J.T. asks from Oak Harbor, WA on January 07, 2007
Quitting Smoking - Oak Harbor, WA
(This is my first thread, but after lurking for a couple of days, I'm ready to jump in)
Has anyone here got any experience with quitting smoking? I've failed more quits than I care to think of, the last one being last summer (lasted 4 whole days!). My daughter (she's 20) quit too, she made it to the 2-month mark before she learned that there's no such thing as "just one cigarette". Anyway, we've both set April 1st as our next quit date. Any experiences that anyone wants to share?
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A.W. answers from Anchorage on January 24, 2007
I have 4 kids. I tried for years to quit and failed at each attempt.
So on friday of 2001 I quit. I slept and slept till sunday while the hubby watched kids over the weekend. I smoked for over 15 years. Just a suggestion. Hope you succeed.
C.S. answers from Corvallis on January 09, 2007
Hello there J.,
I just quit smoking on 12/8/06. I'm doing quite well with it. I have also tried quitting and failed many times. There is a great website.... www.way2quit.com. It helped me a lot. Good luck!
M.B. answers from Los Angeles on January 14, 2007
I quit cold turkey about 2yrs ago and the best advice I can give you is just do it. You've conditioned yourself to believe that it's hard, so no wonder it is. Throw out all ash trays and cigarette lighters and anything else that reminds you of smoking. Usually people have a ritual with smoking, like after a meal, when they first wake up, etc. Just replace that ritual with a healthy one. Like after dinner, pop a piece of gum or hard candy and go for a walk. Anytime your craving a cigarette, find something to take your mind off of it. Take a hot bath. Start a hobby like drawing or scrapbooking. Don't think of yourself as quiting, think of yourself as a non smoker. Soon you'll start to feel and smell so much better you won't even miss it. And no amount of nicotine is ok. GOODLUCK!!
J.H. answers from Portland on January 10, 2007
hi J....here's my quit story. 5 years ago I went to my gyno for my annual, after asking me about smoking, she said she could prescribe something to help me quit. At this point I was a light smoker,and I had no real desire to quit, I had been smoking for 20 years, and someday was my quit date. I had heard about Zyban, and knowing it was an antidepressent(Welbutrin) I figured, i'll try it, it could help my pms. Anyway, 2 weeks later, I realized I hadn't had a cigerette all day! So, I thought, if I have to remind myself to smoke, maybe I CAN quit. By the end of the month I stopped completly and I haven't smoked since. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but it worked amazingly well for me and quite a few other people I have told about it. Good Luck!!!
E.O. answers from Seattle on January 09, 2007
I finally quit one day when I got very sick and smoking hurt more than it helped. So a week of pain and illness and I didn't smoke again. Nicotine leaves the system fairly rapidly, what people have a hard time quitting is the hand-mouth stimulation and the social/time-passing aspects. I found reading novels and sipping tea fills these habit voids - they occupy the mouth, hand, and, in the case of the book, pass time and stimulate the mind. Some people use suckers for the hand-mouth stimulation. I did quit, quite successfully, so please keep trying! The more times you try to quit the more chance you have of success. Also, it does no good to quit with a half a pack lying around the house tempting you. A good visual reminder to how well you are doing quitting is every time you think about a cigarette, put the money you'd spend on the pack in a jar to see all the money you're saving. Honestly, as soon as I quit I couldn't imagine how I could afford to buy them anymore!
L.W. answers from Las Vegas on January 10, 2007
I totally agree with taking Welbutrin for quitting smoking. I smoked for 7 years and had tried the patch, gum, and cold turkey and nothing worked. Finally, my doctor gave me Welbutrin and I took it for about 3 weeks straight and I had no more cravings. The best thing about it is that you don't have to force yourself to quit. You continue to do what you normally do (smoke) and eventually the cravings go away. For me, I was on my way to work one day and out of cigarettes and didn't even have the urge to stop. I would really consider it. The cool thing about Welbutrin is that because it is an antidepressent insurance companies will cover the cost of it. I even think that there is a generic. Good Luck!
J.O. answers from Portland on January 10, 2007
Quitting is one of the hardest things I've done. I quit several times before, but you have to be willing to let it all go. Even today, if I were to have "just one" I would start back up. I"ve only quit for 7 onths now, but it's the longest I've quit. The cravings still come up, but you have to do something else, or think about other things. I sometimes use a straw to get the feel of smoking without the nicotine. Especially if I'm in a situation of real stress or a place I use to smoke alot (clubs, car etc.) I just cut a straw the size of a cigarette and have it handy. It seems to do the trick. I quit cold turkey one day I just decided I was done, but there are lots of ways to go about quitting. Also not being around people you know that smoke, at least for a while until you've got the first few weeks under your belt. Good luck.
M.P. answers from Eugene on January 10, 2007
I really wanted to do it. I had my teeth whitened and I just concentrated on how good my smile and my skin was going to look for NOT smoking and that kept me going. Its been 4 years since I quit and now, I try not to hang out with people when they are smoking because I cant stand the smell. Ex-smokers are the worst about how bad it smells! My husband also quit with me and he battles back and forth with it, he had to go to Iraq so he started again and then he quit when he came home and so on. I know how hard it is.
I just quit cold turkey, and it has worked really well with me.
I also think of the health of my family for not getting the second hand smoke and how much healthier they are going to be for not getting it from me!
Good luck, just keep that date in your mind and just think of things to do instead, like when you would usually go for a smoke you should think of something else that you like to do.
You could also put the money you would usually spend on cigarettes into a jar and see how much you are saving!
Again, good luck and keep us posted!
K.E. answers from Fresno on January 10, 2007
I smoked for 8 years before my husband (then boyfriend) convinced me to seriously try quitting. I went to my doctor and ask to be put on Welbutrin. It's an antidepressent that doctors prescribe for people who are trying to quit smoking. It helps to keep your mood level while going through the withdrawals. It really helped me because I didn't go through the emotional ups and downs as badly, (not to mention my husband was much happier to be around me). You'll be a lot less tempted to have "just one" when you're in a good mood.
That was a huge help for me because I would smoke when I was stressed, mad, upset, etc. I had tried quiting half a dozen times before this but the wellbutrin was what really helped me.
Another thing I had to do was temporarily seperate myself from all my smoking friends. I told all of them that I was more then happy to hang out with them, but that they please don't smoke around me. They were all understanding and willing to help out. I also avoided the smoking area at work. I did whatever I could to stay away from smokers simply because it was too easy to have just one if I was around them.
It was hard but I've now been smoke free for almost 3 years. I hope this helps.
L.B. answers from Anchorage on January 09, 2007
Hi J., my husband was a 3 pack a day guy. when we met i didn't smoke so he would smoke outside so it would not affect me how sweet. but any ways a friend of his smoked since he was 10yr and he went and got hypnotized, so he has not smoked now for 10yrs. and he can be around people that smokes and he has no craving to want to smoke. and so my husband has done the same thing and now he has not smoked for 1yr now and he to can be around others that do and it does not bother him ,or makes him want to start. now he complains on how they stink,its funny to hear that from him since he was a 3 packer a day. but maybe that might be something you might want to look into.he was told that smoking is more addictive than drugs and you will fail time after time trying to do it own your own.its like at least 10 times or more before you can maybe quit. he swears it was the best thing for him that he went and got hypnotized.but sweety I wish you the best of luck as well as for your daughter its very hard.