Smokers everywhere know that it is in their best interest to quit, but some just haven't found the right way for them to get it done. Here are some success stories to help you on your quest to quit. This is a guide about quitting smoking.
I never thought I could do it. I've wanted to quit for a very long time, but was afraid of losing my friend the cigarette. After all, the cigarette was with me wherever I went; in the car, on the phone, and at the computer. How often did I get in my car and look in my purse to make sure I had my friend - the cigarettes with me. If they were not, back in the house I'd go, running late again. But I knew I was hurting myself and my pocketbook. So I kept praying not necessarily to quit, but praying for the DESIRE to quit.
You know what, it's working. I've been cigarette free for 2 months and 3 weeks now. I use the prescription Chantix which I am weaning myself off of, and I chew a lot of sugarless gum. But I think what really helped is that I changed my routine. When I was smoking, the first thing I'd do in the morning is pour a cup of coffee and light a cigarette. Then I'd go back to bed to watch the news, until it was time to shower and get ready for work.
Now, I sleep later, get out of bed and shower right away and leave for work. I don't allow myself enough time to drink coffee and smoke. After I eat, instead of lingering over a cigarette, I get right up from the table and do the dishes. I distract myself whenever the urge to have a cigarette hits. Prior to quitting smoking, during my lunch break I would hurry up and eat, so I could go spend the other half hour (even during the cold, cold winter and hot, hot summer) sitting in my car smoking. Now I stay in a nice air conditioned office, eat a leisurely lunch and read.
I've been a smoker since I was 16 years old and I'll soon be 60 years old. Besides, almost 3 years ago I watched as my precious, precious husband died of lung cancer. We were supposed to grow old together. So, just pray for the DESIRE to quit and don't be afraid to ask for help. I hardly miss the cigarettes at all now. I'm so proud of myself and so grateful to God, for the help to stick to it.
By Kathy from Sylvania, OH
Congratulations to you! That is an awesome accomplishment.
I don't think the desire for a cigarette ever totally leaves but it is manageable and only fleeting!
I was forced to quit over a year ago - I was in hospital with pneumonia, on ventilator and they didn't think they could take me off of it - but I made it. I have chronic bronchitis which means COPD. When I left the hospital for transitional care I was told if I smoked again I'd be right back and probably not make it again. This time I was lucky. I Have not have one since Jan 4th, 2014. I do get a fleeting urge but let it pass - I tell myself NO! and it is not taking long to go away at all now.
So hang in there quitting is tough but it can be done and you will feel better for it I promise. I too had smoked since I was 16 and now at 80 I am glad to be off that nasty drug. I do still love the smell and inhale deeply when I get a wiff! LOL!
Having grown up in a smoking household back in the day when it wasn't even thought of as bad, I started smoking as a teenager. Looking at my 50th birthday coming up, I thought quitting would be the best gift I could give myself.
Since Aug. I have had a sore throat on the right side with on/off ear pain. The ENT said it is a cyst, not a big deal he said. I quit smoking and thought it would get better, no. I gained 20 pounds not smoking, now I have a really sore throat and reflux. My stomach is always distended and I now have to take Acid blocker pills which do not help.
Now I have pain in left abdominal area by my belly button. My Primary thinks the throat and ear pain is due to Gerd. Anyone else have issues after quitting smoking and feeling worse? I go to a Gastro doctor on Monday. My dad passed away from Espo. cancer 8 years ago.
mom of 2
Dear Mom of 2.
I feel your anxiety across the waves here in the UK. What I have to say may be of little comfort. I quit 7 months ago and still have the symptom's you describe. They seem to come and go as they please. Lung pain, upper back pain, flu, throat tightening etc. This week I have started with a cough. Last week I had really bad anxiety. In fact my muscles were so tense I have actually torn a muscle in my shoulder. I used to smoke 20 cigarette's a day for around 30 years.
I have a friend who quit at the same time as me. He was so ill he had to start again! Another friend quit 3 months ago without a single symptom. I am told by a work colleague that when his wife quit she was like it for a year. The powers that be don't tell us about this do they that's what makes it so scary. Keep it up though and hope this is a little bit of a helping hand across the water. You are not alone.
Sorry my last post was a reply to for Victor R
My husband and I have been able to participate in some pretty good hobbies by altering choices that give maximum payback. Neither my husband nor I smoke and because of this saving in our income, we have been able to obtain a dream of ours.
I wrote this much of a list from the lung Dr's office. Several reasons to STOP SMOKING! This is what the tobacco companies put in cigarettes to keep people hooked...
I must quit smoking for New Year. Could someone please help with suggestions. I have tried everything. Thanks.
By Lisa from MS
The day you realize that all your smoking friends have died young is the day you know you have to quit.
I followed a program where you cut out more and more cigarettes over a month until you were down to one a day. Then you quit.
It is useful to know that if you crave a smoke, if you just live with the feeling for a few minutes, it fades away.
Once you have stopped smoking you can never touch a cigarette again or you will be back on a pack a day in no time.
I never thought I would be able to stop smoking but it has been 22 years now since I quit. But - I still want to smoke sometimes.
We are all with you - we want you to quit and be healthy.
I tried several times before I was able to quit for good. What I eventually did was allow myself only one cigarette a day. I had it with a piece of candy and a cup of coffee. Then, when I had been having only one cigarette per day for several days, I quit completely, but continued to have my piece of candy and coffee. The candy and coffee kind of substituted for the cigarette and if I had something like the candy and coffee after a meal, it made it easier.
March 27, 2008 marks my 16th anniversary of kicking a nasty 20-year, 2-plus pack a day nicotine habit. If you REALLY want to quit smoking, here is the key tip that helped me to do it: "KEEP QUITTING"
I am trying to quit smoking. Any tips on how to control cravings for the cigarettes?. I am doing well on Wellbutrin to where I am down to 6 a day. I am using candy to help with some. Does anyone have any tips as to how to cut back even more and stop smoking for good?
Please be careful of the chantix it does have some bad side affects. One of the things it made me want to stop was living.
I still smoke but am still working on the right cure for me. I have not hear of the butts in a jar I will have to try that one.
For me, the hardest part was the habbits. When I got up in the morning, I went to the bathroom, where I kept a package of cig's, a lighter, and an ashtray, so I sat and enjoyed my first smoke, I then made it to the kitchen, where I also kept cig's, lighter and ashtray, so had cig's with my morning coffee, Next I had to check my email, and of course I had to smoke while I waited on my slow dial up. By the time I got around to doing housework, chances are that I had already smoked a pack of cig's. Doing housework was no break either because I had cig's, lighters, and ashtrays in every room. The habits want to stay with me, long after the desire for the cig's do - and food adds more weight - which I didn't need - but I'm still not smoking
I haven't had a fag for three weeks but I have had a sore throat since I quit. It started at the end of the 1st week.
By vkkred from Guisbro, UK
Good for you! but yes, you may have a sore throat.Ii had a killer of a cold when I stopped. I think its just your body getting rid of junk that you may have accumulated with the fags. No harm in seeing a doctor, though. I see you live in the UK. Why not visit Holland and Barret and see if they have something soothing for your throat in the meantime? And they will know which ones are the best for you whereas buying something like twinings herbal teas wont give the specific information that you need to make a good choice. Good luck!
3 weeks seems like a long time when your quitting something like smoking, but really its not very long. Gargle with salt water and drink lots of water. Dont forget your body is ridding itself of toxins.
Have you considered that maybe the sore throat isnt connected to the quitting smoking? Maybe you have a sore throat.
I just quit smoking after too many years and really have had no problems quitting so far. Now the only real problem I am having is the snack foods. Does anyone out there have the same problem? One thing I know that has helped me is the strawberry Twizzlers. I know a lot of you are having the same problem. Another thing a friend of mine said to do is cut straws in half and suck on them when you want a cigarette. Thank you for any suggestion you might have.
I caught chicken-pox when I was 50 and felt so vile I stopped smoking( after 30 years!) The craving hit me after a week or so and in desperation I took the refill out of a biro and sucked and twiddled with the empty case. I agree, just one cig and back to square one. I haven't had a smoke in 12 years-I wouldn't dare, I couldn't go through that again. Best of luck and I hope you make it.
Cinnamon altoids are what they suggested in my stop smoking class.
I have a total of 9 days smoke free, but I have been crying at the drop of the hat. Is it normal to go thru this? I feel depressed and unmotivated. Please help! Thanks.