Quitting Smoking

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badfish
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   Posted 12/16/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi every1 im trying to give up smoking need all the help, advice and encouragement i can get...
 


getting by
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Try not to say that you quit, just say I haven't had one since... It takes the stress off. And instead of quiting smoking, I am getting healthy. That also helps.

Best of luck to you. I know that is a hard thing to do,. I still smoke. If you mess up and smoke, don't get upset about it, just try not smoking again. Keep on keeping on. You can do this.


Also if you do smoke, do nothing else at the time but smoke. You will find yourself butting them early. so often we smoke when we are doing other things.

Hugs, Karen
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Nanners
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I quit smoking myself almost 9 years ago. I did it cold turkey after smoking for almost 29 years. It was the hardest thing I ever did, but I feel so much better now that I quit. What I did was slowly start reducing the amount I smoked, then I started changing brands and slowly weaned myself off and then quit. I wish you all the luck in the world, I know you will feel so much better and have a little extra change in your pocket too.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/16/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Check in with your physician as there are new ways to help you get through the withdrawal you may have from the smoking.

Studies have shown that nicotine addiction is as hard to break as heroin or cocaine addiction.

Get help -- lots of it. Get into a good program, or better yet, a combination of more than one.

Call your local branch of the American Cancer Society, or the American Lung or Heart Associations. All have inexpensive and effective, mainstream programs.

Other top of the line, physician-endorsed methods: nicotine replacement and Zyban. The nicotine patch or gum are now available over-the-counter at any pharmacy. The anti-depressant Zyban and nicotine inhaler require a prescription.

I used to smoke but quit when our youngest was born 36 years ago.......... 

My sister quit smoking last January after 44 years of smoking.

You can do this.

Kitt 

 

 


 

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percycat
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   Posted 12/16/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, badfish, good luck to you!

percycat

Mazfire
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   Posted 12/16/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   

good luck to you, badfish! i quit 4yrs ago and i wont lie- i still think about having a cigarette EVERY day. the cravings are still there. for me, i went cold turkey. I was smoking a pack a day- and one day i simply threw them in the trash and walked away. i personally didnt use gum or patches, i just used the sheer force of my will. i also avoided seeing friends that smoked around me and avoided pubs/clubs until i knew i wouldnt cave in.

you CAN do this, i used to nurse in oncology- some of the forms of cancer i saw there as a direct result of smoking were awful. the sooner you quit, the sooner your body repairs the damage you have done.

sending you ((((( Hugs )))))) stay strong, keep us posted

Maz XX


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Nanners
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   Posted 12/16/2008 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Maz I did just like you did too, cold turkey and never used any gum or patches either. My personal opinion is why put more nicotine in your body when you are trying to get it out of your system. Badfish maybe that is something to keep in mind, but if you do need them, the are always available. I also did ALOT of research on the net and found many good articles etc. GOOD LUCK!
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Green Grove
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   Posted 12/16/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Badfish :)

I also quit cold turkey this year. It was really not that difficult for me. I still think about a cigarette from time to time, but it isn't like a feeling of freaking out if I don't have one :) Not quite that dramatic so don't scare yourself before you get started :)

The best of luck to you. You can do it!!! Just think about the less anxiety you will feel from getting rid of it :) It does help a lot :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
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ocean1
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   Posted 12/16/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi badfish and best of luck to you.  I have tried to break this habit three separate times now (longest was for almost 7 months).  Talk with your doctor.  There are things you can do to help ease the withdrawals (patch, nicotine gum, etc. but do it with doctor's approval).  Also, when I quit, I did a search for "quitting smoking forums" and there are several online support forums that are absolutely wonderful and I couldn't have done the 7 month quit without it.  I understand how hard this is and as said "it is harder to quit nicotine than heroin or cocaine" is how my doctor has put it to me.  I am hoping to soon join the "getting healthy" group and quit.  I have tried a different route this time - cutting down - I am down to 3 a day.

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stkitt
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Guys and Gals,

I should have explained my post a bit better. My husband went cold turkey  once and he went into withdrawal, his anxiety was on the ceiling, he was broke out in cold sweats and his heart was tripping fast.  He was trembling so I called his physician and he said due to the amount of smoking he did he was having withdrawal.  He prescribed a little Xanax for him to get him through the first week and then he did ok.

He was also agitated and could not remember where I said I was going so some people do have problems.  If you can go cold turkey, more power to you.

My hubby was only in his early 40's and he smoked a couple of packs per day.

I meant no offense toward those that can go cold turkey and do a great job of working through it.

Kitt


 

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Green Grove
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   Posted 12/16/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I did not know that cigarettes could really do that to people Kitt. . . After learning this, I would just like to add that you should contact you PCP before quitting smoking. It sounds like it can be really hard for some people. I'm just glad it was no big deal for me :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
Sam
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 12/17/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Morning Sam,

My Mother went cold turkey a bazillion years ago and she was smoking Camels, no filtered.  I have a feeling she calmed her self down with a beer devil   That is one thing I gave her great credit for.

Kitt


 

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