It is very true. To cut down, just 5 more minutes, just finding one more thing to do, before smoking, is the way to win. I would not recommend cutting down as a quitting strategy, but it is worth doing in its own right. I understand people who smoke in the house have much higher rates of depression. I dont have a citation for that, it was years ago when i read it. But i have, in the past 4-6 months, stopped smoking indoors, 90+% of the time. Also, smoking half cigarettes instead of full ones is helpful, though this doesnt work well with most brands, which are designed to burn fast, and not go out on their own. It is also important, as i noted @synapseweaver (my new purpose-specific twitter), to NOT try to quit impulsively. The subconscious (and surface thought) need time to prepare. Set a date at least two weeks ahead. It may flex some, we ARE working with the human CNS/mind, here. Such as, ‘i will quit in november, at a time when i have 3 days totally free of obligations and chores’ (august for me). This is an area where addictive cell phone games can be helpful, as its much easier to handle one more game than, say, working on a critical section of your dissertation, without resorting to cigarettes. I recommend Color Invasion and Tetris (Tetris has also been shown to be helpful for PTSD sufferers, per the research noted by the Curiosity app).
Nicotine replacement products recommend using the higher strength if you smoke first less than 30 minutes or an hour after waking up. Correspondingly, i have found that using 1 piece of nicotine gum and staving off the first half cigarette 30+ minutes makes all the cigarettes for the rest of the day relatively unenjoyable, though still compelling enough. After you do this for at least 3-5 days consistently.
They also recommend discarding (somewhere unretrievable is best, like a dumpster, not your house trash) all cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays and other paraphenalia before the quit time.
Nicotine replacement or other meds can be quite helpful, but this is heavily dependent on how youve developed your mind set to quit, and what shape its in at the particular stretch of hours on quit day 1.
I havent tried chantix, but with chaantix you are recommended to smoke as much as you want the dirst week of the drug, then quit. This works on the principle that it blocks any ‘reward’ feeling from smoking, so the habit is deconditioned, as every cigarettes feels just like smoking something nasty and inactive. But vivid nightmares and suicidal ideation are among common side effects. Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV, an axiom of the harm reduction and informed users community)
Hypnotherapy can also be helpful and there are apps for that. I have used the Harmony app. This is also preferred to repeat 5-100 times before quit day. Includes 3 free tracks, but you will have to pay to get the quit smoking one. After about 2 weeks it eliminated *searing* tension induced myofascial gum/jaw pain, when i first got it.
All the charges were dropped, they never tested for ‘synthetic cannabinoids’ (which werent present or any reason to suspect). Because the cops knowingly lied on no evidence. There was also a false charge of disorderly conduct. They will charge you with whatever they want if they think youre blacked out (but i wasnt!). Also i already had a paid lawyer for a pending DUI. Others are not so lucky. I also had multiple fabricated charges in another DUI arrest last year (as well as being attacked without provocation and put on the ground with a knee(?) on my neck so i couldnt breathe last year. Yay, body cameras! And thankfully, they paid attention when i gasped out “i cant breathe”.
However, you have to stipulate no police misconduct to do a plea deal for the DUI, so nothing can be done (this is binding), or have more money for lawyers and go to trial, which tends to increase prosecutorial hostility by 10x.