Ok I have decided that I will be making a serious attempt at quitting smoking. I have thought about it for some time now and have quit twice in the past cold turkey for about 4 months.
What I was wondering is if any others of you have successfully quit and if so what was your method.
I am considering cutting down on smoking, maybe cut the amount in half and substituting with nicotine gum. Then cutting down even more and maybe using a patch if I still feel cravings. I'm not sure of all the products out their and what is over the counter and what isn't. I've seen people use the drug Zaiban and have heard of it work and have also seen it fail. I haven't consulted my doctor but I'll probably go talk to a pharmacist today at lunch and get his/her thoughts on the matter. My doctor is new to me so doesn't really know all that much about me.
If any of you guys could give some suggestions that would be cool. Thanks.
I quit cold turkey a couple times and ended up going back. I haven't had a cigarette in about 6 months now. I just quit because I knew it was doing more bad than good.
My doctor put me wellbutrin to help quit smoking as well as give me more energy. It's an anti-depressant I think. Ask your doctor about it, it made cigarettes taste like crap and my cravings went down.
It sucked, but in the end it's worth it.
Basically, I just started cutting back gradually until I was only smoking 5 cigarettes or so a day, unless I went out drinking or something.
I then stopped buying them. Stopped carrying money, so I COULDN'T buy them
That reminds me. I had quit for months and I ended up drinking one weekend and smoked a pack of cigarettes in one night and that's what started me back on the habit.
Why does drinking cause people to crave cigarettes?
I don't know but I quit smoking for 4 months cold turkey...no cutting down just stopping...then came Octoberfest and I was up in kitchener/waterloo (where the party is at for that event) and was drinking my face off and then just started smoking like a cannon again.
Everyone was pretty pissed that I did as they were all quite pleased that I made it that far...maybe for the first little while I'll allow some smoking in bars but will try to avoid bars as much as possible.
Bah general health forum sucks...or mebbe ppl are just bein inactive today...i'm sure half you chronics smoke or smoked so help a brutha out...actually those that are still smoking need not apply...
I used to smoke.
I started cutting down by stopping in the morning (because of workouts)... and then not smoking for several hours afterwards...
Gradually I just kept having my first cigarette later and later in the day, until one day i ended up going to bed before I could light up.
I was over a pack a day for a full year.
Go to the doctor and get some wellbutrin. Trust me.
I never smoked and never will. I am dead set against it. I just want to congratulate you on taking the first step and wish you luck in quitting.
I had a friend who smoked like a chimney. He got hyponized once and quit just like that. Never had one again....at least as far as I know.
i smoked for 9 years
started when i was 15
when i quit i was putting down 1/2 to 1 pack of american spirits a day (heavy tar)
i quit cold turkey so to speak
i used nicotine gum for the first month or so and regular sugarless gum for a while afterwards
I would puff on a fat doobie to take care of the craving to have something in your hand
Also the doobie did wonders for eliminating cravings. They usually would smoke for a while so it worked wonders
it will be 3 years this january and i haven't had a (tobacco) smoke since the day i decided to quit
I actually can remeber the first time I ever tried to smoke and after quitting many times.... I'm done. Being sick hasn't really let me smoke and I haven't had a desire to either (kinda weird) But it has been about a month now and I hadn't even thought about it.
how old did you think i was?
I can relate.
I'm trying to quit drinking right now, with mixed results.
I haven't had anything to drink since Sunday, but its damn hard not to.
Focusing on other activities and convincing myself that I have better things to do seems to work.
But it won't take much at this stage to push me right back in.
OK I swore I wouldn't use this again... But why do you need to drink when you have :hump:?
By the way Good job so far :)
Someone a little edgy that they arn't getting any :hump:?
I haven't had any :hump: in *censored* years-- if it hasn't bothered me in that long, I can't see why it would now.
doc...not 27! *lol*
dl...it's only a big deal if you make it a big deal homie. (quitting i mean, not humping)
Hahaha...I knew when I saw 18 replies that my thread had degenerated... :D
Thanks for the responses anyway...I think I'll try the gum...although I saw that nicorette is pretty fookin expensive... oh well...last time I quit I think I gained 40lbs in the 4 months I was off...but I was totally inactive at the time so now I don't expect the same results...
Doc I don't know if replacing smoking with pot is the ideal method of quitting though! :p
ahh yes but now i no longer smoke cigs i can do all the things i couldn't while smoking
tryska, did you think i was older/ younger :confused:
presumed you were younger, but really smart for your age or something. ;)
*chooses to remain age-less*
well we can be the senior citizens of WBB ;)