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  1. Some people have won the genetic lottery without a predisposition to chemical dependence on nicotine. It is they who can quit smoking”in a day, and then there will be only psychological work with changing associations and creating alternative routines, as well as with simple habits. That is, the main part should take several weeks, and the restructuring of the lifestyle to a non-smoking lifestyle should take up to a year.

    Those who have a chemical addiction, especially hard to bear the first three days of quitting smoking, quite hard for the next two or three weeks (especially the first, of course). During this period, you need to limit your direct contact with cigarettes, especially for these first three days.

    In the future, you will need to “neutralize” triggers, that is, all the moments that you vividly associate with smoking, in which an intense desire to smoke can take you by surprise. Presumably, in about a year, triggers will appear no more than once every few months.

    But regardless of how much time has passed since the last cigarette, when you resume smoking, the addiction will very quickly return in full. That is why they say that the dependency never completely disappears, it can never be started “anew”.

  2. Addiction can be physiological or psychological. Psychological may not pass, sooner or later you will want to smoke with friends, or when you drink coffee. But the physiological (dependence on nicotine) will come to naught in about a month and there will no longer be such a craving for smoking. Quitting smoking is not really difficult, the main thing is to quit and not give up, you will succeed 😉

  3. In order to instill the habit, it takes 21 days, so to get rid of it, you need the same period.

    For addiction, you may need a longer period of time. The main desire.

  4. I agree with all of the above.And I agree with the comments that there are no other options but to just stop smoking overnight.We have all the tools in our heads.It all depends on your willpower!All health and success in quitting this harmful and meaningless habit!!!

  5. Addiction will not disappear by itself, it requires conscious effort. You can spend your entire life not smoking and still burn with the desire to put a cigarette in your mouth and set it on fire. Such a struggle with yourself not only looks schizophrenic, but also consumes mental strength.

    It is necessary that you have the intention to quit smoking.

    Intention is the main driving force.

    And the tools for implementing an intention can be anything. The main thing is that you consider them acceptable and sufficient.

    This can be, for example, BSFF or a book by Allen Carr.

  6. I quit smoking. Experience of 20 years. I stopped smoking when one day I ran out of cigarettes, and it was “breaking” to go to the store. Almost two weeks already)))) there is no traction and never was. I'm in shock myself. Although I tried to quit more than once before and I know what it is. I've even put myself to the test now:I left the festive table with my friends for a smoke break. Not even a flicker or where))) My advice: Treat the moment of “throwing” not as a “test”, but as a “deliverance”. Quit smoking. It's worth it – tested on yourself))) And good luck to all.

  7. Someone talks about a wonderful way to get rid of this habit in just one day, someone says that the main thing is to endure the first three days, others-a week, someone's craving went away in a month from the moment of refusal. Everything is individual and much depends on how much each person's habit formation mechanism is running and how many anchor points there are.�

    Someone with smoking is connected by a point of conformity (i.e. self-realization in a human team through the observance of a number of customs accepted in it, by observing which each member achieves recognition) and a little physiological chemistry (a moment of physiological dependence on nicotine). This group of smokers is the easiest to get rid of the habit. It is enough to assert yourself and adapt to the team when it accepts you as a person, and “scoring points” will occur exclusively at the expense of personal achievements. �

    But there is a category of smokers who find in smoking a way to realize many of their hidden needs and personal motives. By the way, its representatives often resort to smoking without a factor of extraneous influence, they come to it themselves, the great strength of such dependence is due to the fact that such smokers form the points of psychological attachment themselves, the smoking process is maximally conditioned, there is an obvious and hidden motivation to smoke. Over time, they form an extensive number of attachment points (the mechanism of addiction formation through the implementation of internal personal motives through habit: aesthetic, hedonistic, sexual, social, etc.). In fact, it becomes impossible for a person to fully satisfy a number of such motives without regularly accompanying their smoking process.�

    Examples of satisfaction of motives. Aesthetic: a cigarette sets a person up for a lyrical mood during an evening walk, makes them feel the aesthetic beauty of the sea more fully during a walk along the embankment, a cigarette brings self-satisfaction in appearance, being a complementary accessory. Hedonistic: makes you enjoy the taste of coffee more fully. Sexual: It is a stimulus for sexual desire, can stimulate sexual arousal during foreplay. Social: it is a link between individuals, establishing interpersonal communication.�

    It is clear that when a person has all the life moments and situations most tied to smoking, in the absence of nicotine stimulation, he begins to feel inferior. Using self-projection (i.e., comparing the internal sensations that arise in the process of solving a particular problem with the sensations that he usually experienced earlier in similar conditions) in assessing the effectiveness of his activity , a person feels that his effectiveness is qualitatively reduced.In the absence of constant feeding and stimulation, a quitter has a lot of extra work to do. As a result, a subconscious awareness of the lack of benefits in getting rid of the habit and returning to smoking.�

    Therefore, in the second group of smokers, the process of quitting is very painful. And if there is not enough analysis and evaluation of the points of such stimulation, it leads to failures in the process of quitting smoking. Success depends on the variability of life situations experienced by quitters and on the mobility of finding substitutes for incentives.

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