I don’t have any cigarettes or black and milds rn and I’m contemplating just quitting now
Hi and Welcome to Ex's Jasiah
It is truly up to what you decide...however, I suggest if you are quitting that you have read at "My ex plan"My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX up at the right hand corner of this page...that you prepared with a "quit kit box" Quit Kit aka Tool Box and that you are becoming knowledgeable in addiction and quitting...also, be sure to stay close to the support site...If you have done the work, I say "go for it"...
Hope this helps you out...Colleen 692 DOF
Hello Jasiah !! And welcome to the EX family. In response to your question, I fully support the answer that your received from Colleen sweetplt.. in order to be fully ready and have the best chances for success, the steps she spoke of are crucial.
If you haven't yet taken these steps and need some direction, please let us know.
We, your EX family are here for you
Yes, you can dive right in and quit along with educating yourself about the addiction to nicotine. Education is the key to successfully quit. Read, Study, Blog, and be willing to do the work. With the help of the EX Community, you can have a forever quit. Know the LAW! Go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX and review the videos and learn more about your triggers and how to prepare for tough times. Relearning your thinking that you do not have to smoke is a good beginning. . 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.
I was advised to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Another good site to get more info that was very helpful to me is www.whyquit.com. There are several articles to read. Nicotine 101 and Freedom From Nicotine My Journey Home. To get help on navigating the site go to. Community Help I believe you can quit smoking if you make quitting smoking your number one priority.
Welcome to the community!
If you feel like you are ready, go ahead and get started. You can do the reading and prep work just as easily after you quit as before!
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 highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. You can search for it online or at your local library.
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 obvious reasons.
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-smoke
The 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!
You are just the neatest "Welcome Wagon Lady", Nancy Youngatheart.7.4.12
Thanks! Very sweet of you!
Welcome. Of course you can. What did you decide?
I had tried to quit MANY times and I found that I was never ready to quit for my quit date. I’d stop, but I’d always start back up again. I’m now 60-some days into my quit and I feel more confident than ever. I quit before my quit date because I realized I’d never be ready. I just needed to jump in and hope for the best.
CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS SisBB
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