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It’s OK To Be A Quitter


Before e-cigs (the efficacy of which, as far as a stop-smoking aid, is still TBD and not recommended), and before the patch (flesh-toned, plastic-y medical pasties), there was a cutout dress-friendly, refreshing mint option for those looking to break the habit—nicotine Chiclets. They came highly recommended by Tamara Mellon during her recent Top Shelf interview:

"Nicorette is always in my bag because it totally works. It's the only way I gave up smoking and doesn't have any of the cancerous things that are in cigarettes. I've been chewing it for two years!"

—as told to ITG

Photo by Tom Newton. 

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  • conni boykins

    I was a "smoker" for ~3 weeks last year and I'm so glad I stopped before I got addicted....my whole life just felt gross and awful during that time. I started because everyone else was doing which I probably one of the dumbest reasons to ever do something.

  • katie

    Any other practical solutions from readers on quitting smoking? I'd like to, but I really don't want to go the medicated route (i.e. Chantix or whatever...) and, frankly, I really enjoy smoking! :(

    • Doll
      • AJ

        Totally agree the only way to quit ! I tried everything and this book is the best and you get to smoke while you read it !
        I smoked for almost 20 years and this book is a miracle !

      • Sarajohana

        I read Allen Carr's Easy Way 3 times but the third time was the charm. It's has been a year and a half and I am so grateful! Believe me I was a fiend.

      • katie

        Thank you so much, everyone who recommended the book. I am ordering it now. Addiction is challenging, and cigarettes are my sole vice... I know it's psychological. I'm excited to see what this magic book is all about. Fingers crossed!

    • brooke

      people are surprised too when i tell them i like the nicorette gum. try to get the brand gum, i find it tastes better and lasts longer then the generic ones.

      chantix scares me but i know it has worked for people, i take wellbutrin which is also marketed as zyban and it has helped my mood and it does completely cut the desire to smoke for the first month or so, then like most medications you become accustomed to it. everyone reacts differently to things, but that is what has worked for me personally :)

      cigarettes they say are harder to quit then some very addictive drugs, finding something that works for you is pretty awesome. i have a wonderful doctor who has helped me with it, i feel like its pretty hard to do it cold turkey and by yourself

  • Lena

    It's interesting to hear all the different solutions on how to quit smoking. I recently quit (two days ago in fact...) and smoked previously for almost 3 years. It took a lot to finally make me stop, the amazing thing I found was that it wasn't a product or someone else that made me WANT to stop- it was myself. I started listening to my body first of all. I felt unhealthy all the time, got frequent sore heads and didn't appreciate my body at all. So I decided enough was enough. I also realised my self worth for my body. Your body is the greatest tool you could ever own in my opinion, so why not show it some respect and love by not treating it badly and helping it survive? If you conclude on your own terms a) how and b) why to stop, you'll have more chance of succeeding than trying to use someone else's solution. Keep looking guys, I promise it gets easy once you answer that question- why and how do you need to stop?

  • brookesmasher

    if you want to quit smoking just STOP SMOKING.
    it's really not that complicated or difficult.
    if you don't want to do something don't do it.
    the end

    • Sarajohana

      Is that how you quit?

      • brookesmasher

        well i only smoke when i drink but yeah when i want to smoke i smoke and when i don't i don't.

        addiction or not, i think if anyone SERIOUSLY wants to stop certain behaviors they should do just that...stop.
        i mean i'm not trying to be a bitch about it or anything but it really is that easy.

        • Jen

          If it were as easy as simply stopping there would be no addiction.

          • brookesmasher

            there is no such thing as addiction. it's weakness. plain and simple.

            mind over matter and all that.

        • Charlene

          Brookesmasher, Here is the key question: If you only smoke when you drink, how often do you drink? Once a year? Once a month/week/day? 24/7?
          Mark Twain said he could stop smoking anytime he wanted to, and he knew he could because he did it all the time.

          • brookesmasher

            every other weekend. friday and satruday, and sometimes a random thursday with friends.

            it usually takes me about three weeks to a month to finish a pack of ciggies.

        • Eliza

          I agree, it really does come down to strong will, but you also need good reasons to stick to your decision. I quit smoking seven years ago after smoking for about 7-8 years (I was 15 when I started - really, really stupid). One day I told myself that I was about to finish up my last pack of cigarettes and just did it. Having said that, a few key things triggered this decision: my aunt (a heavy smoker) dying of cancer and me falling for a guy who hated smoking. I also had to move to another country for a while, which helped to stay away from my smoker friends and change some bad habits. Sometimes I still feel the urge to smoke and I do once every few months when I go out with my old buddies - otherwise I would keep thinking about it.

          • brookesmasher

            good for you!!! i'm so happy to hear it :)

            i'm not trying to rag on anyone who smokes and feels like they personally need some outside help to quit.
            i'm simply saying that you don't NEED the help, you just WANT it.

        • Rih

          It sounds like you don't understand addiction.

          • brookesmasher

            it's absolutely in your power to change something about yourself if you WANT to change it.
            but if you don't really want to change then yeah, make some excuses, be "addicted", etc.

        • Prenouveau

          My friend has been a smoker for 10 years. He wants to quit because he knows it is bad for him and he doesn't want to get cancer, but he doesn't "SERIOUSLY" want to, as you say. He would prefer that he could smoke without the health risks. But that isn't possible and not everyone can wait for epiphany. Some people never get to a place where they are so psychologically committed to quitting that it's easy, and yet they still need to quit.

  • Tanya

    It's possible to overdo it with nicorette! a close friend chewed it nonstop and developed weird facial twitches and neurological symptoms that took months to go away. I'm sure in proper doses it's fine, but just a word to the wise - everything in moderation.

  • Cavegirl

    Thank you for this comment. You're right. Having a good circle of caring people really helps. Communities that offer real support are more precious than "programs" and "psychologists" that give impersonal and nonspecific help. Not that those things aren't helpful, but they're meager compared to your family and friends. It also helps if you interpret criticisms in terms of "they care that's why they nag" instead of "I hate nagging." Hold on to that guy, he sounds like a good one. :)