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I debated on whether to ask this or not but then figured it is saving money if I quit smokiing. So here goes. Does anyone have any tips on making this easier? Thanks

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    I debated on whether to ask this or not but then figured it is saving money if I quit smokiing. So here goes. Does anyone have any tips on making this easier? Thanks
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    I have friends that have quit using the patches (Nicoderm, Walmart brand is cheaper). I tried them but was allergic to the tape. It is not easy to quit. No matter what you do it will be hard. Good luck.

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    I have no advice have tried many times and methods and so far none have worked Good luck!

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    Thanks guys, I was afraid there might not be much out there. I do have some samples for the gum, I am going to try those. The gum though is almost more expensive than smoking (for the time you need to use it).
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    OK here is my input. I have tried everything patch, pill, gum, Committ, for me they do not work, they make me feel sick and are very spendy.

    What has worked for me (at least to cut down drastically) is this, I think it is kinda gross, but it works.

    I do not by cigs during the week, instead I bought a pipe and some tabacco. When I feel like a drag, I use this (taking a few drags off a cig does not work, normally smoke the whole thing before I know it). Puts a little nicotine in my system, takes care of the inhale habit. In addition, I would not do this out in public, hence I do not smoke outside of the home. I am cutting back alot and saving money, eventually I will not do the pipe thing any longer.

    I do buy 1 pack on the weekend (need it with my beer for now). It is kinda a treat for not smoking a cig during the week. But really, I do not enjoy a full cig anymore, a small pipe hit here and there is just fine.

    I use to smoke 2+ packs of Marlboro Red's per day. My throat hurts now after a few cigs on the weekend. This seems to work for me and it is much cheaper than the pills, gum and meds, even cigs. Bulk tabacco is very cheap.

    Hope that helps.
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    I don't believe there is an "easier" way to quit. I am getting a prescription from my DR. for Chantix. I know people who have used it, and it works. Of course, like all medications, its not recommened for everyone, and there are side effects, which you "may" or may not have. I am willing to take the risk. And if I am not mistaken, most insurances will pay for it. I can't even believe I EVER started smoking again. I hadn't smoked in nearly 15yrs. Went through a messy divorce with a man I had been married to for 25 years. I met my present husband, who was at the time a long haul truck driver, and if any of you know a truck driver personally, most "chain smoke", just for the express purpose of staying alert, and having something to occupy their time. My husband "chain" lit cigarettes, and what I mean by that is this, he would light one right after the other, hold them, maybe take one.. or two puffs, all the while, holding it. After that one burned out, he would light another. He was always good about opening windows, but unfortunetly, as you smokers know, that really doesn't help much. I quickly became again addicted to tobacco. So, here I am, a smoker again, after all that time. I AM QUITTING!!! And this time, for good. I HATE IT. Thanks for listening to me rant.

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    I wish I could tell you it will be easy. If you are a hardcore addict, go to your family doctor and get a script for chavtix or zoloft or wellbutrin. Discuss using combinations of gum, patch, and script with him. I needed all three. It's not the nicotine-you clear that out in a week. It's the physcological need or crutch that's a b*tch(pardon language) Use suarfree gum(my crutch), lolli pops, mints, hard candy-anything to replace that need to have something in your hands/mouth. Start a big project that occupies your hands and mind. Realize that, at first you'll stumble and light up-get right back up and don't "give up"

    My heart and prayers are with you. I know what a fight it is. Been there-done that.

    Smoke free come Jan. 16th for 3 years.

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    I am getting a prescription from my DR. for Chantix. I know people who have used it, and it works. Of course, like all medications, its not recommened for everyone, and there are side effects, which you "may" or may not have. I am willing to take the risk.
    Chantix does work and is covered by prescription plus coupons on their support site-have to have a prescription to get it.

    WARNING: Chantix does have side effects for some people, myself being one. I tried and for the first month it worked like a charm-no desire to smoke period. The second month I had to quit using it. For no reason at all I would just start screaming at the kids, throwing things, and just uncontrollably angry with life in general. The medicine does alter your way of thinking. I couldn't help it. One part of me could see something was wrong, my family just chalked it up to quitting smoking. But I would blow up just because one of the boys would say "I don't like dinner". After I stopped taking the medicine-quit the minute I was able to realize it was the medicine, I stopped being angry. Some folks have even become suicidal by using the medicine.

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    Thanks, I wish I could use gum, unfortunetly with the material that my dentures are made of, it is impossible to chew any kind of gum, sticks to them and hardens like cement. Kim, sounds like you had a rough time of it, Im so very sorry. And I do know the side effects, fortunetly, I have a hubby that will keep a close eye on me, and flag me if anything turns sour. I can't walk acrossed the room without him watching to see if I am in pain and need my meds...LOL.. Sometimes a blessing and sometimes a nuisance.( spelling?) LOL.. He's a sweetie thats for sure.. but...... lol... I believe that if I can give them up for one month, I will have it made. I successfully quit one time not too long ago.. on my own, for a solid week, then went back on the truck with hubby... and well.. you know how that goes. Thanks for all the input and concern.

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    Kim, I had a simular reaction to Chantix. I am currently going to a Freedom from Smoking thing (free) at our local hospital. I have not put the cigs. down yet and have tried everything on the market. I liked jkpjohnson's idea...I might try that.

    Mdowdy, if you need a quiting buddy I will be there!

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    Also, You might want to check with your health insurance. I use to have Medica and they had a program to quit smoking, you had to talk with them on the phone 1-2 times a month, but they gave you (patches, gum, committ) for several months for free. You could do this every year. It's not like they advertise it, but maybe if you call.

    The Chantix comments, I agree. Mike quit for 1 month (but was a REAL bear) very moody. I tried it 2 x's and would throw up within 1/2 hr of taking it everytime. The patch gives me very vivid dreams (even the starter doseage) and I have a hard enough time sleeping, do not need to wake up because of a dream. So it is drug free for me, in addition, I made Mike keep his cigs in a differant room, so he would have to get up and go get one if he wanted one (makes him think about it twice, before lighting up). I do not think he should smoke outside, it is his home as well as mine. But he has cut down to @ 1 pack a day.
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    Thanks for the ideas, I will let you know how it goes
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