Trying to quit smoking

I found that my sense of smell seemed supercharged the first couple days after i quit, then I got used to my newly aquired senses, and I ceased to notice it as much after a couple days.

Four days! :woot:

Okay, I’ll stop celebrating every day. But I’m so proud of myself :content:

No, keep celebrating. Up until day fifteen perhaps. Then it gets a bit silly.

i think you should stop because this way you give to much credit to the addiction…

fell the joy of being free! you made it, and it is over now, you beat it and now it is gone! celebrate yes, count no!

this is just my point of view from my experience… any way well done man! :wink:

Gratulations !

Dont stop the celebration ! :cool:

All that talk about better taste makes me want to get this, well “forkjølelse” in norwegian, guess it translates to flu, away.

Attending to popular demand,

Fiiiiiive days! :yay:

So I’m finally getting round to giving up smoking, properly this time, I’ve discovered that doing it on my own steam isn’t working. Bear with me, this is about dreams.

I spoke with my gp and we came to the conclusion that the best bet for me is to use nicotine patches, since lately, due to various stresses and my mood, I’ve been smoking more heavily.

Anyway, I picked up a pack of patches at the pharmacy today, I won’t start wearing them until tomorrow, but when reading the packet this morning I noticed that one of the side effects of the patches was nightmares. I thought that that sounded pretty odd, but also fairly cool, I wondered if anyone had had experience with this?

If it is true then my DJ may be becoming more active for the next few months!

I haven’t used them, but back when I planned on using them I looked into that and you can find people who tell their dreams while on it. They aren’t all nightmares, lots of them are just really weird and cool dreams.

As for the quitting smoking-apparently Chantix has a huge success rate, and I was just recently prescribed it. It uses a very organized system so you can stay on top of things. It also is supposed to give crazy dreams.

Well I put my first patch on this morning, and it’s already working to some extent, I’m not getting the craving for nicotine but I am still getting the craving for the action of smoking itself. I think the habit will be harder to break than the addiction, if that makes sense.

I’ll report on any increase on dream activity tomorrow. Here’s hoping that quitting smoking has some wonderful nocturnal side effects! I wonder if it will increase my chances of becoming lucid?

Yeah I know exactly what you mean. Just know that if you decide to smoke a cigarette, you’ll be pissed at yourself right after lighting it up.

Look at it as a day-by-day thing. Today, I will not smoke a cigarette. Don’t think of the future, just the here and now.

I plan on quitting within the next two weeks as well.

I am A smoker and I quit after every cig. My best advice is toto make the time between any two consecutive cigarettes as long as possible. No one ever quits anything

Not sure if this would help any of you, but when my grandfather was told to quit smoking he took up a different habit: eating peppermints. So instead of picking up a cig if he got a craving, he’d eat a peppermint instead. Managed to completely quit in about a year. I’m no fan of peppermints but hey, minty fresh :wink:

Now that’s helpful and wise.

You certainly can quit things.

Maybe, maybe not. I’m sorry if I was being a sarcastic a ss there. I’m trying to point out that it’s hard to quite some things, and cold turkey quiting is the worst and is terrible for your bodies homeostasis.

It’s best to wien of them, making the gap between very consecutive cigarette as long as possible.

Haha I have no sanity so sometimes the things I say make no sense, forgive me again.

Oh well if you’ve been sarcastic it’s okay, then I have to be sorry. Often enough I’m sarcastic myself.

I just thought this was some weird new-age thought… so I got it kinda wrong :grin:

I don’t know, I think ‘cold turkey’ works just fine with giving up cigarettes… at least for me. Yes, I’ve been VERY grumpy for a few days but after that I was fine again. And DAMN I forgot how smelling was like. I was astonished to smell summer again! And thousands of other pleasant smells…

It might be a little sad, but it works as a way better motivation than anything else for me. It’s just so nice to smell the world again. It’s like encountering an old friend again which you’ve forgot about for a few years.

I quit smoking about 4 months ago, but I’ll admit I’ve had 1 since while I was out at a bar with friends. I don’t think I’ll be having anymore though because I’ve grown quite sick of them after quitting. There are some times when you will feel the urge, but I’ve thought about this urge and its very similar to just stress or nervous tick.

Its great to hear you want to quit, I know its a challenging road and many turn back on it. From my personal experience, exercise of any kind generally helps erase that feeling. Next time you have the urge ( and its a place you think you can ), go for a quick sprint/run. My first two real weeks quitting I was just angry and annoyed and mad at something I couldn’t even put my finger on. Just in-general, ticked. On my lunch break which is when I’d go for my normal smoke after eating was when I felt it the most. The feeling got intense to the point where I just said, " I gotta try something. " so I just up and sprinted around the parking lot of the place I was at twice, worked up a little sweat and some heavier breathing. Afterwards? I craved the cig less. I still did mentally, but now physically my body said, " Hold on, let me recoup, you’re good for now, cig can wait. "

Its small little stavings off like this that really helped me over the icy peaks of the first 2-3 weeks. Trust me, I know they are hard.

Also try:
-Drinking more water
Try having water around with you at all times to sip on, it can help with the want to have a cig and drag on it, plus water is good for you.
-Putting yourself in situations where you cannot/ aren’t allowed to smoke.
-Only allow yourself X number of cigarettes for X number of days. ( this is more for when you have a little more willpower grip over the nicotine, just something I tried once where I would force myself to ration my cigarettes because I wasnt gonna allow myself to buy more before a certain time. This helped me taper down before just dropping it altogether. )

-Thinking Differently
This might be too abstract to be a helpful tip, but honestly after seeing a few things in a different light and rethinking them in my mind, I decided that I didn’t need to smoke at all. I had simply changed my mind.
One of these things was the economic aspect someone else mentioned. The amount you pay for cigarettes adds up, and very quickly. I remember cleaning up my car one day and finding piles of empty packs. Each one at least 5 dollars. And for what? They’re gone, I’d smoked them. Which was my second change in my mind. All of those cigarettes I’d smoked. All that negative smoke and chemicals. Uhg, it puts that disgusted face on me just thinking about it. I wanted to become stronger and healthier as a being, so what was this cigarette smoke doing me? It really has no positives and its something to become enslaved by. I found myself changing my schedules ever so slightly so I could find myself in a situation to kick a jack and get my fix. Not anymore, I shouldn’t have to, and neither should anyone. Which was the last change in my mind.
In a book called Watership Down ( amazing book, one of my favorites ), it follows the story of a group of rabbits as they make their way across the land and find a new home. Throughout the story Men are seen/referenced and almost everytime they are, the Men are smoking their " white sticks ". It was this phrasing of it, this light the author put it in that makes smoking seem so trivial and unnatural now to me. What are these white sticks? Why do men use them? ( these are things the rabbits asked, and now myself )

I hope any of my rantings here have helped out in the least! I tend to take more words than the average person to say what I want to. I’ll add anything else I think of later and will be here to support your journey.

Indeed cold turkey can break an addiction, given that the person has strong enough will power and a great enough desire to go cold turkey. But it still is rather unhealthy for your body.

When someones body gets used to something like cigarettes it is very unhealthy to just suddenly stop inducting nicotine into ones body. Look at vegetarians who have bodies that have adjusted to a no meat diet, just like cigarette smokers adjust to nicotine. If a vegetarian suddenly abandones their diet and consumes meat, they can get very sick. Just like cigarette smokers who go cold turkey end up feeling sick and angry.

Sudden and drastic alterations to the bodies chemistry and balance can have rather Significant consequences to ones health, if heavier smokers are trying to quit, they should wein themselves down to a few a day and then drop them.

And yes being able to smell is an amazing thing. I have been smoking at most 5 or 6 a day for about six years and it’s stayed at about that level for the most of that time so I can still smell fine :smile: