I had not tried quitting for decades. Then i had no idea how to go about it. Cutting down and will power did not work 35 years ago . The patch and Zyban were both just a prescription with no help lines or psychological advice.
The most helpful in my quit was the quit line i first used. (this one is much better)It had so many success stories and friendly support that it gave me the confidence to try quitting again.
I had been starting to eat better, eating breakfast, and cut down on cigarettes by having to get up and get them. Had taken a lung cleanse of turmeric and ginger which i later learned curbed nicotine cravings. Joined the quit group, cut down to 15% of my usual cigarettes for 3 days and quit smart turkey. I can't swear that either had any effect, but they didn't hurt, cleaned my lungs and practiced the 4 D's.
I was surprised to find that the cravings were not physical but mere urges that only lasted a minute. I had no side-effects although i still took a pinch of ginger and turmeric in chicken broth to replace a coffee a day.
Most important i think was the belief that i could quit. I learned about nicotine, how it worked, my addiction once joining a group.
I took and used all i could with no regrets and would not change a thing. I read Allan Car after i quit for re-enforcement.
Anyone can do this if i can. Knowledge is Power. Mindset is Key.l
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