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I can't ask the "best" way as that would be too subjective; but what's the most effective way to stop smoking, when measured in percent of people who don't start again?

asked May 29 '10 at 22:56

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There are many methods, just take a look at google. There are many effective way it depends how long you have been smoking and what works.

answered May 29 '10 at 22:57

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But the point of a Q&A site is to divert traffic from Google and put answers all in one place, is it not? :)

(May 29 '10 at 22:59) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

Don't start =D

answered May 30 '10 at 16:03

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My parents have smoked since they were 18 years old. They're in their 60s now. They've literally tried everything (except hypnosis). They'll never quit. I think some people simply can't/won't.

(Aug 26 '10 at 00:48) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

Chantix worked for me the 2nd time, Zyban (Wellbutrin) worked the first time. It's been three years without a single cigarette.

answered May 30 '10 at 16:06

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Congratulations, that's no small achievement!

(Aug 26 '10 at 00:49) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

Thanks! So glad I did.

(Aug 26 '10 at 05:03) jhagedon jhagedon's gravatar image

Maybe try one of those inhalers? I've never smoked so I can't tell you for sure but I've seen ads for them.

answered May 29 '10 at 22:57

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I quit a 4 pack a day habit at Smokenders 18 years ago. I did absolutely everything they told me to do, just in case the one thing I left out was the one that would make a difference. Basically, they help you handle both sides of smoking: the chemical addiction plus the dozens of habits that make up smoking: The cigarette on the phone, the one while driving, the one after meals, etc. Each one is a separate habit that requires a separate strategy, and you break them one at a time. After their program was over (6 weeks, I think), I joined Nicotine Anonymous and went to meetings for another 6 months. It was inspiring to hear someone say she had gone a FULL 8 HOURS without thinking about smoking. I remember thinking, "If I can get to that point, I've got it made."

Good luck. And imagine -- waking up without coughing!

answered Aug 25 '10 at 22:34

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The three step patch

answered May 30 '10 at 15:42

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Just plane old mint gum and will power did it for me

answered May 30 '10 at 15:55

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Daniel Balment

ps i smoked for 15 years

(May 30 '10 at 15:56) Daniel Balment Daniel%20Balment's gravatar image

There is a chemical addiction involved here so your body is going to react to cutting it off cold turkey but the trick is to change your habits. If you don't change your habits and replace bad things with good things it's a lot harder to succeed.

answered Aug 25 '10 at 18:42

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My father quit cold turkey, when I asked him how he did it. He explained that he looked at how much TIME & MONEY he was spending on cigarettes --- {The Cloud Parted, Sunlight Beaming, Choir Sounds ... you get his point!}

We bought more guns, scooters, knives, etc. --- I enjoy my father & son projects/hobbies =0p...

alt text | How Much Money Are You Spending on Cigarettes?

"... When Kirk Danby decided to quit smoking, he made a list of the benefits he'd gain—starting with the $3,650 he would save per year. "Multiply that by 20 years, and I realized that I have smoked enough to have put a decent down payment on a house," says Danby, 38, of Tokyo, Japan. "Shock and horror sets in ..."

alt text > Cost of smoking calculator

answered Aug 25 '10 at 19:01

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edited Aug 25 '10 at 19:54

One of the least stressful and cheapest and fastest ways is to get some good PC games and also get some anime, and cycle between playing some PC games and watching anime. both have the effect of you watching anime or playing a game in the morning and before you know it, it is 8PM at night.

if needed you can use anime planet to find new anime and keep track of anime that you are currently watching

Here is my list http://www.anime-planet.com/users/Razor512/anime/watched

The craving to smoke stops when the crap from the cigarettes leaves your system completely. And with some anime and PC games, you wont even feel a need to smoke.

answered Aug 25 '10 at 19:02

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edited Aug 25 '10 at 19:02


So switch the smoking addiction for a different addiction?

(Aug 25 '10 at 19:12) sulljason sulljason's gravatar image

Sulljason, great point, although there are some healthy addictions too. A former coworker of mine had tried a lot of ways to quit smoking and took up jogging, then running, and soon he was hooked on triathlons (run/bike/swim) and actually very good at it (Ironman, etc.) So he replaced his smoking addiction with an addiction to competitive triathlons. He's in awesome shape and is in his 40s now.

(Aug 26 '10 at 00:51) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image
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