I've smoked for 10 years and this is my first and final quit. I refuse to believe that it takes several quits, regardless of how many people do it that way. No one in their right mind would repeatedly go through withdrawal. This is not a practice quit, my family needs me.
I do realize nicotine is a strong drug that hijacked my lifestyle from who I really want to be, because I had no intentions of smoking for ten years. I don't have anymore time to waste.
I was happy to learn about QuitNet from a co-worker. What a great support system this site has been for me. I may not post, but I do check-in, read/search information and occasionally read the thread. As they say, take what you need and leave the rest ~
I recommend reading through the Quit Smoking Guide https://quitnet.s3.amazonaws.com/production/quit_guides/English%20Smokers%20Guide.pdf
The Five D’s are a powerful set of self-support tools that can get you through the strongest and longest smoking urges – at least until you can reconnect with your network.
1 DELAY: Tell yourself, “I might smoke a little later, but not right now.” Most urges last only several minutes, giving you time to try one of the other D’s or get to support.
2 DISTRACT: Get busy. Force the mind to focus on something else, and give the hands something to do.
3 DRINK WATER (cold): This really works. A potential sinus freeze is a small price to pay to save a quit.
4 DEEP-BREATHE: As smokers, we knew instinctively to breathe deeply when angry or upset; now we do it without the smoky poison!
5 DISCUSS: Look for someone, anyone to talk to about your urge to smoke. This distracts you from relapse thoughts and can even help you process the underlying condition which triggered them. Talk it out or smoke it out – your choice.