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May 2022 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started Apr-30 by Denim50; 2003 views.

From: candrew



Good to hear from you. Sounds like you are dealing with the same old stuff, Yea I can releate to your situation. I have been smoke-free for 5 days now. I too am using lozenges to ease the cravings. 

I know you are dealing with a lot of stressors in your life. How is your new job going? Stay focused and you WILL overcome this in due time. 

I found a substitute for the lozenges. It's called Nicotine pouches.they are little pouches with some kind of organic material laced with nicotine. They come in different flavors and are placed in your mouth between the lip and gums, and have a lifspan of 20 minutes or so and deliver 4mg of nicotine very quickly. I find them to have a slight "charge" much like taking long draws on a cigerette. Just a suggestion. It's still nicotine and does not help with addiction, but is an effective source of the drug.

Fourtunatley I have not suffered any significant withdrawls, I believe the pouches have been helping and I also eat 4 or 5 lozenges a day. Unfortunatly we will be addicts for the rest of our lives but hopefully we can eliminate the physical need to smoke. We are on our own when it comes to what you call addictive thinking. I've always said that it is easy to quit but difficult to stay quit.

No sense in being disapointed in yourself. That only harbors self doubt and affects your self esteem. Tell yourself that you are worthy of this effort, give youself credit for continuing to fight.  You will be victorious in time. just don't give up and go easy on yourself. You are doing the best you can for today.

Again, good hearing from you. I look forward to reading your posts in the future.

Good day



From: Jerthie123


Thank you for your words of encouragement Andrew.  The pouches you mention, sound a lot like the lozenges I am using.  I do believe I can quit completely, if I choose to, ad you say, STAY quit.  It is wonderful that you have five days of quit success under your belt.

I find that what helps me most to quit or at least lengthen the amount of time spent between sucking the lozenges, is staying busy.  Keeping my mind clear and sharp and focused on getting things done, rather than giving leeway to ruminating over a lozenge.  Once I hit a patch of laziness, I give my mind license to daydream about sucking on a lozenge.  Once I daydream about a lozenge, I contemplate on it, I ruminate and focus on sucking the lozenge.  Before I know it, I convince myself that I miss lozenges and need one at that very moment.

So one of the keys for me is stay busy and keep my mind clear and fresh!  I hope this suggestion helps both of us out.  As always, I wish you the best!

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From: xvaper


The 'Habit' we are talking about is no different than the habit of crack addict putting a pipe to their mouth, or a heroin addict who swears they love the ceremony habit of the needle preparation and puncture. Nicotine is just more readily acceptable and available. It's not a habit, it's connotation. The link between circumstances under which the drug is delivered (after meal) , and delivery method, (cigarette) . An animal figures out that when it is thirsty, it can go to the brook nearby and drink water, which would quench its thirst. It's not a habit, it is survival learning mechanism. And guess what, nicotine hijacks your brain part that deals with learning to survive, so that it views nicotine satisfaction on the same level as getting drink and food.

A habit is eating a toast for breakfast every day, or being late.


From: Anne2020


YEAH!!!! The first of the 'icky 3's' and you passed.  WELL DONE.  The most important step is the first step.  Now you have built a foundation.  You can build on it for the rest of your life.  

Do no underestimate the power of the first 3-4 days.  Without them, you wouldn't have anything to build on. 

Wow, you are on your way to a smoke free lifestyle.

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