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Old 04-19-2007, 02:30 AM   #11
Edouard Lynch
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Echoing what others have already said:

1) Decide one REALLY wants to quit. Smoking is seen by a smoker as an enjoyable activity, often associated with other enjoyable activities (beer, friends), and one REALLY needs to be motivated to give up an enjoyable activity, smoking or otherwise. Some of the links posted provide excellent motivation but only your brother can decide what motivates him.

2) Stop smoking. Cold turkey or tapering down are both valid ways to get to the "stop smoking" point depending on one's preferences, similar to how some find "Tabata Squats" easier than "Run 10k" and vice versa. Cold turkey creates an intense but short withdraw period while tapering creates a longer withdraw period with less intense symptoms. Once having smoked the last cigarette, I personally feel that nicotine replacement and prescription drugs are unnecessary and even harmful if one is really motivated (see #1), but studies have shown them to be effective.

3) Take up a new activity with a passion, preferably one incompatible with smoking like intense exercise, but any will do really. I decided to learn Arabic. Every time I felt the urge to smoke I would memorize a new word. It gave me something to do (which is a large part of smoking's appeal), I met a lot of interesting new people, and I learned something new all at the same time.

4) Never smoke again, ever. I've seen ex-smokers who haven't smoked for 5+ years fall back into the habit after one cigarette. Quitting smoking is hard and one really doesn't want to do it twice.

Good luck to your brother from someone who hasn't had a single cigarette for 26 months and counting (see #4).
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Old 04-19-2007, 03:11 AM   #12
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All he has to do is not put another cigarette in his mouth. Chewing gum can be a good substitute. It was for me. Fitness is another good one.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:06 AM   #13
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(Long post alert!)

I quit successfully ten years ago this month. My first step was to eliminate cigarettes from my home. I enjoyed a cigarette first thing in the morning with my cuppa. I also enjoyed a last cigarette with a cuppa while I read in bed in the evening and I often enjoyed a hot bath with a cigarette (yes I used an ashtray, not the bathwater!!!) and a magazine. By eliminating these first, I managed to disassociate certain activities (cups of tea, baths, reading) with smoking, also got my flat smelling nicer so had somewhere smoke free to come back to.
I took smoking breaks at work and smoked socially, but this was just the first stage.

The next step was I was going on holiday to Florida, which would involve a long Transatlantic flight on a non-smoking plane. Given that I would buy nicotine patches to get me through the flight, I thought this was a good opportunity to just quit. America was always less tolerant of smokers than the UK, and I would be on holiday with two non-smokers, and partaking of pleasurable activities (I love theme parks and rollercoasters, so my excitement at visiting Orlando would take my mind of my cravings). This worked really well. I did not miss smoking although I did eat a LOT and came back several pounds heavier.
I made a point of using 24 hour patches because you don’t wake up desperate for a smoke, as you do with the patches you take off at night. The trade off is you get some pretty funky dreams, but I actually enjoyed these!

Back at work was the hard bit. I work in the computer games industry and there was a lot of socialising and a lot of smokers. During this phase, I would allow myself a cigar (and only an insane person inhales a cigar!) just to give myself something to smoke in social situations. Of course, you are getting second hand smoke, but you would anyway in a room where people are smoking.
However, if you are not in social situations where there are smokers, then you are best off doing without the cigars.
It took me a few months before I lost the desire to smoke cigars – by that time I was a fully-fledged non-smoker.

I also chewed a LOT of gum. And that is one habit I’ve still not managed to kick. I have jaw muscles like walnuts!

I am happy to say I have not had a cigarette since quitting. However, the key is actually wanting to quit.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:31 AM   #14
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After smoking for 17 years, I quit on 01-19-07. The method I used was to go to my doctor and ask for help. He prescribed chantix and welbutrin . You pick the day you want to quit and start taking both a week before your quit date. He recommended taking it for 12 weeks, but after 4 weeks I felt so good I started to forget to take it, so I only ended up taking it for 5 weeks.

As far as occupying my mind and hands for the first few days, I carried a raquetball with me everywhere, to squeeze when I felt stressed.

I also started crossfit 1 week before I quit, and gasping for air at every workout was great motivation.

Good Luck,
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:51 AM   #15
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If my father can quit, anyone can. He was the poster boy for smoking. Some weeks back his doctor sent him to the hospital after experiencing heavy breathing problems for the first time in his life. Long story short found out he got bronchitis and spent the entire weekend in the hospital. Doc prescribed him chantix and the rest is history. Also helped that he had no other choice if he wanted to live. Unfortunately sometimes it takes a n event to scare the out of someone before they take action.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:28 AM   #16
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I quit 4 years ago. Smoked for 8.

Tell him to choose a quit day that is about a month or 5 or 6 weeks away, and continue to smoke normally, but remember with each cig that soon he will not be a smoker anymore. This helps one get ready to quit.
I also chewed the nicotine gum for about 3 months after.
I go to a website and I put into one of their calculators that I used to smoke about 15 cigs a day...I recently passed the 20,000 unsmoked cigarette mark!!
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:28 AM   #17
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Buy him a copy of Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking. I have tried many methods over the years and this is what finally worked.
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Old 04-19-2007, 02:53 PM   #18
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He should announce to friends and family that he is/or has quit. A relapse will put him a position of shame in their eyes and give him an added reason to remain tobacco free.
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Old 10-25-2007, 10:59 AM   #19
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Re: How to quit smoking

Was browsing through the past threads and thought I would add my two cents:

I'm 3 years smoke free after smoking for 8. What finally did it for me was that I just eventually had to get flat-out p*ssed off about my habit. P*ssed that it was a filthy, deadly, smelly, expensive and most importantly, a pointless and unnecessary habit.

It's not enough to think "Oh, someday I'll get motivated to quit." or "Gee, I wish quitting wasn't so hard."

Bah, grow a pair already. Nothing worthwhile is easy.

Have them download a quit meter and start plugging in the figures:

Once you've seen that you've spent $10,000+ on a habit that is going to do nothing for you except shorten your life and make your final days miserable, it's easy to start motivating yourself to quit. Just get p*ssed off about it already.

Then quit...cold turkey. Get that crap out of your system asap. Don't just keep giving your money away (to Big Pharma as opposed to Big Tobacco) to maintain your unnecessary addiction to nicotine.

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Old 10-25-2007, 11:50 AM   #20
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Re: How to quit smoking

I dunno, this may work if he's not made of money:

Assuming it takes, I dunno, 12 puffs to finish a whole cigarette... If he's got the self control to do it, have him take like only 4 puffs for a little bit, then throw away the cigarette. If he REALLY wants another he'll have to light up another (don't allow yourself to just finish the one you've got). This should **** him off to no end because he's throwing away money, and he'll (hopefully) start to associate smoking with blowing money. Eventually do the same thing with 2 puffs, then 1, etc... He'll eventually say "well crap I'm only going to get one puff out of it, I'm not even going to bother..."
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