I need to quit, smoke almost a pack a day been off and on again for about 15 years, scared my lungs are getting fried.. please help.
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Glad you want to quit smoking...it no way is helpful to any of us...emotionally or physically. I believe that quitting smoking is all in preparation, knowledge and hard work. I suggest you read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX there you will plan a quit date and prepare for that day like no other. You will gain knowledge on this addiction. Then you have to work at your quit. Also, read blogs here from our elders who have been where we have all been with smoking and quitting. Keep close to the support site for any and all help. Click below on a list of healthier things to do other than smoking. Now get working...I am so excited for you...there is a life out there without smoking...~ Colleen 224 DOF
100 Things to do instead of smoking!
. You have come to the right place for support. I believe that Education is the key to successfully quit. It is suggested to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Another good site to get info is www.whyquit.com. There are several articles to read. Nicotine 101 and Freedom From Nicotine My Journey Home. Quitting takes planning and preparation go to EX Plan | BecomeAnEX to decide how you are going to go about quitting. To get help on navigating the site go to. Community Help. Make quitting smoking your number one priority. Start by getting rid of anything associated with smoking such as ashtrays, lighter, etc. You can do this if you make up your mind that you can. Relearning your thinking that you do not have to smoke is a good beginning. For a while, you will think about smoking but that does not mean you have to act on it. You can talk yourself out of smoking. No matter what never ever take another puff. NOPE. Take smoking off the table as an option and do something different. 101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke SINAO smoking is not an option. That is NOPE concept Not one puff ever. Be willing to do the work. Quitting is the easy part. Staying quit is work. Learning to protect your quit will keep you on your journey of forever freedom. One day at a time. Never give up, never give in. Hang tough Stay Close.
Quitting is so doable no matter how long you have smoked. You may not really want to quit (most smokers do not because nicotine addiction clouds the mind) but you can--and it is done one day at a time--first by deciding to quit and next by planning. Let Ex be a part of your plan because this community of quitters gets how important the work is to get out of the addiction and will be here 365 for you.
Here are a few reading recommendations to start--but explore and keep exploring the whole Ex website.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyIJo7VCdPE Quitting is a journey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLbQfMmrISE Quitting smoking timeline
Many have started thinking about quitting as a need to quit and then they have transformed that chore like thinking into-- I can and will quit smoking--stick with Ex and make your plan. Yes you can.
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You never have to go through this alone now. I always recommend newbies begin by understanding the quit. For me, the best explanation came from Alan Carrs book, THE EASYWAY TO QUIT SMOKING. It is a very short fast read and it really made a huge difference in my approach, as many other approaches I had made prior to that book, were all failures.
Stay active and near this site as much as possible and if an urge pops up to smoke, come here first.
I also used Vicks Vapor rub. For some reason it stopped craves on the spot for me. I still believe though, that the knowledge I gained from that book was so valuable as is this site. Learning/understanding about the addiction , then preparing and having a plan of action....,is what I recommend before you quit to have best results.
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We will ALL help! The better you prepare and plan, the easier this will be. I will give you yet MORE information to read!
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I also highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
Howdy and Welcome. Can't add much to what others have said above me. Become a sponge and soak up as much knowledge as you can here. It will help prepare you for this amazing journey ahead. For me, support was the key to unlocking the door to becoming a long-term quitter. (13 years now.) Communicating with others who had wisdom of the journey helped me to understand what was required in order to be free. I listened and I followed, at the same time blazing my own path as necessary. We're here to walk this walk with you. Glad you've joined us. Have heart!
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