Quitting Tobacco Suggestions

Analyst 1 in IA

I use tobacco or nicotine of some form every day since freshman year of college. I blame pledgeship and some people I aligned myself with. However, I do want to quit for health and financial reasons. Does anyone have successful ways to do so? You can suggest cold turkey but I'm in too deep for that I believe.

Thanks!

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Sep 18, 2019

Honestly, it might help to put yourself in environments or situations where you know you can't use.

  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 18, 2019

I have work for that or when I go over to my parents. But it is the first thing I think about when I leave either one of those sadly.

Sep 18, 2019

Replace it with another addiction - like investing in real estate.

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Sep 18, 2019

What LevKing says -- put yourself in an environment where tobacco simply isn't available.

I quit a year ago after having a heart attack and being diagnosed with COPD. It was quit or die, literally. I spent a week in the hospital on the patch. The cravings weren't so bad. After discharge I stayed on the patch and chewed nicotine gum for a month. So, after five weeks I was completely done. Never cheated!

Quitting has made a big difference to my health, but I sure wish I'd done it earlier. I'm now on supplemental oxygen, 24/7 for life.

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Sep 18, 2019

Glad that you're clean and clear at this point. I wish you the best of health moving forward.

How old were you when you started and when you quit?

  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 18, 2019

I'm sorry to hear that and your post is kind of scaring me straight if you will. Best of luck going forward to you and I appreciate the advice.

Sep 18, 2019

Just do it. Don't blame others. You put it inside your system. Now it's up to you and you alone to quit.

Coming from someone who quit two years ago. Just one day I decided I care about myself too much to let me kill me.

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

  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 18, 2019

I'm not trying to blame others just stating a fact of how it all started. I live with my decision and am not mad about it because it did bring me satisfaction during stressful times in college or when I was drunk. I have matured and realize I don't want it lasting long now that I'm out of college and deteriorating my health so that is the goal to quit now. Congrats to you for quitting!

Sep 18, 2019

Just don't do it. Throw it all away. If you find yourself going to buy more then it matters how you talk to yourself.

Don't say, "I can't have this." That's parenting yourself and you'll be more likely to fail.

Say, "I care too much to destroy myself." or something similar.

Sounds stupid- but it works.

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

Sep 18, 2019

I have never smoked but going cold turkey seems to make sense, at least initially. It would probably be the cheapest. if that does not work, I am sure others here will give you some good ideas and success stories

Sep 18, 2019

If you start working out in a serious way it will help to reduce your desire to smoke. You won't want to ruin your cardio and muscle progress. Build in daily exercise to make health a focal point of your lifestyle.

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Sep 18, 2019
1st Year Analyst in Investment Advisor :

I blame

There's your real problem.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 18, 2019

How is it a problem to blame a fact of how it started? Yes probably shouldn't have let it happen in the first place but it did happen so here we are and I'm trying to quit.

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Sep 18, 2019
1st Year Analyst in Investment Advisor :

How is it a problem to blame a fact of how it started? Yes probably shouldn't have let it happen in the first place but it did happen so here we are and I'm trying to quit.

You're blaming others for your own behavior. Life's gonna be rough until you start taking ownership.

This generation of nicotine users is so soft, whiny, and annoying.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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Sep 18, 2019

People swear by The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. My old roommate hasn't smoked a cigarette since reading it over 3 years ago.

  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 18, 2019

Thanks for the suggestion I'll look into it!

  • Intern in PropTrad
Sep 20, 2019

Yes I second that book too. It is incredible. Cold turkey is the answer to any addiction. Just do it.

Sep 18, 2019

Read every single article possible about smoking/vaping diseases etc. to convince yourself you're going to be next. You will be "scared straight" and will have an easier time quitting

  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Sep 18, 2019

Y'know I hear vaping is a really great way to slowly ween yourself off- OH WAIT NEVER MIND THINK OF THE CHILDREN YOU'RE A FUCKING MONSTER IF YOU NEED GOOD FLAVORS TO TRANSITION FROM CIGS TO VAPES

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Sep 18, 2019

Have you tried nicotine gum or lozange nicotine? You can take them and slowly decrease how much you take. I would recommend quitting cold turkey is not a good way to get of the addiction.

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

  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 19, 2019

Thanks for the response and I have definitely looked into these.

Sep 18, 2019

pledgeship lmfao

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Sep 18, 2019

Allen Carr, The Easy Way to Quit Smoking. That book saved my life.

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Sep 19, 2019

Quit cold turkey.

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  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 19, 2019

Much easier said than done but definitely an option, thanks!

Sep 20, 2019

Plenty of things are difficult. Doesn't mean you shouldn't do them.

Sep 19, 2019

Nobody here has even mentioned nicotine in isolation is not a harmful chemical and actually has significant health benefits.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

Sep 19, 2019

Nicotine alone isn't harmless but significantly safer than cigarettes. Definitely ween off cigs using nicotine if op wants to.

Currently applying to medical school.
7 Acceptance so far

Sep 19, 2019
genes:

Nicotine alone isn't harmless but significantly safer than cigarettes. Definitely ween off cigs using nicotine if op wants to.

Link me a study showing nicotine's harm in isolation outside of the context of pre-existing psychiatric, neurological, or heart disorders and used in reasonable dosages of under 10mg a day.

Now go look up the benefits once you fail to find such a study.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 19, 2019

Thanks for the information and I don't smoke cigs anymore. Nicotine, even when not in a cigarette, still will make me spend a lot to get even if it is a safer product without tobacco sadly.

  • Associate 1 in ER
Sep 19, 2019

Agree. Studies have shown nicotine in isolation is very similar to caffeine

Sep 19, 2019

Crack

Currently applying to medical school.
7 Acceptance so far

Sep 19, 2019

buddy of mine was a chainsmoker all through college and was able to quit after a vacation (hear me out). went abroad for 2 weeks, and sure cigs were able to be purchased but he had so many other things to occupy his time he didn't even think about it, and when he got back, after 2 weeks without, he didn't crave, he didn't cough, and he was a new man.

if it were me, I'd book a ticket to peru and do macchu picchu, go on a long surf trip, do the camino del santiago in spain, or if money is tight, book a ticket to the AT and hike for a couple weeks. I'd also not rule out LSD or other psychedelics, there's a growing body of research that implies they could be helpful for addiction - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25563446. plus, they're way cheaper than cigs, so there's always that. throw out all tobacco, take a couple tabs on a camping trip, return a new person.

power to you for quitting

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  • Analyst 1 in IA
Sep 19, 2019

Thanks for the response! It would be great to take a trip like that but pretty early on in my career so vacation days are limited. I probably should have clarified that I do not smoke cigarettes anymore. I dip primarily and smoke a vape on occasion like when I'm out drinking and dipping isn't really an option.

Sep 20, 2019

ohhhh so it's the dip, gotcha. that was me bro, years and years of baseball and fraternity days (idk why, someone always had a half log on "pledge nights" and the fiberglass from grizzly seemed to be the only thing that made the experience palatable) got me good, but I kicked it.

what did it for me was a bender, big Friday party, big tailgates Saturday and Sunday and I got myself so sick from it that the next time I tried it I hated the feeling, maybe that'll work for you. a good in between is snus, still gives you the nicotine but in much lower quantities with no evidence (so far) of cancer. not saying it's healthy, but if you want to step out of tobacco gradually rather than cold turkey, maybe quit long cut first and go from there.

also, save up your vacation days, unless you're at a sweatshop that gives you no time off that's no excuse. all you need is 3. leave on a late Tuesday night flight, return Sunday night, you only need to take off Wednesday-Friday.

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Oct 3, 2019

If you're looking to quit dipping, switching to something tobacco free w/nicotine may help (brands like whitetail or fully loaded chew). They also make it with two levels of nicotine and a nicotine free one, so you can wean off using that

Sep 19, 2019

I was addicted to JUUL but my advice is start slow by limiting the usage per month , then per week then per day and finally replace it with another habit. I replaced the habit of wanting the simulation by drinking way more cold water and eating 6 healthy meals per day as well as adding more fruits such as lemon and pineapple. I Combined this with exercise and my skin was getting clearer, i felt better and overall i think my confidence increased knowing that my body is getting the proper nutrition and i would be thankful for this decision when i am 55 and can still run around with my kids. Also i started drinking more in social environments , even though its white claw which is seen as weak i found it so much better than puffing on a usb stick and i actually preferred getting tipsy whilst eating pizza then eating with a massive head rush.

Sep 19, 2019

30:3:30:3

30Minutes: Nicotine craving happens every 30minutes. Try some distractors which you like.

3hrs: Craving for next Cig Puff...try to overcome this single biggest hurdle.

30days: if you manage to be 0 nicotine, then you are almost there.

3yrs: it takes 3yrs to de-Nicotine your body completely....

Sep 19, 2019

Jelly beans-whenever you feel desire for a smoke just eat some or something else with sugar.

  • Associate 2 in CorpDev
Sep 20, 2019

Yep, drink more milk. Until you can Man Up and stop that smoking

Sep 20, 2019

I used zyn pouches to quit. They're nicotine only and fresh tasting. Kind of like snus.

Sep 23, 2019

I just got on the Zyn bandwagon. They seem great for weaning off nicotine. Kind of like nicotine gum or losanges but in pouch form.

Sep 20, 2019

I started using tobacco freshmen year of HS and quit my first year as an analyst (8 years). My office wasn't tobacco-friendly so that helped. But the way I overcame the urges were by taking three deep breaths every time I thought about dipping/smoking (whatever your poison is), drinking a ton of water and working out (if you have time sauna/steam room everyday for two weeks). I noticed the majority of urges were gone within two weeks and after one month I had no desire for tobacco anymore. Obviously there have been one-off instances where I have been drunk and "relapsed" or whatever you want to call it, but have never gotten back on the wagon. I actually am repulsed by it now.

Sep 22, 2019

Vaping it's completely safe they say #juulswillneverbebanned #passthejuulbrad

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Sep 24, 2019

I was in a similar place, had been vaping/juuling about two years. I had tried cold turkey but it didn't work so I did the following over the course of a month. First day trying to quit, I took about 20 hits of my Juul, then I went down once every day until I was juuling only 2-3 times a day. Then I tried only once a day and chewed gum when I wanted nicotine. I finally quit juuling entirely and chewed gum like crazy for about 2-3 weeks until my need for nicotine subsided.

I know it is hard to do but you will feel so much better after you quit and your body will thank you for it. Good luck.

Sep 24, 2019

-Hypnosis
-Get a hobby, to get your mind off smoking
-Start working out.

Sep 25, 2019

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