Have you tried to quit smoking?

@vonne28th (1494)
Philippines
July 7, 2007 10:14pm CST
I think most of you want to quit and many of you have tried; in fact on average an individual will have 7 quit attempts before they are finally successful for good. But every time you quit, even for a few hours or days, or weeks,you have given yourself a gift. You have stopped sucking in poisons for that time period, and you have given your body a rest. That rest period is a chance to heal, for cells to repair themselves. Here are some interesting facts.==Within 20 minutes after your last smoke your blood vessels begin to relax again and your blood pressure and heart rate both decline.==Within 12 hours the level of carbon monoxide, a poison from smoking,has returned to normal. (Our bodies produce carbon dioxide as a part of normal metabolism and it is exchanged with oxygen when we breathe. The presence of carbon monoxide interferes with that exchange).==From the moment you quit,take a shower,and change your clothes you stop smelling like an ash tray, and you gain a degree of control over your habit. You can say to yourself,"I am no longer a smoker," and mean it. Imagine how that might feel. Tobacco companies and the addictive ingredients that they place in cigarettes to keep you coming back for the next one no longer control you. And lastly, Take a deep breath--it feels good whether or not you're inhaling that smoke..
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9 responses
@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
9 Jul 07
In my recent effort to quit smoking, I failed again. Every time I have tried before I ended up in inclining to that bad habit. And I quite agree within a day or two I can feel the difference. Still I just can't help but to resume smoking. I really want to quit smoking now. I'll post here if I at all be successful to quit smoking. Anyway thanks for this good topic.
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
Always remember that nicotine is addictive, so it's bound to be difficult to wean yourself off. But difficult doesn't mean impossible, and your health and the health of those around you can only benefit once you have stubbed out the habit for good. But anyways, i'll be waiting for your reply very soon and hoping for your own good. Thanks a lot for your nice comment. Good luck!
• India
9 Jul 07
I may not be treated as addictive in the strict sense as I can easily quit smoking for couple of days. But anyway, under certain stressful situation I inclined to my old bad habit. Thanks for your suggestion. I'm also desperately trying to come out of this bad addiction and I've been able to reduce my intake-frequency over the last few months.
• India
9 Jul 07
have u tried to qiut smoking ? no not yet but trying to do it as my dogi says haah yes my dog speaks to me that i sholud leave somking as whenevr i smoke he braks at me ! and when i discard it he becomes quite nice na
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
May be your dog really bothers when you smoke and smells terribly bad on you coz dogs has a very sensitive smell, y'know..lol. I just think that maybe it will be the one reason that you will stop smoking..hehe..Thanks
@Booffy (364)
• Australia
8 Jul 07
i smoked for about 40 years before giving up last december, I did it "cold turkey" but then i had one really big health scare caused by smoking. I would never say I'm an ex smoker... i say at the moment i'm choosing NOT to smoke ... and one thing i did find out ... as you say is the smell ... had no idea how bad it was.
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
40 years was so long after you quit smoking that easy, good for yah Boofy. Smells very bad i think..hahaha. Thanks a lot for responding.
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
8 Jul 07
I have lost count of how many times I have tried to quit and yet again I am trying..I have put a patch on this morning so I will see how long I last..
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
Try it hard..and i hope it would last..thanks
• India
8 Jul 07
I won't smoke, so i don't want to give a try to quit smoking.
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
That's very good to know..just continue to be healthy. Thanks for responding.
@derek_a (10903)
8 Jul 07
Although as a therapist I have helped people quit smoking since 1976, I smoked myself until New Year's Eve, 1979. I suddenly realised that I was slowly killing myself. My mouth tasted awful, I had little energy, I coughed throughout the days and had no incentive to get fit. And I was telling others of the dangers! I was ready to quit completely - the only way as far I am concerned - and have never smoked since. After a short while I stopped coughing and took up jogging and started playing tennis again. I have written an article on my website about quitting for those who are interested - http://ayrehypnotherapy.com/quitsmoking.html
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
I am so glad for you. It is never that easy to quit your vices especially when you are used of it. And just continue to encourage other to stop coz you may save their lives out of dangers of smoking. That's a very good habit. I will surely read your article on this site,thanks for referring and for the response. Keep up the good work derek!
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@icedventi (156)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I quit once I found out I was pregnant. That was the only motivation I needed. I'll admit I had some cravings but nothing too strong. I didn't get headaches or whatever. I picked it back up after I had the baby, mostly out of boredom since I'm at home all day everyday. My husband has started talking about quitting again (he also quit while I was pregnant) so within the next few weeks we might try to give it up again.
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
The pregnant mom has a greater risks of having diseases than to the ones who are smoking coz they inhaled the smoke coming out from those who are smoking. But it's good to know that your husband quit when you are pregnant. I wish you both conquered your vices of smoking for your children's health. Thanks a lot for sharing.
@mymytri (2032)
• India
8 Jul 07
hi vonne.You have collected and posted some good information to the persons who wanna quit smoke.Really i hate the people who smoke and force them to stop that habit.I will tell them to read your post for more information.:-).R u a medical student vonne...I wonder how you collected this information.descriptive one.
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
It is an overwhelming message mymytri,lot of thanks. Yep! i am working as a medical transcriptionist. Everyday i encounter different diseases and how terribly they got those. It just my work and hobby that i collect a lot of informations about health, diseases, and how to encourage the person to change into good habits. Thanks
• United States
8 Jul 07
7 quit attempts? Wow!! I got pregnant with my son and quit the moment that I found out. That was almost 7 years ago. I haven't smoked since. My husband is in the process of trying to quit. The stuff that he's supposed to take isn't covered on our insurance so he'll have to wait to get it.
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
Wow! that's great to know that you tried to quit smoking in just one attempt. Actually,that would really hard for those who really used of smoking since. You are surely a good mom to your child coz you did it without any hesitations. Good for you both. I wish your husband too! Thanks for responding.