The first thing you must know: there is no such thing as
Just forget it. Donít
even try to tell me you just didnít have the willpower.
There is no such thing.
The reason we fail is
this: we lose sight of our goal.
If you KNOW this (in your
gut/in your being), you cannot possibly fail. You will keep your eyes on the
are those things you see only when take your eyes off your goal.
Your author is an expert
in failure. Iím told Iím an environmentalist, a journalist, a teacher, a
goofball (at times) and still more things, but the one subject in which I am
fully qualified, certified, and, again at times, mortified, is failure.
I failed well over 50 times to quit
smoking. Or rather I took up smoking after I had quit some 50 times; so I failed
at least 50 times.
I succeeded once.
Today I am smoke free.
All because I learned one
thing: to keep my eyes on the goal at all times.
First Things First
Go out and buy a book.
Yes, you have things to read on the web, but smoking is a visceral habit. You
smoke with your whole body: posture, hands, mouth, nose, face, eyes, lungs, and
bloodstream. So get a book; hopefully a paperback, you can carry in a pocket or
pocketbook. Have something for your hands to do, because 20 times a day (or
more) your hand is going to twitch on its way to your pocket or pocketbook for a
Have something for your
hands to do. Get a pen or highlighter to mark up your book. Keep your hands
busy. (See the Quitting Time Watch review at the end of this.)
Everyone asks me: what
about nicotine substitutes? Gum, lozenges, the patch, inhalers?
The longer you stay
addicted to nicotine the harder it is to finally quit . . . for some people.
I was one of those. If
you find yourself failing a lot, it could be because of
you. You go on and on and on until you are exhausted and finally you lose site
of your goal, frustrated and still craving a butt BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL ADDICTED
Nicotine is a drug, a
Were the average smoker to get all their
nicotine from one full week of smoking
in a single dose, it would kill that smoker
when the drug Nicotine is administered
in a pill or a patch or in gum, it is referred to as
Gum (non-nicotine) or mints, sunflower seeds, candy.
These are simply more addictions. Do you need them? Yes, sometimes you just get
an oral craving. Ok, a stick of gum or something, but do you really want to
substitute one addiction for another? Use substitutes
Read your book. Read
everything. The more you know, the more youíll be ready for when the urge
strikes. It will strike at least 20 times a day.
While you are planning to
quit, like right after you read this, start writing down your reasons for
quitting. Be specific, at first, then you can later note general reasons. They
have to be YOUR reasons, because it is only YOU on this path. This is YOUR
addiction you are breaking and you have to do it for YOU and nothing else
(though you might have many people depending on you). Write all your reasons
down. And make them life affirming: instead of writing, Bad Breath, uuggh! You
could write, Sweeter breath, sweeter kisses. Write down how much it costs you
(even your auto insurance can go down after youíve quit). Write down YOUR
reasons for quitting. Youíll find more each day. Keep track. AND PRINT THE
LIST. Hang it where you can see it. Add more if you discover them. Print it and
read it. These are your goals. If you keep your eyes on them, you will quit. If
you leave the list in your computer, youíll lose site of your goals.
Now, for some bad news:
your unconscious mind (subconscious, preconscious) will try to sabotage your
quitting. You will forget your list somewhere. You will arrange to be in a crowd
of smokers. You will forget everything, your book, your reasons, your reasoning
even. BE ON YOUR TOES. You WILL try to sabotage your quitting.
This usually happens
within ten days to two weeks of quitting. It will happen again in about six
months (different times for different people) when you think you are safely quit
and "one smoke wonít hurt." Wanna bet? Most people cannot have just
one smoke as most alcoholics cannot have just one drink. For some it takes 3 or
4 (or 50 failures) to finally realize this.
Ok, letís talk about
that first struggle youíll have within the first ten days to two weeks into
Example: you get into an
argument with your spouse and you hop in the car and go for a drive. Youíve
left your book and your reasons at home. Suddenly, you want a smoke. But itís
not your fault. Itís your spouseís fault. So, now youíre going to have a
cigarette just to punish your spouse. Itís your spouseís fault that you are
smoking, not yours.
This is how stinking thinking works. Stay tuned for more stinking thinking. But know that you will
try to start a fight (and succeed) and you will want to smoke. Know this. Be
prepared. You are at your weakest when stressed. This is how 80% of all quitters go back to smoking: by blaming someone
outside of them: co-worker, spouse, kids, etc., blaming them for their failure.
Guess whatÖit was all planned by your unconscious mind. It was a planned
failure. Be prepared!
Most books tell you to
keep track of your smoking habits for two (or so) weeks. You get a pad of paper,
fasten it to your pack of cigs with rubber bands (binders, in Minnesota). Yes,
rubber binders. You have to remove the rubber binders to get the pad of paper
out and write on it BEFORE you smoke that cigarette. You are monitoring your
smoking habit. You are becoming aware of your smoking habit.
cigarettes are smoked unconsciously.
You write down the time
of day. Rank the cig: on a scale of one to five or one to ten, itís up to you.
This number represents how much you need that particular cig. There are some
systems that have you rank it after you smoked it tooÖhow much it fulfilled
your need for a butt.
There are reasons for
this exercise: you have to know yourself, when you smoke, where you smoke, how
you smoke to be
ready for those cravings that will hit you after youíve quit.
For instance, say you have a smoke right before you leave for work, or you have
one smoke the moment you get into the car or get on the phone. You rank this one
in "need" say 3 out of 10.
After youíve quit, when
you get on the phone, or step into your car, or right before leaving for work,
youíll not only be ready for the craving, youíll realize that itís only a
3 out of 10 need . . . so, how hard is that to resist?
Youíll even know when
those really terrific cravings are going to hit. That emergency butt (10 out of
10!). Like when the kids trash your living room; nasty in-laws coming over; dog
crapped on the carpet; your 8-year-oldís teacher just called asking for a
meeting, or an intervention; your spouse comes home drunk; your
eighteen-year-old is arrested for hanging with the wrong group at the wrong timeÖany
of these is enough to stress you out and demand a cigarette.
At these times, you must
be prepared. You must think about the extremely stressful times before you quit.
Know that you will crave a butt at these times. Know what to do. No craving
lasts longer than 30 seconds so look at your watch.
your habit helps to beat it.
You will be on your guard
with all your techniques, all your "substitutes" for this cravingÖyouíll
have your routine down; youíll have your ammunition; your support, to keep
your eyes on your goals and avoid that ONE cigarette.
you donít want just one cigarette; you want a lifetime of cigarettes.
fail and light up, before you finish that cigarette you will be looking for the
Ok, so what are the
things we can do when the cravings hit?
First off, as we just
mentioned, know that a craving does not last longer than 30 seconds. If it does,
you are causing it to last longer than 30 seconds because you are going to just
run out and buy that cigarette no matter how many techniques you know to use,
because youíre stubborn and youíre just going to smoke. Ahh, did you really
mean those reasons you wrote down? Those reasons to quit smoking. Did you really
believe them? Did you keep your eye on them?
Stinking thinking. This
is the great term for that thinking that gets you to light up a butt after youíve
quit smoking. Any thought that leads you closer to that butt is
is no good reason to smoke. You know this. Therefore if you are giving yourself
a reason to smoke, youíve gotten into a whole bunch of stinking thinking.
Learn to recognize
stinking thinking. Youíll get it the weeks/days prior to your Qday (Quitting
do a lot of stinking thinking. Youíll want to just have that cig and not write
it down on that stupid pad. Youíll want to put off your Qday. Youíll even
plan to fail. Youíll see a situation you can get yourself into where the
"temptations" would be just too great. Watch yourself. Addictions make
us stupid. Ask any addict after theyíve broken the addiction.
group therapy, herbal detox, juicing, superfoods . . . are these ok? Definitely,
yes. Go do them. Heck, do them all. Acupuncture on your Qday is perfect. Hypnosis
classes leading up to your Qday (some people like to quit in the last hypnosis
class, some choose to go home and do it there). Yes, do all of these. And yes,
certainly detox the nicotine from your body. There are some herbal solutions
online that will help you detox the nicotine (listed at the end of this
article). Juicing fresh fruit and vegetable juices helps detox, but donít go
on a juice fast. Donít try to quit smoking and lose weight at the same time.
Youíll fail both. Focus on one thing at a time. The smoking cessation kit I
used (with herbs and aromatherapy and a little booklet) came from
It was called Seven Day Smoke Away but is now known as
Rx. They had a money back guarantee.
Most places have a money
back guarantee. It means nothing, really, nothing reflecting upon or concerning
the product. Someone could sell dog treats telling you that theyíll detox your
nicotine and for 75% of the customers nothing happens. Still, only a few of
those will ask for their money back and the company still makes money selling
$4.98 in dog treats for $79.95 plus s&h.
So, again we ask, what do
we do when the urge hits?
Get a watch with a second
hand. Look at it for 30 seconds. The urge will be gone.
Get out your reasons.
Read them ALL THE WAY THROUGH. Keep your reasons in an old cigarette pack (or in
your cigarette case, if you have one). Keep the pack where you normally keep
your cigarettes. When you get the urge to reach for a smoke (and you will), keep
going, pull out that pack of smokes, pull out the list, and read.
Cravings differ for each
person. Some feel it in the back of their throat. Some at the top of their head.
Some have a free-floating idea of happiness around the corner and then suddenly
realize that itís all based upon the happiness that next cigarette will bring.
And itís a terrible letdown when you remember that you are a non-smoker.
addicted for life. Luckily, the pain of separation from your addiction doesnít
last a lifetime.
We do not smoke because
we like to smokeówe smoke because we do not like the feeling of not smoking.
Wait till your 10th urge strikes and then try to tell yourself differently!
So, when it gets badÖhave
something to do. Pull out your book and read it. Read your list. Pull out a
stick of gum if itís an overwhelming urge. Call a friend. Go online to a
quit-smoking support group. As my mother used to say, "Do something, even
if itís wrong!"
reach for that cigarette.
Another thing you can
have on hand for that OVERWHELMING urge to light up: Tincture
of Lobelia. (Found in
most health food stores, though if you cannot find it locally, you can find it
online or call 800.HerbDoc for Dr Schulze's.)
If worse comes to worse
and you HAVE to have that cigarette, do this. One drop of this lobelia on your
tongue, swish it around, and swallow. Now breathe through your mouth. You will
FEEL like you just smoked a cigarette. Do this ONLY when you REALLY gotta have
Another way to take
lobelia is in a tea. Drinking a cup of lobelia tea makes you feel like you just
had a smoke. At some health foods, this is sold as Smoker's Tea.
One more trick that often
turned me away from that first smoke: empty your ashtrays into a jar. Add a
little water and stir them up. If ever you get an overwhelming urge to light up,
go open that bottle and smell the contents. If that doesn't turn you off,
And finally, avoid those
places where you used to smoke; avoid situations (for just a short three weeks)
in which you will be tempted. Sit in the non-smoking section. Spend more time in
places where you cannot smoke. Take baths. Get a massage. Treat yourself for
doing yourself a favor.
Stay away from negative
people; people in denial.
I was out with friends
one night. One friend was currently in the middle of quitting smoking and
another friend kept telling her not to worry if she failed in her attempt to
quit, because she could always quit again. The person who said this garbage to
my friend who was trying to quit will never quit smoking, because sheís in
denial. Taking advice from an addict in denial is self-defeating. Avoid negative
people at all costs.
After youíve quit for
three weeks, carry a lighter with you. Light a friendís cigarette. Once youíve
made it three weeks (21 days) you can actually reinforce your will to quit by
lighting anotherís cigarette.
If this seems dangerous,
donít do it. It works for some. Not for all.
One more mistake quitters
make: they suddenly decide to
make up their own rules.
Ok, so you've quit for
three days, suddenly you've decided to have one or two smokes a day and then
quit permanently some time in the future.
Wrong. First off, if you
are using a program (herbs, etc) you are defeating the purpose and don't try to
get your money back. They are to be used "after" you've quit smoking.
If you just have one smoke a day, then you haven't quit.
Your mind is gone. Your
thinking is stinking. Feed a starving dog scraps and it will live forever. Cut
it off and it dies. The same with a habit of this magnitude. Cut it off, and you
will make it. Think you can smoke one or two a day, and soon you'll be back up
to a pack a day (or more).
Make it a party! You are
having an Irish Funeral. An Irish Funeral is a celebration of a life, not of a
death. You are killing off a part of you; you are killing off that smoker in
you. Make it a celebration. Buy yourself a pack of special quitting smokes.
Smoke them all day long.
I bought the colorful
cigs, the ones in bright pastel colors and I smoked them all day long reserving
a passionate pink one for quitting: my last smoke. I looked at it often. It was
my last smoke: Passionate Pink. Make it a happy celebration.
Some go outside and dig a
little grave and toss in an ashtray, a book of matches, a half-full pack of
smokes and celebrate a little funeral. I did this too.
Do what you have to do so
that it is registered fully in your mind and spirit that you have quit smoking.
Finally, be aware that
even after you quit, urges will hit you when you least expect it. Many times
right after the second week (this is why we say, wait 21 days before putting
yourself in harm's way). Again, some people get an overwhelming urge to smoke
after six months. Whatever you do, do not give in. The physical cravings are
gone. Itís all in your head. Do not think that one cigarette wonít hurt,
because to most smokers, one leads to a lifetime of cigarettes.
By the time you finish
the first, youíre already looking for the second.
I know this. Boy, do I
Get rid of your ashtrays.
Get rid of your matches. Get rid of everything but that one empty pack in which
to carry your reasons.
In India, the form of
medicine they have practiced for centuries is called Ayurveda. In Ayurveda
medicine and thought, consciousness is healing. If you want a headache to go
away, we normally try to "ignore" the pain. In Ayurveda, the patient
focuses on the pain. Feels the pain. Concentrates on the pain. Consciousness is
To quit smoking, in
Ayurveda medicine, one sits still, turns off all outside stimulus, and focuses
on that cigarette: tasting, feeling, breathing, being that cigarette. Feel the
smoke entering your lungs. Feel what it does. Feel the smoke as it enters your
bloodstream. Feel and experience totally that cigarette.
This is a wonderful
technique to use the last days of smoking. Know what it truly is to smoke a
cigarette; what it does to your body. I used this technique for about two weeks
before I quit. I used it at niteÖ.meditating and smoking and focusing.
When we first
discovered the alkaline Electrolyzed Water, we were told that it was a great detoxicator (pulls toxins from the
human body). We had no way of proving this or even testing it. However, after we
published our first article, the testimonials started coming in. One brand of
testimonial we've kept from you, since...well, you'll see why: people who'd been
using illegal drugs wrote to us that they were hit with a surprise urinalysis
(they had just 24 hours to prepare) and they drank 8 to 16 oz of the alkaline
passed their tests.
I did not want to
publish these testimonials, but I did want people who were ready to quit smoking
(or quit caffeine) to have another powerful tool, so, I've had to include this
A friend came to me
wanting to quit smoking, but in the past, she'd never gotten past the second
day. By the end of the first day, she developed a migraine headache that just
knocked her down. Her family brought her cigarettes before the second day was
I'm not a doctor, not
a therapist, not anything in the healing profession, but as a journalist, it was
my duty to tell her my findings concerning Electrolyzed Water. She drank a quart
a day of the alkaline water during the first three days of her smoking fast, and hardly felt a
withdrawal symptom. The physical addiction was over by the end of the third
bottle. After that, it was her mental addiction she had to deal with.
The people from Nicoban
were nice enough to send us their smoking cessation kit. Now, there is no way to
assay their product to determine that whatís inside is whatís listed on the
label, but we have had our herbalist go over the herbs and yes, they will help
to detox the nicotine out of your body. It is an entire program designed to be
started on your last three days of quitting and after youíve quit. Once youíve
quit, you have to stay quit and follow through on the program.
As the nicotine is
cleaned out of your body, the actual physical addiction leaves and all you have
left is your mental addiction. However, it is still an addiction and you are not
yet in the clear. Keep on your program. Do not miss taking your vitamins and
herbs from the Nicoban program.
For some reason, we did
not get the Triple Hormones that were supposed to come with the program. We have
no idea what they are used for either.
But the Aromatherapy
Remedy that came with is a winner! When the urge strikes, pull out the bottle
(you can carry it too in an old pack of cigarettes) take a drop and put it on
your temples, bridge of your nose. Smoking, as we have said earlier, is a
systemic habit involving all of your body. This little movement gives your hands
something to do.
Personally, I like to
take the Aromatherapy Remedy, put a drop in my palms, and rub them together
quickly till they get hot and then I breathed in the fumes. Wow. And yes, itís
better than a smoke and will take away your urge to smoke.
You can pick up some
or call 877-205-0040 for more information or to order.
Quitting Time Watch
Now this is the neatest
little thing youíll ever hear about.
For quitting smoking,
this watch is HIGHLY recommended from us and as you all know, we donít highly
recommend much here. In our litigious society, recommending anything is highly
A watch arrived that I
immediately set up by entering my name, how many cigs I smoke a day (I donít
smoke, but I programmed it as if I was quitting), how much a pack of smokes
costs, the date I planned to quit and bingo, off we went.
If I got a (pretend)
craving for a smoke, I can now push one button, and using a stop watch, click
and start timing the craving. I can push a button and get one of hundreds of
messages about quitting smoking, aimed at my personal quitting score (a score is
created by where you are in the process and how well you are doing against an
"average" quitter, is the best way to explain this.
The watch is effective
1. It keeps your mind
2. It keeps your hands
3. It supports your
4. It reinforces your
5. It keeps track of your
medicine/herbal/nutritional schedule, beeping you when itís time.
6. It keeps your eyes on
the prize: you will not lose sight of your goals.
While planning to quit,
you wake up in the morning, push the button to start the day, and it tells you
your recommended number of smokes for the day (you start by learning to forego a
smoke or two; to taper off). If youíve already quit it gives you the number of
days and hours youíve quit and how much youíve saved.
Think of it, the watch
will tell you, in less than two months, that youíve saved more than $185.00.
Now thatís support!
The program is smart. You
want a smoke, but donít want to pull out your reasons, click one button and it
will give you a reason, or a pat on the back, or a truism about smoking.
Iím now taking some
products from Longevity Plus called Beyond Growth Hormones. In a few months Iíll
tell you all the results; but the point here being, I programmed the watch to
tell me when to take my caps each day; as youíll want to be reminded to put on
a patch, or take your meds (Zyban) or take your herbs/vitamins.
What a wonderful watch.
The other day, I got angry at some stupidity I saw online, and immediately
clicked the stop watch (CHRONO mode) and timed how long it took me to get over
the urge to strangle someone. Only 21.3 seconds. Not bad.
Thereís another alarm
besides the two med alarms. So you can program three times a day, if youíve
got something else planned.
What a wonderful watch.
You can find out at anytime how you are doing beyond your morning routine. If
you want your score later on in the day? Hold down the info button, the same
button that gives you one of hundreds of programmed sentences, and there it is.
Here is mine right now as I am typing these words:
of smokers quit each year ó join the club.
button down longer and: Goal 39 smokes, 0 smoked (so far)ÖI havenít reached
my quitting day yet, but also, Iím not clicking on the "Iím having a
smoke" button yet. Thatís a tripÖyou get to monitor the amount you
smokeÖeven if you have a few over your goal, the Quitting Time Watch will tell you when to stop
smoking that "over the limit" smoke. Ok, back to my score. Next it
tells me when I quit (how many hours/mins since my last smoke), my quitting
score: 88, and finally how much Iíve saved: $30.42. Even if youíve not quit
yet, it will tell you how much youíve saved since you started tapering off.
said in this article, get a watch with a second hand. Well, now you have that
and more. As you start on your journey to quit smoking, getting this watch is
not a bad idea at all.
It can only help you. They advertise that it is Doctor Designed. We liked that.
Had a good laugh. I can still remember back when after an examination both you
and the doctor lit up while he told you that you might have to quit smoking, or
consider cutting back a little.
fun with the watch. Itís a very good tool. You can find it here on the web:
Smoke Rx (Previously
known as "7 Day Smoke Awayô")
This is the kit I used to
quit smoking (in addition to hypnosis and acupuncture). Additionally, I chose a
period of time in which I would be smoking less (actually, it chose me; I had an
upper respiratory infection). Getting the flu or a cold CAN help you quit. But
like comedy and love, timing is everything.
Now, since I used this
product, you can already expect that, since it worked for me, it gets an A+, but
to be objective, I contacted two individuals in our community and asked their
opinion of the formula. The first person is Lucy
Jackson (click on her name to see her page) who is an herbalist (among many,
many other things). She confirmed the homeopathics as helping to relieve
cravings, but it was her knowledge of herbs that helped uncover the power of the
Cleanse and Calm Formula.
The first ingredient is
Oats, which nourishes your nerves. Lobelia has been used for years to help break
nicotine addiction and helps to detox nicotine from your body. Cayenne pepper is
used to cleanse your blood and raise your energy level (it is a stimulant).
Licorice root is added to boost the performance of the rest of the formula.
Licorice aids in digestion. What good is taking something if it is not absorbed?
Ginger aids in absorption too and synergizes the formula (makes all the
ingredients work better. It also acts as a stimulant. (Once you quit smoking,
you find yourself dragging.) Nutmeg is added to help detox the nicotine and
finally you have Kava Kava which calms your nerves.
Next, for when those
overwhelming cravings hit you, you have the aromatherapy concoction to breathe
in. Personally I never used it (or needed it). But I do enjoy the feelings I get
when I warm up a few drops rubbing my palms together and then take in a big
Next, we talked with Dr
Kristin Linner PhD whose specialty is Homeopathy. She works at the Center for
Classical Homeopathy in St Paul, Minnesota (651.641.1844). Additionally she's
one of the few homoeopathists here to work with animals.
She taught me something
about homeopathy that I didn't know. Not everyone responds to some homeopathics.
There are three homeopathic ingredients in the Craving Control Formula; each
one, by itself, will work to "eliminate or reduce tobacco craving in people
who are sensitive or susceptible to these particular remedies."
Thus, this product uses a
shotgun effect in making sure one (or more) of the homeopathics will help you
get through your cravings. Kristin also pointed out that the potencies are very
low (only a licensed homeopathist may give you the really high potency
homeopathic remedies) and will not act at very deep emotional or psychological
She also warned that
taking this formula for too long a period of time could result in physical
symptoms showing up: i.e., headaches, skin rash, tooth pain.
Well, by the name, you
can see you are supposed to take this formula for 7 days. That's it. This is not
long enough for any reaction to this formula. You will get the help you need
without any side effects.
So, to order your Smoke
Rxô, you can call 1-866-485-4552, or visit
We received out package just three days after our phone call.
Learning Strategies Paraliminal CD Smoke Free
a CD from Learning Strategies Corporation that uses their own Paraliminal
Technology along with something we're currently investigating, Holosync
Paraliminal Technology was developed by Learning Strategies. It consists of
simultaneous messages that, if you are wearing head phones, are different for
each ear. The messages blend in your mind into one message.
Technology plays subtle tones into your ears, each ear getting different tones.
Studies on this technology show that people are able to go into deeply
meditative states quite quickly, which used to take masters years to accomplish.
We will be reviewing an entire Holosync Program someday soon.
All in all,
the CD that Learning Strategies sent us is a excellent tool for quitting
smoking. We listened to it and passed it onto people who wanted to quit smoking.
It is a very powerful tool in helping to quit smoking, and in our estimate, as
effective as hypnosis when used regularly, even after you've quit.
If you want
to learn more, just go here:
Free Paraliminal CD
Learning Strategies Paraliminals now
come with HoloSync technology. Click here to read an introduction to
NOTE: After considerable
research and feedback from aromatherapists, we CANNOT recommend any of the
aromatherapy products we have received. They both contain alcohol, which,
according to the experts, ruins the oils. They are essentially dead oils.
Thus we recommend you
purchase live essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Peppermint, and
Eucalyptus and blend them yourself. They are wonderfully healing and if you have
received any of these aromatherapy products from either company, test them
yourself. You can FEEL the difference between live pure essential oils and these
mixed with alcohol.
Two places on the web to
order essential oils are: http://www.theherbsplace.com/essential.html
and http://www.youngliving.us. Or
you can read up on Essential Oils here at this site:
Oils I - How they Heal
Oils II - Their Properties
Twelve years after quitting smoking, I did
something really stupid. The latest thing in the smoking world are
flavored cigars. It was my birthday. Seemed like a good time to
celebrate with a cigar. A friend took me to a tobacconist and we
sampled the cigars. She got me a couple packs for my birthday.
You guessed it. Two weeks later I was smoking $8
- $12 per day of these damned tasty cigars.
However, there is always an upside to every
I got a chance to try the new anti-smoking drug,
For those of you who smoke and do not know about
Chantix, listen up. It works.
Chantix is designed to block the nicotine
receptors. Yes, there are side effects.
Loss of taste
The above side effects
came from the Chantix web site.
However, other sites will go a bit further in depth. For instance,
the sleep disorder usually consists of strange, vivid, 3-D, brightly
colored, loud dreams. For those of you who canít afford cable TV,
this might be a bonus.
Lucikily, I did not notice any side effects.
However, I did notice that after two weeks, the
sweet smokes just tasted like dead leaves. There was NO pleasure in
smoking. So, I set my quitting date, New
Years (how appropriate), and did it. I
did NOT miss smoking because the past few days of smoking were
terrible. I couldnít finish a cigar. I used to like the smell, but
even the smell was terrible.
I stayed on the drug just a week longer, just in
case I got stupid again and reached for a cigar. Knowing yourself
helps. If you know youíve got no will power and that you have a
tendency to ďfall off the wagon,Ē then stay on the drug. Your smoke
will taste terrible.
For those of you who tell me that you LOVE to
smoke, let me tell you this: you donít. You love the nicotine
addiction. You are a drug addict and you need your fix. You donít
love the drug as much as you hate what happens to your body when
youíve gone a period of time without the drug.
On Chantix, you will soon learn that without the
nicotine effect, you do not love smoking. And for you, stay on the
drug as long as it takes. I canít believe that people have told me
they smoked for two months on the drug. They were not getting any
nicotine, but they still smoked. I couldnít take it for two weeks.
Keep in mind that you have to work your way up to
the amount of Chantix in your blood. The dosage at the beginning is
small. You slowly work your way up. You should continue to smoke,
but set a quitting date. Use the other tools weíve discussed above.
Be firm on your quitting date. I learned that it took two weeks to
get the optimum amount of Chantix into your bloodstream. So, I set
my quitting date with this in mind. And as I got closer and closer
to the two week deadline, I noticed the cigars (that I loved!) were
tasting worse and worse, smelling worse and worse, and just didnít
give me what I was paying all that good money for.
So, if you donít get the
side effects, or you do but believe that quitting smoking is the
best thing you can do for yourself and are willing to put up with
the side effects, then go with your priorities.
SmokeAway is a product
that is advertised heavily online and on television. However, out of 12
companies selling it, only one responded favorably to a review....but never got
us the product to review. Keep in mind that
SmokeAway is not related to the 7
Day Smoke Awayô, which has a proven track record. Many people ordering SmokeAway
have tried getting their money back only and cannot find a phone number or
address or anything/anyone to contact. The people at 7 Day Smoke Awayô told me that
they often get calls from customers of SmokeAway who cannot find
the company that sold them their product.
sent us their kit ONLY after we ordered it and it arrived in six weeks. We
immediately sent it back. When you want to quit, you want to quit NOW. So, this
didn't seem even worthy of a look-see.
Another company that did not respond to us was
. They are supposed to have a daily email program that sends you an email that
will support you in your efforts to quit. Their site is full of advertising for
different smoking cessation kits and drugs and their program does cost. They did
We leave it up to you to
make your own conclusions concerning the non responders and poor shipping
procedures for www.smokingsolutions.com.
When you are ready to
quit, you will want as much support as you can get so here are even more links
to help you and support you. Staying online has one advantage: keeps your hand
busy, your mind busy. It has one disadvantage: you probably smoked your head off
while sitting online in the past.
So, one more reason to
quit is this: your CDs and Floppy Disks will not get covered with smoke. Your
monitor will not get covered with smoke. And the CD Drive and Floppy Drive will
continue to read w/o their guts being covered in smoke.
We want to thank Ms Ward's class in Delaware for sending us
this following link. Ms Ward is teaching her class to get involved, and when one
of her students, Lauren came across this web page, she found us a great link to
publish, and here it is:
Cigarettes and the Health Effects of Tobacco
Thanks to Tony for sending us this wonderful
The Benefits of Smoking Cessation
Thanks to Anthony for sending us this:
Oral Health Problems Caused By Smoking
The Financial Cost of Smoking
We are not
going to tell you Good Luck....we will wish you Good Fortune as you begin to
save thousands of dollars each year!