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So I am considering attempting to stop smoking. Gonna make an appointment to see the doctor next week to see what they can offer but thought I'd ask what other products (gum, patches etc.) others has … Read More
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
So I am considering attempting to stop smoking. Gonna make an appointment to see the doctor next week to see what they can offer but thought I'd ask what other products (gum, patches etc.) others has found to be helpful.

Thanks in advance
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
balls...cold turkey.dont buy any and make sure u have things with you at times you would smoke..etc have gum,music, something to read to distract you.DONT go outside to "smoking" areas and possibly try jogging etc to get fit-u'll feel the difference much quicker then.
did all this between xmas and new years and havnt looked back-saving myself a fortune!!
#2
shaneomac
balls...cold turkey.dont buy any and make sure u have things with you at times you would smoke..etc have gum,music, something to read to distract you.DONT go outside to "smoking" areas and possibly try jogging etc to get fit-u'll feel the difference much quicker then.
did all this between xmas and new years and havnt looked back-saving myself a fortune!!


Yeah I really don't think I can handle that. I am a very heavy smoker, and have smoked for about 10 years. Currently smoking hand rolling tobacco. I have never tried to quite before as I know it will be a nightmare as I have a very addictive personality and for the most part still enjoy smoking. Really looking for anything to make it easier.
#3
well good luck mate,make no mistake about it-its gonna be hard as ****,but trust me-after the first week and the first nite out drinking, it gets easier.i was in the same circumstances, also smoked weed, but quit it and now training for a marathon..try coffee...or in my case...earl grey tea!lol!sounds riduclous but its true!
#4
oh by the way...i know u can def make an apppointment with your local pharmacist without seeing your doc, and they give you all sorts of leaflets and advice..pretty sure they can give u some sort of nictotine replacement therapy free for a bit too...best of luck whatever you do-personally i think its all about willpower...kick it now!
best of luck!
Shane
#5
I stopped smoking last July after smoking 20 a day for close to 15 years. I saw a smoking cessation counsellor arranged through my local doctors surgery (you don't need to see the doctor just mention it at the reception and a counsellor will contact you via phone to make an appointment.
I was very weary about seeing anyone but after my 1st appointment I was glad I did and saw her every week. The counsellor will take your carbon monoxide level readings every week and is a great motivation when you see the levels dropping.
After trying patchess and gum previously (patches didnt help psychologically and gum tickled the back of my throat making me feel sick) I decided to try the inhalator so that it would give me something to do with my hands (the hand to mouth smoking habit is something which other nicotine replacement therapies do not address but is a massive part of the smoking habit)
I just used to pick up the inhalator every now and again for a quick puff not when i needed a fag but just as something to do. The trick is to puff on it regularly to keep your nicotine levels high enough not to crave. After getting into the habit of using the inhalator I totally didnt crave smoking whatsoever and very naturally and gradually needed the inhalator less and less. Now and again I fancy a smoke but I know that I honestly do not need one chemically so just rely on willpower not to give in.
Sorry to go on but I am quite passionate about how easy it was to stop smoking by using the inhalator. Definitely without a doubt go to your doctors to arrange to see a smoking cessation counsellor though. You will have no regrets just a fatter wallet and better breath!
#6
good luck!
#7
Dont think about stopping....do it.

I stopped smoking a few years ago and now I cant stand ciggy smoke at all. I feel so much better for not smoking and I know that I will never smoke another cancer stick in my life.

You'll notice a huge difference in the cash that you save as well, which will obviously give you more money to spend on other things, so your life will improve in so many ways.

Good luck :thumbsup:
#8
I agree with Shaneomac, I tried a few different methods but I had to jump in with both feet and go cold turkey to stop for good.

My weakness without a doubt was alcohol and as soon as I had a pint in my hand I immediately felt lost without a ciggy in the other. My solution was again cold turkey, stop drinking, concentrate on fitness. After a while I would treat myself to a bottle of beer until I finally got used to drinking without smoking and now I really can't stand ciggarette smoke.

Without a doubt one of the best moves I have EVER made in my life and I know for a fact I will never smoke again. Best of luck buddy.
#9
Oh and another thing I'll add... Everyone is different, I'll never preach that my way was the best way, just the best way for me. Find what works for you and good luck quiting.
#10
Hello,

Guess what? My o/h has just done this too......... Having been stinking - sorry - i mean smoking for ooooohhhh a VERY long time - I used to smoke at least 20 a day sometimes - anyway - that a different story, so I know how hard it is to give up....
So after years of me being a 'reformed' s,oker and begging her to give up... She finally took the plunge after trying and failing so many other times before...
She went to the Drs, and they prescribed some kind of tablets that she had to take for a fe weeks before or similar, then no more fags.

But the Dr did tell her that she has to be SERIOS because the drugs are pretty strong I think?

Nevertheless - IT WORKED!

The craving wasn't there - and believe me she smoked! uuuurrggg!
She can now smell things again, taste things again and whats more this option really DID work......

so whateve option you choose, my advice would be no matter what yo do, speak to the GP, as yes - you CAN get things from OTC at the Chemist, but nothing beats a Drs prescription if you are DEADLY serious!!
#11
I agree with all the above. If you get really bad cravings ask your GP about Champix, the have helped a lot of people I know. Best of luck!
#12
Hi Resarf
Keep a bottle of water or something you enjoy drinking with you. It keeps your hands busy. So take sips of the water instead of drags of the fag. Another idea is buy a packet of lemon drops sweets. Sucking lemon drops was a tip i picked up from a Haruki Murakami novel. If you don't like candy try some sugar free gum. Also being distracted will help. Make a list of all the stuff you have been putting off doing and that might take your mind off of the smoking. Wishing you good luck and plenty of will power:) kudos to you for wanting to be healthier.
#13
Think of the money you will save!!
#14
i stopped smoking 13 years ago. got hypnotised, cost £30 went once and hated cigs after it, they made me nauseous just looking at them. best thing iv'e ever done. wasn't long before my circulation,lung capacity and general health improved. used to be crippled with bronchitis every winter. haven't had it since. good luck, hope you succeed:thumbsup:

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