Monday, July 30, 2007

Beat Nicotine Cravings: 54 Things To Do Instead Of Smoking


Brushing Teeth
Brushing Teeth Instead of Smoking

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Quitting smoking is hard work, and while there's not a single magic formula to make it easy to quit, or one best way to quit smoking that works for everybody, there are things that you can do to make it easier on yourself when the cravings hit.

I chose to quit cold turkey, but whatever method you are using, the early days and weeks will test your willpower with nicotine withdrawals and cravings. The best way I've found to beat those cravings is to substitute something for the cigarette.

At the most basic level, it doesn't really matter what you do, so long as you don't smoke! Some people even use text messaging as a substitute. It has been shown in studies that these cravings only last for 3-5 minutes, so anything you can do to stop yourself from smoking for these few minutes (which may seem like an eternity), will have you one step closer to becoming a nonsmoker for good.

"What can I do, Chris?" I hear you asking. That's perfect, since I have put together a list of lists, if you will (you know you want to), of things you can do instead of smoking a cigarette. Remember, doing anything is better than doing nothing.



DO STUFF INSTEAD OF SMOKING:
  1. Keep a journal. Writing about how you're feeling or what you're doing when those cravings sneak up on can help you gain insight. You can read these entries later, and by the time you're done overanalyzing them, the craving will have passed.
  2. Start a blog. Blogging is fun, and can be likened to a journal or diary without all the erasing.
  3. Go to sleep. Sleep can be your best friend, especially for those first few days when you're still suffering physical withdrawal symptoms. No matter how hardcore a smoker you used to be, you can't smoke in your sleep.
  4. Visualize yourself as a non-smoker. Paint a mental image of yourself with pretty, pink, healthy lungs and other organs.
  5. Breathe. Take a slow, deep breath while you count to four. Feel the clean air refreshing your body as the oxygen is carried to the tips of your fingers and toes. Hold the breath for a count of four, then exhale slowly over a count of four. Finally, allow the air to remain expelled from your healing lungs for, you got it, a four count. Repeat.
  6. Count the money you've saved from not buying cigarettes (You are saving money, aren't you?)
  7. Got kids? It may sound like some corny slogan, but if you have youngsters of your own, or nieces or nephews hanging around, spend some quality time doing anything with them. It will be difficult to light up smoke while doing a jigsaw puzzle or playing a game of checkers. Besides, you never get these early years back.

GO SOMEWHERE THAT YOU CANNOT SMOKE:
If you're somewhere that you can't smoke, then you won't be smoking, right? These will depend largely on your location, but smoking is being snuffed out in all kinds of public places across the globe. Hopefully some of these will be safe havens in your area.
  1. Movie theatre
  2. Bookstore
  3. Coffee Shop
  4. Library
  5. Shopping mall
  6. House of Worship
DO SOMETHING THAT MAKES IT PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SMOKE:
Some activities just don't go with smoking cigarettes. Spend a couple minutes with one or more of them.
  1. Wash your hands. Remember the wrists and forearms.
  2. Take a shower or bath. Maybe not impossible to smoke in there strictly speaking, but you should be able to distract yourself in there for long enough to get that nice clean feeling, and come out of it smelling like a rose.
  3. Chew on a straw. May look funny hanging out of your mouth, but not funnier than a blazing death stick.
  4. Mint toothpicks are the greatest things since sliced bread, which we all know is one of the greatest pre-Edison inventions ever to fit into a breadbox.
  5. Brush your teeth. They're probably not exactly white anymore. Work on it, and give yourself something else to smile about.
  6. Mouthwash. Use it. Instructions are right on the back of the bottle. Fight the battles against smoking and gingivitis both at once. You're a warrior!
  7. Learn to play an instrument. It takes a special kind of stupidity to use an ashtray and a harmonica at the same time.
INSTRUMENTS YOU CAN LEARN:
You might not get much local radio play, but these instruments are easy enough to make sounds with, and if you've never tried them, you might be surprised how addicting they can be. Much safer than the old smoking addiction.
  1. Keyboard/piano. Just push the black and white buttons. Use both hands, and leave the ashtray outside.
  2. Harmonica. Inexpensive and foolproof.
  3. Guitar. A little tougher to get started with, but with either an instructor or a good book you can be making melodies within a short time.
  4. Harp. I haven't tried one of these (yet), but in searching online for opinions on the easiest instruments to get started with, it came up again and again. The main negatives seem to be difficulty finding instruction, and it appears that all product choices are relatively expensive when compared to the others.

EXERCISE:
Exercising doesn't have to mean three hours at the gym. Exercise to quit smoking only has to last a few minutes, remember. Here are a few exercises that will stimulate the body, and keep you away from the cigarettes for as long as you can keep them up.
  1. Pushups. You can do modified pushups (with your knees on the floor) if you're not ready for full pushups yet.
  2. Punching bag. It's a commitment getting one of these and setting it up, but it's worth every violent moment. Sometimes you just need to beat the crap out of something, and stopping smoking is likely the best excuse you'll find.
  3. Jump rope. Actually a deceptively challenging activity.
  4. Swim. If you're fortunate enough to have access to a pool or natural body of water, swimming is said to be one of the best all around exercises in which you can get involved.
  5. Go for a bike ride. You haven't forgotten how to ride, have you? Here's another activity that will stop you from thinking about cigarettes, yet can be done for any length of time and at any intensity level. Bring a water bottle, and enjoy the scenery.
  6. Walk. Feel free to bring along a friend or two.
  7. Jog or run. Like walking, but faster. With this, you get the bonus of being able to slow to a walk in the middle, thus doing two exercises on the list in one session.
KEEP YOUR HANDS BUSY:
After a few days of quitting smoking, the nicotine is gone from your system and the cravings are mainly psychological in nature. Part of this is that your hands are trained to grab a cigarette at certain intervals or when bored.
  1. Do a crossword puzzle, or try some sudoku.
  2. Play Cards. No company, no problem. Here's how to play solitaire.
  3. Paint your nails, or paint your lady's nails
  4. Draw something. Don't have an artistic bone in your body? Use tracing paper to get started; You might just surprise yourself with a little practice.
  5. Cook. Can't cook? Learn to cook. Which brings us to...
EATING INSTEAD OF SMOKING:
Everybody worries about the weight gain when quitting smoking. This is because the habit of constantly having a cigarette in your mouth is easily replaced by stuffing your face with food. This is actually a pretty good idea, if you don't let yourself go down the road of sugary candies and ice cream. Here are some less damaging alternatives.
  1. Sunflower seeds. These are my favorite cigarette substitute, aside from sweets. In the shells, and salted to hell and back. It can be ugly finding a place to spit all those shells, and make sure to drink plenty of water to offset the salt.
  2. Pickles
  3. Raisins
  4. Celery
  5. Grapes
  6. Oranges
  7. Berries. Any kind of berries, maybe try something new. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, whatever. And for the record, these are all being counted as one list item so I don't want to hear any nonsense about padding my list to make it look like more things.
  8. Spearmint leaves
  9. Gum. sugarless
  10. Yogurt
  11. Popcorn
  12. Cinnamon sticks are another interesting thing you can let hang out of your face-hole that don't require ownership of a lighter or matches.
  13. Lollipops. Yes, they're technically sweets, but you can get them sugar free I guess, and they take a long time to get through, so they're not as bad as the other sweets I'm not listing.
  14. Carrot sticks
  15. Orange juice. I remember not wanting to have a cigarette after drinking orange juice because of the bad way the smells of OJ and cigs mix, and it's still true.
  16. Water or ice water
  17. Seltzer or tonic water
  18. Ice cubes or shavings
Made it this far? Good. If you were having a nightmare craving before, you're probably feeling a little better now that a few minutes have passed. If not, you'll be better equipped for next time you do.

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115 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never would have thought of some of these things. Nice post.

August 1, 2007 at 3:19:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jez said...

Day 4 and I caved in and had a cigarette. Which, interestingly, didn't take away any of the cravings in the slightest. So tomorrow is Day 1 mark II. I will not let the damn things beat me.

August 2, 2007 at 8:13:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous maggie's mind said...

I should have commented early just how cool and helpful I think this is. Anyway, I'm adding a link to this particular post to my little Linky Loo thing that I dinky do ;)

August 3, 2007 at 2:49:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous rabbit said...

Hey, Good to find you still quit. I started reading your blog (though I didn't note often) when I was preparing to quit and then you disappeared (I thought you were just getting comfortable in your new life). Anyway, I've quit before (for 5 years) so I know how it goes - the relapses are all part of the journey. Well done for getting back up and going again. :) Since I was last here, I quit too. Yay! Quitters rock. :)

August 14, 2007 at 4:50:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Robin said...

I stopped by to see if you'd updated since April and find a whole bunch of new posts.

Good job quitting again!! It took me several good tries to get it right.

It looks like you're really doing your research this time around, too. Well done. :)))

August 15, 2007 at 2:32:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous drseuss said...

Good job Chris- nice to see you giving it another go.

August 16, 2007 at 2:49:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Justin said...

I know several people that can quit smoking anytime they wish. It amazes me. The people I'm referring to are not hard core smokers like myself, maybe half a pack of day smokers. But still smokers all the same. I've watched one of these persons smoke a pack a day to half a pack for six months straight. Then just gingerly quit...no withdraws that I can observe..e.g: asking me for a smoke,and no complaining from them about needing one or wanting one.

I've been smoking for 24 yrs of the 37 years I've been on this rock. I stopped smoking in the army 10 yrs ago during boot camp, for 8 weeks and then started up again after finishing basic training. Was I stupid for picking up that Marlboro, yes,yes,yes...I had the addiction beat.

Today, I'm quitting again, cold turkey. My last smoke was on Sun, Aug 19th around 3:00 PM. I still have strong cravings for the smokes, but I'm done for good, I don't like my five year old asking me if I'm going to get sick and die from smoking. I'm done smoking!

Back to the people who can start and stop smoking at will. Anybody know a person like this. The two I know are my sister-in-law my wife and my brother-in-law. I guess that makes three people that I know that can start and stop at anytime, with no withdraws. I find it weird, but good for them.

Thank for reading my rant.

August 22, 2007 at 6:42:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Brian said...

justin: Yes, my wife was/is able to do that too. I realize I'm not one of those people and this has to be it for me. I know I can never pick up another cigarette, pipe, or cigar. That's how I've kept quit for almost 8 months now. And yes, one of my motivating factors was my 5 year old son and his 4 year old sister. Stay tough and keep the quit!

August 23, 2007 at 4:10:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous justin said...

Brian stay tough too! I've been using that herbal chew, it's not to bad tasting and calms the cravings, tobacco & nicotine free. I know what you mean about smoking just one tobacco product. That's a no...no.

August 23, 2007 at 10:39:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Chris,
We are missing you!! Pop in and say Hi..
So proud of you for quitting again..Your blog is looking great..

Sheila

September 6, 2007 at 8:43:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous justin said...

I think I'm beating this smoking thing. As of todays date 28 days smoke free. It's hard, but you can beat the addiction!

September 15, 2007 at 8:13:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Alen said...

I bought a pack last night before I ran out. Finished my final smoke and looked at the unopened package. I right there decided it was time. Left the package right where I can see it. It cries out to me when I am in the other room "Please unwrap me buddy." I have been keeping myself in my work for the past 14 hours. I am a stay at home dad with a home business, music production. I have been into my work and composed some pretty interesting pieces. Every time I stop for a second though, I visualize myself stripping that package down, getting into that silver foil and smelling fresh cut fields of tobacco. I see myself pulling out one of the slender, white, filtered dreams. I slowly lick my lips before placing one.........Sorry guys got a little carried away, But, the craving stopped. lol Hope after reading this maybe yours does too. Good luck and I will keep everyone posted on my progress.

October 4, 2007 at 5:30:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not smoked for 2 weeks and 2 days. I am Going crazy today for a cigarette. I have substitued twizzlers. This si a great article
thanks

October 8, 2007 at 9:10:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going insane with cravings
: this thing about 3-5 minutes and it will pass is rubbish. I crave constantly. Keep the resolve.

November 12, 2007 at 4:50:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Vicky said...

Hi nice blog - I need something like this at the mo. I have done 3 days without fags and am craving constantly. 3-5 mins is indeed rubbish!!! Has anyone on here tried hypnosis?

December 3, 2007 at 2:42:00 PM EST  
Blogger Dr.Chatwin said...

Smoking can hook you because cigarettes contain nicotine which is highly addictive. But being hooked is not an excuse why you cannot quit smoking. Smoking has been proven by several researches to be great threat to one's health that is why there is no reason why one who is already hooked to it should not quit smoking. http://www.besthealthmed.com/quit_smoking.html

October 4, 2008 at 7:22:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey this is an amazin post... thanx fer cheerin me up... the craving was so great and now after readin your post i smiled and the craving is gone... 18 hours nw without even a drag....

October 29, 2008 at 1:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger kathy said...

Hi Chris,first of all I must tell you that I have never left any kind of feedback for anything on the internet before, so this will be a first. The reason why I am posting this is because you should know how wonderful and important your advice is to all of us; the smokers who are in desperate need to quit. I have been on many "Quit Smoking" sites and programs before and none compare to yours. Thank you for adding humour to a cause that is quite serious, and thank you for posting a plan for quitting smoking that is actually achievable and easy to do. We all appreciate it.

November 5, 2008 at 5:56:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and most importantly, non smoking guys dont like to kiss chicks who smoke. they don't care if u r chubby with tattoos, just dont smoke.

November 10, 2008 at 8:35:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone I know quit smoking with Allen Carrs "Easy Way To Quit Smoking "Book. It is amazing. All heavy smokers 3 to 4 packs a day. Some Five years later, still no smoking.

November 21, 2008 at 4:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made my New Years Resolution to quit smoking. I used the cold turkey method, I have not smoked for five days, today is being impossible. I really want to smoke. The time is 8:24 am, I have been awake since 6:15 I have had a nicotine craving that just wont go away! I have done everything to just get rid of this feeling, I have even waxed my kitchen floor! But I am so cranky, it just feels like there is no shaking this. I want to be strong, I need to be strong. I don’t want to fail, and go all the way through this again. This is not my first time quitting, it is actually my second attempt but the first time I made it three days. As of now five days is my milestone, and I fear that I am going to cave

January 5, 2009 at 10:28:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made my New Years Resolution to quit smoking. I used the cold turkey method, I have not smoked for five days, today is being impossible. I really want to smoke. The time is 8:24 am, I have been awake since 6:15 I have had a nicotine craving that just wont go away! I have done everything to just get rid of this feeling, I have even waxed my kitchen floor! But I am so cranky, it just feels like there is no shaking this. I want to be strong, I need to be strong. I don’t want to fail, and go all the way through this again. This is not my first time quitting, it is actually my second attempt but the first time I made it three days. As of now five days is my milestone, and I fear that I am going to cave

January 5, 2009 at 10:31:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im on day 5 of not smoking.im moody snappy. but hey as hubby says im normally like it. i will beat this adiction. this time im more positive than ever before. im tired of being out of breath, having a weazy chest at bed time unable to breath propery. the cravings do go after about 5 mins some are really strong. others small ones. i am on nicotine patches 24 hr. hopefully this time i can do it

January 7, 2009 at 4:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger Redneck_on_a_Rampage said...

I am on day 6... My wife is on day 2 or 3... I had a buddy that was going to quit with me, i think he is on day 2...Anyways I think I am having the easier time of them...oh it sucks for sure! but my wife and I are on the Commits and has really helped me, not so much her... I just wanna know when the damn cravings stop, I am getting tired of them. I find my self irritable, cant concentrate, my attention spam has dropped to about 30 mins... but I keep telling myself...I dont have to think I am never going to smoke again... I am just not going to smoke this one... we'll see how it works...

January 25, 2009 at 9:53:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned how to play guitar back in the 7th grade. I gave it up in college after some embarassing gigs. Now I am going to pick it back up (I'm 25) and just play mellow, happy and easy songs (like Jack Johnson). This is going to be my weapon against nicotine cravings. I already exercise, which makes me crave nicotine immediately following (I dip, not a smoker) . Hopefully the good feeling you get from playing a good tune will be enough to kill a craving. As I get better, the songs will get better, and I will be on a regular routine of practicing... It will look strangely similalr to my dipping routine! The healing power of music baby!

March 16, 2009 at 5:38:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went on your site to see if i could find some help for my son he is trying to quit smoking he has made it i day so far i quit myself 5 years ago this past feb i had some terrible cravings but u have to be strong and fight it u wont regret it later food taste so much better and u have much more energy so hang in ther folks and good luck to all of u and thanks for your info

March 18, 2009 at 5:54:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me its been 4 days....12 hrs,6mins + 45seconds!! Im in a filthy mood and cant seem 2 shake it. I dont feel like I get individual cravings that last a couple of mins like most people, for me its just one bigg-ass craving that never goes away. I have gained 3kgs already, which just makes things worse. I will not fail because my mother-in-law thinks that I will. aaarrrggghhh!!!

April 18, 2009 at 9:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bit said...

I have relapsed. I can go 3 to 4 days without one. The problem is work. I come to work and instantly crave a cigarette. Short of quitting my needed job, what else can I do instead. Threw everything out and am starting over now. 9:52 am, 4.22.09. Fingers crossed.

April 22, 2009 at 9:51:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg i am on day 15 and I only get the craving when i am alone... but i was able to quit because my mother in law c ame to stay with us for a while. And I did not want her to know that i smoke! That made it so easy because i was... am always entertained`. I just hope by the time she leaves in 2 more weeks that i am cured enough!! I think ill be fine!

June 17, 2009 at 9:14:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg i am on day 15 and I only get the craving when i am alone... but i was able to quit because my mother in law c ame to stay with us for a while. And I did not want her to know that i smoke! That made it so easy because i was... am always entertained`. I just hope by the time she leaves in 2 more weeks that i am cured enough!! I think ill be fine!

June 17, 2009 at 9:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger shirralee said...

hi thanks for the posts they have helped me a great deal i am on my 6th day of non smoking .... i delvoped the flu which brought on a very bad case of asthma which in turn almost led to to pneumonia and i thought i have to quit smoking its trying to kill me so here i am struggling on the 6th day but i am encouraged by what i have read in your blog please ppl keep adding comments they do help the ones suffering

June 26, 2009 at 6:29:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am entering day 9. The thing that made me quit was a bad allergy attach in my sinuses which led to almost chronic coughing. Even prescription cough syrup wasn't working. I could not sleep in the same room with my hubby because he wasn't getting any sleep either! I went to the doctor and when I was prescribed an Albuterol inhaler, something I have NEVER needed in my entire life, I decided it was time to quit. With the help of a few nicotine lozenges the first couple of days, I am now nicotine free. I also must say that if you aren't ready to stop, you won't. Don't try it if you "think you should". If/when you reach the point where you just don't want to any more, then it's not so hard. This is my 6th attempt over the years. I am finally ready and it's working great. I have smoked for almost 37years.

June 30, 2009 at 5:47:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm quitting cigarette now too (day 3) and my favorite fruit is pomegranate. Check it out its the same concept as sunflower seeds, but way better. Good luck everyone

August 13, 2009 at 9:33:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can be a real pain in the neck during my first week (by the way I know the comments on this post span over 2 years)... I am on my second day and getting the weird feelings of what I assume is oxygen entering my body again, and it really winds me tight. I have found that playing my guitar, compulsively cleaning and organizing (which is VERY novel) and eating are the only three things that really calm me down. I suppose there are worse things in the world like dying the same way my grandfathers did, one from lung cancer that spread to his brain and passed at 72, the other who suffocated slowly from emphysema and caught pneumonia at 79... All because of smoking their lives were taken and I have been smoking for about 8 years. I figure if I can kick it earlier than anyone else in my fairly long-lived family, I will probably last into my early 90's. One of my grandfathers told me to quit within months of his passing so I am using that as real leverage.

August 25, 2009 at 11:15:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on day 11 of no smoking. The mood swings are terrible along with the insomnia. But I came this far I'm not going to give up now. I use sunflower seeds as a replacement to cigarettes and am finding myself becoming addicted to them lol! Good luck everyone, don't give up!

September 17, 2009 at 12:30:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Googled beat nicotine cravings and this post came up and reading helped pass the craving I was having....now I was wondering what you suggest when your having a drink or two and the cravings hit full force. any suggestions?

September 29, 2009 at 4:59:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous LAR said...

I smoked for 19 years and after trying every method of giving up, all proving unsuccessful, yesterday I attended a hypnotherapist.

I knew I wanted to give up, I was however very wary about hypnosis. I won't go into the ins and outs of it but I do have to say it is the first time I have managed to go without cigarettes for more than 24 hours without being a grumpy bugger. I feel great and have no notion to smoke whatsoever. Touch wood this keeps up...

I didn't think it would work but it has...would defo recommend.

November 10, 2009 at 10:35:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

me n wife 25 n 26 quit on fri 20 2009 thursday night last cig use this as a tribute to quit and rember beat cravings read this

jp

November 22, 2009 at 7:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

right now i'm craving a ciggie like crazy but i'm tired of smoking i've quit about 10 times, gone without smoking for a year but still took that one drag,,,, i'm going cold turkey again and i know i can do it, just hate this periods when i really crave for it esp after a long days work, tired need to unwind i think i smoke because i'm lonely most of the time and i've got to learn how to find other things to do than smoke its just not worth it i hate the smell and i'm embarassed to do it in public ,,,, i can and will do it thanks again for the tips

November 23, 2009 at 1:14:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on day 43 It has been a hell of a ride. Lots of water and candy and naps. I hate the fact that starting was so easy and stopping is so hard, but not impossible. It does not physically hurt to stop but there is emotional suffering that is difficult. I will push forward and succeed. Just keep busy.

Good journey to all in there new life...

December 28, 2009 at 11:02:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I smoked (20 years) I had every excuse in the world to justify my actions. I decide to quit lying to myself and give it up. It was hard in the begining, very very hard. Just suck it up and move on. I chewed lots of gum and changed all routines in my life. At work I just entered through a different door, hung out with people that did not smoke. After eating I just sat at the table longer and enjoyed the company around. Drinking was hard but I just decided to drink a different drink and of course chew gum. Changed all habits and now I am smoke free and happy.

I have no excuse for why I smoked but I have a million reasons why I stay smoke free.

December 28, 2009 at 11:22:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on day 4. Been smoking for 9 years. Tried quitting a few times, but never made it past a few days, except one time when I quit for a month. This time I'm determined, but the cravings are driving me insane. It's like I can't focus on anything else except the thoughts of cigarettes. I'm consumed by the desire for just one smoke. It's like I can feel the desire pumping through my veins, throughout my entire body. I keep reminiscing about times I've smoked as if it were a lost love. I am not kidding. It feels very similar to when my heart has been broken. The pain, the longing. The first 3 days were easy because I was sick and didn't want to smoke, but now that I feel better the desire seems inescapable. I'm trying a variety of beverages, hard candy, 'smoking' fake cigs of rolled up paper, reading about quitting, etc. AHHHH! Nothing stops these cravings!

December 31, 2009 at 8:39:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have been smokefree for 16 hrs is it true that the first day is the easiest? as im finding it quite easy, but i have heard that the next few days are the worst. this is a great site please keep posting for me p0eeps love the stories.

January 2, 2010 at 8:36:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, here it is Jan. 4th, 2010 and your blog is still alive and well. I belong to another blog at:

becomeanex.org

I'm OhioSheltieLady and I would like to thank you for this fabulous list. It you don't mind, I've copied the url and pasted it over there.

Are you still quit? Hope so!!!

January 4, 2010 at 6:45:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am now on my 4th day of not smoking. It's very tough but my fiance is helping me out a lot. I have an occasional craving but nothing too serious. Thanks a lot for your list. Good idea

January 15, 2010 at 2:32:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jul said...

I quit smoking 13 days ago & I want a cigarette every morning & @ other times of the day, I wear the Nicodrem patch but it's not as effective as they make them out 2 b... Reading ur blog gave me some ideas, so now I'm not gonna b so bored and such a miserable person 2 b around hopefully, lolz!!

February 7, 2010 at 2:50:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! :)

February 20, 2010 at 11:22:00 AM EST  
Blogger Chrystal said...

I am on day 3, cold turkey. I have cried the last two night. I am confident it will get better and that I am stronger than the nicotine. I have found the support of friends and family to be extremely helpful

February 23, 2010 at 2:45:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, as you can see this is my first post here.
In first steps it is very good if someone supports you, so hope to meet friendly and helpful people here. Let me know if I can help you.
Thanks in advance and good luck! :)

February 28, 2010 at 1:55:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Paul said...

Hey,

Your post was great. I'm on day 1 of the patch and I have to say that it's working wonders. I haven't had a smoke since last night and threw the patch on today around 8:00 am. I'm not grouchy or irritable.

With regards to eating and quitting - there's more science behind that than an oral fixation. Cigarettes trigger your body to release blood sugars every time you have a cigarette. So, most smokers eat less than non-smokers because we don't need to ingest food to release that blood sugar. The problem is that your body has now adjusted to having the blood sugar released by cigarettes on a regular basis, so when you take that away, your body goes haywire.

What you're doing when you quit is reintroducing your body to regulating it's own blood sugar levels. That takes time. During that time, your body will say "my blood sugar is low, eat food now!" And so you'll eat. But, instead of the instant release of a cigarette, it takes about 20-30 minutes for food to release the sugars and so we keep eating until that release happens.

I thought I'd share that because knowing what's happening to your body really makes a difference. So, if you feel yourself reaching for more food than normal - remind yourself that in about a half hour you'll be feeling fine.

Drink tons of water, snack on healthy foods, stay distracted, and don't dwell on cravings.

Here's to quitting! Congratulations everybody!

March 1, 2010 at 12:47:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today is my 4th day w/out a cig!!Im really wanting one,but i just chew sum gum or now or laters they really help w/ the cravings for me.I know that its gonna take a few days or weeks but i do have a question does that constant wanting one ever go away?

March 1, 2010 at 10:36:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, i'm on day two and already my body and mind is going mad. I'm on 24hr patches but the cravings are constantly with me, i think that the worst times are when i wake up (if i can sleep at all) and after food. The thing is quitting has made me realise just how much my everyday existance revolves around those bloody cigarettes. I've never been one to be beholden to anyone and i'm damned now if i'm going be held hostage to this damn weed.

March 18, 2010 at 5:09:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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March 19, 2010 at 6:46:00 AM EDT  
Blogger MsUndaStood said...

GREAT POST!!

May 1, 2010 at 3:47:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On day 1 of an over 25 year habit. Figured I would post to get this thing back on topic. If nothing else when you read posts and comments it lets you know you are not alone. I quit before for 6 months and was fool enough to start again. Hope you all found the success you were looking for.

July 20, 2010 at 7:14:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr Chatwin, you are an asshole! I am on day 12 and I hate you right now.

December 2, 2010 at 6:34:00 AM EST  
Blogger crazedwriter said...

I just quit a day ago. I'm trying really hard to resist those cravings. Right now, I'm writing (can't smoke and type at the same time) and taking up crochet again. I'm also cleaning out closets and drawers, something that needed to be done long time ago. So far, it's working. Thanks for the tips!

December 16, 2010 at 5:22:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so I quit 2 hrs ago ... I know not exactly a lifetime of hardship .. actually retract that it's exactly what it was ... got flu like symptons before Xmas which I have taken four doses of antibiotics and no improvement could barely swallow as lump in my throat ... GP so concerned sent me to ENT specialist, he in turn sending me for CT scan tomorrow .... for what a stupid urge that I must give in to ... amazing the urges to execise, eat healthy, learn a new language I never felt the need to give in... am so annoyed with myself, I'm sure it's nothing but think of the anguish .. looking at my kids and thinking how by smoking I endangered the person they need most ... anyway if u r reading this and thinking of stopping just do it .. whats the worst can happen ... an urge !!! really thats the worst an urge it wont kill u or make u crazy just annoy u for a while .. I am going now to have a drink of water and sleep

February 7, 2011 at 3:37:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on day 6 and I am struggling! Day 1 was the easiest, gave me a false sense that hey this was going to be ok! I haven't caved, I nearly did and thought but then 6 days are down the drain so I have resisted. I have never drunk so much water in my life and seem to be singing alot just to keep my mind on something other than cigarettes. I feel scattered and quite strange. Can't concentrate, I have cried because I'm not allowed to have a fag but then have laughed so much I've had happy tears. Oh well, keep playing those quit smoking ads on the tv and on the radio and I will struggle on!!

February 27, 2011 at 1:56:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since this is only my 8th day of quiting i figured i needed to vent ..i feel like all i do is eat sweets but now that you gave me the idea of eating sunflower seeds that seems like a great idea i think i might actually go and get a huge pack now but these cravings dont go away it sucks that my b.f smokes right in front of me allll the time but i always tell him im stronger than him mentally : ) ok venting complete

March 3, 2011 at 3:14:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the advice been trying to quit for at least 10 years but now i am really motivated, still smoking about 7 cigs a day trying to lower it, i know i need to keep busy but cigs give me energy

March 7, 2011 at 3:56:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on day 25, and really struggling walked cleaned, did everything im supposed to do....heeelllppp

March 25, 2011 at 7:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger tracey said...

Day Four of a 25 year severe habit. I've been addicted to nicotine replacment for the past 12 years (smoking in addition to gum & lozenges) If I can do this I PROMISE you can do this too!!!! This is the hardest & most physically uncomfortable thing i've done (& i've broken a lot of bones) Just knowing that this isnt supposed to be a cakewalk helps. Working out helps. Satisfaction that I am gonna beat this monster helps.
Good luck.

March 31, 2011 at 1:55:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

23 hours. Cold Turkey. I can't sit still. I will make it 24 hours.

No, I'm not giving myself a reward. Suck it up. God, this is hard.

I want to pull the skin off of my face just to think about something other than nicotine.

Chewing gum...not helping.

I may fall, but I will not fail. My reward is life :)

April 13, 2011 at 1:35:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 2 - I woke up this morning and decided to give quitting another go!! Why Day 2, you ask? Because I was so hungover yesterday I couldn't have had a smoke even if I wanted to!! LOL! So, when my alarm went off this morning and it was time to start my regular daily routine (which does not include being hungover, BTW), I decided to keep the non-smoking going. I'm not too bad as of yet! A few minimal cravings, but nothing I can't handle. I think once I'm home from work the REAL cravings will start to kick in!! I'll be chugging a ton of water to try and beat 'em! Wish me luck!!

May 10, 2011 at 1:54:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Have tried several times in the past years to quit. Patches, Gum, etc only to have that last about a month. Giving Chantix a go...It helped me taper from a pack a day to 3-4 a day. Now I am on day 2 of no smokes Well actually 38 1/2 hours without so much a puff. The first 24 wasnt bad but today is. Chantix does not stop all cravings just kind of minimized the number of them allowing me to cut down and I think the reason I have not taken anyone's head off yet has alot to do with it. I think my cravings have more to do with the habit piece and not the nicotine thanks to the chantix. However, it's the habit part thats tough and lasts longer then the nicotine does. I actually enjoyed smoking so that makes it even harder. I know within so many days, hours, etc the nicotine is gone. I just can't wait for the day when a smoke does not even enter my thoughts. Sigh.

May 11, 2011 at 9:37:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on day 8 after a 25 year habit. I've been struggling- short of breath and on edge like I'm gonna have an anxiety attack all day every day. I've gained 4 lbs already. Tonight I decided to get off my sorry ass and I played Wii- tennis, golf, bowling, etc. And it actually helped! I'm feeling healthy for the first time since I quit. I can breath!!!!!

November 17, 2011 at 11:42:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im on day 5 and it is really hard I started out on a drug thats called Champix ,(Chantex) For my American brethren it helped alot. It works by convinceing you that smokeing is grose and though you still smoke for the first week or so while takeing it each time you smoke it starts to make you feel physicaly ill. by the time your quit date is up you cant even stand a whole cigarete. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE. CHEERS

January 30, 2012 at 11:06:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a heavy smoker - couple of packs a day for over 20 years . It is 20 years since I quit smoking because it took a toll on my health and sporting activities . I just decided to stop and was concerned enough over my health to not touch a cigarette again . It was hard but I guess something inside me was so determined I was just not going to put anymore smoke inside me from that day on .

All these years later though I still find it hard and would really love to be able to smoke . I know that if I once weakened and lit one up I could go back to smoking my 40/50 + a day just like that .

I still consider myself a smoker . Once you smoked so long and the way I did the huge capacity for smoking endless cigarettes is still there and always dangerous . However I know that after so long now i will not let myself down as it would be such a slippery slope I would never recover . Afterall it's bad enough ageing without helping it along myself .

I describe myself as a smoker who chooses not to smoke !! Good luck everyone - be healthy ! If you get ill it's bad enough - things happen but don't do it to yourself - that's what I learned . Only wish I had more sense when I was younger .

February 23, 2012 at 6:31:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happened to take some tips from this site and, i have maid a big improvement. saved money and got more muscles. PUSH UPS and working out helps. it keeps you going and helps u SLEEP.

May 3, 2012 at 3:17:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have made the commitment to quit smoking after 19 years. I have tried many times before, but was never really committed. This time, I have written down my reasons, made plans on how to deal with the cravings and how to change my routine.
Recently I lost my best friend (my mother in law) to a smoking related disease. Watching someone I loved die due to smoking is what finally made me decide that it is time.
Wednesday is my quit date! I was researching on tips and came across this website. Some great ideas that I am definitely going to draw on.

July 16, 2012 at 6:08:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm using patches and i still feel like a nutter! lol. My poor 17 year old is wondering whats up with me, looking at me very strangely. But guess what, i'm gonna do it this time. I did it once cold turkey for a year about 10 years ago. I just turned 40 and i am so sick of the worry over what's going to become of me, every time i get a cold i panic...will i get pnuemonia again? Am i going to go through the scary "i cant get a breath" feeling once again.. IM OVER SMOKING!! Somewhere, theres some rich prick who doesnt smoke sitting in an office thinking of different messages he can put on our ciggy packets so we cant sue the asshole when we get lung cancer!! I dont wanna give him any more of my money or my life or my time with my kids!!! Good luck everyone...you guys can do it! xo

July 18, 2012 at 11:38:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One hour from beginning day nine after 30+ years at a pack a day. Going cold turkey. It's going ok but I need a replacement "escape" thing. A flight or two of stairs will do for work but what about the rest? Also, need to learn how to wake up again. I feel like I am completely lost in the mornings-I should be doing something but what?

July 23, 2012 at 7:52:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Nate said...

Reading this actually just got me through a craving! thanks man :)

November 30, 2012 at 12:26:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I am lost on where I actually began on this article.. Thank you! I am four days in and just kicked through another craving! 22 years I have had to smoke and I think the feeling is going to go away in 4 days! It is nice to know I am not alone. Non-smokers do not understand what this is really like. I will mark this site and keep coming back. Good Luck to all who are going through this! I think we can make it!

January 5, 2013 at 3:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger K8 said...

Hi everyone, today is like my 1 billionith try at quitting the evil tobacco. Like the above person said, try, try and try again!!! I too have tried, hypnosis, books, e-cigs, gum, patches, herbal cigs and cd's but nothing lasted more than a week or two. The suggestions above actually helped me through a craving too, thank you!! Wishing you all the self determination and help from this site to stay quit :-)

January 6, 2013 at 2:40:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

over the last 7 days i've tried to stop 4 times...today is day 2 of my latest attempt. cravings real bad this morning but sucking on half a hot lozenge taking my mind off it. this blog has helped me today thanks

January 7, 2013 at 6:53:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohh... I was convinced. I would quit..I.chain smoked the last 2days reading Allan Carrs EasyWay.. I have never stopped before .. 15yrs smoking of my 29yrs life ...I made it through 24 hours of no smoking...I caved because my head wouldn't let me beat it... ill keep trying ..... I got through most of the last 24hours with walking and swimming...every minute I thought of smoking....Almost every person I saw was 'enjoying' as cigarette. maybe it was just so obvious because I couldn't have one....

January 25, 2013 at 7:44:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you stuck it out.I felt exactly like you a few hours ago... I caved .. I gave in... I only lasted 24hours (to the minute)... I was getting dizzy and light headed.. must be the clean oxygen finally in my body....ill have to try again!

January 25, 2013 at 8:08:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, have to agree! I need to read that book, Ive seen one by one my family and circle of friends, many of which have tried and failed time and time again, pass this book around with literally 100% sucsess rate! I didnt plan to quit, just been broke for 3 daysand havent smoked in those three days, its killing me. but now im thinken I may as well put tgis suffering toward a purpose. But anyway. Easy way to quit smoking. Seen that book do more than hypnosis and lasers, for real. dont know how, but Ive seen the book do magic again and again

March 5, 2013 at 1:56:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah i can stop anytime i have a weak stomach and get sick for about a day which ive went through before but im also a gum enthusiast. Youll never see me not chew gum so that helps. I recommend it. Another thing is find an addicting app that you can play or use to take ur mind off it. I never really had withdrawls like needing a cigarette but these are things i do that may be why

June 11, 2013 at 5:28:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If its really that hard get an ecig and reduce your nicotine juice by 6 mg every new bottle til you hit zero and you can use it anywhere without second hand smoke

June 11, 2013 at 5:35:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my 4th attempt, I have been smoking for 9 years. I hate hate hate that my two year old son knows exactly what they are, how to pack them and open them. He climbed up on the desk and snagged them out of my purse. I hate how much time I take out of my days for a stupid cig. I want to quit so bad. I have fibromyalgia so the more physical pain I am experiencing the more I smoke. Luckily I am prescribed Xanax for anxiety so my hope is it will keep it at bay. (Of course I won't take more than prescribed that would be absurd and cause a new addiction) I am desperately wanting to lose weight I'm buying juice tomorrow, possibly make a dentist appointment sleep when possible (sleeping helps me) I have found in the past that after too many sunflower seeds my mouth gets sore but man do they help, also pretzel sticks!!! Gum is a good one. I am bipolar (mild) have depression and anxiety and PTSD. So this is going to be a massive battle with quitting since my mood will get terrible. I hate smelling like smoke. I hate the taste I hate feelin like crap from the, I hate the staining of the teeth and my fingers. I know my triggers are after I eat, driving in the car and boredom alone ith pain and stress. But I'm over spending 100 every two weeks on these stupid smelly things. I read to put water in a container and your old butts in them when you feel a crave open it and smell it. Supposedly does a great job deterring you. And that I could believe. I have 2 left in my pack. I will honestly smoke them back to back before bed, wake tomorrow and force myself to not smoke. Cutting back can help bc it adjusts your body but when everything is going on let's face it. It's impossible when you have a cig calling your name. I'm going to trash all the buttsmy ashtray hide my lighters (always keep lighters though for lighting grills fires birthday candles and whatever else. I will be detailing the interior of my car. My best friend is coming at the beginning of August and since we live in tampa fl we are doing a Disney vacation for her first experience. We need to save at least 500 for this. I know the money I use to replace for saving will have a huge I pact to make the trip happen that's 3-400 bucks of cig money for our tiny get away. I'm so determined. Half the time they make me feel sick!!!! I'm always sanitizing my hands and arms wiping my face with baby wipes brushing teeth or chewing gum after and spraying body spray or perfume right after I smoke, hey that shows enough already I hate smoking. 7 yrs ago I could've dropped it easily. Not any more. My hubby on the other hand can quit super easy can sit next to me while smoking every time and not have a cig nor want one. SO JEALOUS! I'm hoping I'm successful this time. Because I am over the cancer sticks!!!!!!!

June 13, 2013 at 3:02:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Renetta Joyner said...

I used to smoke cigarettes, I quit 7 years ago. I picked up smoking cigars. I have quit smoking these for 1 whole week now. I am finding out that I crave for the cigars, when I did not crave for the cigarettes, so it's harder for me. I will continue to hang in there. What helps me fight the cravings are exercising, cleaning, snacking on celery, and playing games. I encourage everyone to never give up.

July 28, 2013 at 1:13:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous cheri said...

I know people like that as well. It drives me nuts.!!!

August 8, 2013 at 5:49:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on my 7th day and today was the hardest of all the previous days. My chest felt so heavy, i had to distract myself by taking a shower and watching a movie. Movie is finished im not feeling any better. My only fight is that i cannot go back its not worth my health. Tomorrow im starting my exercise.

September 29, 2013 at 5:12:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rolling into day 4. I had no idea what an emotional mess this could make me. I'm one tuff son of a bitch. I CURSE the day. First key to quitting.....NEVER PICK UP AGAIN. Fight on My Peeps! We can beat this nasty fucking habit!
JD

October 27, 2013 at 2:46:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. Thank you.

November 8, 2013 at 10:53:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just about 10 hours into Day 5 and it sucks! I am a mess crying yelling screaming gnashing of teeth you name it I have done it today. This is the absolute hardest thing I have ever attempted but I will not give up!

December 15, 2013 at 2:09:00 AM EST  
Blogger Alexa Jenn said...

Hello everyone making this great decision to quit! I'm on my day 2!! Yayyyy !! I smoked for 15 years ..I started when I was a teen...I quit when I was pregnant for 1,5 years..then started again.. I tried a year ago to quit,but didn't make it..because almost everyone I knew were smokers and I couldn't do it alone.. No I do not have friends that smoke,so I didn't wanted to be the only one that smoked. So here you go I'm on day two. Yes I do use Nicolette patch step one. Still have cravings and veeeeerrryyyy strong. But I did something to kill it. Since I'm saving money now not buying cigarettes , I signed up to lifetime fitness . I go swim and rocky wall climbing , steam room!!! And seeing all those healthy people in there when I work out gives me strength ! Yes I do crave for cigarette but I was craving for some nice vacation too for so long .. I'm saving money for it now too:) I believe in myself. You just have to focus on what you want to be ! I don't want to smell like cigarette . I want vacation. And I'll go to nice one with my babe body once I train to it because now I work out too!! Can this quitting smoking be more amazing .???

December 30, 2013 at 11:28:00 PM EST  
Blogger Alexa Jenn said...

Hello everyone making this great decision to quit! I'm on my day 2!! Yayyyy !! I smoked for 15 years ..I started when I was a teen...I quit when I was pregnant for 1,5 years..then started again.. I tried a year ago to quit,but didn't make it..because almost everyone I knew were smokers and I couldn't do it alone.. No I do not have friends that smoke,so I didn't wanted to be the only one that smoked. So here you go I'm on day two. Yes I do use Nicolette patch step one. Still have cravings and veeeeerrryyyy strong. But I did something to kill it. Since I'm saving money now not buying cigarettes , I signed up to lifetime fitness . I go swim and rocky wall climbing , steam room!!! And seeing all those healthy people in there when I work out gives me strength ! Yes I do crave for cigarette but I was craving for some nice vacation too for so long .. I'm saving money for it now too:) I believe in myself. You just have to focus on what you want to be ! I don't want to smell like cigarette . I want vacation. And I'll go to nice one with my babe body once I train to it because now I work out too!! Can this quitting smoking be more amazing .???

December 30, 2013 at 11:29:00 PM EST  
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January 4, 2014 at 2:44:00 AM EST  
Blogger karan randhawa said...

thanks for the wonderful post bro i hope it will work out whenever i Crave i usually check out the mini note the things for which i want to Quit

January 4, 2014 at 2:49:00 AM EST  
Anonymous sean said...

Thats really the nice idea to occupy ourselves in some other task rather than smoking cigs as it is very dangerous habit.

February 18, 2014 at 5:33:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jennifer Lowe said...

On day 3 and I could only hope to have 3 to 5 min cravings. Its constant for me as well. More like 3 to 5 minute reprieves then back to craving..

February 26, 2014 at 9:25:00 AM EST  
Blogger thomas morrison said...

The stuff in the blogs blows out my mind.


Brian Nichols

March 18, 2014 at 2:16:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sharon Mendez march 27,2014 at 8:00 pm today is my first day to quit smoking I've done this lots of time. I quit for 6 years than almost two years now I started smoking again my fiance wants me to quit smoking because I have diabetes and thyroid problems . Its so hard again going cold turkey I just want to scream or I don't know I'm at work and trying not to think about it but when we go to break I want to go smoke a cigarette. But I know I can't so I just breathe in and out and just think this day is almost over with. I can't talk to nobody about it here at work because they just roll there eyes at me like okay what ever so I'm texting in the restroom on
my phone .i just hope tomorrow is little bit easier.

March 27, 2014 at 9:18:00 PM EDT  
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April 29, 2014 at 5:34:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My quit date was April 23. I almost slipped last nite. I was having a stressful day at work and got a cig from a co-worker. I didn't smoke it but I didn't throw it away either. I think just having it to hold while driving was kinda comforting to me. I know that's stupid but...
Last night also was my 1st nite I have slept
good in a long time. Since I've quit, I have had insomnia, like you wouldn't believe. Been taking a low dose of melintonin at nite. There's this awesome app called Quit Now that I'm using.

May 9, 2014 at 9:32:00 AM EDT  
Blogger nikz nik said...

I have only had one cigarette and I am 17. Plus 3 members in my house smoke but not directly in front of me they go outside in the Garden. Anyways after about 4 days after smoking that once cigarette I have gotten really bad cravings to smoke and I love the smell of th smoke all a sudden and it's literally eating me alive. I have tried to keep myself busy and still avoided to smoke again. Is it possible that I am already some what addicted to the nicotine? Much appreciated if anyone replied. Thanks

June 7, 2014 at 8:02:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its my first day trying too quit and I'm going crazy. before quitting i used to go thru 5 packs in one week ugh.. withdrawal are extremely hard:(

June 17, 2014 at 2:33:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using a NRT and quit smoking cigars. It has been 6 days nd I am having cravings. I don't want to quit but need to for my health. I am surrendering to cigars/nicotine. I cigar is equal to a pack of cigarettes. Looking for the cravings to ease up.

June 23, 2014 at 1:45:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit amoking for 11 yrs and went back being I was bored at work. I was smoking 6 swisher sweets a day and inhaling them. I have come done with very bad smokers cough and was hospitalized for 3 days on one occassion. I cut down to 3 a day. I then was not inhaling them when I got sick again and it wasn't giving me pleasure. I assume you don't inhale your cigars. Do I miss it----Yes I do. But I had to realize what was more important in my life. Life itself or the smoking.

June 23, 2014 at 1:56:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smoking, as a smoker its not so bad, yeah there is health issues...but you dont think of it...when you quit...im on day 9... you realize how much you been deceiving yourself...I want a smoke right now..just to see if I still like it...just one for oldvtimes...just one cuz im bored...cigarettes to me now MUST be like the slogan for meth...not even once
I hace no power to keep it from my mind, but I do from my body

June 24, 2014 at 3:12:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous sean said...

Nicotine addiction is very bad and it makes person so dependent on it and it is very bad for health and not safe so should be avoided.

July 9, 2014 at 3:51:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 2 and I think I am going to scream. Cravings last every minute I am awake. AAAHHHHHHHHH!
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

July 14, 2014 at 12:02:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous jenni said...

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July 18, 2014 at 7:38:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Rebecca Villarreal said...

The cravings are constant for me as well. A lot of what's" out there" about quitting is simply wrong, but no one is speaking up. Also, that stuff about cravings after 3 days are all psychological is crap. I know a physical craving when I get one. It's like that old story The Emperors New Clothes. Everyone believes the information BECAUSE everyone else believes the information. Well, widely believed and repeated info on quitting isn't all true. Just because it's when 1 million times doesn't make it true.

August 17, 2014 at 1:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rebecca Villarreal said...

Yeah. This is hardly a "most important" benefit to quitting. Getting kissed by random guys who aren't picky about who they kiss sounds pretty gross to me, lol.

August 17, 2014 at 1:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rebecca Villarreal said...

Anyone reading this and getting that " back of the throat" craving, that " I can feel the burn of the smoke in my throat" craving maybe accompanied by those all over body shaky feelings try this:
Large spoonful of chipotle or similar smoky and spicy salsa or sauce. Swallow a good sized spoonful, let it slide down your throat as you swallow. That smoky flavoring combined with some heat really helps put out that crave. After a minute or so, follow up with a generous spoonful of pure white sugar for the shaky craves. I hope I've helped someone with this, I promise it works for me.

August 17, 2014 at 2:16:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had 2 sessions of hypnosis but the withdrawals are making me crack im 2 days in

August 28, 2014 at 6:45:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes i can be thaaat hard:)

September 4, 2014 at 4:19:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It.....it can be that hard...wow did i sound like some kinda sick perv a comment ago ha...

September 4, 2014 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nik Podojil said...

I'm about to begin my battle against my pack a day habit. I would think, for myself, it shouldn't be that hard considering i quit a 4 year demon of hypo needles, gram n half a day heroin habit. 3 years clean tommorow woohoooo! So for my 3 year mark i planned to quit smoking, and i dont know wether to ween myself down or just flush my last pack and take the ride. If anyone could please help me make my decision, that would be awsome...my email is d1nonlynikpodo@gmail.com

September 4, 2014 at 4:37:00 PM EDT  

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