I smoked for over 12 years. Over a pack a day and I had quit before and it never stuck...
My longest had been 2 years....and because of a stressful few months at work...I cracked and started up again.
I had done the patch, I had done the Nicorette gum and I had quit cold turkey....
When I decided I wanted to get pregnant, I figured that I wanted to have already quit when that time came and I figured that my body would be going crazy already, I wasn't going to add addiction to that chaos. ....So I stopped. Just like that. 3 months later we were pregnant.
In the many times that I have quit, I have found that cold turkey, while the most difficult, seems to be the most effective.
I did a little research too and found that the actual chemical addiction of nicotine is an easy one to kick...it only stays in your system for about 3 to 5 days and then it's all mind over matter because of the psychological addiction of it.
If you can make it past the first three days...your body is done with the nicotine...the rest is just adjusting your behavior to get you past the psychological habit.
I found that using the patch or any other gradual nicotine reduction system...just dragged it out. And what could happen in two weeks was drawn out into a months long process. AND you were still pissing away money on nicotine. And they do NOTHING to help with the phycological addiction, which is really the hardest part.
For me, it was easiest to stop, be cranky and miserable for about a week and then it starts getting easier.
The biggest thing for me is to totally turn your routine upside down. If the normal routine was #1 Roll out of bed #2 Pee #3 Coffee & smoke.
I would #1 Wake Up #2 Walk the dogs #3 Pee #4 eat breakfast...whatever...just change your morning routine so that the part that involved smoking wasn't so obviously missing. I know it sounds silly but it's amazing how easily it is to fool your own self.
The hardest part for me was driving. I'd usually get in the car, start it and light up...so that took some adjustment. I'd keep gum in the car or take my breakfast to go to eat on the drive to work...just something to break the normal pattern.
I would avoid drinking at all for the first month or so...just because the three hardest situations were #1 Morning Coffee #2 Driving #3 Social Drinking. If you can avoid or adust those three things...it will make the transition to being smoke free that much easier.
I stopped my almost two pack a day habit with nothing but sheer force of will and it's been almost 4 years now and I'm never going back.
#1 It makes you stink
#2 I can't tell you how many times I burned in involuntary bangs...lol
#3 It's SOOO expensive
#4 You sleep so much better without them
#5 You can breathe!!
#6 You can TASTE food!
#7 You can SMELL food!
#8 If you had any heartburn issues, they will be dramatically improved
#9 If you had issues with migraine, depression, fatigue - all these things have been linked in some cases to tobacco use. My husband's migraines have all but disappeared since he quit smoking and he's suffered for over 10 years.
#10 Your chances of meeting your grandkids are greatly improved.
More than anything...The decision to quit and be smoke free is the most effective "smoking cessation aid" ...If he wants to stop...he doesn't need any of that other crap to do it.
My husband has smoked for the past 4 years, right there in my face and it didn't bother me a bit. I had decided that I wasn't going to smoke anymore, period, so it didn't matter who else was....I wasn't gonna do it. Period.
So really...It's just his will to stop that will make him successfull, all the rest of the stuff is bunk. Or worse yet, some of it is actually a detriment. None of it will keep him from smoking if he loses the will. So if he's made the decision to do it and stick to it...the only thing he really needs to do ....is not smoke.
· 1 decade ago