How I Quit Smoking

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. Well, zip went time, and looking at my 50th birthday coming up, I thought quitting would be the best gift I could give myself. I also was facing some serious hospital time, so it was the best opportunity to quit.

Now mind you, I have no will power, chocolate bars sing to me from vending machines, cheeseburgers and fries whistle from restaurants, and I succumb. I had let cigarettes start to rule my life. As soon as I woke up, how many could I have before I had to go into the office, when could I take my break to smoke, I wouldn't go to restaurants to eat because they didn't allow smoking, etc.

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So this was the chance of a lifetime! I wouldn't be doing my regular routine, and I really wanted to quit. And with just that, I did. Oh, I'm not saying the first few weeks weren't hard, but so very, very worth it.

In the first month of no smoking, I got a manicure/pedicure. The first year, I got a Kindle with all the money I had saved! You know what else helped? Telling everyone that I quit and receiving their love and support, along with not wanting to disappoint them by relapsing.

Now I see people going off to smoke, away from their friends, and see how much time and how many opportunities I missed of being with those I love who aren't here anymore. I know it's scary. But I know how much better life is now. Gee, should I get an iPad or new laptop when I make my five year aniversary? Best wishes!

By Maile from Onalaska, WA

July 20, 20110 found this helpful

Good for you. Hard work. Hang in there.

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July 20, 20110 found this helpful

I had the same issue with smoking, living my life around it. I quit twice with Teledyne Waterpick "one-step-at-a-time" filters. I only started smoking after the first time because I married a smoker and everyone around was smoking. I quit again one year after we divorced and I've been smoke free for over 15 years. I smoke for a total of 25 years and was smoking 3 packs a day when I quit the second time. Think of all that money wasted.

Good for you that you quit cold turkey!

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July 21, 20110 found this helpful

Awesome! I smoked for 30 years before I gave them up. I have been a non smoker for over 11 years now. One thing that I never knew is how bad it stinks! After I stopped I had went to visit some inlaws that are chain smokers. I gagged. :-(

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July 23, 20111 found this helpful

I smoked approx 40 yrs. Have not smoked for at least 10. People have a difficult time quitting because the thought of never having another cigarette drives you mad. I simply told myself I could smoke anytime I wanted to, but I didn't want to right now. That took the pressure off. I have told several people this and at least three I know of have quit using this method. I quit overnite, kept the cigs in my desk drawer for a year and never smoked one. Good luck. I too had no will power.

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July 23, 20110 found this helpful

Yeah for you! As a Respiratory Therapist, I'm proud of you!

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