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.
I am 47 days in with my cold turkey quitting journey. I have felt the worst pain in my body of my entire life. I was so scared I was dying I went to the doctor and got a full blood work up and it was normal. I went to the emergency room since I thought I was having a heart attack; ECG, x-ray, and lipid blood work normal. Everyone from these experiences keeps telling me its heartburn. I've never h...
had to have a 1 hr MRI last week. Being claustrophobic & having breathing troubles when on my back had me very worried (panic stricken), 1 hr in the machine, dozed off & the time passed quickly. Realised later, I have not been able to lie on my back & breathe through my nose for years - did for one hour in the machine. Only 20 days smoke free & I can do this!!
the ex came around yesterday, ended up having 2 puffs on her smoke, tasted bad, I don't class this as a setback - more a learning experience, had a few beers at the club this afternoon & the 2nd hand smoke made me cough - 20 days, feeling great (money saved has paid for bike rego)
Hi my wonderful forum friends. I am happy to say that today is my 8th month without a cigarette hanging out of my mouth. 8 months since I stopped being a slave to the nicotine demon. Weight gain, yes I have that but I can deal with and work on that. I feel like I have made such an accomplishment and I would shout it from the roofs if I could but I can't so I would like to shout it on this wonderf...
I am actually relieved to be sharing its been challenging but i can say worth it i started at a older age 31 I'm 35 now first few days i thought i had the flu or horrible cold at one point i convinced myself i Had walking pneumonia i didn't have the urge to smoke the way i had anticipated for me it was the physical after going through that i just think back to when my throat felt so sore that cou...
I’ve been a smoker for 7 years non stop. I’ve only tried to stop twice and could only go through a day. That was also feeling immensely miserable, with immediate flu like symptoms after 4 hours to no smoking. But this time I was very prepared to stop. I was done with smoking mentally. There was nothing that benefited me, so i set a date and stopped. The first 3 days were hard. Just sleeping and e...
Day 7-the hardest yet. Cannot sleep so am trying to practise the 4-7-8 breathing technique.
Hello guys, i am ready to take the next step and quit smoking. I have been smoking for at least 5 years and I am ready to take a step to a healthier life.I would love some help on this since i have little will power and would love any assistance on how to quit. I been trying for the last year but i haven't been able too.
Thank you for your time
Hi all. 44 days smoke free. Yay. Has anyone else gained weight. I have gone from 52 kls to 54. I am not eating more and i am exercising more. Getting belly fat. Read online it is normal and is my body recovering. Can take up to a year or more to get back to normal. Help. Dont want to get fat 😔😭
Just was sitting on the couch and went to grab my smokes cause that’s normally where they would be but hey not there left me with one of those omg I need a smoke feelings so I felt a bit of anxiety kicking in decided to stop take a few deep breaths told myself if u want a cigarette have a cigarette and shut up 🤐 but then thought hey no I don’t negotiate with the nicotine terrorist and within a f...
You are my extended family here coz trust me that I can share without hesitation on this platform that once upon a time.. I was a SMOKER.
Yes I had no courage to socially admit to my family and friends (except the smoker company).
I always wanted to quit and this portal has helped me to stay connected and motivated as I can share my joy of quitting which I couldn't otherwise anyw...
Staying quit is the hardest part for me.
I had to reset my quit date.
17/6/19 12pm, 20 hours and 54 minutes.
Im trying not to beat myself up over my setback, and i called the quitline and have 'enrolled' myself in there program (i don't understand the quitline system) so hopefully with more support, i can stay quit this time.
Never give up on giving up.
So i am actually really happy today as ive finally relised what i was doing wrong every other time i tried to end my addiction, i am happy to say i am a non smoker time is not important can i have a smoke if i want of course i can noone is stopping me but i dont want to. The Panic and Fear that was there is gone because i understand why it was there to begin with and guess what its really easy to...
I smoked my last cigarette on Jan 31st, 2019. I thought it would be impossible to quit smoking, but guess what!! I am succeeding. And it's not as difficult as I had thought it would be.
I do get cravings, but I am able to fend them off easily. In fact I am enjoying these moments of cravings. They are reminders of how cigarettes play with our minds. I don't want these ugly sticks to play with m...
It is true everyone is different, below is my journey to date on quitting smoking.
At a guess I would eatimate I quit smoking about 6 weeks ago, cold turkey, had a bed time ciggie and said to myself “ thats it, this is the last one” and to date it was. To put my habbit into perspective, by age 13 I was smoking 100 ciggies a day (some say impossible), a life of boarding schools, you learn some ...
saw the "lung lady" at the medical centre today, on her machine, in 2 weeks I've gone from "not very much" to just over 50%, bit of emphysema there but asthma has raised it's head, on small medication but Doc said "you've nipped it in the bud by the look of it" don't give up people, smoked for 50 years but after 2 weeks I can mow the dust (drought here), trim shrubs etc & not have to sit down to ...
I made a tea rugged up (its a cold morning here) and am enjoying a almost quiet moment on the deck and realising what true relaxation feels like.
By that i mean i used to have a coffee/tea and smoke ritual every morning and thought it was a peaceful moment.
No lol . . . this is what peace feels like fresh air and tea . . .
Being able to breath properly, on my 8th day smoke free.
An hour and a half left of day 7 it has been a stressful and tough day.
Finally in my new house still a bit more to move in and a ton of unpacking but at least i had my first night here lol.
Everything that could possibly have gone wrong to test me today has lol, from no clean cloths for my son - to no tap water for 6 hours making feeding my teething 7 month old a nightmare.
Things have finall...
I found this more fitting lol, if you remember puff the magic dragon you will get it.
I used to joke about being a dragon when i started smoking.
So i thought it would work better and keep me motivated.
Im on day 7, one week smoke free.
Yay, go me.
I’m now on my last few days of champix . I spent most of my 12 weeks on the 0.5 dose as after 2 weeks and going onto the 1 mg dose. I felt sick all the time so was told to stay on the half dose . I have been great . No sickness and no smoking .
Hi all, I am on day 3 of patches. I'm used to smoking 20-25 cigarettes a day and am down to 2 with the patches on. I have constant headaches since approx early arvo day 1. Does anyone have any advise as to how long these last and anything I can do to make them go away quicker?
I have found walking really helps.
So week 3 Champix I’ve noticed I’ve cut down the number of smokes. Today I had a smoke and I almost puked 🤢 wasn’t a great feeling least to say only had a couple drags and put it out. My question what do I do to take my mind and keeps my hands busy instead of having a smoke? I have found lollipops work sometimes but need more ideas struggling mentally at the moment to let them go completely with...
I want to share my story as it was a very difficult one. I first tried hypnosis- my boyfriend and I thought we would do it together.. nooooo! Then other attempts, ie, lets support each other! Honestly, none of these strategies work!!
The only thing that works, is that YOU want to quit, and you truly WANT TO quit - it’s all about you, now. It’s a very personal journey and you’re...
10 days smoke free now, have used patches with no side effects until the last 2 nights. Last night & tonight I've had very vivid nightmares, not "wake up sweating" ones but vivid enough to wake me up. Strange thing is I then feel awake & have to stay up for a few hours before trying to sleep again
Day 19... at 10 smokes a day, 7 minutes a smoke. Thats 1330 minutes or 22 hours of smoking.
I was losing one entire day of my life every fortnight sitting or standing just smoking.
Thats insane just totally insane!
There should be a counter that calculates time... I look at the savings and appreciate the money but look at tje savings in time and its mind blowing.
All you quitters rock!
I went cold turkey on 01/01/19 and haven’t smoked a cigarette since. The beginning was hard a lot of sleepless nights and headaches from the withdrawals. Always hunger with mood swings. I had to really eliminate myself from people and Place’s. Now today I’m 42 days strong
Oh my goodness think I have turned the corner. Day 7. So relieved thought it would never end. Today is the first day I actually feel ok and not a basket case.
So what changed - we’ll a big old moan in here day 5, thanks for listening. And... I finished that Allen Carr book. I was reading it day 5 and suspected there something beginning to resonate in his approach. I was right. I perc...
The truth is... no one can force you to quit smoking. That is something that you must want for yourself (or perhaps others) but ultimately something that you WANT TO DO.
This forum can give you the motivation to quit. Also tips and support, but only you can do the quitting.
Quit aids can help you to quit, but they are used to assist only. Even if you manage to quit with them, it is unlikely...
3rd day of champix, no real change yet. Waiting anxiously for it to kick in
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