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what helped me

Posted By: ex-smoker on 2005-09-16
In Reply to: What happened to my post? :( - sm

I had to stay away from situations or places where I tended to smoke. 

I know you cannot quit work just to quit smoking but maybe rearranging your home office/work area could help. 

I also agree with finding a substitute.  For me, it was the holding of the cigarette, not the oral contact, that was a tough one.  I need to have something to do with my hands - try a stress ball if you find your hands feel empty during your breaks.

I quit in 1997 and still crave a cigarette from time to time but the feeling passes quickly.  The first 4 years were really difficult, though.  Good luck.

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Amen! Amen! Amen. You have helped me this day, by taking out time to write such a post!
May God bless you tremendously.