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I'm having a hard time quitting smoking.  I think my stumbling block is that I use smoking as an excuse to
break away from conversations and social situations that I find boring, stupid, Feux Newsy ignorant. etc.   I need a new out.  Any ideas?    Lying down on the couch now, waiting on the answer from my Q therapists.    
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#5 | 824 days ago

I thought you were looking for a new excuse to tear yourself away from awkward social conversations now that smoking isn't an option.

I may be wrong, but that's the question I'M answering.  I have 3 Fake Outs for you

-  Fake a responsibility.  You can ask the time, then follow up with "oh my, is it ____o'clock already?  I have to call my mother/child/babysitter/boss/third-cousin twice removed ... excuse me a moment...".

-  Fake a ritual.  I'm not so subtle with this one, but use your discretion to decide just how bitchy you want to be.  Interrupt the offender and then say "I'm sorry, but it's Tuesday.  And I ALWAYS observe a private moment of silence on Tuesdays.  At ... *check watch* ... 9:18pm.  Excuse me."

-  Or the always reliable, yet simple Fake a TMZ moment.  Glance over the person's shoulder, let your eyes slowly go wide, then point and shout "Oh my god, it's Jimmy Smits!", then when they turn, RUN.  Oh, and it doesn't HAVE to be Jimmy Smits ... but really, I think it should be.

You're welcome, and keep on keeping on, Laurel.  
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#1 | 825 days ago

Start with faking a headache and go out for fresh air instead to clear it up.

I have a problem with over thinking, or sitting stagnant.  I need to get outside at least twice a day for 15 minutes each to reset myself.  And chew gum instead of smoking outside, or just drink water.  Or take a book.
Oral Fixation--Check  
#2 | 825 days ago

Starburst fruit chews, peppermints, any other hard candy....


Good luck. 
Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit  
#3 | 825 days ago

Here's my two cents: its hard, I miss smoking everyday. Quit buying them, refuse to bum, I got the boys involved, I bought a special stein that I put the money in, instead of buying them, and I rewarded myself everyday I got through without smoking. I breathe so much better and knowing ill be around longer helps too (sometimes) pumpkin seeds helped me the most.....I'm pulling for you & remember not to beat yourself up if you fall off......I also dont count the days.
I Hope You're Not Paying By The Hour  
#4 | 825 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Get the nicotine patch!  For the first 5 days, on the patch, eat 3 oranges a day and lots of water.

The oranges and the water will help flush the toxins out of your body!  I swear by the patch!  That should help with the oral fixation of having a smokey-treat in your mouth.  If you need other oral fixations....well..........wink   (carrots or celery sticks work well).  And here y'all thought I was going to go pervy......didn't you?!?!indecision
Oral Fixation--Check  
#5 | 824 days ago

I thought you were looking for a new excuse to tear yourself away from awkward social conversations now that smoking isn't an option.

I may be wrong, but that's the question I'M answering.  I have 3 Fake Outs for you

-  Fake a responsibility.  You can ask the time, then follow up with "oh my, is it ____o'clock already?  I have to call my mother/child/babysitter/boss/third-cousin twice removed ... excuse me a moment...".

-  Fake a ritual.  I'm not so subtle with this one, but use your discretion to decide just how bitchy you want to be.  Interrupt the offender and then say "I'm sorry, but it's Tuesday.  And I ALWAYS observe a private moment of silence on Tuesdays.  At ... *check watch* ... 9:18pm.  Excuse me."

-  Or the always reliable, yet simple Fake a TMZ moment.  Glance over the person's shoulder, let your eyes slowly go wide, then point and shout "Oh my god, it's Jimmy Smits!", then when they turn, RUN.  Oh, and it doesn't HAVE to be Jimmy Smits ... but really, I think it should be.

You're welcome, and keep on keeping on, Laurel.  
5 Cents Please  
#6 | 824 days ago

(Edited by ohwell_)
janet011685 wrote:
I thought you were looking for a new excuse to tear yourself away from awkward social conversations now that smoking isn't an option.

I may be wrong, but that's the question I'M answering.  I have 3 Fake Outs for you

-  Fake a responsibility.  You can ask the time, then follow up with "oh my, is it ____o'clock already?  I have to call my mother/child/babysitter/boss/third-cousin twice removed ... excuse me a moment...".

-  Fake a ritual.  I'm not so subtle with this one, but use your discretion to decide just how bitchy you want to be.  Interrupt the offender and then say "I'm sorry, but it's Tuesday.  And I ALWAYS observe a private moment of silence on Tuesdays.  At ... *check watch* ... 9:18pm.  Excuse me."

-  Or the always reliable, yet simple Fake a TMZ moment.  Glance over the person's shoulder, let your eyes slowly go wide, then point and shout "Oh my god, it's Jimmy Smits!", then when they turn, RUN.  Oh, and it doesn't HAVE to be Jimmy Smits ... but really, I think it should be.

You're welcome, and keep on keeping on, Laurel.  
Thank you everyone, Janet amd Dave got it..   Not smoking hasn't been that bad. Social boredom is my problem.   Nick,   I have the patch.  I haven't used it yet.  Starting tomorrow, or whenever my 3 packs in the car are gone.indecision


For example last night, we had guests over.  After about 30 minutes of mind numbing conversation, I said I'd be
right back and went out to smoke.   All but one of them are non-smokers.  I peeked inside, same convo's still going on,
so I lit another.  It's my anti-social crutch.    I can't feign interest unless I'm at work, getting paid it.

I've been smoking on and off since 1983.  I've quit before for several years.  When my kids went to live with their
dad, I had a meltdown, and my neighbor gave me one to calm down.  That's all it took.  Ten years later,  ugh,  Over it.


TMZ Moments are totally plausible, given where I work.  Hmmm.
Run Forest, Run!  
#7 | 824 days ago
18packabs (+)

(Edited by 18packabs)
Here is something out of the box, try the God's honest truth. Just tell people you bore Me and I am going to do something else.devil
Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit  
#8 | 824 days ago

18packabs wrote:
Here is something out of the box, try the God's honest truth. Just tell people you bore Me and I am going to do something else.devil
enlightened
Run Forest, Run!  
#9 | 824 days ago

act like you got a phone call
Run Forest, Run!  
#10 | 824 days ago

I used to smoke too much when I drank so I switched to drinking 2 beer at a time thus leaving no way of holding a cigarette. And the bonus was I got sooo gooned people didn`t want to converse with me! :)
#11 | 824 days ago
18packabs (+)

Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit  
#12 | 824 days ago

Strongly suggest sticking with your plan to start the patch. When you start that your still gonna find yourself needing the escape in the same situations. I would advise you to get the cigarette that runs on a battery but don't use nicotine filler use the blank ones. That way you can still go outside and appear to be smoking without harming yourself. The real perk is that you get a break from the blah blah blah... wink
I Hope You're Not Paying By The Hour  
#13 | 824 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

Just hang here, you never get bored with us. smiley
5 Cents Please  
#14 | 824 days ago

I'm down to about 4-5 a day. Cold turkey is around the corner. I'm skerrrrrd.
Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit  
#15 | 824 days ago

(Edited by richard_cranium)
I did it cold turkey, it has been 137 days since my last cigarette. There is no magic way, I just decided that I was done with it, and I quit. Good luck Laurel, you will quit when you are ready. I agree with Ed, a hammer is much more effective killing tool than kindness.
Ask Jack  
#16 | 824 days ago

I have no frame of reference, sorry, and good luck, I hear nOT smoking is Good for your health
I Hope You're Not Paying By The Hour  
#17 | 823 days ago

Good Luck Laurel- I have no advice to give for I am smoker myself and have tried several times to no avail.
I Hope You're Not Paying By The Hour  
#18 | 823 days ago

I am not a smoker, but would have to say, find something to do with your hands- minds out of the gutter- but not snacks. You'll be unhappy with the extra weight gain. maybe something like Crossword puzzles, sewing, knitting, painting, plant a garden....
#19 | 823 days ago

Try cigars.


Seriously, I'm going through the same problems. I'm down to less than half a pack a day now. And I'm going to have to quit drinking if I have any hope at all of quitting smoking.
Oral Fixation--Check  
#20 | 823 days ago

(Edited by ohwell_)
Lobotomy Jones wrote:
Try cigars.


Seriously, I'm going through the same problems. I'm down to less than half a pack a day now. And I'm going to have to quit drinking if I have any hope at all of quitting smoking.
Sober and non smoker all at the same time?  That's how I'm going to have to do it.   Feel sorry for everyone around me.
When you say cigars, you mean blunts right? wink
Good Luck!    
Run Forest, Run!  
#21 | 823 days ago

ohwell_ wrote:
Sober and non smoker all at the same time?  That's how I'm going to have to do it.   Feel sorry for everyone around me.
When you say cigars, you mean blunts right? wink
Good Luck!    
Yuck. No. Real cigars.

For that I use Zig-Zags. Don't want to ruin the flavor with a cigar skin.
Oral Fixation--Check  
#22 | 823 days ago

janet011685 wrote:
I thought you were looking for a new excuse to tear yourself away from awkward social conversations now that smoking isn't an option.

I may be wrong, but that's the question I'M answering.  I have 3 Fake Outs for you

-  Fake a responsibility.  You can ask the time, then follow up with "oh my, is it ____o'clock already?  I have to call my mother/child/babysitter/boss/third-cousin twice removed ... excuse me a moment...".

-  Fake a ritual.  I'm not so subtle with this one, but use your discretion to decide just how bitchy you want to be.  Interrupt the offender and then say "I'm sorry, but it's Tuesday.  And I ALWAYS observe a private moment of silence on Tuesdays.  At ... *check watch* ... 9:18pm.  Excuse me."

-  Or the always reliable, yet simple Fake a TMZ moment.  Glance over the person's shoulder, let your eyes slowly go wide, then point and shout "Oh my god, it's Jimmy Smits!", then when they turn, RUN.  Oh, and it doesn't HAVE to be Jimmy Smits ... but really, I think it should be.

You're welcome, and keep on keeping on, Laurel.  
Harsh butt atleast u have a degree of gitridofness LOL
#23 | 823 days ago

I have never smoked in my life so can't give you much advice on smoking but quit drinking 32 years ago did it one day at a time and a lot of prayers,and a lot og good friends that helped me get through it,good luck and may god bless
5 Cents Please  
#24 | 823 days ago

Lobotomy Jones wrote:
Try cigars.


Seriously, I'm going through the same problems. I'm down to less than half a pack a day now. And I'm going to have to quit drinking if I have any hope at all of quitting smoking.
Actually, my brother just quit and he's using cigars (no inhaling).  Working for him so far.
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#25 | 820 days ago

Do you want out of the situations...Say you gotta use the restroom!  Now I leave it up to you how you will excuse yourself, but NOONE will question a potty break.  Use your imagination on how to do it...

The CoC has served me warnings on my insane way of describing awkward moments, so I cannot provide you examples inwhich I KNOW would work...

Now smoking, I feel, is just another vice you really just need to look in the mirror at yourself and say..."really??"  Most believe they are weak to the addiction, and many are; if you are one of them, just off yourself now.  Save me the gas money to drive over and pistol whip you into stopping...I mean, I'm a friend - I'd do that for you!!  But, if that is not an option, just remember that you will die a BLACK LUNG Death with no teeth and sound like a pirate the rest of your life...

I'm just saying.  Now smile and have a great day!
Run Forest, Run!  
#26 | 820 days ago

DeeRigga wrote:
Do you want out of the situations...Say you gotta use the restroom!  Now I leave it up to you how you will excuse yourself, but NOONE will question a potty break.  Use your imagination on how to do it...

The CoC has served me warnings on my insane way of describing awkward moments, so I cannot provide you examples inwhich I KNOW would work...

Now smoking, I feel, is just another vice you really just need to look in the mirror at yourself and say..."really??"  Most believe they are weak to the addiction, and many are; if you are one of them, just off yourself now.  Save me the gas money to drive over and pistol whip you into stopping...I mean, I'm a friend - I'd do that for you!!  But, if that is not an option, just remember that you will die a BLACK LUNG Death with no teeth and sound like a pirate the rest of your life...

I'm just saying.  Now smile and have a great day!
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