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Thread: Smoker's challenge

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    Senior Member Catherine Marie's Avatar
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    This weekend I am going to my friend's cottage. She smokes, I'm trying to quit.
    I've pledged to my husband, and to my 'smoking' sponsor that I will not smoke while there.
    However, I am very anxious about the entire time. Lots of sitting around, sunning on the dock, drinking- hey, I said I'm trying to give up smoking, not drinking- lots of opportunities to 'just have one'. I don't want to have one, well, I really do, but I can't have even one.
    I'm committing to all of you kind souls that I will not smoke this weekend.
    However, I would gladly welcome any hints or helpful tricks to keep me from smoking.
    I'd like to take some quilting but have had carpel tunnel surgery and it is still 'ouchy'.

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    My thoughts will be with you for a smokeless weekend!!!

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    Not being a smoker, I don't have any experience in your situation, but what about chewing gum or having a piece of candy (like a tic-tac) every time you get the urge? That way you would have something in your mouth. Good luck!

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    Cut a straw in half and when you get the urge just puff on that. It really does help!! GOOD LUCK! You can do it!!

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    You are putting yourself in a tough situation especially since this is so new to you. Think about it this way: if you were an alcoholic and just newly sober, would your first social event be a cocktail party? I don't know the situation, but maybe you might think of postponing the visit?

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    If you have been good and not smoked in a few weeks, you will find the odor very offensive! That is how I quit several years ago. I've never smoked in our home and our first trip to visit "smoking friends" almost made me phsically ill. The odor is/was horrendous!! Take lots of chewing gum and a big can of Lysol!!

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    Andes Candies--those little chocolate sandwiches with mint in the middle. Have one every time you have the urge to smoke. Drink lots of water.

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    I have been trying to quit smoking for a long time, now I'm chewing nicotine gum. It does help me but I'm still smoking at times. You have my best wishes, I do know how hard it is to quit. This weekend I have company, they don't smoke so maybe they will be an extra incentive not to smoke. Good thoughts to you. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Chappies, beechies, bubblegum ..... whatever it is called in the States ..... buy bags full .... replace old ones as soon as the taste is gone..... if you feel any urge ...... replace with a new one. DH says it works all the time!

    Sterkte!! :thumbup:

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    The trouble with substituting food of any kind in place of smoking will cause you to gain weight. Just be strong and walk away, maybe she will respect your wanting to quit and not smoke by you.

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    I quit 2 years ago after 30 years of smoking. I used Chantix and it never bothered to be around smokers. Wish they had it years ago !!

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    sugar free lollipops... gives you that hand to mouth thing.

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    I feel for you, I have been trying to quit. I do really well for several weeks then I think oh just 1 won't hurt, but it does. I'm still working on me. My heart Dr. told me to pop a vitamin C tablet when a strong urge hit, it helps a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    You are putting yourself in a tough situation especially since this is so new to you. Think about it this way: if you were an alcoholic and just newly sober, would your first social event be a cocktail party? I don't know the situation, but maybe you might think of postponing the visit?
    Thank you, thus far for all of your support, trials, and triumphs.

    Krystyna, I'd love to postpone but it is not possible. Just pray for me, if you can.

    I go in less than two hours with a new resolve- I'll let you know how the weekend goes. :thumbup:

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    i am with you friend..i am trying to cut down/quit also. maybe some worry beads to touch/move.

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    of course you can have one cigarette..........but it wont help. You will need another and another.
    Try to picture the truckloads of cigarettes you "need" if you continue smoking. Also be aware that there is no choice between not smoking and one cigarette - it will be the truckload.
    Put the money aside and bring it to your LQS
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    Keep my fingers crossed for you
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    Maybe have a bottle or sipping container of water to go to every time a smoke break occurs?

    Get a straw and blow bubbles in your water - (okay - childish idea, but I still like to blow bubbles in my liquids)

    The carpal tunnel sort of limits hand activities - ??

    Go for a short walk?

    Good luck - if you really want to resist smoking - you can and will!

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    Best of luck!

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    I quit 13 years ago after smoking for 36 years. I used a prescription nicotine nasal spray. I've never heard anyone else say that they used it. But, you don't have time to get that. Drink A LOT of water and stay busy. When the urge hits, and it will, get up and get busy. The urge will subside and in time come with less and less frequency. Good Luck. You CAN do this, only YOU can do this.

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    I understand - I quit about 15 yrs ago - my hubby and I did it together (and no one was injured during that time) - it was difficult. My hubby did the nicotine patch and I went cold turkey. Keeping busy helps - making the commitment to yourself and then talking yourself through those urges. You may slip up - but get back up on that horse and do it again. Every hour, every day is a victory - it will get better but if you have your mind made up - you can do it.

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    Kudos to you for quitting! I have found that stepping away and taking deep, slow breaths (while reminding yourself this is what you want) helped me.

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    Just remember that if you have JUST 1 you are hooked again. There is no way around that. Good Luck! I no longer have a problem being around other smokers. I quit 2 years ago.

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    I have to think of myself as a "nicotine addict" and as such, just one will put me right back where I was. It was so very hard to quit, I don't want to have to ever go through that again. Besides my house always smells nice now, my clothes and hair smell good. The inside of my car never stinks from old smoke. I no longer have a cough.

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    If you want to quit smoking, you can. All you have to do is to make that commitment to yourself and KEEP IT. I quit cold turkey after smoking for over 40 years. I was and still am very proud of myself!! I love to challenge myself and believe me that was quite a challenge.

    Just remember, you are one puff away from a pack a day, so don't smoke that one!!!

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    Wow! I wish I had some advice..straw sounds good, gum, etc. I smoke too...hate it to death, but just more addicted than the avg. bear I guess. Maybe you could also take something that smells very good to you, that will remind you how bad the smoke really smells and how you don't want to "go there" again.

    You can do it! It gives me hope if you succeed :)

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