Being the hypochondriac that I am, I sure would not like the side effects of that med. And I talked to two people about smoking or not smoking actually, one is the guy that brings our shop towels , he had been a non smoker for 5 years now, and he did it the same as I did, just put them down and not let himself pick one up again, he said he thinks the only way to quit is not using the patches, gums and all the rest,, you just have to be able to tell yourself NO,,, and mean it, and stick to it .. I know that is hard to do but I kind of tend to agree with him. Then the UPS lady was there today and she is wanting her hubby to stop smoking as he already has some copd. She mentioned the med you are taking and she said she has hear some bad things about it,, and from what you just said, I kind of think it has some unpleasant side effects. In some cases the cure is worse than the ailment.. I wish what ever frame of mind I got into that night I decided to quit would happen to you and everyone else that is trying so hard to stop smoking,, I already said this before but as much as I smoked and for as long as I smoked it was really not that difficult,, I pretty much just told myself , enough was enough and in a way I even kind of dared myself by leaving my cigarettes on top of the frig, so every time I opened the door to get a soda or anything,, there they were,, right at eye level. As a matter of fact, they are still there,, way too stale and strong to smoke now anyway.. but as I said,, I am stubborn and once I make up my mind on something I intend for it to be just that way . I don’t know, maybe slap yourself on the cheek every time you want a smoke.. lol.. well better not.. might look like you were in a prize fight after the day was done.. lol. I think I said I didn’t use any substitute but I think in a way I did.. I like peanuts in the shell, so I got lots of those and when I would be here at the computer I would crack and eat them, that is something that takes two hands pretty much so that kept my hands busy, if I ate canned peanuts I would still have one hand free to smoke with… I now one guy that is now hooked on sunflower seeds since he started chewing on them when he stopped smoking. I know it seems like I am writing a book but if I and help anyone in any way to stop smoking I would love to do that, and it is rewarding to me to get to say , I don’t smoke anymore,, that isn’t to say I look down on smokers, and I never will, I feel they don’t have many rights anymore and I don’t feel that is fair at all . Well, good luck to all . Vernon
I quit smoking almost 10 years ago. The way I did it was: I slept it off!
Every time I wanted a cigarette during the first 24 hours after quitting, I just curled up and went to sleep. When I woke up, I was that much closer to making the 24 hour period that nicotine stays in the body. After that first 24 hours, it is quite literally all in your head. It only takes 24 hours to get through the physical addiction.
The next thing I did was ask my friends and family not to comment on the fact that I quit smoking. This relieved me of the stimulus to pick up a cigarette, because the word "cigarette" and "smoking" never appeared in my consciousness.
I had tons of anger come out during the next two weeks. I discovered I was using cigarettes to distance myself from conflict. Now I know it is better just to use problem solving skills in working out conflict, rather than to smoke.
I don't even think about cigarettes any more, and my health has returned. My family is my life. I will never dribble my life away with cigs again.