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make it stop

Almost six weeks after giving up smoking, I am having the most intense cravings EVER.

I'm going to ram someone's head through a door in a second. Most likely my own.

I tried taking it out on American Idol contestants, but it's not working.

I see a gallon of Haagen Daaz in my immediate future.


Ask your husband what he would like right now ;-)

He probably doesn't want you to beat the crap out of him and then cry.

Eat the ice cream. You can always lose any extra pounds you might gain, but don't start smoking. It will just be harder the next time you want to quit.

Jeez, this addiction thing is tough to beat, huh? Whoda thunk it? Maybe the 98% that won't make it, no matter how bad they wanted it.

Eh, be the two percenter. Screw 'em.

I wondered how that was going. Sorry you've hit a rough patch. But six weeks--six weeks is excellent! Don't trash it now.

Quitting smoking gets exponentially easier each time you quit actually. I am on my fifth or sixth time quitting and, after the first two days or so I am generally unphased by the absence of the habit. The desire for straight uptake of the drug rears its ugly head every so often but it's not so bad.

Good work so far, Michele. I decided to quit a week or so after you did. I use the patch though which makes it much easier. You know those truth.com commercials you hate so much? You should have taped a couple of them to watch right now. You might be able to find them on the internet. Hate 'em or not, they provide an immediate reminder of what it is that you are trying to escape. They helped me during some late nights when I was agitated with insomnia back when I quit a few years ago.

Good luck.

Try reading
Allan Carr's book 'The Easy way to Stop Smoking' - it works like magic, immediately and painlessly you just stop smoking. Sort of self hypnosis I guess. No withdrawal symptoms. No self pity. No feelings of having lost a little friend. Best of all, if you decide to start smoking again, you know you can give it up - snap - just like that by re-reading the book. You're in control.

fwiw, sometimes I repress a nasty craving quite well by making and then slowly sipping a very hot, very salty clear soup made of sauteed onion, garlic, a tiny bit of rice, salt and chicken stock. Making it and then sipping it keeps my hands busy until the salt has had time to knock my tastebuds unconscious for the next couple of hours, which (when you think about it) is kinda what smoking would have done. Than I kick the living shit out of the dishwasher.

I want to start a service for people who really really want to quit smoking. How much money would people pay to have someone follow them around and slap cigarettes out of their hands? or publicly embarrass them for smoking? or shoot seltzer bottles as the smoker lights up?

I imagine a sort of Kato/Clouseau relationship between the two. Houses would be destroyed, bruises would be given, but if the phone rings it would be all business: "Inspector Catalano residence." (pause.) "It's for you, Inspector."

I've got skills: nunchuck skills, comment skills, answering phone skills. I can do it. How about $20 an hour, room and board, and travel costs? I'll even bring my own first aid kit. You'll never smoke again.

Hey Judith,

Is that the book that asks you to chain smoke throughout the entire read?

I've heard of a book like that and have been wanting to learn the title of it for a couple of years now.

When you are done with the book, you apparantly are sick to the stomach whenever you smell or smoke a cigarette.

Michele, I've been where you are at! It does ease up. Of course, after the first day I chickened out and started using the patch. Used it for about a week. Hang in there!!!!

Chris: "Eat the ice cream. You can always lose any extra pounds you might gain"

I wish this were true. I gained 45 pound within the first 3 months I quit smoking (and drinking). It's been 4 years, and I think I utt more weight on instead of losing any of it, despite having to ride a bike everywhere!

Leno was talking with Vin Diesel last night about gaining weight. Vin said he was eating a pint of ice cream a night to put on weight. Leno scoffed and told him he should be using the quart size and then..."You cut a big hole out of the middle of the quart and your fill it with a Coke or Pepsi or Root Beet."

Am I the only one that thought that was just brilliant?

I heard bananas are supposed to help against those cravings...


I found that my most intense cravings always came around two months after I quit. For the first week, I'd be ready to kill someone, but still coherant. Then it was all fine, until that two month mark. At that point, all hell would break loose. I solved it by chewing on my boyfriend. His coat survived. Barely.

Hang in there - I know you're tough enough to make it.

BTDT- it gets better. Be strong.

(clean for ten years after a pack-a-day clove cig habit. If I can do it...)

That's so funny, I've got just the opposite problem: I've been really trying to start smoking recently. It just seems like it would be a great habit. But no matter how much I smoke (I'm at just over a pack a day) I can't seem to get hooked -- no cravings. After about two months of this I'm getting tired and I may just give up.

You wrote: I see a gallon of Haagen Daaz in my immediate future.

I reply: Scaramouche,scaramouche will you do the fandango?