Cutting down on smoking?

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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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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