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Dave Millersuraj
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Hi guys,

I have been trying to quit smoking since the past 4 months. I smoke atleast 20 cigarettes a day. The maximum that I have been without smoking is 1 week, but after that the urge gets unbearable. I am aware about champix, but I am afraid to try it due to the side effects. Please help guys.
 
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The best and easiest way to stop smoking is to simply stop it! In my family everyone stopped at their own pace, one day when they had enough, cold turkey. That includes my greatgrandmother who stopped at 85 after smoking 60 years (she lived to 100) and my dad who smoked a pack of heavy, unfiltered sigarettes a day. One day he went for a checkup to the cardiologist, got scared, quit, never looked back. My greatgrandma just opened the trashcan on her 85th birthday, said "I"m to old to smoke" and threw the cigarettes out. She did the same with her liquor on her 95th birthday.

This whole "its so hard to stop smoking"ruse is something you can choose to believe in or not. Often it's just used as an excuse to sneak a smoke after a while. Don't.... If you choose so, you can smoke a cigarette if you like, an occasional pleasure. I still smoke about 5 a year, with no coughing or ill effects, and with no recurring addiction afterwards.

Do or do not, there is no try (Yoda)

That said: you can ween yourself off slowly by first moving from commercial tobacco to organic of homegrown tobacco, and then to other herbs. See this site for a recipe (or to order the herbs): http://dutchspirit.info/?page_id=277
 
Josef Theisen
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If you want to get off nicotine, it really helps to understand what you are up against. Or in the words of Sun Tsu, "know your enemy".

I recommend the videos and articles at http://www.whyquit.com

I have not had a puff in over 18 months, thanks to Joel Spitzer and the rest of the dedicated staff there.


Start with this article titled Nicotine 101.
http://whyquit.com/whyquit/linksaaddiction.html
 
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I quit smoking in May of 1984...I used to know the exact date, hour and minute. My husband had stopped five years before with no problem but I needed a crutch to getover the hump There are probably other things to do but I used nicotine gum for a few months and sat on my hands a lot. And I had friends who did not let me have a cigarette after a couple beers at a party. I think everyone has a different experience quitting...for some it is easy and they think that is the case for all...I can tell you it was one of the most difficult things I have done and I am not a wimp. I kept wondering why everyone around me got so irritating when I was the one who had quit smoking! I had to change how I looked at things but it was one of the smartest things I have done (the dumbest was starting in the first place). I have never had another cig. but I still have an occasional dream where I am smoking and I wake up feeling guilty. What was wonderful was the smells and tastes that came back soon after quitting. We smoked Bugler so the cost wasn't what it is today but still a savings without that expense. Even the weight gain was worth it and gone soon. Good Luck...you can do it...just find YOUR way.
 
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Hi Dave , No man is an island. I suggest you find a group of quitters to associate with. Smokers Anonymous or other 12-step type program. The freindship and support is needed. Accountability is important because your mind plays tricks. PET scans show that brains addicted to substances light up way more than nonaddicts when exposed to the addictive substance. It is the part of the brain that says "More" when it should be sated. Whether it is food or heroin or tobacco your mind will find a way to talk you into getting more. Hanging out with folks who have been through it is the key to success. I disagree with 12- steps theory that once an addict , always an addict but it is a great start. Besides $1800.00 a year can be a land payment for your permie farm. Substituting one bad addiction for a healthy addiction is a good plan.
 
Lisa Allen
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Wow, that is a long time and lots of cigarettes! If cold-turkey doesn't work, look into smoking herbs. Mullein is good as a base, and Lobelia has many of the same effects but NOT addictive! See others:

http://www.botanicalstudies.net/herbalism/smoking.php

http://smokeplants.com/ (Read sample pages online)

Herbs to drink in tea would be calming herbs that help build, not deteriorate, nerves - Wild/Milky Oats (Avena sativa) is great! You can also look at Skullcap, Lemon Balm, Catnip, Chamomile and Passionflower (and maybe a bit of Valerian). These mix well with Spearmint. If you need gentle stimulants, consider cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger - or use garlic, onions, turmeric and cayenne. Experiment.

Also, consider flower essences when under stress like Rescue Remedy, and perhaps look into ACUPUNCTURE. Many have reported after acupuncture that they never need a cigarette ever again.

I also know some people who said homeopathy helps if you find a good homeopath. Found remedies that help, perhaps the 30c strength can be implemented, moving toward 200c when needed: Lachesis, Staphysagria, Calcarea phosphorica, Natrum Muriaticum and Nux vomica. Only use ONE of these, and I would try to research personalities and/or constitutions (and/or dowse if you know how) to see which one matches you before trying any of them.
 
Dave Millersuraj
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I have been successful, not smoked a single cigg. since this post! I just stopped it! Not even one! From my experience, all you have to do is:
1. Avoid friends who smoke.
2. Dont go near anything that reminds you gor a cigg.
3. Get a hobby.
4. Get yourself engrossed in something when you get the urge to smoke.
5. Also stop going to Quit smoking forums! Browsing through this forum is giving me an urge but I will control it
 
Josef Theisen
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Hi Dave,

Let me start by saying congratulations on avoiding using nicotine! However you manage to quit, the most important thing is that you are no longer ingesting one of the most addictive chemicals known to man.

I want to caution you, however, that you will not be able to avoid all of your triggers forever. Your brain has been conditioned to expect the reward of nicotine in certain situations and around certain people. Avoiding those situations and people is working for you, and that is great, but it is a short term fix. Eventually one will sneak up on you. New cravings will hit as the seasons change, as you wander back to places you haven't been for a while, or bump into someone you know, or hit a stressful situation, and so on... so it is best to be prepared for them.

The good news is that the average nicotine craving lasts only 3 minutes, and that is all you really have to resist them for. If you can go for three minutes without giving in, you can be nicotine free for the rest of your life. The even better news is that you can re-program your cravings in just one or two tries. If you don't feed your craving this time, it is very likely that it won't even be there next time. You may have many thousands of individual triggers that cause a nicotine craving, but you only have to go through each one once or twice. It can be like winning a game each time you beat a craving. It also means that you CAN hang out with your friends and go wherever you want, the only thing that has to change in your life is that you are no longer consuming nicotine in those places and around those people.

I hope this helps, but it is just my own thoughts based on my own experience. You would do much better to hear it from the highly qualified experts at whyquit.com, who have decades of experience helping all types of people in all types of situations. They also have these cool widgets that you can download to keep track of your quit stats.

http://www.whyquit.com

Joe - Free and Healing for One Year, Ten Months, Thirteen Days, 23 Hours and 39 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 71 Days and 5 Hours, by avoiding the use of 20520 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $8,453.48.
 
Josef Theisen
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I figured that I should also mention that whyquit is an informational site only. There are no obligations or cost to use the site, the only registration is if you chose to join the forum.
 
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I quit smoking about 34 years ago. I know how long because I quit because a rather cute woman told me I didn't have the will power to quit. We have been married now for more than 33 years. It is easy to quit, what is hard is to not restart. Since she is allergic to smoke, it has been easy for me to not be tempted to restart.

You really have to think of yourself as a non-smoker, and even if you make mistake, you are going to go right back to not smoking. Otherwise, the temptation to give in will become unbearable.

Eventually it is going to get down to will power and decision. All the aids can help you get over the hump, but with a firm decision, you will be right back to smoking in a short time.
 
Josef Theisen
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Fred, even after 34 years you still have millions of extra neural receptors in your brain for Nicotine. They are dormant now, which is why you don't have to deal with constant cravings. A single hit off a cigarette could be enough to bring them out of domrancy and start demanding to be fed, even after decades of non use. You might think that you can get away with it, or that you have the addiction under control after so long, but within a few days of that puff, your nicotine receptors will be screaming for more. Since they affect the part of our brains that is concerned with survival, the urge can be compelling in a way that I think true non-smokers will never understand. It's right up there with the urge to breathe or with badly needing to relieve your bladder, in that it does not seem like a choice at all. Then your only two options are to go through that lovely first 72 hours of chemical withdrawl again, or to go back to your old level of consumption.

This is the harsh truth about nicotine addiction. I am a nicotine addict, and will be for the rest of my life. The ONLY way to keep control of my addiction is to keep nicotine out of my bloodstream in any form.

NTAP - Never Take Another Puff
 
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Common Plantain grows most everywhere as a common weed in your lawn, but it's much more than that, see what I mean...

Plantain Herb Helps Smokers Kick the Habit

A weed that you’ve probably trampled on more than a few times could help you butt out. The North American wild herb, plantain (Plantago major), helps reduce cravings for cigarettes. That could be one of the main reasons it is being used in many commercial smoking cessation products.

Growing on lawns, between sidewalk cracks, and in wild spaces alike, plantain is regularly killed by grass aficionados in search of lawn perfection. This is not the same plant that produces banana-like fruit also known as plantain found in tropical destinations.

Not only does plantain reduce cravings for cigarettes, it also reduces lung inflammation and helps to clean out the lungs. Available as a tea, tincture (alcohol extract), a quit-smoking spray, or as a dried herb in many health food stores, it is easy to take advantage of its health-promoting properties.

If you choose the dried herb, simply add one teaspoon to a cup of boiling water, steep for at least 10 minutes then drink before you reach for a cigarette. Many people find they’ll be butting out soon afterward since the craving is gone. You may also feel like you’ve had enough before you finish that cigarette.

Plantain is also used by natural medicine practitioners to reduce bronchial congestion, laryngitis, lung irritations, coughs, toothaches, ulcers, digestive complaints, gout, and kidney infections.
 
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Josef Theisen wrote:Fred, even after 34 years you still have millions of extra neural receptors in your brain for Nicotine. They are dormant now, which is why you don't have to deal with constant cravings. A single hit off a cigarette could be enough to bring them out of domrancy and start demanding to be fed, even after decades of non use. You might think that you can get away with it, or that you have the addiction under control after so long, but within a few days of that puff, your nicotine receptors will be screaming for more. Since they affect the part of our brains that is concerned with survival, the urge can be compelling in a way that I think true non-smokers will never understand. It's right up there with the urge to breathe or with badly needing to relieve your bladder, in that it does not seem like a choice at all. Then your only two options are to go through that lovely first 72 hours of chemical withdrawl again, or to go back to your old level of consumption.

This is the harsh truth about nicotine addiction. I am a nicotine addict, and will be for the rest of my life. The ONLY way to keep control of my addiction is to keep nicotine out of my bloodstream in any form.

NTAP - Never Take Another Puff


I never indulge, no desire ever to go through that again. It took me nearly 15 years before I was truly free of thinking about smoking.
 
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It's all in your head, remember that. Only go cold turkey, with no medication or patches or gum.

I started smoking at 12 or 13, smoked a pack and a half a day since before I was 18. Tried every way of quitting (besides chantix, thats bad stuff) and once I quit for 2 years and had 1 moment of weakness and started smoking again for a month until I came to my senses (that was also right before my wedding so I was stressed and freaking out). But it is only as hard as you make it. Just say to yourself every time you have an urge "nope, can never have nicotine again, doesnt do anything for me" As long as you look at it as "I am never going to have nicotine again" it makes it much easier to succeed. Make it 1 month, then 2, then 3, and after that, urges and impulses to reach for your pack are very minuscule. I can be in the same car as a smoker now days, and i just smile because I know I won, and that I succeeded, and that I am no slave, no more.

Plus if you look as cool as I do (lol not at all true), then you are turning children into smokers from a young age, even if they just watch you driving by with a cig hanging out of your mouth, that seed is being planted. They already have candy cigs... If you quit, you can help many others quit too.

Good luck buddy, just remember, its entirely in your head, and YOU are the master of your own mind. Not some stupid chemical.
 
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