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    Exclamation I can't quit smoking. Please help a fellow BB'er!

    Greetings, fellow brothers and sisters of iron! I need your advice and expertise.
    So, I've been smoking actively for 10 years, give or take. 1-2 packs a week.
    I quit, was smoke free for 1 year, but keep going back.. Only smoke 1, maybe 2 cigarettes a week at this point, been like this for a couple of months and I don't crave more.

    But I am so SICK of it! But I can't quit 100% - probably because I'm surrounded by smokers and a lack of knowledge, taking the risks too lightly and ultimately 'cause I'm a dumbass.
    - But thats all history and excuses. I need to quit, I know I do.

    Please, any and all advice is greatly appreciated! Throw it at me.. I need facts and ideas to finally just stop 100% and never look back.

    On the other side of things;
    I don't drink or do drugs, I'm eating 4-6 meals a day, clean diet and lots of water + them sweet supplements and an occasional sugar free energy drink.
    I train (bodybuilding) with intensity 5-6 times a week and have been, on and off for 5 years now.
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    Sunflower seeds. Or something else to fill the oral fixation. Stay away from other smokers. Avoid activities that would typically involve smoking.
















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    Originally Posted by ObscureFIT View Post
    Only smoke 1, maybe 2 cigarettes a week at this point, been like this for a couple of months and I don't crave more.
    If you cut down to one or two a week, then you are forcing yourself to relive the withdrawals over and over and over again. Cold turkey is the most effective way to stop smoking in my opinion. Go out right now and buy Allen Carr's The Easy way to stop smoking. I had to read it numerous times for it all to really sink in and finally get over it. If you like to read, another book that helped identify the psychology behind habits and rewards is The Power of Habit. I definitely recommend it.

    Another method is hypnotherapy. Do your research if you go that route. Find someone who is rated well and is successful. For me hypnosis was a very memorable experience. To this day I still listen to some of the recordings to help me get to sleep.

    Take a look around you. Look at other smokers and ask yourself if they look like they are enjoying themselves while they smoke. Please go get that book and read it. The Allen Carr one. You can stop. Everything in your life will be better after you stop. Food tastes better, sex is better, life is better. You are not giving anything up. You are freeing yourself from a terrible affliction.

    GOOD LUCK!
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    Originally Posted by Chazb0 View Post
    If you cut down to one or two a week, then you are forcing yourself to relive the withdrawals over and over and over again. Cold turkey is the most effective way to stop smoking in my opinion. Go out right now and buy Allen Carr's The Easy way to stop smoking. I had to read it numerous times for it all to really sink in and finally get over it.

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    Take a look around you. Look at other smokers and ask yourself if they look like they are enjoying themselves while they smoke. Please go get that book and read it. The Allen Carr one. You can stop. Everything in your life will be better after you stop. Food tastes better, sex is better, life is better. You are not giving anything up. You are freeing yourself from a terrible affliction.

    GOOD LUCK!
    I couldn't agree more. I have been cigarette free for a month now, and - funnily enough - I tried to quit before by reading the Allen Carr book but (and he predicts this in the book) if you don't finish it you're almost certain to relapse.

    The fact of the matter is to quit smoking you truly have to believe that this cigarette is already incredibly damaging to you, and it is because of the way addiction works. For me I would think "Hey it's saturday I can have a few cigs with a beer and I haven't smoked all week" and then bam, one packet later and I'm back. And then I quit again during the week and then on the weekend (or whatever reason) I start smoking again.

    You say you only smoke a few a week but when is that happening? The morning coffee? A friend at work you'd meet during smoke breaks? You have to shut all of these situations down. You'll see within a few weeks what a tremendous improvement you will feel in your life. Trust me as someone who smoked almost two packs a day sometimes and really struggled to quit. Cold turkey - go for it, and don't be afraid to ask for help.

    Glad you posted - good luck.
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    This is a serious response. Truth.

    My older brother smoked for almost 50 years. He tried to quit numerous times. He started in his teens. He finally quit in February 2016. It was too late. He died from complications of a lifetime of smoking in October last year. I miss him.
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    Originally Posted by CommitmentRulz View Post
    This is a serious response. Truth.

    My older brother smoked for almost 50 years. He tried to quit numerous times. He started in his teens. He finally quit in February 2016. It was too late. He died from complications of a lifetime of smoking in October last year. I miss him.

    Good grief.. Sorry to hear it, brother.
    I can't believe how stupid I am to overlook these kinds of things and STILL continue on the same path!
    - I am gonna use your brother as an inspiration and huge motivation. Thank you for sharing and may he rest in peace.
    It was the first time that I really gave my all towards something, because I didn't want to squander the only opportunity I had. Get READY! Through the blood and the sweat, the pain I will feel. This is the time I cannot lose. Live or die, I'll have to choose.
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    I just want to take a second and thank all of you.
    - I'm gonna get that Allen Carr book, avoid smoking situations entirely and possibly print out a picture of the actual impact from smoking.
    I'm currently on day 4, cold turkey.
    This time, I'm gonna avoid cigarettes as the actual effects of smoking instead of ''just'' a bad habit.

    Wish me good luck and stay strong friends!
    It was the first time that I really gave my all towards something, because I didn't want to squander the only opportunity I had. Get READY! Through the blood and the sweat, the pain I will feel. This is the time I cannot lose. Live or die, I'll have to choose.
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    I quit in 1998 cold turkey, one of the best choices I've made in my life. You can do it!!!
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    I quit three years, then got on it again, then quit for a year, then started again.
    Now i too, can not quit.
    But when the time is right, i will quit without problems.
    But that time is not now!
    So you're on the internet for good advice, here's some good advice: have a good laugh once in a while. And never tear your bicep!

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    1-cardio
    2-Strive to go cold turkey but don't view it as a total failure if you cave & make note of the times you do (alcohol/stress/boredom)
    3-chew gum/toothpicks/straws & do something with your hands when you're craving a smoke
    Sources: former addicted smoker turned "only-drinking" smoker (not an alcoholic either)
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    In the military I had a LOT of friends who tried to quit smoking/dipping. The only success stories were the ones who quit cold turkey, just stopped 100%. A few relapsed after a few months, but then would go
    cold turkey again.
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