I used to smoke about 10 years ago(I'm 34) and I started to get sick of smelling bad and I have chronic broncitis, when I get a cold I cough like you wouldn't beleive. Now adays its no where near as bad as when I smoked. But I will always have a touch of it. I smoked for a break, and I used to like to sit with my coke and a smoke. When we would go to the Bars I could finish a pack plus. I did it to keep myself busy. One day I got so sick, I was liveing on my own and I was really sick, I could hardly breath. Before that I had tried to quit 2x's and always ended up with a smoke in my hand. Anyways I threw the pack over the balcony, and never had one again. It wasn't that easy, I mentally focused on how discusting smokers were, and made myself loath them. I kept my mind busy, If the craveings came I would go out and do something, tell myself There is no way I was going to keep starting over and over trying to quit. So really I replaced those mental messages of "I could just have one" with no way am I going to give in to that discusting habit. I also noticed that all my friends smoked, so I stopped hanging around them, one friend quit as well not long after me so we still talk. Then my sister quit to, cause I made her feel guilty about being pregnant. You'll know when its time, no one can make you do it, but trust me, you'll be able to breath in better, You start to notice smells that you didn't notice before. And no more standing outside at work to have a smoke!!Burrr...
Well it's just like overeating with some people. A little pill to help you will not hurt. If it helps you stay sane, why not. I hated my husband when he was quitting before he tried wellbutrin. I literally wanted to shove a cigarette in his mouth just to stop the insanity.
Gunny is right you do have to change your routines in the begining to help you get through. For me the car was hard also as I have an hour commute to and from work. This is where the mantra came in I came up with some dumb ditty to the little Engine that could motto.. I think I can I think I can... I just changed the words , once I felt the urge coming on I would say this over and over until the urge passed. And take deep breathes... After dinner to combat the smoke I would get up and clean up right away and keep busy till the urge passed. In the am I stopped coffee drinking as this was big for me a coffee and smoke in the morning... so I gave up coffee for awhile . it's all about mental control and behavior modification and trust me I not a person with tons of will power... the breathing techniques sound good too.. this helps you keep the focus on something besides wanting to smoke thats how I came up with the mantra.... I was not a drinker either but did have a couple socially once in a awhile , it didn't do that either. The big test came in March when I went to Vegas, where the casinos are filled with smoke.. I almost broke but I didn't .. You will feel better too after a few months... I asked my doctor and he said it could take up to a year to really feel good. but it does happen.... and it is worth it especially if you have a son... again good luck and feel free to reach out if you need it.
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well i dont know from personal experiance but my aunt went to a hypnotist and that worked for her, also my husband smoked for a while ( before i met him thankfully!! ) and well not that i am recommending this but he had just a little TOO much yagameister (sp?) one night and never picked up a cigarette again.
GOOD LUCK!!!! we are all pulling for you!
p.s. i also have to say a big THANK YOU!! for taking the steps to quit. this is the best thing that you could ever do for your family, when we found out my husband had cancer it was the scariest damn thing i have ever gone through in my entire life. even though his cancer was not related to smoking, we dont think, he had thyroid cancer, it is still very hard for me to see people doing this to themselves. my dad smokes at least 2 packs a day and i plead with him to quit. my g-pa quit after having his heart attack. again good luck and thank you!!
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scout1 I stopped smoking for now 7months! I just said one day I want to live as long as God wanted me to and not kill my self with smoking! It was hard at first. I did it cold turkey. I guess I will say I left cigarette packs everywhere some opened some not. I left lighters everywhere, and if I had to break down and have a cigarette I did! I figured hey it is better than having 10! So for about a month I was maybe 1 cigarette every other day. Then if we had beer or drinks I would have a cigarette. (you know how that is esp if you have a shot ha!) I guess doing it that way made me feel like if I need one I am going to have one till I just don't feel like I need them. And that it was not wrong! No one ever said hey thought you stopped smoking they knew I drastically cut back! I think that is the problem people think if they say they are going to quite then they can never have one, but that is not the case you have to get it in your head that if you want one so what have one. Then get in your head the reason you are stopping is because you want to live longer and actually run without feeling like your going to die! After awhile I just did not think about it and now I can have drinks out with friends and not even think twice about a cigarette! I hope that helps! I tried to quite for a good 2 years! Even tried getting hypnotized! That did not work at all! Well good luck and if you have any questions ask me I do not mind. Just telling yourself you can do it and that you are not a bad person if you have one. Then trying to focus on something else really works!
Scout, I quit smoking shortly losing my Mom to lung cancer. My Mom lived a full life, some aren't so fortunate. Seeing her die in such a horrible way did it for me.
They should let smokers visit lung cancer patients, That would do it. Anyways i used Commit lozenges, they are kinda pricey, so don't let that be an excuse for not buying them. Smokes cost more in the long run. I also joined a stop smoking forum. Good luck to you! You can kick butts!!!!
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Well Tortoise, thank you so much for pointing that out to one of the mods.
Since Scout is a mod and her health and well-being effects her ability to do her mod "job" and since posts are to be pet OR FORUM related, her health DOES effect the forum,. Trust me as I have been going through it myself. Tends to effect one's tolerance level for BS, if nothig else.
Besides that, I believe what Scout is TRYING to do is open the door for a few off topic posts, hoping that the posters will catch on??????
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I agree.smokers should be able to visit people w/ lung cancer.My grandmother pretty much raised me,so to see her like that broke my heart.It was really hard for her to have to tell me that she had lung cancer.She is a very proud great granny and at the time David(my son) was only 4 months old.She wanted to see him go to school,play ball,all the kid stuff.She had to have the bottom part of her lung removed.It was a rough surgery but it saved her life.She has to have oxygen at night now.Gets winded,its a real wake up call. Scout,went you feel like smoking just come on line and talk to us.Better yet get you a troll.LOL
I have been qiut for 4 years. I smoked for 8 (+) years before. Would have smoked linger but i am 31 now. I honestly LOVED to smoke. In my family it is a social thing - everyone sits around and drinks coffee and smokes.....(yucky breath for sure) Like I said I have been quit for a little over 4 years now now I am not going to lie -- I still want to smoke.
I make up my mind I was quiting and then I bought a new pack.
I smoked about 1/2 that pack. then I picked my favorite places to smoke. (in my car & on the back porch) So I got in my car and drove around I smoked 1 or 2 and then I threw out all the cigs. ( yep right out the window) except for 3 I went home, went straight to the back porch and smoked one. I saved the other one for later. And the third I put on the fridge - knowing it is the LAST one. I honestly don't remember when but I did smoke that one some time the next day.
And the rest is simply will power...... it is hard but if you really want to quit then it is not so hard. Afterall if you do not buy them then you can not smoke them. About 2 years ago I really wnated to smoke... So I bought 1 pack went to my back porch and smoked that 1st ciggarette OMG - it was GREAT I threw the rest away... I would have smoked that whole pack!!! so I do now know starting back would be easy --
I know In my quitting I wasted a few packs by buying and throwing away but I have wasted a whole lot less than I would have smoked.
Good Luck if you need any support Hollar at me -- I'll do all I can.
Scout we bought our house 8 years ago and my hubby was a heavy smoker .Then he had to decide smoke or pay morgage . He just did it , cold turkey, and he has not yet picked up another ciggarette since.He put his mind to it ,this is what I want to do.He did gain weight , and he worked it off with diet and excercise.
I think cold turkey is the way to go. I have been smoke free for a little over a year now. You just have to decide to quit and just do it. I was never able to cut down first, cause I would just make up for it by smoking twice as much the next day. I have put on about 20 lbs since, but I feel so much healthier, and so do my children :>) Good luck! You can do it!
my prayers are with you scout.I hate to see good people smoke or drink or anything that is bad for you.my grandma has cancer in her throat that they took out and she had radiation.she is still in horrible shape and i hate to see anybody have this done.my grandpa has infazima and some other stuff,he had to get rid of his farm because he wasnt able to help anymore.it breaks my heart to see him in the shape that he is in,with the oxygen mask and he doesnt have any strength.my mother smoked for 2 years but when she found out she was pregnant with me she quit.my other grandpa is slowly killing himslef with drinking and smoking i have asked him many times to quit.and that takes alot of guts to tell him.one time he ddi but he went right back to it.if you set your mind to it you can do anything.i know this is long but i wanted you to hear how much it hurts the family.
I just have 1 thing to say Scout...YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
Maybe not the first time or the second time maybe not even the tenth time but you can quit. Just remember you are only human and you can slip, doesn't mean you've failed.
I smoked a CDN pack (25) a day for 30 years, 5 years ago I smoked my last cigarette. I used both the patch and Wellbutrin and it worked.
I will say that nearly dying and subsequently having a "little body work" done was very motivational. I now carry an 8" scar down the right side of my neck from behind my ear to the center front, a direct result of a blocked right carotid artery. I was only 46 years old.
I will say that the thought of quitting was far worse than actually doing it, but my distaste for the experience of quitting has kept me from starting up again.
Scout1, good for you for trying! Me on the other hand? Hubby and I said we were going to quit in .... Dec 03. lol, we're still "going to quit". Work is 97 miles away from home, so 1.5 hrs w/o a cigarette is just unacceptable. However, we have cut down immensely. We don't smoke in the house. So, if we want a cigarette we can have one outside whether it's beautiful or crappy outside. I have exactly 8 cigarettes a day - not bad compared to what I used to smoke. I used to smoke while on the computer and I used to be on the comp forever! Not anymore.
Anyway, I'm just rambling here. Good luck, Scout1. May the force be with you! lol
Oh and thank you for starting this topic and thank you for the wonderful job you do as a mod. You too, Pyr and Pearl - and Icy, too! =)
Oh oh oh I forgot Minn, too! Thank you Minnyar!
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