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Posts: 1,586
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

Posts: 17,186
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.

Posts: 121
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.

Posts: 37,292
1/3/13 2:46 P

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

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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!!!

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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Posts: 81
1/3/13 2:11 P

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

Posts: 2,036
1/3/13 1:36 P

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

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Posts: 720
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!

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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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Posts: 10,776
1/3/13 12:30 P

Once in a while.

Posts: 2,707
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!!!

Posts: 1,361
1/3/13 12:03 P

I did before, thank God I quit!

Posts: 4,212
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.

Posts: 4,998
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.

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

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1/3/13 11:25 A


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1/3/13 11:20 A

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Posts: 10,160
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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Posts: 2,240
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...

Posts: 10,160
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!

Posts: 3,539
1/3/13 10:16 A

only experimented when I was younger

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Posts: 17,938
1/3/13 9:02 A

Gave it up in 1997
Keep going

Posts: 591
1/3/13 8:43 A

Don't need it

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Posts: 11,597
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.

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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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Posts: 2,953
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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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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Posts: 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.

Posts: 121
1/3/13 4:46 A

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

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!

Posts: 514
1/2/13 5:59 P

good luck! and keep posting for support

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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Posts: 1,074
1/2/13 5:49 P


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!

Posts: 3,667
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

Posts: 121
1/2/13 5:33 P

Thank you.

Posts: 121
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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Posts: 3,751
1/2/13 5:28 P

Super Congraulations emoticon

Posts: 121
1/2/13 5:24 P

Thank you.

Posts: 1,010
1/2/13 5:24 P

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

Posts: 121
1/2/13 5:23 P

Yes it is.

Posts: 121
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.

Posts: 13,644
1/2/13 4:56 P

Good for you! Keep up the good work

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

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

Posts: 526
1/2/13 4:42 P


Posts: 121
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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