I smoke, though I don’t talk about it. I’ve done alternatives through the years.
Late 90s, I substituted tiny pretzel sticks. Worked a bit, hanging around smokers but kept my hands busy. But only a bit.
Did a whole year with a vape pen on a dare. After 13 months of that, back to cigarettes.
Latest experiment was: Patch + vape + smoking, getting my nicotene levels just so.
Put the vape aside after a month and a coughing scare. Too bad as it’s a nice unit but I let fear get the best of me.
Did 1/2 patches (21mg / 2 = 10.5 mg) with cigs for the rest. Stopped patches 3 weeks ago after probably 9 months with this combination. I’m agitated more BUT it broke the I NEED A CIGARETTE thing… for now and I’m still smoking less than I did.
Thing is, I don’t hate smoking. I just know I’m “supposed to” quit.
In my DNA thing, a study found that folks with my particular combination:
a) don’t respond to several common stop-smoking medicines
b) are much less likely to be able to quit once started.
Some positive benefits of nicotine involve striking improvements in latent inhibition and I suspect I have “Low latent inhibition” as it would explain a lot.
That part I knew. Thanks to anti-anxiety training as a kid (biofeedback and stuff), I got accustomed to partial manual control over most movable parts of my body, in order to find the points of stress, tighten and release.
At some point I noticed that odd one.
Now I just say “release” and I can release from head to toe within a few seconds. Hardest thing is remembering to say it.