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Quit 99 days ago
2 days, 6 hours and 28 minutes since my last smoke... this is my first attempt at quitting, ever. So far cold turkey has been ok - has anyone else gone cold turkey and have any tips or experiences to share? Any pros or cons vs. the other methods? TIA!
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,288 days ago
    June 13 @ 5:46 am
    tree92,  congratulations on making your decision to quit and welcome to the forum.  Cold turkey is very difficult but I think the best way to stay quit.  Although in saying that you may need a little help along the way.  This is where nicotine replacement products come into the picture.  For those cravings that are too much to bear a lozenge or other product can be a godsend especially during the first month or so.  So if you find yourself this way inclined there's nothing wrong with using something to help.  I used these products for a week or two, then went cold turkey.  Believe me it really helped.  You do what's right for you and you decide for yourself if you want to go this route.  In the meantime, drink plenty of water, distract by keeping busy doing crosswords, puzzles of any kind, cleaning or just basic things that will keep your mind and hands off cigarettes.  Exercise by going for long walks during the day and repeat a mantra to yourself several times a day such as NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) For relaxation and cravings, take deep breaths, count to five and exhale or try yoga or meditation.  Try also to eat nutritiously when you need a snack, try fruit, veggies, nuts of any kind, sunflower or pumpkin seeds.  Rest by having a nap if you feel tired as quitting is hard work and keep a journal of the difficulties you may have during the day so that you don't repeat the same mistakes over and over again.  Last but not least give the quit coaches a call for support and encouragement at 1-877-455-2233.  This call and service is free.  Keep us posted and we'll be happy to help as well.  Hugs, Lucille.
    • tree92
      Quit 99 days ago
      June 13 @ 10:42 am
      Hi Lucille!
      Thank you for the much needed encouragement! It is has been hard, but I have not yet wavered. When I start to experience a craving, I simply think to myself "you don't smoke anymore" or "you've already come this far" ... and it has helped a lot. I have been lucky, as since I quit 3 days ago, I have been very busy both at work and at home - but this makes me nervous for when things slow down. Also, a HUGE trigger that I've come to realize is taking my dog outside to go to the bathroom... how weird right? I would take her out, sit down and have a smoke while she did her thing... now I get anxious thinking about the next time she'll need to go outside. Anyways... I know I've got this, I just know it. Thank you for your reply - I will keep in touch throughout my journey! :)