I just started taking a Nicotine patch and i've managed to go through the day with out a cig however it's seriously hard. I'm wondering if i can take off the patch and just smoke one stick and then put the patch back on when i am done. I'm going to make sure this is not habitual but maybe it would be easier if i also lower my cig count along with using the patch.
Stopping smoking IS seriously hard! No doubt about it! There is no easy way to do it but I will tell you, if you give into a craving and smoke, you pretty much negate everything and start right back at the beginning with cravings. When I quit (a pack per day smoker for about 10 years), it took about 4 weeks for the cravings to become manageable. It drove me nearly crazy at first. I practically had to sit on my hands to keep from smoking. A craving is the strongest for about 15 minutes, so it is best to try to keep busy during this time. Chewing regular sugarless chewing gum helped me. After the first few weeks, it became easier to override a craving and one day I realized that other peoples smoke bothered me rather than make me light up myself. I knew at that point that I could do this. You have to really WANT to do it and it takes a considerable amount of will power. Have you looked into Chantix? With Chantix, you can still smoke. It is supposed to help with the cravings but you need to pick a quit date and you can begin to cut back up until your quit date. There is no easy way to quit. Drugs like Chantix, Wellbutrin and nicotine replacements are only tools, the will comes from you! Some people find that E-cigs help because they can reduce the amount of nicotine in the cartridge until they are nicotine free and it has the "feel" and taste of smoking. You can do this! If I did it, anyone can because I dont have the strongest of wills! lol You just have to make up your mind and stick to it. Best of Luck! It can also help to enlist the help of something like Ashline so you have some counselling to help you with tips about getting past cravings. I havent smoked in over 25 years now.
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