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Any Tips On How To Quit Smoking?

I've Been Smoking For About 5 years Now, I've Tried Quitting Several Times And Nothing Seems To Get Me Through. people Say When I'm Ready To Quit It'll Happen. Well I've Been Ready And Here I Am Still Puffing Away. any Tips?

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If you're still doing it, you're not ready. lol
I said at one time, I was going to quit drinking soda. I wanted to, but I never "wanted" it bad enough.
One day I just decided I was done, that's been a couple months ago.
Still to this day, I'm soda free.
Why do you smoke?
Are you bored? Find something to do every time you get the urge to smoke.
Are you smoking because everyone else is? Stay away from smokers.
Are you hungry? Eat something healthy.
More or less you need to do things that are healthy when you feel the urge to smoke. Get your mind off having a cigarette.

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The Dew is calling you in a ghostly, barely audible whisper "CJ, do the Dewwww, to the Dewwww!"
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*do, lol, autocorrect. That's a huge achievement, seriously. And great advice:) I'm quitting (smoking) at the moment, myself.
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Well congrats to you! I'm sure that smoking is like any other addiciton, even caffeine. So hopefully my advice will help the both of you.
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Such a nasty habit though! People lose "attractive" points because they smoke!
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I know it, and I'm running low on those as is, lol. But even beyond health and aesthetics, I see it as a form of corporate born slavery. I want out!!! Lol.
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Well, if you want something badly enough, you can have it.
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That philosophy gets me out of bed every morning:)
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well there are nicotine chewing gums available as a substitute for cigarette...that can help..but in the end its your will power that can help you quit the habit! :)

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Baby steps. First, it's a learned behavior, and second, your body has gotten use to the level of nicotine in the blood. You have to deal with both. The patch and the gum both deal with levels of nicotine your body craves. You have to work on the learned part where you're use to your smoking routine, like in the morning, after meals, when you're out drinking with friends etc. You have to retrain yourself. And don't get too discouraged if you slip up. Figure out why it happened and how you can avoid it. You learned this behavior over 5 years, it's not like it'll go away overnight. Good luck.

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It Sounds Like You've Tried And Gone Through This Yourself. I Get Super Pissed Off, I Cuss Out Every One And Everything While Trying To Quit. How Do I keep Myself Calm?
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I haven't. I just like psychology a lot especially when it deals with drugs. I a little weird that way. =] Anyway, the irritability that comes with smoking is part of the withdrawal. The nicotine makes you feel good so taking it away will put you in a bad mood. That's why I don't think you should quit cold turkey unless you can afford the patch or the gum so you can get some nicotine in your system. If you can't afford it, try keeping a log of how much you smoke in a day for a week. Then start cutting it down slowly. Like one less cigarette each day for a week and keep doing that. Also having some reward system is nice too, maybe have a jar where the money that would be going into buying packs would go into. So let's say packs are $5 and I think there's 20 cigarettes in a pack (it has been a while since I bought a pack), you put a quarter for each one you didn't smoke. When you start seeing that fill up you can see your progress and how good that feels to save money you can spend on something you want.
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I Think I'll Try This! Hopefully Cutting Back Helps With The Irritability Part Haha. Thanks
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I'm in the middle of it myself, after 20 years, Call. It's been 3 twitchy days now. There's some great advice here, and if you take a glance at my questions, I asked the same this morning and got some great answers there too. My own advice is this: I fail at every attempt I've made so far, and that's about every two or three months for the last year and a half. But here's the benefit, every time I make a new attempt, I get that much closer to the odds shifting in my favor. Someday soon, I know I'll see it through, and win the battle. Don't let a failed attempt stop you if it happens that way. Perseverance is key. The benefits of quitting *crush* the reasons to keep smoking.

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Spoken like a true poker player... ;-)
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Lol, poker and life have so much in common;)
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Look at peacelovejoy's answer. It brought up a good tip.
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I don't know how to help you with this one, but I can tell you what NOT to do. Don't take Chantix. I worked a phone line once, we received incoming calls from people with lawsuit claims for asbestos, some of those knee replacement products and so on. One of the products we took calls for was Chantix. I'm telling you it was a nightmare. This medication can cause people to become extremely hostile, even to the point of getting into physical fights. It can lead to thoughts or suicide. Callers had lost their jobs because they couldn't get along with anyone, lost their families, lost their mental health. And...get this...the symptoms don't necessarily stop because you stop taking the medication. Stay away from this medication, ...and, please, spread the word. Good luck!

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My grandpa used to smoke a lot so we replaced his cigarettes with slim jims and he soon quit. Part of the smoking addiction comes from routine. if you still have something relative in size, then it should be similar.

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You know that is SO TRUE ! a friend of mine said the hardest thing was trying to figure out what to do with her hands. She was always lighting a cigarette, driving with one , holding one, on and on so you really brought up a good point!
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I quit after 30 years. Do something different at the times/places that you normally smoked. Start a new hobby. I like sanding and painting old things. It makes you accept that you used to smoke during this time and now you do something different. The first 2 weeks are the hardest. Then after 2 months you feel a big relief that it's history. Go for it. Just do it. You can do it.

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I would recommend buying a type of cigarette that you don't like if you like menthols then buy reds and you disliking the taste will cause you to want to smoke less. Then only smoke until the craving goes away and put the cigarette out and when you get the craving light that same cigarette it will taste worse than before. Eventually this will cause you to want to smoke less and less until you eventually stop wanting to smoke at all and lose the cravings. I would also recommend getting sun flower seeds just to replace that bodily action involved with smoking so you dont just light a cigarette to have something to do with your hands and mouth.

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I wad on a smoke break at my last job and an older gentleman told me that when he wanted to quit smoking he just put it off as ling as he could. When he got the urge to smoke he'd keep saying oh another half hour another half hour etc and eventually he didn't want it anymore it may take awhile but its worth a try

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Visit someone in a hospital that has lung cancer! You won't believe what they must go thru. Hope U don't mind needles. But don't worry. I think 21 percent survive. Good luck, if U keep smoking, U may be lucky. Yeah right!

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