I quit five years ago. It was the best thing I ever did. I had quit before but went back to it over and over. This time I went to my doctor and he prescribed some meds to help get thru the nicotine withdrawl. It was still hard to do, but easier than “cold turkey”.
Hang in there, it gets easier as time goes by. Don’t give up trying if you do fall. Quitting is worth the effort.
I quit cold turkey myself on December 31st, 2007. It’s a one-day-at-a-time, sometimes one-second-at-a-time, struggle for a while. Then it gradually gets better.
When it gets hard, think about all of the good reasons why you’re quitting: you want to live longer, you don’t want COPD or heart disease, a pack of cigs costs too darned much, you hate the stink, smoking outside in the freezing cold makes you feel like an outcast, etc.
There’s no magic, and it’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth doing. Don’t buy or borrow that next puff. You can’t afford it.
I’ve quit several times. I once quit when my wife was pregnant with our daughter, but due to the complications of the pregnancy (placenta abruption), I started up again. I quit a few times since then, but I always come back to smoking. The hardest part is the psychological addiction. The physical is easy. The nicotine is out of your system in three days, if I remember right.
I quit smoking 15 minutes ago too. And 45 minutes ago. And 115 minutes ago…
I know, I know. Already gave up liquor and hard women. One thing bothering me the last couple of years, is the almost religious war on smoking. As long as there will be tobacco (and other) plants, people will smoke. I’d rather have the same attention, money and energy spent on stopping famin etc.
i quit on the Fourth of July 1994 and that was the very best thing i
ever did for myself…i was smoking three packs a day of an
unfiltered Danish brand (strong and “GOOD!”)…
i had maybe a dozen relapses over the next six or so months…more
than once i bought a pack, lit a cigarette…took two or three puffs
and ground it out…most ofen then throwing away the pack and feeling
guilty for failing…
eventually, one time i bought a pack and was able to not open it…for
then in a fit of despair i lit one, took (i guess) three deep drags
and had to lay down from being dizzy, and then soon i thought i was
gonna throw up…and THEN i realized: the “fit of despair” feeling i
had which drove me to light up could not be cured with nicotine…i
didn’t feel the way i did because i hadn’t had nicotine in
months…nope, there was something else i needed…and, i never
turned to nicotine again…and highly doubt i ever will…
it is not easy…if you started to quit (about 11 hours ago) by
thinking it is just a matter of getting external support (like this
thread) i have to say: good luck…the ultimate strength must come
from within…and, it takes a LOT…
imo, the FIRST thing you have to do is begin thinking and believing
that you ARE a non-smoker temporarily trapped by a highly addictive
drug, and the drug mafia who has you on a string…
the “tobacco industry” should be put in prison, like all the rest of
the dope pushers! they hook you, take your money, your self-respect,
your health and if you let them, they will take the breath of life
from you too.
I’m now 12 hours as a non-smoker. I found out this morning that it is possible to do the morning chores without cigarettes. I did experience the usual craving but instead of lighting up I just drowned it with coffee:)
I know the next few days are going to be the toughest, but I’m kinda looking forward to facing the challenge.
I quit on Jan 1st 2010. Not as a new years resolution but because I have a small human relying on me now
I’ve quit a few times before, but this time is the real deal (I hope!). I also really enjoy smoking.
The first week was hard, the second week less hard and by the end of 1 month I could go for a whole day without thinking of having a smoke.
I found myself getting frustrated at small things - more so than usual, and having a shorter temper than usual. I think its more the psychological addiction; I felt like it was a battle with myself, and when my girlfriend (for example) asked me to do something it was just an extra thing on top of not smoking & I got really wound up by it on occasion. Better now though
On the plus side I do feel more energetic, and I can actually run (well, jog) for more than 20 secs at a time now. Yay.
Its not about the cash - rollups cost me about £30/month - its now more about my own force of will not losing out to some crappy desire to do something I have already decided not to do. It’d be embarassing if I started smoking now
From a another angle. Quitting cigarette adv, billboards and print. After smokes we switched to local biz, hard work after easy money with smokes. We survived and better for the change and when quitting smokes you will be better for it, more money too, the habit is sin-taxed to death. The best of luck to you
Don’t, don’t, don’t. It will be your downfall. I occasionally get an urge for a cigar…a nice long, fragrent, pleasant smoke…but I know it will lead to another and another, and then a cigarette, then a pack of cigs.
It is much easier to totally avoid that “one” cigar, than it is to quit all over again.
> My thoughts on “just one”.
> Don’t, don’t, don’t. It will be your downfall. I occasionally get an
> urge for a cigar…a nice long, fragrent, pleasant smoke…but I know
> it will lead to another and another, and then a cigarette, then a pack
> of cigs.
> It is much easier to totally avoid that “one” cigar, than it is to quit
> all over again.
Very true. I know my father said he’d quit smoking for years but just one
started him again and he never could stop after that. He really regretted
starting again. Sometimes he’d be short of money and couldn’t afford to
smoke for a while and he’d be so miserable and bad-tempered. I decided then,
when I was a child, that I never let myself get into that state so decided
never to smoke. I did smoke one when I was about fourteen because of peer
pressure but it did absolutely nothing for me or to me. I suspect the
prolonged exposure to the passive smoking from my dad’s Capstan Full
Strength made me immune to the effects of a mere Wills’ Woodbine.
Graham P Davis, Bracknell, Berks., UK. E-mail: newsman not newsboy
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