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NY 1009 05-28-2008 07:41 AM

Quitting Cold Turkey vs patches and pills
I am quoting this from [B]"Joels Library" t[/B]hat I found on how to quit smoking.
He has tons of information on how to quit.
this is what he says about quitting cold turkey.
hope this helps you like it did me.
here goes:

[B]quote:[/B] "To many, cold turkey conjures up visions of torturous pain, suffering and general drudgery. In fact, it is easier to stop smoking using the cold turkey method than by using any other technique. Cold turkey induces less suffering and creates a shorter period of withdrawal. Most important, cold turkey is the approach by which the smoker has the best chance of success.

Smokers must recognize that they are drug addicts. Nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug. Once the smoker has smoked for a fairly long time, the body requires maintenance of a certain level of nicotine in the bloodstream. If this level is not maintained, the smoker will experience varying degrees of drug withdrawal. The lower the level, the greater the intensity. As long as any nicotine remains in the bloodstream the body will keep craving its full complement. Once the smoker quits, the nicotine level will eventually drop to zero and all physical withdrawal will cease. Cravings for an occasional cigarette may continue, but this is due to past psychological conditioning and not to a physical dependence.

Cutting down on cigarettes or use of nicotine replacement strategies throws the smoker into a chronic state of drug withdrawal. As soon as the smoker fails to reach the minimum requirement of nicotine, the body starts demanding it. As long as there is any nicotine in the bloodstream, the body will demand its old requirement. Smoking just one or two a day or wearing a patch which is gradually reducing the amount of nicotine being delivered will result in the smoker not achieving the minimum required level, creating a chronic state of peak drug withdrawal.

This state will continue throughout the rest of the smoker's life unless one of two steps is taken to rectify it. First, the smoker can stop delivering nicotine altogether. Nicotine will be metabolized or totally excreted from the body and the withdrawal will stop forever. Or, the smoker can return to the old level of consumptions accomplishing nothing.

Therefore, cold turkey is the method of choice. Once the smoker stops, withdrawal will end within two weeks. If you smoke, we can help you over this crucial period of time. Once it is past, you can rest assured that you will never need to smoke again. Then, to stay off you will simply need to remember to Never Take Another Puff! "

Hope this is of some help for everyone.
it helped me.


imjensmom 05-28-2008 08:30 AM

Re: Quitting Cold Turkey vs patches and pills
Linda, I'm glad what Joel says helped you. Alot of what Joel says is true, however, cold turkey is not the only way to quit. If you can do it, more power to you but there is no shame in using anything and everything available to quit. I would've eaten friskies dry cat food if I thought it would help me quit (just kidding about that). Do I wish I could've just said one day that I quit and live happily ever after, you bet I do. Did I know that wouldn't work for me, you bet I did. I started taking Chantix on 2/17/08 and quit on 2/26/08. I did the research on Chantix and knew what the good and bad were going into it. I will trade the risk of side effects from Chantix for the risk of Lung cancer anyday. Everyone needs to do whatever they have to do to quit.

marian100 05-29-2008 11:21 AM

Re: Quitting Cold Turkey vs patches and pills
I agree with jensmom. It has almost been 2 years for me. I used the patch and hypnosis. I believe that there are several ways to stop and each person must choose the one for them. Godbless

CaydenJ 05-30-2008 10:26 PM

Re: Quitting Cold Turkey vs patches and pills
I found cold turkey to be the best for my type of personality. I'm more of an 'out of sight, out of mind' type. Cutting down gradually doesn't work so well for me. I think you have to bring your age and health into the equation as well. To fight the craving I found a change in diet and excessive cardio, strength training and yoga to work extremely well. I kept at it till the cravings went away which it stopped in 2-3 weeks. I agree that quitting involves a lot of self evaluation to see what works and what doesn't but ultimately it involves a great deal of optimism.

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