- Mar 25, 2005
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- SE valley
Cold Turkey. I smoked for almost 20years. Cutting back is too hard because *something* stressfull always comes up and your 1 per hour rule goes out the window.
And I hate to break it to you, but you will always think about it. I've been cig-free for about 6 years now and the smell of it still reminds me of that first smoke with the newspaper and a cup of coffee or playing pool with a pitcher of beer on the table.
One thing that did help in the oral fixation bit was I chewed on those little bar straws for a couple of weeks. (yeah, kinda gross too, but you can drop them once the cravings subside)
I agree with the cold turkey and occasionally have broken the rule so far but been pretty good about it. I usually smoke for pleasure vs for stress o we shall see. Cold turkey is rough.
Most people who have quit tell me the same thing, a struggle for life. Is just something ill have to deal with. Oral fixation problems I figure low calorie snacks, straws, toothpicks, bottled water and other things. Just taking it slow and working toward a goal. I found since I made the rule, I have far less 10 min later cravings than I used to.
Next decrease I am going to draft a list of things to do instead of smoking and try to focus on those whenever I have cravings.