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 try...it 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!!!
Edited by: TWEETIBEAR at: 1/3/2013 (14:27)
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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.
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I am cutting back to my quit date Jan 11th. Good luck to us all!
I'm never ever ever going to do it! Did I say never?
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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!
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1,425 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.
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2,830 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!!!
Good for you! Quiting is a very hard thing to do but YOU CAN DO IT! 3 years and counting for me.
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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5,855 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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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.
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13 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.
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523 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.
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1/3/13 4:46 A
Thank you. I have trying for the past 4 years. I am on Champix.
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
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
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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1/2/13 5:33 P
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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