The Ayatollah Of Rock And Rolla
|I've smoked for periods of my life and gave them up for years at a time.
I am in the process of quitting now. My doctor prescribed me 'Wellbutrin' to aid in quitting. It is an antidepressant, but one of the off label uses is that it helps with smoking cessation. I started taking them a few weeks ago (taking one pill a day for 7 days, then 2 a day therafter) and I take them for two months, or until I stop smoking completely.) I have to say that after four or five days, my cravings to smoke dropped drastically. I'm not sure how it works exactly, but I find that when I do have a cigarette they are very un-enjoyable. I only have two or three a day right now after my peak habit was a half a pack a day (around 12). I find the cigarettes I do have now, I don't even finish. By the time I'm half way through a cigarette, I feel that I have had enough and butt it. I think I might have it beat within a week or two (fingers crossed).
I find my biggest trigger to smoke is when I am around others that smoke. When I am home or just not around others that partake, I find I do not crave them at all. It gets tough though being around my Father as he has a pack a day habit. I am not a dope smoker, so I do not have that to worry about.
In the past when I have quit for long periods I have just gone cold turkey, or used the nicotine gum, which I found was very effective. I did one time end up chewing the gum for a long period of time. I ended up getting hooked on it lol.
What I am going to miss though are the cigars. I am not a big smoker of them, but I do enjoy a few every month.