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Just Stubbed My Last Ever Cigarette

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The downside of giving up the Weed is that some become paranoid about any comment that doesn't suit them. If the Cap Fits..............cheesy.gif .

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Good luck Neeranam. Been trying to kick them myself for a few months now. Have cut down drasticly but still not completely off them. A couple of freinds have had good success with E cigs and I think I'll give them a try.

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My dad quit cold turkey after being 20+ years of 2 pack plus guy. He's military man and is very disciplined.

I switched to ecig last year and haven't puffed a cigarette in almost one year. I feel like my current option is much more healthier. I think my lung is also telling me this and I can walk much longer. Now I am very sensitive to the smoking smell and find it not to my liking.

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Still no cigarette but did take some nicotine in the form of Swedish Snus. Looks like I'm going the tapering route. This is the route I have used for other drugs like benzodiazepines(another real **** to get off) which worked.

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Many years ago in the UK my mate used to smoke Capstan Full Strength at more than a pack a day.

He used to cough like a broken old tractor and all his clothes smelled of tobacco.

He gave up smoking overnight about 40 years ago and became a reformed person.

It only took one man to convice him.

His doctor gave him the life or death choice. Quit smoking, exercise a bit and diet a bit and live a long time or stay as you are and die young.

He was 72 this year. Motivation is such a wonderful thing.

On the other hand my Mum didn't take that advice until she was 67 and died 2 years later of lung cancer. She used to smoke Rhodian and Embassy

According to my doctor my lungs are fine. It is just that I am a fat, lazy, bald and ugly bugger but I am happy which makes up for most of it.

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Looks like I'm going the tapering route.

I don't wish to discourage you but cold turkey is the best and quickest method. You now realise how stupid you were to take up the habit in the first place. You now realise how stupid you were to start smoking again after deciding to quit on previous occasions. Soon you might realise that 'the tapering route' is an excuse to not quit totally.

You need to punish yourself for years of smoking, rejecting proven health advise. Going cold turkey will be the best punishment you can administer to yourself. In the short term, become anti-social with all your smoking mates, who might tempt you to have just one more with your next cold beer. Have your walking shoes ready for those times when you feel the need for a nicotine hit. Start exercising to keep your mind off smoking and to take care of any weight gain. Keep yourself occupied with new activities until you are able to relax without the habit of reaching for your smokes. Bottle up your anger towards your kids when their noise starts to irritate you, and bottle up your anger towards posters like me who push you to your limits. Convert that bottled energy into determination to get through the next day without smoking and without thinking about smoking..and then the next day....and then the next day.

The more days of cold turkey, the easier it becomes.

Report back to this thread in six months time with good news, and a clean breath.

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Still no cigarette but did take some nicotine in the form of Swedish Snus. Looks like I'm going the tapering route. This is the route I have used for other drugs like benzodiazepines(another real **** to get off) which worked.

The cracks are beginning to appear.

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Still no cigarette but did take some nicotine in the form of Swedish Snus. Looks like I'm going the tapering route. This is the route I have used for other drugs like benzodiazepines(another real **** to get off) which worked.

The cracks are beginning to appear.

Wow, you're supportive. Cracks are NOT beginning to appear. Quitting substance abuse is an adaptive and continual process.

Neeranam. I would walk away from it all. Your addiction is to nicotine. The amount of people who "quit" smoking to then have to "quit" patches/gum/etc is alarming. Who is making the money from all this? Who are you giving your money to just to kill yourself?

Honestly, malcolminthemiddle has proved my point about people coming in and picking at your weaknesses. Did you really think that you wouldn't have weak moments? I remember my wife coming back home after 10 days off cigarettes late and tetchy. I finally got it out of her that she had got angry, directed it at me (because I told her to quit smoking or quit me) and went off to a cafe to smoke. She smoked 3 and then felt terrible. That was the last for her. This is the same girl that gave birth to our daughter in a bathroom with only me for company without any pain relief or assistance. You want tough? That's my wife and she still had a moment of weakness.

Pick yourself up and walk on....lesson learned!

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Looks like I'm going the tapering route.

I don't wish to discourage you but cold turkey is the best and quickest method. You now realise how stupid you were to take up the habit in the first place. You now realise how stupid you were to start smoking again after deciding to quit on previous occasions. Soon you might realise that 'the tapering route' is an excuse to not quit totally.

You need to punish yourself for years of smoking, rejecting proven health advise. Going cold turkey will be the best punishment you can administer to yourself. In the short term, become anti-social with all your smoking mates, who might tempt you to have just one more with your next cold beer. Have your walking shoes ready for those times when you feel the need for a nicotine hit. Start exercising to keep your mind off smoking and to take care of any weight gain. Keep yourself occupied with new activities until you are able to relax without the habit of reaching for your smokes. Bottle up your anger towards your kids when their noise starts to irritate you, and bottle up your anger towards posters like me who push you to your limits. Convert that bottled energy into determination to get through the next day without smoking and without thinking about smoking..and then the next day....and then the next day.

The more days of cold turkey, the easier it becomes.

Report back to this thread in six months time with good news, and a clean breath.

Harsh but BANG ON! Nice one Mighty Mouse.

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Good luck mate, remember real friends won't try you on to have "just one more". Let us know how it's going.

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Wow, you're supportive. Cracks are NOT beginning to appear. Quitting substance abuse is an adaptive and continual process.

Dear Daftvader,

Quitting is not about being adaptive it is about being stubborn. The continual process you mention is maintaining that stubborness to never take another puff or nicotine supplement. If you don't believe me ask anyone who has tried to quit and failed, including Neeranam, they all have the same reason why they failed.

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Wow, you're supportive. Cracks are NOT beginning to appear. Quitting substance abuse is an adaptive and continual process.

Dear Daftvader,

Quitting is not about being adaptive it is about being stubborn. The continual process you mention is maintaining that stubborness to never take another puff or nicotine supplement. If you don't believe me ask anyone who has tried to quit and failed, including Neeranam, they all have the same reason why they failed.

I see your point and appreciate the input.

However, I know some who have quit smoking by using nicotine patches etc.

Had some snus again today but less than yesterday.

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Wow, you're supportive. Cracks are NOT beginning to appear. Quitting substance abuse is an adaptive and continual process.

Dear Daftvader,

Quitting is not about being adaptive it is about being stubborn. The continual process you mention is maintaining that stubborness to never take another puff or nicotine supplement. If you don't believe me ask anyone who has tried to quit and failed, including Neeranam, they all have the same reason why they failed.

Firstly, Happy New Year all. I hope the OP found a way through what has to have been a difficult evening.

malcominthemiddle I hope your mis-spelling of my moniker was a mistake.

Quitting is very much about being adaptive. Being stubborn is a great ally but you are setting the OP up for a fall. What if he does relapse? How does he cope with that if it is viewed as a fail? Remember that people all have strength but in different ways. For example, you will never meet a more belligerent person than me (without that person being insane or obstructive). Even then when I gave up smoking I had to utilise changing goals and standards to get me through the tough points. Once I quit I never touched another cigarette again (not specifically true as I smoke a couple of joints over the past few years but each time it was fairly easy to walk away) during the initial 10 years. It REALLY wasn't easy and I was very fortunate to give up with another person (my then partner who is still a good friend but sadly she relapsed as her, now, husband is a smoker). Both of us were as bloody minded as the other not to be the looser!

Please remember that being adaptive doesn't mean changing substance but taking the time to understand why you are feeling low, lethargic, agitated and then GOING FOR A F*****G WALK.

I do agree with you that stubborness is VERY important, but know that it does set a VERY narrow path that not all of us can tread. This is a VERY long distance race indeed. I have quit amphetamines, marijuana (not physically addicted but certainly a way of life), heavy social drinking, over-eating and smoking. Smoking was, but a country mile, the hardest as it is so socially acceptable that it is much harder to get away from.

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Well, I gave up the snus 3 days ago so this is my 3rd day nicotine free and it feels good. Glad I tapered with the snus. My opinion is that there is less likelihood of relapse if there is a slow taper.

Actually, my taper was quite fast really.

I am waking up earlier than normal but feel more aware and free from the bondage of addiction.

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Well, I gave up the snus 3 days ago so this is my 3rd day nicotine free and it feels good. Glad I tapered with the snus. My opinion is that there is less likelihood of relapse if there is a slow taper.

Actually, my taper was quite fast really.

I am waking up earlier than normal but feel more aware and free from the bondage of addiction.

Great news. Remember that there will.be tough times ahead. Try and predict so you can plan. Keep busy and keep us up to date. We're all with you.

Sent from my phone, hence brevity and gypos

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