Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Springfield, OH
Quitting's easy, I've done it a hundred times.
Seriously, the last time I quit it was cold turkey. I was down in Florida for a week and just decided that I wasn't going to smoke anymore. I was visiting my dad, and we'd have drinks with and after dinner, which really made it tough for me, but willpower was high for some reason.
The hardest thing to deal with, and it doesn't go away anytime soon, is the habitual part of smoking. For me, it was worst when getting off of work, because I would always light one up on the way out to my car. And working over 20 miles from home, I'd always smoke a couple on the way. Gum/sunflower seeds helped out a lot there. Never tried patches or pills, so I can't offer any advice there. I did hear a stat the patches are only 7% effective, so I guess you gotta really want to quit.
Definitely stay away from friends that smoke for a while, and stay out of bars, clubs if smoking is allowed there. And stay away from dating women that smoke because it's a sure-fire way to start again.
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