Okay here's the deal I've been trying to quit smoking for 12 days now... Haven't picked one up .... I'm officially at the nail biting phase... Not the oral fixation phase but the nicotine wants nail biting till my cuticles bleed mode... Are there any former cigarette smokers with suggestions to help kick the addiction.... Please don't suggest eating things or lollipops.. I don't need something to supplement the nicotine...
I deff don't want to be the one to give up nicotine with nicotine seems kind of hypocritical to me.
E- cigs especially the flavored ones.
A can of oxygen which surprisingly helps. And just holding an inscent between the fingers, donno why, that one just kinda took the edge off.
Hi recent quitter here. Been nictoine free for 5 weeks although had a relapse 2 weeks in. Cold turkey all the way and i would advise to avoid e cigs as there still give you that hand to mouth action which you need to avoid and also still have nicotine in. I have quit several times in the past and think with every attempt it becomes slightly easier.
Things that have helped me firstly was drinking loads of water and constantly having chewing gum.
On my last quit i joined a no smoking forum which i posted on all through the day as there are many people going through exactly what you are at the same time. Everyones really nice and supportive and can give tons of tips.
Reading up on addiction and what smoking actually does to your body, not just now but in the future.
Educating yourself always helps.
Another BIG decision i made is to completlely avoid triggers until your much stronger. Eg... drinking alcohol, tea/coffee, pubs or environments where smoking was part of it. (Some can still manage to do this but for me its a battle i dont want to go through yet)
Go to bed early
Brushing your teeth, eating an apple (to get through them immediate cravings)
Cry when you need to i was and have been so emotional. Its a journey and its your journey and everyday that your nicotine free is a massive accomplishment and will do your confidence the world of good.
There are many websites i would recommend to have a lool over
Nosmokingday.org.uk (the forum i joined)
Sorry this was such a long post its just that i totally sympathise and understand what your going through.
Trust me if i did it you can too!!! I have been smoking since 13, now 31 on 15-20 roll ups per day.
Excercise and joining the gym is now my replacement and i have never felt better. I wish you luck and im sure your stronger than you think!!!! X
The e-cigs all don't have nicotine in them. You can get the liquids without it. If you can quit cold turkey do it. I'm going on 5 days without a cigarette and I'm doing good. I however do use the e-cig (vaper) in the mornings. lots of juices and water also.
Yeah I want to keep going cold turkey... I don't want to have to wean myself off an e cigg after I kick the real ciggs
Good luck! Stay motivated
I read 'The Easy Way To Stop Smoking' and stopped completely and have been smoke free for a few years now
Honestly? I used to smoke for years and tried to give up for years.
I could go through the long list of periods in which I succeeded only to fail again and the countless of different ways I tried but it won't help you.
We are all different so what may work for one person may not for another.
One thing is for sure...none worked for me.
In the end? I can't even tell you what really happened apart for a change in attitude and the way I looked at it.
I stopped seeing it as me sacrificing something I enjoyed. Thinking about it, I now understand that I may subconsciously have listed all the things I loved about smoking (zero) and how that little stick ruled my life.
Down to what I ate. What I tasted. How quickly I needed to leave the table to light up. How my mood changed.
I just stopped. I didn't even think of it as stopping. When you make a big deal out of something you're expecting it to be an impossible challenge. You psychologically make it harder on yourself and make room for failure. It gives you that safety net of 'trying is good but it does not mean I can't fail and try again' mentality. More you talk about it the more you believe it.
Stupid calendars that tell you 'great...you survived day 3' do not help with the illusion.
You need to change your mindset before you succeed. My only valuable tip.
I really wish you the best and hope something (however small) in my long essay can help.
I've quit twice and I'm quitting again right now. (I did actually quit before. 5+ years each time).
Anyway, the way I do it is with "the patch" (sorry, it is nicotine, but I want my husband and kids to survive this), tea/coffee and jolly ranchers.
Works for me!
Can you track and write down the emotions that you are experiencing? These emotions may be connected to stories or toughts that I arise with them. Take note. Then find out how you can address thess the emotions.