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I was an intermittent smoker in the late 80s early 90s, I gave up when I fell pregnant with my first of 4 beautiful babies. Now in my 50s I have been introduced vapes I have always missed smoking so thinking vaping is a great answer. But I had to hide it from my husband and family feeling so ashamed. The answer is I should quit. I didn’t realise how hard it would be.
I was going so well for 3 weeks and now I am back at square one again. I have been smoking for a week now and it only took one slip. I am not sure why my mindset changed, smoking is such a horrendous addiction. Although I feel like giving up on giving up, I know I need to pick myself back up and start again. So day 1 again for me!!
Hello everyone here, thank you so much for your support, still on track it been one and half here now I quit smoking. Some how better, still some body aches, now feeling left side pain all the time. My heart hurt a lot with pains and my neck and back sometimes out of breathe, but I still manage on track. I had done many texts all negative, I really don’t know what to do anymore. Please any advice...
I had a mild stroke 12 mobths ago and then covid happened, however as we approach the end of lockdown I realise there is still much more I would like to do in life. Both my children have now left home so now it is my time to shine.
Today is day 15 without cigarettes and to my surprise it has been relatively easy once I made my mind up. It certainly helped thinking how if I got COVID I would most certainly die after smoking for 38 years. I know however, I am not out of the woods I have been in lockdown with non-smokers, so what happens when I venture out and am around smokers. My best mates are all smokers, what do I do? Av...
i’m under 21 years old and picked up smoking from peers at work. i couldn’t stop because it suppressed so many feelings of stress and made me feel better. but now i’m starting to feel sick from it. i want to live a healthier life and make my family proud and let them see the change in myself. i hate myself for picking it up, and disappointing everyone around me. this is day 1
I don’t think I can do this. Day 4, utterly miserable. I know a cigarette will make me feel better so why not just have one? I gave up for 14 years and started 3 years ago ( it was like I never stopped). It’s so disheartening. I just feel like I’ll never be able to do it. I’m on NRT but I want to smoke just as much as I want to give up! Any advice?
Keep busy or go Hide under sheets five days today after 44 years of a crutch .. powerful horrible habit and addiction go away you demon ( nicodemon) leave me alone you are not stronger than me any more let's go .. because your going
Today is the day for me and I’m at the hour of having my first cigarette, have a patch on but feeling a bit shaky and not too confident but I’m just going to give it a go. Trying not to make it a huge deal cause then I obsess and then cave. Going to have a coffee in a different setting and see how l go.
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.
My previous 3 attempt to quit failed.
But now I feel I will quit this time.
I very much want to quit but I’ve become trapped in a never ending cycle of stopping for a day and then starting again. I feel physically sick from smoking but I feel mentally obsessed and unable to let it go. I’ve got nicotine replacement inhaler which I’ve never used because I just want the cigarette! I haven’t smoked today. What can I do?
I have changed so much since quitting. It has been such a journey. This is the greatest feat I have ever achieved. And it wasn't on my own. The doctors really pushed it. And I was so lucky I listened to them. I am going to go farther than I ever have because I stopped this nasty habit. I'm thoroughly excited to start living again. And that is something. I've noticed so many things about my person...
So I managed to encourage my daughter to quit smoking. Day 6 today for her cold turkey, she had a cold and was left with a cough she was struggling to shake, so I convinced her to quit. She struggled last night and said she found yesterday so hard, she wanted to drive to get a packet, I talked her out of it despite my husbsnd offering her 1 of his🙄 I told her its only a craving and convinced her...
Well, I'm back. My last quit lasted 6 months, and then I allowed myself to fail. So here I am again, 35 days into my final quit. I'm using the patch and am about to step down to the 7 mg. I feel pretty good. Still miss them sometimes, but not much. I remind myself that I'm 35 days into my smobriety. (get it?) Prayer is my go to. Glad to be back.
Hi everyone :)
I hope you’re all doing well with quitting or preparing to quit.
I’m on day 10 now. I’ve been reading and knitting a lot, both distractions I decided to do before I quit. It’s getting a bit easier now but I’m really worried to let my guard down, I’ve done that too many times.
How do you stay quit? How do you remind yourself that you want to stay quit? When I quit for 10 ...
Hi guys! I’ve been reading so many stories and feel so encouraged by each and everyone of them. Today is the day for me! I found out I’m PREGNANT (again) I’ve got a son already, gave up than stupidly took it back up after giving birth. I’m afraid that I will fail this time as I feel sometimes having a smoke is the only 2 mins I have to myself, but I’m also so determined 🤗!
Dont give up
When I feel like a cigarette to do my paint by numbers has been helpful. Even though I haven't had a day without smoking I have cut down. I also read a suggestion to use 2 patches so I'm going to give that a go. My reasoning for quiting is having emphysema. You would think that's enough motivation however it's not. I will continue to not give up my desire to be a non smoker.again. A day at a ...
So I geared myself up to face my biggest temptation hurdle yesterday. I was nervous to see my smoker child and sit down for our chat, as this was always my ‘chain smoking’ relaxation time.
Needn’t have worried as I was totally fine and when offered a cig was very comfortable to say out aloud “No thanks I don’t smoke”
Three very empowering words I DONT SMOKE. 💪
So far so good...had some bad days but managed to overcome them...been now 8 months smoke free ...God is willing so am I.
Start day tomorrow!
Got a great tip from the quitline to start on two nicotine patches, this could be why previous attempts failed.
Also decided to have my morning coffee outside on bench seat instead of going back to bed and having a smoke - breaking habits
I'm nervous, but positive :)
I’ve reached magic day 5!
Spending time on this community helps and also the changes I made after talking to Quitline. My mood hasn’t dropped as low as before and I’m feeling more hopeful and confident that I can do this :)
I love the magnetic words from the Quitline pack and either make a sentence or choose a single word every morning, it reminds me of a positive journey.
I am proud to say I have reached day 12 and have not slipped once, not that I haven't thought about it though! Day 7, 8 and 9 were particularly hard and I really needed to stay focused on my quit. I just kept telling myself that it is the addiction talking, I dont really want a cigarette and once this passes I will be fine. I am a mum of 2 girls, a 13 and 8 year old. Being a positive roll m...
Day 51 and im estatic about that. I'm not estatic about wk 11 in Lockdown with no end in sight yet....... sigh. I miss the gym, a huge part of my dopamine fix.
Its the times at the moment and I know lockdown will not last forever but the chhosing to become a nonsmoker will last, as I cherish that so much.
I know I shld be doing workouts at home, but its not the same feels or fun as with g...
My quit date is set, now to write a very long list of things I can do that will redirect my attention when I get the urge/cravings.
Hi everyone! As a smokers for several years, I have fallen into the habit of first thing in the morning having a smoke, I have it as soon as I get to work, go on my lunch break and before my lunch break ends, after work after food and before bed. Some in between. Can I ask, what has worked for you in terms of breaking that routine? I live with a family of smokers and some mental health issues, so...
Might I add - since I dont smoke I no longer suffer with asthma. I no longer have perscription prevention meds and no ventolin. None what so ever anymore
Ive almost hit 2 years. Still use my my positive affirmations when i need too but not very often now. Never say, non smoker, never say used to smoke. Just say I dont smoke, everytime the urge is there. It worked for me after 40 years of smoking heavily. Ive managed to save every cent I spent on smokes and in May this year it paid for a brand new car and I paid cash. First time paying cash and fir...
Well here I am at 44days nicotine free!
I have the mindset now that I am a non smoker and that makes all the difference!
Good luck to everyone on their quit journey!
Hi, I’ve been smoking for 13 years now and I’m just so nervous and scared about quitting. I’ve attempted many times and nothing. Would love to have some support so have come on here. I’ve got chimpax and gum I just feel like it’s been a part of my life since I was 17 it’s going to be really weird and hard.
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...
I am so amazingly grateful to be 100 days free of smoking and any products to do with smoking🙌 I have been looking very forward to this day PuffNoMore and will skipping through the whole day. Love and light to you all and REMEMBER never give up on giving up 🙏❤️
Day 33 with no cigarettes or vaping. Well two days ago I slipped and weakened again today.
I’m trying not to look at it as a failure.
It’s difficult when people you know look at you in distaste or call you a failure because you slipped and had a cigarette.
I find the hardest for me is missing that morning cigarette.
And the one that I used to have halfway through dinner to enjoy my dining exp...
(Here we go again). I lasted 3 days last week and am approaching the end of my packet. I can’t deal with cutting down so my approach to quit cold turkey and go on patches hasn’t changed. I somehow have to get through the mood drops. I realised last week that when I did start smoking my mood actually didn’t improve, I ‘just’ continued to be depressed and anxious. So I’m trying to f...
I wanted to quit for years. My son hates it. I go to bed thinking right tomorrow im going to quit but every morning I get up put a coffee on and have a cigarette then it's well ive smoked now what's the point on trying to give up today. .I was on champers for a while which helped heaps but I run out of tablets and never followed the course im nearly 42 now and over 20 years as a smoker im sca...
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...
Don't give up just keep going I've been trying the last 2 weeks. I had a few good days so one step forward and two steps back. I gave up for 7 years and back smoking the last 5 years. I emphasise early stages
I'm just going to take it one day at a time I'm only on my first day
After years of believing I am only a social smoker I have had numerous periods of non smoking in my life but would relapse if certain events took place. After a particularly stressful period 2 months ago I started again. Reflecting back I now thank that I was kidding myself that I was only a social smoker. I regularly smoked up to 15 cigarettes per week for a long time. Not a lot by some standard...
Good morning all. So I have made it to day 4 cold turkey 😊 I know I am only early stages into my quit but I feel this is going to be my final one. It has not been an easy few days but I can already start to feel the health benifets from quitting.
I have found exercising each day and avoiding sugary foods has helped lift my mood. Looking forward to reaching the 1 week milestone.
I work with Artificial intelligence. I even work and play against an AI computer. Applying a plan to continually reinvent the contours of my brain I tried a theory with cucumber which I hated even as a kid. Now I love it like caviar. I inverted the same process for smoking, which I did casually, hanging out, now I hate the sight and smell of them, truly I find them repulsive. This AI computer can...
Day 3. My mood dropped dangerously low late yesterday. I know from experience that it might happen and I distracted. It helped the craving, but my mood is low and I’m scared of the consequences. That stresses me and gives me more cravings.
I feel like I’ll start smoking again anyway and what’s the point? I can’t visualise myself being a non smoker.
I have to quit for my health as i have asthma and it is getting worse, i have also lost my job and can't afford it anymore, have to do it as covid has scarred me as well
Winter was the season for me to finally quit. It's absolutely amazingly beautiful to welcome in the spring a nonsmoker and give thanks to the existing winter for holding the space for me to become one❤️🙏🌅 Not one puff ever 🙌
I've been here before over a year ago.
Quit and started and quit and started again.
I had enough arguments with myself about this and give myself a break.
I've had some time to have a plan set for this next quit.
I no what I need to do and to get through triggers.
I'm about to smoke my last one and jump on the wagon again.
Well done to all you non smokers and people who are j...
I am nearing my final smoke - tonight.
I’m anxious. I’ve stopped smoking more times than I can remember and I even lasted 10 years once. I started again when my mental health deteriorated and smoked on and off for 5 years now. I’m anxious because I know my mood can drop quickly and drastically and I’d like to know if some of you have tips on how to stop smoking while managing ongoing men...
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....
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