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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
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.
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
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. This is a very scary list.
"Some things added to keep you hooked."
1. Propylene Glycol (De-icer - keeps tobbaco moist)
2. Benzo(a)pyrene - Coal Tar (most potent cancer causer)
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 started January 1992 and smoked my "last" cigarette every Friday night. It is a very difficult habit to break to which anyone who has tried will attest, and inevitably I would start again Saturday. I quit again and again each and every Friday night. My "last" cigarette was the one before I went to bed.
It took me three months of quitting every weekend and finally, FINALLY. I didn't break down and have that cigarette on Saturday. Or Sunday. That cigarette was truly my last.
I had the phone number for my local American Lung Association chapter handy and I called them with all my questions. They were so nice and helpful! Here's their website: http://www.lungusa.org/
Here's a piece of trivia: nicotine is more addictive than heroin. Need proof? Think of all the addicts who quit heroin, yet still smoke cigarettes. Good luck, and KEEP QUITTING!
If you're trying to cut down on cigarettes in an effort to quit smoking, try locking them in the trunk of your car rather than keeping them on your person or in your house.
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I must quit smoking for New Year. Could someone please help with suggestions. I have tried everything. Thanks.
By Lisa from MS
Dear Lisa, all I can say is, throw them away, and decide what is more important, breathing, and life, or spending money to shorten your life. In 1997 my first husband died, after 39 1/2 years married. He had been a smoker for almost my whole life with him. At one point I decided (in frustration) "i must be missing something", and started smoking. That lasted several years.
When he died, I gave myself several months to "level out" emotionally, then my 2 1/2 pk a day habit stopped, cold! No patches, no "help", just got rid of them, and did not look back. Yes, I was smoking that much, and yes, I quit cold turkey. Life is much more valuable than the smell, staining, and lack of taste buds that come with smoking. I have now celebrated a few new milestones, a 71st birthday, 10th anniversary with a dear man I met on-line, and so much more. Life is good!
I smoked for 47 years and smoked 2 packs a day. I quit by using the patches. Started out with brand name and then tried the inexpensive ones from one of the drug stores in town. You could also go to Wal-Mart and try their gum. Drink lots of water and go for walks. I have been quit for almost 7-1/2 years and feel so much better. Good luck
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 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?
I found that the hardest part of kicking the habit was satiating the craving for oral gratification. After three days of no smoking, the nicotine will have left your body, but the craving to suck lasts a lot longer.
If you buy a box of THIN (not standard) straws, and take a long gratifying sip of something thick (yummy doesn't hurt lol) liquid, that's half the battle. You can use small (1/4 - 1/2 cup) ice cream shakes, cream soup, ANYTHING that can be drawn through a straw that has texture causing you to use stronger than average suction) will help.
The more water you drink, the less cravings you have. I hope you aren't trying to quit chocolate or something else at the same time. Quitting cigarettes is enough for now.
Remind yourself the cravings will pass in just a few minutes and go on with your life. When you've quit for two weeks, you'll feel healthier and more determined.
After a month, you'll be able to look back and think it was so much easier than you are able to imagine on this end of the job.
Don't be surprised that cravings continue to come for years and years - they're easier and easier and easier to get through.
I smoked for over 21 years and have now been without them for 13 years and hardly ever give them a thought. I'll be praying for your success!
Many years ago, then-President Eisenhower had a heart attack and, subsequently, quit smoking. A few weeks later, after a reporter asked him if he thought he would ever start back to smoking again, Eisenhower replied, "Well, I can't guarantee you that I won't ever start back to smoking, but I can guarantee you that I'll never QUIT again!"
Every time you want to light up a cigarette, think about how hard it was to quit in the first place and don't put yourself into a position of having to quit again!
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Quitting smoking is the toughest thing I ever experienced. I discovered that every time I wanted a cigarette, I replaced it with anything flavored with cinnamon. Red Hots candy worked for me and many others. Cinnamon gum helps.
There's something about cinnamon that shocks you out of the craving for a while. After the first dreadful seven days it gets so much easier. Avoid being around anyone who smokes for that first seven days. Tell yourself continuously that THIS IS NOT A NEGOTIABLE DEAL. Because after all, you don't want to go through it twice. This is ten times easier than it sounds, I promise.
By Ardis Ilene Barnes
A friend of ours collected all his old butts, put them in a coffee can with water and let them steep. Every time he had a craving, he opened up the can and took a big whiff.
I'm sure it made him feel nauseated, but it was a real deterrent to lighting up.
If you are a woman, get the book "How Women Can Finally Quit Smoking". I smoked over 2 packs a day for 22 years. I had tried everything but failed until I read that book. One trick I used was to drink all the water I could from a sports bottle with a pop-up top that you suck. That helped the oral craving. I quit 9 years ago and am still drinking water out of my "sippy bottle". Remember: the more you quit, the better you get at it. Eventually it will work. Good luck.
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.
Yes this is normal. It is just a side effect of being without the drug. If you explain to your family, friends and colleagues that you might cry at any time, they will understand.
Now you are over the worst, make sure that you never have a cigarette again.
Are you by any chance using Chantix? If so, it is known to cause depression and can even make you suicidal. Perhaps you're one that can't use it if you are using it. I used it to quit smoking (1 year ago last April), but it didn't bother me other than the crazy dreams.
I did wean myself off the Chantix once I felt I had a good hold of not smoking. I also used nicotine lozenges. I'm smoke free for 1 year and almost 5 months and it's the best thing I did. I was also on Weight Watchers and lost 52 lbs. Unfortunately I lost my job and gained back about 20. I hope to lose that soon since I found a new job which I start on Monday. Good luck to you. You can do it.
I'm 33 and quit smoking for a just over a month. I smoked for like 15 years. I stopped because I was heading towards 2 packets a day. I did quit in the past for 7 months straight. It was no hassle.
However this time around, from the time I quit, I wake up every morning, like before sunrise feeling like I have got a fever. I feel like I'm heated up inside, my body temp feels normal to me, yet I can feel extra warmth in my hands.
I'm easily staying away from cigarettes. I can be next to a lit cigarette and it doesn't bother me. It's just this fever thing that worries me.
Other than that I feel my health is plenty much better. This time around I will not smoke again because I realised how much better my health is without smoking.
I believe you are receiving Divine Help. That is how the Lord healed me. I was burning inside but when others smoked around me I wasn't affected by it. I smoked for 33 years and tried for 32 years and 364 days to quit. I couldn't do it on my own, but with Divine intervention I have been smoke free for 16 years now; Thank God.
I'm on about my fourth day of giving up smoking and I have started to experience weakness and numbness in my groin and lower back. Is this normal when going cold turkey?
I am not a doctor and suggest you see one, but my guess is that it could be withdrawls from tar build up. I know when I quit cold turkey on colas I would get headaches and dizzy.
I think you should see your GP - I quit in June and while I did have headache, dizziness, irritability, and some intestinal upset, it wasn't anything like you describe.
Your symptoms don't sound like any nicotine withdrawal I've ever heard of - please see a GP and update us as to if it was withdrawal or something else. Your recent stopping smoking and these symptoms appearing are probably not connected and the timing is just coincidence.
Does anyone know where we can find Nicotrol Inhalers either online or at a retail store? I quit smoking and I would like to use the Nicotrol INHALER - not the gum, but I don't feel like visiting the Doctor to get the Nicotrol Inhaler through prescription. Any help is appreciated, I want to quit these darn cigarettes, too.
I don't know that you can get them at a local store without a dr's prescription.
Here's a link:
Have you by chance tried the nicotine patachs? They do not require a prescription and depending upon how much you smoke, they can be cheaper than cigarettes. I was a 2 pack a day smoker for 28 years. I used the patch program and have been successful for almost one year. I did, however, wear each "step" a few weeks longer than the manufacturer recommends, only because I wanted to taper down slower. At first, I felt some of the same side effects like fatigue, but it all subsided within a week. Good luck!
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I need to stop smoking. I have tried with no results. Any suggestions that really work?
By Vguy from Earle, AR
Go online and find how much tar is in the various cigarettes, and find out where your brand is on the list. Start smoking a brand that is lower in tar than yours. At first they will be too mild, but before long they will taste normal to you. Keep going down and down in tar this way until you are smoking the ones with the lowest tar.
At the same time you are cutting down on tar and nicotine, make it difficult to smoke by making some rules for yourself that (in your own mind) you "must" follow. Use a piece of typing paper to wrap a pack of cigarettes (gift wrap style), but don't use any tape. Instead, put a rubber band going up and down and one going crosswise. Place the pack of cigarettes in a rarely-used room in an inconvenient place, and place the only ash tray you are allowed to use in a different room in an inconvenient place. Place a cigarette lighter in a different room in an inconvenient place. Next, only allow yourself to smoke in a certain room, a room where the wrapped cigarettes, ash tray, and lighter are not. It should be a room where there is no TV, radio, computer, phone, etc. and no one to talk to. Only allow yourself to smoke standing up.
Each time you want to smoke, the rule is you must go get one cigarette, you can only use the smokes that are in the wrapped pack. You must remove the rubber bands, take off the typing paper, get out your smoke, then re-wrap and put the rubber bands back on. If it is the last cigarette in the pack, before you can smoke it, you must get a fresh pack (from a different room), wrap it and put on the rubber bands. Next, you get your ash tray from the inconvenient place, then get the lighter, then you smoke the cigarette in your boring room. When you are finished smoking, you must replace the ash tray and lighter before you do anything else.
This routine makes smoking such a pain in the rear and so boring that lots of times when you want a cigarette, you'll just say heck on it, it's too much work, and that craving will pass. If you stick with it, this will work. Make your own rules for when you are at work, when you are at someone's house, when you are in the car, etc.
My brother-in-law quit smoking by poking a hole with a safety pin in each smoke, right under, but not in the filter. When he got use to that, he poked 2 holes, etc. No fair covering the holes with your finger. (04/23/2009)
I smoked for over 30 years. A friend told me about someone quitting with Smokeaway. I tried it and quit for good, haven't smoked for over 3 years with very minimal cravings. Believe me this really does work.
The website is smokeaway.net
Good luck, Audrie
I quit smoking by using positive thoughts, ideas, and one affirmation. What I had done was go to Google pictures and downloaded all the positive non smoking pictures I could fine. I put them on my bulletin board by my desk and looked at it every day. I also had some of these posts on my bathroom mirror, bedroom door, and the fridge. I also had one word that I would repeat to myself daily all day long, NOPE. This means "Not One Puff Ever". I also had it posted on my computer to see every day, too. And of course online support is the best too.
Best of luck to you.
When I decided to stop smoking, my oldest daughter didn't believe I could do it. I had smoked 2 packs a day for 36 years. I told her that if I ever smoked a cigarette I would pay her one thousand dollars. I made rules for myself, like I could only smoke outside, no matter what the weather. The cigarettes were ones I did not like. It has been 9 years since I had a cigarette. I will not pay her that thousand dollars for something I don't need to be doing. I hope you find what works for you. Cravings only last a short time, find something to do. Good luck. (04/29/2009)
Go online and check out "Electronic Cigarettes". It gives you "hand to mouth habit relief" and also a little burst of nicotine. Then just try really hard to cut down even putting one (electronic ciggie) in your mouth at all as quickly as possible so you don't end up having to pay for the nicotine cartridges forever and a day. Not only because of the cost, but also because you need to get the nicotine out of your system. You might want to Google what nicotine is and does.
My advice also is to think about what's going to happen if you don't quit. I was hospitalized for COPD at the beginning of this month. Although in my case the primary cause for COPD was because of working with or being around chemicals for most of my life, I would not have gotten this sick at only 55 years old had I never smoked. I'll tell you that it's a pretty darn scary thing to not remember even getting to the emergency room. I couldn't breathe and then found out when reading the hospital reports later that my blood pressure was 180/118 and oxygen saturation 84 when admitted to hospital.
And now I have to go through six months to a year of rehabilitation minimum and re-train for a new career and can never even be exposed to cleaning chemicals like Windex again. Google about blood pressure, oxygen concentration and COPD if you don't already know about them, too.
All the Googling might be incentive enough to quit immediately without a nicotine aid. Best of luck to you and please let us know how you do. (04/29/2009)
One of my co-workers and his wife both went for acupressure or acupuncture treatments and it worked. (04/29/2009)
I quit after 27 years, 16 years ago. When I quit, I was smoking 3 packs a day, on a "good" day. I was greatly motivated, because my very favorite aunt was dying of lung cancer and I had the very worst case of bronchitis I ever had.
I used the patch, but nobody else in the house smoked. I had such support from my family, too. I used nice, dry bread sticks and coffee for a while. It gave the same feeling as cigarettes. I remember the first day I quit. It was really difficult, and the next several days got worse and worse. But after that it was getting easier, and I did it. I cannot tell you the thrill of the first breath of fresh, clean, wonderful lungful of Ohio spring air.
Please keep trying. If I could quit, anyone can. (04/29/2009)
When I finally quit smoking for good (and I do mean "Good"), I did it by using behavior modification. I wore a rubber band on my left wrist and, when I started craving a cigarette, I would pop that rubber band with my other hand. Believe it or not, it worked. Good luck and God bless you. (04/29/2009)
OK everyone, the end of January I'm quitting smoking. I start taking classes where they provide nicotine patches, but I could use some input. Has anyone out there used the patches? Did they work, not work? How did you keep from gaining weight? Did you quit permanently or start up again?
I am actually scared to quit. I am already feeling a little apprehensive about not having cigarettes but am determined to do this.
Could any of you advise me?
By imaqt1962 from St Joseph, Illinois
I don't blame you for being scared, it's tough losing a security blanket! Patches work depending on how much you smoke. I weighed 110 lbs and have a high metabolism, and smoked 1 pack a day. When I got the lowest dosage (this was in 1999) it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was dizzy and had weird dreams, and got nauseous. After two days I quit those. Some people who smoke over 2 packs can smoke with those on, and not feel anything. I think they absorb the nicotine into your system based on your metabolic rate, check the company website or ask your pharmacist. Nicotine, on average, stays in your system for about 2 hours.
After the patch, I cut down my cigarettes first to every 2 hours for one week, then added on 1/2 hour per day. Failed that! And always when money becomes a stress factor (ironic). So I went to my doc, and he prescribed Zyban, which is well-butrin the anti-depressant. It helped me because I already had a history of depression, and the nicotine helps that feeling like extra serotonin. That's why you crave chocolate and stuff. I still smoked once in awhile, but once I thought about my health, wanting a baby, and all the money spent on smokes, I picked a day and quit. I drank orange juice and ate A LOT of baby carrots to get over the fits, and daily vitamins. That was in Nov 1999. Exactly one year later I became pregnant with my first boy, and had beautiful fingernails too, they weren't yellow!
After I weaned him at 6 months, I started smoking one or two cigarettes a day, or when I felt I was going to explode. I refuse to buy cigarettes, but when I get edgy, I steal one from my husband. He still hasn't figured out how to quit yet. When he's not around, I still survive, but I keep dark chocolate or semisweet chips in the house. Little sugar and full of anti-oxidants, it is my happy hang-up. I pop 5-10 chips, and go on with life. I also keep myself busy with any housework, chasing little boys and dog (goes hand in hand), and typing on chats like these. I don't sit still for long, and if I do sit, I rub my DH's feet or fold laundry, scratch the dog. One big rule...no smoking in the house. Originally for the kids and smell, now it just cuts down on the amount.
Eat healthy and exercise, and take one day or hour at a time! If you need anyone to vent to, or have questions, e-mail me at camo_angels AT yahoo.com (remove spaces). Good Luck and God Bless! (01/29/2006)
My sister quit a month ago, and she said the thing she had to do was find something else to do when she would usually be smoking. For instance, instead of a smoke break at work, she goes on a walk break. Good luck! (01/29/2006)
I smoked over two packs a day. I tried the gum, hypnotism, hand-held computer, cutting back, and almost anything you can think of. Nothing helped until I got the book "How Women Can Finally Stop Smoking". It's for women only. I also heard that most cigarettes are sugar-cured so you are also trying to give up the sugar habit when you quit. I switched to Carlton cigarettes so I could kick one habit at a time. I read the book and decided I could give it a try. I had to think of it as a game. I could smoke anytime I wanted to, I just chose not to smoke that day. I also bought a sports water bottle, the kind with a sippy top that you have to suck. That helps with the oral part. If you want more info on how I did it, email me at mckaysatt AT yahoo.com with spaces removed and I'll tell you the whole story. You can do it but you have to be ready in your heart.
I was a pack and a half a day smoker. I gave up smoking when I was pregnant for my son. At first it was very difficult. Tried the cutback slowly thing, but at five months pregnant I was still smoking up to half a pack a day. Then my husband found a cigarette butt outside when he came home from work. He had a fit and threw them away. I have not smoked since and my son is a happy healthy 14 month old. It seems that cold turkey actually can work. (01/30/2006)
It can be good to have someone that isn't afraid to put you in your place when you need it ;) My DH has had to do that one or two times, and we never regretted it! (02/04/2006)
Learn to knit and try it when you're watching TV or sitting (not at work) wanting a cigarette. It keeps your hands busy and you can make something useful. Relaxing too! Also walk breaks will help at work to keep your mind and body from craving cigarettes. Try to eat sensibly but don't worry about weight gain until you have the habit kicked. Then you can shed the pounds with the increased exercise you are able to do because you won't be gasping for breath as a smoker would. They say the few pounds you may gain after quitting cigs is not nearly as dangerous to your health as smoking. Best of luck to you! I did it 22 years ago and I know how really hard it is (no patches or nicotine gum back then)! You CAN do it! (02/16/2006)
Well everyone it's day 3 with the nicotine patches and I am doing okay. Better than I thought I would. The one thing I find that I miss more than anything is the taste of the cigarette. Haven't experienced any problems with the patch. I don't wear it at night. Figure I don't need the nicotine going into my system. When I smoked cigarettes, I didn't do it in my sleep! And I have heard bad stories about having nightmares and bad dreams if you wear them at night. I keep a few suckers with me at all times. (02/17/2006)
I tried the patches and they work great. Only thing is DO NOT smoke while on the patch. At all (I mean, don't cheat at all), I heard it's very bad for your heart. Also, the patches gave me CRAZY dreams. If you need a good night's sleep, I would take it off several hours before bed.
I have an oral fixation so have taken to drinking green tea. Also, I find I used to smoke a lot in order to have time to "just think", you know? Sit down and think, smoking gave me a good reason to sit and do nothing while not seeming to be doing nothing. Oddly, for me, I've discovered I can also relax and think while washing the dishes.
With the help of the patch, it shouldn't be hard to give up the chemical side of smoking. Sometimes (for me) it's hard to give up the habit. I find myself a situational smoker. Lol. It's not even about being social. Just certain times and events make me want to smoke. I think if you identify those times, you can learn when you're most vulnerable. Good luck! (03/01/2006)
Okay, it's now been 2 weeks smoke free. I have to admit it's been tough even with the patches, but I am determined to succeed. I now have a better sense of smell to realize how much it stinks. I look at it this way. I am an addict. I am addicted to nicotine. I will take 1 day at a time like any other recovering addict would. I will succeed. (03/02/2006)
Congratulations! You're almost over the worst hump! Working in an office sitting, you'll get to smell others after they have one...what a big wake up! Wait a few more weeks and see how beautiful your nails are, WHITE! It is a nice reward ;) If you are interested, American Lung Association should have a link telling you how your body is restored so many hours & days after smoking. They used to have handouts of it, so I am sure they'd have it. (03/11/2006)