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.
I’m about 10 and a half weeks quit and today I had 2 very deep and strong cravings to smoke that came out of nowhere and took me by surprise. I even had the thought of going to buy a packet but then I thought of how long I had quit for and that soon I’ll have racked up 3 months.
After that I decided to ring a friend to distract myself from my thoughts. I think after you’ve quit for some time tha...
Hi, I had been smoking for about 15 years. My health started to deteriorate, trouble breathing and diabetes. I tried to quit myself by reducing the amount I smoked. Didn't work. I contacted quilting and started on the patches. They really helped me along with the regular phone calls from the lovely people at quit line. I successfully quit after about 3 weeks from when I started. I had been smoke ...
Reached my goal not touched or had cravings at all been now 11 months ..
Eight months without a cigarette ... I can't understand why I smoked for 23 years? Alain Carr is the real hero of our time! My mother (67 years old) and my wife (without mentioning age;)) continue to smoke only because they are afraid to read the book to the end ... Believe me - no one can help you, except yourself ... Only Alena's book says how to teach yourself to do this! See what will happen ...
I have been smoking for approximately 6 years and I'm currently on my third day of going cold turkey! I'm now back at work and I'm usually in a routine of smoking. Dose anyone have any tips on how i can beat the cravings?
I don't have a hint or a tip. I had gone seven months without a cigarette. I had had cravings but I had always gotten over them. This time in October almost 7 months to the day I had quit I decided to give in. I don't even know what made me give in. I kind of knew for days I was going to.
Now into my 5th week of quitting. I’m surprised by how my cravings are dying down. I think it’s because I’ve been making the commitment to not smoke whatever happens and no matter what I’m feeling. These things pass ! I also used cigarettes to suppress stress and “ help” me feel better. But this is an illusion. It’s what I associate them with is what has led me to be a smoker in the past. And th...
I’m almost 4 and a half weeks quit with 1 slip up. I’m still having a few cravings daily but now it’s the mind game of staying quit. I have to admit it’s hard - the day is not so bad night time is quite tough though. I’m doing things to replace smoking in general and next week I’m joining the gym! Need to get some weight off too. I’m trying to stay positive and focus on positive things and thoug...
Hi Quit Family,
Just wanted to say it is awesome to see so many new quitters on this site. Just goes to show how people are starting to wake up and take control back over their lives, fantastic. Smokers are now the minority and that is a great thing. Believe you can and you will.
It doesn’t matter how many times you try as long as you never give up trying. It doesn’t have to be a drawn out mise...
3 months (92 days). Not a single cigarette. Still having the occasional craving for a smoke. Easy to resist though but still, having those cravings. Any suggestions?
Hi ya'll, happy Friday, I have a question about sore throats, tender gums and roof of the mouth. Anyone have issues with this during the first 6 weeks of your quit? I seem to have some hoarseness, gum swelling, dry, sore throat.
Just thought I would log back on here and give an update. I just saw that my last one was 1 year ago (unreal, can't believe that) September 2020, after I had relapsed due to a stressful time.
I am very pleased to report that, 1 year on, I am in a much more positive place overall. That September was the start of a very sad time for myself but which ended with me quitting smoking and (so far hav...
Just kinda wanted to share a tiny update. I switched to the 7 mg patch on Sunday. So far, the decrease in nicotine hasnt bothered me at all. I am able to take the patch off at 5:00 P.M. and I don't put another one on until 6:30 A.M. Miss it less and less. Doing well. Thanking God daily.
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...
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...
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....
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...
Hi all. I have visited this site on previous quit attempts but this is the first time posting. I find all your stories really inspirational and it has definitely helped, so thank you.
I quit smoking back in 2018 Cold Turkey and was successful until 2020!! It only took a few slips and after a month or so I was back smoking. I find this so depressing. I am a secretive smoker!! I hide from ...
Hello my non-smoking and soon to be non-smoking friends. Yippee!! After decades of smoking, I have been a non-smoker for 3 weeks without a single puff! If I can do it anyone can do it!
The number of attempts I have had are sadly in the double digits. I have NEVER made it 3 entire weeks. I now believe it's never too late and you are never too old!!! I am beginning to see subtle benefits and I ...
Hi guys, I'm back to let you know that my journey started 1 and 1/4 year ago.. And I'm still smoke free.. Forever.. yes.. :)
What's new? Not too much, I'm clear and I don't think about smoking.. I can do all things related with life without even thing about it.. Just when I see smokers, yeah, then you think about it, but mainly in the way that I'm pleased that I'm clear..
I saw many newcomers,...
FIRST: Although it is a minor milestone for me, I really only want to post to tell you how THANKFUL I am to be part of this community. I have read hours of posts and have even used the search tool on this site. I pretty much get a "dose" of encouragement from this community on a daily basis.
==> For those members in this group that are ex-smokers for a period of time: I'm n...
Hi all I hope you are all doing well, it’s been a while since I’ve logged on and chatted,on August the 2nd I reached my year first year of quitting smoking,and I haven’t touched one or even came close to doing it through my year,it’s been a tough old ride too through the year,with lockdown,covid,God how sick am I of hearing that word lol,but I thought I’d share a post with you all,and maybe will ...
Dear Friends ,
Today I am returning back to this forum after quite a while. Always thought I would come back and pen down my thoughts but finally its happening today !!
So , next month i am completed my 3rd Anniversary of being non smoker. This has been an emotional journey for me because smoke was an integral part of my life. I shared my joy, hope, stress, happiness, sorrow, loneliness as we...
Its the beginning of a new chapter.
I see it's been very quiet today. Not surprising since we have had a fair number of new starters join us. We know,, and respect that it takes time to get your bearings and to readjust to a new way of living.
Last Wednesday, I visited my sister and brought home two vulnerable kittens. They did not ask for change. Momma abandoned them and we guess them to ...
Just read a message from you saying you were struggling a bit with posting on this site.
When you log on, look along the big blue bar at the top of the page...third title along should say MY QUIT PLAN.
Click on MY QUIT PLAN.
In the centre you'll see a large orange square with SHARE MY STORY written in it - click on that.
You'll then have some drop-down menu boxes.
I slipped up and trying to not go and buy a pack, so tough love needed please. Supported a longtime smoking friend through acute grief last night (including my own distress) had 2 smokes with her. I’m now making up reasons in my head to buy a pack, like- next few weeks will be very tough, I’ll be around her heaps, I don’t know how to manage this trauma. But at the same time I don’t want to withdr...
9 days smoke free now.
I have been using patches and they started to leave really red marks on my legs so I am now on a different patch to see if it will make a difference
Still going strong. ✅😁😁
I will not smoke with you today.
I have been trying to stop smoking for atleast 5 year's now, I am truly over the mind games and want to know how to get the right mindset everyone else seems to find easy?
Hi, Seven months QUIT now. Feeling good. I still have a thing for carrots! Got a lot easier as of late, no or zero temptation. Wishing you all the best.
Join now and Share your story it’s free!