What is the best way to stop smoking?

I am a heavy smoker. two pack per day. I am in the cooper clayton smoking censation class, but still smoking. I have the patches, but due to anxiety, and stress, I haven’t been able to progress. I did stop smoking the first time I was in this class. Only to start back after 4 months. I feel like such a failure. I feel I am weak, stupid, and letting the others down in my class, low self esteem. I am considering theapy, but wondering if anyone anyplace has any suggestions that might help me kick the habit. My Dr. has told me numerous times I have to quit smoking. I have asathma, broncities and other breathing conditions. Is it the power over smoking that I can’t give up? I am not an ignorant person. I no, the risk here..then why do I keep smoking?
There has to be others out there that smoke, and have sucessfully quite. If anyone has an suggestions, I would like to have your in put. This is scaring me.

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26 Responses to “What is the best way to stop smoking?”

  1. angelhimm said:

    All a matter of self control and the will power to quit!

  2. boogaloo said:

    read alan carrs book

  3. turtle66c said:

    take SMALL steps, slowly smoke less and less

  4. begerler said:

    My fiancee was a pack a day for about 10 years before he decided to quit. First you have to really want it enough to overcome. If you are ready then try the patch. That’s what my man did and he has not touched a single cigarette in over 3 years! Good luck to you, I know you can do it!

  5. cocobeachzanzibar said:

    destroy the ones you have

  6. toshke said:

    replace it with another drug. uncut colombian nose candy will do just fine. 🙂

  7. kitti_bites said:

    I’ve never been a smoker, so I can only sympathize the pain of kicking an addiction. However a roommate i had several years ago was a heavy somker (1-2 packs a day). She was finally able to give it up when she replaces smoking with running. Everytime she had the urge to smoke, she took a run around the block or neighborhood as needed. It was really tough for her the first couple of weeks, but the pay off was incredible. Not only did she completely kick the habit, but she lost a ton of weight, brought up her self-esteem, lost her depression and anxiety, and just generally became a much happier person.

  8. msqtech said:

    You need to really want to quit. I had a major accident and was able to convince myself that they would take years of my life away if i didnt stop. I quit cold turkey but I ate a lot of carrots and celery and chewed a lot of stir sticks until I was able to do it. I also included lots of exercise and activity in smoke free environments. I hope this helps you Good Luck and God Bless!!

  9. gggggg said:

    i smoke 2 packs a day and yes it is hard but the best way to quit is to put them down and don’t ever pick them up again chew gum when the craving hits or lolly pops work if you really want to quit you can !!with me ill quit smoking when they take the cigarettes out of my cold dead Cancer ridden hands and not a day sooner

  10. kathy_is_a_nurse said:

    It’s quite normal for a smoker to quit and start again a few times before they quit for good. No two people find that quitting techniques work the same for them. Get the book “The No Nag No Guilt Do It Your Own Way Guide to Quitting Smoking” by Tom Ferguson. It is just crammed full of ideas on how to quit smoking. And DON’T GIVE UP!

  11. slo.yaroll said:

    Ask God,I did, went cold turkey after 20 years of smokeing, Its been 12 years now smoke free.

  12. howthehellshouldiknow said:

    I smoked for 15 years and quit January 23, 2006. I still get a craving now and again but I pray it away. I used the patch, a daily journal to tell myself in writing that I would “not smoke today” and prayer to help me quit smoking. I hope these suggestions work for you. You are not a failure! Nicotine is a physically addictive drug that experts say is harder to kick than heroine! Please keep trying, you’re worth it.

  13. Pacific said:

    I think the best way is, keep reducing smoking in day, up to u dont stop it…
    3…2…1… STOP…

  14. jammer said:

    Been there, done that. I actually went to a hypnotist and it worked for me. He gave me a CD and I was supposed to listen to it every night (but didn’t). I still have the odd craving but just have to put it out of my mind. Keep busy and I hope you can quit. It really is bad for us.

  15. beagle1 said:

    Put the cigarettes down, throw away everything pertaining to them, and then walk away. Do not gravitate towards people who do smoke, don’t have long fantasizing conversations about how you used to smoke, and do not give in to the urge to smoke. Just say NO!

    Think of it this way: When you put a cigarette in your mouth and start to smoke, and then after a while you get the urge to do it again, and you can’t control that urge, who is really in charge of your life? A little rolled up ball of tobacco? Give me a break, I used to smoke and I could never stop until I decided to walk away. It was a life changing moment, and between me and God, I told Him I would not smoke any more. That was over 6 years ago, no patches, classes, gum or anything! Every time I saw a smoke, I told my self “You will not smoke that.”
    I can honestly say that it did take a few months for the thought of smoking to go away, but it was nothing I could not handle, and after 6 months I realized I do not even like the smell of smokers around me. And I haven’t considered picking up that nasty habit since. Thank God!

  16. wiseone said:

    First of all, stop beating yourself up. If you want to quit you will find a way, but just because the current trend in society is against smoking doesn’t mean you have to quit. We are all going to die of something.

    Many I know have had success with hypnosis tapes. Check out the site below. This particular lady is quite good.

    I would suggest that you forget about the smoking thing for a bit and take up some activity that will keep your hands busy like painting or beadmaking or cross stitch–just do something that keep your hands going. If you take a class you will be with others, and will have to postpone your smoke till class is over.

    Don’t expect to go from 2 packs to 0. Back off slowly. Assign times of day when you can have a smoke like after a meal etc. and every time you want a smoke at a non assigned time make yourself wait another 10 minutes before having it. Also, when you smoke stop what you are doing and focus on the cig. Don’t smoke while you do anything else. Focus on that smoke while smoking.

    Good luck!

  17. eyemungry said:

    I smoked 1-2 packs a day, one day I bought a can of skoal instead, I know it’s not a safe alternative…..But at least I can BREATH now.

  18. partyhuskyblue said:

    I think its a matter of self-discipline, if you tell yourself you’re not gonna smoke…you won’t. Yes you’ll have the cravings and headaches and such but at the end of the day its not gonna get bad enough to kill you. I stop smoking for a whole week once and that’s alot for me who smokes a pack to a packet and a half in a day.

  19. fishball said:

    I smoked for over 15 years. Quit cold turkey. COLD TURKEY. No need to reduce smokes. Not even a single puff. No need for substitutes nor patches. Nada. I prepared for it.

    Here’s how it worked for me:
    1.MAKE jugloads of LEMON juice (NO SUGAR) mixed with water and store in fridge / drink whenever “urges” come on
    2.AVOID coffee, tea, canned/bottled drinks at ALL times
    3.EXCERCISE daily (check your fitness first with doc)
    4.REFRAIN from places where smoking is common
    5.ASK yourself: “will i die if i don’t smoke?” each time an urge come on (i’m serious!)

    That’s all… I emphasize LEMON juice because it is the MOST EFFECTIVE to suppress “an urge” to smoke. Take care man… you’re worth it!

  20. gammie said:

    first thing it has to be something you want to do.Then second think of it as a game. you win if you can guit but if u can’t quit and not give in then you will let it beat you be the tough guy it might take awile but u can beat this!!!!you can do it good luck

  21. j_nee_middleton said:

    LISTEN UP FRIENDS** YOU DON’T NEED WILLPOWER TO QUIT SMOKING , JUST BUY ALLAN CARR’BOOK ”THE EASIEST WAY TO QUIT SMOKING”I DID, I’M NOW A NON SMOKER ” IT WAS SO DARNED EASY, DON’T KNOW WHY I DIDN’T THINK OF IT MYSELF”
    JANE MIDDLETON,
    CAMBRIDGE ONTARIO CANADA”APRIL/06

  22. SausageBrain said:

    You’ll never find a smoker/exsmoker who has only ever quit once. People try and try again. So you’ll just have to keep going around the cycle of quiting and failing until eventually it works for a long time. I’ve in and out of smoking for years. I can go 2 yrs without smoke.
    I found it very helpful to go to rolling tobacco first and then eventually to nothing. once you leave prerolled cigs out – you realise how awful they smell, and u really dont crave them NEmore.

    One of the hardest things to give up with smoking is not really the nicotine – it’s the sense of self, the perception of how you think you are – your self identity.
    So u need to visualise yourself as anonsmoker, and start feeling good about being a nonsmoker and a success right now, even before you’ve actually done. if you drop off the wagona dn have a cig – no worries, just start again, bcos u r the successful nonsmoker; not the quiter who gives in after a few failed attempts!! belive in yourself again and again

  23. varekai said:

    This method works for me and is the only money back guaranteed.
    I quite smoking 2 years ago

    Get the Facts
    Easyway, founded by Allen Carr in 1983, has the highest independently verified 12-month success rate (75.8% for a smoker completing the program) of any quit smoking technique and a 90% satisfaction rating.

    Compare Easyway to other methods and see for yourself why Easyway is called “The Cadillac of quit smoking methods.”

    The Allen Carr Method
    HOW THE METHOD WORKS

    Using psychotherapy, the method works in the opposite way to the “willpower” method. It does not concentrate on the reasons the smoker should not smoke : the money, the slavery, the health risks and the stigma. Smokers know all that already. Instead it focuses on why smokers continue to smoke in spite of the obvious disadvantages.

    It is fear that keeps smokers hooked!

    Fear the smoker will have to give up their pleasure or crutch. Fear the smoker will be unable to enjoy life or handle stress. Fear the smoker will have to go through an awful trauma to get free. Fear the smoker will never get completely free from the craving.

    The Method removes these fears
    Smokers quit with the Allen Carr Method as happy non-smokers, not feeling deprived but with a huge sense of relief and elation that they have finally achieved what they always wanted….

    TO BE FREE!

    What about the terrible withdrawal pangs from nicotine?

    The physical withdrawal from nicotine is so slight that most smokers don’t realise that they are addicts. What smokers suffer when they try and quit using other methods is the misery and depression caused by the belief that they are being deprived of a pleasure or a crutch.

    The Allen Carr Method removes this feeling of deprivation.
    It removes the need and desire to smoke. Once the smoker is in the right frame of mind and they follow the simple instructions, the physical withdrawal from nicotine is hardly noticeable.

    No Gimmicks!

    The Method does not use any gimmicks, useless aids or substitutes. No nicotine gum, patches, lozenges, tabs, inhilators or nasal sprays! No needles! No lasers! No drugs! No herbs! No shock treatment!

    The Allen Carr Method is successful because:

    It removes the smokers’ conflict of will.
    There are no bad withdrawal pangs.
    It is instantaneous and easy.
    It is equally effective for long-term heavy smokers and light smokers.
    You need not gain weight.
    You will not miss smoking.

    Medical Endorsements

    A personal view from Professor Judith Mackay MBE, JP, FRCO (Edin), FRCP (Lon), World Health Organisation Advisory Panel on Tobacco and Health

    “I have no hesitation in supporting Allen Carr’s work. Many clinics use some of his techniques but it would appear that few do it in quite such a successful package.”

    Carole Johnson, Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Unit, Tyne Tees

    “his success rate was such that, when budgets allow, we continue to use Easyway for work with specific groups and individuals.”

    Dr Anil Visa BSc, MBBch., FRCA, Consultant – Royal Hospitals NHS Trust – Royal London Hospital

    “I have observed the Allen Carr method at first hand and have found it to be very successful and I wholeheartedly support it as an effective way to quit smoking.”

    Dr William Green, Head of Psychiatric Dept, Matilda Hospital, Hong Kong

    “It is a remarkable fact that Allen Carr, on his own admission a non-professional in behaviour modification, should have succeeded where countless psychologists and psychiatrists holding postgraduate qualifications have failed, in formulating a simple and effective way to stop smoking.”

    Dr Martin Jarvis, Principle Scientist, Imperial Cancer Research
    Fund and Reader in Health Psychology, University College London

    ”…I am more than happy to testify to Allen Carr’s enduring involvement and to recognise the value of the kind of behavioural and cognitive support he provides.”

    Dr PM Bray MB CH.b., MRCGP

    “I was really impressed by the method. In spite of the Allen Carr organisation’s success and fame, there were no gimmicks and the professional approach was something a GP could readily respect. I would be happy to give a medical endorsement of the method to anyone.”

    Celebrity Endorsements

    “His method is absolutely unique, removing the dependence on cigarettes, while you are actually smoking. I’m pleased to say it has worked for many of my friends and staff.”
    Sir Richard Branson

    “Some friends of mine who had stopped using Allen Carr’s method suggested I tried it. I did. It was such a revelation that instantly I was freed from my addiction. Like those friends of mine, I found it not only easy but unbelievably enjoyable to stay stopped.”
    Sir Anthony Hopkins

    GOOD LUCK!

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  25. Insight said:

    I Have Found a FAIL SAFE Way to quitting smoking!

    First off, the reason you can’t stop smoking is because you programmed yourself to BE a smoker. All you have to do is reprogram yourself to BE a non-smoker. You do this by consistently DOING 2 things:

    1.) Every morning say to yourself outloud either in front of your mirror, while your taking a shower, or driving to work, “I am a NON-Smoker!” Repeat this to yourself 50-100 times.

    2.) As you are saying this, VISUALIZE yourself as being a NON-Smoker. Think of all the benefits of not smoking. What would you look like? How would you feel? What will people say?

    Do these 2 actions every day for at least 21 days and you’ll be AMAZED!

    Don’t ask questions. Just do it! and tell me your result.

    Best of Luck

  26. unusualpsycho said:

    I should never help you become a traitor, but I will anyway. We do not need your kind to succeed. Just be a man about it and quit. Do not take any of those pathetic little patches or gum, they are more expensive than the cigaretes. You just stop smoking. None of that easing out of it crap either.




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