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Quit 115 days ago
I quit smoking cigarettes and changed to vape and then I gradually lowered and cut the nicotine out and vaped menthol to trick myself into feeling like I was getting something, but still I had the occasional craving for nicotine. Then I replaced vaping with smoking marijuana. But now I have to quit smoking pot. 
I'm addicted to the feeling of inhaling smoke or vapour and because it relaxes me physically and mentally when I'm stressed or angry or anxious. And It gave me a reason to be outside because I love to be outside. So the challenge is to find out what I can do ontop of exercise, being outside, being positive and eating healthy to reduce the anxiety and going out of my skin cravings for smoke.
Last reply: June 30 @ 1:57 pm
  • QuitCoach Ken
    Quit 14,454 days ago
    June 29 @ 3:45 pm
    Actually would it surprise you to learn that nicotine in any form is a stimulate and cannot make you relaxed you because it gives you a boost. These are two opposite reactions so it cannot do both for you. The reason people thinks it relaxes them is because it makes the cravings go away. But not only does it  relax the cravings it also feeds the cravings at the same time so the craving comes back sooner than later. So the boost increases or heightens  your stress and anxiety and becomes a viscous circle which builds a greater dependency .  Find what gives you the dopamine rush but also calms you down at the same time like exercising,  vigorous walks or listening to music. Reducing the cravings means not smoking  a few hard days but soon it will get better. Lets reason together and find a plan that will work for you give the coaches a call at 1-877-455-2233
    • L
      Quit 115 days ago
      June 29 @ 8:48 pm
      Thanks, I will call a coach but I've been off nicotine for 3 months, as marijuana doesnt have nicotine. it's the feeling of the smoke in my throat and lungs thats relaxing and I think I'm addicted to.
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,588 days ago
    June 29 @ 3:54 pm
    Lonny, your best bet is to speak to your doctor about prescriptions that may work or talk to your pharmacist about nicotine replacement products that are free if you are a B.C. Resident and have a B.C. Medical card.  You can also call the coaches for info on vaping at 1-877-455-2233, it’s free and very confidential 👏👍🙋‍♀️😷
    • L
      Quit 115 days ago
      June 29 @ 8:52 pm
      Thanks for the reply. I havnt smoked nicotine in 3 months, so starting a daily prescription or daily nic replacement therapy would just get me heavily addicted to nicotine again. I'll have to call a coach.
      • GregD
        Quit 257 days ago
        June 30 @ 1:57 pm
        Good going Lonny, 102 days nicotine free is fantastic!