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Quiting smoking

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 2:13 AM
 

Im 26 an i've been smoking for the last 10 years. I smoked my last cig on sunday an im about 2 days in and just now starting to deal with serious cravings an withdrawal. Anyways im just wondering if anyone on here has gone thru quitting smoking before and can give me some advice on how to cope an how bad it can get lol. Any help is appreciated.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 2:19 AM
 

The first 2 weeks are the worst. I probably chewed up a whole box of toothpicks during my first 2 weeks. Mental toughness and willpower are key. Just remember that 2 weeks is nothing over the lifetime that you just extended. It's been 12 years for me and not only do I not want to smoke, I can't stand to be around it.

Good luck.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 6:13 AM
 

I also went the toothpick route. It also helped me to not be around smokers. I quit right as I left Clemson and got my first job. Being away from my friends who smoked made it easier to not bum one. After that I just needed the will power to not buy any.

Good luck and go Tigers!

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 11:35 AM
 

You can get nicotine soaked tooth picks on Amazon. Takes care of the oral fixation plus that chemical craving.

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I didn't but my father did.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 2:27 AM
 

He chewed regular chewing gum. Lots and lots of chewing gum. He said he just needed something to replace the addiction. As time passed he didn't need the chewing gum either.

One of the many things he's done that make me proud of him.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 2:53 AM
 

Trying to stop dipping. Let's do it together friend

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 2:58 AM
 

Im all for it buddy. I feel like im gonna need all the support i can get lol. Good luck to you tho and let me know if you find out some tricks that help you out. I'll do the same.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 6:56 AM
 

Well...good luck to you both, but if you dip...keep yer clothes on! Just sayin'! ;)

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 9:58 PM
 

Everyone is different, but I dipped skoal for 40 freakin' years. I tried to quit ten times or more. Used Chantix, gum, patches, etc. I believe it is physical and chemical. The only thing that worked chemically was a complete break...stop. What got me through it was the physical side. Buy Smokey Mountain Snuff. No tobacco, realistic taste and it completely solved the taste urges. 40 years in....free for 2. Happy and proud. GoTigers!

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I wish you luck

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 3:34 AM
 

I smoked three packs a day for 20+ years and was able to quit 22 years ago. I used the patch and just cut it in half about every three days to get through the first two weeks, which as the earlier poster said are the toughest. I hope you make it - Good Luck!

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 1:06 PM
 

Smoked 2 packs a day for 20 years. Used the patch to quit the first time. Five years later picked up the habit again. Smoked for 1 1/2 years and quit again using the patch. Been smoke free for 17 years. Don't miss smoking at all. In fact I think I have developed an allergy to cigarette smoke and can't stand to be around it.

Best of luck to you CF3891.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 3:47 AM
 

Good luck brother, and I really mean that.

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Water! Drink lots of water and carry around a cup of

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 4:23 AM
 

Water at all time.

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I can tell you what worked for me

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 6:06 AM
 

First, a lot of determination and willpower. Then, tell yourself not to think about next week, or even tomorrow, but just get through this hour, this day- just get to bedtime. As the song says, One day at a time. You can do it, and after a few days, you'll find yourself not thinking about it for stretches of time.
You can do it, my friend. Good luck.

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Good Luck


Posted: May 10, 2017, 6:21 AM
 

Keep a list handy of reasons to quit. Google some stats to write down like how much the chance of heart disease decreases in even just one year. When the cravings get bad it really helps to remind yourself what good you are doing for yourself. Like others have said, drink water and have something to distract your mind. Maybe one of those hand spinners or something of the like.

Good luck. Best decision I ever made and believe me, it gets easier and sooner than you might believe.

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Chewed copenhagen for 18 years. I quit april of 2013.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 6:22 AM
 

It is very hard. However I found that it you can get passed the cravings (mine lasted about an hour or so) there was a break. Oral substitutes did not work for me, I.e. sunflower seeds or gum. It just made my craving worse, like my body knew no way this isn't right. Just fight through it. I used to say holy #### when a year later I was still grabbing at my pockets for a dip can. Good luck

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 6:25 AM
 

Haven't smoked in 6 years after a pack a day for 15 including those college years. Quit cold turkey but had the motivation of having my first child (future family). You can do it. You always wonder how people can care less about a cigarette? It will be that way. I'm around smoker friends occasionally and it doesn't even phase me- if anything, it makes me cringe. Go Tigers!

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Quit in 1984 after smoking 20+ years and 2-2 1/2 packs per

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 6:44 AM
 

day. Prayed for God to take the craving away from me and I have never looked back since I would never want to break a commitment to Him. Don't believe I could ever have done it on my own willpower.

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It's pretty easy to do

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:04 AM
 

I've done it a lot of times

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:31 AM
 

My biggest thing was breaking the association of events to smoking. the hardest was at the bar, specifically At the bar with a beer and a smoke... just goes together. The quicker you can. Real the associations with smoking the easier it gets.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:56 AM
 

I was lucky enough to have never started. I admire your will to go ahead and quit now. I wish you the best of luck and will pray to God to keep giving you strength. You can do it!!

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3 things

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:56 AM
 

1 freeze seedless grapes and eat them like candy
2 exercise exercise exercise
3 write yourself a note telling yourselfhow disappointed you be in yourselfif you smoke again

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:57 AM
 

I smoked (heavily) for 10 years. I've been off em for 16 months now. It's do-able you just have to stay mentally tough!

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menthol cough drops


Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:40 AM
 

for when you get a craving

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And remember that quitting doesn't necessarily stop the damage already done..


Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:53 AM
 

My GF#1's husband smoked for many years, quit for 8 years but lung cancer occurred and in six months, after spending a zillion $ on new wonder drug..he died a terrible Death & weighing about 90 lbs from his normal 220.

Please Don't smoke in the first place and if you do and quit please remember you "may" have set your body up for disease down the road..but heavy odds are that you will be OK and live a long life.

Gut eR Done TiGERS!

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Re: And remember that quitting doesn't necessarily stop the damage already done..


Posted: May 10, 2017, 9:15 AM
 

seriously?.. why??.. way to shine some light on the situation.

"that's awesome you're trying to quit... but, don't think for one second that you're not still going to die from it"... geeeez!!!!

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Re: And remember that quitting doesn't necessarily stop the damage already done..


Posted: May 10, 2017, 1:07 PM
 

It said the same thing on the side of every pack I smoked for almost 40 years. The truth is you odds to live longer increase if you quit. We will always be considered high risk.

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Have a child

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:45 AM
 

Seriously.

I quit the day before she was born 4 years ago and I've never looked back. Once you love someone more than yourself, you would do anything for them.

Best of luck though. You can do it.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:50 AM
 

I did peppermint candy in lieu of smokes. After the third big bag of peppermint I was sick of them too. I've be off cigs for 22 years now. Each tiime i wanted a cig I would pull out a peppermint candy and say out loud, "man this is a good cigarette"

Stay strong man....if I can do it, so can you

The wife quit using Chantix

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:52 AM
 

Lots of great advice so far, and you really just have to figure out what works for you. For me, Chantix did the trick, only used one months worth of pills and I was done after that. Best of luck, when you look back on it years from now you will think quitting was one of the best things you have ever done.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:56 AM
 

I quit a bunch of times, until I just stopped smoking all together. replacing the behavior with something else is key.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 2:44 PM
 

with his replacement.



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ROH


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Good luck, young man. I'm pulling for you. I can't give any

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:57 AM
 

real good advice - because I've never smoked. But my Mom passed away way too soon from issues related to her life-long smoking habit. Kick it now...

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 9:04 AM
 

both my parents smoked for 30+ years and they both have been smoke free for 20 years now. Many people say they cant quit but many people have been successful. As said before, mental toughnes will get you through!! GOOD LUCK

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Work on your education:


Posted: May 10, 2017, 9:15 AM
 

learning, being curious for cures and answers, taking advice, filtering through the good and bad, owning the information for yourself. I would start with learning how to spell and go from there.

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Im in the same situation as you.


Posted: May 10, 2017, 10:00 AM
 

Same age and been smoking for the same amount of years. I actually quit for a few months and what helped me was just cutting down everyday on the amount you smoke until u can finally quit and the withdrawals wont be as bad. Unfortunately i picked the habit back up after a stressful time a few years ago and want to try to quit for good this time. Keep me updated on the process and hang in there. Just an fyi, ive hard other people have quit by vaping for a few months. Says its alot easier that way and no withdrawals.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 10:26 AM
 

> As the old saying goes, you have to quit "cold turkey," which I did on April 1, 1978! It's a matter of the mind; you have to want to quit for the right reasons, e.g., health, example to children, etc. I am so thankful to God that he helped me quit; I have never regretted it!!! My lungs are in great shape!

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Use your ####

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 10:34 AM
 

It's similar to butt chugging and you don't risk getting lung cancer.

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I've quit hunnerd's of times! It was easy!


Posted: May 10, 2017, 10:34 AM
 

LOL! Good luck! You can do it.



By the way I've never smoked a regular, store bought cigarette in my life!

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 10:48 AM
 

Look at a cigarette and ask yourself who's bigger. You or the cigarette? Are you gonna let that little piece of #### run/ruin your life? You have to man up and beat that #### with grit and determination. Keep telling yourself NO! when you start telling yourself stories to get you to smoke. Here's some tips I used to quit (3 packs a day for 10 yrs).

1. Find an audio recording for quitting smoking motivation (listen to it on repeat for hours on end).
2. Chew on straws or gum
3. Willpower is limited, if you have a lot of stress in other areas in life it will drain your willpower. Exercise and meditation can replenish willpower.
4. Get your best reason for quitting on paper. When you get close to smoking write that reason down on paper a hundred times.
5. Accept the fact it is going to be a #####, but know it will get easier with each passing day.

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Good luck to you! I am in the process of trying to quit


Posted: May 10, 2017, 10:58 AM
 

using smokeless tobacco. I quit a few years ago for about 6 months and then summertime showed up. I'm using Snus, which supposedly does not have as much nicotine, or carcinogens, but who knows. I know I have cut down a good bit from it. You seriously need to give up the smoking though. My mom was diagnosed a few weeks ago with small cell lung cancer and it ain't no joke. The patch worked pretty good for me the last time, but it is very expensive and when process is over, you still go right back into the cravings. Again, good luck!

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it may sound corny and obvious, but...


Posted: May 10, 2017, 11:09 AM
 

what it'll take to quit smoking is a spoonful of willpower and some patience.....

I smoked a pack of red Marlboros in the box every day (minimum) for over 20 years.....quit in 1991

It'll take 30 days or so to get over the physical aspect, the psychological will take as long as you let it bother you. If you're serious about stopping smoking and ending the threat of health issues to yourself and those around you---just decide to quit for good and follow through

I don't even think about it anymore and honestly can't stand the smell of those who continue to puff away

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I never smoked but dad quilt after 30 years of smoking...


Posted: May 10, 2017, 11:19 AM
 

...when I was a Clemson junior. Came home one weekend and notice he'd quit cold turkey. I think the key for him was to avoid people who smoke and not to succumb to "just one" from a "friend" who offered. Like others said, always keep a bottle of water on your and sip, sip, sip.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 11:24 AM
 

As an on and off smoker for 10yrs. Think of this... if you quit and stay smoke free for 8yrs. your lungs will have time to regenerate and heal back to a normal lung functionality. You might even lose some of that tar build up in your lungs. Also, it's just one day, one moment, one second at a time... don't think this is forever... it's just for right now. Find new habits around the times you associated with smoking... like after eating I'm going to stretch for 5 mins. Or go for a walk or go to the gym etc. You must replace habits with habits. "We are creatures of habit..." "We are what we do repeatedly...". - Make a list of what will happen if you start smoking again and nothing changes... then make a list if you're able to keep up this positive growth and stay smoke free -- what will happen then? Also, if you get a craving play it through in your head... this isn't just one cigarette you might have... it's the beginning of another pack or really a another carton of cigarettes... also the detriment to your health, sex and social life. Smoking sucks, literally. Buy some lozenges and be prepared to cough and know you just made the best decision of your life.
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Can it be football season yet?!?..

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 11:50 AM
 

You're a Clemson Man, you can do it! You CAN do it! Make Tigernet proud.

As others have said, it might help to take it one minute at a time. Can you resist for one minute? Try to string those minutes together.
Also try to look at it from the vantage point of future-you. Try to put yourself in the place of yourself one month from now and think about how proud you are going to be of yourself that you were able to quit. Try to let yourself from the future make the decision, not the you in the present.
Also, smoking feels good while your smoking that cig (and maybe a little while after), but being a Nonsmoker feels good feels good all day long every day. Keep telling yourself that.
Best of luck. You CAN do it, and you know it!

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Good Luck. This is one of the most important things...


Posted: May 10, 2017, 12:36 PM
 

...you will do in your life.

Once your body adjusts, you may even hate the smell of cigarettes and wonder why you waited so long to quit.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 12:41 PM
 

This sounds dumb but it really works. Buy some grapefruit juice. Every time you have a craving drink the grapefruit juice.

There is nothing about grapefruit juice that smoking goes with. Tea, Coke, Beer, Coffee....all those smoking goes with easily. Grapefruit is a different animal and it really really stops the craving.

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Good job


Posted: May 10, 2017, 12:43 PM
 

Have u tried breast feeding?

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 1:02 PM
 

Smoked a carton a week for 39 years. Quit 4 years ago. I used Chantix. It worked as well as advertised. It was a three month prescription but I only used the first month's worth. Feel like a new man now. Best of luck. I hope you are successful.

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Good for you. The cravings will diminish over time.


Posted: May 10, 2017, 1:38 PM
 

Just hang in there. I am a 11 days away from my first anniversary of quitting dipping for 30+ years. Tobacco ain't easy to quit but I am proud I've been free nearly a year. I used nicotine gum and patches and it helped. I have relatives who used chantix successfully. Cold turkey is difficult so if you need to try either of these options and figure out the one that works for you.

Good luck!

Go Tigers!!!

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Crack helps curb the cravings

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 1:46 PM
 

But then you are hooked on the rock.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 4:49 PM
 

Clemson Fan 3891, if you are a disciple of Jesus He will help you if you humbly pray to him for his help. I quit a 100 times and started back. Could not do it alone. With Gods help I never picked up another one.

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I played the game of saying this next pack is my


Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:48 PM
 

last for years. I thought it was mental tortue just thinking about quitting . Then 7 years ago I had an emergency 10 hour surgery to save my life . Stroke , dissected aorta , 4 more surgeries.... It wasn't hard to quit then .

Good luck to you and I'm pulling for you to quit. But just consider , if you keep on smoking, it will kill you .

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:57 PM
 

Good luck you can do it. But you have to really want to quit.I did it cold turkey and am very glad.Just take charge and don't give in. Stay away from those things that remind you it's time for a cigarette,like eating,a beer or what other things you do just before lighting up.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 8:58 PM
 

Good luck you can do it. But you have to really want to quit.I did it cold turkey and am very glad.Just take charge and don't give in. Stay away from those things that remind you it's time for a cigarette,like eating,a beer or what other things you do just before lighting up.

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I cut out smoking, I cut out drinking and I cut out drugs.

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Posted: May 10, 2017, 9:17 PM
 

Now I'm cutting out paper dolls.

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Re: Quiting smoking, "PLEASE GIVE CINNAMON STICKS A TRY!"


Posted: May 11, 2017, 12:39 AM
 

Try getting some Cigarette sized CINNAMON STICKS!!!!!!!!!!! I quit smoking about 4 years ago when my Wife got pregnant. A Lady told me to try these. It sounded crazy to me but I was having a very tough time quitting so I decided what the heck and gave them a go. You can buy them at most grocery stores and they cost next to nothing. They will look like a Small Cigar and feel like you have a cigarette in your mouth. You can pull on it like you are taking a drag. They have some natural ability to fight off the urges for smoking & nicotine while leaving you with a satisfied feeling and they're not addictive. Good luck and I hope this helps, it did for me.

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I am addicted to CVS nicotine lozenges


Posted: May 11, 2017, 12:44 AM
 

Well, I guess I'm addicted to nicotine in any form. I was a smiker for only a few years. Instead of cold turkey, I decided to ease on out with these things for a few months.

Five years later I eat 'em like candy. If I go off them for a day, I am a mean sonomabitch.

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I wouldn't recommend this, but for me

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Posted: May 11, 2017, 1:22 AM
 

I switched to dip for about 2 months until the "automatic light up" phases eased off. I smoked in my car which was an even harder habit to break cause I always wanted one when driving. Anyway, the dip cured the nicotine cravings obviously and I got to the point a couple of months down the road where I was gonna slip up and bummed a smoke off a friend and I couldn't even stand the smell of lighting it up. At that point, I switched to nicotine gum and a month later, switched to really strong minty gum and altoids. Been nicotine free for about a year now.

Having said all that, there will be those that will snub their nose at the smokeless tobacco route, but that's what worked for me in the long run. I tried quitting maybe a dozen times before with not even a trace of luck, usually going back to smoking in 2-3 days. You have to find your own routine.

Good luck.

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Posted: May 11, 2017, 3:06 PM
 

he said he quit by using peppermints. He had already quit smoking before I knew him, but man, did he love peppermints!

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Posted: May 11, 2017, 7:01 PM
 

Try a product called "Grinds"
https://getgrinds.com/

Its coffee grinds in a pouch (kind like dipping tobacco). You get caffeine which some find help replace the urge for cigarettes. Grinds has no nicotine. Its worth a try.

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