Breaking A Habit

United States
February 24, 2013 4:19pm CST
I have been thinking for quite some time that I need to quit smoking. I know, it is bad for your health and that is the main reason I want to quit! I've smoked on and off (mainly on) for about 20 some years. During all three of my pregnancies I quit and then started back up after the children grew older. Now, if I can go "cold turkey" when I'm pregnant and I know I can do it again! I have several times and always end up smoking again. Not only are there health issues involved but also they are expensive and when I finally quit (again) I can save some money! Have you ever had a habit that you should quit ,and do quit, and then start the habit up? I think this time when I quit it will be for good! Even if there is a smoker that wants to give me a cigarette, I think I will say "No", cigarettes are to expensive to be sharing! I know when some one doesn't have a cigarette and I do I will give them one, but then that runs into me not having enough.
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14 responses
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
24 Feb 13
The good thing is you know its bad for you... the 2nd is if you have quit for pregnancy you can quit for any reason. Its time to decide now, if you want to quit forever. Im sure its a bad habit.. but the choice is yours. Good luck to you.
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• Mexico
24 Feb 13
Yes, I bet that makes it tough. Good luck with it.. if you decide to quit...
• Mexico
27 Feb 13
So happy for you, its for the best. keep up the good work there....
@blackrusty (3532)
• Mexico
24 Feb 13
that was a topic to me today as i am wishing to stop as well i was told to get this book " the easy way to stop smoking by allen car it is on amizon but i have not had the time to look it up yet
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• Mexico
24 Feb 13
oh i am with you smoke in one hand book in other but i have the patchs in my draw got them before i moved to mexico now they dont offer the no smoking stuff here so i have to go out on a limb and hope i dont want to go for the kneck od a person that geets on that last nerve
@nanayangel (7696)
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Hi there Stout Jodee! I was also a smoker before, but when I got pregnant, I was able to quit and I did not go back to the habit of smoking. I think I'm pretty lucky that I was able to quit smoking that easily. At least, you have a positive about it and with determination, I am sure that you will be able to quit smoking as well. Good luck!
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
24 Feb 13
Nope, but I know several people who are like this. But they don't seee it like you do. They complain but never end up quieting, even if it's denting their bank account.
24 Feb 13
same here I'm a chain smoker I usually smoke one pack a day then I started few sticks in a day then less and less each day. It's really hard to fight temptation especially when I started quitting it's been a month since my last puff replacing the smoke to a piece of candy and also thinking staying up healthy. Keep it up. There's a format online that will also help you more to inspire you to quit from smoking telling us the days not smoking and how it will cause our body and years to achieve the detoxification of nicotine from our body. Good luck!!
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
24 Feb 13
I never had a habit that I felt the need to break because it was getting out of control or too expensive. I believe if you can stop smoking while pregnant then you can do it for good. My Father smoked from the age of 17 to 58 and stopped cold turkey. However, my hubby smoked for maybe twenty years but he did it by going to an acpuncture. If he went three times that was alot. The doctor poked him with some needles then sent him home with a medal type object in the back of his ear. When he got the urge to smoke he had to press it three times. About two days later he tried to smoke and almost puked. He hasn't smoked again and can't even be around people who do. Good luck in quitting I know you can do it if you put your mind to it. Especially look at all the money you will be saving.
• United States
27 Feb 13
Thanks for the support lelin! Yes, I did it all by myself when I was pregnant and several times when I wasn't pregnant, I think the hardest part will be not smoking again. It's not so hard for me to quit when I make up my mind to quit, it's just farther down the road I might start smoking again and I don't want that!
• United States
24 Feb 13
I quit cold turkey and what helped was not being around people while they smoked. smelling it made me want one for myself. the price was a factor as well,being they cost $13.50 here and you can get them out of state for $7 on my corner.
@dorannmwin (36697)
• United States
7 Mar 13
I'm a smoker as well and I really do know that it is something that I need to quit but for me I haven't been able to do it and I think that the reason that I've had so many struggles is because of the fact that I have a lot of stress in my life and it is really difficult to give up a bad habit when you are going through a lot of stress. In your situation being that you've been able to and are still able to go cold turkey before, I think you will be able to do it but it is going to be something that will take a lot of willpower on your part.
@GreenMoo (11842)
25 Feb 13
I think the trick is to replace bad habits with good ones, otherwise our brains just think we're being deprived of something. Best of luck with it.
• United States
25 Feb 13
glad you are not smoking.. now your clothes will smell better and where you live and be able to breathe better. and save money also...that is a good thing.. stick with it ..all the money you spent on cigs. you can save it all or half and always be ahead...good decision you made...
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
I have done the same thing, too- quitting while pregnant. But always ended up going back to the habit. When I was hospitalized 2 years ago, I told myself that I would quit. Well, I stopped for 3 months, and then there I went again. It is hard really, most especially if it has been my companion when I am thinking.
• India
25 Feb 13
The good part is the realization thing. You know that it's not good for you and you have been able to quit smoking successfully. I think if you resolve to quit it forever, you can definitely do it. Saying No can be difficult at times. We all give into temptations, but then self-control is our best tool.
@GardenGerty (91049)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Feb 13
Eating out is our bad habit, and it too can be very bad for your health and very expensive. We did really well for a few months, then we traveled a lot in January and have gotten into the habit of doing so again. I know you can quit and I hope you do. Enjoy that money that you will be saving.
@AmbiePam (46173)
• United States
25 Feb 13
You can do it! You'll feel so much better.