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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.
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.
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.
drat and blast! i congrats the wronged person! *bangs his head on a wall* [:- I'm gonna go crawl under a rock.. [xx(]
 Paul fr. was the one quitting, not another_someone. I got mixed up. what's so hard to understand. 
Quote from: Ben6789 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. i found it hard to read with all the smoke...........LOL
i don't know about over there, but here in the us they sell marlboro seventy two's. they are shorter cigarettes. downright tiny!
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!
that is what I heard...maybe not, but maybe they make a milder one that is shorter? Where is the cig experties....?
You are so welcome! Have to support you through this as it is tough, but you are stronger!!!
Okay, how long did you smoke? (symptoms normal for someone who has smoked for a while)
I thought it was a while...same symptoms of a young lady I spoke with the day before after her 24 years of smoking. I am an ex-smoker too.
paul i also heard today that when you have a cigarette craving it sometimes helps to brush your teeth instead
You there Paul? 
Hope you are doing well!
Quote from: Ben6789 on 07/05/2007 13:06:20You there Paul?  i am now, Ben Quote from: Karen W. on 07/05/2007 15:07:29Hope you are doing well!well i had a slight relapse yesterday, but all is fine now.
well i had a slight relapse yesterday, but all is fine now.