I have hopefully smoked my last cigarrette

@sharone74 (4839)
United States
June 6, 2009 9:56pm CST
Today is the day that I have been looking toward with trepiodation for the last 20+ years. This morning I smoked what I am hoping will be my last cigarrette. I am trying to kick the habit. I am 34 years old. In fairly good health,(no known health problems except I am myopic (nearsighted) and kidney stones) I am well within the wight range for my height, and I excercise on a daily basis (my main reason for quitting) I am not quitting for my blood pressure which is not even a little high. In fact it's really odd, the main reason that I am trying to quit is that I just don't like it anymore. I could name a very long list of reasons why I should quit, and a number of benefits to be had for quitting, however being honest with oneself is the most important thing and I just have lost a liking for the taste or the smell of cigarrettes. The light bulb didn't just pop on and I was suddenly able to read and comprehend the warning on the side panel of a pack of smokes. I could recite the same two lists throughout most of the years that I have chosen to smoke, in spite of these things. To be honest with you, until about 6 months ago, I didn't envision myself ever truly trying to quit smoking, just because its something that I did and that I thought that I enjoyed. Isn't that odd? Well anyway wish me luck. If you have any recommendations, especially if you 420, to help curb the cravings. Because the one I am now willing to give up 420 I doubt that I ever will. But then again never say never, right?
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@NettyB (336)
• United States
7 Jun 09
GOOD FOR YOU! YEAH! YOU CAN DO IT! I quit on March 20th, 2009. I used the patch and am doing good. I did not quit for health reasons. I quit because of the price..over $5.00 pack here now..silly! I took up knitting (LOL) I have made 14 scarves and am working on a afghan and just finishing up a baby blanket. I am spending the cig $$ on yearn! ROFL! What am I going to do with all of those scarves??? (just in case you are wondering) I am going to try to sell them this fall, if I cannot, I will donate them to the Police Dept. for their Christmas program.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
7 Jun 09
It is wonderful to hear what you have accomplished, Netty. I am sure your health will benefit from smoking anyway. Sounds like you are even having fun. What a selfless idea to donate the scarves. You are to be highly congratulated on your success and for helping others with your testimony.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I meant "I am sure your health will benefit from not smoking."
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Hey there netty. Good for you. I am glad to finally hear from someone who stopped smoking using the patch. As for all the knitting, you have plenty of time b4 fall to knit another few for the policemen and you could sell them online on ebay or one of those sites. A lot of people love hand knitted or hand made items, scarves make great holiday gifts, and any of the money you make you can use to buy more yarn, then turn around and do it all again! Smoking may have created an extra income for you. So are you completely done with the patches? I know a guy who was on them for 3 years, he finally gave up on quitting and is now smoking more than ever.
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
I support you with your decision and i know you can make it. I just hope that i can also do that again. I started smoking again last month, its been two years that i stopped. But now that i started, every day i always said it will be my last but up to now i still doing it. I just hope i can say my final goodbye to smoking. GO GO GO stop smoking.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Charlen, you did it before and you can do it again. Your mind just has to be in that "special" place to do so. Just keep thinking that you did it before and you know you can do it. When it is the right time you will definitely be able to do so. Meanwhile, it is great you can share your story with others. Even quitting for 2 years is a success.
• Hong Kong
7 Jun 09
That's so sad that you start to smoke after trying quit smoking. My dad said he would quit smoking ten years ago, but he finally fails, he still smokes nowadays and obviously smoke less frequent than before. But I do know many people quit smoking quite easily, even they are heavy smokers.
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
10 Jun 09
I know very few smokers who have even made an attempt at modifying their behavior (i.e. smoking) and the one that I do know that tried to quit has tried 3 times to quit and he is now a chain smoker smoking two packs a day. Like Momiecat said Charlen, when you get ready to quit you will, you have to be in that special place and you have to be ready. Don't beat yourself up about starting the habit again. The guilt over starting again and the fact that you will have to go through the withdrawls again can often be the reason that people don't make the attempt again. Please don't make that mistake.
@magilives (261)
• Australia
7 Jun 09
Congratulations... you are giving up for exactly the right reason... because you want to. I have given up a number of times and had the most success when I decided that I just didn't want to smoke again. Sadly there came times in my life that caused me to take up smoking again but I know that when I decide that I want to give up again I will be able to. If you like exercise, try going for a walk when you get a craving. Sometimes just taking deep breaths and concentrating on your breathing can help. Keep busy, and keep your mind busy. Go somewhere where you can't smoke like a cinema or restaurant etc. That's all the tips I can think of for now. Good luck! Stay strong.
• Australia
7 Jun 09
If you feel you need to put something in your mouth, snack on carrot and celery sticks. This will help you to not put on too much weight from quitting.
• China
7 Jun 09
i agree with you . it seems that you have succeeded quiting your habit.keeping busy is really a good thing and keeping your mind busy can make your stop thinking your appetite.
@John4Christ (1598)
• India
7 Jun 09
Hey congrats, you have quit smoking for good now, don't even think about going back......i was a smoker once and had been smoking since a very tender age(teenage.....the day i had quit few years back, i always got the temptation to smoke again........"just once" was the word that always came to my mind......but trust me if you make it to that once you can never quit smoking......the right time is now.......since you have decided to quit smoking, stick to it......you may find it difficult for few days to come, but if you endure it now, there's a long way to go my friend.......i have not touched smoke since past so many years inspite of me being a total addict......keep yourself motivated and importantly stay away from people who feel smoking has no harm and is the most coolest thing to do........
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Thanks for responding. Boy there are a lot of ex smokers on this site! I think this is great! I have my very own network of people who have gone through this and come out the other side. Obviously quitting didn't kill you, and all of these responses from people who managed to quit give me hope and in a way a lifeline to grab for when I feel like I can't take it, I need a ciggy. Even though the craving lessens, I have discobered that the desire to have something between your lips remains just as strong. I have managed to thrwart this with sunflower seeds and sometimes the eraser end of a pencil. The desire doesn't fade. I just realize how silly I look, put the pencil aside, and get back to doing what ever I am doing.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Your decision to quit is an admirable one. We all realize that there are detrimental effects of smoking although it is easy to get hooked on it and dependent on it. It sounds like you are in the right mental place to quit at this time. Your desire has to come from deep within. You may be able to influence others and help others to do the same from your example. My father-in-law and sister-in-law smoke. I wish they would get to that special place where they can find strength from within to quit. I keep hoping. Best of luck with your choice. I know you can do it!
@rizam03 (32)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
hi! i am wishing you well for that strong decision...it means that you love yourself! why not?! take care!
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
10 Jun 09
I have always loved myself. It is a tough activity, the decision is the easy part. It is the following through and gutting it out that proved difficult for me until I started doing the nicotine transdermal patches.
@northway (53)
• China
7 Jun 09
I am very glad to hear you saying this,hope the last cigrrette will be really your last cigrrette.I was a smoker too and just have quited it. i started smoking since i was 20years old and lasted for 7 years and finally quit. quiting smoking is not a easy thing and always need you making up your mind strongly.you say the main reason that you trying to quit smoking is that you don't like anymore,I don't think so.GOOD LUCK!
@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Good luck, my aunt quit smoking about 3 years ago and she hasn't smoked a ciggarette since. She said the best way to do it is to take it one day at a time and she said she went through gum like it was candy. Good luck :-)