I need your help - please tell me how you quit smoking

@lreddell (172)
United States
April 14, 2007 6:16pm CST
It's been almost 30 years since I began smoking. I can't tell you how much I regret even starting. Although I've tried numberous times to quit, and have failed every time. I've tried cold turkey, the patches, and gum. Nothing worked. My 16 year old son has started smoking, and I cannot even tell you how guilty I feel. Would have he started smoking if I wasn't a smoker? Probably not. I have spoken to my doctor - again - about stopping the "coffin nails". He told me about a new medication on the market. He said that 8 out of 10 people that he prescribed the medication to have quit - permanently. The name of the drug is Chantix. Has anyone heard of Chantix or used it to quit? I'd like to hear your stories of quitting, regardless how you did it. Please help me help myself. Hugs. PS Chantix will cost me a hundred dollars a month, (for at least 3 months) but it will be well worth it. I can pay for it by using the money I spend on cigaretes :)
2 responses
@beaniegdi (1966)
14 Apr 07
You will give up so don't feel that the battle is lost already. I gave up about 10 years ago and am thankful that I did. Don't worry that you have tried more than once, just keep trying as sometimes it takes a while for our brains to cotton on to the fact you want to give up, which is why it can take a few tries, believe me you will do it. I haven't tried the medicine that your doctor recommends, I used the gum but wanted to give up finally as I was developing a smokers cough and was worried for my health. There is a system you can buy and I think it would work out cheaper, my brothers girlfriend bought it my brother at christmas and he gave up right away, he didn't even want to give up but once he listened to the tape he didn't want to smoke anymore and it didn't bother him. It is called the easy way and the guy who developed the system used to be a 100 a day man before he came up with this. Maybe your son would listen with you to give you support and then he might give up as well. http://www.allencarrseasyway.com/
@oldiebut (859)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
Well the closest I ever came to quitting was when I got a Zyban prescription. That still didn't work but I did stop for about a week, by far the longest I have quit in 29 years or so. Shoot me!. I like to smoke, there's no real way for me to quit.
@lreddell (172)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Yes, I like to smoke too. I think the reason I have failed in the past is because, in the end, I like it. I know it is affecting my health. And my childrens health. Its so frustrating.