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I am still amazed after 437 days that I finally quit smoking.
I was on a coach yesterday to London and when we returned the driver came along the coach to count us. When he passed us the couple behind commented on the fact that he stank of cigarette smoke. Just one reason I am glad I quit after 53 years of being a slave to nicotine.
When I think back to the early weeks of quitting all I reme...
Just logging in to be grateful.
I am still so thankful that the cravings have mainly disappeared. The worst cigarette for me was the first one in the morning. For years I knew that as soon as I smoked it I would feel s•••t. It is this cigarette that I am so glad I don't have to have. Yes of course it is all of them but the first one of the day was my catalyst to quit so really I should be gr...
Reading some posts from those struggling here reminds me of my own struggles early doors.
I know I ate bags and bags of toffee eclairs and really strong sweet coffee. It was like wanting something to get into my brain and scratch it. Toffees and coffee seemed to help as did taking really deep breaths when the cravings were full on.
I had warned my wife that I may be edgy for a while and surpr...
I am now 14 months away from my last cigarette and consider myself an extremely luck person notwithstanding the gargantuan effort it took to get here.
Started smoking when I was 14 in 1962. My friend and I bought a packet. After my first few drags I was violently sick. However , not to be beaten , I tried again and succeeded.
Started on 5 a day. Then 10. 20. 30. 40.
Reckon I smoked $250000 ...
Having just been reading some posts it seems one of the best rewards of quitting is the encouragement given here by fellow posters
It is without doubt only another smoker who understands the marathon effort it takes to quit and my journey has been sprinkled with warm and knowing cajoling from fellow quitters at all stages.
When we encourage each other it has such a beneficial effect and I don'...
Having given up smoking now for 411 days I can vouch that it has been an extremely difficult but rewarding journey.
In 2008 I had three heart stents from narrowed arteries. I carried on smoking despite telling my wife and 2 sons that I would never smoke again.
Am I a liar. No. The addiction to nicotine was that strong that I never ever prepared myself for such a battle. I had previously made ...
Having reached 408 days smoke free I sometimes look back at my journey and realise what a big deal it has been.
I remember times that every fibre of my being craved for a cigarette and also went through periods of depression and a sort of mourning.
I don't think though that I was ever really tempted to have a cigarette and soon realised that this time after 53 years smoking that I really mean...
I found icanquit after a few months quit as I was struggling and feeling alone with the journey.
I have had 405 days away from smoking and looking back there were posters here who really gave that much needed support.
It's strange as I do not know these posters but look forward to seeing their icons and fictitious names and the bond that has grown as fellow quitters.
There are those that ap...
When I first quit I ate hundreds of toffee eclairs and drank hundreds of cups of really strong coffee. I put on a stone and a half in weight but was determined to stay quit of smoking. I was irritable , moody , sad , depressed , and really couldn't see an end to the misery. Where I was consuming so much sweet stuff I got gum desease and lost two teeth.
I got there in the end though. The withdr...
Now almost 400 days quit and sometimes have to remind myself I used to be a smoker. The early months were absolutely hell but I was determined to escape the clutches of my demon.
Have to regularly thank icanquit for this service as I smoked for 53 years almost non stop. Thanks also for those that I journeyed with. Without you encouragement I may have given up the quest.
Going out for a C...
This quitting cigarettes is so habit forming. After all the early days of anguish , despondency , pain , fear , anxiety and anger I am beginning to feel like a real non smoker. Although I am fully aware that I am only ever one puff away from the demon I am current enjoying a fantastic buzz from being free.
Was the pain of quitting worth it ? You bet. Quitting is one of the most difficult and r...
Just reflecting on my quit journey and how extremely difficult the first few months were. I have been reading some posts whereby some quitters are really suffering during this period. Also noticed that a lot of posters have disappeared.
Hang in in there as it definitely gets better and better.
It was only because I received an icanquit email that I even thought about the subject of cigare...
Hi. Made a coffee yesterday and went to sit in the garden. Found myself fumbling in my pockets looking for cigarette packet and lighter subconsciously. All this over a year after quitting.
Gave me a jolt but made me realise how the habit got hold of me as I always had a cigarette with my coffee in the garden.
🎶🎶🎶 I don't smoke any more 🎶🎶🎶I don't cough any more
🎶🎶🎶when I wake up in the morning
🎶🎶🎶I don't dry reach any more
🎶🎶🎶 I prefer to sing when I wake
🎶🎶🎶 no spluttering noises do I make 🎶🎶
🎶🎶🎶 now I've stopped playing Russian roulette.
After 378 days of quitting cigarettes the major battles have been won. There are often mornings that I forget I ever smoked. No doubt that it is necessary to be on guard against that first drag but it is so good to be free from the terrible bondage of being a smoker.
For those struggling or just starting to quit be sure the rewards are plentiful and life changing.
There are numerous ways of s...
Hi. After 53 years of coughing spluttering wheezing dragging spending guilting worrying smelling etc etc I have 375 days nicotine free behind me.
Yes it was almost unbearable at first but bearable. Still can't believe how far I've come.
Someone said giving up won't kill you but carrying on smoking probably would. It nearly did. I ended up with three heart stents.
Being the person I am I wa...
One year and one week cigarette free and really enjoying the fantastic sense of freedom of being estranged from the nicotine imp.
When I finally decided to quit after 53 years of smoking I took a photograph smoking my last cigarette ( which I still keep as a reminder )
I knew that every single bit of an idea that nicotine was beneficial had to be absolutely crushed.
The first few weeks were ho...
I have thought a lot about cigarettes today. How difficult it was in the first few weeks of giving up. Almost unbearable cravings. Short tempered. Strange emotional throwbacks. Lack of sleep. Fear of I don't know what. Gum disease and losing two teeth through eating too many toffee eclairs. Strange feelings of loss. And the list goes on.
However I reminded myself of why I gave up. Constant coug...
💥💥💥💥💥💥🏁🏁🏁🏁🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎸🎸🎸🎸🎯🎯🎯🎯😄😄😄😅 One year away from my last cigarette. After 53 smoking. Thank you Icanquit. All those who have given encouragement.
I never thought I would ever give up and with all your help I have a year under my belt
Of course I will stay really close to this programme.
Thanks again. Cosmic
6 days to go and counting down to one year of freedom from smoking.
Smoked for 53 years
Spent approximately £160000
Went cold turkey
3 heart stents caused by smoking
Clothes don't smell
House doesn't smell
Saved over £3000
Breath doesn't smell
Wife and sons happy
Who wouldn't give up
Just 8 days to a year off smoking and feeling liberated.
Went on a coach trip to the coast yesterday and shared the day with a friend and my wife
Gonna have a moan here.
Our friend knew I had given up and that my wife had a triple heart bypass two years ago probably brought on by her smoking and subsequent passive smoking. However he chain smoked around us until I asked that he moved ...
Countdown to my first year of not smoking since I was 15 ( 53 years ago ) 10 days and counting down.
Remembering the first few days quitting it was just gritting my teeth and going for it.
Probably not good advice but I ate packets and packets of toffee eclairs , cups of strong coffee and ate anything I fancied. Put on a stone in weight very quickly.
After many strange emotional and physic...
Just 2 weeks to go for my first year nicotine free. ⏳. 14 days one day at a time. I am still flabbergasted that I have come this far. This is a really big deal as it is with all of us who have quit. Don't underestimate the massive struggle we have undergone. Giving up cigarettes has been one of the hardest things to do but by far one of the most rewarding. Thanks for all the support here.
Thanks icanquit for your brilliant web page. Having smoked for so long ( over 50 years ) I still find it difficult to believe I am 18 days away from my first smoke free year since I was 14.
Wow did my lungs need a break. Over £160000 worth of cigarettes passed through them.
My wife and two sons are amazed that finally I have found an answer.
Numerous anonymous sharers on this page have mad...
I can look back and remember thousands and thousands of times I wished not to smoke. My wife and our two sons tried every method to get me to stop. Cajoling. Direct confrontation. Buying me electronic cigarettes. Book by Alan Carr. Course on acupuncture. Nicolette chewing gum. They believed my lies when I told them how I had cut down. They told me they wanted me to live to an old age. I remember ...
Hi icanquit community. Just felt like saying what a great experience being a non smoker is. I remember year after year of wanting to quit but putting it off until " I was ready ".
Those that have never smoked do not understand how miserable a smoker really feels when under the influence of nicotine cravings.
I really had no idea how the experience of giving up would evolve. I was gripped b...
On Sept 6 th it will be one year away from my last cigarette and it has gone so quick. I thought I would jot some notes of the journey. Cathartic for me and hopefully helpful for others
Decided to give up after 53 years of smoking after my wife had triple bypass and I had three stents due to angina
Took a selfie of my last cigarette and decided to go cold turkey
Ate bag loads of toffe...
Hi. For over 10 years now in the UK the public have jumped on the " lets dehumanise the smoker " bandwagon. The 4x4 drivers spewing out thousands of tons of carbon monoxide are at the forefront of complainers and Hippocrates. That was my stance on rationalising my smoking. Looking back I felt like a 2nd class citizen for years. Thankfully it helped me quit. All this plus health deterioratio...
330 smoke free days now and feeling great after initially feeling crap when I first quit. The feeling is like escaping from a dingy cage and being let loose in the open. All this after 53 ish years of being tied down by nicotine.
Don't want to say I wish I had quit earlier as its pointless
Best present for years being free of the weed.
328 days nicotine free and still can't believe how far I have come. It just gets better the farther away from nicotine we come. Went to a party last night and it was sad to see so many youngsters smoking. The outside air was strong with the smell of smoke. I wondered how many of them would be lucky enough to survive to my age ( 68 ) without suffering serious illness or death. Having finally give...
323 days and first year of not smoking looming fast. Cannot believe I have come so far. Best present ever. 68 years of age and smoked since I was 13. I was totally addicted. There was never a truer expression " if I can do it anyone can ". Newbies really go for it as you will not believe how excited you will be. Dobbin
Coming up to 1st year smoke free. Thanks to support here. 31 days to go. Still can't believe it. Everything is a bonus
310 days smoke and nicotine free. No more
Bunged up chest
Sneaking out for a drag
Buying dozens of cigarretes
Being told its disgusting
Putting cigarette out with shoe and trailing black marks on people's carpets
Telling fibs to the doctor
Changing clothes three...
303 days smoke free and chasing 1st year. Rarely have any desire to smoke and cravings gone. Really feel like I have reached blue sky and looking back can't believe I have come so far at age 68. It's Summer here in UK and it's great not to have to walk around with smelly clothes. I have noticed how smokers carry the stale nicotine smell around with them.
Icanquit has been so helpful with su...
Hi Folks. 297 days today smoke free and feeling good. As I approach year 1 it is good to remember the reasons I gave up and the euphoria in the earlier days of quitting. Most seasoned smokers will know the effort involved for us to go just one day without a cigarette when first quitting. That feeling of panic slowly disappears over time and the rewards are fantastic. I don't despise smokers bu...
Keep close to encouragers. Was at a meeting last week and afterwards had a discussion about smoking. I was explaining how difficult I have found it giving up and some jerk waved a cigarette packed toward me. I realised he was the real loser and rather than make me angry I actually felt sorry for him. Tip for me is stick with the winners in this. I am 293 days away from my last cigarette and fe...
In day 289 smoke free and feeling great. Getting back to the gym soon to lose some weight as I have gained 14 pound. Thanks for support on this site have managed to get through some tricky periods but have learned a lot about addiction.
Have saved over $2600 and generally my health is so much better. Chest is totally clear and the rasping cough has gone. Thanks again for support here.
Hi Folks. Thanks for recent support re recent cravings after 285 days. The cravings were not so intense as when I first quit but was surprised they came back after such s long time. My wife's surgery was successful and albeit she has to have blended food for 6 weeks she is in great shape. Once again the support here was great. Thanks
Hi. 284 days nicotine free and had a rough day. Have not had cravings for months but they returned two or three times today. Always after eating and feeling craving pangs. I find this help page is a real help because I can be honest and know I am understood. I have had so may bonuses since quitting including saving over $2500. The demon does lurk round the corner but I can see this one through....
Hi folks 278 days smoke free and benefits are fantastic
No more rasping cough
Green balls gone
Clothes don't stink
$2500 plus saved
No more 1st morning cigarette then feeling s•••t
Not owned by nicotine
No driving to 24/7 garage at early hours of the morning
95% lung function
No standing outside in wind and rain
No sneaking ou...
267 days smoke free and feeling good. Gave up at 67 years of age and still can't believe my progress. No more cravings but just the rare thought when I think I would like a cigarette but the intensity has gone. I do not dwell on these thoughts any more as the option is mine. Great to have control back over smoking and really feel a sense of freedom. This site has been a great gift as only on...
I am now 263 days from my last cigarette and can't believe I have finally made this effort after 50 plus years of being a smoker and putting over 260000 cigarettes worth of nicotine through my lungs. I wanted to give up 30 years ago but lasted 3 weeks and never attempted it again until now. I had a love hate relationship with the cigarette. Mostly hate though. I think I must have pressed my self...
249 days smoke free. Never have cravings just the occasional thought which only lasts as long as I want it to. I have a bad cold and have remembered how I used to smoke through a cold which often turned to bronchitis then to the doctors for antibiotics and still smoked. What a crazy addiction. Have saved a fortune and generally health is good. Bad cold but no chest infection. This site has been...
238 days smoke free and still resolved. I am 68 this year and reaping the benefits of not being a slave to the cigarette at long last. Chest has totally cleared and no more rasping cough. Don't have to feel giddy when I take that first drag in the morning. Don't have to hate buying that pack when I didn't want to. Wear the same jumper more than twice without having to wash it. Don't have to sneak...
Just a quick message. Now 210 days since last cigarette. Feel really good. Cravings rare and mild. Still can't believe I am smoke free after 52 years of smoking. Note. The first cigarette I had in 1964 made me violently sick but like a twat I persisted. Feeling really great now though. Dobbin
194 days and rarely think of cigarettes. Roller coaster ride at first but I had sort of expected that. Saved a fortune and have decided to buy a Les Paul Gibson guitar as a gift to myself. So glad After over 50 years of smoking I am making this effort. Chest has cleared " no more yucky green throw ups ". However am vigilant as I am fully aware that just one puff will send me back on it. Dob...
Hi. Have just reached 182 days or 6 months smoke free. Have put on a stone in weight but have joined a gym which I use regularly. Have saved approximately £1300 in british pounds. Really feel fantastic about stopping and the cravings are rare now. I invariably wake up and forget I was a smoker. When I smoked I hated that first one. I recommend be persistent because it is worth it.
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