s Have Teeth)
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To: Marie
First of all, good luck to you and we will be praying for you.

I quit 7 years ago and I gained about 30 lbs. My sense of taste returned and food tasted SOOOOOO GOOD, so I pigged out.
As far as cravings went, I used, at separate times, the nicotine patch and nicotine gum. I think what helped was that I made up my mind that I would NEVER smoke again. EVER.
YOU HAVE TO TELL YOURSELF THAT THIS IS PERMANENT.

My brother used chantix a few years ago and is still smoke free. What works for some people won't work for others.
My only other crutch was a pickup load of sugarless gum to keep my mouth busy.

18 posted on 10/04/2011 8:09:30 AM PDT by red-dawg
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To: Jim from C-Town

I quit with welbutrin almost 15 years ago. I got great advice from my doctor, who said ignore the pharmacist who will tell you that you have to stop smoking within 2 weeks. the reason wellbutrin is prescribed is that one of the side effects noticed by those prescribed the drug for depression was a decreased interest in smoking. Just start cutting out one of your habit cigs a day, like the one right after eating, the one you light when you get in the car, etc... either eliminate or put them off, then eliminate. after a month or so I was down from a pack and a half a day to just a couple. dropping the last few was relatively easy


19 posted on 10/04/2011 8:10:52 AM PDT by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Marie

I have never smoked by I know at 2 people who were able to quit relatively easily using Wellbutrin (bupropion).

This is an anti-depressant but is used to help smoking cessaton. It is not like other anti-depression medication, it is NOT a serontonin re-uptake inhibitor like most anti-depressants.

You could ask your doctor about it

Good luck


20 posted on 10/04/2011 8:11:43 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Marie

You NEED to exercise and you will not gain weight. And I mean real exercise, not slow walks around the neighborhood. If I could only get my own wife to come to this conclusion.


21 posted on 10/04/2011 8:12:01 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Marie

I quit 20 some years ago cold turkey with God’s prodding in my heart that I could be dying already from it. He carried me through the first really hard week because I promised Him I would not smoke, and a vow to God is not broken without serious consequence.

After that, I would say it took about a month, and I counted the days as if they were points. At some point, perhaps a year or so, I forgot about it.

For the instant interval, remember you only have to quit one day at at time. Ask God for perseverance. Take vitamin C and drink lots of water for cleansing. Count each day as a victory.

Know that you will suffer, but this suffering is temporary, and of your choosing, rather than an illness not of your choosing.


22 posted on 10/04/2011 8:12:10 AM PDT by esquirette ("Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." ~ Augustine)
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To: Marie
We have family and friends who've quit, some cold turkey, some with meds. Some still have cravings, some don't. Surround yourself with folks who don't smoke, especially at first. Cigarette ordors on clothes, in homes, in cars can make cravings worse. Have you got someone to buddy up with, someone you call call, hang with if cravings get bad? If not, see if you can find one. As for food, sugar free hard candy has worked for ours, also crunchy raw fruit and veggies to nosh on. Not sure why the crunchy part worked for them, it just did. Also, if you have a hobby that occupies your hands, indulge in it. If you don't, try to find one. As for professional advice, you might ask your doc is there are any smokers anonymous groups local to you. And a link that might help....

Guide to Quitting Smoking

Good luck, Marie! We'll keep you in our prayers :)

23 posted on 10/04/2011 8:12:34 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: Marie

Take warm baths or showers to relax, exercise more frequently and change your habits when you most desire a cigarette; talking on the phone, coffee in the morning, after dinner ... Go for a walk instead. The increase in activity will counter the usual weight gain.


24 posted on 10/04/2011 8:13:31 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Marie

Try kava kava

It’s an herbal de-stressor. I used it for PMS when I had it and for when my sister-in-law came to visit (more stress than you can possible imagine). You may have to order it online as most herbal shops don’t carry it anymore.

Help me, but as always YMMV


25 posted on 10/04/2011 8:15:22 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Marie

Hello, Marie! I have not experienced quitting smoking but I want to let you know that I am praying for you.

I pray that the Holy Spirit comes to you when you struggle in this process and soothe your fears and nerves and take away all of your discomfort.

I pray that you trust God to help you help yourself.

I pray that you will be gentle with yourself in your experience and when you feel overwhelmed, that you will quiet your spirit for a minute and turn to God when you feel upset, knowing He loves you and wants you for Himself.

I want you to have faith that He forgives all your repented sin through Jesus and that you are renewed, clean and beautiful to Him. Jesus did not lie when He told you about that forgiveness and God does not make junk. He made you precious and you are precious. All things are possible through His love.

Amen and Love,
Sara

It’s great that you lost 60 pounds!


26 posted on 10/04/2011 8:15:36 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: humblegunner

St. Johns Wart for calming and a good vitamin B complex.


27 posted on 10/04/2011 8:16:06 AM PDT by hope
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To: Marie

Chandix is good.
Go get some nicotine lozenges. I know people say that you don’t get off the nicotine, but are you trying to quit smoking or nic? Quit smoking then wean yourself off the lozenges.

There are many triggers to smoking. Getting on the phone, driving in the car, finishing a meal. You need to break those habits before you can wean off the nicotine. Once you find yourself not totally jonesing for the smoke, then start counting out the lozenges and use one less a day. The nic addiction will take longer than losing cigarettes. Don’t sweat that.

Take VERY deep breaths. Whenever you want a smoke, take a very deep breath. Your lungs are used to doing that. They will feel better with a stretch.

All the best, Dear Heart.


28 posted on 10/04/2011 8:16:11 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: DallasDeb
The part about “praying”, thats true, you need all the help you can get, remember this, however you feel, it will pass. Keep notes in a little notebook, about all the “cons” of smoking, and from time to time go back and re-read them. It will be a long time befor you completly shake the “curse” but each minute, hour, day, week, month and year you make it is a blessing. Trying numerous times is not uncommon, it is not easy but in the long run, it's worth the effort. When all is said and done the best way to “quit”, is just “quit”.
29 posted on 10/04/2011 8:17:14 AM PDT by Gertie
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To: Marie

If you want a reason / reminder why it’s better to put up with the “crazies” and the crappy temper every time you crave a cigarette, remind yourself that the more you smoke the more likely it is that you will die earlier of heart disease, COPD or lung cancer than if you stop smoking.

Look at a picture of your kids and ask yourself do you want to die earlier or later?

“When will I be calm and happy again?”

a/ When you’ve gone a year or two without smoking;

b/ Never.

c/ When you’re dead?

I used Nicorette for 2 months but it irritated my mouth.

I buy extra celery and eat it with salt, BBQ sauce, cottage cheese, peanut butter, and that takes care of the something in the hand / mouth issue.

I stopped 6 months ago next week at 11:50 AM, I am available for all sorts of last minute wet work (KIDDING!) , and I gained about 8 lbs - I don’t exercise enough.

I am still a bit snappy but that is probably other issues.

PRAY A LOT. DRINK A LOT OF WATER AND TAKE WALKS and stay away from hard-core smokers.

Rotsa Ruck (seriously, especially with the surgery).


30 posted on 10/04/2011 8:17:54 AM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Marie
Maybe you should try something other than Chantix (Varenicline) to help you quit. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000351/#a606024-sideEffects

Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts (thinking about harming or killing oneself or planning or trying to do so) while taking varenicline. The role of varenicline in causing these mood changes is unclear since people who quit smoking with or without medication may experience changes in their mental health due to nicotine withdrawal. However, some of these symptoms occurred in people who were taking varenicline and continued to smoke. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking varenicline, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping varenicline. These symptoms have occurred in people without a history of mental illness and have worsened in people who already had a mental illness. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had depression, bipolar disorder (mood that changes from depressed to abnormally excited), schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions), or other mental illnesses. If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking varenicline and call your doctor immediately: suicidal thoughts or actions; new or worsening depression, anxiety, or panic attacks; agitation; restlessness; angry or violent behavior; acting dangerously; mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood or talking); abnormal thoughts or sensations; hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist); feeling that people are against you; feeling confused; or any other sudden or unusual changes in behavior, thinking, or mood. Be sure that your family or caregiver knows which symptoms may be serious so they can call the doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own. Your doctor will monitor you closely until your symptoms get better.

31 posted on 10/04/2011 8:18:36 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Doogle

I would have died had I not stopped.
I started aerobic (treadmill)and weights. I have a bit of a weight problem but this has made all of my tests better than normal. I can’t stand the smell now, really.
I work out at a private (no cost to me) workout room, and it is now a habit. I do it at 5:30 AM so I can be at work at 8 AM. Work at your own pace and make this a fundamental part of your life. You will be able to substitute a better well being for your habit. Best of luck and prayers to you.


32 posted on 10/04/2011 8:19:46 AM PDT by Shady (The undeniable truth of the Obama Administration...The numbers do not lie.)
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To: Marie

I have quit smoking before. Lasted over 5 years.
I can tell you from experience that the only way to do it is cold turkey... NO DRUGS!

The “crazies” only last a few days to a week or more depending on how much nicotine is in your system.
Once it is out, that is no longer a problem.

However, the urge to smoke a cigarette never really goes away, and comes back at very infrequent times. The longer you go, the less frequent they become, and the less intense... but no more crazies.

I would submit that when you lost it at 4 weeks, you almost had it whipped. For me, one of the things that got me through the crazies was swearing to myself that I would not ever go through them again... but after 5 years when I thought i had it totally whipped, I had a short bout of depression + an unexpected urge that put me over the edge again. I could have resisted, but mistakenly thought that just one cigarette would not throw me back into addiction... and it did. MOST of the addiction is psychological. The crazies go away and stay away fairly quickly... the desire to smoke never does.

The biggest factor that allowed me to stop for 5 years initially was my plea and prayer to God to free me from it.
What a DOPE I was to start again after He answered my prayer!


33 posted on 10/04/2011 8:19:54 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Marie
As I understand the cigarette habit is twofold, one the physical addiction to nicotine and the habit of smoking. I finally quit in 1989, after 19 years a pack a day smoker. The nicotine was the easy part.

At times I will find myself wanting to do something, and realizing it is the habit which never really goes away completely, but it does get easier as time goes by.

NEVER give in, you have come this far.

To help with the crazies try vitamin B complex, calming teas like chamomile, and keep yourself busy. Exercise by walking if you can. Stay off the caffeine, try not to drink alcohol which for smokers you usually want light up when you drink. It's an association thing.

I gained 20 pounds the first month, gained about another 20 in the first year. For me those 40 pounds is still an issue I struggle with, not really sure it's related to smoking any more.

Good luck!

34 posted on 10/04/2011 8:20:05 AM PDT by lula ("The TRUTH has no agenda" Glenn Beck)
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To: Marie

I used Zyban with no nicotine replacement and wouldn’t recommend that if you are seriously addicted to nicotine. If you are, also use a nicotine replacement.

I quit 10 years ago after being a 2-2 1/2 a day smoker, all the way to the filter.

It took approximately 2 weeks for the actual physical symptoms to go away and the moodiness lasted about a month.

The weight gain was about 15lbs. I’m short so it looked like more. Allow yourself to eat if it means not smoking. I did drink a lot of tea and water and remember that to be an excellent distraction.

Make new habits. If you would sit at your table and smoke in the morning, don’t sit at the table, sit outside, sit in the family room, go to a diner for coffee. If you smoked while you drove put something with a very strong flavor in your mouth, mint, gum, candy, whatever.

Quitting was very hard for me. I tried quite a few times before it stuck.

My best piece of advice that got me through the difficult periods AND the easy periods was advice I received from a long-time smoker that quit.

Instead of looking forward to your long-term goal, talk to yourself and convince yourself you can get through the next MINUTE when you’re ready to cave and have a cigarette or your mood is tanking. After that minute is up, talk yourself through the next minute.

When you get yourself through the really difficult times with the thought in mind that you CAN make it through the next MINUTE you’ll find the minutes become easier.

Best of luck and God bless!


35 posted on 10/04/2011 8:20:58 AM PDT by GracieB
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To: Gertie

I said just “quit”.. I would also add, chew lots of flavored sugar free gum, lots of it, that will solve the weight and oral desire.


36 posted on 10/04/2011 8:21:35 AM PDT by Gertie
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To: Marie
Here is how I did it. First off, understand it isn't just the nicotine. There is also a habit that has to be figured into quitting, so it is also a process of breaking that habit.

I cut down to 1 an hour with that you are also breaking a habit. I did that for several months. Then I cut down to 1 every hour and a half. I did that for about a month. Then I went cold turkey. There is about 3 days of withdrawal from the nicotine. Also, expect weight gain. Once, you've truly passed the stress of the habit and the nicotine. It will be easy to lose the weight you've gained.

37 posted on 10/04/2011 8:22:03 AM PDT by shield ((Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Marie

Tried everything to quit for many years with no results. Don’t know about your religious beliefs but I’ll pass on to you what happened to me.

In November of 99 I was at a one-week counseling session in Cape Cod, Mass. On the last night the pastor in charge asked me for one thing that the Lord could do for me. I told him I wanted to quit smoking. He prayed and I haven’t smoked since.

Btw, smoking is an oral fixation so replace the cigarette with a toothpick or a carrot stick until you get over the urge to smoke. All the best to you on your quest.

BZ


38 posted on 10/04/2011 8:23:27 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Marie

Oh, and get a Niacin supplement. (but watch the flush that comes from it. It’s wacky but harmless)
Many times your body can be tricked into believing it is getting nicotine when you take Niacin. They are chemically very close.


39 posted on 10/04/2011 8:24:15 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Marie
I quit cold turkey 25 years ago. Exercise, exercise, and more exercise helped me. I also chewed on Cinnamon toothpicks a lot! I did gain about 15 pounds but dieted and lost it the next year. good luck!
40 posted on 10/04/2011 8:24:26 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Marie

My wife has been smoking about 5 years and has tried the nicotine gum. I bought her one of those e-cigarettes and she hasn’t had a cigarette in going on 5 weeks. You put drops in there and there is an atomizer that turns them into water vapor “smoke” The drops are flavored and you can get some without nicotine and some with. You start out with nicotine drops and gradually cut back by adding non nicotine drops. My wife has been able to quit real cigarettes. Some days she really wants the real thing and she smokes more on the e-cigarette and uses the nicotine gum. I have been impressed with it. Even if she never quits completely the e-cigarette seems to be a whole lot healthier.

It comes in a little case that looks like a cigarette pack that charges it between uses. You can go to vapor.com for more information. It cost $120 with two bottles of drops and she hasn’t even used a quarter of one bottle in almost 5 weeks. She has already saved enough by not having to buy cigarettes to pay for the thing. Hope this helps you. Good luck!!


41 posted on 10/04/2011 8:25:40 AM PDT by albionin
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To: Marie

I quit cold turkey. I smoked for 25 years and tried everything to quit for 20 of those years. The only way I was able to quit was to just find the inner strength to never pick up another cigarette. You really have to commit not so much to quitting, but to NEVER picking up another cigarette. I still tell myself “If I pick up that cigarette, I am a smoker”. The thought of having to quit again keeps me from picking it up. This has worked for me for the past 13 years now. Hope this helps.


42 posted on 10/04/2011 8:26:20 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: marstegreg

I use Equate Nicotine gum, chew 3-4 pieces a day. I have now been a non-smoker for almost two years. Best thing I ever did.


43 posted on 10/04/2011 8:29:07 AM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: albionin

Oops I told you wrong. It’s knockoutvapor.com.


44 posted on 10/04/2011 8:32:18 AM PDT by albionin
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To: Marie
Next time you catch a cold, smoke anyway, smoke more. Force yourself to do it until it hurts.

By the time you are over the cold you will never want to see a cigarette again.

This is how I did it, but I didn't realize I was practicin DIY cigarette aversion-therapy. I just wanted to keep smoking.

45 posted on 10/04/2011 8:32:31 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Marie
Best of luck in your quest.

The bottom line, IMHO, is that if you do not want to quit, you won't. No matter which "crutch" you choose, unless you MENTALLY want to be a non-smoker, you will be a smoker. It's totally psychological, and if you make up your mind one way or the other, you will find your way to stay there.

46 posted on 10/04/2011 8:33:32 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Marie

I quit 4 years ago with the patch. Before that time, I had only ever quit for about two weeks for the same reasons you have had difficulty — just being plain ill! It is difficult, find things to take your mind off of them — crafts, reading. My husband and I both so missed the ‘release’ they gave us — but around about a year later, I was only thankful that I no longer had the ball and chain weighing me down.
I found a saying that helped me too, although I laughed my butt off thinking how corny it was, it really helped! NOPE — Not One Puff Ever. The minute you think you can just have one, the battle is lost.
I believe God played a role in my decision to put them down, and he def helped me through. I have gained about 15 pounds since, but wouldn’t pick them back up for anything —although I have them in my dreams quite often. LOL! Good luck to you!!!


47 posted on 10/04/2011 8:34:38 AM PDT by dubyagee ("I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.")
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To: Marie

I used Commit lozenges. Used the 4 mg, and vowed to use them forever if needed. My body got tired of them after almost a year so I switched to the 2 mg. less than two months later I no longer wanted one. I still carry a lozenge with me, but it expired years ago. The nicotine replacement works. It is the only thing in cigarettes you are really addicted to. The weight gain is because everyone tells you that you will gain weight when you quit. BS. What you experience is the ‘need’ to satisfy the hand-to-mouth reflex. You had that constant satisfaction for years with smokes. Now all that’s left is food. You are not hungry. One of your favorite cigs was after dinner. You miss that one. You avoid it by never finishing dinner!.It can be crazy making, but if you really listen to your body during the process and think about what is happening it will be OK. Adults do not rely on the hand-to-mouth reflex. It was there as an infant. You will overcome it quicker than you think IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING. Oh, and drink about 8 glasses of water a day, without fail.

Get one of the electronic cigs if the hand-to-mouth gets to be too much. (It can be tough). Stick with it. Quit again if you fail. It is the single best thing you can do for yourself. I smoked over a pack a day for 25 years. I haven’t had a cig in going on 8 years now.


48 posted on 10/04/2011 8:34:45 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Free America52

Congrats! You have come soooooo far! I have to tell you that I thought about starting back up for at least 8 years. The cravings (mental) took me 7 years to really overcome. Like I said before, the thought of having to quit agaiin, really keeps me from picking one up. After 13 years, I finally am sure that I will never have to quit again. I wish you the best on this journey. Will pray for your continued success.


49 posted on 10/04/2011 8:39:22 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Free America52

Congrats! You have come soooooo far! I have to tell you that I thought about starting back up for at least 8 years. The cravings (mental) took me 7 years to really overcome. Like I said before, the thought of having to quit agaiin, really keeps me from picking one up. After 13 years, I finally am sure that I will never have to quit again. I wish you the best on this journey. Will pray for your continued success.


50 posted on 10/04/2011 8:39:29 AM PDT by marstegreg
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