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I recently completed Dry July. I found going a month alcohol free removed a huge component of the nicotine craving.
Very recently I had a minor stroke and I attribute this to lifestyle factors like smoking. I am now a very committed quitter and I feel very proud of what I’ve achieved.
It’s been a very long road. The stroke was a final wake up call to kick the habit for the sake of my life and for the people who love me and care.
It’s so important to take ones health seriously.
Hi, I am on day 2 of being a non smoker. I smoked for 30 years. I watched my dad die from lung cancer and am now watching my mum gradually get worse with early emphysema from passive smoking. My family are struggling to make ends meet and smokes are taking a lot of our money. So for myself, my health, my family and our future I finally did it! Not wanting a smoke so far but feeling very lost and ...
I seen people in hospital with breathing problems and I don’t want to be worse than them I have early COPD and I can prolong the illness I gave up cold turkey in beginning of April and I have not wanted to smoke
I have finally realised that Mr Nic o’tine is an evil and wicked tyrant who aims to destroy brain chemistry and invade and break down every tissue and organ of the human body then laughing all the way to the bank. This could sound a bit extreme but that is what smoking does. I have had a lightbulb moment. And that is enough for me to say no more and goodbye forever to this insidious habit.
I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that is chronic to terminal.
I’ve got too much to do in life and I don’t want to quit but I can’t afford it and I’m forced retired on a pension.
When you are on your own 85% of the time, it’s a real struggle.
I smoke when I’m bored drinking coffee or having a beer.
Hi all! I am wanting to join and write to the group to make me accountable this is my first time after numerous attempts. After smoking nearly 20 years did give up for 4 years to go through IVF which was successful thinking I would never smoke again. After a car accident have struggled ever since now that I’m 47 need to do this for me and my family. Not getting any younger😂 lost both parents to ...
Only recently had my first heart attack, 48 years old and a smoker for over 30 years, waited in hospital for the angiogram results only to find out that they could not stent it and needed a double bypass open heart surgery, this absolutely put the fear of god into me, at my age, no family history of heart attacks and several Drs have suggest to give up smoking over the years, i'm not ove...
After nearly 32 years of smoking. I can't do it anymore. It makes me feel like crap. I hate the smell, the taste and I do not want to be a slave to it anymore.
Taking the first steps today.
Why waste money on something that’s not doing anything good for you or your family, it’s a horrible habit that we all need to beat
I struggle to do it without patches
I've been smoking on & off since my teens, I'm now 54. I quit when I was pregnant & the worst thing I could have done was pick up a cigarette when my son was 11 months old. He is now almost 12 & I have been trying to kick them ever since. I smoke 1-3 a day, I know it isn't much but I just don't want to go there any more. I was doing ok up until 4 years ago, I was smiking a couple of time a week m...
I got over waking up every morning caughing up a lunge and want to better my daughters life
Hello - I am a 32 year-old American man. I have smoked for most of my adult life. I have been sober from alcohol and drugs for over 4.5 years now, and I desperately want to be smoke-free. I have had some success in the past with nicotine gum and patches - however, I really want to be free of nicotine, completely. I have had several quit attempts since the new year, and am having a really hard tim...
I always can quit for around 4 days then if I feel like going out to a club I always get a pack of cigs because it sought of goes with it for me and seems like more fun and enjoyment while having a drinks.
I want to be fit and healthy
After ending up in hospital diagnosed with PVD(clotted artery in groin)... that was enough for me to wake up and smell the roses..... well anything other than cigarettes really!!!!
I am glad to be part of this community. I have tried to quit smoking many times. I did quit and didn't smoke for 14 years. I stayed quit because I got pneumonia and bronchitis. I started smoking again when I thought I had this licked and could just smoke a few and then be done. NOT! I tried again many times and did stay quit but only when I was in the hospital. Now I have lung problems aga...
Going cold turkey, last attempt lasted a year.
I’m here for a support network - ex smokers get it!
11 year smoker - started during first deployment with the Army.
Health scare - Couldn’t breath the morning after a 5km run, 2 days coughing up phlegm, coughed up a little blood also. Chest X-ray and stethoscope showed all clear, just waiting For blood test results. I’ll be asking for a Spri...
Reason for quitting for me is because I have multiple blood clots in my lungs due to a thrombosis in my leg, and was told that my smoking was not going to help me at all. Stopping immediately is the best thing I have ever done.
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.
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 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...
Having been put off work due to Covid19 and mornings of coughing and breathing difficulties it’s time to give them up (again)
i started fasting from sunrise to sunset for 19 day.
Process the mind and relax
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..
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...
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
I was smoking two packs a day. Sometimes a pack in an hour. It was just time to quit.
Besides my health being much better, I have saved a load of money. I finally quit after smoking for over 40 years. It has been 18 months as of December 7, 2019. I still have cravings sometimes. I just don't act on them.
When I started smoking a packet of Marlboro Red cost 54 cents. This was in about 1972. A 50 gram pouch of Drum cost $1.65 and the papers were 5 cents.
It has been 16 years, nearly 17, since I last had a cigarette. I have honestly forgotten many of the early benefits of quitting; I know there has to have been an upturn in my health. I remember feeling better really quickly after I stopped. Par...
When you’re living week to week on minimum wage & you can’t cover your expenses, you are pretty much forced to cut down on the amount of cigarettes you buy. It feels good & less stressful having money for other more important things.
I believe a really good reason to quit now is that there are just so many open possibilities to explore once you do.
First of all, you save money. You can spend it on whatever you actually want or need. It is a good experience having so much money in the bank when you really need something.
Second of all, the cravings dissipate so there isn't that much more you have to put up with. If you...
Hi I had stop smoking because for my health and money. So been asking my doctor help me but it took him 5years to help me. So three weeks ago he gave me nicotinell lozenges to help me. I started on 4 a day or every 2hours and now three weeks later I have fully stopped smoking I feel very good with myself . Gary
As I am 27, I decided to quit because of my health and fitness. I'm not quite as mentally sound as I could be -- trust me, I remember not smoking and there is a difference in actions. (And yeah there is a difference now and again). In the time I smoked, my actions never really had a valid reason to happen. Maybe I have a disorder, but that calmed down and now I feel so much better.
So tomorrow the 5th September marks one year without smoking, feel and breathe so much better these days. If I had not quit then maybe the triple bypass I had in April this year may not of happened, the fact that I was trying to improve my overall health was one of the reasons doctors went ahead. They are picky these days and will not help you if you cant help yourself. Make a choice like I did a...
I am always "soul searching", looking for answers & understanding. I love to learn & I have been learning a lot with my self inflicted civil war regarding the stupid smokes. One of the things I recently discovered is that my smoking habit gives me an excuse to be lazy. I am a mom, a wife & full time employee. Just like many others, I am super busy & nearly half of my daily cigarettes are (in my m...
I know to drink more water. It is also good to cut a straw in half to chew on when on the phone .
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...
i want to quit so i can save money to buy things i couldnt afford before
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 :)
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