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My husband has been trying to quit smoking for a long time now and he keeps relapsing.  If there are any ex-smokers (longer than 1 year) who could share how they quit, it would be most appreciated.

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      Nita P wrote Nov 29, 2012
    • my husband has stopped smoking for over 10 years now.  he too had bouts of smoking and not smokin.  each time he relapsed he would decide that he would only have a certain amount. this went on for a good couple of years and each time the amount was reduced. 10 a day then 7 a day then 4 a day then finally 1 a day. he made sure to minimise where possible being around those that smoked, those who came to our house were asked to smoke outside, and other places that had smokers it made resistance more easy.  he finally got there after many years.  all the best to your husbandestaticheart

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      Marya1961 wrote Nov 30, 2012
    • Wishing your hub much luck with this.happy  It can be so trying at times, but he will do it.

      I have not smoked in 25 years, it was a very tough battle as I started when I was 13 until the age of 25.  It took a lot of time, patience and encouragement from others (particularly hub) to finally stop, but the most important thing I kept telling myself is “you can do it.”  My sister’s husband did the patch and he has been smoke-free for three years, he also told himself he could do it and so far so good.

      My BIL died of lung cancer this year and was a smoker for many years, by the time he quit it was too late.heartbreak

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      Nathalie Girard wrote Dec 2, 2012
    • Why does he want to quit in the first place? For himself or because “it’s the right thing to do“? Why does he smoke? When does he reach out for that cigarette? What emotion is behind it? boredom,anger, stress, impatience, fear, all of the above? All these questions might shed light on why he relapses...

      I guess I stopped when I was really fed up with being addicted and the health side effects. I was in my twenties, smoking 3 packs a day, and couldn’t even walk up one flight of stairs without being out of breath. I relapsed a few times but went right back on the wagon.

      I know some people who stopped by steps. They only kept the ones that felt really good- like after a meal. For my part I couldn’t do that, I loved smoking too much. I stopped cold turkey and as most people fell back on food at first, gained weight, then turned to sports whenever I felt the urge to light up. It’s funny how a walk around the neiborhood will sometimes kill the urge to smoke, especially on a cold winter day.As I got healthier and more into shape, it got easier to resist the urge because I felt better.

      I haven’t touched a cigarette in over 19 years now, but I still feel the urge once in a while. It’s just easier to say no when you’ve got 19 years of work behind you.

      Hope this helps.Good luck to your husband!

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