one year ago this month

United States
October 13, 2008 12:53pm CST
I am celebrating a anniversary this month! I quit smoking in October of 2007. This month makes 1 year. I have started and stopped smoking so many times. Sometimes for like 3 years then went back to it. Have you ever quit smoking? Do you smoke? Come share your story here!
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@meggan79 (436)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Congradulations!!! I am so happy your are celebrating your 1yr smoke free anniversary. I tried several times to start smoking, but thankfully it never caught on. Smoking is just a really nasty bad habbit and I am glad you were able to stop. :)
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• United States
14 Oct 08
man I wish I would have never started!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I have been a smoker for over 45 years now. I have tried numerous times to quit as well. I have done it all to try and quit. Doifferent meds and praqctices. One doesn't stop until in their mind they are ready I feel. The longest I was smoke free was a period of 8 months many years ago. Grats and keep at it. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
13 Oct 08
Wow 10,000 post grandpa Bob! Thanks so much, I hope that you your really ready to quit smoking that your able to . It is not a easy thing to do at all. I swear the temptation never leaves you!
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• United States
13 Oct 08
Yes he really does look young. like he started smoking at birth or something!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Thank you both very much for ther grats and comments on my appearance. I am 54 and started smoking at 8 or 9 I think. Hard to recall. But the males in our family all are young appearing having no hair loss as far as baldness. My forehead is starting to grow finally though. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Congratulations! How did you quit? I am a smoker and haven't really tried to stop. I did take Zyban and it worked well until I developed hives and had to quit taking it. Am allergic to something in the prescription. I'm not worried about weight gain but would eventually like to stop this nasty habit. Have been a smoker for many many years. Any suggestions?
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• United States
15 Oct 08
well, when quitting I prayed A LOT! I take deep breathes when I get the urge to smoke. I did not use anything else!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
15 Oct 08
You are amazing. Thank you for sharing.
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• United States
15 Oct 08
thanks so much, and I did smoke a pack and a half a day!
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Congratulations Louise, that is wonderful.. I too had trouble quiting and it took me probably around 10 years from start to finish to finally give them up for good..I have been smoke free for about 5 years now and I feel GREAT..
• United States
14 Oct 08
I too feel better that I have quit.. but now I have really put on the extra wait... I seem to eat less when I smoke... Now I have to get this weight off of me!
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• United States
14 Oct 08
Yes, unfortunately weight gain sometimes comes with the quiting..I was fortunate, I was not over weight when I quit and was a very active person, but yet I still gained weight, just not excessively..
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Congradulations! Stopping smoking is such a hard thing to do that every day is a cause to be happy and a year out is GREAT! No, I never smoked, but I've had on going respertory problems that smoking would've only made worse so I'm glad I saw my mom quit in like 1962 and know how hard it was so I never started. My bro did for a while in middle school/high school, but when he started coughing blood he quit.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Heavens yes! That was 40 years ago - he started and quit before he was 17!
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
14 Oct 08
After 24 years of smoking about a pack a day, i quit 4 month ago. I just told my friend at work that this will be my last smoke and it was. I quit once before for 1year or more. I hope i can make it for good this time.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
I understand that. I have been saying that I hope that I never start again!
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• United States
5 Dec 08
How is it going.. you have not started again have you?
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 08
Congratulations and keep up the good work! I was a smoker for exactly 2 weeks, then I quit and never looked back! My mom was a heavy smoker and that really turned me off of the idea.
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• United States
13 Oct 08
I am so glad for you that you never really got hooked!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 08
me too and three! :-)
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• United States
15 Oct 08
Doesn't it feel great?! I quit last Halloween, and I'm so proud. I'd quit once before, for several years, but when life slumped really severely, I went back to it. WHY??? I love being fresher-tasting and -smelling. My house and car aren't smokey, and that's lovely. Even clothes are better. Unfortunately, I've gained about a ton of exces weight, but I know I'll get rid of it. Congrats, friend!
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• United States
15 Oct 08
me too with the weight.. But the doctor did say, That is is healthier to be over weight then it is to smoke.. so one step at a time!
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I want my hubby to quit smoking (20 some years he's been smoking). He has Type 2 Diabetes and high cholesterol and needs to stop for his health. Any suggestions besides the Nicotine Gum or patch?!?
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• United States
15 Oct 08
i did not use those things.... I just figured it would be something else that I would have to quit.. Take deep breathes
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@Hatley (164647)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Oct 08
hi louiseknittle congratulations thats wonderful.I am so glad for you. I lived with my smoking husband for 34 years and after three heart attacks, the last one fatal, I saw why I have never smoked and never will. It does a number on ones heart. I would never smoke after having seen my husband suffer so. 'smoking killed all but twenty percent of his heart muscle, and it couldnt be undone.the damage was permanent.the last time he didn't have a chance. his heart was basically gone.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
That is really so sad. It is what I need to hear though to keep me motivated!
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• United States
14 Oct 08
I have never smoked. I am so thankful that I was able to live a life without smoking and drinking. I don't think I am better than anyone else, I just think that I am very fortunate to have not been affected by those type things. Congrats to you though. Praise GOD!!!!
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• United States
14 Oct 08
Yes Praise God! I could not have quit with out all His help! I wish I would have never have started!~
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@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
Hello LouiseKnittel, Wow! Congratulations....It's really something to celebrate and hopefully this time you'll never start it again, like for good. It's one of the best decisions that you made. Quitting it is really hard but you'll benefit in doing it for a lot of reasons, you'll have a better and long life and a lot more. As for me, I never tried smoking ever since. I have two brothers and two sisters and happy to share that nobody is smoking in our family including our parents.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
I wish that my brother would quit for good then we all would be smoke-free!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Oct 08
Good for you Louise! I wish I could be as disciplined. I have stopped and started many times throughout my life too and I hope that in the near future I can find the determination to stop once and for all. The longest I ever gave up smoking was for about a year and a half but I got all cuaght up in the social smoking trap and ended up a full time smoker again.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
I tell ya the temptation never leaves ya.. You have to fight it all the time! It is not easy, one of the hardest things that I have ever done!
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@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Congratulations Louise, that is great news. I never did smoke, but my husband does. I would just about do anything to get him to quit. My mom smoked while we were growing up and she quit about 5 years ago. I am very happy and proud of her because I know she had a real hard time quiting.
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• United States
13 Oct 08
It is very hard to quit. I am proud of your mom too!
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@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
13 Oct 08
Congratulation on your achievement. My boyfriend he smokes and although myself and the doctors are encouraging him to stop he is still doing it. Keep it up.
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• United States
13 Oct 08
I hope that he gets the strength to quit for good. It is not easy though.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 08
No and i'm really proud of myself.
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