How did you quit smoking cold turkey?

Associate 3 in PE - LBOs

As the topic title implies, curious to hear of ppl's
Experiences. How did you manage? How long had you smoked? How did you get through the withdrawal symptoms? Doing this in context of covid19 so remember there aren't gyms I can access or friends I can hang out with. Thanx

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Mar 22, 2020

The advice you don't want to hear: Just do it. Anytime you buy a pack you throw it into the garbage. Pour some water or milk on it so you can't even fish it out later. Just don't buy it.

It's all about how you talk to yourself. Parenting yourself by saying, "No! No cigarettes for you. They're bad" is usually not that effective. Changing your inner dialogue to, "I love you too much to let you ruin your health." Helps a lot. It makes you address yourself as someone to be loved and as a human.

Decide to do this today. There are always these amazing goals and dreams, but starting tomorrow means they will always start tomorrow.

Edit: I quit smoking cold turkey using that inner dialogue change. Haven't smoked in 4 years but still get cravings when I'm very stressed. But that's why addressing that inner dialogue is so important.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Mar 22, 2020

i started cross-fit. made me quit in less than a month because I wanted to up my running game. but I suggest the book 'the craving mind'

Mar 22, 2020

Seconding what Malta Monkey said. I smoked for 3+ years after moving to Michigan for some of my college. Put it into a time/cost perspective - on average you pay 7-14 bucks a pack depending on state. 10 or so minutes per cig X 20 a pack.

What could you be doing with that time and money?

Also, how many wealthy/happy people do you know who smoke regularly.

Quit now. Suffer the pain of discipline now or suffer the pain of regret (or failing health).

  • Associate 3 in PE - LBOs
Mar 22, 2020

Winston Churchill was a heavy smoker lol

Mar 23, 2020
Associate 3 in PE - LBOs:

Winston Churchill was a heavy smoker lol

And he had multiple strokes and died from one.

"Smoking makes you twice as likely to die if you have a stroke, and the more you smoke, the greater your risk of stroke."

Maybe not the best example.

Mar 23, 2020

I've never bought a pack of cigarettes except for once in Moscow because I felt so obliged. At bars, I'll still bum a heater. If a friend's got a JUUL, maybe I'll take two drags for a head buzz. Every now and then (probably once every other month), I'll buy a cigar to gnaw on with a glass of whiskey. I'm totally comfortable with the level of risk I am taking on and have no plans to outright "quit" nicotine and if you're in a similar boat, you shouldn't be so hard on yourself.

  • Associate 3 in PE - LBOs
Mar 23, 2020

Can you drink without any cigarette or juul?

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Mar 23, 2020

You stop smoking, is this a trick question?

Mar 23, 2020

It's definitely not as easy as you think. I used to smoke marijuana cigars (blunts) and then I stopped. I moved to cigars for the nicotine head rush. It is not a battle to combat with a replacement but you replace the cravings. I don't smoke anymore. If you can't work out at the gym, get a set of weights and go running. Start eating healthy and get proper sleep after drinking a lot of water. Alcohol withdrawal cold turkey will kill you but cigarette smoking cold turkey won't. Also, in the long run, the last thing you need is a lung transplant and I am sure you want a nice healthy smile. :) Also girls, don't like being around guys like cigarettes. Slowly start implementing the process.

"It's okay, I'll see you on the other side"

Mar 23, 2020

I smoked a pack a day for 4-5 years and quit cold turkey. You ween down to 1-2 cigs per day, then you stop entirely and you get withdrawals for 2-4 weeks and then it's over. You just stop smoking, what else is there?

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Mar 23, 2020

Here's how I quit - I woke up super super hungover and reeked of cigarette smoke and vodka. The hangover + smell of smokey clothes was enough to turn me off of the damn things.

After that hangover just the smell of cig smoke alone became enough to make the hangover nausea come back. It was a great deterrent.

I've seen people successfully switch from smoking to JUUL/Vapes too. Throw hate if you want but it's way better than smoking. Even though you're still getting nicotine it's (probably?) better for your health, AND you wont be the smokey smelling guy in the office.

Granted, I do miss the camaraderie of smoke circles and have made some great friends during smoke breaks but it's not worth all the downsides.

"Out the garage is how you end up in charge
It's how you end up in penthouses, end up in cars, it's how you
Start off a curb servin', end up a boss"

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Mar 23, 2020

I don't agree about smoking JUUL but it is a lot healthier than smoking cigarettes because all of those chemicals in tobacco. I would recommend quitting smoking everything as a whole.

"It's okay, I'll see you on the other side"

  • Prospect in Other
Mar 23, 2020

Place a picture of someone you love on your last cigarette box and on your desk. Each time you're tempted to buy a pack, buy a share instead. Remind yourself that you do your job in part because of the possibility of living a fuller life with those whom you love, and that cigarettes will in high likelihood leave you with nothing.

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  • Associate 3 in PE - LBOs
Mar 23, 2020

This is very good and so simple

  • Associate 3 in RE - Comm
Mar 23, 2020

i know that this isn't for everybody, but shrooms 100% helped me quit. one time while i was tripping with a buddy, i just came to the realization how unnecessary of a drug nicotine was, and after i came down my nicotine cravings decreased 90% (not an exaggeration). look up the research that's been done by leading institutions (johns hopkins med, stanford med, etc) on the effects of psilocybin on breaking the chains of addiction. glad to see it and other alternative methods are becoming more and more mainstream - def helped in my case

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Mar 24, 2020
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