How you quit smoking...

@ravinskye (8242)
United States
December 10, 2007 9:11am CST
Hello, my husband is trying to quit smoking, and we needed some ideas. If you've successfully quit smoking, how did you do it? What steps did you do to make it work. Or even if you've tried and failed, what didn't work for you?
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@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
10 Dec 07
I'm not a smoker but I know a friend who was a smoker and managed to quit successfully... He said, all he did was to think about the money he wasted on smoking and he bought chewing gums as an alternative when he has the urge....Seems to work for him...
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
10 Dec 07
Congratulations to your husband, the first step is wanting to quit. It took me on and off for many years trying to quit. What worked for me was the gum. Then have the flavored gum, but I preferred the original. Then I weaned myself off the gum by supplementing it with spearmint gum and soon I was chewing just the spearmint gum. Then I was able to quit chewing so much gum. I also changed my eating habits and drank more water. I also starting dancing, but any kind of activity that will keep your husband busy will work too, like running or basketball, whatever will keep him physically active, will also keep the pounds from adding on.. I hope this helps, quiting smoking was one of the hardest things I did, and of course any support you can give him will also help.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
11 Dec 07
We looked at the gum, its kind of expensive for us. I'm being very supportive even though i hate the fact that he's still smoking.
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• United States
11 Dec 07
Yes it is expensive, but do you have insurance? The first time I tried we got it through my doctor and through insurance. There are also 2 different sizes, it took me about 1 1/2 of the larger size to quit. I don't know how much he smokes, but I had been smoking about 1-1 1/2 a day and needed only the smaller dosage too, which I believe was less expensive.
• United States
6 Jan 08
Thanks for the BR, I hope your husband is successful in trying to quit. Just remember and tell him too, a little every day, don't expect too much at once..
• United States
20 Apr 08
I know this is an old post but I was wondering how you are doing with the quitting smoking. I have an article that might help if you still need the help. www.healthmad.com/Addiction/I-Want-to-Help-You-Quit-Smoking.111317/1 Best of luck to your husband on the quitting smoking.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
28 Apr 08
Thanks :) he worked himself to only 2 a day and then decided that was it. he has gone without any for the past 4 days. the first day was a little shakey, he was light headed but now he seems to be adjusting well. i'm very proud of him.
• United States
23 Apr 08
Good luck ravinskye, I wish your husband all the best!!!! I didn't even know he smoked anymore. I never see him doing it. Try the gum and maybe you can find a coupon for it online. I will keep an eye out for you. :)
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
28 Apr 08
Yea well, i didn't really know either :( he's been doing great, he got down to 2 a day and then decided he was done. him quiting is my birthday present. he's gone 4 days now without any. so far so good.
• United States
23 Jan 08
well I quit cold turkey, to motivate me though I thought of all the money I spent on them , and what else I could be purchasing for myself and my son...we're saving for a vacation, so the extra money helps a lot.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
25 Jan 08
we definetly could use the extra money.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
10 Dec 07
My husband quit smoking two years ago. He used the prescription Nicatrol inhaler. Our insurance covered the cost. In the box there was 160 cartridges and it took him less than a full box to kick the habit. Good luck I hope this helps you.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
11 Dec 07
Thanks! we have pretty good insurance, i had no idea we could get something like that. i'm going to look into it right away.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
3 Apr 08
My dad quit 2 years ago..I know it was so hard for being a smoker for like 40 plus year! he just drink coffee or chew a candy every time he feels the desire on it and it works...Im so thankful..Once you are determined you can make it..
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• Philippines
21 Mar 08
i used to smoke at least 10 sticks a day (i'm not a heavy smoker) but lately my sinusitis has been giving me problems lately so i had to quit out of necessity(health reasons) just thinking of the effect my smoking has on my sinus is more than enough reason for me to stop. ALso, my husband he was a heavy smoker, used to smoke 2 packs a day, but he noticed that his health has been sufferring he dicided to quit, and it was abrupt. He has a very strong will power,when i asked him how he did it, he told me that he just thought of our kids and how he wants to be here when they grow up.
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• United States
17 Mar 08
My husband and I bought Smoke Away it cost about $50.00 you can get at walmart. We have been smoke free for 4 years now. We split the package. We only used the first step. We never needed the other two steps. I hope this helps.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I quit for over a year. I used Zyban for a couple of months. Unfortunately my husband also smokes and my will power was down so I started back. When I was taking Zyban I completely lost my desire to smoke. There are some new meds out there now that are said to work even better.
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