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How can I quit smoking? Any good ideas?

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Last Updated: 05/12/2020 at 10:49am
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January 14th, 2015 6:21am
Quitting smoking is not easy. Smokers need that external stimulation through smoking, that drives them. Meditation helps, one should relax their inner self, when in desperate need of a cigarette. And one should be strong, it's simple, you've to simply stop buying cigarettes for you, lower the rate gradually, start from today. I've got benefited through meditation. Though I'm not completely off cigarettes, my smoking rate has gone down significantly. Looking forward to quit it eventually. Thanks for reading, hope it helps.
September 8th, 2015 12:12am I hope this helps you! Smoking kills. Kills you. Kills everyone. Kills environment. If you REALLY want this, you can do it.
February 17th, 2015 8:54am
You can be a an example to many by quitting one of the difficult thing to do.Can be a ray of hope to millions.
April 4th, 2015 1:03am
I have personally tried hypnotherapy, the patch and e-cigarettes. All have worked just fine, but I have made the decision in the past to resume smoking, so while those methods work, they only work if you don't smoke again!
April 22nd, 2015 11:20pm
Try 10 minutes of mindful meditation to clear your head whenever you have a cigarette craving. This might satisfy the craving altogether by giving you a healthy break.
June 29th, 2015 10:12pm
Will power, will power, will power. I've tried replacing my habit (didn't work) and trying to do other activities in stead of smoking - like washing dishes, making dough for bread etc etc. It's difficult, but do what works for you. Some people make spread sheets which shows them all the money they've saved from quitting!
July 4th, 2015 3:07am
My boyfriend is a smoker. He smokes both cigarettes and weed. He just has his mind wrapped around the fact that he has to have when he really doesn't. He smoked around me so much to the point where I started doing it, but it never became a habit to me it was always a once in a blue moon type of thing for me. I do wish that he would stop smoking. He's also been smoking since he was in his early-mid teens so it's not going to take long for him to start having issues from smoking. He has bronchitis also so that makes it even worse. I would recommend maybe staying away from other's that tend to bring these products around you, nicotine patch, or nicotine gum. It may not work for you, but it's worth a try. I've never tried these methods because I'm not big on smoking, but it's what I would try if I was. Also think about the consequences when it comes to smoking. You can get cancer, cause damage to your teeth and gums; you can even loose your teeth. Smoking can also affect your skin, heart, sometimes you may even have to amputate certain parts of the body such as legs, fingers and toes. If you're ok with losing these things then keep smoking your life away if not rethink and quit. You CAN do it.
September 1st, 2015 3:55pm
Stopping all at once can be difficult. Perhaps slowly and setting small goals each day can be very effective. Maybe start out with one less cigarette a day, or week, or whatever is good for you. Remind yourself you can do it.
December 1st, 2015 10:42am
It really depends on you as a person; how much you can handle and how your self-control is. Some people have stated that seeing a counsellor who passes them onto CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) helps a lot. Some have stated that going to group therapy helps. Others have stated that using e-cigarettes helps them on their way to stop smoking and is healthier for you as it's pure nicotine meaning that you don't have tar build-up in your lungs, you're not causing second-hand smoke for the people around you and it also means that you, your house and your clothes won't reek of smoke so it's a start to a slow recovery which any addiction is. Set yourself realistic goals otherwise you'll give up and end up going round in circles. I would suggest group therapy as it will help you to speak with others in the same situation as yourself and help you not feel so alone with this addiction. They can also give you suggestions based on their own experiences and support you throughout your ordeal without judgement. Hope this helps.
December 29th, 2015 10:14am
Think of other alternatives like eating treats/foods you like when you crave. Try to distract yourself. Try to lessen sticks per week, then days. Don't stop suddenly, do it gradually. Reward yourself when you see some progress. I hope it works for you too.
January 25th, 2016 4:09am
First of all you should know and understand badness in smoke is a lot than the goodness, it's burn your money, isn't good for your health, sometimes people will think that isn't cool so tell yourself everyday about that. slowly you will can quit smoking
April 19th, 2016 8:31pm
You are personally wanting to make a change for yourself and it's a great effort to put forth. There are things that people have done to find ways to prohibit the urge or fix the urge in a healthier way.
May 24th, 2016 8:59pm
Every-time you don't smoke when you have the urge to, reward yourself. Get some ice-cream, watch an episode of your favorite show.
May 30th, 2016 9:12pm
First week, try to smoke 2 cigarettes less/day than usually. 2nd week 2 less than that, and then you continue removing 2 cigarettes a day every week until you've stopped completely.
June 1st, 2016 1:17am
I quit cold turkey, and started chewing gum or eating shelled sunflower seeds every time I had an urge to smoke. For me it's hard to break the habit of the motion - I get used to having something to do with my hands and mouth, so I have to have something that gives me a simulation of that. Try it!
August 8th, 2016 8:05am
Avoid cigarettes altogether, at every chance you get. I've recently stopped smoking and I've found that just the smell of one can give me a craving. If you used to go outside to smoke, maybe on a break at work, avoid doing that, regardless of whether you smoke or not. Change your routine and give yourself something else to do like having a snack at the times where you would have had a cigarette. Also, try to keep your distance from anyone nearby who is smoking to avoid the smell tempting you.
November 28th, 2016 1:35am
Try throwing away all your cigarettes and find yourself something else to distract your mind. Chewing bubble gum, doing sports... you can also get medical help if you feel like you need to! A strong mind is the most important aspect about quitting an addiction, get your motives clear and hold on to them. I believe in you!
February 6th, 2017 8:04pm
for a start you should count how many cigarettes you are smoking per day. try to decrese the number day after day. when you feel the need to smoke do things where your hands will be used for example swimming, exercise, hold a baby, play with child and things like that. try to not be with people who smoke or ask them to not smoke. remember and warning yourself how much bad is smoking for your health. tell yourself that its not your free will its just your bad habit which needs to be healed. if you have family warn yourself that smoking is bad for their health too. you can try hypnotheraphy too.
June 6th, 2017 11:19pm
Well I learned that smoking takes up alot of time and when you stop you just have this huge gap of time on your hands with nothing to do. Alot of people go to food for that gap coverage which isnt always a good idea. I would come up with a hobby or an activity to keep you interested. If you have no interests take the time to find one.
August 15th, 2017 2:21pm
To get motivated, you need a powerful, personal reason to quit. It may be to protect your family from secondhand smoke. Or lower your chance of getting lung cancer, heart disease, or other conditions. Or to look and feel younger. Choose a reason that is strong enough to outweigh the urge to light up.
October 17th, 2017 4:10pm
Ask the people around you to help, a strong support system will give you the motivation to succeed.
October 18th, 2017 11:15am
I just quit and I used vaping, then switched to Zonnic gum (found at any gas station), then eventually waned off of it.
April 2nd, 2018 9:25pm
There are many organizations who can offer help and consultation and support during this hard process. The best way is to approach one of them.
May 7th, 2018 7:19pm
A lot of times it helps to just carry an unlit cigarette around in your mouth for a long period of time.
July 17th, 2018 1:00pm
it feels good to have you here on 7 cups of tea. Yes, you can quit smoking by engaging yourself in other fruitful activities and trying to take help from a therapist regarding it.
August 6th, 2018 4:59pm
Maybe try nicotine gum, and try to quit a little at a time, until you can stand to not smoke at all.
December 24th, 2019 6:58am
I used to smoke 20 a day at 17 years old and I recently have stopped for a month now. The best way is to throw your cigarettes away, or give them away to somebody you know won’t give them back. Make sure you tell yourself no each time and when you crave just keep holding it off till you’re on a repeat pattern of holding off a cigarette. I read Allen Carr’s book about smoking, look it up, some people have read it and it has stopped them from smoking. Have you been to a local clinic to help? I did and it helped tremendously. Also, take the money you would spend on smoking and treat yourself to something nice! That worked for me, hopefully it does for you.
May 12th, 2020 10:49am
I tried to quit smoking for a number of times, but every time I was tempted, had a drink and smoked "just one". Then within a week I was smoking again. A key thing to quit smoking was to hang out with more non-smokers. It sounds complicated but I tried to avoid things like the "cigarette break" at work, and have lunch with them later instead. Also I felt like focusing too hard on that was difficult, so I tried to just skip that moment when I craved a cigarette, which really is quite short. So every time I wanted a cigarette I told myself "not now, in 5 minutes". I still keep a pack of cigarettes in my drawer, but haven't touched it in months.