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I am not quite 60 but have smoke more than half my life. I had quit before but being younger it never quite stuck. Past winter I had the one strain of Flu (I did have my Flu shot) then back to back case of Bronchitis. My coughing was so bad for two months, that my ribs were hurting. Lung X-Ray "ok" (I would assume for a smoker" but my Physician had asked me prior to have a CT Scan of my lungs due...
I think that my own journey is more of one of miraculous benefits.
I feel so much better than when I was smoking. It is a pitfall by humanity to encourage smoking. As the gateway into so many drugs, what can people do to not make the world so overly excited by cigarettes? I really don't have a precise answer, being a simple-minded individual. Some genius has the answer.
I went from smokin...
I have been going through the stories & came accross a couple of things that I just wanted to let you folks who wrote them know that I found them helpfull.
Sweet Tea mentioned accountability & that is huge to me. It is one of the characteristics I tried very hard to instill in my children. I believe that a person is very much responsible for their decisions ("You can't blame some o...
I know to drink more water. It is also good to cut a straw in half to chew on when on the phone .
Although i found myself on a quit site the first day i woke up and didn't feel like a cigarette due to bettering my health with a lung cleanse, I instantly saw that what i had doubted for years was possible... I could quit smoking if i really wanted to.
One of the fears of quitting is the time left on your hands. What will you do to fill those voids?
I had quit my part time job at the same ti...
Within the link to Allan Carr on Reddit r/lastsmoke I came across a very interesting view of Allan Carr's method of having you successfully quit smoking. While it doesn't work for all, a debate broke out. Regardless Allan shared his thoughts and what worked for him, and i personally think he is spot on with great advice.
Here is what one commented about the book.
His method is more like .. ...
Any help I need to stop. Tips etc
Only day 1 but determination
Today marks seven years of being nicotine free for me. At 2:30am on July 12, 2012 I had what my cardiologist considered a massive heart attack. I was told at the time how lucky I was to survive such a heart attack. Having lived through it . . . I believe what I was told whole heartedly. Since 2:30am on July 12, 2012: I have had a stent inserted into one of the arteries in my heart. Three other ar...
I want to quit smoking for my health, my family & for money.
Im on my first day of no smoking ...using patches , Im aware fully of my oncoming difficulties ..I have bipolar disorder ..cant take zyban or champix ...I do so badly want to stop so I can grow old
We thought smoking was glamorous back in the day. Yellow skin, brittle nails, wrinkles, stink and rotting teeth are on the rage!
It was Cool. How many times did we freeze, huddling in a corner to "enjoy" our intimate moment with our friend.
Our friend who gave us confidence, while we didn't feel accepted unless we had him between our fingers. Today we are the social outcasts and we also kno...
So I’ve been a smoker for about 17 years now
Saturday I had a severe asthma attack which landed me in hospital very unwell. (Have a history of asthma although nothing present for about 22 years)
Have wanted to quit smoking for quite sometime but the excuses kept over coming me. I was stressed, angry, sad, going out, having a drink or just felt like a cigarette you know the excuses which alway...
Don't get married smoking is cheaper not
Every story I have read has had a reason for quitting besides money but if I'm being brutally honest, its the only reason I am quitting.
My father smoked for 70 plus years and passed from lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, and yet, nope, still smoked myself.
My kids asked me to quit, nope, still smoked.
New laws came into effect but they didn't affect me anyway as I always smoked away f...
It took a while for me to realise just how selfish i was being
I am retired but my wife still works and works long hours
she said while ever i smoked it would stop her retiring too because we would not be able to afford to live a decent life if i still smoked
finally it sunk in and i stopped:)))
My 9 year grand son said to me yesterday how proud of me he was for quitting!
That almost had me ...
I had tried everything , patches, gum , hypnotism, cold turkey until one day I got to the point of lighting up, smoking a quarter and throwing it away. I hated myself, I hated cigarettes, I hated everything about the control I was under. A mate of mine gave me Allan Carrs book "Quit Smoking the Easy Way" it took me ten days to read it and by the end I'd realised, I hadn't had a cigarette in two d...
Hey guys an gals, I'm Tom, 65, pack a day smoker for 50 years
Well, my heart was hurting, went to cardialogist & he ran a stress tess. I failed miserably, on to a Cath. 2 top arteries blocked 85 & 95%
he stinted them, he said other 2 or 3 blocked 30% or so, but if I keep smoking he'll be doing it again within the yr, PROBLEM is, the arteries are hard to stent, and I'll be looking at bypass th...
I am on my 23rd day of no cigarettes. The reason i quit was completely based on mental health. With every cigarette i smoked i felt disgusted at myself and was convinced that that exact cigarette I was smoking would give me cancer or a heart attack. It got to the point where this dread became so common with every cigarette, that I was sliding into a depressive state. Quitting has completely turne...
Being a 10 a day smoker for 40 years, I'm really proud of myself for holding on for 26 days now. As we all know it is a struggle especially smoking for that long. But holding on with patches of course. What has motivated me... family and money. Family... want to be around if grandkids come along. Money... saved $420 so far (that's crazy). Keep going guys and we'll get through this.
And thanks fo...
Not one for many words,
However after many times trying to convince myself to quit, the straw the broke the camels back was seeing my not yet 2 year old pick up my ciggies and putting in mouth, and then when I saw her she said daddy, with a lighter in her hand. The cigarettes and lighter where in the bedroom, away from where she was meant to be.
That was the moment that I needed to understand h...
555 days smoke free. I still pinch myself today that I actually did it. I have saved $10,000!!!! We have just retired so glad I gave up before retiring. It would have been so difficult and unaffordable for us. My husband gave up about a week after me. So that made it a bit easier. You know when the time is right. It was for me. I smoked for around 40 years! 20 or so a day. I was having...
i want to quit so i can save money to buy things i couldnt afford before
I'm a smoker 2 packs a day I'm 53 and been smoking since 18 and just scared I can't do it I live in a very stressful marriage and I'm in the process of trying to find a job home all day with nothing to do but clean and smoke please any advice would be a great help my husband smokes but won't go any place other than. Around me to have a smoke this is so hard feeling depressed and I also have gener...
I want to start off by saying if it wasn't for the encouragement of the wonderful people on here I would have cracked in the first week. Thank you to everyone who responded to me in my moment of weakness. I'm into day 9 and I have to say it gets a little easier everyday however I still get cravings like I'm sure you guys do.
When I'm at my weakest I take out my phone and look at ...
Its time to stop. I have grandchildren and i want to see Australia. I HAVE to do this.
Well, this is like my 7th try I think. I just look back sometimes when I was not smoking and I wonder how on earth did I agree to this bad habit. If I stayed so many years without smoking in my life, why can't I be like that again?! Anyway, will see how this time goes :)
...is what I’ll call the craving. Had a wine last night, at home by myself, and smoked 3 cigarettes...aaargh! Didn’t even enjoy the second 2. Throwing them away and starting again today. No coffee, no wine, just NRT lozenges. Snacking & drinking water is helpful, and like one of the other quitters said, it’s surprising how much one can eat if it’s healthy food, like raw veggies. Off to the gym.
I have finally made a commitment to stop. I smoke 40 a day and how I breathe now scares me.
Making the decision to give up is the only decision that needs to be made. You have to want it but once you do the rewards are amazing.
I tried many times and now can say it was the best thing I have ever done. I smoked for over 30 years and probably 30 a day and am now angry with myself for wasting 30 years and so much money and now i know, IT WAS SO EASY!
Once you make the decision all ...
After being diagnosed with being borderline COPD more than 3 years ago and just quit 5 months now, i was afraid to go to the doctors for a physical. No doubt that I felt great even after a few weeks of quitting and had no more breathlessness episodes, but i was concerned that i did not cough black tar out of my lungs as expected. Everyone is different, but i can feel more power in my lungs to exp...
Today I went to a check up appointment for my dental cyst. They said that I should have a procedure removing it after all - dental cystostomy. I can't stop but wonder if me smoking is the reason it all started happening in the first place, but I'm sure it made it worse. So now, with two teeth less and one 'surgery' more I'm laughing at my old self - I started smoking because of stress... Treat yo...
Every day I smoked my breathing got that little bit worse.
Think of the money I'll save for an overseas holiday
Don’t give up
As I mentioned before, I quit smoking on December 10, 2018. I did so because that's the day I had surgery and spent 9 days in the hospital.
All of my health issues can be attributed to smoking.
Today I had to have a heart stress test done, to see if I have done any damage to it.
I will get the results next month.
I feel so much better now. I only wish everyone could quit like I did. Not that ...
I had been smoking for 55 years & have had years of stopping & starting for years. I have COPD but was in complete denial re the seriousness of my addiction & it’s impact on my life in so many ways. I have now been meditating daily with the Breethe app which features Addiction as well as many other meditations. It had helped a great deal & I am hoping that this time IQuit for good. I feel like a ...
I am 23 years old and i was a smoker for 12 years - currently on my 13th day smoke free using nicabate patches. I have had depression and generalized anxiety for 12 -13 years now which is one of the reasons i want to quit for good. My top reason would be to half my chances of getting a disease - in just the past year i have had 4 people be diagnosed with some forum of cancer, including operations...
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I am 58 years old and smoked for 43 years of that, smoked between 15 to 30 a day. Tried many times to give up prior without success. Was diagnosed with emphysema back in September 18 and gave up cold turkey that day. Now six months on have lost all cravings for them, even with my wife still smoking in the house and around me. Feel so much better, exercise and walk ever day to help keep my lungs c...
Do it for someone you love it changes everything when your not just thinking about yourself and your thinking about your family or friends the world seems more worth while.
Just on 3 1/2 years quit and still can’t quite believe I did it after 53 years of self and family abuse.
Yes the early months were difficult but once my mind engaged in quitting 100% then things got easier.
There are numerous ways of quitting but I took a selfie of myself smoking my last cigarette and went totally cold turkey. Still got that selfie as a reminder.
Benefits as below
I have been smoking for 20 years now and I liked it but my best mate got throat cancer and I slowly watch him die he was a heavy smoker. After my friend passed away I stop smoking and I haven't looked back when you see someone die of cancer it changes your life since I've gave up smoking my health has improved just a word to those who are reading this I hope you decide to give up before it's too ...
I am going to stop on Sunday which is 5days away. While this is not my first attempt at giving away this crutch, I truely believe if I keep trying I will do it.
I have come to see I am working so hard in different parts of my life that this is truely another area which I need to work very hard to achieve my goal.
Read a book about quitting
The 19th is my birthday.
The first one in 43 years in which I will not be smoking.
I am now 10 weeks smoke free (Dec.10).
I can only say this- do whatever you can to not pick up that cigarette again. You won't regret it.
I have a rare form of psoriasis which is mostly found in those who smoke . I’m quitting to improve the health of my skin
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