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Tips for quitting smoking

GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands ModeratorPosts: 3,647 mod
I have a friend who is trying to quit smoking at the moment, and he has asked me for some tips. I know that this forum is great for getting advice, so I thought that I would come on here and ask you!

My personal best tip is to make sure that everybody knows what you are trying to do - because then they won't always be trying to offer you cigarettes and putting you under pressure to take one.

What about you? What would you say was the best tip for smoking cessation?

Comments

  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,519 mod
    The estate agent I'm dealing with at the moment is using an e-cigarette to wean himself off real cigarettes. He managed to give up for a few years before but went back to smoking again.

    One friend who used to be quite a moderate smoker suddenly stopped after a doctor worried him that his health would be badly affected. He lives life, so decided smoking wasn't worth it.

    I think if you are convinced enough that you don't want to continue, no one will be able to change your view or tempt you to go back to it.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod
    mheredge said:

    The estate agent I'm dealing with at the moment is using an e-cigarette to wean himself off real cigarettes. He managed to give up for a few years before but went back to smoking again.



    One friend who used to be quite a moderate smoker suddenly stopped after a doctor worried him that his health would be badly affected. He lives life, so decided smoking wasn't worth it.



    I think if you are convinced enough that you don't want to continue, no one will be able to change your view or tempt you to go back to it.

    I think eCigarettes are a great invention, as it can help people to reduce their nicotine slowly, so this is certainly something that I will be suggesting to my friend.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 184 ✭✭
    There's a method for strong-willed people. Get many cigarettes, sit down and smoke continuously, one cigarette after another, until you start vomitting. The sickness will build a disgust for tobacco which will help to quit. I've never tried this, though.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,519 mod
    There are other health risks with e-cigarettes @GemmaRowlands but I think probably they are not as bad as smoking.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod
    mheredge said:

    There are other health risks with e-cigarettes @GemmaRowlands but I think probably they are not as bad as smoking.

    And I think that more health risks will come to light in the future, too, but at the moment nobody is really quite sure about all of the risks!
  • LeoManeLeoMane Posts: 5
    Also a good reason to quit smoking is you can save a lot of money!!! It's my case..you can easily convert in your mind the cost of a pack into something else (more satisfactory) you could buy!
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,668 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2016
    @LeoMane yes it is but people who want to quit need to some money on rehabilitation if they are regular smokers.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod
    LeoMane said:

    Also a good reason to quit smoking is you can save a lot of money!!! It's my case..you can easily convert in your mind the cost of a pack into something else (more satisfactory) you could buy!

    Yes, you can certainly save an awful lot of money. It could be used for many other things that you would get more enjoyment from in the long term.
  • akrambougerakrambouger Posts: 11 ✭✭
    Sorry for not giving a usefull tip because I am not a smoker but I have a question in my mind: why it's hard to stop smoking? Is it similar to any important decision we can make in life?
    - "I will no more put a cigarette in my mouth! " and that's all?
  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 317 ✭✭✭
    @akrambouger
    Because smoking is the most important thing for smokers' life. In fact, they feel as if smoking is life itself.
    They don't smoke during a break in activities. They do activities during a break in smoking.
    They eat because it makes smoking more pleasant. They work because otherwise they could not take smoke breaks.
    So if they quit smoking, they would not find out why they eat, work, or do any other things.
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Teacher Posts: 1,991 mod
    I used gum to help me when I gave up. I'm sure if I was doing it now I would use e-cigs

    @Yellowtail - I'm not sure it's actually that bad! :D It's definitely being addicted to the nicotine. Other drugs can affect you in that way, becoming the reason for life.

    @akrambouger - You have great will power!
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod

    Sorry for not giving a usefull tip because I am not a smoker but I have a question in my mind: why it's hard to stop smoking? Is it similar to any important decision we can make in life?

    - "I will no more put a cigarette in my mouth! " and that's all?

    It is because there is an addictive drug, nicotine, in cigarettes, and we crave it if we try to stop. So it can be very difficult indeed.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,519 mod
    The problem is e-cigarettes are reckoned to have other not so nice side affects @amatsuscribbler.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 3,647 mod
    mheredge said:

    The problem is e-cigarettes are reckoned to have other not so nice side affects @amatsuscribbler.

    This is true. But in a way I still think they're better than the side effects you would have had from regular cigarettes.
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