Is it hard to quit smoking? Smokers,please tell me.

@yenwie84 (1345)
Malaysia
July 30, 2008 8:27am CST
My boyfriend is a smoker,he has decided to quit since three years ago but now he is still not succeeded yet. Sometimes,I feel very miserable about his smoking habit. I am worrying his health. Last time,he was a heavy smoker,he used to smoke a pack in a day but now he has cut down to two cigarettes per day. I know it was a great improvement,but I want him to totally quit this bad habit. What am I suppose to do? I need advices from previous smokers that succeeded,please share.
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16 responses
@NonaSaile (926)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
From one pack a day to two sticks per day is indeed a big improvement. Smoking is not just a habit, it's an addiction. Quitting it is basically a decision that will have to emanate from the smoker. It's got to be by his or her own initiative. The appreciation that you show him every time you see that he inhibits himself from smoking could help.
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• Philippines
30 Jul 08
And oh by the way, I am a heavy smoker. I find it very hard to stop, though I try. In my case, the overzealousness of my nonsmoking friends in their effort to "convert" doesn't work at all.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
If he stop smoking he should have a pack of candy beside him all the time. If the need to smoke is stronger just pop one candy in to his mouth. My friends cousin is a heavy smoker. This is the tips he do to stop smoking. It will be hard first but if he really wants to quit badly. He will overcome the difficulties.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 08
this is a good idea i guess. i too smoke and consume at least a pack a day. i tried to quit long time ago but still failed. you're right, quit smoking is a very difficult thing to do, but i think i have to give it a try once more. thanks for the tip.
• China
31 Jul 08
it is said that it is hard to quit. But, there is a good example in my life. my brother-in-law who quited smoke after about tens of years smoking history. my sister asks him to give up seriously. after several serious negotiation, he did it. But, the weight rises!!! perhaps, it is the side effect
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
31 Jul 08
I know it is very hard to quit smoking. I was a chain smoker before, smoking two packs a day. Now it is gone. Here is how I quit smoking. Your boyfriend might want to try it too. It started with soar throat. I knew it was coming from smoking. So, when it bacame really unbearable, I reduced smoking. I told myself "stop for one hour". It was hard , but I made it. Then I told myself "you could stop smoking for one hour. so, why not try for another hour ? ". So, I did. Success ! Then I went on. "hey , you did it for two hours ! so, go for the day." I made it too. It needed a lot of determination. On the next day, I told myself " you stopped for the whole day, and you could do it. so, stop it forever now". And , with a lot of determination, I did it, and it is gone for ever now. That was how I stopped smoking !
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@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 08
i am a smoker too and i can consume at least a pack a day. i tried to quit lately but still found it very difficult to do. i also have one friend here and he's really a heavy smoker. can you imagine, 4 packs a day? i asked him if he already thought of quitting and he said, no, this is my lungs' vitamins and i have to maintain this. if not, i probably be not here anymore. well, that's what his opinion and i am not going to follow him. i hope and i wish i can quit smoking.
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• Sweden
30 Jul 08
Yeah your right it not good hobby,I hate smoker I never had a bf who is smoke coz i dont like the smell and also it dangerous for health..My father was a smoker he can finish 2 pack per day it was a lot Everytime we told him to quit smoking cause it not good for his health he just get angry and said i cannot quit, You just say it cause you dont expirience being a smoker. But when he started to feel not good we decided to take him for a check up..and the doctor said he must stop smoking cause he will get a disease from smoking so now he stop smoking and we are happy for it..I think to stop smoking you must ask your self first if you are really willing to stop it coz nobody can tell you to stop smoking except yourself..
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• India
31 Jul 08
Well, I wish your boyfriend quit smoking as well as fast possible, Now, first of all, quit smoking, any adictation is depended on will power, the adicter should wish with deep of heart will make possible to quit smoking for ever, second thing is that he must not wish after quitting smoking, there are many people who quits, but after some time they restarts smoking because of their wish from heart, quit smoking is hard when somebody's willingness is not there, smoking is hard when somebody love to smok, if willingness is there, it is not so hard !!!, I was smoker but I had decided not to smok and suddenly quited, then never I have smoked !! so I believe thus.
@walkthetalk (1307)
• United States
31 Jul 08
My husband and I both quit about 12 years ago. They were making my daughter ill, when she was a baby. I'm not a doctor, or anything, but we were prescribed Wellbutrin. It is an antidepressant medication. In studies, It showed that it helped smokers quit. It helped us. If your husband doesn't try it, maybe you could. At least you'd fill better. Just kidding. :-)
• China
31 Jul 08
Yes, it is really hard to quit enen they know that it is no good to their health. But I think if you really decided to quick, you will. I think the problem is that when you hold for several days no smoke, you will doubt the reason why you must quit smoke. so you may find a lot of reasons to continue smoking.
• United States
31 Jul 08
what you really need is motivation. If you have no motivation to do so and you don't really want to quit you won't do it!
• United States
31 Jul 08
it really does depend on how long you have been smoking. if you have neem smoking for a really long time then it will ba alot harder to quit. but if you haven't been smoking for a really long time then it will be a lot easyer to quit. but of course there are alot of ways to help you quit smoking there is the gum the strips and alot of others to try. hope i helped you out.
@chandu245 (647)
• India
30 Jul 08
Hi friend, Ya offcourse that his daily routine he can't leave early that habit. It's really difficult to forget that smoking. If we leave early then it will affect to our health!!! So you just try to advice more against smoking and try to build his concentration to another habit then it's easy to leave him early without any deffect.
• United States
30 Jul 08
Yeah its real hard to stop.
• United States
30 Jul 08
my mother is a heavy smoker I have tried for years and years to get her to stop but it will prolly never happen.
• Italy
30 Jul 08
Well it is..u could try to force your self to smoke some sigarettes that u hate and u will probably be doing one of these things: -quit -return to smoke the previous sigarettes.. try..u can have 50% of success..more than anything
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
30 Jul 08
First of all, he is doing so very well by cutting down so much. I quit smoking by using the patch. They are on sale everywhere; just follow the directions. I am constantly amazed why so many people on here have no desire to quit. I was very motivated; my daughter told me I would no longer be allowed to see my grandchildren if I continued to smoke. It's a terrible habit and a dangerous one.