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Expert Answers: Ways to Quit Smoking

One of the most pressing questions we’ve seen in the community is how to quit smoking, which can be vital when facing COPD. We realize that this can be extremely challenging, so we asked our experts JohnLeon and Lyn to share their experience with the following question:

What are some successful ways you’ve seen people quit smoking?

Response from John
I have seen people quit smoking using just about every method ever created. I have seen some go cold turkey, I have some use the patch, and some use a medicine to take off the edge of withdrawal. The trick is to work with your doctor and find a method that works best for you. And, most important, NEVER QUIT QUITTING!


Response from Leon
This is a very individual accomplishment for patients. Clearly, people have been successful in stopping their individual smoking habits in a variety of ways. The range (I have seen) has run the gamut from patients who’ve done this ‘cold turkey’, to following the guidelines of a supervising physician through the use of medication.


Response from Lyn
Through the years I’ve heard many stories of people that have successfully quit smoking. Some of the methods they’ve related to me are:

  • Use the buddy system. Team up with a good friend to be your coach and confidant.
  • Put the money you would have spent on cigarettes in a jar and reward yourself after a set period of time – two weeks, one month. (A movie, dinner out, a massage)
  • Keep your mouth busy with gum, sugarless candy, crunchy vegetables, or a toothpick.
  • Change your routine during the times you would usually smoke. For example, if it’s after meals, get up immediately and do something different – go for a walk, do the dishes, play with the dog.

How about you? If you quit smoking, how did you do it? Please share with the community by telling us about it in the comments below!


  • mickey22
    2 years ago

    Did I say that?? Smoking was not the consequence of smoking? Should have read “Surgery was not the consequence of smoking.” Darn it….I’m 73…is that a good excuse?

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Mickey – as Noel.Martin said – thanks for the post and congrats on quitting smoking – that is a genuine accomplishment.

    To address your other concern – yes, being 73 is a good excused/reason and one we will accept for your little faux pas! We appreciate you sharing your experience with us.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • mickey22
    2 years ago

    I quit smoking in 2005 prior to my open heart surgery. Although smoking was not the consequence of smoking, I had been living with a mitro valve prolapse as long as I can remember. My doctor told me before he would operate or allow the surgery to happen, I had to quit my two pack aday smoking habit cause there was no use wasting everyone’s time if I didn’t quit. I quit right in front of him. I needed the surgery so bad that if I walked across my driveway, I would have to sit down before walking back. The time before that I quit through hypnosis. Walked away from the hypnotist and didn’t smoke for a full year.

    The fact of the matter is this I think. You have to have a SEE (Substantial Emotional Event) to quit. Your mind has to be completely convinced that it is the right thing for you to do. Your brain will let you achieve wonderful things if the input is right…..

  • Noel.Martin
    2 years ago

    Hi Mickey22 ! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and Congratulations on quitting smoking! So glad that the hypnosis helped you achieve your goal. How have you been since surgery? Thinking of you! Warmly, Noel Team

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