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The other day I had a stranger asking
me for a smoke.
It was so exhilarating to say, "sorry, I don't smoke" whereas on occasion I've given someone a smoke.
I am a huge Australian Football League (AFL) and my team are the Mighty Tigers, Richmond Football Club.
I was watching my boys play last night
and win 5 straight so far for the season.
I was a wonderful feeling not having to
1. You need a good reason or motivation to quit. Whether it be for health reasons, request from a loved one, or even financial.
2. Set a yourself a start date and stick to it.
3. Switch to a lighter cigarette.
4. Never take Champix on an empty stomach.
5. Don't skip days, take Champix as prescribed.
6. Don't stop taking Champix for at least 2 weeks after you've stopped smoking.
7. Keep any ...
I remember watching non smokers and wondering how they did it. How did they not smoke after a meal? It seemed impossible to me, the thought of being eating and not instantly needing/wanting /thinking of a cigarette seemed very foreign. How was I going to be able to sleep, drink alcohol or even be able to be around smokers if I quit?
How would I handle a crappy day at work? handle a crisis? How ...
Hi all, today is my first day I'm going to quit my smoking habit. I know its tough to do but I really hope someone out there can help me out. My last cigarette I had at 2pm today. I'm going to be free from nicotine. I re-frame my mind and make my will strong enough. Pls wish my success and keep pray and motivate me.
The other day marked 5 weeks smoke free and I am completely stoked!!
I'm using a patch but have slowly started to reduce how long I wear it for the past week because I do fully understand that the use of NRT products aren't forever. At the start, I used to have around 6 NRT lozenges a day also. I'm in the process of trying to reduce these also. Yesterday I only had 3 lozenges becau...
As of today, I am 2 months, without a smoke, and feeling surprisingly good. Almost like I had never smoked ! A big part of my success, I owe to the people here :) Thanks a bunch :) ! ! ! ! !
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As a curiosity, research type thing, I decided to really look at the Ecig, as a quitting aid.. Now, to be clear, I am not talk...
I am at the end of week 6, and as one of the lucky ones, I guess, I
want to share some observations, that may help others.
What ever method you choose, when you start this fight, the most
important thing is the mindset that you WANT this.
As you can read, in my other post, I cut down over a short time, and then just quit. I had smoked an average of a pack a day for 45 years, and by day 30, h...
Well at Day 16, I could have caved very easily. Had a really ordinary day today and I admit, I sooooo wanted to just give in and go buy a pack. It really hit me that days like this can occur and finding new ways of dealing with crappy days can be a challenge for sure. I ended up putting music on and zoning out whilst going for a walk. I wish my surgery would just happen already so that I can retu...
I just want to say that no matter which
way you decide to become smoke free, you're a winner in my eyes!
This post is for those cutting down, who
are smoke free and who are doing it no
matter the method a person tries. It's
way better than remaining a smoker.
Even those who have a slip up, you're human, if you get back on the bike, then
just keep pedalling forward and don't look ...
I'm so happy to say I've reached 2 weeks smoke free. It's tough but nothing
like I imagined it to be. I feel so much
better already. Yes, I still miss it sometimes but I never want to go back.
I'm a mad AFL supporter and the season
started last night with my beloved team, the Mighty Richmond Tigers winning their first game. Whoop Whoop.
This girl is going to fight like a Tiger to stay quit...
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8 months - Yep read it and weep tobacco companies, no money from me!
The last two months have been great but what a crazy damn ride the first 6 months were. There were blocks of days ( possibly weeks) that I was completely out of control. Angry, sad, hating everyone, hating life, buzzed, energised, lethargic, crying, hysterically laughing, eating everything that was edible and possibly stuff th...
Just completed day 12 of being smoke free yay! I'm having troubles with my account though so may have to disable it and start again. I'm not receiving emails when people comment on my posts and in my quit plan, it won't allow me to change that I'm a former smoker of only a week or so, it says I have bee for years. I've emailed this site and they are trying to fix the issues for me. Real...
Well at 10.25pm tonight, I will have hit one week smoke free. I am using the patch but only for about 12 to 14 hours a day. I have tried wearing the patch at night but my goodness it gave me shocking nightmares.
Last night I forgot to take it off and had what I feel was more like a HORRORMARE if there is such a word!!
I woke up and wanted a smoke so badly because it shook the hell...
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Day 10 of starting to stop quitting but day 4 smoke free. Nausea,fatigue,aches and pains. I am not sure if this is side effect of the patches or withdrawal symptoms. But Not feeling the best. I understand some here has to work. Lucky I don't but still having trouble getting though my day. So how do you cope getting though your day feeling like all you want to do is sleep.
6 days completed with fresh air, not puffing any single cigarette. just unbelieveble
So now I'm 3 weeks into the non-smoking business and its still going pretty tough and still not having fun yet. I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but as well as all the other side effects like cravings and sleeping the day away, I've developed pretty severe fluid retention. Feet ankles legs all swollen and puffy, sometimes trouble breathing and thinking I might have to see my lo...
Hi Everyone hope your all going well and if not keep trying I have been 248 days smoke free and boy its been hard some days but I did the right thing and stopped keep positive and drink loads of water and keep strong in the mind as this is what makes it so hard to stay smoke free once you keep the smoke free thoughts clear everything else will fall into place
Hi, was nicotine for 7mpths after heart attack. Then as l started to feel better l niavely thought l was strong enough to have the odd cigarette while socialising but ofcourse ad er know one is one too many so even though not hashing many l am struggling to resist 100percent just need to be 100 percent committed to willpower,strength,determination and honest with myself.Thy will come
I found a program called You Can Do It 123 Easy on ITunes and it is fabulously helpful and is making it so much easier check it out everyone. Cheers!
I have not smoked since 18/10/2010 after smoking for 56 and half years yes I am now 77 and think that the method I used helped me a lot. first nicabate patches and I smoked 2 mg menthol cigarettes may 5 a day, I used to smoke benson & hedges so 2 mg is a bid come down and there is where I think the medical profession has got it wrong
I personally had no complications smoking whilst I wore my pa...
I used to love a smoke when I had a beer so I have bypassed the grog for 4 days now and found the temptation has been reduced. I do love a beer but the odds of me staying off the ciggies if I have a couple or 10 are ridiculous.
I used to lov`e a smoke when
On my second round of champix as i quit the last round because of debillitating nausea. This time i tried some different things and found, with much releif that very strong ginger tea wipes out the nausea completely. I am no sophisticate so a half level teaspoon of dried ginger stirred in when pouring boiling water in, works fine. I take it with honey and milk but you can take it anyway you want....
Having spoken over the years to smokers that have started again after long quits there seems to be two triggers. One is a traumatic event and the other is " it was offered so I took it "
For me it seems that I will always have the propensity to nicotine addiction but one day at a time I am not indulging. This seems to work. I also make sure I stay close here on icanquit even though I may not con...
482 days nicotine days free today 1st Jan 2017 and still cannot quite believe it. Thanks all my mates on here and icanquit for a brilliant web page. Happy and smoke free 2017 to all.
As we enter the New Year (Happy New Year! ) I want to talk to the newbies out there. Do not, do not, do not give up on you! As we ring in this new year, I am about to enter my 19th week without a cigarette. As a matter of fact, I did this cold turkey without the aid of any nicotine replacement - so when I tell you that quitting can be done, it can be done. If I were sitting in a room with each...
I was a long term (40 yrs), heavy smoker (50 plus daily), attempting Champix for the 4th time. This time, instead of giving up after a week I persevered to let my body get used to & settle with some side effects which encouraged me to continue. I still had side effects, other than laxatives, I struggled & coped with the rest because I was determined. After a couple of weeks I only smoked 1 a day ...
Hi to all my fellow quitters. Have a Merry and smoke free xmas.Cheers.
Hi all today I am 282 days smoke free, and doing well, just wanted to pop in and say thank you to all on this site , this site has been invaluable to me on this journey I certainly would not have made it through the first 100 days without you. So I wish you all a Merry Christmas, whether you celebrate Christmas or not please accept my best wishes and heartfelt thanks at this time
Day 140 and going well. Most of my days I don't think of smoking but every now and then it invades my mind. Such delicious and seductive thoughts it plants there, scenarios, little day dreams but I kill that thought like it's a weed and on I go with life. It's a tricky and devious drug that nicotine but when you're in a situation like this try and see it for what it is. Take a step back and see t...
It hurts to admit but after 72 days being smoking free i started smoking again two weeks ago. This morning i decided to not light my first cigarette up and finally found the courage to stop again. Wow that stuff is so incredibly addictive. At the moment you smoke again you totally forget about the freedom you had while being smoking free. Keep up non smokers but also respect for those who come ba...
Today I am 457 days away from my last cigarette and feel so grateful. When I quit at 67 after 53 years abusing myself with poisons I sort of knew this time I meant business.
My wife had had a triple heart bypass and detested everything about smoking.
In 2008 I had three heart stents put in and still carried on.
I always knew that cigarettes were self destructing but rationalized it in the m...
Wow, it's been days upon days of cravings. They are so evil yet seductive and promise you some relief if you just give in. It's all so deceptive but so extremely powerful. I now know why it has taken a few quit attempts to get where I am. I know, from past relapses, that a smoke is not going to take any situation away or make it better. After that cigarette the issue/problem/disaster will still b...
I am really struggling to staying quit. I keep trying after a relapse of not smoking for 10 weeks, but I just can't seem to shake it. I'm not giving up on giving up though. Any words of advise or encouragement for a determined struggler.
Day 125 and the sneaky little cravings have popped up over the past few days. As soon as I'm weak (recovering from surgery) it worms it's way into my mind. It amuses and annoys along with surprises me that as soon as I'm not 100% it strikes. I have the 'Bring it on' attitude which helps gets my back up and also makes me look at it for what it is - a simple craving, desperate and nasty but still j...
I think it's time to look at how far we've come, to stand proud with heads held high, to acknowledge our successes. So go on stick your finger up at that nicotine troll, moon it, poke your tongue out- what ever floats your boat. Sure we all have a way to go but we have also come a long way.. Give yourself a good old high five, God knows we deserve it.. Here's to all of the nicotine freedom fighte...
Five weeks in and not a smoke. After 60 years of smoking I never thought I could give it up. Tried all types of ways you name them I have tried it. My doctor told me about this product and explained how it works and all the possible side effects.
The only side effect i have is the vivid dreams but I don't mind them as they are a mixture of my past and the future very entertaining. With C...
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End of week four.Have found that getting rid of triggers that make you want a smoke helps with the urge to light up.HAVE A MIND SET THAT IT IS THE MOST FILTHY THING YOU CAN DO.LOOK AT FROM THE VIEW OF A NON SMOKER THE BAD SMELL AND THE ASH AND BUTTS EVERY WHERE. THIS HELPS YOU. MOST OF ALL BE PROUD THAT YOU HAVE GOT THE BETTER OF THE NICO DEVIL. MOST OF ALL POST AND LET YOUR GOOD FRIENDS ...
Into week four and starting to get mild cravings. I started to think about triggers. My worst trigger was with my cup of coffee in the morning. I have stopped this and now have a glass of orange juice in bed before I get up for my shower. My second trigger was my phone I now turn it off and wait until night and answer any messages. I have convinced myself that smoking is the most foul fi...
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This write up is aimed at people on this site who have been qiut for over a year or so. People i can recall who post quite frequently are Dobbin and Lia. I want to ask if both of you in your quit journey experienced a form of sensation at times like breathing talcum powder and makes it difficult to take air in. I am on 107 days and been told by ex smokers that it is a form of mucus expelling t...
Yesterday and today have been hard as hell! I'm craving so bad its like the first week over again... I just want one so bad! I'm trying to justify one... I haven't given in I'm extremely cranky and hoping I make it through this rough patch
Starting day seven all OK. Yesterday was around smokers all day,found it best to think of the dirty smell and ash mess. This helped me get through the day. No side affects at ths stage.
Today I made my cup of tea, grabbed my phone ready to make those annoying phone calls that have us on hold forever.. and went to grab a smoke! Not craving at all just that habbit of doing it i guess and I was like ok that was weird shrugged it off and went and made the call that had me on hold for well over and hour. I didn't think anything else of it till I checked the site out tonight 39 days ...
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