I think the biggest key is determination because it is brutally hard. I smoked when I was younger and not for all that long. Probably between the age of 18-25, so I didn't have 20 or 30 years under my belt like many people do. I really hated that I smoked and was really determined to stop. Even then it took me three or four tries. I would have dreams that I was smoking and the dreams were so vivid, I would wake up in the morning wondering if I smoked the night before.:biggrin2: The urge to smoke lasted a long time too. The bad urge was gone in a few weeks but even a couple of years later, I would catch a whiff of cigarette smoke and I would want one. I feel for anyone trying to do it but now I am just one of those annoying ex-smoker crusaders against smoking. :biggrin2:
No, I do not want a laser beam shock collar please. :eek2:
We've also both had a smoking dream. He woke up feeling guilty. So far, the smell does not make me want one. I find myself stepping away from smokers because I don't like the smell.
I don't ever remember having a smoking dream. But I don't like the smell of them anymore, and I certainly don't want one. :biggrin2:
I got an e-cig and I like it. It's not just exactly like a cigarette but it keeps me from tweaking for one. I've only had 10 regular smokes today, which in it's face is amazing. The e-cigs haven't made me feel anxious or anything outside of my normal-ness, whatever that may be.
The blue light is a little odd but one carries on.
Anyhow as I was sitting in my car today puffing on the e-cig, tripping on the blue tip light, thinking it should be red. It made me remember something I saw on tv when I was a kid. I can't for the life of me remember the name of it though. A man went to the future and he wanted a cigarette, but in that "when" cigarettes were illegal. People had to use some sort of electronic device, not unlike an e-cig if they wanted to smoke. Does anyone remember seeing that?
Maybe a Twilight Zone thing, or One Step Beyond?
Life imitating art.
I think the ecig is a very good idea. One could lower the nicotine level gradually until 0, at that point you would know it was more habit then addiction and you could work on that part.
I think it is the combination of chemical addiction and the comforting physical action of smoking that makes the craving so irresistable, and this addresses both.
I've heard some people say "what's the difference if I have to breath your second hand vapor". Well if you're around any people you are already breathing 2nd hand vapor whenever they exhale, and there is no sidestream smoke because it only produces vapor on demand instead of burning in the ashtray.
The vapor dissipates much more quickly than the smoke leaving no real odor.
I know a few people who have used it to become completely tobacco free and even if they never quit vaping they are probably still better off.
I haven't had that success yet but I do still pull the ecig out now and then and hope someday I can make it take. At least when I use it I am smoking less.
I'm now completely tobacco free. Just using the e-cig. Noticing my skin is much brighter, my chest feels lighter, and my sense of smell has sharpened. Keep at it Patricia.