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ex smokers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by xirokx, 9 Oct 2007.

  1. xirokx


    Joined: 2 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,383

    Location: N.W London


    I currently smoke around 20 a day have been doing for many years, Im 27 yrs old and really want to quit...

    Just wondered how some of you ex smokers gave up?

    When I think about why I smoke I come up with the following three reasons:-

    a) for having that 1 - 2 mins to myself and relaxing
    b) stress relief
    c) helps me deal with boredom (sometimes)

    trouble is I have never actually tried quitting so cannot relate to the cravings people speak about or the other initial side effects..

    I am aware different things work for different people however I am interested in how people find themselves coping after having quit or alternatively during the process of quitting?

    I have recently acquired a copy of "paul mckennas - quit smoking" the first cd is great has anyone quit totally by listening to this cd?

    Anyway Im not asking for ways in which you quit, more how easy / difficult ppl found it?

    thanks in advance...

  2. Lydzor


    Joined: 19 Apr 2007

    Posts: 781

    Never been a smoker, but apparently doing some powerballing whenever you feel like a smoke is supposed to help.
  3. WotDa


    Joined: 6 Jun 2006

    Posts: 6,014

    Location: Kent

    Stick some chill out music on for a few mins and sit on the sofa.

    Get a stress ball
    Tidy a small area of a room/desk or something.


    Oh, and, seriously, if not give up, just cut down to single figures, then take it from there.
    Last edited: 9 Oct 2007
  4. Azagoth


    Joined: 24 Jul 2005

    Posts: 15,698

    Location: R'lyeh

    I smoked for 20 years+, I gave up on Feb 2nd and haven't looked back. I did it the simple way, I just stopped smoking. No patches, no gum, no placebo tool I just simply stopped! Never even had a craving too!
  5. helmet


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,406

    Patches worked for me, they are something you should try.

    I would have said similar reasons, but my main one and reason for smoking at all is drink.
    If you can avoid drinking situations then all methods have a much better chance of success I think anyway.

    Don't worry about filling up time and being less stressed.
    Time carries on and you sill be stressed regardless if you smoke or not ;).
  6. The Dread Pirate


    Joined: 15 Aug 2007

    Posts: 15,793

    Location: Outside in the bushes

    Those things are dangerous. If you wanna give up smoking I don't recommend the powerball If you wanna lose your life however I would recommend it:p
  7. Wicksta


    Joined: 14 Sep 2005

    Posts: 10,445

    Location: Burnham, Bucks

    That's exactly how I did it too, I believe it's the best way. I went from 20 (and a lot more on weekends) a day to nothing overnight in January, albeit I stopped because I was ill. I just didn't start again and I've not even had a single puff since, even after being totally blind drunk.

    If you really want to give up you will, and it shouldn't be as bad as a lot of people make out.
  8. Lydzor


    Joined: 19 Apr 2007

    Posts: 781

    Lol agreed, they can become addictive! It would certainly fill his criteria though. :p
  9. xirokx


    Joined: 2 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,383

    Location: N.W London

    I often think can the cravings and other side effects be as bad as people make out?

    I guess I will have to quit to findout how easy or hard it maybe for me...

    thanks for all your replies :)
  10. Azagoth


    Joined: 24 Jul 2005

    Posts: 15,698

    Location: R'lyeh

    One quick bit of advice! When you quit, clear the house of anything smoking related. Things like ashtrays, lighters, empty packets and of course any left over fags. Then open the windows and let the fresh air in to take away the smell of the smoke.
  11. ScarySquirrel


    Joined: 13 Jan 2004

    Posts: 23,604

    Location: South East

    To cure bored get a decent set of cards and learn some card tricks. When you're bored, instead of smoking, practice your card handling :)
  12. Dogoid


    Joined: 19 Feb 2007

    Posts: 3,611

    i gave up by reading allen carrs easy way book. il spare you how it works, if you do decide to read it you will find that out anyway, but let me say this, if you really are wanting to give up like i was, the book WILL work.

    Most of my mates have given up reading this , they and me have something in common, we ALL become fed up with smoking.

    i gave the book to 2 members of my family , they seemed as though they would read it, they never , they are scared of being non smokers because they still enjoy smoking.

    Anyhow, i have been a non smoker now for 4 months roughly, never had a single craving, and numerous physical advantages are there awaiting anyone who decides to quit smoking.

    give it a go, its only 111 pages.
    Last edited: 9 Oct 2007
  13. AndrewPE28


    Joined: 6 Jan 2003

    Posts: 735

    I gave up with the help of Zyban and small amounts of nicotine snorted into my craving nostrils :D.

    However I tried patches and hated them. Do whatever you need to stop. Some people can go cold turkey, some need help.

    It's whatever works for you. Goto the doctors, then you can get everything on prescription,i.e patches, gum, zyban etc.... far cheaper that way.
  14. Fothsn


    Joined: 2 Nov 2006

    Posts: 3,998

    Location: Leeds, West Yorks.

    Yes the first few days are VERY tough, expect a rough ride that’s if you’re going cold turkey like I did IMO that’s the only way, I’ve stopped now for 6mths and its great :) you feel much stronger mentally and physically you won’t regret giving up.

    Good Luck :)
  15. mad_allan


    Joined: 17 Dec 2003

    Posts: 3,218

    Location: Peterborough

    I was the same back in January :)

    I used patches for 3 weeks, followed by cold turkey. hardest thing I have ever done.

    It wasn't the cravings that got me, more the habit of getting up, going for a smoke and taking a break from work / pc / etc...

    I found having a pen in my mouth helped, as I seemed to smoke that :o

    My Sister, Fianceé and i quit together, they both started again after a month. One had hypnotherapy, one read Alan Carr book. I used patches.

    The hardest thing for me was controlling my temper and not falling out with everybody for no reason. I was snapping and very argumentative but it only lasted a couple of weeks.

    I don't even think about it now but must admit, I am one of those ex smokers that smokers hate. It stinks and I don't like being around it.
  16. benneh


    Joined: 9 Apr 2004

    Posts: 9,170

    Location: Nr. brumijum

    I quit a year and something ago, from 25-35 a day (from say 14-15yo). Erm, I don't know what to say really. Just make the decision and stick with it. I haven't smoked again, but I think about it some days maybe 20 times. And after meals it can be hard, or late at night. But you just have to make the decision and show conviction.
  17. singist


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,446

    Location: Student Hell Headingley

    I was a smoker for over 40 years. It cost me two major heart attacks and a small fortune but I managed by using Zyban in the end. The drug blocks the receptors in the brain so it doesn't matter how much nicotine you take, you don't get the buzzzz.
    Given the above, all you have to do is get your mind set right and it'll be over in no time.

    Good luck.
  18. Ant C


    Joined: 8 Sep 2007

    Posts: 193

    Another vote for Alan Carrs Easy Way book.
  19. Wyrdo


    Joined: 19 Feb 2004

    Posts: 15,055

    Location: Darlington, UK

    Same for me, I'd been a smoker for around 16 years and was on 20-30 a day and more at weekends.

    That book is a real help, give it a try.
  20. Sonea Fifer


    Joined: 13 Dec 2006

    Posts: 6,735

    Location: On the forest moon Endor

    Am sure i've posted before stating I stopped smoking cigarettes nearly three years ago now - though i still enjoy the occasional cigar i'd consider myself a social smoker :D

    I found the easiest and cheapest way to stop was to buy a few packs of these:-


    Any cigarrete after one of them is going to put you off them for good ;)