How did you quit Smoking cigarettes?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Dockbumper, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Usually, a devastating diagnosis is a hefty incentive.:oops: It's rough quitting something and still have the lifestyle that made you smoke in the 1st place. Trucking and smoking go hand in hand. Quitting smoking is probably the toughest thing to do. Good luck, pal.
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  3. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

    Aug 2, 2012
    I used nicorette gum. That was 25 years ago.
  4. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2017
    I didnt like the way it made me feel, so I tapered off, switching to lighter and lighter brands/styles. Was smoking a pack a day of Marlboro reds, switched to mediums. Smoked more for a couple weeks but eventually tapered back down to a pack a day of mediums. Lather, rinse, repeat, until I was smoking a pack a day of Merit ultralight. Then I switched to ultralight 100s and started tapering to half a cig per session, equalling half a pack a day.

    Then one day I realized that I was literally paying somebody to kill me, and I never pulled another drag. Gave away the cigs I had left. Had the munchies for 4 months but didn't care. Gladly stuffed my face. Eventually switched to lots of carrots and celery but still gained 50 lbs, but after 6 months the cravings were 90% gone. Will never go back.
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  5. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2017
    Grats man. When you get the urge, remind yourself: the first day/week/month/year is the toughest, and every month is easier than the last. If you take another drag, you're cheating yourself by making yourself have to go thru the toughest part all over again.
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  6. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    I quit a a couple times for a year or so. Woke up after a night of drinking with a pack in my pocket and so much for quitting. In '98 I was up near Boston when the flu was hitting hard. Helped out by covering some local stuff for a couple days. on my way out of Ma. the sickness hit me hard. I was coughing, fever, the whole flu thing. Lit one up, coughed, threw the cig then the whole pack out the window. Got a room for 4 days and got better. Started to buy another pack and then just said no, I'm going to try to quit again. After 4 days cold turkey the nicotine addiction was easing. Turned out that for me the habit of smoking at certain times was what I had to break. Like every time I got the green light at a scale I'd find myself reaching for the pack. Or after eating. Or sex. Knowing when the urge was going to be bad and being mentally prepared to deal with it was key for me.
    So going on 23 years now and still every know and then I'll catch just the whiff of smoke from someone that just lit one up and I'll find myself reaching for my shirt pocket.
  7. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    I watched my Dad die of lung cancer and emphysema. It was a miserable way to go out. He was a heavy smoker.
    I smoked a couple of packs a day and quit cold turkey. It wasn't easy and there are still times, after twenty years, that I want one.
  8. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    I cured myself when i was around 13-14. A down the road school friends mom’s business was stocking cigarette vending machines at the bars and clubs in the San Antonio area. She had a great big inventory of ALL the brands made at the time in a “locked” spare bedroom in their house. Boxes and boxes of cartons.
    Will one day one summer the two of us got the idea to see how many we could smoke and how they all taste different in an afternoon. Lost count quickly after a handful of cartons and seeing how many we could fit in our mouths at one time.

    I got so sick I really needed to go to hospital but just stayed in bed over the weekend to get the sick to pass because I was scared to death to tell my mom why I was really sick. To this day I get the shakes just thinking about it. Lol!
  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    190/150 and a very bad nose bleed.
  10. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Well, I became a Mormon and alcohol and tobacco are no no's. Quit drinking and smoking at the same time, cold turkey. Wasn't near as hard as I thought it would be.
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  11. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Cold turkey. Smoked the last cig in a pack one Saturday night and never bought another. 30 years, 2-3 packs a day. Now, even being around other smokers doesn't bother me.
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