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Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

One of the most popular and well-known ways smokers choose to quit smoking is what is known as “cold turkey.” The phrase cold turkey is universally understood to mean to quit smoking abruptly, often without forethought or preparation, nor a gradual reduction in amount smoked. Most people also assume cold turkey means to quit smoking without using any smoking cessation aids such as nicotine gum or patches.

The origins of the phrase cold turkey are not completely clear but some quick searches online reveal several explanations.

One site states, “The state addicts are in when withdrawing from drug addition, especially heroin. Origin: In the state of drug withdrawal the addicts blood is directed to the internal organs leaving the skin white and with goose bumps and thus resembling a turkey.” (http://www.idiomsite.com/coldturkey.htm)

Another site explains, “This phrase meaning “without preparation” dates to 1910. The use in relation to withdrawal from an addictive substance (originally heroin) dates to around 1922. The derivation is from the idea that cold turkey is a food that requires little preparation in the kitchen. So to quit like cold turkey is to do so suddenly and without preparation. It is also boosted by the image of the pallid flesh of a cold, dead, plucked turkey. In the state of drug withdrawal the addicts blood is directed to the internal organs leaving the skin white and with goose bumps and thus resembling a turkey.” (http://www.allexperts.com/previousqv.asp?QuestionID=2633904)

Yet another site says, “‘Cold turkey’ is actually based on another colloquial phrase, “to talk turkey” (sometimes “to talk cold turkey”), meaning to face unpleasant truths squarely. It’s not entirely clear how turkeys came to be associated with honesty and straightforward confrontation of difficulties, but it may simply be that turkey farmers were renowned at one time for their lack of pretense and blunt speech.” (http://www.word-detective.com/back-p.html)

Whatever the actual origin, quitting smoking cold turkey is probably the most popular, while not necessarily the most successful, method for quitting. It may also be the most challenging due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms the new ex-smoker faces.

You can improve your chances for permanently quitting with the cold turkey method if you follow a few guidelines:

Understand that withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, tiredness and more, may be fairly intense, but they will lessen after just a few days.
Drink lots of water to help your body flush itself out quickly.
Keep a straw or other cigarette substitute handy to keep your hands and mouth busy.
When cravings hit, close your eyes and count down from 10 to 0, very slowly. Breathe deeply with each count.
Call a friend when you feel like reaching for a smoke. Divert your attention.
Take a quick walk, even if it is just to the bathroom or mailbox.
Superhuman willpower is often associated with using cold turkey to quit smoking. While having strong willpower is important, ultimately your success depends on how badly you want to quit and whether or not you believe you can do it. If you want to quit more than you want to smoke, and you believe that you can quit, you’ll likely be successful.

The cold turkey method is free, and you can do it at any time. Why not today?

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Going Cold Turkey

February 26, 2012 in Quitting Methods

Many people have tried to quit smoking by going cold turkey. Some have succeeded with this method. Quitting smoking by going cold turkey can be dangerous and we want to express your need for diligence in regards to your health.

Do you realize that it takes around twelve hours for the oxygen in your blood to increase and the poisonous carbon monoxide level to return to normal. Twenty four hours into quitting smoking by going cold turkey your anxiety is going to spike. You will be irritable for quite some time now, maybe as long as two weeks. Learn to realize, avoid confrontation and step back when you need to. Welcome to day one of quitting smoking cold turkey.

Your next major hurdle is going to be dealing with staying quit. Your going to face the classic withdrawal symptoms. Three days into going cold turkey you are nicotine free. You body has now broken down the nicotine and almost all of the metabolites that are produced by smoking. Guess what you are over the peak. You will be feeling better by day three.

Now you need to avoid the cues. The things that you see or do that make you want to smoke again. This is the habit but remember you are over the hump. You will have many episodes where you think you want to start smoking again. These episodes will come and go but they will not last long and they will become farther and fewer in between. Don’t give in this is not the addiction phase, this is the habit.

After two weeks your irritable nature should have subsided. Take a friend to lunch and celebrate the money you have been saving by quitting smoking. You are well on your way to staying quit. In three months your heart will be back in good shape and you may feel and look years younger.

After you read all these benefits to quitting smoking and the time it takes to get healthy you should want to quit right now. You need to pick that moment and quit, plain and simple right? Quitting smoking by going cold turkey is a time honored tradition but it is far from an easy path. Research suggests that fewer than five percent of people who quit smoking by quitting cold turkey are successful. It makes sense if you are smoking less than ten cigarettes a day. Due to the low success rate it is not a method that is generally recommended by doctors. More success can be seen with gradually slowing the number of cigarettes smoked per day, the use of gums, patches or other medications and counseling and group therapy.

There are many ways to quit smoking and going cold turkey is perhaps the toughest method. Don’t wait for bad news from your doctor to prompt the attempt. Do it now. Find a way to quit smoking. Slow down or go cold turkey, you need to quit smoking now.

Find smoking buddies to discuss how to quit smoking!

February 7, 2012 in Frontpage

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