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I Need Feedback On Stop Smoking Tips Please !!

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by GGW Laurie, Oct 5, 2013.

    Oct 5, 2013
  1. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account

    Occupation:
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    Well went to my Dr. yesterday for my physical , mamogram was great along with everything else except I was told I have stage 2 COPD , more toward stage 1 and that I need to quit smoking.

    I do not smoke but 10 to 15 cigs a day , good health and heck I don't even inhale all the way , its more of a mind over matter for me I think but I just can't quit. I hate medications and have heard of ecigs blowing up , chantex making you want to commit suicide, just looking for some other tips instead of cold turkey or meds.

    Any tips on how you quit would be so much appriciated as I do want quit but the will power is lacking. I have been scared since she told me and then I have talked with others in the medical feild who say that this test can be off.

    Smoking is not good for you , we all know this but it is my only vice except gambling, well maybe a glass or two of wine a week but thats it.

    I am worried about this COPD , been trying to look up things I can do , I breathe great , no wheezing and coughing , good shape but was told there is nothing you can do to fix it , this I do not believe.

    Have had allergies bad this year , was wondering if this can have a play in it ?

    Laurie
     
  2. Oct 5, 2013
  3. PaaskeDenmark

    PaaskeDenmark Always think positive CAG PABnoaccred webmeister

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    Try new VIP electronic cigarette. They are a good safe brand no blow ups.

    Mostly those you have heard about because people are silly charging over night. But by having spare batteries it will not be a problem.

    I can't or not sure if allowed to link but try search for them on facebook or google.

    I am on verge going back using them and wanna use the new one they have.

    Good luck with everything and hope you get better soon :)
     
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  4. Oct 5, 2013
  5. Freeman

    Freeman Experienced Member

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    My only suggestion is not to be so hard on yourself. Smoking is a drug and a disgusting habit, me myself would love to get rid of it. Take one day of a time, allowing yourself only the morning, mid day, and the evening smoke. It's a good start my friend <3
     
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  6. Oct 5, 2013
  7. Nifty29

    Nifty29 Dormant account

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    It's the best decision you will ever make Laurie....healthwise, and cost wise ($25 a packet here for 30).

    Cold turkey worked for me almost 11 years ago. Avoid foods and drink that you normally have with a ciggie. I found hot chocolate makes them taste awful afterwards, and foods with garlic in them and milky drinks....so choose them over coffee or other "smoking" foods. It's not forever.

    Good Luck.
     
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  8. Oct 5, 2013
  9. rockycatt

    rockycatt meistercatt

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    write a henna tattoo of some important life matter and were it on your smoking hand till you have a grip [it washes off smoke related sickness doesn't]
     
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  10. Oct 5, 2013
  11. Freeman

    Freeman Experienced Member

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    Yepp, that will do it :D
     
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  12. Oct 5, 2013
  13. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

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    Laurie,

    I can't give you any tips as I went cold turkey, like Nifty. Had to as my SO has COPD as well as a rare lung problem. So when he was diagnosed, my cigs went in the trash.

    Best thing that ever happened to me. You will be surprised just how much better you feel, how good food tastes. You will get over the cravings, just make sure and watch for triggers. Mine was playing slots, online or casino. LOL! Not sure all the hard candy I ate was good for me either but at least I got rid of the smokes.
     
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  14. Oct 5, 2013
  15. nepatsfan01

    nepatsfan01 Experienced Member

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    I had excellent success with the Nicorette gum (I buy the generic version)... It's work in similar manner without the bad chemicals in the cigarette. Every time I wanted a cigarette, I would just chew the gum. Eventually I tapered down and then instead of the Nicorette gum, I would chew regular gum until eventually I didn't feel the need for that. It gives you the same amount of nicotine in the beginning and then you slowly wean off of it until you're on a lower milligram and then eventually you're off it for good. I went a bit longer than what it said - about 6 months in total, but during those 6 months I wasn't inhaling all that crap so it gives you an immediate feeling of doing something healthier for yourself. That was 4 years ago and I haven't gone back yet!
     
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  16. Oct 5, 2013
  17. mrmark21

    mrmark21 Meister Member

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    Hope you get better Laurie :)

    I'm one of the lucky ones I never started smoking (well except for a few) so never had to quit. My whole family smoked at some stage and all my friends at age sixteen were doing it (so the temptation was there). When I go out I get offered a cigs all the time, I'll say no thanks but my friend/s will have one. I just never got anything from them that pot or benzos wouldnt have done better. I've always said that I'd smoke but they just dont do anything for me.

    I really got spooked about them two years ago when my dad had a heart attack and had to stop smoking. My sister smokes a pack every two days. Anyway my dad got hypnosis done and it really helped him out with quitting plus I noticed he physically wouldnt touch a pack (i dont know if that had to do with the hypnosis though). My sister said shes going to stop soon because they are planning another price increase in Australia.

    Good luck with quitting means more money for slotting :thumbsup:
     
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  19. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    Another "cold turkey" case here, Laurie. Many years ago now and I've never regretted it. Healthier, better sports and life performance (and no scent of tobacco!)

    A word of caution - appetite improves (shows you how deleterious smoking is) and you have to discipline yourself to avoid putting on weight - a common problem but perhaps not as life-threatening as smoking.

    I appreciate that some folks find it more difficult to give up than others (my daughter really struggled) but the effort is so worth it.

    Not knowing what the acronym COPD is, I looked it up on the internet...this is some scary s*** and should be enough to make you throw that packet of smokes away immediately!
     
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  20. Oct 5, 2013
  21. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

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    This helped with me too (although hot chocolate and a cig were MADE for each other LOL). The key for me was to identify what I did when smoking and change my habits. So for example, before, I'd be sitting by the PC, need a break and go make a cup of tea or coffeee and have a cig with it - they went hand-in-hand.

    Instead, I put a cheap step machine and a bottle of water by my desk and every time I wanted that tea break, I did 3+ minutes on the step machine instead. I set myself targets....100 steps to start, upping to 150 after a week etc. the aim was not only to break the habit but get fitter too. It worked.

    From about the same as you - 10-15 a day - to 0 overnight after solid smoking for 25 years. That was over 2 years ago and while I still like the smell, after a couple of weeks had passed and I felt myself getting fitter I wasn't tempted to even have a drag on a ciggie, even on a trip to Vegas 3 months after I quit (that was my acid test!). Nor since.

    So yeah: change your habits to avoid doing the things you associate with a ciggie would be my advice also.
     
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  22. Oct 5, 2013
  23. AlmostFamous

    AlmostFamous Experienced Member

    Occupation:
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    Hi Laurie...
    I smoked for 30 years. One morning I woke up and while smoking my first cigarette I had a sharp pain in my chest.
    I stubbed out the Marlboro Light and then took my crushproof box of smokes with 11 cigs and crushed the box
    in my hand and flushed the box down the toilet.

    About two hours later, the pain went away and since my husband had the only car we had at the time, and wasn't due home from work for another 5 hours, I wondered what the hell I did that for? My addiction was speaking to me. Although I smoked about 10-15 cigarettes a day, I was addicted to them, and couldn't just quit. Or could I?

    I trolled the Internet for help. There were a lot of ads for stopping smoking, for pills, patches, hypnosis, gums, etc.
    None of these appealed to me and for a couple of hours, I thought it best to just cut down and smoke a few cigs a day.
    My addiction was insisting I couldn't stop. Powerful stuff.

    I then stumbled (luckily) on a website www.quitnet.com - Created by Nathan Cobb, MD when he was a smoking cessation counselor at a Boston clinic Boston, Mass.

    The uniqueness of this site is that it has interactive forums such as these at Casinomeister. You can rant and rave and get the support of other Quitsters. I never believed it would help me. I wasn't a joiner of sorts and I wasn't gung ho to rant an rave to complete strangers, blah, blah, blah, my addiction was working overtime to keep me hooked.

    I joined the same day I quit, on May 30, 2000. I ranted, I raved, I sweated, I coughed, I got thru the first week they call HELL WEEK. I fought with myself, I almost caved, I talked with my fellow Quitsters and lo and behold I got thru the second week they call HECK WEEK. And well, two weeks turned into a month as I "smoked" cut up straws and learned the ways to keep smoke free (nic-free) and damn it took. It actually worked.
    It was (and still is) the best gift I ever gave myself. I am FREE of nicotine, smelling bad, yellow teeth,
    addiction. I am thrilled to have not smoked for over 13 years.

    They have a Quit Gadget that shows your stats on a daily basis, and it is wonderful to see the days add up.
    You can even have them emailed to you.

    I often mentor people now and give them the boost they need to quit or keep the quit.
    I often wish I would have quit sooner, most Quitster's do.

    I just went on the site (I am called Chickey on there) and here are my stats for today;

    My Stats:
    Your Quit Date is: 5/30/2000

    Time Smoke-Free: 4876 days, 10 hours, 27 minutes and 21 seconds

    Cigarettes NOT smoked: 73147

    Lifetime Saved: 18 months, 18 days, 18 hours

    Money Saved: $18,285.00

    I hope the site turns out to be a source of inspiration, encouragement and comfort
    for you Laurie and you do make the decision to quit.

    COPD is nothing to ignore, it only gets worse. If you stop now,
    you are giving yourself a chance to live. Good luck, YOU CAN do this!!

    Laurie, Feel free to reach out to me on the site in the Forums (chickey).
    You can even read my past posts.

    This is completely FREE, no fees to join or talk in forums.
    They do have upgrades if you want, but I don't think you'll ever need that.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
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  24. Oct 5, 2013
  25. trioval88

    trioval88 Experienced Member

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    COPD

    Hi Laurie I have end stage COPD and I smoked for over 30 years. It was very hard for me to quit but now I have not smoked for 2 years. I tried a lot of things and it seemed like I would never be able to quit. I tried the patch, gum, e-cigs, hypnosis, just about everything you could think of. It was third time trying the patch that I finally quit. The patch's side effects for me were crazy vivid dreams. I think with me it was just never to give up trying to quit. In the long run pure determination and the want to attitude is what will work. COPD gets really bad if you continue to smoke. I can no longer walk up stairs and I am on oxygen 24/7 Good luck quitting and never give up.
     
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  27. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account

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    Thank you so much for this info , I did join and my set quit date is Nov. 2 , 2013 , this is a very interesting site and the stats are amazing on the people that have quit and the money saved.

    Thanks again,

    Laurie = ggwlaurie
     
  28. Oct 6, 2013
  29. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

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    I am trying to get two nieces and 1 nephew to quit - no luck so far.

    It's the nicotine that creates the effect, but the act of smoking also creates a habit, and many smokers can't work with patches or gum because they don't know what to do with their hands in the redesigned "fag break". The E-Cig was designed to overcome this, and dispenses nicotine in the same way as a regular tobacco cig. The problem seems to be that they were launched, but not regulated in any way, so there are badly made versions that DO have the unfortunate side effects of "blowing up", etc. Taking care to choose a trusted brand should mitigate these dangers, but common sense like not charging them unattended would help. Remember, E-Cigs are not the only things that have blown up whilst on charge, there was a major recall of laptop batteries a while ago for the same reason! You could sit there spinning away, too scared to use an E-Cig because it might blow up, and then with a bang, you have shards of Thor and his hammer flying across the room because your laptop has exploded under the strain:rolleyes: (Probably the strain of being called upon to render more than two reels wild in the wildstorm:p).
     
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  30. Oct 6, 2013
  31. purpletin

    purpletin Experienced Member

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    Hi, have you tried Allen Carr's Easy way to stop smoking? This book worked for me and I have recommended it to many other family members who have had success with it. The beauty of this method is that it changes the way you think about smoking. You no longer see yourself as "giving something up"
    rather than becoming free of something that was holding you back.
     
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  33. jjezebel37

    jjezebel37 Meister Member mm1

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    Well done on taking the plunge.

    After i had my 'experience' with the E-cig.i have just went cold turkey.

    I joined a gym as i was eating anything in sight lol but i feel great though even though i have gained a few pounds grrrr
     
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  34. Oct 9, 2013
  35. diva2000

    diva2000 Dormant account

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    Hi Laurie,

    The fact that you want to give it up is already the first step towards quitting. However, make sure you really mean it as otherwise, any approach you will take will be for nothing. We all want to quit bad habits but are we always mentally prepared for it??? This is what I mean.

    My husband has been a smoker since he was 13 yrs old. Now he is 36 and I cannot tell you the countless times he wanted to quit but was not really prepared to do so. We tried everything from patches, the gum, electronic sensors, ecig...nothing worked. He knew that his health was not in his favor yet he coudn't stop!!

    When our LO was born, it still wasnt enough for him to give it up until one day he realized that he might not be around long enough to see her grow up if he continued down this road...

    He booked a session of hypnotherapy and has never looked back since. The first few weeks were hard and I seriously was going to apply for a divorce. It was tough for him but even for me as I was the one person in his life that he could 'lash out' with when he needed too. It got so bad that at times, I secretly wished he would start smoking again.

    baby steps later and plenty of patience on my end, he took it one day at a time. Its now been 4 months since he quit and he doesnt even think of smoking. He misses it but wouldnt dream of it. He did gain a few pounds and still eats almost everything in sight but the cravings have decreased so its just a matter of letting the storm pass completely. The weigh can be shed off when he is good and ready. The damage he has done due to his smoking cannot be reversed.

    I guess my point is, first believe that you are bigger than this and stick to it. If it fails, just keep trying. I dont believe that the hypnosis was the key here, I sincerely believe that this time he really meant it.

    Good luck and dont ever give up trying to kill the habit!

    Regards,
    Rebecca
     
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  36. Oct 9, 2013
  37. lotusch

    lotusch Megaways Slots, as useless as salt in your coffee webby PABaccred mm2

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    Don't forget your lungs can still gain in health and strenght again once stop smoking.
    Don't get me wrong,smoking does damage to the body but if you quit you can still rebuild your health significantly. :thumbsup:

    I mean only look at your ability to smell and taste when you quit smoking,it will increase big time.
    Also you will be able to breath better as your lungs will recover step by step allthough this offcourse is a long road but it is defo possible!
    It will have a positive effect on your bloodpressure too.


    That said,I am still smoking myself! :mad::eek2::(
     
  38. Oct 9, 2013
  39. BMWSTACK

    BMWSTACK Ueber Meister

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    ecig Njoy brand Menthol. This e cig seems to be best should be about $8. I never smoked menthol, but the menthol gives you more of a smoking sensation. As you use it your usage of the ecig should go down. I know only use it for a crutch when drinking.

    Oh and your mind has to be set to quit. I tried the ecig in past, but would always ask for a cigarette after a few puffs. This time is serious so its working, plus I think I found the best brand out of all the ecigs.
     

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