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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #40 on: May 03, 2017, 06:14:49 pm »
I was smoking right up until the end of my first month on HRT(have been since 10)...I went to see my Psychologist, it was in the middle of some fairly traumatic stuff and I had just started HRT. Anyway I was standing having a fag when I saw her this day just as she arrived and she waved at me on her way inside.

As we were about to finish up the session which again had been a really difficult one(me being stubborn...surprise surprise) she said to me something like this

" You have sat there week after week expressing your pain and frustration about having to wait for HRT and finally you are here is that not enough motivation to give up."

Now I didn't say much but inwardly I was seething...I was just so angry with her...How dare she...what the hell right has she got to say to me....

As I calmed down on the drive home it struck me that apart from whatever else I had to say, she was right...how many more excuses could I find, I had been finding them for years...

So I quit the next day and told no one for the first week...My wife noticed after 24 hours and asked me about it. I told her I don't smoke cigarettes anymore...she said Oh you have given up...I said no, I don't smoke anymore...and I haven't since. I dealt with it the same way I dealt with my Alcohol Problems. The solution can only come from me.

I am coming up to 1 year smoke free and one of the biggest things about giving up for me was I am no longer constantly worried about the harm I am doing to myself. It used to worry me all the time(as I puffed away) and a swift kick in the slats helped immensely to but things in perspective for me.

The benefits have been huge with a small downside of gaining about 6-7 KG along with 2-3 from the implanted E...I can and am losing the weight. I would sooner put on a little weight and feel the way I do than smoke.

 

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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #41 on: May 13, 2017, 10:01:52 am »
Now it's 5 weeks. I guess I become a nonsmoker.

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I hope this goes well for you. Nicotine is the most viciously addictive drug commonly available in our society. It will take a lot longer than a couple of months to be over it, but I hope you stay with it. There's probably nothing you'll ever do that will be better for your health or your appearance than stopping smoking. Good luck to you and everyone else on this thread.
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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #42 on: June 25, 2017, 08:13:00 am »
I hope this goes well for you. Nicotine is the most viciously addictive drug commonly available in our society. It will take a lot longer than a couple of months to be over it, but I hope you stay with it. There's probably nothing you'll ever do that will be better for your health or your appearance than stopping smoking. Good luck to you and everyone else on this thread.

Now it's 3 months.

I noticed that my weight considerably increased. There were some factors for it, but certainly stopping smoking was one of them. During the past few weeks, I have run and hiked a lot including a full-course marathon.

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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #43 on: June 25, 2017, 12:31:43 pm »
I quitted twice with Nicorette patches. It keeps your nicotine levels in blood high to avoid cravings and you can use the time to break psychological dependency of it. After 2 months - you don't really crave for cigarette. After full year, you're good for life insurance rate as a non-smoker.

Psychologically - you need to go into healthier lifestyle, avoid triggers (never smoke if you drink alcohol for instance, just take another shot of tequila rather), and pretty much keep reminding yourself why you no longer ever want to smoke again ('girls don't smoke' is as good as any other reason).

I swear by these patches, although I started the bad habit again after 7 years


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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #44 on: June 25, 2017, 01:23:07 pm »
I remember back when I started,  Cigs cost $.25 a pack at the vending machine at the USA gas station. How you all are affording $5 a pack is unbelievable.  $1825 a year for a pack a day, smoker.  Any more than that will pay for some ffs surgeries.
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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #45 on: June 25, 2017, 08:59:51 pm »
I remember back when I started,  Cigs cost $.25 a pack at the vending machine at the USA gas station. How you all are affording $5 a pack is unbelievable.  $1825 a year for a pack a day, smoker.  Any more than that will pay for some ffs surgeries.

I Quit about a year ago and for a pack of 25's it cost me $20 AUS on special or about $15 US a pack....I have saved about $7k since quitting... an astonishing amount of money

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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #46 on: June 28, 2017, 11:20:40 pm »
Hello,

I am a Transwoman on HRT. I took Chantix once a day until I stopped. Chantix and smoking will make you sick. I now have six days smoke free. Honestly the only suggestion I can make that worked for me was logging into Nicotine Anonymous and joining the phone meetings. They also have a facebook group which is good for gaining support on any smoking related issue you are honest enough to post. Tomorrow will be one week. I always use therapy as an excuse to smoke. I am asking my higher power to get me through tomorrow smoke free.

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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #47 on: June 28, 2017, 11:33:49 pm »
I remember back when I started,  Cigs cost $.25 a pack at the vending machine at the USA gas station. How you all are affording $5 a pack is unbelievable.  $1825 a year for a pack a day, smoker.  Any more than that will pay for some ffs surgeries.

In ontario it is $14.75 a pack

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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #48 on: June 29, 2017, 01:38:49 am »
I quitted twice with Nicorette patches. It keeps your nicotine levels in blood high to avoid cravings and you can use the time to break psychological dependency of it. After 2 months - you don't really crave for cigarette. After full year, you're good for life insurance rate as a non-smoker.

Psychologically - you need to go into healthier lifestyle, avoid triggers (never smoke if you drink alcohol for instance, just take another shot of tequila rather), and pretty much keep reminding yourself why you no longer ever want to smoke again ('girls don't smoke' is as good as any other reason).

I swear by these patches, although I started the bad habit again after 7 years


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About 10 years ago, I once stopped smoking for 3 months with help of nicotine patches. Yes. Nicotine patches relieve some withdrawal symptoms, but actually they are not so much helpful in stopping smoking for long term.

At this time, I stopped smoking without any patch or medicine. This is exactly what the book, Allen Carr’s "Easy Way to Stop Smoking", says about. You can download the book at http://prdupl02.ynet.co.il/ForumFiles_2/15119301.pdf

And refer the following web site: https://www.allencarr.com/

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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #49 on: June 29, 2017, 09:30:59 am »
Well done to all in this thread... I really hope you keep it up..

I have been a daily smoker for about 8 years now. I know its bad for me, yet I do it. I dont want to be a smoker for life, but I dont have the will to quit.. its sad I know.

Ok I am not a heavy smoker.. I smoke between 3 and 5 a day, but nothing beats that feeling when I light up after work.
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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #50 on: June 29, 2017, 10:34:40 am »
In ontario it is $14.75 a pack

Wow If that don't make you stop nothing will.
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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #51 on: September 29, 2017, 01:46:35 pm »
Update:

I have read the book "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by Allen Carr.

The book is impressive and powerful, as stopping smoking is not about the physiology on nicotine or carbon monoxide, but about our mind, psychology. I completely agree, and realized it.
I even removed the nicotine patch on my shoulders. I have been without smoking for > 3 days, even without any nicotine replacement. I am sure I can stop smoking, and I feel I already succeeded in it. Yes. The number of days does not matter here.

barbie~~

Now 6 months has passed since I stopped smoking. But still I sometimes miss smoking.... once a day.
Yes. It was not so much difficult to stop smoking after I read the book.

barbie~~
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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #52 on: September 29, 2017, 08:46:27 pm »
Stubbornness played a significant part in my quitting smoking about 16 and a half years ago. I won't go into details but I quit cold turkey after running out one day. I made it through the night and just never bought that next pack. I'd say it took close to two years to stop reaching into my shirt pocket for the pack that wasn't there. I did it as I did stopping alcohol. one day at a time..

It can be done,

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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #53 on: December 04, 2017, 05:33:54 am »
Many report good results with Chantix, however I would urge caution. After 8 weeks on Chantix I started hearing and seeing things that didn't exist. I was even seeing text and emails that were never there and would get upset when they couldn't be found again.

I actually believed I got a message that I was to report to court regarding some "federal offense". That I was to consider myself under arrest upon receipt of the message. That my computer, phone, bank account were to be seized, etc.

On a Saturday, I kept calling the local DEA office until the on-call officer called me back. He laughed and said that's not how we work. If we wanted you, we'd be at your door. I think all the meds I take from having my system working incorrectly are a severe illness prompted the call to the DEA.

MY Primary Care Doctor prescribed the Chantix. Next time I saw my Psychiatrist (for PTSD), she said she would never have recommended I use Chantix.

Just my experience. Should anyone experience something "odd" after starting Chantix, please contact your Physician.

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Re: Tips on How to Stop Smoking?
« Reply #54 on: January 05, 2019, 03:23:07 pm »
Stop smoking is not that difficult. The hard thing is staying off.

I stoped smoking cigarettes some time in early September, switched to e-cigarettes. I quieted those December 12th.

I usually don't have a hard time so far but sometimes I do. Especially when I'm sitting by my computer and studying. After some time I really want to go for a smoke break. It drives me nuts! So I'm trying to drink some water, relax, breath, go for a walk in the city. Put on some calming music.

But one dilemma for me is that I really love smoking. Gosh.

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