Thursday, July 30, 2015

How to Quit Smoking - How to Quit Smoking - When the authors of health website, asked readers how they quit smoking, the responses from happy ex smokers poured in. Successful quitters used all sorts of strategies from simple distraction to cinnamon hearts! Many had tried before and failed some quit because of illness, some to save money. But one thing came up over and over: the key is making the decision to quit. After that, it's whatever works for you.

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Trick yourself

I woke one morning and thought to myself 'I just went 8 hours without a cigarette, let's see how much longer I can go' and I never picked another cigarette up again and it's been almost two years. Two things got me through the hard times: I kept telling myself a craving only lasts a minute so just get through that minute until the next one, and when I gained weight and wanted to smoke again just to get thin, my friend said 'You can lose the weight you can't lose cancer.' Paula O.

I made the decision to quit. Kept my lighter, cigarettes and ashtray in separate areas. This made it work to smoke. It makes you to think about it more and I usually found something that had to be done before finding the cigarette. Mary Ruth G.

I started off picking a date at the beginning of the week and using the patch. When I would normally be having a cigarette, I would carry around a lighter in my pocket and hold it and turn it in my hand. As well I had two cigarettes left in my package but hidden away. Knowing they were there and that I could have one at any time helped as in the past not having any would make me want them more. (I still have them and it's been five years!) Thelma K.

I quit smoking cold turkey. Best advice I can give you is to change your habits. It used to be coffee and cigarette, now it's coffee and newspaper. After dinner it's dishes right away, as I have to do something with my hands. It's worked great for me. As for my better half, I dangled a carrot new vehicle or smoking needless to say, the vehicle won and he's been smoke free for three years now. He ate a lot of gum but it worked. Denise C.

A friend to lean on.

Someone told me about the Cancer Society's smoking cessation groups and programs. When I finished using the patch I wanted to make sure I didn't relapse so I went. It helped a lot and I received group support, education, and trained professionals to answer my questions. They have a hotline for people trying to quit which thankfully I didn't have to use, but eight years later they still see and call how I am. Kaela O.

The day after I quit I made an announcement at work in front of all my peers that I was trying to join the majority and needed their help. Wow, what support! They checked on me every day and that was a big help. Karen H. , , , ,

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