It’s been 6 months since I’ve last had a cigarette. The process was pretty seem-less, with no cravings. However, this past has been especially difficult. My sister came to visit and she’s a smoker, she really needed a cigarette while driving, now since I caught whiff of the smoke, this past week has been my worst with cravings. Tips to cope, so far— I chew gum to help.

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I quit drinking/drugs a decade ago and can count on one hand the number of times I actually had a real craving. I quit vaping in March sometimes it’s still a daily struggle with cravings, though things seem to get better with time. So I definitely feel you on how hard it’s been. I still keep reaching for a vape that isn’t there so I try to keep my hands busy. I personally use “bubble popper” stress toys which feel great in my hands. And I say the serenity prayer a LOT.

6 months is amazing. You’re doing great so just keep taking it one day at a time.

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Serenity prayers 🙏

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Took me years to get over the cravings especially when I drank. Just had to deal with it, gum is good. Feel a million times better than when I smoked.

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Pledge infront of God if you are one who believes in religion existence ...
A motivator statement to remember during craving , it was me only who won this in much worst situation then this, current is much smaller situation then earlier..
Rajiv Dixit told one excercise to do half anulom and vilom using single nostril i forgot which one search video and i believe excercise can help during craving times ....

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You know, I had a friend tell me once that he hated being a smoker, but he sure did miss smoking. That hit home for me because I think about a cigarette most days. It's been more than 10 years, but my brain is still looking for a way to feel different. I know that drugs and alcohol are going to have some serious consequences in my life, but that a cigarette here and there may not. Those have long-term consequences, and for whatever reason, my brain just doesn't register those as real. Chapstick helped me a lot. Hard candy and gum help, but it's got to be something good. I need a spicy gum or a really good hard candy. I'm pretty sure jolly ranchers are more responsible for me quitting smoking than most other things. Surround yourself with other people who have quit! Good luck!

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I found quitting tobacco much different than quitting alcohol. I could use my will power to help me not use tobacco like I would any other healthy habit.

With alcohol I can not rely on will power. I am an alcoholic as described in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and am powerless over alcohol. If I believe my ego that I can control my drinking, I am very close to another blackout.

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Tobacco is hard. I quit smoking, but dipped Copenhagen for a long time. Finally quit the Copenhagen.

Why did you quit? I quit Copenhagen because my gums were receding (surprised my front teeth is still intact), my lip got huge lumps in it, and I was likely fairly close to mouth cancer. That was enough motivation to me. I would get really clear on why you quit. That might be all the motivation you need.

B/c I don’t like anything having that much power over me. My building premises is smoke free, so I’d look for reasons to leave and then felt guilty when I’d return smelling like cigarettes because majority of this area is smoke free. Thus, I had to drive around to find somewhere where no one was, to smoke with my windows up. My hands would shake until I finally got my nicotine. Seemed like too much work and power over my psyche plus my hair was drying out and finally just because I made a promise to just stop. Which I did, I stopped one day but this week has been the worst with cravings.

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