Give up... with a powerball...
Within under two weeks of using a powerball, my friend stopped smoking...
Used to smoke 10 a day, and now when she wants a cig, just powerballs, and hasnt smoked at all...
The science bit is I think the work out sends stuff to your brain and makes you feel good. (il let somone else explain that in later in the thread)
Wow, excellent. I'm not a smoker, though I have in the past, and it's just as much a mental problem as an addictive one I think. It's about having something to do...having something in your hand...it's habitual. Like going to a pub...can you just sit in a pub with your mates and not have a drink? It feels wrong.
Let's hope your friend keeps it up and doesn't revert to that stinking habit again!
Wow thats a brilliant idea!well the only people i know who smoke are my dada and sister,i already got my sister a powerball maybe i shall tell her to use it to get off the sigs.
I gave up smoking over 2 years ago.
The trick for me was to firstly come down with a stinking cold and secondly tell myself that I was only giving up 'buying' cigarettes.
I'd happily smoke mates ciggies, but when they realised they weren't getting any back they soon stopped sharing.
Was a crafty way of cutting down.
I don't have a drink problem per se, I just go for the occasional binge drinking sesh every couple of months or so in between a few beers or glasses of wine at weekends.
But I recently packed in the drink too, but only for a month to see if I could do it, after a particularly nasty hangover.
And that was weird being out with mates and not drinking.
I probably drank a greater volume of liquid than I would have if I'd been on the beer, I just can't make soft drinks last.
And 10 pints of soda water with lime weighs heavy on your bowels, let me tell you!!
I've often thought of going T-Total or atleast trying it. Im the same as you in both the fact i gave up smoking 2 years ago (well 2 1/2 actually) and that I usually have a binge drinking night once every couple of months (plus 1 rugby tour a year which is 4 days solid drinking).
Did you feel much better for not drinking?
I too gave up the dreaded cancer sticks a few years ago. (I know, I know, being a physio and everything, should've known better, blah blah blah).
THE way to give up is this:
(well it worked for me!)
There are usually 4 or 5 fags a day that are really hard to get rid of, and most people when they cut down, just smoke these few. For me it was; on the way to work, on the way home, on the PC and before bed. I could cut it down to those 4 but couldn't do without them.
So..... I allowed myself to smoke as much as I wanted, but I wasn't allowed to smoke while in the car, in front of the PC or 1 hour before bedtime.
After a couple of months I was no longer missing those 4 fags, so I switched brand to one that i really didn't like.
So then, I'm smoking fags I don't like at times that I don't care about.
Its not so hard to give up at this point!
Haven't touched one for 3 years and counting......
i used to smoke when i was like 14-15, did for about 2 months then one day i had a ciggarette and after i finished i thought,that didnt do anything for me,no rush, no buzz so i just stopped then
For anyone who is still hooked on this curse I would strongly recommend a reading of Allen Carr's book "The Easy Way to stop smoking". It is utterly enlightening and liberating. (I personally haven't ever put the damned thing in my mouth nor will I ever do but I have seen people giving up in one day with this book!).
You set a very good example Akis.
The best way to stop smoking is to never start.
I sometimes wish I'd never tried it and, forgetting for a moment about the well documented health issues, it's an expensive habit to support.
At current UK prices, to support a fairly low 10-a-day habit costs approx ¬£20 per week, nearly ¬£90 per month and just over ¬£1000 per year.
Just think how many Powerballs you could buy with that, and they last a lot longer than cigarettes AND Powerballs are actually good for you.