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trying to quit smoking
July 14, 2005
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Any reformed smokers out there?
I am a stress induced smoker. usually every evening I smoke 2-6 cigaretes depending on how stressful it was and I want to frre myself from that addiction?
I actually think sometimes that I smoke because I don't speak my mid. (the people pleaser thing)
Few people know I smoke (health professional that I am I should know better) so its like I go to a park or to the beach its all so crazy.
Anyway this is my struggle right now.
Any advice?
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July 14, 2005
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That's great that you want to quit smoking! I am an ex-smoker. I quit 30 years ago but remember the grip it had on me. Smoking as you know is the worse thing you can do to your body. Do whatever it takes to quit. You can learn new coping mechansims for your stress. Start speaking your mind if you think that will help. Its your birth right. Exercise is a great way to deal with stress. I find writing in my journal very helpful and so is talking to friends. I have learned to live without cigarettes just fine and you can too. Its the best thing I've ever done for myself. I was highly motivated to quit. I sent away for a kit to help me quit. Also, my husband quit and he insisted that I quit so I took advantage of that pressure to help me quit.

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Kathy

July 14, 2005
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I smoked for 25 years..have been smoke free for 7 years..what a blessing..I wanted to quit I was tired of smoking & paying for them..it has been one of the best things I ever done..I knew I was hooked so I went to my doctor he advised me to try (wellbutrine) he said if your really serious about quitting this will help you..
take the pill as directed..keep smoking within a few days you will stop..it worked for me..within 4 days I stopped smoking and haven't looked back..Angel1

July 16, 2005
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I too am a Stress Smoker! I'm pretty sure that I can over come the Physical Addiction but the Psycological Addiction is a TOTALLY different matter!

Well, I'm on Wellbutrin for Depression and it has that great side effect of helping quit smoking...as well as other bad habits!

I was down to 1 smoke a day about a month ago then there was a death in the family so *BANG* back to half a pack...Then I spent a week in SC with my best friend's husband to see her graduate from Army Bootcamp and he is a chain smoker so again *BANG* half a pack!

I've been home for a week now and am slowly working my way down but I know that it will be a long hard process...

At least you can post here! This place is a GREAT Stress Relever and I have been able to sit down at the computer and type until I feel better and so no longer NEED that Cigg!

I'm with you on this friend! Both of us can do it! eventually...

Night...Gotta go get Harry Potter! LOL!

July 16, 2005
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Okay, this July it has been 4yrs since I quit. The hardest part was the first 3 days and then about 3 weeks later it got bad again, but after that is much, well I guess not easier really, but I knew I could do it. I quit many times, over and over and over, but finally I was ablel to do it for good. The things that worked for me were 1. I didn't drink any alcolhol until I knew that smoking no longer had such a hold on me. 2. I stocked up on popsicles. I ate so many of them each evening. Even now I have 3 boxes of them in my fridge--switched to sugarfree though 🙂 3. I bought a box of straws and used them in my drinks at home and ended up chewing on them a lot. 4. I had gum in my car and in my desk at work. The psychical addiction wasn't as bad as breaking the psychological addiction. Even 4 yrs. later I still think nothing is better then having a cigarette in your hand then when you are mad. Hope this helps. And if it doesn't don't give up. Just keep trying to quit.

July 20, 2005
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Hypnosis works. Look up PositiveChanges.com.

July 20, 2005
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I used to smoke 1/2 a pack a day..the past three weeks I have been between 1 and 2 packs a day. Today I have promised myself to start cutting back. It's something else I need to do to get back to being me. I want to quit altogether but the stress is so high right now.

July 20, 2005
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hello peoplepleaser...I'm trying to quit too. right now I'm on a couple of fags a day (at the most 3). I just need one extra push and hopefully my addiction will be gone forever.

Just lost an Aunt to cancer last month. She smoked 50 a day, I feel its disrespectful to her memory of I continue to smoke. My regard for her was high and I know now she would really really want me to give up

July 20, 2005
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I am a nicotine addict. I used the patches to quit. However, in your case I don't think it's the nicotine that is problematic for you (2-6 cigarettes a day is a little dose compared to the normal rate). It's the stress. I would think that if you can refocus your stress reliveing outlets from smoking to some other vector, you'll do well. vectors like exercise, meditating, prayer, heck maybe something as silly as goinf to the driving range or the batting cage

Recently w/ the stress in my life I actually started smoking again, but I put them down again. I didn't want that monkey on my back again. I feel better about myself for having quit. You will too.

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