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PostPosted: Sat 12 May, 2007  Reply with quote

You could try alot of things, but the addict's mindset is one of rationalization. I should know. I've been addicted to alot of things. You could have a pack with one cig, but unless you have alot of will, you will rationalize buying another pack, bumming a smoke from someone, and I've even seen people go low enough as to pick butts from the ashtry. My "stop buying packs" method didn't work. It's the rationalization. Unless you just suck it up and say, "I QUIT! I QUIT NOW! NO MORE CIG'S!" Smoking more is always rationalized.

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PostPosted: Mon 14 May, 2007  Reply with quote

I'm just saying it might be super hard to stop instantly.. you might want to consider.. slowly progressing to not smoke
ex. wait a week.. ahve 2 cigs.. next week wait a week and have one cig..

or

but something and reward yourself when you do get past the end of the week..
ex:chocolate..




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PostPosted: Mon 14 May, 2007  Reply with quote

Chocolate is so great grin WAY better than cigarettes grin

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PostPosted: Mon 14 May, 2007  Reply with quote

Guys, you're not reasoning like smokers here.

It's not a matter of "hmm chocolate... better than cigarrettes." It's a matter of "hmm chocolate AND cigarrettes!"


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PostPosted: Mon 14 May, 2007  Reply with quote

wouldn't doing something (a new hobby) where you need to use your hands be helpful ... since if your hands aren't available you wouldn't be able to light up and smoke?


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PostPosted: Mon 14 May, 2007  Reply with quote

Yes, all of these things could help, but as stated before, an addicts mindset is one of rationalization, and people will usually find a way to rationalize a cig or two in there. I'm standing by that the best way to quit is immediate cessasion, done with no other aid than pure will. This will provide the most stable, lasting period of sobriety.

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PostPosted: Mon 14 May, 2007  Reply with quote

DayLight wrote:
Yes, all of these things could help, but as stated before, an addicts mindset is one of rationalization, and people will usually find a way to rationalize a cig or two in there. I'm standing by that the best way to quit is immediate cessasion, done with no other aid than pure will. This will provide the most stable, lasting period of sobriety.


congratz on your 666 post ..lol


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PostPosted: Mon 14 May, 2007  Reply with quote

I always think of this phrase when I'm giving up. I still smoke so obviously it doesn't work 100% haha, but if I want to quit I can, for example in the lead up to a running event or something.

The greatest temptation to quit, comes when you are about to succeed.


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PostPosted: Mon 14 May, 2007  Reply with quote

Try the Elizabethan approach:

When Sir Walter Raleigh showed Queen Elizabeth how to smoke, one of her servants threw a bucket of water on him, assuming he was on fire.
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PostPosted: Mon 21 May, 2007  Reply with quote



Two days! :D Twooo days! boogie 8 times did people offer me a fag, and I was able to say "thanks, no" every time! Rowr! biggrin

*Bruno will want big party when he completes, say, ten days, or a month yes

Donoteat wrote:
Try the Elizabethan approach:

When Sir Walter Raleigh showed Queen Elizabeth how to smoke, one of her servants threw a bucket of water on him, assuming he was on fire.
smile

O–kay?... eh


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PostPosted: Tue 22 May, 2007  Reply with quote

Wow, I had no idea you were an ex- smoker, Bruno. Congrats! Keep up the good work. grin

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PostPosted: Tue 22 May, 2007  Reply with quote

Bruno wrote:


Two days! :D Twooo days! boogie 8 times did people offer me a fag, and I was able to say "thanks, no" every time! Rowr! biggrin

*Bruno will want big party when he completes, say, ten days, or a month yes
Hmm. As a result of nicotine withdrawal, are you like getting really angry at people? I've heard of that happening, where people are really irritable when they quit smoking.

Anyways, congrats on the lack of smoking. They say smoking is harder to give up than heroin. Impressive.


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PostPosted: Tue 22 May, 2007  Reply with quote

Well Jon indeed I was very irritated yesterday, but it wasn't without a good reason. =P

Anyways. Hopefully, three days today. The day has only started, but I'm sure decided not to have any today either. Thanks guys for the replies (and Sandra for the "way to go" PM ).

Oh, and Jon, since I've addressed to you anyways: just wanted to say, I got your PM, read it, and will reply when I have time (it's bloody lengthy). And there's something else I wanted to discuss with you. smile So keep an eye on the PM box.


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PostPosted: Tue 22 May, 2007  Reply with quote

DayLight wrote:
Yes, all of these things could help, but as stated before, an addicts mindset is one of rationalization, and people will usually find a way to rationalize a cig or two in there. I'm standing by that the best way to quit is immediate cessasion, done with no other aid than pure will. This will provide the most stable, lasting period of sobriety.


I think your right, giving up through gradual cut downs not work for a lot of people and I think that in giving up anything, not just cigarettes (I don't smoke) the best way is to just immediatly stop and like you say, the use of pure will. It's probably ridiculosly dificult but worth it.


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PostPosted: Tue 22 May, 2007  Reply with quote

well it depends what you are stopping... but if you stop smoking yes, the best way is to stop imediatelly. i was smoking for 8 years and stopped in one second! it sound funny but when you put you last cigarette down, you stopped. and at that point your are a non smoker. i must say that with that point of view it was as easy as claping my hands!

the funny thing with smoking is that it takes you longer to start then to stop!

when you realize that the pleasure doesnt come from cigarette but from silencing down the physical need for that chemical substance you realize you are acting stupid smoking.

this is not some stupid propaganda stuff, if someone feels like smoking, go right ahead, and also i would like to say again that i was smoking for 8 years more than 20 cigarettes per day so i know what i am talking about...

so if you want to quit, just quit, as simple as that...



and most important do not cut down slowly like 5 per day, 4 per day, 3 per day and so on because it only makes you obsessed with cigarettes, and another thing, stop counting the days off... also it makes you just think about that nasty habit you are trying to forget now, and no point really, you cant count for the rest of your life

sorry for a long post!


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