My husband and I want to quit smoking together. In the evening we like to sit on the back deck and shoot the breeze for hours whilst mindlessly smoking and drinking crappy beer and crappy wine. We love this ritual, but know it's unhealthy. My idea was to switch to quality over quantity. I thought we could make a go of sampling really good craft beers instead of the piss water we currently drink, thus giving us the ritual of sharing a drink and getting an oral fix trying by savoring new flavor profiles. I figure from the money we would save not buying smokes and quantities of cheap beer/wine we could get smaller quantities of really good stuff. If we keep with the junk we drink I know we will have too much association with the smoking, so I thought maybe a different flavor would help disassociate, hence buying the really good stuff. We love the ritual of having an adult beverage, but do not do it for the sake of getting buzzed or drunk. It's how we unwind together after a long day. Two part question: Is this a bad idea? If not, we know nothing about craft beers, so we wouldn't even know what to try or where to begin. What are some good resources for learning more about really tasty beer? Any recommendations?
Asking for my partner - she is looking to give it another go at quitting smoking and would like to try e-cigarettes, can you recommend menthol-based brands and perhaps share some experiences? [more inside]
Beyond the initial challenges of quitting smoking, what are the longer-term effects? How does life actually change? [more inside]
I quit smoking a couple of weeks ago. I think I'm over the initial hump, but the second wave of side effects is making me CRAZY. Please help me :( [more inside]
I love my dear boyfriend but he can be trying at the best of times - his last cigarette was 5 days ago. How do I deal with the irritable ass he has become and please tell me that this is temporary. [more inside]
A discount on insurance for non-smokers? Great! Fast forward a couple of years and I've started again and want to talk to my doctor about quitting. [more inside]
How can I best help my boyfriend quit smoking? [more inside]
I've quit smoking, but I miss the periodic (5-15 times/day) neurochemical "hit" -- as well as the break-taking-ritual aspects -- of having a cig. What are my options? (Answers should be less unhealthy than smoking, but don't necessarily have to be "safe as milk"). [more inside]
Please recommend some reading on addictions. Specifications inside. [more inside]
Quitting smoking: Please help with the "irritability" [more inside]
My name is semacd and I am a social smoker. [more inside]
What dietary guidelines would you suggest for a vegetarian who is trying to quit smoking but is feeling tired and depressed?
I'm wondering if using the nicotine patch long-term is an option. I've used it to quit smoking before, but enetually when I come off it I tend to slip into drinking or back to smoking. What are the perils of nicotine, specifically, apart from the perils of smoking itself? If I have to be addicted to something, wouldn't a patch be less harmful than pack-a-day smoking or sixer-a-night drinking? Obviously a total eradication of all addictions would be best, but please give me advice on whether this could be a short-term harm-reduction approach, or if the patch is just too dangerous to use for months on end.
quitting smoking -> my favorite girl is ready to try to quit, and we are wondering if the nice people here have any tips, suggestions, fool proof methods ...?