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Giving up Smoking - The Robinson Crusoe Method

30 a day Scot - is marooning himself for a month with nothing but books and sheep for company - in order to give up smoking...
10 years ago, August 2nd 2009 No: 1 Msg: #81836  
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...took up smoking 43 years ago at the age of 13.

He said he would have "one last cigarette" and give the rest of the packet to his wife before getting on the boat.

If he can stop after a month in exile he hopes to be able to look forward to years of extra life with his wife, children and family.

BBC Report

Has anyone here done anything as extreme to give up an addiction? Reply to this

10 years ago, August 2nd 2009 No: 2 Msg: #81838  
I generally limit my addictions, rather than deprive myself of them. Nothing is really so bad if done in moderation, in my opinion.

I think I am addicted to smoking and coffee. I limit the smoking to 2 ciggies per day. Very occasionally I smoke more than that. Coffee is around 2 mugs of it per day. Also, very occassionally more.

I would have a junk food addiction, but I ban it, on all but 1 or 2 days per week, and on birthdays, Christmas...... I like to look good, slightly more than I like French Fries, cookies...... Reply to this

10 years ago, August 10th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #82682  
Same!!!! I kept eating while i tried to stop smoking, but ....
EASY! It's actually not difficult for a smoker to stop! Everything is in the head, You just gotta try to stop for few days, try to forget about it by avoiding people who smoke, and drink water everytime you need to smoke. You'll see, even if someone smokes right next to you, you won't like it. but the temptation is still there tho, just gotta be strong. After 1 month, consider yourself as "saved"
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10 years ago, August 10th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #82686  
I got addicted to chocolate when I was 19. I think it had some thing to do with moving to a new country and leaving my family and friends. I was lonely.

When I started backpacking, the addiction went away because I got out of the routine of comming home from work and eating the chocolate I had bought on the way.

I dont think the coffee and smoking ones are ever likely to go away, because they are connected so much with travelling. Sitting at airports with a coffee and the excited anticipation that I am about to fly accross the world, sitting at train stations with a coffee, hanging out with people I met in cafes in exotic places having coffee..... Hanging out on the beach with a bunch of backpackers at sunset smoking, a bamboo bar someplace and a packet of cheap ciggies....... These addictions just have too much happiness associated with them. I am not even sure if they are physical or emotional addictions. 😊
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10 years ago, August 11th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #82836  
I was at the 2 cigs a day point then, when I got laid off for a couple months, that 2 a day turned into 10. It was nasty. I bought the most horrible pack of cigarettes I could find and said it was my last pack and spread them out over a week. And I have now been smoke free for two weeks 😊
The surprise of quitting is how sick I got. I have felt like my chest is congested for a week now and my throat has really hurt a lot. Apparently it's all the chemicals and junk being moved out of the lungs and body. YUCK.

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10 years ago, August 11th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #82844  

.... I got laid off for a couple months, that 2 a day turned into 10.

Oh yeah, I smoke too when I am going through something particularly stressful. Having loads of stress and depriving myself of smoking at the same time would be just too much. But, I dont generally have any trouble going back to the 2 per day after the stress is over.

You should have bought nice cigarettes, when you got laid off Jay. You needed the cheering up. :D Reply to this

10 years ago, August 11th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #82850  
Haha. Yeah Mell I did the nice cigs for a couple months to treat myself. They made smoking a lot easier. That nasty pack of smokes was supposed to be a psychological approach... the nastier they are the less I'd want to smoke. And really it did help. They were terrrrrible. I could only manage to smoke half of one at a time. Reply to this

10 years ago, August 12th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #82937  
Only smoke when I drink. No other reason other than I enjoy them together, always have and probably always will until the eventually ban smoking in uk ( prob in next 10 years) Europe hopefully will be much further on as you can still smoke in bars in spain and austria 😊 ( Funnily enough 2 of my fav places)
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10 years ago, August 16th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #83312  
I love this guy's idea! The hardest part of quitting anything is being around those that still maintain the habit. Reply to this

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10 years ago, August 28th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #84549  
You don't have to be so extreme to stop smoking, imho. If you want to stop smoking, you stop smoking. As simple as that. The will is all you need.

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