If they still only cost $3.50, I might never have quit Around these here parts they’re known to go for at least a dollar more per pack.
My motivation for quitting was mainly that I couldn’t afford it, but I also came to despise the habit and wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
The method I employed was to cut down my daily intake over a period of weeks. When I got down to about 3 or 4 per day, I made extra efforts to put as much time between smokes as I could, and when I did break down, I did my best to only have a half a cig, or just a few puffs.
I came to figure that the hardest one to put off was the first one of the day, so one day when I felt I had a handle on it, I just didn’t have it. The other hardest ones: with caffeine, after a meal, and after sex, were easy to avoid compared to the first one of the mornin’.
The best advice I revceived was from someone I knew that had quit, suggesting that I leave a couple cigs laying around. When you rid yourself of all cigarettes, in the back of your mind you feel a need to go get more. If you always have a couple around, it’s easier to push them aside. Silly mental trick, but it helped me and a few others I know.
Also, lots of hard candy. I destroyed several bags of jolly ranchers and blow pops. The straw idea posted above sounds like a great idea, much healthier for your teeth than all the candy I’m sure.
The key is the first few days. Breaking the physical addiction is, I found, the easiest part. It’s breaking the hand to mouth habit, or the crutch you are used to automatically reach for whenever you feel stressed. That’s why you’ll always hear the advice that you really have to want to do it, because it takes vigilance.
Good luck to your friend, and to all that are trying to quit. It’s a filthy habit.