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Natural way to quit smoking?


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Is it possible to quit smoking through natural methods, I mean without using those nicotine patch or medications. I don’t have much faith in medications.

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I'm pretty sure it is.  I've never been a smoker, fortunately, but I know one person that managed to give up after reading one of the late Allen Carr's books... changed their perspective apparently.   Best of luck!

Of course it is.  Ask anyone who quit before we had all those medications.  All the patches/drugs/etc are just ways to try to make it easier.  Looking for the quick/easy fix.  Just like all the diet products are to make it quick/easy to lose weight.  But if you are hear learning to lose weight the healthy way, good old fashion effort to eat right, exercise more, I would think that stopping smoking would be similar.  Good old fashioned will power, sensibilty cut back more and more until you are off them.  another lifestyle change.  gradual improvement.

I know quite a few people who quit smoking without meds or nicotine patches. I  also know people who are still smoking in spite of nicotine patches, hypnosis, acupuncture, or other methods, and other people who swear by them. I know people who made a decision one day and just quit smoking cold turkey, and others who had to work at it for years before they were smoke free. I suspect that quitting smoking is a very individual thing.

So, as an answer to your question, it is absolutely possible to quit smoking naturally. However, if you find that what you are doing isn't working for you, try to keep an open mind about trying something else. Good luck!

I quit January 5th. I've quit many times before, my longest stretch being 1 year.

This time I used that patches for about a month to break the habit but I find with nicotine replacement therapy that your are still actually physically addicted to the nicotine as you are still pumping it in. So I stopped the patch and went cold turkey around Feb 1st.

I think the only real way to quit is with your own willpower. Books, hypnosis, nicotine replacement are all aids to help you quit but you have to want to. You have to be determined and know the facts.

You can't be a casual smoker, you CAN'T have just one, you can't only smoke when you drink. You can't blame your smoking on anyone but you, you can't have one because you had a **** day and you deserve one, there is never a "Right time" to quit. You are an addict and like an alcoholic you have to stop - full stop.

When people ask me how it's going this time I'm not saying "I'm doing well". I'm saying "I quit". I am not keeping track of the days, I am not rewarding myself for something I shouldn't have been doing in the first place, I quit, I'm done and I'm not devoting anymore time out of my life to the issue. I don't smoke anymore, I can't and I won't.

It seems a bit like tough love but you have to be hard on yourself cause who else is going to be?

Good luck and know that when your ready, truly ready to quit - you just will.

Congrats akasharaine! That's a great philosophy :

akasharine....I LOVE that additude! It's time I took that additude and finally quit!

My philosophy is kind of similar to akasharaine's.  I quit last May, so not quite a year yet for me.  Here's what worked for me- I labeled myself as a "non-smoker" as soon as I finished my last cigarette.  That may not work for most, but it really worked for me.  If I felt a craving for a cigarette, I'd tell myself, "You're a non-smoker," and the craving would go away after a few minutes.  I suspect the cravings would still have gone away within a few minutes even without the mantra, but calling myself a non-smoker kept me from lighting up in the meantime.

After a few weeks, I no longer craved the nicotine, but the habits were still there.  So, when I'd "crave" a cigarette on the drive in to work in the morning, I'd tell myself, "You're a non-smoker," and that seemed to do the trick.  After all, smoking is not an option or a consideration for non-smokers.

Okay, writing it out like that makes me sound a little crazy!Embarassed  But honestly, being labeled a "smoker" implied to me that I could and would always carry on smoking.  Labeling myself as a non-smoker took away that right.  

Seriously? Just stop. I say that to you as someone who smoked from age 14-30, so I'm not understimating the addiction or being flippant. I'd used patches and lozenges in the past, but you know..they contain nicotine. Sure they help the cravings, but do they really get you over the addiction? I don't think so.

This time around, I just stopped smoking, and didn't use any nicotine replacement at all. I planned my first few days when I was off work and by myself just in case I felt horrible, but I actually didn't feel so bad. I drank a lot of water, and kept away from the things that were part of my smoking routine. For instance, typing at the computer. I didn't smoke in bed, so I used that to sit on, and watched tv instead. I always had one with coffee in the morning, so I dropped coffee for just the first 5 days or so.

Gradually, you can bring back those things, obviously..since some of them you kind of have to.

Chewing gum is okay..lots of green tea is good..fluids in general to help sort of push it out of your system.

My biggest motivation sadly enough was being scared of premature aging in my skin, and I was horrified enough to stick with that.

I stopped Jan 2 of this year, and haven't had one since.

 

It's really not that hard. People make it harder than it has to be by over thinking it, and obsessing. Don't do that to yourself.

 

If you get tempted, tell yourself "I'll wait until later (hours, days, etc) and if I still want one, I can have one then."

By reassuring yourself that you can if you want to..you take away that sort of panicky feeling..the sense of deprivation. And it gives you time to remember why you're doing it, and how long you've made it..lets you get back in your right mind.

I use the same strategy with cookies and pizza.

 

 

you have to do what works for you. And don't listen to non-smokers who tell you taking the patch or pills is a "quick fix". Its not and they don't know what they are talking about. You absolutely have to want it for yourself, and patches and pills can simply help you. My advice-take all the help you can get. I am quit for over 2 months now and took Champrix to help. For others-the patches help and still others are able to do it cold turkey. The most important thing is that you quit and stay quit. Do whatever you need to make that happen.

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Yes, I agree with the others. You have to decide for yourself that you want to do it. Once you do that, it will be hard at first but will get easier in the long run. It's always good to have a partner/buddy (kinda like the buddy system) but who doesn't smoke. They can give you motivation and support to conquer your smoking.

when i started hitting up the gym regularly, i had to quit smoking. i was out of breath and i couldnt perform at my full potential.

ive quit plenty of times before but once i started hitting up the gym, it was over. that and the taste of cigarettes no longer appeal. i started getting sick after smoking. one cigarette would burn my throat...that was another motivation to stop. i havent touched a cigarette since last summer. i did last year in november...my friend was out there smoking and i asked for a hit...and immediately gave it back and felt extremely disgusting afterwards. from then on i knew, smoking is not gonna be part of my life.

youre gonna have to want to do it for yourself. in my case, my throat was my reason to stop!

Yes, it is absolutely possible to quit smoking without medication or Nicotine Replacement Therapy(NRT).  I also believe quiting without medication has the highest levels of success.

As was previously mentioned, Alan Carr's Book "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" is an excellent read for quitting without drugs/medication.

A similar approach is available at www.quitsmokingonline.com  it's a free guide that advocates a non-NRT approach. 

I also recommend www.quitnet.com which has an active forum and community to serve as support (though it does not advocate any one form of quitting, it's support for all forms, NRT, presciption, cold turkey, etc)

Those three resources were tremendous help for me quitting.  I quit with no drugs or nicotine.  As with all things in life, YMMV, but the your asking and thinking about quiting is a great first step, and I hope these sources of information provide your next step.  Good luck !

 

61 days, 14 hours, 19 minutes and 58 seconds smoke free.
1540 cigarettes not smoked.

$476.63 and 11 days, 18 hours of your life saved.

 

 

I've been smoke free for three days now thanks to exercise. For some reason working out makes me not want cigs at all.

I'm also allowing people to smoke around me so I get used to smelling it and resisting. Its really hard, but all my friends have strict instructions not to give me a cig if I ask!

Good luck!

Cold Turkey is the best method for me!  I've been trying to quit with the aid of medications for 5 years. Finally, four weeks ago after smoking on a Saturday night after having a week smoke free under my belt, I got frustrated with myself and threw the pack out.  Haven't gone back in four weeks.  I found this link that is VERY educational and helpful for me:

http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Symptoms.html

It even states that studies have shown that most smokers that quit with an aid end up returning to smoking very soon after they complete the medications. Reason...they're not giving up the nicotine and allowing their bodies to heal.  

Now, I'm not saying it's easy.  It was much easier for me to drop the habit cold turkey than it was while I was still allowing myself to use medications as a crutch.  I have had only ONE craving in the past two weeks and it was when I was at a bar and saw a bunch of people smoking outside...it was cold, I reminded myself what I read in the above link, and it passed in minutes.  You can do it!  And I hope that I keep it up as well!  ;)  

Yes, its possible but as boring as it sounds its a bit of a slog.  I smoked from age 14 to 31.  I only tried to quit once, and once was enough--I have not smoked in 11 years, nor have I really wanted too.

I think I could do it because I did it so gradually that by the time I was actually a non smoker I was not very nicotine dependant by then.

At first my workplace stopped allowing smoking and so I stopped smoking at work and only smoked at lunch and on breaks (and freely at home).

Next I started to date a non smoker so I stopped smoking when we went to restaurants and when I was at his place.  Around that time Ontario banned smoking in restaurants anyway so.  Then I married my boyfriend and after we were living together I did not want to expose him to second hand smoke so I would only smoke one in the morning while at the train station and one at night when I was walking the dog.  Somehow I could do because I had those two cigarettes to look forward to...(it was tough for a while though because at one point I smoked about a pack a day for many years)....

Finally, I would go days without smoking and then I got pregnant and from the moment I found out (about 10 days after I conceived) I never smoked again.  The excitement of the pregancy was a distraction.  (I don't necessarily recommend pregnancy as a smoking cessation aid though..lol..).

Good luck.

 

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Hi.

Hi Jimmiesmith.

I quit smoking on January 5th this year, after smoking for 10 years. I quit during both my pregnancies, with no help, but went back on them afterwards through boredom, and just basically because I liked them.

I tried a few times since then to go off them, but always ended up going back on them, probably because I thought I was missing something! I wasn't.

I've had a few set backs this time, well, 3 to be exact, alcohol being the main cause, but I just count them as what they are, slip-ups, and I know that it wont send me back on to them again.

I'm doing it unaided, and through total will power. My husband still smokes, although, not in the evenings, and only at work.

I use my children as my motivation this time, and the reason I did it is because my four year old one day, rolled up a piece of paper , put it between her fingers and put it to her mouth and said, "Mummy look at me, I'm smoking!" and looked pleased with herself.

If you want to do it naturally, will power is the only way. Think of something that will drive you to do it, and after a while, it will be second nature to you to not smoke. If you do slip-up, don't condemn yourself and go back on them, put it down as a minor set back then keep going.

Good luck and let me know if you decide to give them up.

The longer you go without, the easier it gets! I promise! Smile

i smoked for 15 years, a pack a day and quit, cold turkey a year ago.  i replaced smoking with running 3-5 miles a day at spin classes at teh gym.. natural as it gets. good luck, it is SO worth it

yes absolutely. in fact its better to not use so called 'aids' as you are replacing something useless and bad for you with something else that is useless and bad for you. as soon as you realise that smoking does absolutely nothing for you you will be able to stop very easily

 

I am 6month free and smoked a 25 - 30 a day for 25 years, and as fyrefairie have replaced smoking with running and spinning, and I feel so much better and happy that i finally beat that damn poison.

I used the book by Allen Carr, best £7.99 I ever spent.

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