Comment: Quit cold turkey on April 1, 2013

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Quit cold turkey on April 1, 2013

It's been almost 9 months. What MN lists as #2 above "Know why you want to quit" was the key IMO. Unless you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, prospects for success are probably limited. In the past I made many half-hearted attempts to quit which failed. These attempts were usually "to get healthy" or "feel better" or whatever but it wasn't because I didn't want to smoke. I still wanted to smoke but I didn't want the negative consequences. Once the nicotine devil starts tugging on your sleeve those lofty ideas go flying out the window.

Cold turkey is the only way that truly works IMO. Substitution of patches, smokeless, chew, etc. just transforms the problem into something else. Eventually in order to have "quit" you must stop entirely so why drag it out and increase the pain? IMO the shell-game approach doesn't work. Substituting seems to work for some but it's not for me.

What helped was having a simple reward system. If I was dying for a cigarette I'd eat a piece of chocolate. Yes, I gained some weight but gaining weight is hard to avoid when quitting anyways so at least try to direct the desire to an alternate. Scooby snacks!

A friend recommended the Allen Carr "Easy Way to Quit" book. I never read it but she was adamant it helped her out.