Welcome to the iCanQuit community this is your opportunity to share with your fellow community members any tips, stories or advice you may have around quitting smoking or staying quit.
Hey everyone! I notice that there are a number of people here, like me, who seem to be in that crucial first month of a quit. How is everybody doing? What are some positives you’re seeing? What are some of your struggles?
For me, it has been going pretty well (day 9). I’ve had some struggles that I think others are experiencing. Like Rosie mentioned, having alcohol for the first time was...
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
Day 18 today. No NRT gum today and feeling fine. I've been chewing regular gum on and off since breakfast and haven't felt any need for the NRT gum. Really trying to rid my body of all nicotine.
Feeling more positive and energized today.
Also started reading Allen Carr's book.
Have a great day people!
When i was young, everyone smoked. It was the cool thing to do. These day to our young people, vaping is the cool thing to do. When you think about it, a lot of the things that we did, our kids are doing in a different way. We smoked. They Vape. We smoked a pipe. They smoke E cigs. We chewed tobacco. They chew nicotine gum. The same but different. However, There is one big difference. We didnt kn...
Hi everyone, just joined the forum and have been so encouraged after reading your stories. I have smoked for almost 9 years and I quit 17 days ago, using the patch for the first week to help ease the transition. Now, only using the NRT gum when I have a really bad craving. These last few days have been the hardest. I read about the "quitters flu" and I feel like I could be experiencing that. I've...
Well, today is the 7th day and I’m pretty happy about that. I would say 90% of it has been solid. However, in the last few days I’ve had a few doubts about making the right decision, and a little bit of envy for people still smoking. I’m trying to shut that stuff down but hopefully it goes away.
Just popping in to say hi and to celebrate 200+ day's. I'm still going strong in my own mind, but the battle is real. I've started to exercise, but let's say smoking has pushed my health back tremendously . I have only myself to blame for abusing my body for 30 years with smoking, so i have come to reality that regaining what I have destroyed, will need time to recover. But just like quitting it...
In the last few days, there has been a lot of nastiness going on between some new and old members about different opinions about vaping, myself included. I think that enough has been said and i am asking everyone to please stop. This forum is not about fighting or nastiness. Its about support and friendship. Please everyone, We all want to quit smoking and we are all different. Its the end resul...
Please don't give up you can do it. First thing to do is tell everybody that you are no longer a filthy smoker. They will get on your back if they see you smoking. Then set a date that you want to reach smoke free. Be proud of each week you are clean tell your friends. Then open a savings account and put the money you spend each week into it. This is your reward you will love it.Watching ...
Such a simple term really, until now.
I have learned some new things and will share my thoughts.
Words , however simple can be misconstrued. Help offered in sincerity is taken defensively. An alternative to smoking seems like a threat without communication. A compromise can be met with openness and understanding on both sides. Words must be chosen with care. A meeting of the minds must c...
11 Months tomorrow and I will at least give myself a chance to acknowledge something I don't like doing this because I don't wanna get to confident I know the road ahead is long I just ask God to continue to guide my steps any word of encouragement won't hurt
7 YEARS AGO I USE TO BE A VERY HEAVY SMOKER 1.5 PACKS A DAY! MY HEALTH WAS TERRIBLE, TO SAY THE LEAST, HAD NO STAMINA, COULDN'T SMELL OR TASTE, THE COUGHING IN THE MORNINGS WAS THE WORST... I TRIED EVERYTHING FROM PILLS TO HYPNOTHERAPY AND NOTHING WORKED NOTHING COULD CURVE THOSE CRAVINGS ESPECIALLY THAT SMOKING WAS SO EMBEDDED INTO MY DAILY ROUTINE, FROM THE RITUAL MORNING COFFEE AND CIG TO AFTE...
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...
Wow, I have been reading over the post, for yesterday, and things got a little crazy..
I am a big fan of cold turkey. I also understand that many can't handle it, for an assortment of reasons. Had I not been semi retired, and needed maintain any kind of production, I may not have made it. I was pretty useless for a couple weeks.
I have recommended the use of a simple, disposable E-cig, with n...
We've had a lot of discussions on different ways and tools to use to Quit.
We've all had our say.
We've all got our beliefs.
We've all got our preferences.
I think the main thing is we all want to give up Smoking and being a slave to the addictive drug Nicotine that was ruling our minds and lives and well-being.
Personally I think Vaping is still smoking and although I don't believe ...
I have a problem of severe anxiety about my heart and feel any day can have a heart attack/ cardiac arrest. I smoked 3-7 cigarettes a day.
Its been 5 days since I have quit now and whenever I feel like smoking, I check my heart rate and if it is above 90 I feel concerned and my mind tells in if I smoke, it will go above 100 leading to severe risk to my heart
If is less that 90 then...
I’m new to this idea of joining a website to help me quit, I’ve cut down to 3-4 a day and intend to make that 0 by the 1st of January 2020. Thanks to all the encouraging people who share their struggles and successes.
I am almost 52 years old and smoked cigarettes for 42 yrs.
I started smoking at the age of 8. I began doing it regularly from the age of 15 where i progressed to smoking about 35-40 cigarettes a day by my early 20's.
I was with his father, who was also a heavy smoker when he passed away from lung cancer in 2000.
I developed a very persistent smoker’s cough that got progressively worse as...
Over 6.5 years ago I quit inhaling combustible tobacco. I’d tried everything prior. Cold turkey, Patches, Gum, Medication, Hypnotherapy... you name it I’d done it. A friend introduced me to vaping and the minute I tried it, I knew this would work for me. I purchased a unit and liquid and from the moment it arrived I have not touched a cigarette since. Over the next year I weened myself down from ...
I have given up on giving up
I have been a heavy 30+ a day smoker for near 17 years. I am now, for the first time, 42 days ciggarette free thanks to vaping. Already i have noticed a difference in my health. My skin, eyes, gums, less phlegm, easier breathing and less snoring. I'm less irratable and less lethargic. Luckily I have the options for flavoured E juice because I think having tobacco flavoured for me personally would...
Oh my gosh. I have not had internet for what seems like forever. It's been 2 or 3 months since I last checked in. I hope this finds all of my friends on here doing well-and not smoking.
Today is the 1 year anniversary of my surgery and quitting smoking. My health is amazing and I love being a non-smoker!
Yesterday my husband took me out and got me a new tattoo for my anniversary.
He has had a...
Tonight we seemed to have attracted a number of vape users and supporters. While all points of view are to be respected we all have to consider all the points and decide what is the best for you as an individual as all quits are different.
These four who came forward within the space of a few minutes to support each other seems strange to me. All four joined today. All four claim to be happil...
I started smoking at 13 years of age. At 43 i was diagnosed with COPD. Id tried many times to quit. Even watching ky father die of cancer couldnt get me off the smokes. Using the recommended NRTs (champix) made me loony and looked in a mental hospital.
Then i started vaping nicotine. Currently 13 months smoke free. My SpO2 readings are now in the normal range. I havent had a chest infection sinc...
I started smoking at 14 and after 25 years smoking my lungs were wrecked. I tried cold turkey, gums, sprays, patches, even hypnosis.
Nothing worked for longer than a couple of weeks.
The patched gave me a horrible rash and the gums made me feel like I was going to throw up. I have no idea what was in the sprays but it burnt.
5 years ago I found out about vaping.
In the space of a week I ...
I had tried all kinds of methods to stop smoking, patches, gum, cold turkey, nicotine inhaler etc etc. In the end the only thing that worked was a vape. I haven't even touched a cigarette in two years now. Admittedly I still use my vapouriser sometimes but I feel amazing. I can run 4 KMs in 20 minutes now. My wife actually picked up my vapouriser and she has quit aswell now. As did my brother. I ...
My name is Andrew.
I have 4 children and smoked over a packet a day for 32 years
I tried every way to quit including Champix, patches and sprays.
The only thing that has stopped me smoking for 18 mths now is Vaping. The Royal College of Physicians in the UK 100% endorses vaping and it is now in 2 UK hospitals to assist patients who wish to quick.
The easiest,safest and best thing I have don...
After reading Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking, as soon as I read that last chapter, put out the final cigarette - I haven't had one since. This book made me realize many things. WHY am I smoking? WHY am I letting myself be in simple terms, addicted to a drug that is destroying my health and my bank account at 22 years old. It made me see that substitutes like the gum or patches aren't going ...
I just wondered how much money we could put on the Money Tree by Dec. 25.
I will bet it will blow our minds. I am sure it was put to better use than blowing smoke.
Any money saved while on this site this year counts! I will publish the total collection before the New Year.
Good morning everyone.
I just finished reading Allen Car's book on quitting smoking. First of all, thank you to everyone who suggested reading it. I believe much of the material was beneficial to myself, and certainly to others who have read it.
Happiness, I believe it was you who got me rolling on the concept of "hating the cigarette"; the idea that we are not actually giving anythin...
My experience with the Forum is awesome. The Forum helps you talk to others who understand and who can inspire and support you. It's what gets me through sunrise to sundown . Patches help you get rid of the nicotine but friends help you through the other times
My first post just thought I should as I have read others and found them helpful. I an in my sixth week of no ciggs have smoked for upwards of 30 years.
Basically slowly cut cigs per day from 2 50g packs of tobacco per week to 1 every 3 weeks and then set a date to quit period. Have being off them now for 5 weeks with the use of Nicorette quick mist and eclipse mints.
I am finding wee...
11 months smoke free, thank you to everyone who has helped me make it to this point in my journey. I hope everyone have a great holiday season.
How our brains are lulled into something without thought. Have you ever considered some of the nursery rhyme lyrics that we loved. Humpty Dumpty, Ring around the Rosie was about people dying from the plague, Rock -a-bye Baby, and what about Jack and Jill? Jack fell down and broke his crown.
Those are pretty harsh for a child , yet all dolled up in a nice chant and animated cartoon to represent ...
Should I throw out 3/4 pack of cigarettes or keep them nearby??? Anyone have any ideas.
Regardless whether you have just decided to quit smoking and looking for some tips to get started on a long time member, this book is for you. Everyone can benefit by the logical simple concepts that Mr. Carr puts before you. Learn in just a few minutes how you and nicotine evolved and how you can break the cycle. When sheer willpower is not enough the tool of understanding and the ability to loo...
Today is my 80 days free from smoke. My biggest achievement so far since the day I start smoking on last 1995 and regular smoker on last 1997 (30 stick per/day or two packs). I am commited to stay clean, and also to have a healthier life and a model of my two sons,ehehehe.and i hope that i cannot go back again to smoke.
Let me invite you to read this article that really helps being smoke free, but mostly - Free.
Article here - https://medium.com/@joannna/how-to-quit-smoking-by-making-peace-with-your-emotions-2d7bd5d4dddb?source=friends_link&sk=377b0f86b0878a4b2535356b3c97ace6
My hubby just told me he had a craving. Something that neither he nor I have had since our first few days of detoxing from nicotine. While someone just asked how long cravings last, I said forever because I know my Dad quit decades ago yet will still yet seldom have a thought of smoking. I have always referred to cravings as mere thoughts. Mere thoughts, as opposed to excruciating physical pain...
So I quit smoking almost two years ago and fell right back into it. It was rather nefarious how that happened.. I was a happy non smoker and just got bold - forgetting Not One Puff Ever.. I quit the first time using Champix for 18 days - but then stopped the meds as I was experiencing strong side effects and continued on just fine. I am now trying to repeat my last successful quit - ...
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.
Well, I almost made it three days then yesterday had an argument with my fiancée and then smoked three in half an hour. At the moment I’m back at it, trying to find the motivation to stop again😔 I hate this viscious cycle
One day at a time. One patch at a time
Now is not a good time, after 38 days I began to smoke again last night. After Honestly looking at where I am in life and why I smoke . I have decided to fix some of my passed to better my chances of quitting in the near future. I have sought psychological help and today I actually feel 100%. I never really had "bad" physical withdrawals , it was more emotional and psychological. after one sessio...
Well after about 31 years smoking a pack a day I have gone 158 days without a cigarette and I am so proud of myself. I have had big battles with the mind along the way and life/work has had its challenges which would normally make me crumble. I have had got great motivation from this site and hearing from people that have gone through or are going through the same feelings that I have been. To al...
Today is Day 1. I'm scared. Put the patch on. Wanted to have a cigarette a couple of times but not physically wanting it's just getting out of old habits and triggers that I have to change. I'm glad I read some stories
One day at a time. One patch at a time. I'm going to get some lozenges or gum too. Almost 50 years of smoking. I don't smoke many. Less than 10 per day but EVERY day without fail...
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