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Paul cutting his smoking by 50%
« on: 03/05/2007 22:25:12 »
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! 50%!! That's loads!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!
« Last Edit: 04/05/2007 09:27:53 by daveshorts »


 

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Re: Paul cutting his smoking by 50%
« Reply #1 on: 03/05/2007 23:24:22 »
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! 50%!! That's loads!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!
No cutting down never works over the long term and often leads to the person for some reason to end up a heavier smoker.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 04/05/2007 00:24:11 »
No cutting down never works over the long term and often leads to the person for some reason to end up a heavier smoker.

I cannot comment on smoking, since I have never been a smoker, but personally, I do find the only way to really stop something is total and instantaneous cessation.

That having been said, i have heard of people for whom gradual reduction is the best way, although it still requires a clear timetable, and to be able to stick to that timetable of reduction.  If you simply cut down to 50%, and then lose the inertia to keep cutting down, then I do agree, it has the same effect as yo-yo dieting.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 04/05/2007 01:08:41 »
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No cutting down never works over the long term and often leads to the person for some reason to end up a heavier smoker.

i agree to some extent, Micky. i have tried before and have always gone back to the same level of smoking, although it have never gotten heavier.


I cannot comment on smoking, since I have never been a smoker, but personally, I do find the only way to really stop something is total and instantaneous cessation.

That having been said, i have heard of people for whom gradual reduction is the best way, although it still requires a clear timetable, and to be able to stick to that timetable of reduction.  If you simply cut down to 50%, and then lose the inertia to keep cutting down, then I do agree, it has the same effect as yo-yo dieting.

basically George, i suppose i am a drug addict. where nicotine is the drug, i have no clear timetable to reduce the cigarettes further. cutting down by 50% in less than a week and sticking to it, is for me, an achievement. it's not been easy, and at times i have desperately wanted just one extra cigarette. but, so far so good. will it last? i have no idea, but if i can maintain my present level then i feel sure i can reduce the cigarettes further. i just don't want to do it too quickly as this has failed miserably in the past.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 04/05/2007 01:25:08 »
YOU CAN DO IT PAUL!!!!!  That's how my mom quit.   She's been smoke free for a year now. 

 Now when you get comfy at 50%, cut that down by another 50%.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 04/05/2007 01:28:00 »
basically George, i suppose i am a drug addict. where nicotine is the drug,

Yes, I do understand that.

i have no clear timetable to reduce the cigarettes further. cutting down by 50% in less than a week and sticking to it, is for me, an achievement. it's not been easy, and at times i have desperately wanted just one extra cigarette. but, so far so good. will it last? i have no idea, but if i can maintain my present level then i feel sure i can reduce the cigarettes further. i just don't want to do it too quickly as this has failed miserably in the past.

As I said, different things work for different people; but you do need to forward plan, otherwise it will not work - even if that means that on 4th August you start cutting back a further 50% (i.e. down to 25% of the original level), and on 4th November you go for complete cessation - but that still allows to to retain a constant inertia.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 04/05/2007 13:18:36 »
Congrats george.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 04/05/2007 13:40:45 »
When you fancy a cigarette say to yourself "No, not yet. I'll wait another half an hour". Then, when that half hour is up, try putting it off a while longer. You'll be surprised how much you can cut down like that.

Also, try to cut out the habitual cigarettes - post-somnolence, post-pranial, post-coital etc - and you'll find it easier not to have the others.

Psychologically it's better if you think of yourself as a non-smoker from the day you give up, not as someone trying to give up.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 04/05/2007 13:46:11 »
« Last Edit: 04/05/2007 13:48:09 by Hadrian »
 

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« Reply #9 on: 04/05/2007 14:03:26 »
Congrats george.

What's this about - I am not cutting down smoking - where do you cut down from zero?
 

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« Reply #10 on: 04/05/2007 14:05:42 »
When you fancy a cigarette say to yourself "No, not yet. I'll wait another half an hour". Then, when that half hour is up, try putting it off a while longer. You'll be surprised how much you can cut down like that.

It known as procrastination - you'd be surprised about how good I can get about procrastinating (just, I have no need to do it for cigarettes).
 

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« Reply #11 on: 04/05/2007 14:43:42 »
i forgot i had this ........ LOL





 

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« Reply #12 on: 04/05/2007 15:07:49 »
drat and blast! i congrats the wronged person! *bangs his head on a wall* [:-[]

I'm gonna go crawl under a rock..  [xx(]
 

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« Reply #13 on: 04/05/2007 15:22:36 »
drat and blast! i congrats the wronged person! *bangs his head on a wall* [:-[]

I'm gonna go crawl under a rock..  [xx(]


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« Reply #14 on: 04/05/2007 15:24:12 »
 ::)

Paul fr. was the one quitting, not another_someone. I got mixed up. what's so hard to understand.  ???
 

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« Reply #15 on: 04/05/2007 15:32:55 »
::)

Paul fr. was the one quitting, not another_someone. I got mixed up. what's so hard to understand.  ???


i found it hard to read with all the smoke...........LOL
 

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« Reply #16 on: 04/05/2007 15:59:50 »
Congratulations.. Hang in there and don't give up!! BIG HUGS!!
 

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« Reply #17 on: 04/05/2007 16:21:05 »
::)

Paul fr. was the one quitting, not another_someone. I got mixed up. what's so hard to understand.  ???


i found it hard to read with all the smoke...........LOL


LOL  :D :D
 

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« Reply #18 on: 05/05/2007 06:15:09 »
Also, try cutting a little off the tip at a time...if you end up having one so you can trick your mind into believing you have had a whole cig...congrats handsome!  You are doing gr8!
 

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« Reply #19 on: 05/05/2007 06:17:53 »
i don't know about over there, but here in the us they sell marlboro seventy two's. they are shorter cigarettes. downright tiny!
 

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« Reply #20 on: 05/05/2007 06:26:02 »
yes, but stronger though....
 

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« Reply #21 on: 05/05/2007 06:30:10 »
oh are they? didn't know that. i guess that wouldn't help then
 

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« Reply #22 on: 05/05/2007 07:32:24 »
that is what I heard...maybe not, but maybe they make a milder one that is shorter????  Where is the cig experties....?
 

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« Reply #23 on: 05/05/2007 07:33:36 »
i don't know about over there, but here in the us they sell marlboro seventy two's. they are shorter cigarettes. downright tiny!

i hate 72's. You always seem to smoke more, as you never feel like you have had a full cigarette.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 05/05/2007 07:34:42 »
Also, try cutting a little off the tip at a time...if you end up having one so you can trick your mind into believing you have had a whole cig...congrats handsome!  You are doing gr8!

why, thank you Gorgeous!
 

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