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  • How long have you had a pack-a-day habit?  How old were you when you started?  Have you tried to quit before?
  • Gum worked for me, 20+ years ago.
  • Don't 'replace with vape'. Just stop...but first you have to decide to stop and stop making substitute excuses.

    There some good 'countdown' timer thing on the net to download that show how much you've saved, how long you've gone with out a smoke. Those are a bit encouraging the first month or so.
  • Lozenges worked for me.  Ten years now.  No relapses.
  • Cold turkey was my method.

    Techniques involved signing up for a dating app and not wanting to click smoker. So I clicked nonsmoker and threw half a pack away.

    Physical side effects last a few days. Seriously, that's it. Everything else is just habit, which can be replaced by taking little breaks for fresh air.

    Hopefully you aren't an indoor smoker. I was not, so I think that helped.
  • Once you get a decent vape you like, the trick is to dial in the nicotine content in the vape juice. Go to a vape place that will let you try different strengths of juice and find what level doesn't make you jones for sweet nicotine, and then you can slowly and gradually dial that down and quit for good without too much pain.

    Vaping just isn't as satisfying as smoking anyway, so it sort of ends naturally once you get bored of the habit. Clouds of water vapor? I liked the burning plant matter directly in contact with my lungs to achieve full effect!
  • Don't get an expensive kit to begin with, vape shops will try to sell you super-wazoo custom kits, that's where they make their money.

    I really like this one: https://store.geekvape.com/products/g​e​ekvape-aegis-nano-kit#

    Cheap, sturdy, pocketable, adjustable draw and strength so you can dial in what you need and taper it down later, lots of features. I've had one since last April and I'm still on the two "pods" that came with it.

    I use it with 12mg strength "tobacco" flavor. I used to get "blank slate"  which is just nicotine and VSG with no flavor or scent, but the only local store that carried that closed.

    Good luck! I managed to kick a 35+ year hand-rolled tobacco habit.
  • optikeye:

    I agree. Vaping is not a good, safe choice. Use gum, use lozenges, and follow the directions. You'll be able to smell again and it'll be amazing.

    /former smoker, 1ppd at my worst
    //cigs -> dip -> lozenges
    ///it's hard but worth it subs, good luck.
  • I smoked for 20 odd years.  This book helped my quit

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  • Have you tried coffee enemas? They're completely different and won't replace the cravings and might drive you up the wall and might feel a little strange, but I'm pretty sure that smoking is bad for you.
  • Tried to quit 3x.
    The only thing that worked was every time I thought I 'needed' a smoke, I thought of my best bud at the time "How many smokes does Bud need right now?"
    Answer: ZERO.
    Worked every time and still works.
  • YMMV, but....
    What worked for me after trying vaping, going back to cigs, then giving it another go was:
    1. Get a fairly strong device that runs on 18650 batteries, and a "sub-ohm" tank.
    2. Got a tobacco-type flavor with some vanilla (not candy or other super sweet flavors). Started at a fairly high nicotine level on the juice - like 12 mg. My mistake the first time around was going WAY too high on the nicotine level (18 mg).
    3. Slowly stepped down the nicotine level to now like 1 mg and lost the smokers cough.

    Hope that's helpful for you!
  • I cut my smoking in half when I lost one of my lungs
  • I used a cheap Vuse from a convenience store and it was fine. Took me about two weeks to stop using it. Haven't had a ciggy for 2 years.
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    Don't vape, just quit.

    I used Dum Dum suckers to quit cold turkey back in 2003. Take your normal "smoke" break and have a sucker at your normal smoking time and in your normal smoking place. It's difficult, but it can be done.
  • Torgo_of_Manos: I smoked for 20 odd years.  This book helped my quit

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    I'll save you the cost of the book.

    Decide to stop smoking.
    Stop smoking.
    The rest of the bulk of the book is "Ohhhhhsmoking is groody and unhealthy".
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    optikeye: Torgo_of_Manos: I smoked for 20 odd years.  This book helped my quit

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    I'll save you the cost of the book.

    Decide to stop smoking.
    Stop smoking.
    The rest of the bulk of the book is "Ohhhhhsmoking is groody and unhealthy".


    Pretty much this. You have to actually want to quit. If you don't want to quit, you won't be able to force yourself.
  • Ant: optikeye: Torgo_of_Manos: I smoked for 20 odd years.  This book helped my quit


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    I'll save you the cost of the book.

    Decide to stop smoking.
    Stop smoking.
    The rest of the bulk of the book is "Ohhhhhsmoking is groody and unhealthy".

    Pretty much this. You have to actually want to quit. If you don't want to quit, you won't be able to force yourself.

    Yup. The only time I actually quit for good was when I truly wanted to.
  • It might help to calculate how much you spend on smokes per year and then think of something you'd rather do with that money.

    For full disclosure, I haven't tried to stop smoking, but I used to go to Starbucks every day.

    /ew
  • OK. This is just experience from the Spldng household. I smoked for over 40 years getting up to 2 packs a day (burning them, if not constantly sucking on them). My wife smoked almost as long although not as heavily. By Christmas of 2012 we were well motivated to stop smoking. We had tried cold turkey and patches and I had managed to go about 3 months at a shot before I fell back to it.

    At Christmas 2012 we gave each other electronic cigarettes as presents. We quickly realized that, as far as we were concerned, half & half would Not cut it. We would rely totally on the electronic cigarettes with the nicotine cartridges and not go back & forth with real cigarettes.

    It was hard but we kept at it. Within a couple months we saw a marked improvement in our senses of smell & taste. We also saw a marked improvement in the condition of our finances, which was further motivation to keep at it.

    We actually 'smoked' the electronic cigarettes for several years. Over time, we used them less and less. About 6 years ago we were on a vacation trip and we mislaid the charger for the battery portion of the 'cigarettes.' It took us a couple weeks before we remarked that the charger was missing - and we hadn't used the electronic cigs in weeks.

    We haven't had a cigarette since. On a separate note, we have occasionally attempted to use a bong, but I find it extremely painful (violent coughing) and we limit ourselves to edibles anymore.

    YMMV
  • optikeye: Torgo_of_Manos: I smoked for 20 odd years.  This book helped my quit

    [Fark user image 244x359]

    I'll save you the cost of the book.

    Decide to stop smoking.
    Stop smoking.
    The rest of the bulk of the book is "Ohhhhhsmoking is groody and unhealthy".


    Worked for me... (shrugs shoulders)
    your results may vary
  • foo monkey: Gum worked for me, 20+ years ago.


    Same here but I am still chewing it. Schit is expensive.
  • Definately a good movie to check out. It's a about a  town that takes a 'bet' with a tobacco company that the entire town can quit smoking. Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Bill Preston and others. with a soundtrack by Randy Newman who was just getting started.

    Cold Turkey (1971) The Act of Physical Love
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  • Cheron: I cut my smoking in half when I lost one of my lungs


    Damn! I only lost a third of a lobe last year and smoked for over 40 years.
  • Give your sister 5 grand and tell her to donate it to the kkk if you smoke again.

    Now you've adjusted long term consequences into the shirt term, which is your point of failure if you are saying things like "just one more won't make a difference."
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