I've gone 7 days without tobacco!

January 29, 2008 4:43pm CST
I have given up smoking for the second time and I intend to succeed this time. It's been seven days and I'm hardly using the NRT I'm not even wearing a patch now and I feel fine. My partner is also planning to quit too which is good news as when he does I can ban smoking in my flat which will get rid of the smell on my clothes and fabrics for good.
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• United States
30 Jan 08
congratulations on your attempts to quit its a step in the right way u will be saving tons of money not to forget about the health benefits i was a smoker for 15 yrs i just finally got sick of giving into my cravings for it and quit cold turkey without the help of any of the things they reccommend on tv and the internet. it was a matter of fighting the cravings thinking of the outcomes to my health that was all i needed to quit i know its difficult and thank god i did not have to run the gambit of all of the things that are out there to help that would be to costly but if it works for u then by all means stick to it. keep it up the benefits outweigh the reasons to quit its all good stay strong and god bless
30 Jan 08
Yes you notice the money you are saving straight away, unfortunately I have some kind of virus which is giving me a slight fever and bad chest at the moment so I'm not feeling much healthier really yet, I can taste smell better already though.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
31 Jan 08
for certain you will notice the money, but you will also find thingsd to spend it on , lol
@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
30 Jan 08
WTG Nancy! Quitting is one of the toughest things to do, smoking is so addictive. Keep us posted on how you are doing, we want to cheer you on!
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30 Jan 08
Last time I quit for four months but started again this time I'm not going to start again though, it's a foolish habit to have with everything we now know about the dangers.
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@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
30 Jan 08
If its any consolation, my dad quit many times but always seemed to pick it back up. My mom quit back when the surgeon general put the note first on the cigerette packages in the early 1960's. I just don't know why people still pick up the habit, as you said, everyone knows the dangers.
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• United States
30 Jan 08
Great JOB!! I wish you and your partner all the luck with quiting!! Aww...clothes and hair that doesn't smell like smoke...how I miss the days LOL (my hubby smokes).
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• United States
30 Jan 08
That really sucks!!! I'm so sorry about that :(
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@drannhh (15243)
• United States
30 Jan 08
I am so proud of you and want you to know that you CAN do this and that your life will be much richer without a "master" especially an inanimate one that costs money. Obviously it will be much easier for both of your when you are quitting together, but someone has to take the lead. Go for it.
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30 Jan 08
On days where we both tried to quit together it was just too tense this is a much better way to do it.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Congratulations. You are doing awesome. Keep up the great work. My husband quit about 2 years ago. My house and clothe smell so much better now. We have not caught nearly as many colds as we used to either.
29 Jan 08
I'm hoping I will get less respiratory infections as a result as it is horrible to always coughing up weird looking stuff and have your nose running. Mind you I'm still coughing up stuff now but the books say that's just your lungs getting all the old rubbish out.
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@crazylife (855)
• United States
29 Jan 08
That's good, I think one of the ways to stop smoking is to keep yourself busy
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29 Jan 08
Yes it certainly helps anyway, and avoiding situations that make you want to smoke.
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• United States
14 Feb 08
I'm a smoker, and I know how you feel. Wish I had the will power to quit. Congrats to you!!!!!!!!! Bravo!!!!!!!! Hope your in it for the long haul. :o)
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14 Feb 08
Hopefully so, My boyfriend is finally going to try properly today soon if he manages it it will help me to stay stopped for certain.
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• United States
14 Feb 08
That's really cool. Maybe you'll be able to breathe,taste, and smell better real soon. :o)
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
9 Feb 08
*LOL* Good for you! I think we must have quit on the exact same day! I went to a hypnotist and although I don't think being hypnotized REALLY helped, I think being desperate enough to pay $90 to relax in an uncomfortable chair while some guy talked really helped me decide to be done with it.
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11 Feb 08
I have a cassette tape with a hypnosis bit on it but I haven't used it this time around, I just used the patches and chewing gum. I must confess I've lapsed a bit too and have smoked a bit, but I have not gone back to smoking permanently so far and I can still smell and taste properly and I know how that will go away if I start smoking regularly again. Little things like that really help to stop you smoking again, stopping and thinking about how much better your body is since you stopped.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
31 Jan 08
That is fantastic! Just keep going. I have stopped now for 7 months and, although if i had one id be back to 30 a day, the need to smoke has gone and i am beginning to feel much much better and i am sure i smell much fresher blessed be
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31 Jan 08
One of the first things I noticed is how much smokers smell, weren't we fools to do it so long? I just hope I don't go back to it again.
31 Jan 08
Well done and keep going! After years of struggling, I finally managed to quit two years ago. Since then, I never looked back. I get the occasional craving, but I try to do something else to take my mind off it. I'm sure that in the end you will feel fit and your voice will improve :)
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31 Jan 08
I've failed once (I went 4 months before I started again) but now I am more determined and know I can do it so hopefully I will succeed.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
30 Jan 08
OH GOOD FOR YOU!!! thats excellent!! My husband is going to try quitting again as soon as we can afford to get him the prescription he needs for it (he's tried the patch etc and it just doesnt work).....I've even offered to keep my smoking to outside (weather permitting) and my room but he says its not necessary.....
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30 Jan 08
My partner still smokes inside but he is planning to try and quit himself on Saturday, after that I'm going to ban smoking in the Flat altogether.
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
30 Jan 08
It's a wise decision. I can only hope you'll stick with it. Most smokers pledge to quit and in two weeks are back on it... It's not good for your voice either.
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30 Jan 08
That and my health are the 2 main reasons I'm giving up, it makes your voice deeper and eventually damages your vocal chords so they are unrecognizable.
@derek_a (10898)
30 Jan 08
Congratulations on quitting smoking. I quit around 25 years ago. And I would always opt to do it without any crutches as I believe the habit is 90% psychological and only around 10% physical addiction. I just kept visualising how I was going to be better health and better wealth! :-)
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30 Jan 08
I did just go 3 days without the patches but when I went to the NHS stop smoking clinic they just gave me the next level down patches as I have had trouble sleeping since I stopped using the patches so quickly. But now I think I've actually got some kind of chesty cold thing and that's what was keeping me awake.
• United States
29 Jan 08
Congratulations to you and best of luck quitting. It is hard and you have to really want to do it. You will be amazed at the things you will be able to taste and smeel after a few months of not smoking.
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29 Jan 08
I was amazed how much further and faster I could walk without getting out of breath the last time I gave up smoking. I thought I was just really unfit but it turns out it's all the carbon monoxide in your blood that makes you out of breath. Mine went from 26 last week when I was smoking to 2 today as a none smoker.
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@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
16 Feb 08
Good for you!! It's hard, but I am sure you can do it!!
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• United States
16 Feb 08
Good for you.. i quit 22 years ago Jan30,and it was i did it for "love" but i never could do it without that extra push from my non smoking bride..lol the things we do for love? but now i have to lose the extra pounds i put on over the years..and I am doing it one day at a time..but when i do this..what will the doc say i have to lose next? lol..there is life after the smokes..but take it one day at a time...after awhile you won't even think about it..just watch the food intake..lol.
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@besthope44 (12145)
• India
22 Aug 10
Thats nice to hear..I dont smoke but i helped my friends and few of them quit smoking.