Quit Smoking?!

@mzz663 (2781)
United States
September 15, 2009 12:10am CST
I'm curious if any of you have ever been heavy smokers and if you quit, how long you have quit and how did you quit? I've asked a lot of people how they quit, especially ones that say that they quit a long time ago and the majority of the answers I get are cold turkey...is it the same for you or did you use a patch, gum or pill?
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5 responses
• United States
16 Sep 09
I'm not really a heavy smoker--about a pack a day. Even though I don't smoke as much as some of you, I'm just starting to realize how addicted I am. Last summer I tried to quit cold turkey, and by lunchtime I was going crazy and ran to the store for cigs. In January I promised myself I'd quit smoking this year. I tried again last month and only made it a day. I think that next time I try to quit, I'll need to use the gum or the lozenges, because I can't do this cold turkey. It would help if my husband would try to quit with me, because with him smoking it is just too much of a temptation for me.
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@mzz663 (2781)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I hope you succeed! I know trying to quit with someone else around that smokes makes it harder, especially when they light up without thinking about it around you. When I know someone is trying to quit, I don't usually light up around them. The ex, at one point had tried quitting and I was still smoking and he would get home and check to see if he could smell the smoke from me smoking. I smoked in a little room we had and he would go in and check and then ask for a smoke, saying he knew that I had some in there somewhere. Other than that time period, he never went in that room.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I am a fairly heavy smoker and have quit a few times in the past. I quit cold turkey without using anything. I have tried the gum before but it did not work good for me at all.
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@mzz663 (2781)
• United States
16 Sep 09
When you quit, what makes you pick them up again? What kind of withdrawal symptoms do you have?
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@mattivdw (46)
• Antarctica
15 Sep 09
I quit smoking a long time ago. You must have the will to stop smoking and have some friends who support you but don't depend to much on them. You are the one that has got to make the step. Proof yourself to the world that you can quit smoking. good luck x
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@mzz663 (2781)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Well I'm glad you quit smoking! You're still young and I'm guessing you hadn't been smoking very long before you quit....I'll just say I have a daughter your age and I've been smoking since I was 10 years old. Don't pick the habit back up again, it just gets harder to give them up the next time.
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• United States
15 Sep 09
Yea, my ex quit cold turkey and he had been smoking for years. Me, I am a off and on smoker but this time I want never to go back because the last bout of smoking left me feeling just awful and I knew that even while I smoked. It also encouraged laziness and it just doesn't mesh when you have kids. I am back to not smoking so far for a month usually i can manage three months but even though I have been a off and on smoker for a long time this last time I realized it was serious. I have strong cravings just thinking about it and I constantly have to be redirecting those cravings to other things. Exercise is my outlet, I know doesn't make sense, I loved both equally but more than anything I like being able to BREATH. I jog regularly but I have to tell you it wasn't easiest stopping and going back to exercise as it was in the past (I have been off and on for 4 years) and I noticed more than anything upon stopping that my lungs really suffered. I am just now beginning to feel that glimmer of hope that my lungs are back to normal and strong again but its really really hard. I used to just shrug it off like nothing like yeah, I smoke but Im not a smoker but I hate to say it now I feel like Im a smoker and I cannot give it the time of day or I'll get stuck i NEVER want to be in that predicament and though I've entertained it for this long now I know its serious and not some game to be messed with.
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@mzz663 (2781)
• United States
16 Sep 09
My Congrats! So since you're exercising in place of smoking are you losing weight or staying about the same? Do things smell & taste better? How bad were your withdrawls?
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• Canada
18 Sep 09
I don't smoke, and I never have, but my mother and step-dad used to smoke. About 12 years ago they decided to go on the niccotine patch, and that took them a few months of patches that gradually reduced the doses they would receive. Finally they were off of them alltogether.