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#1 rpbrownphoto

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:34 AM

I know it is recommended to start on step two if you smoke ten or fewer cigarettes per day, but what if you smoke one or two a day and then some days you don't smoke at all? That has been my routine, but more and more I fine myself craving cigarettes badly so I want to stop before it's too late. Would starting at step 3 make sense?

 

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:44 AM

You can always start at Step 3, and if you find it isn't doing the job, up to Step 2 for a bit before going back down to step 3.  Whatever works to get you to stop smoking, that's the goal, and there are many ways to do it.  All of them are right if you work them right for you!

 

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:54 AM

Welcome rp, I don't know about the patches but I did want to congratulate you on taking back your life :)

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:13 AM

Thanks you guys. I actually quit 18 months ago (along with drinking) but I started this new job and have been stressed out as hell. I thought smoking would help but of course, it just makes everything worse. 



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:15 AM

Yea crazy mistake lots of us make thinking smoking will help :doh:

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:52 AM

If you only smoke one or two cigarettes a day, and some days none, then I don't think you should start the patch at all.  You would be increasing your nicotine intake, I think.  Just make up your mind..Not One Puff Ever!


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:41 AM

That's kind of what I was thinking. I mean I did smoke three today. But this whole cigarette fling has been going on for about two weeks. Maybe it's worth it just to tough it out and bring hard candies to work or something. Because a step 3 patch is equivalent to like what, 5 cigarettes?



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:57 AM

Welcome...I agree with Nancy... I don't know anything about patches but with that few a day, I would suggest going cold turkey...no need to prolong the process
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:01 AM

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Try the Cold Turkey many 30 year smokers here can do it so can you.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:59 AM

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I used the patches to quit. I was a 39 year, 1/2 pk a day smoker. I used the two strongest doses for the prescribed amount of time. Never used the lowest dose......hot weather hit, patches slid off.

I agree with some of the above.......try Cold Turkey first. Make up your mind that you are done with cigarettes! Stick around and let us know how you are doing.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:49 PM

Anything but smoking.  Smoking is not an option.  



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:26 PM

You need to be very, very careful when combining nrt products and active smoking. That increase in nicotine levels in your system can alter your heart rythum among other health problems. It is not worth the risk. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to go for it. All of it-cold turkey. Smoking will no longer be an option for a nicotine addict like you and I and everybody here. If you find it terribly tough going then by all means start the patch, just don't do both. You have the ability to do this, you really do.
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