Start by trying to smoke less and less each day. Every time you crave a smoke try to hold it off a little longer, do something to keep u busy untill the craving passes, when u can no longer hold it off have a smoke but only have a few drags. This way u satisfy ur craving but still smoke less. While you are cutting down pick a date to stop smoking, it can be a personally significant date or just one picked outta the blue. Write that date on the calander and continue with cutting down.
Try to come up with a list of things u can do to help cope with the cravings, and practice by putting them into action while ur cutting down. These could be things like ---- Going for a walk, exercising, everyone is different so u have to make ur own list.Also try to notice and make a list of the things that cause u to crave smokes like----- having drinks with friends, after dinner, surfing the net, then try to think of ways to cope with those situations after u quit. For example if you know you always crave a smoke after a meal then resolve to go for a walk after eating.
When you quit day comes...... QUIT!! thats it done, wake up and say to yourself "Today Im a non-smoker" Put ur best foot forward and all ur new coping skills to work. You can do it!
And if you want you can talk to your Doctor about taking Zyban or using the patch. I smoked for 15 years and quit 4 and a half years ago, I took Zyban and did what I described above. I only once tried smoling since my Quit date and that was the night my mom died.... and it made me sick as hell ... which is a good thing. : )
By jane r