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FLIPCHICK14 Posts: 1,845
1/3/13 9:14 P

Congratulations to those who have quit! And best wishes and many hopes for continued success for those who are trying to quit. emoticon

THROOPER62 Posts: 22,643
1/3/13 6:17 P

Quit August 2, 2011, my husband was diagnosed with COPD. The only way to get him to quit was if I did. He can't get to the store to get cigarettes. I won't buy the cigarettes.

LESELLERY Posts: 122
1/3/13 4:28 P

Thank you all. Yes it is hard to gave up smoking. I have been trying for the last 4 year. I am going to do it this time.

LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
1/3/13 2:46 P

I quit smoking about 20 years ago & I know it is hard for people to stop smoking

Peggy (Colorado)

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1/3/13 2:26 P

January 15, 1976 was my last cingarette...stopped when I hit 3 packs a day. I had motivation. My kids (then ages 13, 11 and 5) called for a family meeting. They told me how they hated my smoking. Then they each promised they would never touch a cigarette if I gave it up. WHAT??!! I told them I could only promise to was my last cigarette. 37 years.

Keep your determination. When you're tempted, take HUGE DEEP DEEP DEEP breaths...that crud stays in your lungs a long long time, and you'll actually get a "hit" without lighting up. By the time your lungs clear, you'll long have dropped the need to take those deep breaths. I know how hard it is...but you will not be sorry!!!!

P.S. None of my 4 children (one came later) ever smoked at all!!!

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NEEDHELPLOSING SparkPoints: (9,764)
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1/3/13 2:16 P

I have never smoked so its hard to understand why people cant just quit. To me smoking is a nasty habit I dont mean to offend anyone but it is how I feel.

ALEXZANDRIA999 SparkPoints: (14,401)
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1/3/13 2:11 P

I am cutting back to my quit date Jan 11th. Good luck to us all!


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FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,044
1/3/13 1:36 P

I'm never ever ever going to do it! Did I say never?



"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. "
ARUSHING2 SparkPoints: (26,830)
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1/3/13 1:06 P

Congratulations on making a sane and healthy choice . . . and going a week clean.
All the best of prayers, thoughts and wishes for your continued progress and successes.
PS: I've had friends and acquaintances have done well for themselves by inserting exercise sessions and conditioning, in place of "smoke breaks" and tobacco smoking!

GOLDEELOCKS SparkPoints: (43,641)
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1/3/13 12:47 P

2.5 days of no smoking....I hardly smoked but had one at certain times of the day or with a beer.

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1/3/13 12:30 P

Once in a while.

CHESAKAT41 SparkPoints: (67,859)
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1/3/13 12:09 P

I quit in 2001 - Tried 10 times in an 8 yr period using the patch. Hardest thing I ever did. So happy I quit, but had weight gain. NY cigarettes are $10 a pack - so glad I don't smoke anymore!!!

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LALA_1012 Posts: 1,364
1/3/13 12:03 P

I did before, thank God I quit!

JOANIEBUG46 Posts: 4,214
1/3/13 11:56 A

I was a very light smoker over 30 years ago for a very short period of time. Had no problem quitting and no desire to smoke again.

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
-Arnold H. Glasow
SECTION1RON Posts: 6,071
1/3/13 11:51 A

No, was a casual smoker (parties, etc.) years ago but gave it up totally when the price of cigarettes went up.

"We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough." -Helen Keller
MWOODS21 Posts: 505
1/3/13 11:46 A

this is my 2nd day of being smoke free! i have tried several times to quit but it's hard!! I do have to say I do feel more energetic and I smell better!! Good Luck to you!! emoticon emoticon

LEANIE64 SparkPoints: (34,531)
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1/3/13 11:25 A


JULIE700 Posts: 699
1/3/13 11:20 A

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1GROVES2 Posts: 10,315
1/3/13 10:56 A

I hit post before I was done :(
Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to anyone who quits (me included!) and
BEST OF LUCK to anyone trying!

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and renew a steadfast spirit within me..."
--Psalm 51:10--
GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (150,504)
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1/3/13 10:34 A

I just had 3 sisters-in-law (all under 60) die of cancer this year...all smokers. So GOOD FOR YOU for quitting! Whatever you have to do NOT to it! Make it happen so you live a long life...

It Is What It Is.... :)
1GROVES2 Posts: 10,315
1/3/13 10:30 A

I quit ( a 30 year habit , cold turkey) in 2004...I still find myself wanting a smoke on very rare occasions, but I will never NEVER go back to it!

"Create in me a pure heart,O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me..."
--Psalm 51:10--
MILTONS1 Posts: 3,687
1/3/13 10:16 A

only experimented when I was younger

TCANNO SparkPoints: (184,435)
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1/3/13 9:02 A

Gave it up in 1997
Keep going

Trev, Kent Southeast UK

How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.
Join the 10 minute exercising challenge and get exercising.
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LWLAR7 Posts: 2,177
1/3/13 8:43 A

Don't need it

KKKAREN Posts: 12,223
1/3/13 8:40 A

Good for you! Quiting is a very hard thing to do but YOU CAN DO IT! 3 years and counting for me.

SNAZZYMC Posts: 267
1/3/13 8:39 A

Great job so far!! Those first couple of weeks are the biggest challenge, so you're halfway there!
I am almost 3 years smoke-free now; like you, I tried to quit for years before that. Sounds silly, but I read a book by Allan Carr - The Easy Way to Quit Smoking. I also worked hard to change the 'habits' I had: walk around the block after a meal instead of reaching for a smoke; drinking my morning coffee in a different location; things like that. It was hard, no lies, but so worth it - I even ran my first half marathon a few months ago, something I could never have done as a smoker!
One day, one minute at a time if that's what it takes. You can do this!! We're all so proud of you!!!!
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1/3/13 7:29 A

Fantastic!! Keep up the good work.

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1/3/13 7:28 A

Been smoke free for 50 years and 2 days. Went cold turkey and was smoking 5 packs a day, UGH.

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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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1/3/13 6:45 A

Great job! Take one day at a time, don't think about tomorrow. I quit about 7 years ago and haven't looked back --you can do it. My mom quit after smoking for 40 years and trust me that was a miracle (13 years ago). If there isn't a smoker's forum, you could start one to encourage each other.

PIPPY31 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/3/13 6:41 A

Excellent job so far :) I myself am on day 3 of quitting. It is hard but getting easier as I go. Wish you all the best. Keep us posted on your progress.

REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,381)
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1/3/13 5:35 A

Congrats on the first week smoke free! I know you can keep it up, and everybody here on Spark is here to help you and support you.

"One step in the right direction won't change the world, but it's a start. Someone's got to see the good in everything." -- Said the Whale, Banks of the English Bay

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LESELLERY Posts: 122
1/3/13 4:46 A

Thank you. I have trying for the past 4 years. I am on Champix.

CUBKATIE Posts: 61
1/2/13 6:04 P

Congratulations! I quit smoking 5 years ago and occasionally still want one. I used the nicotine patch. I had tried to quit before cold turkey but always started back, the patch really made the difference for me. Good luck!

1/2/13 5:59 P

good luck! and keep posting for support

RONIGH Posts: 631
1/2/13 5:57 P

I quit smoking in 2008, when my lovely wife was pregnant with our first child, and I have probably smoked 2 to 3 times since.

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1/2/13 5:49 P


I'm trusting God to direct my path.


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KARENCRANER Posts: 3,421
1/2/13 5:48 P

YEA!!!!!!! The first few weeks are the worst! I haven't had a cigarette for 372 days, and still reach for one at least once a day. Hugs and prayers!

1/2/13 5:47 P

Great job on getting that monkey off your back!!! It will get easier. I quit 3 years ago, and now I don't even think of them. You will get there too. I used a hypnosis CD in a book called "I can help you quit smoking" by Paul Mckenna. Its really good and helped a lot. I listened to it at least once a day the first year.

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1/2/13 5:44 P

Give up a bad habit, take up a Good habit and NEVER go back

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LESELLERY Posts: 122
1/2/13 5:33 P

Thank you.

LESELLERY Posts: 122
1/2/13 5:31 P

Yes I know it's tough. I have been giving up for the past 4 year. So I hope this time works.

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1/2/13 5:28 P

Super Congraulations emoticon


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LESELLERY Posts: 122
1/2/13 5:24 P

Thank you.

SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,071
1/2/13 5:24 P

AWESOME! You can do this! I quit 6 years ago! It's tough, but so are you!

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
Proverbs 4:23
LESELLERY Posts: 122
1/2/13 5:23 P

Yes it is.

LESELLERY Posts: 122
1/2/13 5:22 P

Thank you. I have been trying for the past 4 year. I hope I can do it this time.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,874
1/2/13 4:56 P

Good for you! Keep up the good work

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EMPTYSKY Posts: 546
1/2/13 4:46 P

What a wonderful gift to yourself and those who love you!

1/2/13 4:42 P


LESELLERY Posts: 122
1/2/13 4:35 P

I am proud of myself for I gave up smoking. I got through first week ok.

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