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quitting smoking

Postby Natbug on Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:32 pm

I found out yesterday that I am going to have to have my tonsils out in August...so after I finish the cigarettes I have, I have to quit until after I recover. So does anyone have any good tips on how to quit? I know I won't smoke because I don't want to have complications with the anesthesia...I guess my question is how to make the cravings not so bad...
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Postby LexiconDevilman on Fri Jul 08, 2005 10:22 pm

there is always the classic remedy.....chewing lots of gum. i do it when ive been chain smoking through the day and i have to go to work, where i cant smoke. it wont kill cravings, but it helps. i think most of your temporary quitting, as you can't resort to the patch or nicotine gum (you said something about it messing with tthe anesthesia i believe) is going to have to be good old fasioned will-power.
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diet

Postby Ms Minx on Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:38 pm

i've tried several times (ok, i still smoke, maybe i shouldn't be giving advice)! but i've found that changing your diet helps. if you eat 'carby' comfort food, like pizza, you immediately want a cigarette afterwards. however, if you drink a cup of fresh veggie juice, eat salads etc, you don't crave it after you eat.

i've replaced smoking cravings with fresh juices, or munching on veggies and it's helped dramatically.

i've also found that a major cleaning spree helps. wash EVERYTHING around you that may smell like smoke.
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Re: diet

Postby Natbug on Sun Jul 10, 2005 9:41 pm

Ms Minx wrote:i've tried several times (ok, i still smoke, maybe i shouldn't be giving advice)! but i've found that changing your diet helps. if you eat 'carby' comfort food, like pizza, you immediately want a cigarette afterwards. however, if you drink a cup of fresh veggie juice, eat salads etc, you don't crave it after you eat.

i've replaced smoking cravings with fresh juices, or munching on veggies and it's helped dramatically.

i've also found that a major cleaning spree helps. wash EVERYTHING around you that may smell like smoke.


haha...I've tried SO many times...even this I know is only temporary. I've actually been doing the low carb thing for a while now, so maybe it won't be so bad this time around, and a cleaning spree is a good idea! thanks!
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Postby Watch_Girl on Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:09 pm

My boyfriend quit smoking about 5 years ago. He ate a TON of candy. He said that hard candy that you suck on is the best. He said I really helped him out too. I would ask him every day if he still hadn't smoked and told him I was proud of him when he said he hadn't. So, it really helps if you have a friend or someone close to you encouraging you. Who knows, maybe you can make it from temporary to permanent. Good luck!
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Postby Guest on Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:24 pm

i started smoking in 3rd grade (bad I know) Then I quit for about a year and a half. I noticed id hold a pen as if I had a smoke in it. And having something in my hands like a pen would actually help. but that might be a tease to other people.
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Postby chachita on Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:04 am

i was onced told to eat lots of oranges when you get the urge
it keeps your hands busy and the vitamins are suppose to help
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Postby cakegirl on Wed Aug 03, 2005 11:09 am

i quit just over 2 weeks ago, i used those patches and inhaler things for a week (then the inhaler started tasting like i was inhaling fish.... it was grim). i found that that helped, as did loads and loads of chewing gum.
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Postby raunchyPLEASE on Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:32 am

I was a very, very light smoker - so my quitting wasn't as intense. But, I had to do it twice, so *shrugs*... Anyways, gum is always helpful in the first couple of weeks and making yourself very busy.

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Postby Max on Fri Aug 19, 2005 2:03 am

I started smoking when I was twelve. I'm 38, now. I've been quit for 4 years. That means, yes, I smoked for 20 years.
I found the thing that made me quit was getting scared out of my mind. Y'see, about 4.5 years ago, I was in a parking lot, and I coughed and spat out a mouthful of blood. At the emergency room, everybody freaked out. Doctors were wearing masks, they isolated me, tests upon tests. They couldn't find what exactly it was, but the leading contender was either Tuberculosis or Lung Cancer. For a month, I was in and out of specialists offices, and scared out of my mind that I was gonna die, like right then. Hell, yes I quit.
Turns out, a few months later, they find out that it was stomache blood. I have a disorder called "Barrett's esophagus". It's like that "Serious condition" that they always hint at in the Nexium ads? What it means is that I've ruined my esophagus. So, I'm on a super-restrictive diet, and I've gotta take meds all the time, and the threat of Esophageal cancer is always there. If I ever get that cancer, it probably will be curtains for me.
So, I'm honestly begging anyone reading this: please don't smoke. Sure, I know, you know that smoking kills people. But, how would you like to never be able to eat any tomatos, or tomato-related products. No italian food, no mexican food, etc. That's what smoking did to me. And it could still kill me.
Seriously, I always figured "Live fast, die young". What I didn't count on was "Live fast, die slow". So, I really am sorry to preach. I always hated those Straight edge people preaching at me, but, now, I've been forced to go straight edge (another thing I can't have is alcohol. Can't have Coffee, either.)
See a doctor, and be honest with them, and tell them what's up. I'm sure they can advise you. But, please do whatever it takes to quit.
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Postby JellybeanQueen on Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:23 am

what really made me give up smoking was having to clean the plastic conservatory at my old house before i moved.. it was white and became yellowish. i had to scrub it with a sponge, and brownish yellow slime dribbled down the walls.. eeurgh.
makes me shudder to think what is lurkng in my lungs!
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Postby Ms Minx on Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:02 pm

There's a book I'm reading by Alan Carr now called the "easy way to quit smoking" - several friends quit using it -- I'll tell you if it works!
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Postby Natbug on Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:12 pm

ha, i was able to quit for my surgery and it all went fine. But now Im back in school and smoking again. One thing that did help though was that old gum, clove. I don't smoke cloves very often, but a lot of people around me do, so I started craving them when I was healing, but it was still too soon to start up again.
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Postby HedPunk on Tue Sep 06, 2005 6:13 pm

I never started.. ;) simple.. easy.. no need to quit, once you never started ;)

*so I shouldn't been posting this one... it's useless... I know :oops: :D*
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Postby Zombie_Emma on Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:26 am

Max wrote:I started smoking when I was twelve. I'm 38, now. I've been quit for 4 years. That means, yes, I smoked for 20 years.
I found the thing that made me quit was getting scared out of my mind. Y'see, about 4.5 years ago, I was in a parking lot, and I coughed and spat out a mouthful of blood. At the emergency room, everybody freaked out. Doctors were wearing masks, they isolated me, tests upon tests. They couldn't find what exactly it was, but the leading contender was either Tuberculosis or Lung Cancer. For a month, I was in and out of specialists offices, and scared out of my mind that I was gonna die, like right then. Hell, yes I quit.
Turns out, a few months later, they find out that it was stomache blood. I have a disorder called "Barrett's esophagus". It's like that "Serious condition" that they always hint at in the Nexium ads? What it means is that I've ruined my esophagus. So, I'm on a super-restrictive diet, and I've gotta take meds all the time, and the threat of Esophageal cancer is always there. If I ever get that cancer, it probably will be curtains for me.
So, I'm honestly begging anyone reading this: please don't smoke. Sure, I know, you know that smoking kills people. But, how would you like to never be able to eat any tomatos, or tomato-related products. No italian food, no mexican food, etc. That's what smoking did to me. And it could still kill me.
Seriously, I always figured "Live fast, die young". What I didn't count on was "Live fast, die slow". So, I really am sorry to preach. I always hated those Straight edge people preaching at me, but, now, I've been forced to go straight edge (another thing I can't have is alcohol. Can't have Coffee, either.)
See a doctor, and be honest with them, and tell them what's up. I'm sure they can advise you. But, please do whatever it takes to quit.


So what you're suggesting is we get some kind of sickness that could be related to smoking, to quit? :P



I've quit once before, but it had to be a personal thing, like my friends and family would go on and on about me quitting, and it just didnt help, It just made me want to smoke more, but they realised it just didnt work, so they just stopped, and then without anyone telling me what to do, one day i woke up and went "what the hell am i smoking for?" and just stopped.

but then one night at the pub, friends who wanted me to stop smoking the most, started smoking, put a gun to my head and made me smoke again... the end.
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