• 5 months ago

    Must Quit

    No ifs ands or butts' I must quit smoking! It makes me angry that I still enjoy something that is so very bad for me. I feel like a loner because people cannot believe I haven't been able to quit smoking yet. And actually I can't either. Ive had so many opportunities, but cannot seem to carry through. I get upset, or angry, or need to just get away. So where do I head- to the back deck for a cigarette.
    Help?

Responses

  • 4 months ago

    RE: Must Quit

    Here's the only answer I can give you truthfully: YOU have to be 100% on quitting smoking.

    It's been 3 weeks of no smoking for me; I am using the patch however. Now, I'm not some miracle story yet. In the past I've tried quitting and have only last a few days; this time though, I knew it was different. I wanted to quit. Like truly wanted to 100%. Don't quit because someone else is guilting you into it like a spouse or physician. Don't quit because you know it's bad for you or other people give you dirty looks when you light up. Seriously - only do it if you are 100% sure you are ready.

    It's a challenge - a big one. Smoking is an addiction. You're literally addicted to everything about it; from the smoke/chemicals you inhale to the sensation of the physical cigarette between your lips. I even found myself missing the sensation of sucking in on a cigarette.

    So, honestly. I can only offer you honesty. Don't take the challenge and change you life if you're not 100& committed. I know it sounds rough; however just like a food addict: it's a lifestyle overhaul.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Must Quit

    OK, you CAN! I know it seems impossible, but it isn't. Almost 40 years ago, I quit after a long night of partying and SMOKING, with cocktails, etc. I had quit almost every day (when waking up in the morning with that awful taste in my mouth and smell in my hair)but never made it stick. This time I was determined! I guess I was kind of a *** for the first several weeks (months?) but, let's face it, this is an addiction and very hard to quit. You'll gain weight, but you'll also feel wonderfully better. And you will never stop being proud of yourself for quitting a habit that some say is harder than quitting hard drugs. I am now 81 years old, with mild COPD from smoking all those years, but imagine what it'd be like if I hadn't quit! I might be dead by now, certainly more uncomfortable than I am now with mildly impaired breathing. So. Go for it. I'll pray for you.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Must Quit

    I smoked 2 packs a day for over 15 years and one pack for over 10 years. After numerous attempts to quit on my own i turned to the patch,it didn't work. I tried the nic. gum, it didn't work. I read an article about this medicine called Zyban by prescription only. What i liked about it was for the first week or two (its been awhile) i was able to smoke. On the second (or third) week i stopped smoking. What i love, love,loved about Zyban is that i had not one craving,no withdrawal symptoms no nothing. I took the Zyban as prescribed for one month and i was done with cigs for life. Now in the beginning i realized i didn't know what to do with my hands and i couldn't go to a bar/restaurant (that's how long ago i stopped,you were still able to smoke in bars! Anyway, after awhile that didn't bother me at all. I'm not saying its right for you but you might want to ask your doctor about it,it could be an option for you. For me it was a life saver and a joy not having to worry about having enough butts to last me through the day. What a relief really! You can do it,i know you can! Good luck!!!
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Must Quit

    I've been without a cigarette 8 days now, would eat one if I had it. I'm on Chantix and it's working for me. I have tried before, but this is the farthest I have gotten. I'm not gonna lie, I want a cigarette all the time, but I don't HAVE to have one, like before. I think of all the $ I am saving. And I have noticed the smell now, that I never noticed before. Good luck, but you HAVE to want to do it for yourself.
  • 27 days ago

    RE: Must Quit

    I also enjoy smoking. I've tried quitting numerous times over the last couple of decades and failed. Cold-turkey did not work for me. What seems to be working is weaning off, with the help of nicotine gum. I started watching the clock, waiting a least an hour between cigarettes. After a week I waited 2 hours. Then I went to 5 cigarettes a day. After a week I reduced it to 4 a day. I kept reducing it, one less per day each week until, finally, I got to none a day. It's now been 10 days smoke-free. The best I've ever done. I won't lie. I miss smoking and am still chomping on the gum. But it hasn't been that bad.
  • 22 days ago

    RE: Must Quit

    this one is wrong I have never smoked and don't intend to start. please take off list of things to work on , thanks