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Question by Marie
Submitted on 12/6/2003
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After someone has smoked their "last" cigarette, how many days does it take for your carvings to stop?

Answer by SUZY
Submitted on 3/4/2004
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Answer by mmurraypsy@comcast.net
Submitted on 8/6/2005
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I like to differentiate between "craving" and "addictive urge". The addictive urge is physical and is pretty easy to deal with.  It fades away completely in a relatively short time (different for everybody).  The craving is of the mind, what some call the "junky" mentality; I call it "negative hypnosis", the kind of beliefs we have such as "I really need a cigarette right now" or "one cigarette isn't going to hurt". When I quit over thirty years ago, I first had to rid myself (with self-hypnosis) of my "smoker's trance".  Once I had done that, the rest was easy.  I would still get the urge to smoke, but now I had a choice - not to follow the urge.  I would take a nice deep breath - just like inhaling - relax and say to myself "no thank you.  I'm a non-smoker; I'm fine".


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