I quit, but...

United States
June 30, 2008 8:29pm CST
I quit smoking eight months ago. At least its been that long since my last cigarette. I don't really feel as though I quit, because I want to light up so often. Do the cravings ever stop? I've stayed smoke-free so far, but I'm not all that confident that this will last forever. I suspect that, if any of my friends lit up around me, I'd want one so badly I'd ask for one. If I did smoke at all, I suspect I'd be back to a couple of packs a day right then and there. Does a person ever fully quit?
4 responses
@mnsbizz (43)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Good for you. Don't start again. Give yourself positive affirmations like you did in the beginning I am sure. Tell yourself I am not a smoker and proud of it. PROCLAIM IT. What a great accomplish you have done so far.
• United States
2 Jul 08
Thanx! I needed that.
@muxicka (216)
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
It doesn't matter whether you quit or not. If you're really going to quit, then QUIT! Then don't later on go on saying that you can't live without smoking, it's pathetic. Im also a smoker, and before I also say those kind of things. I just view things now, that it's just a stress reliever, so occasional smoking is just fine. It doesn't matter if you smoke or not, it's not a basis for your personality. But if you're going to quit smoking because of health issues, then QUIT!
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
Hi cobrateacher! Yes its possible for any person to really quit on something. Its just a matter of positive thinking and how strong your will is. To be able to do something depends on how you image or see yourself. If you see yourself being hopeless at quiting smoking, you will always have the difficulty to quit smoking. If you keep telling yourself that you can't quit smoking forever, the more you believe in it, the more deeply embedded that self-image becomes. Try to change the way you think and talk about yourself. Our self-image is like a thermostat and we continue to perform within the prescribed range. So always be a positive thinker, with anything you want to accomplish in life. Not just in terms of smoking but in all aspects of life. what we decide to be our self-image is what would reflects outside and what we will become. Have the will to quit my friend. Always say you can. Don't be afraid to face the truth that its hard, but keep telling yourself you can. Ciao!
@thuynhu (663)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I believe you can do it. You've already survived 8 months, you shouldn't give up on yourself. If you really want to stop, you will ask your friends (if their true friends) to help you out. Just remember that you don't want to have wasted the 8 months you spent not smoking to throw it away for a day. You might as well have been smoking everyday through those 8 months. But believe you can stop and it can be done. I've had friends who thought they never would and they have. Just push yourself to do it. Not smoking expands your life.