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1. Posted by SassyKitty (Budding Member 46 posts) 7y

So I'm quitting as of New Year's. Besides, when I did the math, I can afford a plane ticket overseas with the money I'd save in a year of not smoking, which is huge motivation in itself.

This isn't my first time trying to quit, I have tried cold turkey, pathes, gums, etc., and as a result was left with extreme crankiness, itchy skin from the patch, and a numb mouth from the gum. So just wondering from those of you who've been there what weird and offbeat ways worked to kick the nicotine sticks out of your life for good without too many nasty side effects.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

I am having cold turkey for Christmas as well

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Cold turkey worked for me. But I was at the stage where I hated cigarettes, and hated the control over me and hated what they were doing for me.

So I viewed it as a battle that was going to have one winner; the cigarettes or me.

So really it was willpower. I also took one day at a time ("if I can last yesterday, I can last today. If I can last today, I can last tomorrow") and didn't worry so much about the next few weeks or months; only yesterday, today and tomorrow. I also took up running and timed the laps I did of the local park and enjoyed watching my times improve (my first few running sessions were torture due to my lack of fitness, so it wasn't all plain sailing).

I guess I got to a point after about a month of being both off the cigarettes and having started a fitness regime, that that I had done too much and made too much effort to give up and start smoking again.

It was very intense.

By the way, my last cigarette was 4 March 1989.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Purdy found the perfect solution - a new boyfriend that has kept her soooooo busy, she hasn't had time to smoke anymore. She's also liking the "side effects" as he comes bearing gifts of chocolate, flowers and champagne. Though I can't comment for sure, I do think she's still nicotine-free and it's been a good couple of months. ;)

5. Posted by SassyKitty (Budding Member 46 posts) 7y

One thing I am very excited about, being able to run more than a minute without losing my breath! How long did that take you James untill running was smooth sailing for you?

Cold turkey, mmmm, the gift that if done right keeps on giving.

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

Purdy found the perfect solution - a new boyfriend that has kept her soooooo busy, she hasn't had time to smoke anymore. She's also liking the "side effects" as he comes bearing gifts of chocolate, flowers and champagne. Though I can't comment for sure, I do think she's still nicotine-free and it's been a good couple of months. ;)

Yup

- though today l could quite happily smoke 40 WORK SUCKS!!

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting Purdy

Quoting Isadora

Purdy found the perfect solution - a new boyfriend that has kept her soooooo busy, she hasn't had time to smoke anymore. She's also liking the "side effects" as he comes bearing gifts of chocolate, flowers and champagne. Though I can't comment for sure, I do think she's still nicotine-free and it's been a good couple of months. ;)

Yup

Ooh... Heather is all smoked out!

(Congrats, H!!!!!)

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Tried a new boyfriend as well, didn't work

9. Posted by SassyKitty (Budding Member 46 posts) 7y

Yeah, new boyfriend if you or him do it wrong can easily be enough to make you smoke like a chimney, whether you're a guy like Utrecht or a chick like me

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Tried a new boyfriend as well, didn't work

Michael, Michael, Michael... Does your girlfriend know about this little encounter???

I've found the best trick to quit smoking (for me) is to have a cigarette and then I can quit for a few hours. When the cravings hit, another smoke and I'm off them for another few hours. Oh, and I like cold turkey too - as a sandwich with a slather of mayonnaise and lettuce. Yum!

PS: Seriously, good luck with quitting, SassyKitty. I hope you succeed this time. ;)