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So its that time AGAIN that I have to try to quit smoking...just found out I have my first kid on the way

I took Chantix for about 6 months before and I did quit at that time but felt sick all the time from the drug..so I stop taking it and I went back to smoking 3 months later after I was laid up for a little while with a broken foot.

I did the patches 6-7 times over the course of 3-4 year and it never stuck...plus was expensive

Looking into trying Zyban...anyone have any experience with it?

Going to talk to the DR about it next week.

I know it is mostly a mental game and I have to be ready to quit, and with the news of my first child on the way I am ready but know myself where I just can't do it cold.

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Tried this but my issue with gum is I chewed it for a min and spit it out...never been a gum person. I can't understand chewing something and not swallowing it like regular food..... just don't get the point of it

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Like you I tried all the patches, gums, e-cigs, etc. but the only thing that worked for me is literally running away from it. A complete change in lifestyle and diet puts you in a different mindset which is required for true change. All of those aids are just that, aids. They aid you in completing your new mindset but they don't help you quit. Only you can make the decision to turn it all around so get out there and do something that will make you regret smoking again when you see the progress you've made in your life.
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Like you I tried all the patches, gums, e-cigs, etc. but the only thing that worked for me is literally running away from it. A complete change in lifestyle and diet puts you in a different mindset which is required for true change. All of those aids are just that, aids. They aid you in completing your new mindset but they don't help you quit. Only you can make the decision to turn it all around so get out there and do something that will make you regret smoking again when you see the progress you've made in your life.
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Like you I tried all the patches, gums, e-cigs, etc. but the only thing that worked for me is literally running away from it. A complete change in lifestyle and diet puts you in a different mindset which is required for true change. All of those aids are just that, aids. They aid you in completing your new mindset but they don't help you quit. Only you can make the decision to turn it all around so get out there and do something that will make you regret smoking again when you see the progress you've made in your life.
This.

I tried hypnosis, but it's just common sense stuff.

A person I know succeeded with laser treatment. Worth a shot.

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Seriously, just quit. Period. No gums, no patches, no winding down. Just do it. The last time I smoked was almost 10 years ago...downed a pack in about 3 hours at Kingston Mines and said that's it, no more.

It's tough, but you just have to be honest with yourself...do you really want to quit, or do you want to pretend to "try" and quit for a few months and waste a bunch of money on overpriced products that convince you they're necessary?


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Seriously, just quit. Period. No gums, no patches, no winding down. Just do it. The last time I smoked was almost 10 years ago...downed a pack in about 3 hours at Kingston Mines and said that's it, no more.

It's tough, but you just have to be honest with yourself...do you really want to quit, or do you want to pretend to "try" and quit for a few months and waste a bunch of money on overpriced products that convince you they're necessary?

Gotcha but tried that numerous times already...don't have the will power I guess

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Yep, definitely easier said than done. The way I see it though, the other methods don't do much but help you build up that will power. In the end, you have to simply quit smoking. Best of luck!

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Cerk is right... Just quitting cold turkey is key.... It's been 3 year, for me.
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Yep, definitely easier said than done. The way I see it though, the other methods don't do much but help you build up that will power. In the end, you have to simply quit smoking. Best of luck!
Just using it as a crutch to assist while changing my lifestyle...seemed to help before except for the bad side effects...hoping the other pill won't have those

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honestly....

start paying those around you. the people you normally smoked with. Buy them lunch instead of patches. etc.

Make them yell at you and call you a dingleberry that shouldn't be smoking.

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Zyban gave me insomnia and had funky dreams when actually fell asleep.

Good luck with your efforts.

I am sure you heard all the stuff already, but the key is will power. Don't change your activities too much. For example, if you go for a smoke break during work, still go out, but take a walk around the block and sing to yourself. Stuff like that.

You don't live too far, so if you want, I can give you a hypnosis CD I got from a hypnotist.

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Zyban gave me insomnia and had funky dreams when actually fell asleep.

Good luck with your efforts.

I am sure you heard all the stuff already, but the key is will power. Don't change your activities too much. For example, if you go for a smoke break during work, still go out, but take a walk around the block and sing to yourself. Stuff like that.

You don't live too far, so if you want, I can give you a hypnosis CD I got from a hypnotist.
So what was your outcome with zyban? Chantix gave me those dreams also...never had dreams so freaking real! Crazy shit.

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I tried zyban 10 years ago or so for 3 months, started smoking after stopped taking the med.

7 years ago I made a bet with my wife that if I quit smoking, I get a bike and she was foolish enough not to believe me

I still have a bike and the deal is if I start smoking, I get rid of the bike

my wife told me many times since then that she is fine with me riding and I would get to keep the bike anyway, but now it's a deal I have with myself

I used patches for 3 weeks, then got hammered in the bar with smoking friends and did not light up, so I stopped patches and never smoked a cigarette since then. Occasional cigar is fine
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I tried zyban 10 years ago or so for 3 months, started smoking after stopped taking the med.

7 years ago I made a bet with my wife that if I quit smoking, I get a bike and she was foolish enough not to believe me

I still have a bike and the deal is if I start smoking, I get rid of the bike

my wife told me many times since then that she is fine with me riding and I would get to keep the bike anyway, but now it's a deal I have with myself

I used patches for 3 weeks, then got hammered in the bar with smoking friends and did not light up, so I stopped patches and never smoked a cigarette since then. Occasional cigar is fine
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I was a pack a day smoker and quit 19 days ago cold turkey.
I've been smoking since I was 14-15 and I'm 32 now. I think for one to really quit. They have to "REALLY" want too, for no1 but themselves.

Everytime I want a cigarette I chew gum, or do some pushups, or snack on something healthy, run, .....anything to get my mind off the cig itself.
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I was a pack a day smoker and quit 19 days ago cold turkey.
I've been smoking since I was 14-15 and I'm 32 now. I think for one to really quit. They have to "REALLY" want too, for no1 but themselves.

Everytime I want a cigarette I chew gum, or do some pushups, or snack on something healthy, run, .....anything to get my mind off the cig itself.

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why would I go back to something I already made a concious choice and commitment to quit doing?

Seems counter productive. I dunno, maybe I'm just not weak or simple minded I guess.
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why would I go back to something I already made a concious choice and commitment to quit doing?

Seems counter productive. I dunno, maybe I'm just not weak or simple minded I guess.
Like I said good luck...no harm just wishing you well.

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Like I said good luck...no harm just wishing you well.

Most people can't quit the first time...Check back in 90 days
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My saga of quitting smoking is very long. It usually is for everyone because it's such a personal thing that is so different for everybody. When I finally had a scare that cigarettes were destroying me I quit...but it took me about 7 years and watching my folks die of lung cancer and emphysema. Patches help me a little but ultimately it's incentive that bolsters your resolve. For me it was my health and as I struggled my brother kept telling me "you can do anything for a day!"...I got through 10 days without cigarettes and realized I could live without them. You've already done that, now you have to convince yourself.
Here's a little more incentive...You won't stink...your clothes won't reek...the cough will eventually go away and you'll start to notice being able to do things without huffing and puffing...You'll have a noticable bit of extra cash availble in your pocket...you won't have to keep track of your cigarettes like dragging a ball & chain around with you...you won't always be searching for a light!...The list goes on...If I can quit smoking anyone can.......................Believe me!...Good Luck!

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