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What is the best plan to quit the smoking that can help me?
I have tried my best but I could not succeed to get rid of the smoking.
Can anybody help me to stop the smoking?
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Quit cold turkey about 12 years ago.  Had been faking quitting for a few months before the actual day.  The biggest challenge is being prepared to argue with that inner voice that will try to convince you to have just one, you know, to see if they still taste the same.  Hey, you smoked just one yesterday, how bout one, or two, today.  yer still quit you are just checking.  Ya, that voice.  As far as external assistance I can’t offer any help.  Overcoming the mental battle is tough but winnable.  Good luck, it is a great decision.
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I quit and failed every day for 10 years. I finally just thought about it for quite awhile, set a date when I was ready and quit. I quit buying and would not bum any. It was hard but I made it. That was 30 years ago and I smoked 2 packs a day. Find something to occupy your mind and your hands. Good luck, it's worth it.
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Cold turkey.  Make it hurt.

I quit almost 15 years ago.  Every time the cravings hit I went for a run.  It was excruciating.

I decided anything that had that much control over my life and my body had to go.
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Find something to occupy the time you spent smoking.

I assume you enjoy the smoke on the drive into/home from work, after meals, and every now and then.

You're going to have to find something, like Spindle said, to occupy that time and craving.

Go for a walk. Do some pushups/situps/squats. Something to help you forget about it.

Buy some gum to chew when the cravings hit. Find someone to help you be accountable.

Follow Oldnolder and quit buying....

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First, forget about any weight increase.  You can always lose it later.  Eat what you need to keep from smoking.  The health improvements from quitting will far outweigh the negative health consequences from a temporary weight gain.

Second, if you aren't already in a regular aerobic exercise program start one immediately, preferably something with a competitive aspect like running 5k races.  As your aerobic capacity and performance increases you will not what to smoke to preserve your gains.

Try patches, gum, whatever as an alternate nicotine source.  Quitting nicotine is tough, but better to be getting your fix from something other than inhaling it.
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All of the above is great advice. 15 years for me and I run marathons now.
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Quit cold turkey about 12 years ago.  Had been faking quitting for a few months before the actual day.  The biggest challenge is being prepared to argue with that inner voice that will try to convince you to have just one, you know, to see if they still taste the same.  Hey, you smoked just one yesterday, how bout one, or two, today.  yer still quit you are just checking.  Ya, that voice.  As far as external assistance I can’t offer any help.  Overcoming the mental battle is tough but winnable.  Good luck, it is a great decision.

I thought about meds, but saw my nephews face swell up and turn red so I passed. For me it was getting past the cravings. I just told my self that it would pass, it did, and I got over it. Drink lots of water, and have snacks handy. Good luck.
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First thing I did was go from Marlboro to Marlboro Light, to Marlboro Ultralights.  Then started working on numbers, finally whittling it down to 3 smokes a day......process took a couple months...........then picked my date and didn't quit smoking, I became a non-smoker and have never looked back.

Have made a ton of bad decisions in my life and a handful of good ones, and I consider quitting smoking to be in the top three.

I hope you are able to quit, every time you lite a cigarette you're killing yourself and hurting others around you..........good luck.


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April 1st will be one year for me.  Everyone has given great advice, and yet none of it may help you (or maybe all of it will!!).  The most important lesson I learned while quitting is that everybody's mind and body are going to react a little differently.  So I'll add my story to the mix.

It took several tries, and I found I reacted to the Nicotine gum quite well. Yes, I got more active as a way to fight through the cravings, but I also just had to make some changes to my daily "cycle" if you will.  Break your other habits that lead to smoking!  I always wanted one after a meal, so I searched and searched for something to replace it, and I found a square or two of very dark chocolate (like 72%) somehow helped distract me from the craving.

Last, sure cold turkey would be amazing and best for your body.  It didn't work for me.  In fact, I tried to quit before April 1st, but I cheated several times during the month of March.  You know what?  I may have thought I was derailing my quit attempt by cheating those few times, but nearly 12 months later I'm still smoke free, and those few times cheating actually helped!

Oh and this may be a total faux-pas given Lance Armstrong's recent confession, but there's an a Stop Smoking app that Livestrong makes, and it helps to plan a gradual withdrawal of cigs (even if your using an aid).  I liked it because it made me visually accountable for both the times that I cheated, and it was impressive to watch me go from 15-20 smokes a day, to none!!

Good luck. Try and try again.  Be strong and want it!!


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Go online to watch the surgeons remove a portion of a smoker's cancer-riddled lung. Or ask permission from your local medical university to observe such a surgery. Keep that image in your head every time you want a smoke.

I work in the asbestos industry and know people who died horrible deaths from asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelomia. I think about them every time I'm feeling lazy and don't want to don my respirator.


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Most people who smoke will avoid watching the anti smoking commercials.  Force yourself to watch them.

But most of all, get angry.  Get as mad as hell at the pushers who are making a lot of money off you while killing you and destroying your health.  That includes not only the manufacturers and distributors, but the retailers as well

Can you imagine how outraged you would be if you found out your local grocery store was selling you food they knew was covered with Salmonella?  Those death sticks they are selling you aren't any different.  

Patrick Reynolds, of the RL Reynolds family, wants you to know that his family's product has killed many members of his family.  He doesn't want you to smoke.  Listen to him.

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But most of all, get angry.  Get as mad as hell at the pushers who are making a lot of money off you while killing you and destroying your health.  That includes not only the manufacturers and distributors, but the retailers as well

+10 this is great advice.

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If you feel that you have pretty much exhausted your own methods to quit smoking or have had more than three concerted attempts to quit in the last two years, then its time to bring in the big guns.

Check with a medical doctor who may refer you to a specialist in behavior modification or a psychologist - who is more knowledgeable in treating addiction.

No doubt about it, it is an addiction.  You've first hand knowledge of that.

The physician may suggest that you tell everybody around you that you have quit and keep them appraised of your successes.  Just the idea that you don't want to let them down or be embarrassed that you have started up again - is a powerful force coupled with some expert advice and perhaps some chemical help.

Tapering off is not the best way to quit.  All you are doing is teasing it.   After you have successfully been off nicotine for a few weeks you no longer have a chemical addiction.  Its all mental from there on.  You will get urges to light up often - every time you encounter an habitual place you would normally light up.  After meals, first thing in the morning, when you take a work break, at a bar, watching TV, when you are hiking and stop for a breather.  The good news is that those mental reminders become less and less a demand over time.

Like an alcoholic, you just have to accept the fact that you can never - EVER - light up again- or chew - or snuff it.  And you get to remind other smokers around you that they are rude, crude and take little notice of what affect their smoke has on others who are down wind.  It definitely is a nasty habit.

The good news is that after 5 years your lungs, especially, have returned to almost what they would have been had you not started smoking.  Remember you have badly abused your entire body for as long as you have smoked.   You have to give it time to rebound.  The longer you smoke the less chance it has to recover when you do quit.

If tobacco had just been discovered, the FDA would absolutely not allow it to be sold without a prescription.  

If you don't quit, simply accept the self denial, celebrate with a cigar and a drink and the certainty that you will most likely suffer a premature death.  You will continue to be at a very high risk that it will be a VERY unpleasant ending. It most probably will destroy all or most of your family's life savings keeping you plugged to a machine that will easily keep you alive until your vital organs rot.

And you will continue to help make all the tobacco company's executives and stock holders wealthy beyond most people's dreams.  I used to think $.20 a pack was waay too much to spend.  I was a 3 pack a day Marlboro man and a pipe at night when I quit.  Haven't had a smoke in 20 years.


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smoke free for two years now. I quit the habit after 15years of smoking.. guess for me it was lucky, i woke up one day and all of a sudden i just didnt feel like smoking anymore . but to be honest, it was religion that helped
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Well!!We should be avoid the smoking instead
of general health, I stopped smoking to improve
my run time and endurance. I quit just over two
months ago and I can plainly see the improvement.
Smoking cause of the cancer.Excercise work is the
best work for quite smoking...


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I smoked for about 10 yrs and got stupid and thought that Copenhagen would help end the smoking addiction. I told myself I would NEVER dip that crap longer than a week. Long story short, It took me 16 yrs to quit that...It was more addictive than the cigs!!
They say your brain retrains after 30 days, so if you can last that long then the brain is wired not to automatically go for a cig when a crave hits. I think there's truth in that.

I wont lie to ya, for some it only takes a few days to get over. For me, it took a full year not to think about tobacco on a daily basis....but so worth it!
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It's always worth it to quit. Whether cold turkey or by gradually decreasing your smokes. You'll notice that you breathe easier when hiking up elevations. And that's just one benefit of quitting.
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April 15th will be 2 years smoke free, instead of going for a smoke go for a 5 minute walk ..................................
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Tapering off is not the best way to quit.  All you are doing is teasing it.   After you have successfully been off nicotine for a few weeks you no longer have a chemical addiction.  Its all mental from there on.  You will get urges to light up often - every time you encounter an habitual place you would normally light up.  After meals, first thing in the morning, when you take a work break, at a bar, watching TV, when you are hiking and stop for a breather.  The good news is that those mental reminders become less and less a demand over time.

The good advice overall but I disagree with this part. It varies person to person, but I personally found becoming accustomed to smoking less made all the difference in finally being able to quite after trying numerous times over many years. Tapering wasn't that hard really, and developing a massive loathing for the effect of smoking on my health made it much easier. Thinking about how much smoking disgusted me with every puff helped shift my psychological perspective.

Then, when I finally went cold turkey, I took up running and weight-lifting, and stopped drinking alcohol for a couple of months. Once I started to make athletic progress, the thought of going back was laughable. I've been laughing ever since.
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It has been a full year for me. I tried 3 or more times till I was 100% committed. I did use the chatrix for a bit but smoked for a month then went back on Chantrix. Did the Chantrix for a month and had no cravings or nothing. My motivation are a couple of things:
1)I discovered Backpacking
2)Wanted to go longer and farther when hiking and backpacking.
3)Hated weasing when hiking up hills.
4)The most important: I didn't wanted to become #3. That means I lost my Father the day before his 60th birthday and my older sister 39 yrs to cancer. So that was more than to motivate me.

I hope you keep it up. Be 100% Committed. Your body will thank you for it.
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smoking is bad habit and to get rid of it is very difficult. After some time smoker become addict of smoking and  it become difficult to get rid of this bad habit.
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