What are the best ways to stop smoking?

United States
March 16, 2007 5:20pm CST
I'm 29 years old and I've been smoking since I was 7. Yes, 7 years old. My mother used to buy them for me-she thought it was "cute". Well, it's not so cute now. I haven't quit one time since I started. I NEED to quit for my children. I have tried but with no success. I want to rip someone's head off my 9am. I just can't do it on my own. I'm too weak I guess.... I don't smoke in the house. So, I'm down to about a pack a day. I was smoking about 2 to 2 1/2 packs a day. But I want to quit completely. I just can't. I don't want to gain weight...which I have done since I've quit smoking in the house. I have to have something in my hands!!! What else can I do? I can't afford those patches or gum. So, does anyone else have any ideas about what other things I can do? I have all these kids and knitting or needle point won't work, because I can't sit still that long....So, please please help me!!!! Thank you in advance! Have a great day!!!
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8 responses
• Canada
17 Mar 07
Well I too am still smoking, I have tried quitting several times but it has been really hard because I really enjoy it alot, however there is a great website called quitnet.com, you go there register for the free plan and there are discussion boards with people who have quit, people who have relapsed etc. they have awesome tips and discussions, as well as a live chat room for you to turn to when you are having trouble with your quit. The first week is really tough, they say to drink alot of orange juice, citrus is supposed to be good for getting the nicotene out of your system. Also you have to change your routine, when you would normally sneak outside to have a smoke, maybe try running up and down the stairs a couple times, or dressing the kids and going for a short walk around the house. I find for me keeping busy and active takes my mind off of that smoke. Hope that some of this helps you. God Bless! Good luck with your quit.
• Canada
9 Apr 07
thank-you so much for the best response!
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@Greg04 (100)
• Canada
17 Mar 07
Most people find it better just to quit cold turkey. I had tried the patch many times but it seemed to make my heart race alot faster then normal.. Know I only smoke about 1-2 cig's a day, use to be close to a package a day. I Find smoking little and little each week helps you get off it.
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@healer (1783)
• India
17 Mar 07
The best way to stop smoking is to find out a friend who is a non-smoker and fun to be with so that you enjoy a lot with that person so that you can have a break from smoking. I think its not that easy to stop smoking once started but it depends on your will power. I quit smoking seven months back now am a non-smoker i cannot stand the smell of the smoke these days. For me i got hospitalized last year due to some muscle infection after which my health was completely destroyed, the doctor asked me stop drinking and smoking for sometime for your health. So, i did that and thats how i quit smoking but drinking i do occasionally.
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• United States
17 Mar 07
For me it was cold turkey. I quit about 10 years ago after smoking for at least 20. Don't be discouraged if you can't quit on your first try. I quit many times before it actually stuck. I tried everything, patches, pills, gum, but in the end it was going could turkey that worked for me. But I think the key was that I finally ready to quit no matter what.
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• United States
17 Mar 07
I only smoked for a little over a year...and I decided to quit smoking when I went on a week long vacation. There was so much to do and see that smoking was at the back of my mind. But like I said, I hadn't been smoking as long as you...however, before I went on this vacation I had been smoking a pack a day.
• India
17 Mar 07
You have been smoking for quite a long long time and so you may be a thick addict to it.But even then you have thought of giving up smoking and so you have started your course to give up smoking.I suggest yoga or meditation..
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@irishmist (3820)
• United States
22 May 07
A few good ideas might be, which I have done. But please don't worry about gaining weight. Why is it that this is always the first thing that people think of? You can work on that later. First off. You may have cravings, because you will feel empty in your stomach, and you will want to eat food. But I myself have found pumpkin seeds to be effective. You can eat them all the time. Plus your usual lolly pops, gum etc. I found just holding a pen in my hand & twiriling it has helped. Also drink a lot of fluids. get rid of all the ash trays. Clean your car & make it fresh, and don't smoke in your car. The car is a stressful place for most of us. We all have our favorite times that we smoke. Who doesn't want that first smoke with coffee in the morning? Another thing that would help, is a" Quit Date". Set up a date you want to quit. Write a list of all the reasons why you want to quit. Another thing. Don't tell everyone right away that you are trying to quit smoking. This will only make you feel under pressure. See how it goes first. You have to tell yourself everyday at first, why you need to quit, and want to quit. Tell yourself this everyday. Post it on your fridge or around the house. Have your kids & family help. The more help the better. It's hard I know. I for one dislike whoever thought of growing & producing such a horribly addictive product.We have to think about our kids growing up & smoking. Do we want that for them?
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
17 May 07
how can you afford the cigs then if you cant afford the gum? Not being snotty just curious. I am not sure if this will help, but its a mindset. When I quite I just made myself. You tell yourself that you cant smoke you are done. You will most likely always keep the desire to smoke it wont go away. I quite for a long time and due to stress I began smoking again.