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This site has been my safe spot for so long. First time I seriously menaged to quit for couple of years was thanks to this place. In March last year I quit again but this time there is no more urge for cigarette, this time I feel to be cleand from nasty habit I enjoy being healthier than before. I hope I will never be tempted again, but definitely there is a right moment for everything in the wor...
After a few attempts at quitting, I’ve read Allan Carr’s book (for the third time over a number of years) and today is my quit day. I hope I can do it this time.
So it's already been 114 days! 3 months! that's the most i've accomplished even with champix, It has helped but also my willpower the most! I do not regret it and as the months have went by i haven't even really thought about it, i've had alot of stressful things going on and still choose not to i can't stand the smell now and i couldn't imagine even smoking again its awful. I feel so proud of my...
I quit smoking on 24th April 2021. I'm on NRT ....at times it's hard to keep focus ....I'd be glad if anyone could share how they're rewarding themselves for staying off smoking over short and long run....any tips on the types of rewards that u guys are giving yourselves....till this date I haven't smoked a single cigarette....I'm on gum and I'm doing pretty well till now....I need some encourage...
Well, 5 months now and going strong. Love my music, helps a lot. The savings have been huge and i can never go back, i know this. Here's to six months coming up, doesn't time fly.
This is one of my many attempts to quit smoking. Last year during the same time i managed to do it for 2 months and then i succumbed to the cravings. This year i have again started this process from scratch. its been 4 weeks since i quit. initial period were very tough especially the morning cravings and after office hours craving. However, i focused only on the benefit parts. I ensured that i d...
I am now 207 days smoke free.
After 43 years of 30 - 40 per day I was diagnosed with heart problems and had a quadruple bypass.
I went onto nicotine replacement therapy before the operation and tried hard (I thought) to stop, truth be told I smoked up to the day of my operation.
Apon waking up they put me back on the patches, but I decided to go cold turkey - just rip the bandaid off so to spe...
I don't have a hint or a tip today. But it's 42 days since I found freedom and stopped smoking. My problem is that today I'm feeling a great deal of stress because of family pressures. It started with my brother who looks after my mother's affairs. She's 92 and in a care facility. He refused to give me some information which was important about my mother. My sister won't even speak to him o...
Today is 1500 days nicotine/smoke free for me. Needless to say that I am happy and proud of myself. To all who are just starting out to fight for your freedom. It hurts only in the beginning but you'll be free, no cravings before you know it. It seems that in the beginning time slows to a crawl but as the cravings diminish it gets better and better. Practice NOPE (not one puff ever) and you'll ...
Hi. I am 49. I am on my 4th day of being on champix. Still smoking but have cut back. This is my 3rd time. But previously I didn't take the full course of the tablets as I thought I was strong enough but relapsed. Stinking to the whole 6 months course this time.
So nearly a year since I first posted on here hoping it would help me to quit along with nicotine patches(used for 3 months). I’m still smoke free and although I haven’t posted in so long I still find myself on here every so often reading all your stories which spur me on. Looking back I was so worried the constant nagging my brain did urging me to light up. But the days are easier, the nagging h...
Hello, I am a 29 year old female. I started 6 years ago although I had been against smoking throughout my life. Long story cut short, I dont know when it got out of hand and I was at almost 20 a day. The lockdown got me to reduce. But not completely. I started facing health issues recently - chest pains, skin darkening, grey hair and I could see my life ahead. The worst of all? I could not share ...
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So I am day 6 of not having a smoke I have gone cold turkey.. It’s been on the cards for a while now and getting the flu last week turned me of smoking and I have continued to not have a smoke :-) I am a single mum with 2 amazing little boys even thow I work full time the $ side of it wasn’t an issue but it can allow me to save towards future goals a lot quicker . I won’t lie I suf...
I quite because like everyone else I knew it was slowly killing me. After two months, and really recognizing how winded I'd be after shot spurts of energy I just figured it will go away the longer I stay nicotine free. I went for a chest x-ray last week and today found out that I have COPD. I wasn't shocked to hear this. Upset, yes with myself, but I will do the do, and live as healthy and as ...
hi everyone. i am on my tenth day and feeling very strong regarding the quit and rare cravings. however, in the night i wake with full anxiety physical symptoms, no cravings. wave of nausea, heart fast, chet pain, panicky. has anyone else had this and did it last long/what did you do?
I have realised I have passed 8 months smoke free. I am bloody proud of myself. I have done it w through covid and losing my marriage and the life I knew. It has made me realise I am a strong woman. And proud of myself. It makes me feel good to be able to share that with my I can quit family. I proud of the woman I have become. You can do it too.
Everyone's quit is different in some ways and in others we all have the same battles to fight.
As I reflect on 1000 days quit, I was lucky that my quit itself was unplanned which is not the norm. However when I did decide to stay off cigarettes after returning to familiar routines, the cravings flooded in but I had a streak to protect as a motivation.
I still get distressing dreams that I h...
Doing really well
struggle first few days
Long way to go
Day by day
Step by step.
Hi, today is Day 1 of starting the quitting process and I'm scared of failing. Smoking is just plain STUPID and that is one of the reasons I will stop.
NRT and avoiding smokers and pubs
happy anzac day 2 all the troops that fought in vietnam
i hope u all attended dawn service instead of having a smoke, these men that fought for our country did not die for u to have an addiction to nicotine.
i am enlisting 4 the army 2 fight for u all .... even tho u all want me dead .
My mother just passed away from emphysema. She was 67 and had a long battle with her sickness. Toward the end she couldn’t even stand up without having to rest for lack of oxygen to her brain. The pain she was in for many years absolutely broke me to see. I have 2 young daughters, 4 & 2 and honestly want to see them live a rich and full life of joy and happiness. I want to be able to cherish ever...
My husband and I have set our quit date of May 1st. Here we go again. We had both quit for 3 yrs due to serious heart issues with my husband and neither of us had a difficult time quitting that time. Then 2 yrs ago my husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer and off to the races and we became smokers AGAIN. We have tried several times in the last few years to quit. Well, to be honest, did...
Just seeing that lone cigarette in the package sent fear down our spine.
No milk, no coffee in the morning? Well it can wait unless it was for the baby. The kids can eat toast.
But smokes? Where's the car keys?
Nicotine rules. We would not let anyone else tell us , no demand us to do it's bidding. So why do we let it?
Most of us , perhaps all of us, have tried to quit smoking at some poin...
Today is the day - my last night of smoking. Tomorrow I will begin this difficult journey and I believe this time I can succeed. It has such a hold on my life and I need it to stop. Mine is a mental hold I fear this journey and hope I can get some of the support I need from here. Thanks guys
Hi All, we talk a lot on this site about mindset. When we decide to quit smoking....do you draw a line under that statement...or do you say I am going to try and quit? If you think I am going to try and quit...you are leaving the door open just a little....in case you fail. If you think this is it, I am not smoking anymore...it is more powerful and no room for failure. We really are how we think....
Hello, i quit for 6weeks already, right now, im experiencing fast heart rate and tiredness. Is there anyone having this symptomps also? Is this because of nicotine withdrawal?
I started a course of Champion six weeks ago. I quit smoking two weeks into the course, but still feel the urge a lot if times. What can I do?
Brought 14 patches and a fair bit of gum. The cost of tobacco has gone up 40 bucks since I left. Seems sensible to keep it going after we're released in the wild.. 10 days to go!!
Hi! Congratulations to everyone for being here. I’ve been a smoker for a long time and have made more attempts to stop than I can count! I’m over it! I’m here because clearly I need to try a new approach. Wish me luck!
Pls help. I'd done really well no ciggies for 2 days then found one in my car this morning. Damn it I smoked it. I feel so bad and so disappointed with myself. How do you stop that 1st thing in the morning habit ????
Greetings to everyone here. It been a very long time I had been here, thank you so much for your support and advice. Well it been 1 year now without smoking and I still have left chest pain and difficulty breathing and weekness sometime feel low in me and sometimes out of breath.left numbness ,Please any advice from this site.
Hi everyone. Had an email from icanquit to see how i am going. 836 days smoke free and going great. I will never smoke again. To all of you new quitters, Hang in there. It is so worth it. It really does get easier. I dont even think about having a smoke now. Happy smoke free day to all
To commit one needs to accept to bad and what sacrifices must be made to achieve the good.
Remember that you are choosing you.
Hi everyone hope you are all well and smile free.
I have completely fallen back into the trap
As they say you can't have 1 without having another and another and before you no it your back to smoking.
It's 9.12pm and I am about to smoke my last 1 from tomorrow on start the journey and be smoke free.
I no what to expect.
I have decided to walk 5k a day and get my health back on track.
Well 16weeks now.. Getting easier, can find myself a little restless at times. Gotta keep busy, is a good thing. Notice the money savings. Feeling alot healthier, although gained weight.
I CAN DO IT, I want to live a long and healthy life
So after several relapses, I’ve taken time to think, reflect and have decided to start my quit date over again.
I am ready for a new day 1 of N.O.P.E and am determined to stay away this time. My triggers seem to be straight after work, I go to a shop, buy a pack and then Chuck them away as soon as I’m home and have smoked 2-3.
I am so over it. Over my addiction ruling my life, making me feel...
Hi I dont have any quit tips as I fail every time I try. I will share my story with all of you. I am 81 and have smoked for the last 60 years. I panic when I am down to my last cigarette, then I go an buy a packet, then I am so down on myself. I am an age pensioner so how can I buy a packet every day on my age pension, its for the money I could save that is why I really want to stop. Thanks f...
Hi guys again, now with no. 11.. :)
So great to be in such period of quitting, when I don't think about it, I do not have to check my quitting apps everyday, write diary, miss something, be afraid and so.. It's very good stage.. It's where I want to be 11 months ago.. I didn't know how long it will take, but I was determined to dig it out.. :)
Lately I saw few 1 years celebrations, congrat t...
Hi everyone, I have just decided to start my quit journey and am a little apprehensive about the whole process. I actually gave up in August 2019 but took the habit up again 3 months ago when I was pretty low and mentally ill. It seems to have an even stronger hold on me now and I'm worried I won't cope without my crutch. I'm thinking of talking to my GP about champix. Has anyone used Champix ...
This may not be an actual tip, but it is a question of concern that I am having during my first couple of months of staying cigarette free.
I have been more tired and my blood pressure seems to be higher than I noticed when I was smoking. I believe this will all subside in time, but I'm hoping I can hear some similar stories and how things DO get better.
Hi, my name is shifra Nakibuuka. I'm not a doctor or a guest lecturer Instead, I used to be a chain smoker for over 10 years.
I quit smoking 5 years ago, and today I am a proud mother of two living with my husband in South Africa, Western cape
I struggled many years trying to quit smoking. There's nothing I didn't try.
I tried Allen Carr's program and went through what Abrahamson had to offer....
Emotionally - When something is upsetting me and causing me stress, I make sure I speak ASAP to a supportive friend.
Spiritually - I make sure to get out into nature and enjoy my new breath of fresh air.
Physically - I go to the gym and workout regularly.
I havent smoked for 9 weeks now. I completed 4 weeks of champix. I stopped smoking on the 3rd day of champix .I weaned off champix on the 5th week.
I have been on holidays, parties and outings where smokers are present. At times I have been tempted. But I continued to remind myself of how far I have gone now without smoking . I really dont need the stinking poisonous smoke fumes in my lungs a...
I have tried numerous times to quit but I believe mentally you have to be ready to quit - talking to others about there quit journey allows you put yourself in there shoes making it seem possible. Then it’s the constant thought of reminding yourself why you want to quit in the first place. It’s not easy but talking it out definitely helps I will try and try again until I can on day say no thanks ...
91 days quit today and over $2,000 saved.
I wanted to share a thought I had today which was brilliant. I don’t worry about premature death. When I smoked I was always thinking I would die soon, that I would miss my kids growing up and how selfish I was. This negative daily self talk really takes a toll on a person, it makes you feel small, anxious and out of control. Well now I never worry ab...
I got over waking up every morning caughing up a lunge and want to better my daughters life
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