Quitting Smoking?

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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
I have been smoking for about 25 years and I know I need to quit. Over the years, I have tried patches, lozenges, gum, quitting cold turkey (not pretty), "weaning" myself off of them (ha) and hypnosis. I just can't give them up! Even though I know it is a disgusting habit I stll really enjoy smoking. Even paying over $5 a pack doesn't make me quit. Plus my mom and both of her parents died of emphysema and my dad and both of his parents died of cancer, and I still am smoking. shakehead
If there are any ex-smokers out there, how did you quit? I would appreciate any input.
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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I would like to quit too Arrunk, I had quit cold turkey in the 90's and stopped for four years. My husband got lung cancer and I got stressed and started again. Talk about dumb...

Today here the cigs are over 7.00 a pack. Talk about dumb again. I wish I didn't like it. I tried Chantix. I think it would have worked if I would have tried harder. It does give you that good feeling of not needing anything to cope. So maybe you should give that a try. The only side effects I found was slight nausea and that only lasted a few minutes. So it is worth a try. I have a friend that was hypnotized and hasn't smoked since. So I guess it works for some of us.

Good luck, and take care.

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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Quitting smoking is difficult. I quit 23 years ago at the age of 35. I had smoked for 17 years
and was a two pack a day smoker when I quit. Walking became my cure. I quit cold turkey
and I became grouchy and anxious. Walking was my release. My whole life had to change...
How many things included smoking?...driving...drinking coffee...talking on the phone...it
was desert after a meal and so many other things.

The way I quit was... my then 12 year old daughter asked me to quit and I told her I would
quit on my birthday which was coming up the following week. She said "Do you promise?"
and I answered yes. I knew I could not go back on my promise. My last cig was 11:45 PM
May 13, 1987. It was very hard, I cryed in the shower... was irritable for a few weeks but
in the end I became a non smoker. Making that promise to my daughter was the key and
the fact that I replaced smoking with walking. In the beginning I was walking numerous
times a day and I didn't have fibro then. There are times I will smoke in my dreams and
wake up feeling guilty.

No one would of believed that I would of quit, but in my heart of hearts I knew I was ready.
Hoping you both can kick the habit. Wishing you the best.

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I like you rich have tried many times to quit. I have tried the patches, the gum, the wellbutrin, cold turkey, and the latest try was the electronic cigarrettes. The electronic ones I almost think I made it but then they kept breaking down and it was getting more expensive than buying the cigs. I dont know maybe deep down i enjoy it too much to give it up. Like you said it is a disgusting habit, but its mine. lol Good luck with quitting I hope you find something that works.

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   Posted 6/6/2010 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
It is a strange feeling to dream you are smoking after you have quit. I quit for four years. One night I dreamed that I was smoking and I too felt guilty about it.

Anybody who is trying to quit, just don't quit quiting. It is a nasty habit that I share with you. But I enjoy it unfortunately. I will quit someday and in the meantime, I will keep trying to quit. Change of lifestyle is hard. But it could save our lives. We should all try to quit together!

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 6/6/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Aaaahhh, I went through what you have been going through...including the hypnosis to quit smoking.  I, too, loved to smoke, especially that cigarette after meals, and only gave it up because I wanted to see my children grow up.  I had chronic bronchitis and would get walking pneumonia several times a year.

One time, when I was just getting over a bout with walking pneumonia, I reached for a cigarette and a little voice in my head said that I would not see my children grow up if I continued smoking.  I was a 2 1/2 pack a day smoker.  I'd light one cigarette off the other!  Anyway, my children were 4, 3, and 10 months old.  So, I made a quality decision.  I was GOING to quit this time. 

I threw out all my cigarettes.  I flushed old cigarette butts down the toilet, including those in the car ash trays, and cleaned all ash trays.  Before, when trying to quit, I had gone out to the car and smoked any old butt that was in the ash tray....and they weren't all my cigarette butts!  Yuck!  But that is how addicted I was so this time I decided to eliminate that temptation. 

I did wonderfully well....for the first two hours.  Then the cravings started and I thought, "Here we go again!"  But, I do have a very strong faith in God so I stopped dead in my tracks, bowed my head, and asked God to take away the craving...and He did!  I had to do this many times over the next couple of weeks but then the cravings came less and less.  Now, I can't stand to be around cigarettes.  I don't know how I ever breathed that into my lungs!  I quit on January 16, 1979 and haven't touched a cigarette since.  Funny how you wil remember that day!

So, you can do this.  You just have to make up your mind that this is it.  You WILL quit.  It's amazing what we can do when we put out mind to it.  That even includes fibro pain!  So, give it a try.  Don't let the negative thoughts get in your mind, like, "I can't do this."  You CAN do this.  Just make that quality decision.

I'll keep you in my prayers and let us know how it is going for you.  Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for yourself.


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   Posted 6/6/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I really appreciate all of the input. Basically I think I am just going to have to pick a date and stick to it. I did look in to the electronic cigarettes, but two of my co-workers tried them and they just didn't seem to work. I didn't think it would be worth the expense. My problem is that I really like to smoke, but I really think it is getting to be time to quit. I just have to figure out how to go about doing it. idea
Again thanks for your help! Have a great remainder of the weekend.
Dx with Fibromyalgia, depression, sciatica-Feb 2010, carpal tunnel, arthritis in lower back-May 2010; IBS-2007; RLS-2006; Tachycardia-1999. Probable RA-going back to rheumatologist in July. Falling apart!

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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I smoked pretty heavy for about 10 years, and failed miserably at quitting several times. It's definitely pleasurable - nothing like a drink in one hand and a ciggie-butt in the other! I even smoked when I rode my bike! Then when I had kids, I cut down to under 5 a day. After doing that for a few years, quitting wasn't that bad. I was probably grouchy and anxious for a few days, but that's all I remember (my husband remembers his exact quitting day, but of course I don't :)

I haven't touched one in over twenty years. I know what you mean, Sherrine, I can't stand it now, either.

You can do it, Richard. You just gotta wanna bad enough! Think about it, dream about it all you want, but just don't put it in your mouth!!
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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I was never a smoker, but my husband quit 13 years ago this month. He used the patches for awhile and was able to stop. He had tried unsuccessfully several times before. He nearly started again a few months after quitting, because of his work being stressful. Many of his co-workers also smoked, and the odor of the smoke made his cravings worse. Finally, our doctor prescribed wellbutrin to him for the cravings, and this helped get him through the rough spots. Talk about grouchy, when he first quit, he was even yelling at our cat for making too much noise when she was walking across the kitchen floor.

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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Arrunk,
I'm a non-smoker who is now allergic to them. My Dad was a chain smoker when I was growing up and he passed away last year
with about a quarter lung capacity. My other half was a smoker for about 45 years and I told him many years ago if he didn't
quit he would have lung problems. The drs got him to quit smoking as he now has emphazemia and nodules on his lungs and if
he didn't he would probably be facing lung cancer. Even seeing the effects of it on others like my voice loss and my grandaughters
asthma, my other grandaughter's hearing loss wouldn't do it. But the big C looming in the future did. We were lucky in that he
didn't smoke around us.

In my herbal book they use licorice root to help with the cravings. Prescription for Natural Healing is a good book to check into.
Good Luck.

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   Posted 6/6/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Arrunk!

I applaud you and others who have even tried to quit smoking. I've never been a smoker but my mother was from the time she was about 23 until her death at 83...which was from smoking. I watched her try to quit several times. The first time she did her blood pressure went sky high and the doctor finally said, "I can't say that quitting smoking is good for you with your BP that high." He implied she was better off to just keep smoking and that's what she did...even when congestive heart failure set in. I was so awful to watch her try to walk from the sofa to a char only 10' away. She would have to stop to get more oxygen so she could make the trip.

But finally she had a massive heart attack and even though they were barely able to get a stent into the vein it only prolonged her life a short while longer...and that life didn't have much quality left. One thing I always did tell her though...she felt bad failing when she tried to quit. Especially when she had taken a bad fall and was laid up in a rest home for 2 months where no smoking was allowed. When she came home it was about 6-7 days and she returned to her cigs. But when she had to ask me to buy them for her I knew she was on the bottom and was mortified that she had to ask her own daughter to get them. She knew I didn't want her to smoke but...I told her that we didn't love or not love a 'smoker', but that we loved her for who she was. And if smoking brought her comfort, especially after dad passed away, then I certainly wasn't going to think any less of her for smoking.

We all have our vices...unfortunately mine is often food. When I'm stressed or hurting in my heart I turn to the kitchen and food. It's a nasty cycle but it doesn't seem any worse than smoking at some level. Both are viciously hard to stop! Mom smoked and I overeat. I've had gotten down to a healthy weight for many years but in the past year or so as the stress level has mounted around some families members I've put back on some of those I lost. So you see, any type of addiction is very hard to get under control.

I do wish you all well and pray that you are able to quit if that's what you desire. But just like I told my mother, I'm not here to judge you or love you less if you smoke. It's the person inside that I care about. But if you want to try and quit, then I'll be here to offer support for that too.

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