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Old 12-31-2018, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default Kicking the habit - any advice?

Well, the time has come....time to quit smoking. Spending roughly $3k per year on cigarettes and that money could be better utilized elsewhere. Any advice from other who have quit the habit?


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Old 12-31-2018, 08:48 PM   #2
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Vape!!
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:49 PM   #3
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Stay strong. Chew gum. Don’t be weak. Chew more gun
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:53 PM   #4
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Chantix worked for me 3 times but after a couple of months I started up again each time. Had 2 teeth pulled in sept. with plans for implants so I needed bone grafts. Dentist told me if I kept smoking the grafts would probably fail. Bought nicotine gum and havent had a cig since. Chew the heck out of the gum though. My family Dr. said nicotine wont hurt. Its the delivery method(smoking) that is bad. $36 worth of gum lasts me over 2 weeks.
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:53 PM   #5
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Chew gum and don't buy any cigerettes
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:56 PM   #6
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Be resolute in your decision. In the beginning you will desire and think about smoking 99.9% of your waking hours. Over time that percentage will decrease. At a point you will pass the halfway point. If you are strong the pace will hasten and you will begin to be free. Any slip ups will set you back condiserably. I did it over 20 yrs ago. It was tough, but you only have to resist one cigarette, the one your are thinking about smoking.

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Old 12-31-2018, 08:59 PM   #7
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The day I decided to stop, I went to the store and bought a pack and put them in the glove box of my truck. I new if I didn’t have any I would crave them. About 8or 9 months later I threw them out unopened. That was 16 years ago and still smoke free, best and hardest thing I have done. Good luck, I hope you are able to kick it
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:00 PM   #8
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It's like anything else you have to make up your mind you want to do it.
once you've made up your mind that you want to do it then just do it don't let it beat you you beat it.

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Old 12-31-2018, 09:14 PM   #9
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Smoke an entire pack in an hour tonight, the sickness & taste will make you sick to the point youíll not smoke again
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:18 PM   #10
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Good luck! I’ll pray for everyone to quit to tobacco! Did Copenhagen for around 30 years, just decided to quit one day and never looked back. Have had a dip or two since when under the influence but the addiction is gone. Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:21 PM   #11
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:35 PM   #12
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For me what finally worked was telling myself that if I had one more I would die. I was overweight. Smoked too much. Drank too much and had high blood pressure. I had quit before but it never felt like it was permanent when I made that pledge it felt real. I wit on my 39th birthday on January 18th that will be ten years I haven’t had a cig since then. I haven’t drank in nearly two years and I have lost 150 pounds you can do it. You just have to make it serious and be willing to change your life. That’s what worked for me. Hope it works for you. Good luck

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Old 12-31-2018, 09:50 PM   #13
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For me what finally worked was telling myself that if I had one more I would die. I was overweight. Smoked too much. Drank too much and had high blood pressure. I had quit before but it never felt like it was permanent when I made that pledge it felt real. I wit on my 39th birthday on January 18th that will be ten years I havenít had a cig since then. I havenít drank in nearly two years and I have lost 150 pounds you can do it. You just have to make it serious and be willing to change your life. Thatís what worked for me. Hope it works for you. Good luck

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Thatís incredibly awesome! My hats off to you


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Old 12-31-2018, 09:56 PM   #14
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Bud--you are an inspiration and testimony to what will-power is about.

Thank you for sharing.
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:58 PM   #15
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For me what finally worked was telling myself that if I had one more I would die. I was overweight. Smoked too much. Drank too much and had high blood pressure. I had quit before but it never felt like it was permanent when I made that pledge it felt real. I wit on my 39th birthday on January 18th that will be ten years I havenít had a cig since then. I havenít drank in nearly two years and I have lost 150 pounds you can do it. You just have to make it serious and be willing to change your life. Thatís what worked for me. Hope it works for you. Good luck

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That's awesome!
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:59 PM   #16
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Thank you. You can do it too. One day at a time at first. The. It gets easier. Take that money you save and buy you a hunt. I’ve gone on a guided axis hunt for the last five years life is good.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:03 PM   #17
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Start by replacing it wirh something else thats a habiual thing. For me it was sunflower seeds, but starting with something that's easy to go to and available most any time. Kind of like a good anchor when shooting a bow, something repeatable to replace your last habit. Then phase that out with other habits and things to do with the moeny you save.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:04 PM   #18
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Throw em out of the window and suck it up.
Of course being a pallbearer for a couple of you best friends that succumbed to lung cancer can give you incentive to quit.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:26 PM   #19
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I finally realized if I didn't quit, it would catch up to me eventually. I used a vape with really high nicotine level for about 6 months, and decided to stop that. It's been a few years now, and I don't crave either. Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:33 PM   #20
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Iím in the middle of going cold turkey on red man . Had to go cold turkey on energy drinks too . Was drinking 3 or more a day . That was harder then the red man for me .
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:52 PM   #21
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Iím in the middle of going cold turkey on red man . Had to go cold turkey on energy drinks too . Was drinking 3 or more a day . That was harder then the red man for me .


I need to kick the energy drinks too....one thing at a time


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Old 12-31-2018, 10:53 PM   #22
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Vaping saved me. I vaped before vaping was cool. Almost 10 years I’ve been vaping. Now I have no nicotine in it. Just out of habit. Went from a pack a day to nothing in weeks.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:55 PM   #23
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Everytime I have quit, which has been numerous times, it has always been cold turkey. Not sure how ling it has been since my last smoke but it is a daily fight to not start sgain. To me it is sll mental. Good luck in your fight!
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:00 PM   #24
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Much prayer! Very much prayer, and total dependence on God’s strength. That’s the only way I was able to quit.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:09 PM   #25
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and more prayer...every time the urge to light up presents itself
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:10 PM   #26
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I went cold turkey 2 years ago in sept. smoked for 30+years and had to quit or die. I quit on a hunting trip
to colorado. while we were to far to just run into town. set a goal from week to week or month to month and stick to it.
bad thing is I told myself the money saved from smoking I could spend on guns so I bought a big gun safe and have
just about filled it and still looking. the gun purchases have really helped me quit by turning smoke into a nice gun collection. I sure breath a lot better now.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:16 PM   #27
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Cold turkey. No cheating. Not even once.
Been smoke free about 15 years or so.
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:03 AM   #28
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Three years ago, after chewing for almost 50 years I quit cold turkey. That's the best way.
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:26 AM   #29
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Just make ur mind up and quit. It's a mind set. Just think of all the negatives of smoking. How much it costs, what it costs u in health and then think of all the good u can do with 3k a year. Make some house payments, vehicle payments, huntin and fishin gear u can buy. Hard habit to kick but u CAN DO IT!! Lots of support on here for ya. Good luck.
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:06 AM   #30
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One craving at a time. Eventually they'll be less frequent and not as intense. The fist several days will suck. No two ways about it. But you can do it!!
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:03 AM   #31
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:00 AM   #32
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I used the patches and a straw. using a straw as a cigarette. the patches were a 4 step processand after the third step I was done. that was 23yrs ago. just make your mind up you're done and it will be easier.
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:02 AM   #33
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Just think of how you will die if you don’t stop.

Pretty much like being obese.

Self cure.
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:32 AM   #34
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:35 AM   #35
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Very time you feel the need ..take a short walk...if you can. Drink lots of water to help flush the stuff out and back off the coffee. 18 years since my cold turkey
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:50 AM   #36
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I smoked a pack to two packs a day of Marlboro reds for ~35 years. I quit cold turkey and yesterday was 17 weeks without a smoke. You have to want to quit. It's all in your head. It sucks bad for the first week but you have to stick with the plan or it won't work.
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Old 01-01-2019, 11:00 AM   #37
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I quit snuff cold turkey. Like everyone else says when you want to quit bad enough you will. I told myself every day how much I disliked dipping and how disgusting it was. After several weeks I quit and it was easy. Been snuff free for almost 5 years now.

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make it about that something more important you mentioned!
Or, make it about a loved one...…..wife, children, grandchildren.
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make it about that something more important you mentioned!
Or, make it about a loved one...Ö..wife, children, grandchildren.
The lady who would become my wife and mother of our daughter walked into the apartment one day after work while we were dating and told me it was either the smokes or her. I stopped that day after having smoked from ages 14 till 38. Hardest part was the next few weeks when I'd open a beer, Bud Light and Marlboro go sooooooo good together.



OP you just have to decide what's more important to you.

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Old 01-01-2019, 11:57 AM   #40
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Just think of how you will die if you donít stop.

Pretty much like being obese.

Self cure.
Lol... and thereís that.
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Old 01-01-2019, 11:58 AM   #41
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Cold turkey. Nicotine withdrawal is 72 hours, everything else is mental. Look down the road and picture yourself laying in a hospital bed surrounded by family, knowing that smoking is the main contributor. Worked for me. But I know one size doesnít fit all.


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Old 01-01-2019, 12:22 PM   #42
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The truth is you have to have the inner most desire to quit. If you don't have that, there is not a gimmick/drug/reason etc. in the world that's going to do it for you.


Simply put, it starts and ends with you.
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:28 PM   #43
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Cold turkey. Use patches, gum, whatever. Also helps to eat a lot of fruit and take a multivitamin for about ten days. Also, do it when you go on vacation.
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:31 PM   #44
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Cold turkey, and plenty of gum. A struggle for the first month. Hang in there.
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:32 PM   #45
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Lol... and thereís that.
Sorry if thatís harsh! I donít understand ďhabitsĒ that canít be overcome. Lost a child to one, so my opinion is harsh and perhaps skewed.
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:38 PM   #46
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Old 01-01-2019, 02:58 PM   #47
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Sorry if thatís harsh! I donít understand ďhabitsĒ that canít be overcome. Lost a child to one, so my opinion is harsh and perhaps skewed.
Easy to say bud. i have followed and remorsed along with you. I cannot imagine what you have gone through. People have different struggles and hurdles.

I also want to say I am not being mean or combative. Just a different perspective.

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Old 01-01-2019, 03:12 PM   #48
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Easy to say bud. i have followed and remorsed along with you. I cannot imagine what you have gone through. People have different struggles and hurdles.

I also want to say I am not being mean or combative. Just a different perspective.
Oh I agree with you. Everyoneís life experiences are different and everyoneís brain is wired differently.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:24 PM   #49
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Quitting is tough, but very doable. I got lucky and ended up getting a throat infection that lasted for about a month. It was so bad that I could only consume liquids. Ended up losing thirty pounds and came out of Tabacco free. When I finally got over everything I had already lost the cravings. Just stay strong and you got this.
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Quitting is the easy part, not picking them back up is what is so difficult! I am about ready myself.


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