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Joined just now, I am feeling hopeful just by reading other people stories. I want to quit, but I feel like depression keeps me reaching for the cigs, almost like I am deliberately punishing myself ( I guess it’s like self-harm but a weirder version) I know it’s wrong and I hate myself for it, but I am going to try so hard to be stronger and get through this…. April
If you slip it's not failure, it's just a slip. Just keep trying. I always considered myself truly addicted to smoking, but suddenly even only 3 days in this time, I feel like an ex-smoker... and it feels great !
I tried ham pix on 2 occasions and it worked like a treat until I received that tragic call.
A cigarette was my bandaid to an extent. I am slightly anxious about quitting, though it’s now very unaffordable.
I have had some false starts lately but am determined to make this my last day one. I am making the decision to be free from smoking once and for all no matter how uncomfortable I may get at times doing so. Posting here for accountability. I really find this site and everyone's posts and comments very helpful. Looking forward to posting my successful quit journey.
Day 4 off the smokes .. doing better than I though I would .. hope it does not sneak up on me later on! Am using patches this time around seems to be the best approach for me so far.. doing it for my boys and me!
Exercise & keep busy
- Smoking for 23 yrs, quit for 1 year, fell back into the habit while in uni. With friends who smoked.
- closet smoker: only smoke while alone, sometimes 2-3 in one go, if it’s been a few hours since the last time.
- my partner suspects & often makes nasty remarks about smokers to shame me.. I have no support.
- I want to quit, I’m turning 40, I hate the mentality of thinking I need ...
Hi Everybody, I just wanted to say hello. I’ve been reading your stories and experiences for the last 9 months as I considered quitting. Today is my day 1. I have smoked for 35 years. I quit 10 years ago for a full year and gradually slipped back. I’ve been a closet smoker for 9 years. I am totally embarrassed about it. I don’t smoke at home or in work or in my car. I only smoke when I have an op...
I have been trying to quit now seriously for 2 years. Blew a 28 day quit on the eighth January, vowed I wouldn't use patches again, used them the first day to kick off my quit since then have been cold turkey, just using one or two lozenges at night when I relax, no major withdrawal symptoms, just working on the right mindset, 7 days quit this morning. Using the quit line and a quit smoking thera...
Hello! I haven't been able to access this site for a while now and decided to try it this morning and it works! I had previously quit for about 70 days or so but my mom passed away just before Christmas and I was totally overwhelmed by this and stupidly thought smoking would provide comfort. I am now struggling to quit again. I have ordered some patches to help out with the initial tough bit. It ...
I started my quitting smoking journey 13 days ago. I use to smoke 10-15 in a day and sometimes even 1 pack a day. For the 1st 5 days I was completely smoke free but unfortunately after that I haven been sneaking few ciggarate now and then 😔😔. I feel really bad for doing so. So today I have decided to start my journey again. I will be posting my experiences here and read other’s stories as well...
Hello everyone. My story with smoking. I started very young and gave up smoking at 21. Was married for 23 yrs then hubby left married again to a smoker I began to smoke after a couple of years. 7 yrs later fled DV and 1 year after I was able to give up smoking which lasted around 1 year. I'm devastated to have started again. I've been struggling with PTSD . I love the story CLOSE SHAVE and the ...
I am 32 years old and have been smoking for 20 years … this is nothing to be proud of. Today my partner and I have decided to give up smoking for good, I have only had 1 other attempt to quit smoking and this was last year and I failed. We need this for our health, our hip pocket and our family. I won’t say I’m not scared … I’m not really sure who I am when I’m not smoking as I’ve been doing for ...
I have been addicted to nicotine lozenges for ten years. They are making me terribly ill. I have made my quit date for Wednesday. Does anyone have any tips?
Today is day 7 and its amazing to me how 1 week can change how i feel completely for the better!
I got a full nights sleep last night compared with the insomnia on first 2-3 nights.
The mornings are rough but with changing the routine and way of thinking and some proper breathing exercises the cravings can be pushed aside .
I've smoked for 30+ years with too many quit "practice runs" that i fe...
Today is my Day 1. My plan is to go cold turkey and replace times that
I would have had a cigarette with a walk around the block (it's a small block!) OR with a carrot stick. My partner is a smoker and will smoke this evening at our end of work day chat. That will be hard! Fingers crossed.
I started smoking when I was 16. I was disgusted by it by the age of 18, tried zillion ways and nothing seemed to work. Finally nicotine replacement therapy worked and I successfully quit for 10 years. Now I am 31, I made the classic mistake of lighting one cigarette thinking its one only. I had forgotten all the learnings, how proud I was of not smoking for 10 years and that I am an addict even ...
Today is day 2 of no smoking, I have been smoking since I was 17! Grew up with both heavy smoker parents! A couple of days ago my daughter asked me if I wanna die early! Is that why I smoke so much! And it hit me! I have been smoking for 13 years and I am not even 31 yet! So I threw away everything and hopefully gonna stick to the plan and not pass on this bad habit to my kids like it was passed ...
I've been here before...
I gave up for almost 3-years about 10 years ago.
Since then i've given up for 9 months, then about 12 months, and a few periods of days, several weeks, a month here and there.
I guess i don't have a lot of will power... i struggle with weight as well.
I also have leant on replacements, and other prescribed drugs to allow me the brief periods of non-smoking in the past...
First morning I woke up and thought yep coffee and smoke time even though I put a 16hr 25mg patch on the day before then I realised I didn't feel like or want a smoke it was just out of habit so I changed my habit instead of making coffee and heading out side for a smoke I made coffee and sat inside on the lounge and opened a windows and enjoyed my morning coffee.
it’s a rainyish day with clouds, feeling stressed, low and craving so badly. the “perfect” time for a puff. i’m not going to but jeez that’s the only thing i can think of, just that blow of smoke and watch it drift off and ahhh, relief. this is hard, so so hard. i am turning thoughts into “no-go ideas” which is helpful but idk if i can do this
second attempt of quitting. has to be cold turkey because i’ve been put in hospital, this is going to be very hard. especially because of medication interchanges ect. good luck to me i guess
3rd serious attempt in 40+ years. Tip to self: take all the help available - left the Dr, script filled straight away, signed up here same day - today!
I will also finish the treatment/pills even when I think I don't need to.
I will go on this site daily and track my progress.
I'm keen, I'm excited, I'm going to be cigarette free before my 60th birthday and I'm going to have a little more sav...
I have just come across this forum, and so grateful I did. I think everyday how much I am embarrassed to be a smoker, how much I want to quit; I look at others who are vibrant and confident (on the outside) and feel like that self love and acceptance is within me, but smoking is such a massive roadblock and barrier to me accessing it. And probably a massive bandaid for the reasons why I...
For us dad
I’ve been smoking rollies now for a year and a half. Prior to that I had been smoke free for nearly 10 years. I’m not sure why I started again exactly but I think it’s probably due to a stressful situation at home at the time. I think I also continued to smoke as some relief from home and work stress…and now it’s a full on as breathing. The need the habit is stronger than ever. I m...
I quit for 5 days then caved last night and bought a pack. Smoked maybe half of it and soaked the rest of the pack in water and threw them out about an hour ago. I don't want to quit quitting. I am so tired of being a slave to the stuff. Any tips and tricks welcome. I really want to be done for good!
Hi all. I’m on my about 1000 th attempt to quit smoking for good. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but I have tried many many times and I haven’t nailed it yet. I have smoked for 35 years and this last attempt I did 3 weeks cold turkey then I caved in and smoked one. But I decided I would not relapse. It is just too much hard work going cold turkey then just giving in. I have had major heart surge...
I want to quit smoking but the more I try the more I smoke. I have been smoking for years and every night I say tomorrow is the day the next day comes and I dont feel like one or crave one but my mind tells me to have just one then im back to square one I find I smoke out of boredom and I do alot to keep myself occupied but I always find time to smoke. It also feels like a reward after doing task...
I ‘ve been smoking for almost 60 years. I quit once for about 5 years. I’ve quit many other times. I used to smoke cigarettes but I’m smoking cheap cigars now. My lungs are bad and getting worse. I have to quit or I think I will die in the next year or two. I smoke in secret. I’m sure my wife knows and some of my golf friends. I am determined to quit this time. I’d appreciate any help I can get i...
My husband and I married 18 Sept. Since then, we have been non-stop on the go packing all my stuff into storage and travelling. We arrived in Sydney on Oct 8, and - obviously - I haven't had a smoke since we got on the plane in San Francisco. I've had the occasional craving, but I've managed to curb that with food or chewing gum. My problem is that I'm fantasizing about the day we get out of quar...
I want to quit,but cant resist,how can i get mentally in the right place to do this?
Hi all. First dose of Zyban today and it seems to be working already. Love to hear about anyone’s else experience with this method. TIA
I was an intermittent smoker in the late 80s early 90s, I gave up when I fell pregnant with my first of 4 beautiful babies. Now in my 50s I have been introduced vapes I have always missed smoking so thinking vaping is a great answer. But I had to hide it from my husband and family feeling so ashamed. The answer is I should quit. I didn’t realise how hard it would be.
i’m under 21 years old and picked up smoking from peers at work. i couldn’t stop because it suppressed so many feelings of stress and made me feel better. but now i’m starting to feel sick from it. i want to live a healthier life and make my family proud and let them see the change in myself. i hate myself for picking it up, and disappointing everyone around me. this is day 1
Today is the day for me and I’m at the hour of having my first cigarette, have a patch on but feeling a bit shaky and not too confident but I’m just going to give it a go. Trying not to make it a huge deal cause then I obsess and then cave. Going to have a coffee in a different setting and see how l go.
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?
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 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 🤗!
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 ...
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 :)
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...
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...
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
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...
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