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Old 08-02-2012, 04:49 PM
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Question Quitting Smoking

I am a smoker and have been for 24 years. I want to quit. I had a bad scare with some chest pains and being unable to breathe etc (fortunately found out it was a bacterial infection) however of course I was told I need to quit smoking.

I have tried several times with patches and gum and have always relapsed and failed

I am thinking of trying again but this time just by trying to go cold turkey.
Has anyone here quit smoking cold turkey? How hard is it? Will I go insane and make everyone around me hate me?
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:58 PM
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I've quit smoking a couple different times (1 time cold turkey, 1 time with gum, 1 with patch.) The last time I did it with a patch and haven't had a cigarette in 2 years
I did have an allergic reaction to the patch 2 months in and had to go "cold turkey" off the patches.. I was irritable for about a week, but nothing too intense. Really, it's getting out of the hand to mouth habit. I got the patches from my state's quit line (I did a Google and Florida has one, too!) and they will help you commit to a quit plan, plus the coaches are available 24/7. I highly suggest calling them! Best of luck!
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Good for you for wanting to quit!! I smoked since I was 14, I'm 57 now. This Feburary I decided to quit. I did it cold turkey. The first night is the hardest. You have to do something to take your mind off the cigarette. Go clean the house, clean your closet, take your dogs for a walk, talk to someone. Anything to keep you busy and tired enough to sleep that night. Then if you can get through the next three days as you detox, you will have it made. You will be irritable and snappy, I just warned everyone and apologized ahead of time to my family. Stay away from anyone else who smokes and that will help, too. When you get the urge, try chewing gum or sucking on a hard candy. That helps cut the craving. Best of luck, you will love saving the money you spend on cigs and your will be able to smell and taste better. It's been 6 months and I have absolutely no cravings.
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I gave up a year and a half ago. I just stopped. It was only really difficult for the first two weeks, after that the cravings were manageable. Took about a year before the urge to smoke went away though.
I tried to keep my hands busy (I make jewellery etc) and drank a lot of coffee! I also found myself sucking my thumb .... It is hard to find something that occupies your hands and your mouth lol.
It is definitely do-able, so good luck
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I don't think I can do the patch route again. The last time I tried they made me extremely sick. So its cold turkey for me this time. I have been smoking since I was 16, I am 40 now.
Hopefully this time can be a success.
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I was lucky never to start.
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My husband quit after years but before he quite he rolled his own smokes with tabaco with not much nicotine and no chemicals all natural , and he kept making it weaker until one day he quite.
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This was my husband & I's New Year's resolution this year!! Like you, we've tried before, so I knew I didn't want to go cold turkey. I bought the Volcano E-cigs & I love them! They have been my savior!
Seems like people all around me are wanting to quit. I've been offering my support to a friend on FB that's been quit cold turkey for 3 days now.
As I've told him--Smoking is 70% habit & 30% addiction. The E-cigs filled the void where the real cigs used to be. I watched videos & researched the e-cigs to see if they're harmful & haven't found any evidence that they are.
What ever way you choose to quit, know that you'll find plenty of support here. Buy lots of hard candies & gum & fruit. Change your daily routine as much as you can to trick your body into forgetting those cigs. Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm 8 months Cigarette-free & still going! It started to get easier for me between the 2nd & 3rd month, but you'll notice immediately your sense of smell & taste will return!! It's amazing!!! Orange juice is great to drink as it seems to help rid your body of the nicotine.
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