Hai, gais, this is a post I make mainly for me, to have something to look back on if I should relapse, but you may find some advice that may help you fighting a cig-addiction too.
Ok, so now, Im down to 4 cigs a day!
Thats right, 4 (FOUR!!). This is major progress for me, and heres why:
I used to steal cigs from my parents when I was a kid..I was just curious about it, and at 9, I stole around 1 cig a day. My parents busted my ass, but when I was 12, my alcoholic uncle came visiting, and he thought it would be fun to teach me how to smoke...I never managed to quit after that. Now Im 24, smoking every day for the last 12 years..at most Ive been smoking 20 a day, but rarely gone below 10.
Recently I had a sparring session (boxing) with a friend, who I used to outlast in terms of stamina..not so much anymore...I was gassing out in third round. I figured something needs to be done, in a few years I will most likely struggle going up stairs.
I usually buy my cigarettes over the border, cause its cheaper, but during the last trip over the border, I decided not to hoard cigs. I bought one pouch of pipe tobacco, one single pouch of rolling tobacco, and a lot of snus.
So what Ive done to cut down is: I take one morning-cig. I take one lunch-cig, one dinner-cig, replace all cigs in between with snus and snuff, replace evening cig with a bowl, add some snuff, and if I feel any craving afterwards I load my nostrils with even more snuff. I always used to take a cigarette or 2..or 3 before bed, which Ive replaced with 1 bowl, 1 snus, and a lot of snuff.
The good thing with this multi-tobacco method is that I rarely crave cigs now, its just a habit, not an addiction. Today I have hopes of only smoking 1 or 2. Ive noticed some drastic change in breathing since cutting down; in the mornings I cough up a lot of mucus, but my breath feels easier, I also dont run out of breath as fast.
Im afraid I dont see me dropping that morning-cig any time soon, but any progress is good progress.
Wish all of you in the same boat as me a lot of luck.