Hard Habit to Break
July 3, 2010 3:54 AM Subscribe
Do you have any suggestions for wanting to want
to quit smoking? And what's the latest and greatest in smoking cessation these days anyway?
posted by DarlingBri to health & fitness (39 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I am a serious smoker. I've been smoking for twenty years and I smoke two packs a day. Obviously, I know I should quit smoking and I know all the reasons why - health, smell, finances, etc.
But everyone says the key to successfully quitting is that you have to really want it, and I don't think that's me. Knowing I should and wanting to are not really the same thing.
I have tried to quit in the past with patches (made me itch and get a rash) and with the Alan Carr book (made interesting reading while I smoked.)
Still, the money is horrifying and there's a ton of very concrete stuff I'd prefer to do with that amount of cash every year besides light it on fire. I'm also not a fan of the smell and would prefer my house not smell this way. In terms of health, I've lost 30 pounds in the past year and have 20 to go; with less weight, I'd like to be a little more active and not being able to breathe doesn't really work with that.
So my questions are:
1. Is wanting to want to quit good enough? If it's not, how do I get more motivated.
2. Can I do this without gaining weight? I've worked so hard to lose these 25 pounds and I'm doing so well, I really really do not want to mess that up.
3. What are some of the more successful mechanisms for quitting that are not patches? Zyban? E-cigarettes? Hypnosis?
4. What do you do about the pattern-ingrained stuff? I smoke while I work; I'm utterly terrified that if I quit smoking, I will also lose my ability to earn a much-needed living.
4a. I have struggled with some anxiety issues in the past few years. Is the loss of my favourite crutch likely to make that worse in the short term?
FWIW I would consider myself heavily addicted. Cold turkey does not feel like an option. My doctor is generally easy to work with, and I do have some cash for buying in quitting aids if they will help.