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.
For me just hanging out with smokers when they smoke (restaurants, pubs, work) helps me a lot. I have smoked for 43 years and going cold turkey for the 2nd time in my life. The first time was around 20 years ago and lasted 6 months. Fingers crossed this time around.
I quit vaping cold turkey 10 days ago, i am only 21 and smoked cigarettes for about 1 year and turned to vaping instead a couple of years ago which I preferred - can’t stand the smell/taste of cigarettes anymore.
Each day definitely gets easier than the last. I had quite bad anxiety to begin with, but now it’s skyrocketed! does anyone have any tips on how to deal with this ? At the moment I a...
"I'm gonna smoke just one cigarette to beat the cravings and no more". If you do this, you're gonna want another cigarette 10 minutes after the first one. Don't do it, it's ridiculous and pointless.
EDIT: I didn't do it, this was my coping mechanism
Administration took forever to remedy the fact that my very nice and supportive replies were being "flagged" and probably causing others distress. I guess it should be no surprise that Advertisements for winnings and hackers, and another yet on how to become a vampire are not taken down even as reported as spam. Do i NEED to shame you?
I turn to a vampire any time i want to, i become a vampire because of how people treat me, this world is a wicked world and not fair to anybody. At the snack of my finger things are made to happen, am now a powerful man and no one steps on me without an apology. I turn to human beings also at any time i want to, and am one of the most dreaded men in my country. I became a vampire through the help...
So I'm going for surgery a week today and I need to no if you think it's Okie to still be using patches a week before surgery I need them more than ever now to keep me strong and not give in to the dirty habit again.
Hi All, I am 756 days quit today....yay.
I have learnt many things through all of those days. We are stronger than we give ourselves credit for. If we really want something we can and do make it happen...quitting is exactly the same. Wanting to quit and making it happen is within us all.
As in life...don’t focus on the negatives...focus on the positives. Being a non smoker is full of positives ...
When I wanted to stop my 60 full strength a day habit I thought about what might happen if I was marooned on an island, my thoughts would be food and water .
I don't believe that under these circumstances the need for a cigarette would come into anyone's mind.
So I considered that I had put myself on an island and a cigarette was not an option, here I am 22 years later, never since have I had o...
A little about myself is I use to be addicted to substances for years but now have the freedom we all deserve. Since then I became heavily involved in self education self help and personal development. I hope the knowledge in this book can help someone.
Today, like every day, is a great day to be free of smoking. So for anyone needing a little extra motivation on this fine day maybe this tip helps. That reason you decided to quit. Take a picture, draw a picture, take a mental picture, or carry something that makes you think of that reason. Whenever you get a craving or feeling overwhelmed by quitting look at that visual reminder of why you quit....
"Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best."
Stay positive. Always believe something wonderful is about to happen. Believe in yourself and stay positive. It will make staying smoke free so much easier.
'An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it's going to launch you into something great.'
47days today and it's a hard day for me.. panic attack again😭 the urge is so strong today.. there's voices in my head saying "you can smoke again"
i lost around 4 months off cigarettes and been smoking for around 3 months. i have used champix and i really enjoyed being non smoker but unfortunatly i relapsed.
would appreciate if anybody can help... can i start champix again now or shall i wait for a certain period before starting a new course? i am basically now around 4+ months off champix.
Urge is so stry
Can anyone tell me the benefits of eating carrots when quitting smoking please
I need help
So what happens when your motivation goes? That is one thing, but how does it go? Does it dry up? Burn out? Does it wash away or the ideation go stale?
How can we get it back and get back on track?
How do you stay motivated?
What institutes a successful Quit?
Lets brain-storm and get heaps of comments.
Yesterday i decide that i will quite smoking from today. But in the morning i can not control myself and i can not understand what i do . Then i take 3 cigarette at a time. Please help me. I do not want this kind of life witch is destroying . If Possible someone call me . Because my mom always said you such kind of person if anyone motivate you that you can do it then the result is positive. My P...
I've been surrounded by smokers all my life and am now 100% smoke-free. Recently I've actually been collecting stories from people who quit and have got some fantastic quitting ideas, and I hope it can inspire others. Some of the stories I've read include quitting for the sake of your new child, quitting to be accountable to your partner, quitting after trying a particularly nasty cigarette and m...
Can someone please tell me how to reply to comments after sharing.Unfortunately i'm not a whizz on these gosh darn computer thingys
Just reminding people to stay committed. If its a promise to Quit? A pledge? Maybe a doctors order? Your child's wishes you to stop? Even if you dream of ditching the filthy, Expensive past-time, you can take action. It takes alot of courage at first, but ultimately it is the IN_ACTION of not smoking that turns a smoker into a NON-Smoker. Sounds easy, but, that is how it works.
Happy Easter e...
Associate yourself to new place where your old habit reminds you, keep walking in new places/garden/mountains and breathe (deep breathe) after 1 month and observe what you missed when your able to breathe easily and deeply... :-)
No amount of nicotine will fix the virus. More nicotine will however hasten likelihood of early death and delay any quit attempts possibly for a long ime. The only time we will have no more stress in our lives is when we are dead. Cigarettes merely delay any other thought processes. Solve absolutely nothing. Having wasted time and more money by inhaling smoke means that we would find ourselves ba...
Folks - here in the USA we are about to hit a significant increase on CV-19 numbers. We are just getting our hands around testing capabilities.
What happens next is we will panic, impacting the global economy and increasing stress, anxiety and you guess it - the use of tobacco to manage stress and uncertainty.
Be strong people, this is the exact type of event that will drive us back to the c...
Go for long walks, listen to music, multi vitamins, lots of water, exercise, get minties
Each time you smoke, you are:-
1. Literally burning a part of your hard earned money
2. Feeding dangerous chemicals to your body
3. Going away from lofe with each puff
4. increasing the risk of unhealthy death
i believe none of the above is warranted in a sane person's life
Thanks to those that have responded to my stories. Does anyone know a way to respond directly to people that comment on your story?
I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. I had been a heavy smoker, my symptoms started out with dry cough and shortness of breath, i ended up in the hospital, on a ventilator. I should have known it was coming, but like most smokers, thought it would never happen to me. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catchi...
Most of the withdrawal and recovery issues are well published and no surprise but at weeks 10-12 I started having excessive sinus drainage and mucus, sometimes bloody, build up in the back of my throat (Not coming up from my lungs). My Doctor assured me that this was actually a good indicator of tissue rebuilding throughout my upper respiratory system that may continue for several weeks. Periodi...
So this Easter it will be 2 years since I Quit smoking. No cravings, no desire to smoke. Sometimes I'll smell it and think oh that's nice and other times think it's awful. I had a rough year or so due to having to learn how to cope with stressful situations without smoking but I really feel so free now. I get to finally live the life I'd always wanted. Lungs that let me jog and climb mountain...
I noticed that I am also having some really bad dreams/nightmares. Do others have this as well and, if so, how long did it last?
Drink lots of fruit smoothies - I am 33 days quite after 40 years and noticed that I get so thirsty all the time. So I have been drinking losts of fruite smoothies and boy are they good.
What I didn't realize when I quit smoking was how much time I was losing by smoking. Not just the time at the end of life but the time during my life. I smoked about 25 cigs a day which took about 10 minuets per cig. That's over 4 hours a day wasted. I think this is one of the reasons quieting is so hard. You sit around with all that spare time with nothing to do but wish you had a cig. Time for...
I'm using patches and found that the 1st couple of weeks was easier for me to also carry the nicotine lozenges. I'd only take one when the cravings got bad. After that first couple of weeks I didn't need them anymore, until I went to step two with the patch for the first week. I will do the same when I go to step 3. And probably carry them when I'm done with the patch for awhile, just in case. I'...
😫can someone please tell me why I’m having the worst anxiety of my life? The physical side effects are getting unbearable. My chest literally feels like it’s crushed and I can’t breathe right. My chest is tight and all that’s on my mind is smoking. I didn’t think it would be this hard. Will this go? I just need help with the crushing feeling. I’m in hospital 3 days post ob (breast abscess) and I...
I quit 2 days ago with a patch. This isn’t the first time I have quit. My problem is staying quit. My past quits have been cold turkey, gum or patches. I know with me it is totally more of a mental addiction. I’ve joined this forum for support from other quitters and maybe helpful tips you can give and to give support to future quitters.
Hi all. First time joiner and poster 😊 I started smoking age 14, quit age 31 for 8 years then started again 3 years ago. I’m 23 days in of ditching the death sticks and have found it relatively easy. I think this is because I had an easy experience when I quit the first time and know that I can live very happily as a non smoker because I did it for 8 years! I have used patches (21mg) as they hel...
Hey peoples so this is the hardest thing for me to do I try and fail try and fail please help I want to quit I do but I just don't now even having a ciggy I just let it burn away most of the time I get out of breath I tried patches alone bit I feel l need something more please someone advice is good either pleasant or harsh all is welcomed
If you are struggling with the withdrawal of nicotine or even the old practice and routine and habit of smoking. Here are some of the sayings of EX- smokers that we all can use in our thoughts whenever a thought of temptation enters our minds.
I dont smoke.
Not one puff ever. (N.O.P.E)
I am boss (Not you nico-Demon- Or monster)
I am strong.
One day at a time.
Tomorrow will be be...
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Many people can come to Change Their Minds and Make the Changes needed to embrace this journey, but some and probably most are older and retired like I am with many hours to fill . While we know that taking up a good habit to replace a bad one is beneficial, we cannot do that 24/7. We did not smoke that much either, but in those first days I am sure it is on the mind of some and may feel like tha...
Hi All, I am reading some stories from new people and they are really struggling. I would just like them to ask themselves Why? It seems to me that you want to quit that is why you are here. You are embarking on the best journey that you could ever give yourself. Your health will improve greatly, you will have more money in your pocket, your self esteem will be at an all time high. So when you lo...
I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and give you all a story about Christmas and a little gift.l
My sister pulled a Christmas prank on Mom and it was hilarious! She presented my Mom with a box with air holes, a bag of dog food and a leash. My Mom , while liking animals, was appalled at the idea of owning a dog. Too much work for her at her age. We howled in laughter as we surmise...
Today marks day 98 of quitting smoking after smoking for around 15 years. I used champix to quit and my last cigarette was on the 10th of September 2019. I feel much better; more energy, better breath, no smell and was disgusted from smell of other people smoking around me.
i had an extremely stressful day today and several problem and unfortunately i smoked one cigarette which made me dizzy an...
Another year almost over, but it may have been a significant one for many this year who will enjoy a smoke free New Year's Eve with a cigarette.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know many through this site. Some stay , others go. It is never clear what has become of some and we just hope that they found their way or that they will be back to try again in the near future to try again.
Has anyone tried Turmeric & Ginger to help detox from nicotine and other nasty chemicals after quitting? Thoughts on this? Thanks in advance! : )
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