quitting smoking AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

March 18, 2007 5:06am CST
I have been a smoker for sixteen years now and I have tried many times to quit. The longest being a month! I really do want to quit. I had my last ciggarrette at 8.30 this morning. An hour and a half later the psychological effects are allready kicking in to place! I feel on the edge of an anxiety attack. I am shaking. I'm light headed and dizzy! And all I can think about is that damn cigarrette!!! Please no words of it's all in your head please! I allready know this but it doesn't make it any less real! I have patches in the cupboard but they are what I used last time and I think although they gave me the best results (i quit for a whole month), I didn't get any real symptoms in the begining, so when i got them at a month it was enough to make me cave in! I shall wait until it gets almost unbearable and I would have a ciggy and I shall whack a patch on and suck through a straw! LOL! If anyone has any other ideas I shall be eternally greatful! Happy mothers day to me!
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15 responses
@sigma77 (5384)
• United States
19 Mar 07
If you can live with the damage that you are doing to yourself by smoking, go ahead and light up another. The choice is yours. You always have a choice to live your life how you want. You don't want to hear that it is in your mind, so just where is the idea that you have to keep smoking come from? Your heart? The reason you keep on smoking is that you are not aware of what you are doing most of the time. I bet that after 16 years, it is so automatic that you don't even think about lighting up...that you do it and then can't remember going through the steps. See yourself from within living a smoke free life, if that is what you want. If not, quit pretending and go back to smoking. You do have the power to make the choice to continue or to quit. The pain of quitting will last a short time. The benefits of quitting now, will last a lifetime. Which is more important to you? By quitting for good, you may be around to celebrate many more Mother's days, and isn't that something you want for yourself? You are deserve to live a healthy and happy life. Again, the choice comes down to you. The question is whether or not you are going to let that ciggy control your life, or are you the one in control?
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@magnel (2263)
• India
19 Mar 07
I guess you have many other ways to quit ciggarettes... you can even take help from the recreation centers which have been proved successful over the years in helping many to quit such habits... All the best my friend...
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@oarnamav (2708)
• India
18 Mar 07
My dear mummyofthree! I am ever ready to celebrate your act if really acted on someday. I have seen so many assuring something like this a nd again go to the same pit. "quitting smoking AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!" A shouting like this will not be taken seriously by anybody unless brought into practice. all the close people who love you so much will admire your determination a lot, provided you really mean it. I assure you one thing you sure can do this only if you only have to deside and do it. Wishing you a success in your determination my friend, and God to will bless you for this. All the best from oarnamav.
@soccermom (3198)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I'm on day three of the lozenge routine mummy. I have broke down and smoked once. I'm hoping it works this time. I know this sounds nuts, but eat a banana when you want to smoke. There's something in bananas that's supposed to help with nicotine withdrawals. It's helped me, but everyone is different. Good luck mummy! We can do this!!
21 Mar 07
I have been told pure orange juice also has the same effect! Unfortunately I don't like it! Good luck!
@msk123 (80)
• India
19 Mar 07
To quit smoking is difficult but not impossibles.
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19 Mar 07
Thank you for all your wonderful advice! I am sure I can do it this time and am doing really well so far!
@porgie (268)
• United States
18 Mar 07
there is only one way! just do it! QUIT! that's what I did 3 years ago...
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@msk123 (80)
• India
19 Mar 07
You are absolutely correct.
@moreinfo (3865)
• China
19 Mar 07
not decided to quit yet. but good luck to you.
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@jhartana (1085)
• Australia
19 Mar 07
I know quitting smoking sounds hard for you, especially if you're already addicted to it. I have never smoke before and in my whole life I've seen friends trying to quit it but it proves hard for them. My best friend was a heavy smoker, he smokes like 12-15 butts every day. Since I have told him that smoking not definitely good for his health, he reduce the frequency of smoking and finally after some 8 months he finally quit...all he got to do is to have willingness to quit.
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@jessem39 (14)
• Australia
19 Mar 07
Hi mate. Ive got a topic that will help you quit smoking :) I wrote it and it got published. I hope you enjoy it www.healthmad.com/addiction/smoking--the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly.17058 Hope this Helps :D
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• Philippines
19 Mar 07
you have to engage in sports or mountain climbing or any activity that requires endurance especially of your respiratory system. i have tried that in 6 months.. so, in 6 months i hadn't smoked. unfortunately, since i quit being physically active, i again smoke like a chimney.. let's help each other..
@akhilash (35)
• India
19 Mar 07
i am ur seniour i am 18 years old .. ilove smoking.. smoking is very kick...
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@mamasan34 (6518)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Congratulations on your decision to quit! I am planning to quit myself. The patch was the most successful attempt for me as well. Trust me it is not all in your head. Nicotine addiction is quite physical. You my friend are going through withdrawals. With the patch, you must gradually taper off using the 21 mg first, 14 mg, then the 7mg. It took my friend several months to taper down but he has been quite successful. He is completely off of the patch now and doing great! I am inspired by his success and will be quiting soon myself! Good luck!
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@brew2x (3094)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
I've seen a reality show about people who wants to quit smoking. I forgot the title of the show but I think you should try to join, I believe there is a prize money. I let you know once I find out about it and other details.
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@calie_j (31)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I'm right there with you; smoked for 21 yrs and have been trying to quit for the past 5 now. My record is 8 weeks and I've made it to 6 weeks a few times. As a beginning quitter all the standard advise is good. Drink lots of water, write down your reasons for quitting and read it whenever you have cravings, deep breaths, get up and do something to distract yourself. After a few attempts you learn from you mistakes and learn new ways of coping. The biggest is to not beat yourself up for slipping; it is not a failure it is just a practice for the next time which can be the quit that sticks. Getting tired of "trying again and not quitting" can be a reason to make it stick. Knowing yourself well enough to know even one will lead to regular smoking again. Hating how smoking again makes you feel after you've quit for a few days or weeks; it drains your energy, gives you headaches, makes you sick to your stomach. The embarassment of now knowing you smell like smoke cause after you've quit you smell it on others, ick. Keep telling yourself you are now a non-smoker. When you get that urge to go get a pack retrain your mind by stopping that thought and stating that is NOT an option. Stay away from smokers if the temptation is too much, I hated being one of those ex-smokers but I had to do it for me to help my quit. I hope you are still hanging in there. Good luck to us both :)
@tonyxxx (693)
• India
19 Mar 07
Hi Dear its hard to quit smoking and that too when one is smoking for last 16 yrs,try to chew a cardamom or some fennel seeds as they will take out all the flavour of the ciggarete. I have tried the combination myself and if I am chewing fennel seeds I have to throw away the ciggarate, though it may be my personal feeling but you can give it a try.