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ex smokers. will the patch help?

my new year's resolution was to quit smoking.
I had a pack a day habit. It is not going well.
I have a big 1.0 launch due in february and I'm going crazy.
Will the patch help me to not constantly think about cigarettes all day long? I really don't want to balls up my work. thanks.
Permalink _ 
January 7th, 2006
Try it.

Part of the addiction is to the ritual - fumble fag into face, flick lighter, drag, cough - so anything that helps you avoid this by reducing the physical craving for nicotine is a probable plus in the early phases of withdrawal.

In my case I found it helped to recognise that a state of permanent addiction existed and so instead of giving up completely cold turkey simply added further minutes, hours ... years between smokes as I tailed off.

BTW don't bludge. If you want a cigarette, go buy a pack.
Permalink trollop 
January 7th, 2006
Heh. forgot to mention I wound up with a little nicotine chewing-gum habit for a while.

But the gum did help break the smoking part of the addiction.
Permalink trollop 
January 7th, 2006
>>> In my case I found it helped to recognise that a state of permanent addiction existed and so instead of giving up completely cold turkey simply added further minutes, hours ... years between smokes as I tailed off.

Cold turkey is best for most people. Combine it with - as much as possible, which sounds like not much in the case of the OP - not getting into the situations where you used to smoke. Or, better, combine it with a bad cold or the death of a loved one (the last worked for me). In one case, I did the same taper off, getting down to one smoke per week or so, but that's not usually a good idea.
Permalink Ward Bush 
January 7th, 2006
Zyban is a great pill, although there's still a certain amount of will-power you need to add to the mix.

Sadly however, I'm back on the bastard things (cigs, not the Zyban pills)

I'll have to wait till mid this year to get another lot of govt-subsidised Zybans, otherwise, its goodbye $220 (or therebouts apparently)

I think, no matter what method you choose, you have to really *want* to give up the smokes.
Permalink Brad Thomas 
January 7th, 2006
I managed to kick the habit by making certain rules. Initially, I started with a rule not to smoke at home, added a rule not to smoke during working hours, then, because I have a travelling job; not to smoke in the town I live in.It gradully became impossible to sneak in a cigarette through all my rules. I lapsed a couple of times, but always managed to get back on track. 8 years since I quit.
Permalink Sudden 
January 7th, 2006
I'm in my tenth year as a non-smoker after almost 20 years smoking. The patch worked to lessen the physical addiction but I still had to re-organize my life. When you are a pack a day smoker almost everything you do includes a cigerette. Add something to supplant the oral fixation and break some routines that trigger smoking needs (I had to stay away from bars for months and had a wicked cinnomin stick / gum addiction for a yeat after the smoking stopped - Jon Stewart's doodles are another way).
Permalink K 
January 7th, 2006
just start your resolution in march...
Permalink Kenny 
January 7th, 2006
The other half used the inhaler thingies rather than patches. He said it did help, but it still took a good couple of years for the cravings to go away.
Permalink Katie Lucas 
January 8th, 2006
Patches worked for me... but yeah, you must *want* to quit.
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 8th, 2006

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