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    ^
    yes but the intensity differs. Like you said i know alot of people able to quit cold turkey but as well as people who weren't due to terrible trembling, etc etc.

    i know a friend of mine who taken some expensive medicine and that is suppose to suppress nicotine urges. Using that he quitted, despite not smoking longer than me he had relatively bad drawbacks when attempting to quit.

    i tried cold turkey as well, but it ddin't work for me. But give it a try, you never know. But just don't keep trying cold turkey again and again.

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    I've tried quitting cold turkey a bunch of times for the last 8 years. It's usually not hard at all for me to make it through the first few days. It's after a month, when the worst is already behind me, that I end up starting again. It's pretty pathetic. I've even made it 6-8 months a couple of times. I guess my problem is that I absolutely love smoking. After going so long without one, I think I can smoke a couple without starting up again, and then one thing leads to another.
    "When a resolute young fellow steps up the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find that it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakuraba View Post
    Anybody here deal with this before? Any suggestions?

    It's difficult. But I refuse to be held back by a bad habit. It's tough though. The cravings. The headaches after a few days of not smoking.

    But I must quit. I want to quit. It's a waste of money. Its hurt my stamina and performance in sports.

    No better time than now. It's getting cold outside. I want to compete professionally and can't let opponents have any advantage on me. I got one more pack, and then I'm done. I will miss my smoke buddies at work, but I will gain a lot more.
    Firstly, never give up giving up. It's not easy to achieve and you may fail a few times, but don't be disheartened.

    My tactic was to remove myself from society for a period of time (say a month). I found it impossible not to smoke if I was socialising in a bar.

    Find something that will occupy your time, for example a computer game. Also when you feel a craving coming on, do some exercise.

    The point is, keep busy. Remember cravings only last for five minutes and then they subside. If you can stop for a week, you've cracked it.

    Good luck!

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    74.5 hours down! anyone else on the wagon (or trying to get off the wagon) with me?
    "Develop interest in life as you see it...the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself." -- H. Miller
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    Johari the good..
    Nohari.. the bad, and the ugly

    I'm a FiNe SiTe to see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by demimondaine View Post
    74.5 hours down! anyone else on the wagon (or trying to get off the wagon) with me?
    yeah! i am there with you.
    i quit several months ago, but not totally. i have had some cigars since then...
    it's been about 2 weeks for me. i am determined to make it stick this time.

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    STRENGTH!

    92 hours, here. cravings are fading, have been keeping busy. things have been going relatively smoothly since i've been avoiding my smoker friends. might see one tonight. i'm not sure if i should allow myself any flexibility or not. i'm not the one to react well to cold turkey ANYTHING, but i'm also afraid of backsliding.

    i suppose i should mention this: i'm not looking to ban cigarettes from my life altogether, but i should avoid them as completely as possible until i'm sure i'm not addicted anymore. i would like to be able to appreciate a social smoke here and there, because i consider a good cigarette a great pleasure. however, a pack a day has done me no good.. i no longer even derive the same pleasure from them. so, here goes nothing!

    kingfisher, did you quit cold turkey, or taper down? i made it about a month a couple years ago. don't exactly know what happened, there..
    "Develop interest in life as you see it...the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself." -- H. Miller
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    Good luck! It took me three attempts to quit, but I did, and never looked back. Now I wonder why I thought it was so hard in the first place.

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    It is difficult. I've found out the best thing to do is to not quit cold turkey, but
    gradually space your cigarrettes out by a few more hours than you previously h-
    ave. I've found the ones that are the hardest to give up is the one right before
    bed, lol since that is usually when I step outside to clear the day out of my thou
    ghts if you are a person that typically likes to socialize and work simutaneously
    on learning a lot of different things, it like helps turn your brain off or something.

    ENTJ/Capricorn

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    Lol, I read back and realized I'd mistyped...I'd meant to say if you're not sure about quitting cold turkey. I'm always having to correct myself during conversation, even
    ENTJ's can have blonde moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demimondaine View Post
    i suppose i should mention this: i'm not looking to ban cigarettes from my life altogether, but i should avoid them as completely as possible until i'm sure i'm not addicted anymore. i would like to be able to appreciate a social smoke here and there, because i consider a good cigarette a great pleasure. however, a pack a day has done me no good.. i no longer even derive the same pleasure from them. so, here goes nothing!

    kingfisher, did you quit cold turkey, or taper down? i made it about a month a couple years ago. don't exactly know what happened, there..
    i tried to quit cold turkey several months ago, in august maybe? but i did have a couple lapses after that, a few nights of heavy smoking.

    i think smoking an occasional cig is fine, but i figure as long as i am cutting way back i might as well quit entirely, so i am putting them down for good.

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