Join a supportive community that can help you quit for good!
Welcome to the iCanQuit community this is your opportunity to share with your fellow community members any tips, stories or advice you may have around quitting smoking or staying quit.
My previous 3 attempt to quit failed.
But now I feel I will quit this time.
I very much want to quit but I’ve become trapped in a never ending cycle of stopping for a day and then starting again. I feel physically sick from smoking but I feel mentally obsessed and unable to let it go. I’ve got nicotine replacement inhaler which I’ve never used because I just want the cigarette! I haven’t smoked today. What can I do?
I have changed so much since quitting. It has been such a journey. This is the greatest feat I have ever achieved. And it wasn't on my own. The doctors really pushed it. And I was so lucky I listened to them. I am going to go farther than I ever have because I stopped this nasty habit. I'm thoroughly excited to start living again. And that is something. I've noticed so many things about my person...
So I managed to encourage my daughter to quit smoking. Day 6 today for her cold turkey, she had a cold and was left with a cough she was struggling to shake, so I convinced her to quit. She struggled last night and said she found yesterday so hard, she wanted to drive to get a packet, I talked her out of it despite my husbsnd offering her 1 of his🙄 I told her its only a craving and convinced her...
Well, I'm back. My last quit lasted 6 months, and then I allowed myself to fail. So here I am again, 35 days into my final quit. I'm using the patch and am about to step down to the 7 mg. I feel pretty good. Still miss them sometimes, but not much. I remind myself that I'm 35 days into my smobriety. (get it?) Prayer is my go to. Glad to be back.
Hi everyone :)
I hope you’re all doing well with quitting or preparing to quit.
I’m on day 10 now. I’ve been reading and knitting a lot, both distractions I decided to do before I quit. It’s getting a bit easier now but I’m really worried to let my guard down, I’ve done that too many times.
How do you stay quit? How do you remind yourself that you want to stay quit? When I quit for 10 ...
Hi guys! I’ve been reading so many stories and feel so encouraged by each and everyone of them. Today is the day for me! I found out I’m PREGNANT (again) I’ve got a son already, gave up than stupidly took it back up after giving birth. I’m afraid that I will fail this time as I feel sometimes having a smoke is the only 2 mins I have to myself, but I’m also so determined 🤗!
Dont give up
When I feel like a cigarette to do my paint by numbers has been helpful. Even though I haven't had a day without smoking I have cut down. I also read a suggestion to use 2 patches so I'm going to give that a go. My reasoning for quiting is having emphysema. You would think that's enough motivation however it's not. I will continue to not give up my desire to be a non smoker.again. A day at a ...
So I geared myself up to face my biggest temptation hurdle yesterday. I was nervous to see my smoker child and sit down for our chat, as this was always my ‘chain smoking’ relaxation time.
Needn’t have worried as I was totally fine and when offered a cig was very comfortable to say out aloud “No thanks I don’t smoke”
Three very empowering words I DONT SMOKE. 💪
So far so good...had some bad days but managed to overcome them...been now 8 months smoke free ...God is willing so am I.
Start day tomorrow!
Got a great tip from the quitline to start on two nicotine patches, this could be why previous attempts failed.
Also decided to have my morning coffee outside on bench seat instead of going back to bed and having a smoke - breaking habits
I'm nervous, but positive :)
I’ve reached magic day 5!
Spending time on this community helps and also the changes I made after talking to Quitline. My mood hasn’t dropped as low as before and I’m feeling more hopeful and confident that I can do this :)
I love the magnetic words from the Quitline pack and either make a sentence or choose a single word every morning, it reminds me of a positive journey.
I am proud to say I have reached day 12 and have not slipped once, not that I haven't thought about it though! Day 7, 8 and 9 were particularly hard and I really needed to stay focused on my quit. I just kept telling myself that it is the addiction talking, I dont really want a cigarette and once this passes I will be fine. I am a mum of 2 girls, a 13 and 8 year old. Being a positive roll m...
Day 51 and im estatic about that. I'm not estatic about wk 11 in Lockdown with no end in sight yet....... sigh. I miss the gym, a huge part of my dopamine fix.
Its the times at the moment and I know lockdown will not last forever but the chhosing to become a nonsmoker will last, as I cherish that so much.
I know I shld be doing workouts at home, but its not the same feels or fun as with g...
My quit date is set, now to write a very long list of things I can do that will redirect my attention when I get the urge/cravings.
Hi everyone! As a smokers for several years, I have fallen into the habit of first thing in the morning having a smoke, I have it as soon as I get to work, go on my lunch break and before my lunch break ends, after work after food and before bed. Some in between. Can I ask, what has worked for you in terms of breaking that routine? I live with a family of smokers and some mental health issues, so...
Might I add - since I dont smoke I no longer suffer with asthma. I no longer have perscription prevention meds and no ventolin. None what so ever anymore
Ive almost hit 2 years. Still use my my positive affirmations when i need too but not very often now. Never say, non smoker, never say used to smoke. Just say I dont smoke, everytime the urge is there. It worked for me after 40 years of smoking heavily. Ive managed to save every cent I spent on smokes and in May this year it paid for a brand new car and I paid cash. First time paying cash and fir...
Well here I am at 44days nicotine free!
I have the mindset now that I am a non smoker and that makes all the difference!
Good luck to everyone on their quit journey!
Hi, I’ve been smoking for 13 years now and I’m just so nervous and scared about quitting. I’ve attempted many times and nothing. Would love to have some support so have come on here. I’ve got chimpax and gum I just feel like it’s been a part of my life since I was 17 it’s going to be really weird and hard.
TRYING to give up today
TRYING not to look like a failure
I’m TRYING to focus
TRYING too quit again
TRYING hard to keep the faith
TRY my best again and again
TRY my best to quit
TRYING harder than ever
Just keep TRYING hard
Back to TRY again
TRYING hard now to not smoke
TRYING hard to convince myself
TRYING hard to fight the urge
Even if I slip up, I'll TRY again
If you relapse just...
I am so amazingly grateful to be 100 days free of smoking and any products to do with smoking🙌 I have been looking very forward to this day PuffNoMore and will skipping through the whole day. Love and light to you all and REMEMBER never give up on giving up 🙏❤️
Day 33 with no cigarettes or vaping. Well two days ago I slipped and weakened again today.
I’m trying not to look at it as a failure.
It’s difficult when people you know look at you in distaste or call you a failure because you slipped and had a cigarette.
I find the hardest for me is missing that morning cigarette.
And the one that I used to have halfway through dinner to enjoy my dining exp...
(Here we go again). I lasted 3 days last week and am approaching the end of my packet. I can’t deal with cutting down so my approach to quit cold turkey and go on patches hasn’t changed. I somehow have to get through the mood drops. I realised last week that when I did start smoking my mood actually didn’t improve, I ‘just’ continued to be depressed and anxious. So I’m trying to f...
I wanted to quit for years. My son hates it. I go to bed thinking right tomorrow im going to quit but every morning I get up put a coffee on and have a cigarette then it's well ive smoked now what's the point on trying to give up today. .I was on champers for a while which helped heaps but I run out of tablets and never followed the course im nearly 42 now and over 20 years as a smoker im sca...
Champix. Nothing else works for me. Will power certainly didn't work for me. In my expereince and opinion champix will work when it works, no timeframe. Just keep taking until you notice yourself smoking less and less and the need for a cig has become weaker. Then test if how long you can go without. When it is forever you are there. Keep taking the course beyond the quit point. Lastly - NEVER be...
Don't give up just keep going I've been trying the last 2 weeks. I had a few good days so one step forward and two steps back. I gave up for 7 years and back smoking the last 5 years. I emphasise early stages
I'm just going to take it one day at a time I'm only on my first day
After years of believing I am only a social smoker I have had numerous periods of non smoking in my life but would relapse if certain events took place. After a particularly stressful period 2 months ago I started again. Reflecting back I now thank that I was kidding myself that I was only a social smoker. I regularly smoked up to 15 cigarettes per week for a long time. Not a lot by some standard...
Good morning all. So I have made it to day 4 cold turkey 😊 I know I am only early stages into my quit but I feel this is going to be my final one. It has not been an easy few days but I can already start to feel the health benifets from quitting.
I have found exercising each day and avoiding sugary foods has helped lift my mood. Looking forward to reaching the 1 week milestone.
I work with Artificial intelligence. I even work and play against an AI computer. Applying a plan to continually reinvent the contours of my brain I tried a theory with cucumber which I hated even as a kid. Now I love it like caviar. I inverted the same process for smoking, which I did casually, hanging out, now I hate the sight and smell of them, truly I find them repulsive. This AI computer can...
Day 3. My mood dropped dangerously low late yesterday. I know from experience that it might happen and I distracted. It helped the craving, but my mood is low and I’m scared of the consequences. That stresses me and gives me more cravings.
I feel like I’ll start smoking again anyway and what’s the point? I can’t visualise myself being a non smoker.
I have to quit for my health as i have asthma and it is getting worse, i have also lost my job and can't afford it anymore, have to do it as covid has scarred me as well
Winter was the season for me to finally quit. It's absolutely amazingly beautiful to welcome in the spring a nonsmoker and give thanks to the existing winter for holding the space for me to become one❤️🙏🌅 Not one puff ever 🙌
I've been here before over a year ago.
Quit and started and quit and started again.
I had enough arguments with myself about this and give myself a break.
I've had some time to have a plan set for this next quit.
I no what I need to do and to get through triggers.
I'm about to smoke my last one and jump on the wagon again.
Well done to all you non smokers and people who are j...
I am nearing my final smoke - tonight.
I’m anxious. I’ve stopped smoking more times than I can remember and I even lasted 10 years once. I started again when my mental health deteriorated and smoked on and off for 5 years now. I’m anxious because I know my mood can drop quickly and drastically and I’d like to know if some of you have tips on how to stop smoking while managing ongoing men...
Hello QuitFam... Me? I have not been this far, YIPPEE!! I am just reporting that after 4 weeks, I am beginning to see benefits of not smoking:
==> I HAVE MORE TIME: I went outside to my "smoking spot", stood (or sat) there for an average of 5 minutes per cigarette, add another minute for the "travel time" to and from my smoking spot"; that's 6 minutes. I was a one pack (20 ciggs) a day smoker....
Hey quitfam! Wanting to start my quit journey tomorrow, give up date of the 17th of September. Have tried to quit many times but have found it difficult to occupy myself in other ways.. really quite silly as I have children yet still don’t have the proper willpower to quit along with bad chest pains.
Hi Quitfam, just sharing that i am missing those lozenges, its not easy. I can't wait until I surpass this hurdle, as its a bit of a discomfort a few times a day. Day 40 today, and Im keeping on NOPE
Hi Quitfam, day 38 today for me since becoming a non smoker, I was using lozenges, until yesterday morning when I consumed my last one. Ive been a little fearful and anxious for the moment of letting go of the aid, and almost told myself I needed one more lot.
Then I decided no I didnt and told myself its a vital part of my progress to let go of the aid and told myself to just rip the bandaid...
Reading everyone’s stories has prompted me to share mine..
I smoked on and off during the exciting ‘nineties’ at corporate functions/events as was the culture back then.
However, I could always just stop and it wasn’t a big deal.
Then when my own child became a teenager and began to smoke with all her friends, to fit in, so did I (so embarrassing for a middle aged woman) that’s how I started...
Hello QuitFam, I Just have to pass along a story that might make you smile.
The other day I had a routine medical procedure. I could not eat the entire day before. (I had cravings for food that day, NOT cigarettes). Back to my story...
I was in the surgery room and they were getting ready to "put me under" and asked when I had my last cigarette. I said that I recently quit. Everyone clappe...
I've been reading all the stories and am feeling inspired by everyone's experiences.
I am on day 17 of Champix but still haven't picked my quit date. This is the 3rd time I've used it, the first was successful and I didn't smoke for close to 3 years after smoking for nearly 30 years. I can't even tell you why I took it up again but I did and I have now been smoking for the last ...
After nearly 32 years of smoking. I can't do it anymore. It makes me feel like crap. I hate the smell, the taste and I do not want to be a slave to it anymore.
Taking the first steps today.
Hi there, Quitfam!
I'm a few days off the 'One Month' milestone.
It's rarely on my mind now. I can enjoy a morning coffee and don't miss the cigarette. Meals are a pleasure and I'm still relaxed and chatting at the table afterwards, without the accompanying smoke. That horrible feeling of 'something missing' has gone.
All that said - I had a terrible 'craving day' the day before yester...
I had intense back pain for weeks resulting in a severe heart attack at age 51. I had 90% blocked artery and had a stent put in. I have no family history of heart issues, hence, it was likely due to lifestyle. I smoked 30+ cigarettes a day and drank alcohol every day. Specialist wasn't concerned about alcohol or diet. He said "I'm not concerned about how much nicoteine you need to support you g...
Join now and Share your story it’s free!