Cutting down on smoking?

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Is there someone else in your life you care about you could quit in tandem with? I knocked it on the head cold turkey nearly six years ago, and the only way I got through the first few weeks is because my girlfriend was doing it at the same time. It wasn't so much the solidarity as the guilt at the thought that if I caved she would too, and it was the same for her.

Definitely quit, I'm so pleased to be free of it.

chap, Monday, 9 November 2020 11:27 (two months ago) link

Good q! I think definitely the hardest thing is being in a social situation where other people are smoking. Like fuck. One of my friends has been trying to ween himself off so worth a conversation at least.
no smokes last night and weirdly this morning zero urge. I know better than to get ahead of myself though. Will preemptively try a mint this evening....

surm, Monday, 9 November 2020 12:21 (two months ago) link

Oddly, in the early stages of withdrawl I started taking a lot of baths, up to three a day! I suppose I was trying to replicate the 'time out' element of having a cigarette.

chap, Monday, 9 November 2020 13:29 (two months ago) link

Readers of the Carr book were like a little cult group in an office i worked in back in the day; everyone absolutely swore by it.

piscesx, Monday, 9 November 2020 13:36 (two months ago) link

It is a good book.

I think one reason it 'works' so well is that once you're at the point where you're reading a book about quitting smoking, you're really ready to quit.

My experiences mirror those above, though after a few months the urges/cravings really went away completely. I do vape weed every so often, but that hasn't led to any desire for nicotine. I guess because they occupy such different parts of my routine.

The little 'gifts' to yourself of a cigarette throughout the day ARE really nice - to suddenly not have them is a kind of bereft feeling. I probably have compensated a little with running and coffee. But I feel pretty good about those habits :)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 9 November 2020 13:57 (two months ago) link

These days I only light one up when I'm drinking, which doesn't happen very often anymore, so I figure I can afford to indulge in a bit of rule-bending every now and then. I haven't felt the urge to smoke on a daily basis in years, thankfully – it just makes me feel ill.

pomenitul, Monday, 9 November 2020 14:02 (two months ago) link

I am basically a 20 a day smoker, and I really desperately need to cut down. The thing is that I don't particularly want to quit. I enjoy most of the cigarettes I have, I love smoking while wasted and it gives my nervous hands and mouth something to do when talking to people. But I'd like to have a pack of tobacco last over a week. I'd like to be able to go to bed and not start jonesing for a cigarette. I'd like to not lose my breath after walking up a hill.

Vaping was probably better for me, but it didn't help me cut down on my nicotine intake, I just had it constantly next to me. And all resources seem aimed at quitting, not reduction.

emil.y, Friday, 20 November 2020 17:44 (two months ago) link

I lucked out with quitting because I didnt start thinking about it until I realized that I gotten to a point where I actively hated smoking, which made it easier than it would have been otherwise.

My partner smoked more than me, 30 or more a day, and quit using that Chantix prescription pill. I was skeptical but at least for her, it worked like magic, her cravings went away in a matter of weeks, and its been 4 or 5 years now of smooth sailing.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 20 November 2020 18:22 (two months ago) link

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