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How many times have you tried to quit smoking (but failed)?

Asked by mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe (1478points) December 7th, 2010

Okay so is there anyone who has tried to quit smoking many times but hasn’t done that yet?
I’m asking because I’ve tried many times the first was because I didn’t have money so I couldn’t buy cigarettes for a long time so I decided to quit, the second was when my best friend wouldn’t stop telling me that “It’s really bad” and I tried to quit so she would stop telling me that I’m an awful person because I smoke, and there were many other times that I tried to quit for many other reasons but I never really wanted to quit. I know that smoking is bad and I think that one day I’ll die because of that. (cancer cancer cancer)
But I don’t really care and even though I know that in the future I’ll try to quit again, I’m sure that I’ll never ever ever decide to really quit smoking. I know I have to, but I also know that I won’t.

So, is there anyone who has the same problem? What did you do about it?

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YARNLADY's avatar

My parents were both chain smokers and I never took up the horrible habit. The both died early, before any of their non-smoking brothers and sisters.

I can suggest that you could try hypnosis, this is one issue that lends itself to that solution.

Would it help to know that everywhere you sit, all of your clothes, all of your furniture and curtains are saturated with the drug, nicotine? If you have children, they are already affected, your friends and family visitors will leave your house with that poison in their system. Everything you own stinks and every non-smoker can smell it.

I often ask myself what I could have accomplished if not for the poison I was raised with.

mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe's avatar

@YARNLADY Well, my parents are also smokers and my father sometimes smokes 4 packs of cigarettes in just one day but both of my parents are alive. But my grandfather died because he didn’t quit smoking when he had to.
I can’t try hypnosis not now because I’m not old enough and I’ll have to ask my parents first and that’s impossible to happen.
I don’t have any kids and the house already smells like cigarettes because my mother smokes too.

meiosis's avatar

I tried to ‘give up’ fags many, many times in the course of my 22 year smoking career, but failed every time as I was still psychologically addicted. A friend recommended Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking, which I started to read with a highly cynical viewpoint. Six days later I smoked my last cigarette, and knew for a cast-iron fact that it would be the last ever. His book doesn’t tell you why you shouldn’t smoke – all smokers know that already – instead, it explains the crucial question of why you continue to smoke and debunks the myths that smokers tell themselves. It is quite tedious in parts, as his message is simple and hammered home repeatedly, but for £6.99 it’s the greatest bargain of my life.

Not only did I find it relatively easy, I actually enjoyed the nicotine pangs, as each one told me I was ridding myself of the need to smoke. That was nearly 12 years ago now. Occassionally I dream that I’m smoking fags again, and in every dream I’ve always been horrified with myself – it’s never once seemed like a good idea to smoke. It also didn’t make a an anti-smoking bore, which was a relief. Don’t just take my word for it, read the customer comments on the Amazon link above.

More information on Allen Carr’s Easy Way, including courses and seminars, can be found here.

marinelife's avatar

You won’t be able to quit until you want to.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Stop putting cigarettes in your mouth.
That is how I did it after a few previous attempts at quitting.Just stop doing it.Sometimes it became a minute by minute thing,but it can be done.If you keep telling yourself that you will never quit,then you probably won’t.
My dad was a smoker.
He died of lung cancer last year.It was a slow,painful death.

nebule's avatar

I’m currently ‘quitting’ and I’m having moments where I think…“actually I don’t know really whether I do want to do this”. But I keep going because of many things. I think the main one for me is that I don’t want that feeling of worry I sometimes get when I don’t know when I’m next going to be able to have a cigarette…there’s something very very uncomfortable that. There is of course the most obvious one for me too, which is my son. And basically not being able to breathe properly and other health issues…but I agree, we have to really really want to give up and there are no short cuts.

I have quit three times before, this is my fourth.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Zero. Every time I tried to quit and didn’t suceed was just steps on the path to finally quitting for good.

BoBo1946's avatar

792 times…. what did i do about? One more time would make it 793. loll It’s a hard habit to break. And especially, if you live alone. You get bored…oh well, light one up. ummm…<anyone want a Marlboro?>

BoBo1946's avatar

@mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe sending it your way!!!!

Cruiser's avatar

3 times. What worked is light up a filtered cigarette backwards, smoke the whole thing and you will never smoke again! Guaranteed!

Tobacco companies don’t want you to know this little tip because it is so effective. In fact I bet this answer disappears from here in less than an hour….it always does. They must have a tracer on my web account!

Aster's avatar

I grew up in a houseful of smoke and I’m fine. My dad quit after 30 years of it and lived to almost 89.
My nephews and niece grew up with a mother and father who smoked 3 packs a day. They are all successful, healthy and happy . Their parents, however, died young.
I’ve not been a strong believer in the second hand smoke theories. A smoky house doesn’t seem worse than living in Mexico. I assume Mexico has senior citizens?
I think the bottom line is the immune system. Some people can smoke forever and be ok. But if someone is obese and smokes? I don’t hold out much hope for those poor souls. but I sure enjoyed it when I did it relatively briefly.

Cruiser's avatar

@mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe My motto is try anything once and THAT you will only try once! Congrats on being smoke free!! ;)

mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe's avatar

@Cruiser thanks but here’s something weird: I was about to try it, but then I thought that I’ll need a “last time” so I haven’t done that yet

nebule's avatar

@mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe I really wouldn’t give up until you really want to x

Cruiser's avatar

@mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe Do make sure you aren’t completely hammered when you do it too as the effectiveness of this technique drops way off if you are.

meiosis's avatar

If you’re thinking of “one last time” then you’re unlikely to succeed as you’re still psychologically addicted. You really should read Allen Carr as this is what he tackles so well.

disenchanted_poisongirl's avatar

(before saying anything, I have to say that I was @mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe , but I was stupid enough to leave and delete my account. So, now I’m back, and I really have to say something.)

I actually quit smoking. My boyfriend hates smoking, and I stopped smoking because he wanted me to stop. He didn’t help me, it was more like he made me quit smoking, but it worked anyway.

Thank you for answering my question :) :)

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