How can I quit smoking without expensive pills/patches?
I have been smoking for 4 years and 8 months so far. I have been wanting to quit for the past few months now, and going to turkey just will not do it for me. I am thinking I just need a stimulant to use to overcome this addiction.
I was thinking about coffee? Would that be enough stimulant for me to quit smoking? Please provide your input!
- msLv 61 decade agoBest Answer
Trust me, you doesn't have to spend a single penny to quit smoking. What you need a STRONG WILL POWER which only works rather than any thing else. Just be strong and also learn to say NO to smoking and move away if some one is smoking near you or just ask them politely not to smoke in front of you.
When you have urge to smoke, just keep yourself busy in watching television, reading magazines / news paper or any thing which you find interesting. Drink cold water and can use chewing gum.
Remember one thing... "There is nothing impossible if we have strong will power to reach our goals in life"
It affects health and obviously, smoking cigarettes is dangerous to your health. Not only its not good for you but for others too. Those who smokes are called SMOKERS and those who inhale are called PASSIVE SMOKERS.Passive or involuntary smoking occurs when the exhaled and ambient smoke from one person's cigarette is inhaled by other people. Passive smoking involves inhaling carcinogens, as well as other toxic components, that are present in secondhand tobacco smoke.
What is smoking?
Smoking is the inhalation of the smoke of burning tobacco encased in cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. Casual smoking is the act of smoking only occasionally, usually in a social situation or to relieve stress. A smoking habit is a physical addiction to tobacco products.
Everyone knows that smoking causes cancer, emphysema (breakdown of lung tissue), organ damage, and heart disease. It can shorten your life by 10 years or more; and that the habit can cost a smoker lots of money every year.
A cigarette contains acetylene (fuel used in welding), cyanide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide, all of which are harmful chemicals. These chemicals are also used as poison. Many of the chemicals in cigarettes are actually poisons that can kill in high enough doses. Nicotine, the most common ingredient in cigarettes, is more addictive than heroine and ranked nicotine ahead of alcohol and cocaine in terms of dependence. Nicotine triggers the smoker's brain to be more efficient in processing information. Furthermore, nicotine also reduces anxiety and induces euphoria. Researches have also shown that nicotine stimulates alertness and arousal, and sedation and relaxation based on the dose of nicotine intake. These effects of nicotine, though, do not outweigh the harmful effect of nicotine addiction, which is lung cancer, and possibly other ailments, which will all eventually lead to death.
Each time a smoker lights up, that single cigarette takes about 5 to 20 minutes off the person's life.
Smokers not only develop wrinkles and yellow teeth, they also lose bone density, which increases their risk of osteoporosis. Smokers also tend to be less active than nonsmokers because smoking affects lung power.
The consequences of smoking may seem very far off, but long-term health problems aren't the only hazard of smoking. Nicotine and the other toxins in cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can affect a person's body quickly.
Smokers experience many of these problems:
Bad skin. Because smoking restricts blood vessels, it can prevent oxygen and nutrients from getting to the skin — which is why smokers often appear pale and unhealthy. An Italian study also linked smoking to an increased risk of getting a type of skin rash called psoriasis.
Bad breath. Cigarettes leave smokers with a condition called halitosis, or persistent bad breath.
Bad-smelling hair and clothes . The smell of stale smoke tends to linger — not just on people's clothing, but on their hair, furniture, and cars. And it's often hard to get the smell of smoke out.
Reduced physical performance. People who smoke usually can't compete with nonsmoking peers because the physical effects of smoking (like rapid heartbeat, decreased circulation, and shortness of breath) impair sports performance.
Greater risk of injury and slower healing time. Smoking affects the body's ability to produce collagen, so common sports injuries, such as damage to tendons and ligaments, will heal more slowly in smokers than nonsmokers.
Increased risk of illness. Studies show that smokers get more colds, flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia than nonsmokers. And people with certain health conditions, like asthma, become more sick if they smoke (and often if they're just around people who smoke). Because teens who smoke as a way to manage weight often light up instead of eating, their bodies lack the nutrients they need to grow, develop, and fight off illness properly.
Staying smoke free will give you a whole lot more of everything — more energy, better performance, better looks, more money in your pocket, and, in the long run, more life to live!
So have a smoke free and healthy life and also encourage and teach others for the same so that may help few lives which gives you lots of blessings and happiness which can not be expressed in words!!!
Good luck !!!Source(s): med prof.
- chana devoraLv 41 decade ago
I began smoking at the age of 15 and finally quit for good at the age of 57 (a year ago), when I was at a pack a day. Even tho' all the experts say you have to go cold turkey, I think that just increases the craving. This is how I did it. Everytime I wanted a cigarette, I only smoked half of it. So, I immediately cut my intake in half. After a few weeks of doing that (gives your body time to adjust to less nicotine), I would only take about 4 puffs, put it out and save it for the next craving. After a few weeks of that, I went to 2 puffs, then one puff (where one cigarette could last me a day or two). My body gradually got used to doing without the nicotine and I got to a point where I said, "when this pack is done, I'm not buying anymore". That was a year ago. Recently, I stayed with my son, who smokes, and took a drag off his cigarette. I didn't like the taste and it hurt my throat. If I can do it, you can do it, because I loved smoking!!!Source(s): Experience (and MS in clinical psych)
- purplegirlLv 61 decade ago
You are right in thinking you need to replace the smokes...I just think replacing them with another stimulant is not the best idea. I swapped the smokes for regular sugarfree chewing gum, bottles of water and going for walks. All 3 combined managed to keep me rather sane and able to quit the nasty smelly habit. 3 years later and I havent slipped up...I very rarely linger when I smell a cigarette but its very rare...
The first 3-5 days are the hardest...once you get past that you are on the home stretch and its relatively easy.
You can do it...and you can certainly do it without expensive patches and pills...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Joshua H's response is right on. Chantix is currently the frontrunner and proven way to quit smoking assuming that you are aware of its suicidal effects which can be overcome by simply cutting the daily dosage by half. It's one of many smoke cessation programs which has a substantial track record of success. Based on your smoking record of 4 years plus at $1,500 per year for a pack a day habit, you have already consumed $6,000 worth of smokes. So the initial cost of taking Chantix [which is around $350.00 total] is a bargain program when compared to what you are going to spend in future smokes.
Good luck!Source(s): I am not an employee of Chantix, but have successfully kick the smoking habit.
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- 1 decade ago
I have tried just about every way to quit smoking possible and only one thing has ever worked for me. It gives you the nicotine you crave and none of the harmful chemicals or cancer. The best part is, you use it like a cigarette, only instead of smoke it's water vapor..For me it felt just like smoking and really helped me. Oh and it costs the same as cigarettes per month and much less for some depending on the brand you smoked before.Source(s): http://www.myinlife.com/safehabit
- Anonymous1 decade ago
You can also try some rehab program which can easily help you to quit smoking. Even I was a smoker and it was difficult for me to quit smoking until i tried a rehab program. I have now stopped smoking and it is not much expensive. See if this helps!
- kathy_is_a_nurseLv 71 decade ago
Get your hands on the book, "The No Nag, No Guilt, Do It Your Own Way Guide to Quitting Smoking" by Tom Ferguson, MD. I know it's a lousy title, but it's a very helpful book and an easy read. It's been around a long time, so you won't have to pay much.Source(s): I used to teach smoking cessation classes and used this book.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Your doctor might prescribe a stimulant like Ritalin to help you get over the urge to smoke. The only problem with this is that most people tend to smoke when they get anxious -- and stimulants make you anxious.
I think you should try a nicotine replacement rather than a stimulant.
Either way -- good luck to you!Source(s): http://www.stopsmoking.net
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No, a stimulant will not have the desired effect, not one that wouldn't be worse for you than smoking, anyway. You need the proper meds, preferably Chantix. If you give up smoking, it will save you money in the long run.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
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