How do you quit smoking cigarettes?
But I *did* manage to break the habit for 9 months once... I just refused to buy any. And when you don't *have* any, you can't *smoke* any, can you? But obviously, that wasn't a permanent solution, because after nine months, when a very stressful situation hit me, I just bought a pack and started smoking again. Since then, I've never felt like I wanted to quit again.
Whatever might be your solution, I wish you the best with it, Jon. Because I'm afraid it's never going to be easy.
This is how I did it:
Lit up a cigarette after breakfast on Thursday morning, took 1 puff and put it out, lit up the same cigarette after lunch that day, took 1 puff and put it out, lit up the same cigarette after dinner that night, took 1 puff and put it out. The next day, Friday, after lunch I lit up the same cigarette, took 1 puff and put it out. I can honestly say, I've never even been tempted to light up a cigarette since that day, and it has never bothered me if others smoke around me...unless I'm eating.
And before anyone asks, no, I didn't smoke low tar and nicotine cigarettes, I smoked Marlboro, Sobranie Classic and Black Russians.
However, nicotine is flushed from the body after 48 hours - and after that - it is all in your head. You will find that it is the habit that is addictive rather than the nicotine.
A very good friend of mine used a combination of nicotine patches and a herb called coltsfoot. What was the herb for? He rolled it into homemade cigarettes and smoked it when ever he felt like a cigarette. After one week he stopped using the patch and only smoked the herbs. After 2 weeks - he had stopped.
BUT - even after 20 years - he sometimes still feels like smoking a cigarette....
Those nine months I didn't smoke? I started snacking, to keep my hands and mouth busy, and gained about 75 pounds, going from 150 to 225. Now I'm smoking again, I don't snack, and I don't gain weight. But I don't lose any either...
I have never smoked, so I don't really know what it's like. It's just what I've heard.
But good luck on your journey to being smoke free and congrats on the 2 days!
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