I hope I don't offend anyone here by choosing my OWN comment here as "Best Answer"!
Truth is, I just want to thank you ALL for your wonderful, helpful (and amusing) tips! The only way I can do that is by having this message on the top of the page.
You ALL should have had the "Best Answer" position, so - fortunately - I've also been spared making an impossible choice! :-) Thanks again.
My dad decided to switch from cigarettes to a pipe after 50 years smoking. He had the pipe, the tobacco, the lighter, the tamp, and told Mom, "That's too much trouble." He quit cold turkey. Mom said he was really hard to live with for about three to four days while he got the nicotine out of his system. He stayed quit, too, for the rest of his life.
Peer pressure is what got me started at 12. After 4 yrs I stopped, cold turkey. Then I started again when I was 22 for maybe 10 years, then again I quit cold turkey. After I moved down here to AZ once I was at work, I started up again in 2000 but have quit as of last Oct. 30, 2010. Once again I did it cold turkey, only this time I plan on staying smoke free. I seriously can not afford the price now! Good Luck MZ!
I quit 'Cold Turkey'....and unfortunately, mz, I don't believe there is an easy way.
I also started smoking at the ripe old age of about 12 years and smoked for about 20. One Friday I came home from work feeling lousy and had the flu for the entire weekend. When I got to work Monday AM, I reached for a cigarette and realized that I already had 3 days nicotine free under my belt, so I decided to take advantage of the 'running start' and just DO IT! Thankfully, I was successful. By the way, I had childhood Asthma, my brother developed Lung Cancer later in life and my father suffered from Emphysema. So it seems to be the best move I ever made, with regard to my health.
I tried quitting once, a friend of mine dragged me to one of those ( quitting clinics ) where they wire your head with some low voltage, then slap a Nicoline patch on your shoulder and send you home !!
didn't work for me.... two days later, I found out that smoking a cigarette with the patch will give me extra comfort :)
I added the gum later to the group :)
my point is ( it's all about determination ) I hope you have it !!
mzrpl, I started smoking at the same stupid age for the cool, stupid reason. Ten years later I decided to quit because cigarettes were just about to cost a dollar. At the time, I was a poor starving college student and I finally decided to quit instead of wasting a whole dollar a day just to kill myself sooner (I can't believe they cost about $7.00 a pack now!). The way I quit was going to the library to study (where no smoking was allowed) and popped tic-tacs in my mouth everytime I had the urge. I fell of the wagon a few times back then, but I haven't touched one for over 25 years. Maybe chew gum. You can't really smoke and chew something at the same time. It will keep your mouth occupied and not make you fat.
The "Smart Way" is to just quit. The "Stupid Way" is to keep putting it off (like I did for many years), until it becomes obvious that you are slowly killing yourself. Then you can choose to become "Smart" and hopefully live a lot longer, or remain "Stupid" and continue to kill yourself. Ain't easy, but I do feel one hell of a lot better now than I did 7 years ago.
mzrpl, I really hope all the advice you're getting here from your friends help you kick that unhealthy, expensive, nasty and difficult habit.to break so we could get lots of more questions and answers from you in the future. Good luck. We're all rooting for you.
Well, I'm kind of a wimpy quitter....I smoked cigarettes for 17 years, then I got pregnant with the KID and really, REALLY wanted to quit. It was hard but I did it....then after about another year I was tired of being fat, etc. etc...so I thought I'd just have one or two now and then...yeah, right! I was right back at it in NO time. So, that time when I quit, I needed help...I chose the Skoal cinnamon "bandits" (they don't make them anymore) I could put one of them in my mouth and get the nicotine...also, I bought "tip" cigars (I like the Swisher Sweets) I would take the tip off and have it to suck/chew on...In other words ....there is NO easy way....Good LUCK!