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Posted by James on November 13, 2000 at 11:39:51:

In Reply to: Smoking--Any suggestions for a many time quit/start? posted by Corene C. on November 06, 2000 at 17:33:58:

: I have been able to quit smoking for long periods three times in my life-three pregnancies and births until the boys hit around a year and then I'd start. Since then I have tried Zyban, the patch, hypnosis, cold turkey, financially unable and still managing to get the cigarettes.I am very frustrated and angry at self. I hate smoking-the taste, the smell, the yucky feeling but still I smoke!I have been a sober alcoholic for 2 years 11 months but cannot seem to apply the same "program" to quitting smoking. Any suggestions? Thank you.

I used a book to quit smoking 30 months ago called "how to quit smoking the easy way" by Alan Carr it's published in the U.K. but I imagine you can obtain it in the U.S it really helped. frankly you posess the first thing needed and that's a real hatred of tobacco that means eventually you will find the willpower to quit. basically weigh up the pros and cons as a mental exercise focus on the benifits of quitting, Sense of smell, taste, more money no coughing etc. etc. etc. what are you getting from your cigarettes? As far as I can see the only benefit from smoking is you get to not feel your emotions. Everytime you light one up try and identify which emotion you're pushing down anger, sadness, fear, joy, more anger. Just try this for a while till you become really in tune with your emotions keep smoking keep hating it but notice how you're using smoke not to feel.
Then try not smoking! confront the emotion experience it as safely as possible and let it go and move on trying not to smoke. first 1 day then 2 days then 4 days then 8 days etc. Also yoga and meditaion really help because they teach you how to breath again when you're smoking you aint breathing. I hope this is some help let me know

James


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