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It’s not enjoyable anymore
I frightened for my health.
I see the effects of long term smoking at work everyday, and I don’t want that for myself.
Get yourselves a pet scan!
Totally out of the blue I went in for a suspected ovarian cyst which I have and is non cancerous but after routine Chest X-ray a shadow was found on my lung liver and spleen....luckily the more accurate Pet scan show only one site being the lung but having a biopsy in 3 days for the final conclusion.
All this without a single symptom and excellent blood work perfect w...
My friends ( 3 of them in past 5 months) ...all from my age group of 45 to 50...suffered heart attacks. All 3 of them had started smoking with me on same day in 1994 along with 4 more guys ( at graduation party we decided to try it just for sake of trying). We all smoked since 1994. We all tried to quit unsucessfully.
First guy (Vinod) suffered heart attack in March. Passed away.
This made us ...
I recently quit smoking cigarettes around the second week in April. I quit for my family and myself but mostly cuz I was having throat issues. Felt a tightness in my throat. So after a month and a half that feeling still hasn't gone away and intensifies during dinner or when I eat. No issues when I go to sleep though. Been also spitting out a lot of brown stuff. Went to my pcp last week and he ga...
I have recovered from breast cancer and bilateral mastectomy 5 years ago. Last surgery for recon Feb this year. Down to 3 mth appointments with my plastic surgery today! Yeah!! So live with my partner who smokes cigars and we have both recently stopped smoking cannabis. 4 months butI am having difficulty kicking the smokes. I will go a day without any and then I will make any excuse and validate...
I am sick of borrowing money off my little sister and friend
To buy smokes
I a tired of borrowing off mates smokes
i quit 11 days ago when i had a heart attack
In this time where we are in lockdown and being high risk with multiple health issues - and my family does not live here- that cannot even come and be with me at the end. My nephew is studying here and I can’t put him through this trauma so I just stopped smoking. It’s one month yesterday and I look forward to the next milestone.
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I cant say its been easy. But, it is what I wanted and here I am at
one-quarter of a year smoke free! I have learnt to not let any excuse to light up and have no reason to pay any shop ( selling tobacco) for some stupid draw-back of poison down my throat and instant hit to my brain.
Because I smoked I have COPD which May not r...
As someone diagnosed as bipolar, I used to rationalize smoking thinking it helped with stress, anxiety and depression. There is now, however, solid evidence showing by stopping smoking you reduce stress anxiety and depression as you're not spending over half the day in the state of withdrawal between cigarettes. Therefore, if you want better mental health, which everyone does, stop and stay off c...
Having been put off work due to Covid19 and mornings of coughing and breathing difficulties it’s time to give them up (again)
Hi, This is sarif. i am new member just register yesterday. When i was in class seven then some of friends try one cigarette because then we saw our senior they are smoking openly. So we go to far from our house and take one cigarette but this is not reguler. My main journey start when i was in college. Me and one of of my friend telling me can you take challenge of smoking then said why not Man ...
I’ve recently found out my blood pressure is beyond high, and that smoking is not helping this situation.
I am only 30 years old with 2 little children. Heart attacks and strokes run in my family. So I’m wanting to cut down to quit while using patches and gum to help take the edge off. I suffer severe anxiety and clinical depression, which has been my excuse in the past of why not to quit. But ...
What I am finding helpful is using images (Internet) to reinforce the reasons I want to quit for instance I used an image of a man having a heart attack and a picture of a 70 year old man finishing a 10K marathon to illustrate my prime reason for quitting-Health, I keep these images in my Quit Smoking blog on my computer and refer to them when I am having a craving, this reinforces my resolve to...
Hey guys first time posting just started today as my first day to quit and just want any advice I can get what methods are the best and most effective way of quitting cheers
I've tried several ways of quitting. This time I have consulted my GP and I am going down the prescription method.
For me this is a reality check. My mother has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. So I'm not only doing it this time for me but as a promise to her.
Any positive feedback regarding Champix would be greatly appreciated. Please hold on to your negative ones at this ...
So I’m 33 yrs old and I have decided today that i wanna stop smoking for good. I smoke a pack or 2 a day sometimes less. I’m desperate to know the quickest way to quit. I don’t feel healthy at all, my heart kinda aches sometimes (literally) and I’m also afraid of this Coronavirus pandemic being smokers are of high risk too. A lot people tell me to quit cold turkey but I am findin...
Being quit makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. It is a great feeling to be free; I was a cog in the machine. I feel like it is the things I should not do are the things I am looking out for. Tjere are more than cigarettes.
I am trying hard to cut back on caffeine and sugar. Soda. I could feel and look great at the end of this. I think it. I also should grow my hair out and just gener...
Have smoked for about 30years. Been contemplating quitting smoking for a while. Had a major health scare 2 weeks ago. Haven't smoked since using a patch every other day. Some days are harder than others. Feels strange but good being a non smoker. Not too many cravings but definitely eating more which scares me as I don't want to put on weight. Has anyone else had this issue and if so how di...
$9,999 not spent on cigarettes. Lol. Isnt it fabulous to be able to say that. We all wasted so much money. Add that to your list of positive reasons to quit. Stay strong everyone. Its so worth it
9 days now cold turkey after 30 years smoking and going strong - you can do this too! - have support - talk it through and face the challenge head on and good luck
I don't want my daughter or family to watch me die from cancer
i started fasting from sunrise to sunset for 19 day.
I have tryed to give up so many time over the year's and I do it for four months and I start smoking again but I got sick few years ago and it scared he'll out of me so I give up smoking 2016 for 1 year and 2 month's and we had so much stress we started smoking again in 2018 so I'm going to do it again and stick with it for the last time for my self .
Keep my busy and say to my self I can do it.
No hints yet just starting, wish me luck
Since my last post, at my 6 week celebration, my first ever grandbaby has been born. 9 pound 3 ounce healthy baby boy.
His other grandma is a smoker. Glad I don't have to worry about my smell, or about my cleanliness, or about having to leave the premises and move away from him for whole minutes to answer the slavemaster's call.
Glad I will be around a whole lot longer to be a part of hi...
Process the mind and relax
Throw away every thing that will remind you that you used to smoke. Ashtray lighters..
8 days now and feeling powerful. I was talking to a friend today (smoker) about my journey so far, and to my surprise he congratulated me on my decision, I didn't to preach to him but felt sorry for him, when he said he had tried before but now accepts that he will be a smoker until the end. How bloody sad! Just goes to show the slavery to nicotine has over those still smoking, and i am so glad t...
Just dropping a line as I haven't been on since Jan 19. Still quit 617 days and doing well. Keep going all.
just 3 hours into quitting and thought i would sign up for support and already this website is already doing my head in but I know its my anxiety at work and not the website! any way as ive mentioned this is my 4th attempt. I have been diagnosed with COPD and Heart Failure 18 months ago but have continued to smoke. Woke up this morning made a cuppa and reached for the ciggies and realised i was o...
I have CFS and I'm about to get weight loss surgery. Quitting has been put off for so long now and today it's time to do it. I read about harms of smoking and surgery to scare myself into doing this. I think it has worked. today is the day. New year, new decade, new me
Hello everyone 🙂 im glad to say that im now 27 days smokefree, cold turkey 👍
In the beginning it really was horrible..
Night sweats, irritable , and pretty horrible insomnia.. first three days are the worst it gets physically after that its just mind over matter in my experience anyway..
The reasons i feel i had to quit were..
1. The money!! I was spending upto 25-35 dollars daily..
Why do so many put the decision to Quit so later in life?
How is it that one packet of smokes is purchased almost daily?
I truly respect you guys who have given up, found the freedom and no longer want a single puff. But unfortunately, there would be a majority of smokers always having some excuse to continue to smoke.
How about hearing from those smokers that cant quite get there. Succ...
My quit date is Monday 3rd Febuary 2020...My reasons to Quit are: I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 5 yrs ago, and I want to keep my circulation good, I don't want any parts amputated...also to make exercise easier ,to breath better, not to have to worry about not having money for my habit ..To afford other things in life cos let's face it, it takes a lot of money to smoke there's days...I kno...
I find if I chew gum it helps me to stay focused on quitting, BUT, then it makes me hungry so I spend more money then necessary on food.
How do I get started? first day of not smoking and it scared to start, I know I want to give up. I’m sick of hiding to have a smoke I’m scared of my partner smelling it on me, I’m scared that this may ruin my relationship as I’m not being affectionate because I’m worried that he will smell cigarette on me well on my breath
Hi All, we have just had another price rise in Australia...12.5%....wow.
We are paying the highest of any country in the world. Makes you wonder how anyone in Aus can afford to smoke, but people always seem to find the money to do so. Really sad that people will pay so much to destroy their health and self esteem.
Stay focused and strong......there is no good reason to keep smoking x
Hello Happiness, we are all saddened to hear of your stroke, I think you said it was minor, I apologise if I have this wrong. I have been thinking of you every day and hope you make a full recovery soon. You have really gone above and beyond in the I can quit community to become a fantastic ambassador, cheerleader, friend and true inspiration to so many people on here. Sending you a massive hug r...
This is my first time on here and I’m so blown away by all your amazing success stories. To cut a long story short, I was diagnosed with a breast abscess, spent a week in hospital, two aspirations and septicaemia. I was advised to quit smoking as that increases my chance of it coming back. I’m not well at the moment a I just been discharged and still in somewhat pain. I want to quit...
I just need to say Happy Christmas to each and everone of you. I cannot believe how long I have stayed smoke free without even one puff. Staying close to the forum. Helping others along. Looking at How to be a happy smoker by Nasios Davos. Reading loads of literature. Experimenting with various Mantras. All of these things have helped me along the way. Top one: A strong belief in myself.
I am older than the seven seas,
I am stronger than the tallest oaks.
I will always endure.
I will never be completely gone,
Look around and you will find me
For I will not leave you alone
Pisces24, Happiness? and TryingTK
I am so horrified and shaken by your constant touts and ridicule.
You obviously didn't read my story as I have 4 children so the "my age group" comment was discrimination??
Next I don't need to explain my story to you but I will with shaking hands.
Being left a single father due to lung cancer I needed to find anyway possible to quit smoking.
Having tried EV...
I was smoking two packs a day. Sometimes a pack in an hour. It was just time to quit.
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