• Mon, Jun 7 2010

What Happens to Your Body If You Stop Smoking Right Now? (Update!)

 

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Hey, Blisstree Reader! We thought you might like these three new posts we just published: Can I Become An Ex-Smoker? Watch Me Try Top 7 Smoking Myths That Stop You From Quitting and What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Coke Every Day, For a Long Time.

This is the first in a series of posts by Bill from California, a Blisstree reader, former smoker, and active member of our passionate community of commenters.

Here’s an update: Before you comment, click to read Bill from California’s second and third personal essays about smoking.

Am I A Former Smoker?

Almost a year ago to this day, after roughly fifty years of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, I launched myself into a cold turkey quit. Despite the fact that my quit has been an imperfect one with warts, I consider it successful – though others may not. This post is about my quit, but mainly it’s about the many things (positive and negative) I’ve learned in the process.

Launching My Quit

By April 2009, I had tried most of the nicotine replacement therapies in various attempts to quit smoking – Zyban, gum, patches – without success. Then I heard about Champix (known as Chantix in the U.S.), which works directly with the action of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Their quit program allows you to smoke normally for one week while on Champix, then you eliminate cigarettes and continue through a several-month program.

Like my previous experiences with NRTs, this one also failed me, as I found myself still smoking cigarettes well into the second and third week of Champix. So I decided to stop everything cold turkey. No more Champix, no more cigarettes. Most importantly, I set myself a short-term goal: Ten days without adding a molecule of nicotine to my body, so that I could at least get past the chemical part of my addiction and then re-assess. Those ten days were hellish to be sure, but somehow I mustered the strength to get through them and at that point I was launched on my quit.

The First Slip

 

My wife quit smoking 25 years ago. She slips once in a while in reaction to stressful moments, but she is able to limit them. Last summer we were in the south of France for several weeks. I had not smoked since my April pledge. One afternoon, after a pleasant meal in an outdoor cafe, the French couple at the next table lighted up cigarettes.  Suddenly, and out of thin air, my wife and I had the same impulse: We bought the couple drinks and bummed two cigarettes for ourselves. It was a guilty pleasure that raised a smile, but I worried that my quit was finished. But rather than rush out, buy a pack for myself and smoke it, this time I gave the matter some thought. My choice was either to go back to regular smoking – intending to start a new quit at some undetermined moment in the future – or to declare that this time it would be different. What that meant is that this time the slip would be only a minor setback in a long-term, uninterrupted process. But what process and how to make it work? I know that continuing my cold turkey quit would not work – deprivation is not my style! So I set myself some long-term goals that seemed more realistic:

a) Do NOT slip back into regular smoking

b) Recognize and accept that I would continue to have slips, and most importantly

c) Figure out a way to control the slips so as to keep a) going.

Managing Slips

This is the most important and surely the most controversial component of my odyssey. I’ve seen that it cannot work for most, but it has worked (so far, at least) for me. Of course I resist slips, but I also allow that for me they will be inevitable – at least for the time being. When I do slip, I try to stay positive by looking back over the progress I’ve already made in avoiding a relapse into regular smoking. Only then do I buy a pack and  allow myself a few puffs from one of them. Then – and this is important – I destroy the the pack irretrievably, by wetting it down under the faucet and tossing the nineteen survivors into the trash.

I’ve learned that if I keep the 19 smoke-able survivors in the house, I will smoke them. I’ve been known to rummage through ashtrays in the past. So I don’t keep the pack. A pack of 20 cigarettes costs more than six dollars in the San Francisco Bay area, and the taxes continue to rise. So, my method is expensive enough that, after slipping, I’m not so motivated to slip again. During the past year, the frequency of my slips has varied somewhat depending on the stresses that occur, but I’ve been able to continue my imperfect control over them. I’ve learned that it’s very important for me to feel positive about what I have accomplished, and I work on that.

Negative input needs to be confronted directly and rejected. For example, I’ve been told that what I have accomplished is not a quit, but rather that I have simply cut down to a cigarette or so per week, the total of all those stolen puffs. Surely one can make that interpretation, but for me it’s better to see it in another light as an achievement – namely that I have not been a regular smoker for a full year. I have gradually come to feel confident that I will never go back to regular smoking, but freely admit that I have not yet succeeded in eliminating the slips altogether. I believe that I will eventually, and that is my goal – the ultimate prize. In the meantime, though you may disagree, I will continue to think of myself as a former smoker.

Stay tuned for Part 2 by Bill: Bias in the Public Health Community

Original Blisstree Post By Wade Meredith:

I think one of the main reasons it’s so hard to quit smoking is because all the benefits of quitting (and all the dangers of continuing) seem very far away. So here’s a timeline about some of the more immediate effects of quitting smoking and how they will affect your body right now.

  • In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
  • In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
  • In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
  • In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
  • In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
  • In 3 to 9 months coughing, wheezing, and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
  • In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
  • In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
  • In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
  • In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

So, you have more immediate things to look forward to if you quit now besides just freaking out about not being able to smoke. So quit now!

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smoking timeline

Update: Does this make you think it’s time to quit? Check out these 5 Smoking Gadgets That Might Help You Quit Smoking.

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  • http://www.city3.org Tommy

    I quit smoking. it’s been about 20 hours. So far my only tips are: get a bunch of straws. You’ve gotta stimulate that oral fixation. Also, don’t quit smoking, because it’s tough.

  • Wade

    I’ve also found sunflower seeds and an empty bottle for shells is a great oral fix.

  • keister

    You guys are going to save so much money for booze!!

  • tammera

    sunflower seeds, water…lot’s of water, blowing up a balloon, eating an apple, sucking on a licorice stick…

  • http://www.yobimbo.blogspot.com yoyogrrrl

    I quit over six months ago, after trying gum, lozenges, nicotine nasal spray (clinical trial), group therapy, and cold turkey. Finally, my doctor suggested hypnotherapy. I went to someone (a PhD) at the local University hospital – not some sideshow performer. After the first session, I was down to 2 cigarettes a day. After the second session, I quit completely. I had one more session for a follow-up. I haven’t had a cigarette since. I’ve been in bars. I’ve been in Vegas. I’ve been in a lot of smoking situations. I’ve never wanted one. Maybe my great success is the exception, but it’s worth a try. I smoked for over 25 years, folks. 25 years. And one more thing – the oral substitution thing? I have a night guard I use at night so I don’t grind my teeth. I used that as my substitute. No calories! When I wanted a cigarette during those first couple of weeks, I just popped the guard into my mouth and sucked on it.

  • Wade

    That’s amazing! Good for you. I smoked a pack a day for fives years and just slowly weened myself off them over abuot 6 months, but I still find myself socially smoking, so it hasn’t been quite that effective.

  • http://www.yobimbo.blogspot.com yoyogrrrl

    Thanks. It feels pretty good.

  • keister

    Allright Wade, please the masses and do an article about what happens to your body when you quit drinking coka-cola! Or better yet, do an article about what happens to your body the minute you stop working out!

  • Darren Hoyt

    In addition to regaining taste and smell senses, the cilia in your lungs begins to regenerate within a few days, sweeping the lungs of debris and protecting against mucus buildup. They are pretty resilient little fibers.

  • Floydian

    I read an amazing book that was so helpful. I know at least 15 former smokers that found it insanely easy to quit after reading this short book. “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr. Pick it up today and give it a quick read and I bet you never smoke again, I haven’t in over a year and with no withdrawals or desire whatsoever. It’s short, amazing, written by a smoker, and can help you defeat the nicotine addiction as well. Good luck!!

  • gomengb

    I too swear by Allen Carr’s book, and I have personally recommended it to people who have successfully used it to stop smoking.

  • qtell2000

    All are interesting suggestions, I love the one about the sunflower seeds. I was a 27 year smoker and was sort of at my wits end to quit. You know the most important thing is that you be ready!!! I found a treatment using lasers that I tried and has actually done the trick for me. I only needed one treatment and its been down hill all the away. I didn’t really know anything about it but it does work and it was painless.

  • http://straighttothebar.com/ scottbird

    I’m currently helping a friend to quit, and that’s the second time today I’ve heard someone recommend Allen Carr’s book – sounds great.

  • trialanderror

    Nice suggestions. Tried Allen Carr – found the book quite frankly annoying. Hypnotism was the only course that seemed to have any effect. For about three days after the session I actually found smoking unpleasant. Broke the effect though and am back up to 20-30 a day. Guess the key is wanting to quit…

  • http://www.yobimbo.blogspot.com yoyogrrrl

    Wanting to quit truly is the key, but don’t confuse wanting to quit with believing you can quit. I didn’t believe I could quit, but I wanted to. Also, I can only speak from my experience, but I’m betting that you should invest in more than one hypnotherapy session. Where I went, they did 3 sessions, and gave a discount if you pay for all three up front. I’m a photographer, and I’ve bought all sorts of equipment with my “cigarette money” since then, so if the cost of hypnosis is a concern, think of all you’ll save in the long run. Good luck, everyone!

  • Mr.

    Greetings: Research I was proud to be assoicated with indicated that ?10 years after quiting smoking the top of the throat returned to normal sensation. So the effects of smoking seem to wane with time. Of course, this research was done decades ago.
    Cheers

  • rhea

    I quit cold turkey for 6 months just because I really didn’t want to smoke anymore. Unfortunately I did go back to it, but I found that the key to my quitting was that I no longer desired cigarettes. Smoking really just didn’t appeal to me and that was what help me quit the most. When you no longer want a cigarette for any reason, even when offered, that’s when you know you’re ready to quit. And I’m not saying that other methods don’t work but it’s much harder when you have to force yourself to say no to smoking than it is to just no longer desire to smoke. I think that if you can psych yourself out of liking your cigarettes then you won’t want to smoke anymore.

  • pipulas

    I quit 5 days ago, i did not get the book “the easy way to stop smoking” but researched it. What convinced me to do it was reading that nicotine, when you crave it, creates a small sense of insecurity in you, thus making you want to smoke, then making you again insecure, so it is a vicious cycle created by the smokes, not you, there is nothing wrong with you, it is the stupid nicotine that makes you insecure!!!!!

    So now i feel revulsion for cigarettes, i do not want them or crave them, they just remind me how much i needed them, thinking something was wrong with me….

    i had been smoking for 20 years, some of them of 3 packs a day, lately a pack and a half a day, and only because i have children and would not smoke in the house or in the car with them. I was losing so much time smoking my life away!!!!!!!!!

    Stop smoking!!! I though i would never be able, but just knowing what i told you has done it for me. There is nothing wrong with you, the nicotine is creating the craving. Just stop it!!

  • casanovagonewrong

    I started smoking when I was 19, and stopped cold turkey when I became 27. For three years, I didnt even smoke a cigarette. I used gums for a couple of weeks but then I was getting depressed so a friend suggested running and I got hooked. lost something like 30 pounds, and even managed to run the marathon in 3:30 at the beginning of this year.

    Unfortunatley, september last year, I had a reunion with my university friends, and all of them being smokers, i smoked a bit with them…then after that holiday, i stopped again, but like 4 or 5 months ago, I started smoking socially, like 1 or 2 cigarettes when I go out…and i was getting stressed lately as I am finishing my phd thesis and started smoking almost everyday…each day I buy a pack, I smoke a few (the first one feels very nice, but the rest really makes me sick in the stomach, but I still keep doing it!) and then I get so mad at myself, and throw the pack away…i did that for a couple of weeks, and last monday, I vowed not to flirt with smoking again and quit. So far so good, I have felt a bit sleepy the first few days, but now it is ok. There is one problem though. I am gonna take my holiday in a couple of weeks and I am gonna hang out with the same friends I mentioned before for a week or so, and I am a bit scared that I might not be resist the temptation. Wish me luck! If I pass this test, then I dont think i will fail another…

  • Rana

    i smoked for over 15 yrs, and then, while running up the steps to my apt last year, i felt that all was not good. i checked my pulse and found it to be over a 100 and i was gasping. i knew that a time had come to say goodbye to that wonderful white paper tube filled with tobacco that had kept me uneasy and unhealthy for so long. i also knew that there is no way that one can “cut down” on the #’s and leave it over a period of time. this was it – the ultimate test – leave or stay and suffer. that day, when i left the pack and the zippo lighter, i knew that i had done it. its been over a year now and there is no way that i’m going back to it. the one thing that i did learn from this is that the mind is an awesome instrument and capable of doing some extraordinary stuff (this includes giving the will power do and sustain what one wants to do). i feel better, do better and live better now, than i did then. give it up and u’ll see the difference in days not months.

  • jff_light1

    I smoked for around 10-12 years, even though i can’t believe it. I never thought i was one of those addicted smokers who couldn’t go without; i had a totally unrealistic view of myself and thought i could give up any time. i told myself that the only thing stopping me was that i actually enjoyed smoking, and that i had plenty of time to give up. anyway, i gave up around 3 years ago simply because i began to hate feeling physically less than 100% all the time, i was tried of smelling of smoke, my things smelling of smoke… i started to feel like a chump and a weak person for needing this thing that i had slowly started hating so much, and a second class citizen every time i lit up in public. So it was easy enough at first to give up as i felt so motivated and good about myself – believe me, giving up smoking makes you feel physically great. But as the months passed i started putting on weight and this mental well-being started to wear off. Strangely, i started to view smokers a lot more sympathetically; by the time around 2 years had passed i didn’t associate myself with them anymore, and went back to this feeling that I was a non-smoker. i thought i was out of danger at that point. Needless to say, a couple of cigarettes in the pub later, and now I’m back to 10-15 a day. Even though i exercise much, much less now that i did when i had quit, i dropped all the weight i had put on. But recently I’ve started feeling very badly about myself again for my weakness, and reading this article and your posts has brought back the idea that i really am addicted to them. i feel like I’ve come full circle so I’ve decided to give up again. i know what made me return to smoking, and I’m hoping i can maintain this dislike for it permanently this time. I’m also going to research the physical facts a lot more carefully this time to ensure I keep the weight off and manage the addiction a lot better.

  • http://island-wellness.com vitagreg

    July 19 this year was last cigarette after smoking 54 years. Stopped for no other reason than it had become a pain in the neck; a large inconvenience.
    I heard of a new technique utilizing a low level laser.
    It worked well. I am known to be rather undisciplined and this system beat it.
    No cravings (not lasting anyway).
    I think it’s call StellarLaser center out of Houston.
    Wonderful

  • isabella

    I was a 2 pack a day smoker for 20 years. I have now quit for 20 years. I found I had to “unlearn the habit” and I’ve been successful where friends of mine have failed. I stopped craving at the 3 month mark after I quit.

    I unlearned the habit by becoming conscious of how it formed in the first place. You or I were not born from our mother’s womb smoking a cigarette. We all learned how to do this. Think back to your first smoking experiences and how you learned to do this and reverse the steps.

    Also, smoking is an immediate gratification and the benefits when you stop smoking are not felt immediately or immediately apparent, but rather become so over the long term. That’s what makes it so difficult to succeed at. For any of you contemplating quitting smoking, just do it for one day at a time. If I had gone into it saying to myself I would never have another cigarette, I would not have made it. I said “just for today I will not smoke”. When one day had passed, I did the same thing the next day, and so on. Then at 5 days I said to myself “I’m one puff away from 2 packs a day” which got me over the temptation to just “try one”. When you succeed in being smoke-free for a few days, it is a shame to ruin your sobriety by trying just one puff.

  • http://www.tigger5.com tigger5

    Just to add my 2¢….

    I have recently quite (Last smoke was Dec 10 2006 7:30pm) and thought I’d add some things that MAY help others as it did for me.
    I have been smoking for about 36 yrs. and in the last 2 to 3 yrs. smoking between 50 & 75 cigs a day.

    I have tried several times to quit, using the “Patch” and “Gum”…both methods failed. Also tried cold turkey…this was a disaster (in my case).
    This time though, I think (and hope) I found the right combination (though still too early to be sure, but the physical feeling this time IS different…calmer).

    As Isabella mentioned, its the “habit” part that needs to be broken. I myself started by analyzing when I smoked because I wanted it and when I smoked just for the sake of it. What I did then was NOT smoke at the regular times (with the morning coffee, after supper, etc etc) and try to go small stretched without. Then I would smoke a few consecutively and then again go a few hours without. This I did for a few weeks until I was comfortably past the “Habitual” smoking.

    I picked up nicotine gum and without actually choosing a date, just decided to try not to anymore. So far so good.

    When I get the urge to light up, I either quickly find something to occupy my mind, or chew on the “gum”. (Small note..I always carry regular gum and noticed that at times, this seems to do the trick now and again also..but not always).

    And whatever happens I WILL NOT LIGHT ONE UP….this would be the best way to end up starting all over again…no matter how bad the craving…it will pass in a few minutes.

    YES…I think about it still (and from what I hear, always will), but more and more it is becoming easier to not think of.
    YES..I still use the gum…but this too is being used less frequently.
    YES..I am eating more…but this is a small inconvenience which can be corrected/fixed later.

    I hope this isn’t too long winded and I wish those trying the best of luck.
    oh…and find what works for YOU..don’t be discouraged if you need a couple of tries.

  • Krista

    did anyone start feeling crappy after they quit smoking? my grandma quit and got terrible canker sores and stomach aches- i’m assuming from nicotene withdrawl. i quit almost 2 weeks ago- cold turkey- and i’m so glad i did but i get a little woozy now and then. anyone else?

  • bernernidodger

    In relation to your comment Krista,i’ve felt woozy the last few days too.Gave up smoking on monday and since last night ,I have started to feel the physical effects of the withdrawals.Hardly slept ,sweated immensely and today I’ve been experiencing sharp pains in my lungs and feeling dizzy.So if thats after 3 days ,can’t wait to see the extent of how my body’s going to punish me for abusing it for so long!

    But in saying all of that , I am feeling a little happier each day I go without nicotine. Smoked for 10 years but not too heavily (10 a day,sometimes 5) but now that I’m 27 ,I’m having some serious reality checks .Not a teenager anymore so coolness factor’s gone. Have always looked younger than my age but lately starting to look a little haggard.I’m a student so more broke than the average thanks to fags and I live on the west coast of Ireland in Galway which is so cold,wet and windy most of the year that I get colds all the time from standing out in the weather whilst trying to fry my lungs.

    All great reasons to give up and wading through countless websites like these to find some support from fellow ex smokers as most of my friends are “contented” smokers.Some good advice here and I’ll add my own bit .I read Alan Carr’s book and even though I found it to be helpful in some ways ,it’s quite contradictory and patronising (like most non-smokers tend to be towards smokers at times)which I found surprising considering he’s an ex 100- a- day smoker but still a helpful tool.

  • JeremyN

    I started to read all of these comments some of them made me feel good, some of them made me feel bad, I only gave up nearly 48 hours ago now… I had an opportunity to quickly view “An Easy Way To Give Up Smoking”

    Now the dude sounds quite interesting at first, I am sure alot of people can sympathize with him, going on about the fear’s… of weight and all that jazz…

    Personally I have tried Zyban, Patches, Nicotine Gum, Hypnotherapy (did not work, because apparently I am not of the type so easily hypnotized).

    One thing has worked each time I have successfully given up (yes I have done this a few times). The Nicotine Gum did help me with some of the discomfort at first, but geez they tasted quite gross… and I will never use them again unless I was going out of my mind and was close by a chemist at the time.

    COLD TURKEY… for me is what worked… however I strongly suggest you take a few things into consideration first before you do this. It’s a huge strain on the body to go cold turkey, you could get things such as… Sweats, Tiredness, Irritibility, Temper Tantrums, Hyper Tension and alot of Anxiety.

    The key things here for doing cold turkey are as follows
    :
    Health – Health should be good at the time, if you have any current ailments or are quite elderly, you may want to reconsider this method.

    Stimulants – When craving nicotine, your body may crave other stimulants as a replacement, make sure you moniter intake of caffeine, chocolate or other substances.

    Excercise – If you are feeling bad, go run around the block as fast as you can or have a wrestle with a friend, play an intesive computer game… :-) This can immediately get your mind off of things(namely lighting up a smoke/fag)

    Relaxation – Grab a hot bath and or get a friend to rub your body down, your muscles tend to get overworked during withdrawals, relaxing your body can help to relieve tension, less tension means less problems sleeping.

    Holidays – Take note of opportune times for giving up smoking, such as… your birthday, christmas, new years resolutions and tell your friends all about it… Warn the people around you, that you are doing it and tell them it will require their help and understanding

    FINALLY…. remember you will save approximately $2,000 a year, medical problems, lets not forget it’s getting less popular to smoke so socially it’s becoming quite un-cool….

    Do not forget, you do not have to give up, if you want to smoke, just smoke…. Give up when your ready to do it… Give up because you want to… and don’t feel bad if you Mess Up, because I have given up a few times… and have failed….

    However each time was different, I gave up for a year last time and have been smoking about a year since then…. and have been smoking on and off for about 10 years now….

    I know that a smoke here and there or out of rebellion has got me going again, but I do know that people who keep trying to give up, and don’t feel bad if they never got it right the first time are more likely to kick the habit permanently.

    I do feel though it is quite important to have the time for the first few days to be away from your normal circumstances… or environment if you can so that you can relax and get over the intial 72 hours of your body flipping out because it can’t get the toxic crap you been filling it with for so long :-)

    So now I will have to find a replacement of rebellion when I am feeling stressed or angry at someone… maybe some kind of gym will help.. geez it’s cheaper to go to gym now than it is to smoke…

    Anyhow I am laying back on my laptop right now… sweating, feeling tense…im angry at everyone…. but I know it’s just nicotine running out of my body crying for it’s last bit of help for me to go and buy some… and if I did… as I know from past experiences, it would taste grosse, give temporal relief and then I would feel grosse…

    The truth about other things such as gum’s or patches is they work on one addiction at a time, firstly the phsycological addiction… so then you can work on the physical addiction… If you where elderly or had some other thing going on which affects your immune system I’d suggest that may be the best place to start.

    Hope this helps a little for some people… Right now I would love to go and ask for a refund for the $20,000 plus I have wasted on tobacoo companies that have caused me nothing but anxiety, bad health and social embarrassment… Or maybe simply a blow up doll of each CEO of the cigarette companies so I can punch and kick them whilst I go through these crappy withdrawal symptoms… hehe

    Goodluck to those of you who take that harder path, it will be rewarding eventually I hope… :-D

  • Balti

    I’ve found that lollies help with the oral fixation thing. So what if you look like Kojak all the time. I found it most useful when I was driving as I always smoked when driving to and from work.

  • Freeworld

    i quit smoking the 1st time around 10 years ago and managed to stay off them for two years until my sister in law came to stay, she smoked, and was staying for a couple of months, 1 days she offered me a smoke and i accepted, big mistake, i was hooked again, i quit for the second time in january 2006 so its round a year now and im happy to say this time there is no way i would accept again, friends of mine smoke but i would never be tempted to go back…..sure i gained a little weight but im gonna lose that over the next few months i hope, then again even if i cant its still preferably to smoking…..

    the key i found to quiting is to convince yourself before you quit that

    A> you no longer enjoy the taste

    B>Accepting that its a habit that can be broken

    C> going “Cold Turkey” no patches or gum

    you have to convince yourself that this is what you want to do and do it without second thoughts or doubts.

    1 year on i have no desire at all to smoke… :)

  • http://www.fancygloves.com Millie

    I’ve quit smoking at least 10 times. I quit again today. Normally I use herbally remedies such as SmokeAway and find they really work. This time I opted for the patch, at least for a couple weeks, since I’ve got lots of stressful events going on right now, selling my house moving 2800 miles away, little stuff like that. I am finding it easier this time..after quitting so many times, I have realized I don’t have to be irritable without the things, so I’m just going with the flow and taking it one minute at a time.

    What I really wanted to say, is to all of you ex-smokers who have quit, only to be offered a cigarette for some smoker, then you end up taking it and BAM!, just like that you are a smoker again. So sad! I know, I’ve done it. Now if someone, who knows, I have quit and knows I want to stay quit offers me a cigarette, I will say, “Yes, thank you” , then I will politely take it from their hand and crumple it up real good, throw it on the ground and say, “Thanks, I really needed that” :) That will stop this particular person from ever offering you a cigarette again. Hahahahaha! Smokers only do that to ex-smokers because they are jealous and they do not want to see you succeed at being smoke free.

    Good luck to you all, and good luck to me too!

    Millie

  • Diane

    Interesting chatter about how a person quits smoking.
    I’ve tried it about 10 times if not more. Krista, I understand your Grandma there.
    Everytime I quit, within about 2 weeks I get sores in the mouth. Not sure if it’s from stress. Or if it’s from chewing more gum and sucking on candy. I’ve never craved smoking first thing when getting up in the morning, but I do have certain times of day that I want one. I’ll be in the mood to quit again. Hopefully one of these times I’ll succeed!!

    Diane

  • Amazing

    I quit smoking when I had what I thought was a sore throat but in fact had tonsilitis and went into hospital over christmas. I was in a lot of shock as had never been ill ever in my life and I stopped smoking just a few days after I could barely swallow assumming it was the sore throat!.

    Being in hospital and surrounded by very ill and dying people was enough to make me want to give up and I could feel and taste the nicotine swirling around in my mouth even after just a few days of stopping. I felt ill and not just because of the tonsilitis but due to the fact that my body was now rejecting the poision I was sticking inside of it. I have smoked for 11 years since I was 22 and have now not smoked for three weeks and gave up cold-turkey.

    I think that the body and not just the mind has to want to give up smoking and you will come to do it naturally once you become more aware of why you smoke too. It supresses appettite but also difficult emotions many people do not want to feel and deal with when they are so addictted to smoking as way of disconnecting them from things they would rather not face up to. You can only really and successfully quit once you begin to like yourself more and want to take control of aspects of yourself and life that so far you have spent so long punishing yourself with posionous cigarettes.

    Patches and all that are great, but they do not deal with the underlying causes of why a smoker smokes.

  • mattblack04

    so at what hour does the ‘i need to smoke a cigarette or I will kill myself’ thing start? and when does it end?

    Honestly, if you can’t quit on your own will power, then don’t even try. So long as you rely on something else to take care of it for you, odds are you will start up again very soon afterward.

  • dbabich

    There is finally a new Rx drug on the market called Chantix. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try to quit smoking. I was a pack a day smoker for 35+ years until just recently when I started Chantix. Just prior to this I was prepared to anti-anxiety drugs, nicotine patches, gum or whatever it took. With Chantix none of these are needed as the pleasure in smoking is diminished within a week. The mental addiction, the habitual part of smoking, is then left for you to substitute other things besides smoking. This is much easier to deal with the affects of Chantix and you can keep focused on the goal of quitting smoking forever. Chantix also does not have the usual long list of side effectis either as some other drugs. My fiance, a two-pack-a-day smoker, chose to quit this year with me and ended up with this new drug Chantix one week before I was able to, and he is now smoke free and has been for three weeks. He has even cut his desire for coffee in half. Chantix also diminishes the appetite so it makes it easy to not be fighting eating as well as smoking. My only decision now will whether I will feel comfortable off of Chantix after the month supply, or would I rather have another month to reinforce my new smoke-free life. I will know in one more week. This is not a magic pill. Quitting smoking requires much effort and a committment to do so like anything else, but Chantix has definitely made it easier for me.

  • http://None RossGRay

    Hello all, i thought id share my input too, i have decided to give up smoking, i dont smoke as much as most on thsi site, but still, its a habbit id rather loose, unfortunately i have hit some problems, ive been quit for about 48 hours now, but i am seriously having trouble sleeping, really bad, i went to bed at 7pm, and kept waking up 15 mins after id finally gotten to sleep, also im starting to get serious sweatons, its as if ive run around the block for about 2 hours the amount im sweating, also i am haveing dizzy spells, quite bad, ikeep loosing my balance and im having problems hearing, i thought originally it could be a cold of some sort with working outside in this weather, but its definately not that, my blood pressure is all over the place, and my heartbeat is about 120/min, surely thats not good ?, i thought that your blood pressure was only high when you were smoking ?, but please someone give me some sort of advice, and someone please tell me there feeling this too, but on a good note, im not actually craving a cigarette at the moment, but well see how this one goes, thanks to all whom reply :)

  • sarito

    If you’re ready to quit, Alan Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking PLUS Chantix might work for you — it worked for me — after a half dozen serious attempts, using everything from nicotine replacement patches (I still smoked) to nicotine gum/mints (made me sick) to hypnosis (worked for about 20 minutes) to Zyban (it flattened out everything, couldn’t even enjoy a good bar of chocolate! who needs it??) …

    I figured out the following, for me and how I work, at least –

    Alan Carr is right — people make much too much of a big deal about the “sacrifice” and difficulty of giving up cigarettes. Nicotine withdrawal is relatively mild… it’s only the moping about it that makes you suffer, and unfortunately virtually every “smoking cessation” support program — including that offered alongside Chantix, by the way — reinforces this idea that it’s agony and suffering and sacrifice to stop smoking. IT IS NOT!! and Alan Carr’s book really helps you get over that crippling idea.

    HOWEVER — Alan Carr does not acknowledge that in fact there IS a little “reward” buzz that comes along with smoking. He insists there is absolutely nothing to give up, and while he might be right in the ultimate sense, in the biological / chemical sense he is in denial about the little dopamine kick that comes along with a cigarette.

    CHANTIX deals with that very nicely, “deprogramming” the connection between the cigarette and the actual, biochemical “reward” that comes with it.

    I created my own program and it has worked spectacularly — and believe me, I am NOT an easy case.

    1) Read Alan Carr. Ignore the Englishness and the over-the-top aspects of his language and approach and listen to the man… he is 95 percent right about it being ridiculously easy to quit smoking.

    2) get a “starter” prescription for Chantix. Keep on smoking as long as you’re taking the pills. Even when you don’t feel like smoking anymore because you aren’t getting anything out of it, keep on smoking. Re-read the Alan Carr book while you’re at it.

    3) Set your “quit date” to be the day when you run out of your month’s supply of Chantix.

    Don’t mope about it, rejoice.

  • martk

    This might be quite long but I want to share my story and I hope to help others out there. First of all you really have to want to quit. I unfortenetly had health reasons to make me quit, or else I would not have quit. I enjoyed it to much. I am 32 years old smoked a pack a day maybe more maybe less depending on the day for about 13 years. I loved my cigarettes and I loved smoking however in Aug. after a stressful time I started smoking alittle to much and became out of breath, I could not take deep breaths anymore. I ran to the DR. who told me I might have emphezyma. Ok I got scared but not enough to quit only to cut down. Ofcourse depending on the day I could not breath again. I kept smoking and now, I have ER inhalotors and I am on meds for ASTHMA. I have GERD too (which by the way smoking could be a cause) I am only 110LBS and I do not eat alot, and everytime I smoked with coffee, in the morning my GERD got so aggrivated and then the GERD would aggrivate the asthma. I did not stop, untill last week when I had a full blown asthma attack and got so scared not knowing why I could not breathe as I was officially diagnosed as “alittle asthmatic”.
    I quit on Monday after cutting down and not smoking with my smoking triggers, which really helped. Meaning NO coffee and cig, not on the telephone and cig, not stressed and cig…I smoked when I wanted to and I controlled it because I was really so angry at what it had done to me and why I had chosen to let it.
    I quit, and now for five days I have been in bed, because I can not breathe, because my asthma is bad and I have to let the meds hopefully get me better, I have no energy of what I went through and although the first three days were good, the fourth day (today) I had major anxiety. I hope tomorrow is better but u know what? I am not going back to smoking. Please quit, it is not good for u as much as I loved it, wow what a difference in food! and taste and smell! yes the symptoms of nicotine leaving me are not that great but I will soon forget them.
    The book (carr’s) has helped me realize how dumb smoking is. I do not know if he helped me with the symptoms because I have them. There should be more information on what a body goes through when they quit, Like sore gums? coughing but my coughing is dry is that a good thing or bad? things like that, there is nothing out there.
    Anyway TAKE control back, this is your life, not the cigarettes as far as I was a smoker I did not own my body.

  • dvora

    Here it is, 24 hours, easy, but I can make it a week, no prob. I quit every day! Seriously, I don’t smoke all day, and then at night I buy a pack and relax on my balcony garden smoking. It’s a form of meditation and companionship. Then I fall asleep thinking, “okay, no more tomorrow. I WILL quit.” And I throw the pack in the trash in the morning. I feel a void if I don’t have this little ritual. If I’m busy with work or projects etc I completely forget I’m smoker. People are shocked when/if they find out I smoke! I practice yoga, swim, trek, etc. It seems no one understands that due to my gypsy life and being ‘single” for so long (most of the time), smoking is really like a friend. The only time I quit long-term (4 years) was when I was married. I did it for min, not me. Does it mean I odn’t love myself? No. It means I’ve tolerate dmy own idiosyncracies. But, reality is, after 24 years of smoking, it’s catching up with me and the fear isn’t worth the ritual and companionship anymore. I look fine on the outside ( excessive wrinkly eyes, which I know will clear if I can stay quit), but I get odd pains here and there, and I hardly even notice the subtle morning cough or harsher cough when I ‘m overtired; it’s just part of my life. So, I’ve prepared myself this weekend with carrots and tortilla chips, and a big batch of homemade soup and good dvds and lots of art projects and I’m just not going out on my balcony. I agree that it’s stupid to smoke, but I really think I need to honor the value it had for me and find some other little ritual or way to replace the time I used to so enjoy out in my little garden, unraveling the day with the twirling smoke wisps. I’ve decided to try sitting on my cushions at my “altar” which is usually reserved for the morning. I’ll stare at the candle, burn incesne, do SOMETHING to fill that space until the clenching feeling subsists in my chest. Resist. The only symptoms I ever have when I quit (a hundred times probably) is extreme energy boost to the point that I need a container to put myself in, leadin gme to belive that smoking has also been a way to slef-medicate– to calm my excessive energy levels. And, of course, my coughing gets WORSE as the lungs clean themselves and all the old crap comes up. I hate that stage– that’s when I usually start up again– to keep the crap down. This time, I’ll get thru it. I really WANT to– that’s the difference from the hundred other times. Thi time it’s for ME, because I have a lot of stuff I still want to accomplish in life so it might be a good idea to prolong it as much as possible.

  • noprob

    I have read all the above comments and realize I really do not care to be a smoker.
    I have been smoking since age 17 (pack a day give or take a few cigs) which puts me at 33 years smoking not including between the age 13 to 16,quit a year.(go figure?)
    My wife has stated interest in quiting and her doctor has prescribed her the meds (Chantix) to assist in this endevor.
    I really appreciate all persons who have placed their comments here and I hope the desire to truely quit/stop smoking stays with me.
    Thank You all!

    Glen aka noprob

  • Ali

    When I stopped smoking I felt as if I could breathe again (I could run for a bus without having a heart attack)

    Initially I struggled with the cigarettes that I smoked on the way to the train, bus, lunchtime etc

    but truly now I don’t miss it and I wouldn’t smoke a cigarette if you paid me £1 million – honest

  • LKD

    I’ve only been smoking for 3 1/2 years or so but last night I started coughing up blood and tar. I’m worried about my health and it seems as if I should stop smoking. I’m almost sure that physically this would not be a problem. I easily stop smoking for weeks at a time when at family functions, or am removed for any reason from my usual residence/situation. However, I don’t WANT to quit smoking. All I’ve read so far insists that if you don’t want to quit, you won’t be able to. Well, I’m one of those people who loves to smoke, and believes it improves the quality of my every day life. In a sense, I’m not ready to quit. Coughing up blood and tar, though, is frightening. I’m assuming that this is related to smoking, but I’m not positive. If anyone has any suggestions/ideas…

  • nsuresh_rasr

    Dear LKD,
    Yeah you are right, the coughing up blood and tar is not due to smoking….. its related to something else…….
    There is a proverb in my language,
    you can wake up a guy who is really sleeping, but can never wake up a guy who pretends to sleep…….

    Enjoy your smoke….. have fun…..
    Take Care,
    nsuresh_rasr

  • Joni

    Today is my 10th day without a cigarette. I am 52 and been smoking since I was 15……I never tried to quit before, didn’t want to, I loved to smoke. I made the decison to stop on my birthday and I JUST DID IT. I am using the gum but only chewing about 3 pieces a day. I think the trick to quitting is really wanting to do it. I’ve been taking one day at a time. I feel like this is the first time I am the one who is in total control, I chose not to smoke. Yes, I have to remind myself of that a few times a day but its working. …

  • martk

    I quit 83 days ago and now I can breathe better. I wrote my first post on here when I was a few days quit and yes its been hard but I never want to smoke. The other thing is I dont want to be in denial either. Quit smoking, be free.

  • miss kitty

    That’s great, Mark. Thanks for coming back and letting us know how you’re doing!

  • sjbillas

    New to Healthbolt, but had to join, mainly to reiterate a post written in Oct 2006, which I believe to be incredibly important. If you want to give up smoking there is only one way – ‘Allen Carr’s EasyWay to stop smoking’. Read and understand this book and you will instantly remove all smoking dependence without ANY withdrawal symptoms. This book should also be read by those who still have withdrawal pangs. I have been free for 3 months and have not had a single gag – whether you believe me or not it must be worth a try! (you are even encouraged to smoke whilst reading the book)

  • shellken

    havnt smoked in 8hrs… ive finally decided to quit. smoking significantly weakened my libido and it is affecting my overall performance in bed. im in my early 20s and ive been smoking for 7 years, 20-25 a day within the last 3 years… it also made me anxious and sweat a lot if i dont have one when i need it most. i cough alot and my roommate constantly bugs me about it and i sound like an old man. my eyes darkened significantly due to poor sleep (smoking excited me), my skins rough and my mouth smells like shite all the time. on top of that im trying to get lean and in shape and smoking isnt helping much in that factor either because it undermines muscle growth…i can list a million other reasons but these are enough to jumpstart my engine. im actually sweating a bit now and i feel somewhat tense… im going to pull through this i dont need a bunch of unhealthy chemicals in my body in order to feel good.

  • Johnny12

    I have been a 2 pack a day smoker for about 20 years. I am currently free for 4 months, with no cheating. I used Lozenges for 3 months (about 4 daily when they recommended as many as 9-20), and seemed to be doing well. I stopped using them after the recommended time, but for the past 4 weeks I have seriously struggled. I have gained over 20 lbs in 4 weeks time, and can not seem to slow down. I thought I would be past both the mental and physical addiction at this point, or at least well on my way. I still think about smoking often, and it does go away quickly, but I believe I am starting to get depressed. Moping around, can’t seem to have fun, don’t want to participate in anything. I do not want to start smoking again, although I do miss it greatly and associate so much pleasure with it. I have not seen any of the benefits that I hear are common. Food tasting better, more energy, etc. The one thing I can say has changed is the amount of coughing I do at night. I feel that many of the tactics spoken of here, are beneficial if you are just getting ready to quit or just starting to quit (Chantix, Allan Carr’s Book, etc). Anyone have similar experience 4 months into quitting? Any suggestions? Is this normal? I am not really a work out or running guy, and have a hard time staying busy. I have thought about Zyban, but I am afraid to start taking anti-depressants for fear I may become reliant on them. I hope the depression, if that is what I am experiencing, will fade away soon, without the need for meds, once I don’t want to smoke so much. Right now, I feel that even if I do successfully quit, a year from now, I will not be happy to have done so. Any feedback is appreciated.

  • sjbillas

    Johnny,

    I can’t fully empathise with your situation as I have been quit after only 4 years of 20-a-day. However I really cannot recommend Allen Carr’s book enough. He basically puts forward the argument that smoking is not enjoyable and creates the void you feel when ‘deprived’ of a fag. I can already tell by your rhetoric that you think you are being deprived of a pleasure – there is no genuine pleasure, it really is an illusion. However I don’t want to lecture you, I’ll leave Allen Carr to convince you. There are also group sessions you can visit if the book doesn’t seem to work – often those who fail on the book fail to grasp the fundamental points behind his methods. I know there are a lot of Allen Carr skeptics out there, however there is nothing to lose by reading it (apart from £8, not a bad investment if it saves you the £2k you’d spend on fags in a year). Allen Carr does not lecture about health risks and no scare tactics are used. Often smokers are perceived as weak willed and are often harassed into quitting by the ‘self righteous non-smoker’ – these are not methods used by Allen Carr. You are in a perfect position to use the book as well, as you are determined and actually want to give up. NRT will only make the problem worse, people who use NRT may give up, but it is in spite of and not because of NRT – the choice is use NRT/willpower and go through life believing that you are being constantly deprived or read Allen Carr in the hope that you can be free AND be glad to be free. Let me know how it goes, I have recommended this book to a few friends recently and they are doing well. I wish you well.

  • sjbillas

    p.s. visit this link for more info on his method:
    http://allencarr.com/central/article/36/the-allen-carr-method

    I would also recommend browsing his site

  • Johnny12

    Thank you very much sjbillas, I am feeling better today, and hopefully will continue to feel better each day. I appreciate your candor and astute observation regarding my feelings of being deprived of pleasure, it is true that I feel that way. I am going to look at the website and will try reading the book also. It sounds like what he writes about will be helpful for the exact feelings I am experiencing. Thanks again.

  • Kathy Ann

    I have been smoke free for 51 hours , cold turkey , I have smoked for 23 years , I just decided it is time I am healthy and want to stay that way , why tempt fate? First night was equal I think to hell , has become easier . The way I am getting thru is everytime I want one I say you’ll smoke then you will want to quit and then you will have to go thru this all over again!!!
    No Thanks!!!! Good luck to us all

  • bermudalass

    Just thought i’d let you know, my hubby and i are both on Chantix at the moment. Brilliant stuff – can’t recommend it highly enough. Expensive but worth it. We’ve both quit before and it was agony as it would just take one of us to say, sod it i want a cigarette and we’d both be back on them but the Chantix reallly does take away the cravings and yes, cravings for coffee as well – although i seem to be eating the same amount. Warning though – must be taken with food – i felt so ill taking them on an empty stomach and it was an effort not to throw up – especially knowing how much those little pills cost me. If you’ve tried everything else and havne’t managed i would definately recommend Chantix.

  • spitfire

    I quit a pack-a-day habit after 30 years. I started and stayed with Marlboro reds, moved to 100′s, then to lights. I quit a couple times, the longest for 2 years (due to lack of spending money). Then, I took up Djarums (cloves). Dang I loved these. They were a conversation starter, chick magnet, and tasted better than anything else other than the illegal stuff. But alas, after 12 years of djarums at ~$6 usd a day, my lungs started to revolt. I mean really hurt if I breathed in deeply. So I stopped breathing in deeply altogether. It got worse. So, I quit cold-turkey, no drugs (I had tried welbutrin – yuck) on the 1st day of spring 2006. It’s now pushing summer 2007 and my lungs no longer hurt. In fact, my coughing stopped completely and I no longer have the ‘sniffles’.

    The thing is the depression. I quit smoking because I wanted to live. Now that I’ve quit, I want to f*ing kill myself.

  • venus

    I’ve been smoking ten years. Tried to quit many times, cold turkey, patches and gum. Nothing worked.
    Mainly because I was happy smoking, I enjoyed it alot.
    2 weeks ago I had a nightmare that I died of heart disease because of my smoking, I remember the feeling I had in my dream of not having enough time left and how selfish I had been. Stupid I know, but when I woke up I was that terrified of the “not enough time” left feeling that I had in my dream, I decided I didn’t want to smoke anymore.

    Friday I had 3 and a half cigs. Yesterday I had 1. Today I have had none.
    I went to my friends today and actually went as far as rolling a smoke and had a smoke and lighter in each hand, but after I smelt hers it kinda put me off and I just put the smoke and lighter down and it didn’t actually bother me that much.

    I’ve been chewing a 1000mg vitamin c tab about 3 or 4 times a day

    Also drinking bottles of water with about 3 tbspns of orange juice and 3 tbspns of aloe vera juice mixed in.
    Drinking about 5 750ml bottles a day.

    I’m actually feeling really great, the vitamin c has helped alot I reckon.

    Also, have gone through a few packets of chewing gum (not nicorette, just normal gum) I find the stongest mintiest flavour the best, they are gross, but the shock of them in ya mouth puts me off a smoke.

    I’ve been snacking on fruit heaps too.

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  • ingey1968

    is this true for all ages? i am 38 and have smoked for around 20 years

  • sunny

    Hi guys,Forget about using patches and other nicotine gimmicks.The ONLY WAY to quit is the Allen Carrs “EASY WAY”….im 32 years young and have been smoking for 15years.Itried quitting many times and went through hell.Ifinally got the Allen Carr cd and listened to it with an open mind,I havent smoked nor wanted to smoke since and life is pure bliss since and it gets better every day.PLEASE give it a listen to,its about five hours long..magic..you have nothing to lose and so much to gain..mail me and let me know how you get on….ztisunny1@gmail.com

  • Miss Julie

    I also read “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr. I just loved the book. Before reading it, I was convinced that there was no way that I would ever consider going cold turkey, since I imagined morphing into this angry, irritable monster who would drive away all my friends and family. I’m 28 and smoked for about 12 years up until three days ago! I’m amazed to say that I’ve done it cold turkey, and while the withdrawals can be unpleasant at times, it has not been nearly as traumatic as I’d originally anticipated.

    Last night, for example, I had somewhat of a breakdown. My computer stopped working, and I couldn’t log into my e-mail, and I suddenly became aware of the nicotine withdrawals occurring simultaneously, and I had a little temper tantrum for a few minutes. That’s the thing about withdrawals: little minor things seem worse than they really are. I wanted to give in and go smoke, thinking I’d feel better, but I just called a friend, went out on my balcony and talked it out. It’s really true that after a few minutes, those little urges to smoke really do pass.

    I’d recommend “The Easy Way To Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr. What I liked the most was the fact that he was a former heavy smoker, himself, so he can obviously relate. Also, he encourages you to keep smoking throughout the book, up until the end. He helps you help yourself, and he helps you look at smoking from a new perspective. He talks you through the process and really does prove that success is all in the mind.

  • lee

    ive smoked since 15 yrs old now 34 started with patches 2 days ago doing ok lots better than gum doing it for me and my son

  • http://cc col

    im 22 years old and smoked from the time i was 17. its pretty sad to think that i once thought of myself as “cool” for doing it. i quit three months ago and believe me .. its worth the cravings the tention and the short temper. it is the most liberating feeling to wake in the morning and not reach for the pack. tyring to find time in inbetween classes to run to the garden for a quicky. i quit because i wanted to not because society says its bad but because i knew if i countine down this road i will be weezing and coughing for the rest of my life. the one thing that helps you threw is to always remember the coughing and weezing and know its behind you and you are never goin back, if you do not quit you will continue to get unhealthy, its impossible to get better without quitting for good. we all get one shot at life and wasting it by being chained to a pack of smokes is just stupit. as i say if i can quit anyone can. i smoked 45 a day and quit cold turkey it was hard………but so woth it!

  • http://July13th,2007 Sandy

    i would like to thank everyone for all of there comments…they truely help. I have been a non-smoker now for 20 days and loving everyminute of it. I started smoking a a teenager and continued smoking for 30 years. I started becoming short of breath and very low energy..I then realized i was slowly killing my self…I read the Allen Carr book and set a quit date to start…It is easy to quit…enjoy the journey and see the freedom you will receive..I could take deep breaths the first day i quit and I could think clearly..I went cold turkey and so can you…Blessings and congratulations to everyone.
    Sandy

  • Dingo

    I’ve been a smoker for a relatively (and thankfully) small 2 years, the second year of which I was on around 30 a day. I’ve now been cold turkey for about 8 days. I’ve surprised myself at how little I’m bothered about not lighting up, no temptation there at all, and I’m looking forward to feeling the benefits, but I’VE ACTUALLY FELT A LOT WORSE SINCE QUITTING!

    I’ve been sweating profusely, and I’m coughing all day long… ALL day – from the second I’m awake, to the second I sleep, for about 3-4 days now. My appetite has also plummetted, which is strange, considering that, usually, one’s appetite increases after quitting. The thing that bothers me most of all, though, is the coughing… It’s definitely phlegm, and I can get it out when I try to, so, fair enough – my body’s getting rid of all the crap in my lungs for me… thanks, body. BUT the constant coughing gets in the way of everything. It’s even difficult to hold a conversation with someone, trying to get words in between the coughs etc. My throat feels perpetually irritated & tickly. I’ve tried cough syrups, throat lozenges, the lot… with no great success. I can’t even breathe in too deeply, because I end up with huge pain in my chest & back, as if there’s a vice clamped around me.

    Does anyone know how I can put an end to this agony, or do I just have to see it through ’til the last bit of crap is out of my body?

  • http://Re:Dingo y

    Drink lots of water. Avoid dairy products (these increase mucus production). Have smaller meals (reduces the chances of GERD). Avoid cough suppressants. They’ll only provide temporary relief and prolong your cough. No alcohol, period. Avoid thinking/bitchin about it. It’ll be bad for a week or two. Blame that on karma.

  • Catalin

    I started out smoking when I was 14 years old and smoked for aprox. 3 1/2 years. When I was 17 I had my first attempt to quit smoking and I lasted for about 2 months then I just couldn’t resist and I started smoking again and when I did I started to have a feeling of guilty of what I was doing, and I just couldn’t get rid of the guilt so I decided to stop smoking once and for all. And so I did, I’ve been a non-smoker for 3 years and counting and I never used any methods to quit smoking just my will which I’m surprised how strong it was in that period.

  • http://martinecochranehotmail.com Martine

    I’m 36, been smoking since i was 14. Tried to give up so many times, did the hypnotherapy, the patches, the gum, the books, the accupuncture, the drugs etc etc, one day I woke upand thought ” Bloody hell, this is a pile of shit and tastes like crap”. my children knew what I was doing, my 4 year old told me it made my blood go funny….(he had the general idea) and begged me to stop – that was the turning point for me. I decided enough, smoked my last fag, threw the lighter away and then went to bed, woke up the next day and told myself over and over I was a non smoker, kept busy, ironed, cleaned, shopped etc etc….its worked, been 9 weeks now and don’t crave anything, actually found the transition relatively easy. The key is telling your brain you want to stop, enough, no more…once you get into that mindset you can do it…trust me. Occassionally you get the odd urge, it last no more than about 5 minutes. I’m loving not smoking, I smell good all of the time, dont have to wash my hair every day, I excersise more than I ever have before as it keeps my mind occupied and I no longer wheeze…..thats the main thing, no tightness of the chest, coughing etc…you know what I mean. It’s great, do it today and live longer…..xxx

  • http://martinecochranehotmail.com Martine

    I just wanted to answer Dingo’s comment – things get worse when you stop smoking, the cough is crap, the sore throat is shit, the irratibility is bollocks….but hey, you have to see it through, it does go away and then you no longer get those feelings of an 80 yr old polish soilder that knows no better!!! ( I know this personally as my uncle is an ex polish soldier and started smoking at 9….as you do!!!) May the force be with you and STAY OFF THE FAGs!! xx

  • Jen

    I quit 3 weeks ago today and it gets better everyday. Good luck everyone.

  • Damian

    HI everyone

    Its end of my 3rd day without cigarette. I am 28 years old, smoked since I was 15. I tried to quit probably 10 times already, my best was 10 days. I dont take gums or patches, I just woke up and said lets quit. Let see what happens.

  • Damian

    end of 4th day…. still ok

  • http://sandy sandy

    Up to 5weeks and 3 days now…It does get easier…Hang in everyone..Your energy will increase. also no weight gain either.

  • Kelly

    I quit 4 years ago today. I had thought about quitting for a year. I was tired of the way I smelled, of having to go outside to smoke (being an outcast basically), spending the money, the shortness of breath, et al….So, I think I was mentally prepared. Decided right before work in the parking lot that I was going to try and make this be my last cigarette. It was. I did use Nicorette and that was my lifesaver. In fact, used the Wal-Mart brand (works just as well). I smoked for about 23 years. Don’t give up. You may gain a little weight, but realize you can concentrate on losing that when you win the battle of not smoking. Good luck to all of you.

  • Courtney B

    Hello, i quit smoking 4 days ago…its been hell, but im doing ok. :)
    Anyway, my skin has broken out something serious and im wondering if anyone else has had this problem…im thinking maybe from all of the impurities comming out…well if anyone can comfort me on this horrid outbreak, please do! Thanks!

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  • lee

    still not smoking been about 5 weeks now stopped counting took the patches 4 two weeks till i got used 2 not havin a fag after meals do feel much better 4 it can even have a beer without a smoke dont really need them just think u do

  • jim sands

    im 59 yrs old,i been smoking from about age of 10,is it really going to help me this late to stop smoking,

  • http://July13th,2007 Sandy

    Hey Jime Apposolutely it will help you if you quit now. My uncle quit at 69 and is still going strong now at 82. Also your lungs will be back to normal within two years and within the first year you lessen your chances of heart and stroke disease. Gift it a try you will be quite amazed on how you feel after you have quit for a few days.

  • http://July13th,2007 Sandy

    Just wondering how Damian is doing?

  • Joan

    I’m grateful for the comments. They’re helpful. I started on Chantix last week, and I stopped smoking yesterday. I’ve tried everything in the past: hypnosis, 12-step program, cold turkey, cutting down, patches, gum. I think this is going to work this time. I feel really good about it.

  • Matthias

    Ive been smoking since i was 14 years old…..its been almost five years now and in the last half year ive been smoking at least 2 packs a day. when i would go out and drink it would be at least 3 or nore. I was a chain smoker. I havent smoked in the last 36 hours and have never ever felt so shitty in my life. If it doesnt work out at least ive gone down from 2 packs a day.

  • Sean

    hello every1. i have been smoking for 14 years and had decided that once i was ready to have a kid with my wife i would immediately stop smoking. as i just found out 2 weeks ago that im gonna be a father i threw my lighters **finished my last pack of cigarretes**lol and havent looked at one since then and to tell you the truth i dont miss it either. i have been working out and seems like i am able to do things now without going out of breath. i think the best to way quit smoking is really wanting to do it. i had tried to stop before but started few hours later because i had no reason to do it. but now i can honestly say its the easiest thing to do if you put your mind to it.

    Thanks.. i ll post a month or so from now letting your all know how im doing.
    Sean

  • http://www.bucschat.com Lance

    It has been 7 days since I quit and I know it sounds cliche’ but the way I’ve done it is to carry a picture of my 4 month old daughter with me. Everytime I crave a ciggerette I just pull out her picture and think about all the fun stuff we’re going to be doing as I watch her grow into a woman. First day of school, first sports team, first homecoming dance, her first boyfriend, me threatening her first boyfriend, her wedding…

    I want to be around for all of that and I use that as a self motivation tool. I still go outside and take “smoke breaks” with all of the smokers in my office and it reminds me of how much I’m glad that I quit.

    It is possible and to all those who quit…congrats! For those of you who think it’s impossible, it’s not. It is tough and a long road but well worth it in the long run!

  • Vicky

    It’s been 30 hours since I smoked a cigarette. I quit because I couldn’t breathe anymore.. and I’m only going to be 25 on Aug 27th! I found out I had asthma and If I didnt quit, I’d be on oxygen…I guess my body finally had enough after smoking HEAVILY for over 11 years! I have been eating alot more because I feel ” insecure, bored, and bummed” because NOT having any cigarettes laying around to “comfort” me. My advice to anyone who is trying to quit.. keep telling yourself NO MORE-I’m sick of being a slave to nicotine!..buy candy that makes your tastebuds “jump” from its tartness.. that keps satisfy the oral part of it. 90% of the fix will be YOU.. YOU cannot let a cigarette control your life! There will always be smokers and people that will offer you cigarettes.. just say NO thanks and think about ALL of the GOOD health benefits you will have. In my case, It was almost a life or death situation because asthma CAN BE life threatening. Id rather live than die, especially at 25 years old! NAother “mental” picture you could keep in your head is ( and this is pretty graphic) picture a dead person with their body gutted out and those guts are BLACK- b/c thats what a cigarette will get you- it KILLS LITERALLY every part of your body inside and out, top to bottom.. why would you want to smoke??

  • joe

    i had tried gum, and patches but no luck. i quit cold turkey a few weeks ago and it was pretty easy. i bet another smoker 1000 bucks. it has been great motivation. i still kind of want one when i am drunk in a bar but don’t want to go through the withdraws again. I smoked like 5 packs in 2 days before i quit and the withdraws are horrible. kind of scares me away from wanting smoke. funny thing is i started smoking betting a guy i could smoke a whole pack of smokes and never smoke again. I was trying to convince him to quit. failed that one. haha damn i am dumb

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  • Kristin

    Omg.. I really wanna quit smoking. Im only 15 and i’ve been smoking since i was 7, well its like on and off, now im really addicted to it..

  • http://www.ebay.com Greg

    I have quit for about two weeks now(2 packs a day for 13 years) and at its hardest I would say it was only SLIGHTLY difficult. My cravings are gone as soon as I realize what I am missing. I recommend to anyone who is quitting to get a copy of Allen Carr’s The Easy Way to Quit Smoking
    This book is amazing!! It takes care of the mental aspect, while I am also using chantix for the physical
    part.
    Had I known it was this easy I would of quit years ago!!

    Btw no substitutes( gum, straws, candy etc…) required

  • Bill

    Been smoking for 47 years 3 plus packs a day!
    Today is day 3 and my body is going through hell!
    Dizzy and feel like I truly want to die.
    But, I know if I do not quit I will die, plain and simple.
    Want to live? Quit.
    Want to die? Keep smoking, that is the cold hard facts!

  • glenn

    been 2 months today without having a smoke. to everybody trying to quit…. do not give up… be strong. i feel great!!! so much more energy, dont feel so sluggish anymore. do it for yourself, do it for your kids and / or future children….

  • Pete

    Hello! I started chewing tobacco when I was 12, and smoking when I was 14. I am now 36. I have told myself that I “enjoy” smoking, but I really don’t. All I have are negative feelings about it. I had my last cigarette on the 29th, just for the hell of it. I just put it down, and haven’t picked it back up. I’ve read about C.O.P.D., and how cigarette smoking affects the body, and I truly believe that anyone who knows these things and yet continues to smoke is a fool. I know how tough things are, but I also know (thanks to Allen Carr) that alot of what goes through your head is either made up or misinformation. The mind is a powerful tool; use it to your advantage! Bill, that dizzy feeling you’re dealing with is your body getting used to oxygen again. It’s like when you used to hypervetilate as a kid. It’s nothing bad, although it might seem that way, because you’ve been told that all these “bad” things are going to happen, so that’s what you expect! Your body is just learning how to breath again! Good luck to everyone! We can do it!

  • Jen

    It’s been 3 days now without my smokes – so far so good. I am a 37 year old mother of 3 and have smoked for 20 years, quit several times, only to light up again as if I never quit in the first place. It’s scary how very easy it is to fall back into that trap and start again. It took my 4 year old son saying “mommy, I don’t want you to smoke anymore” to make me stop and think about what a very selfish, stupid, totally avoidable thing I was doing to myself and my children, slowly but surely killing myself and then what? I love my kids more than anything (even cigs) and they deserve to have a mommy around to help them grow up and grow old. Technically I have no nicotine in my system now, or so I’ve read, so it’s all a big mind game from here on out. I have been very preoccupied with thoughts of “God, I really want a smoke” but I only think I do, I know that if I do it will taste like crap, smell like crap and then all of the hard work I’ve done over the last 3 days will be down the drain – my heart goes out to you all, thank you for all of the posts that I read that helped me get through another few hours of not smoking. It’s DAMN hard to quit but oh so worth it – stay strong and don’t let anything or anyone sway you to start again. Commit to LIVING!!!

  • Courtney

    I’m a 30 year old mother of 2 and I quit smoking 3 days before I found out I was pregnant with my daughter – that was 3 years ago ( I was about a 3-5 cigerettes a day when not drinking). 6 weeks after she was born, I was drinking wine with a friend and lit up a few. I felt so awful the next morning and beat myself up mentally for allowing myself to smoke. I really hated myself and told myself that I was weak and going to die. However, I would find myself doing the social smoking thing once or twice a month. I was rarely smoking more then 5 cigs a month, so I convinced myself it was no big deal, and I had it under control. Maybe I did because smoking has never returned to a daily, weekly, or even monthly habit. I got pregnant with my son last May and never looked back at smoking my 5 a month. However, this summer I started doing a drag here and there when I’m drinking (yes – I know this is my trigger), and here I am again smoking my ’5′ a month and HATING myself for it. Which really begs the question, why on earth do I do this to myself?

    Will I die from this? maybe not, but if I’m not addicted, not dependant, and loath myself the next day for the occasional indulgence, and before I lit up I tell myself how I’m going to feel later, why can’t I just NOT DO IT? Is there anyone out there that does the same thing? Logically, I just need to not ever drink, but I really love having a glass or two…sometimes three of wine and I can’t invision myself never doing that again.

    I know some of you are kicking a much larger habit, and maybe think I’m a bit neurotic (and rightly so), but I need to know I’m not alone in my feelings. I’ve read many past posts and I feel a deeper understanding of the psychological hold this habit has on many of us, regardless of how much we indulge.

    So, anyone out there like me????

  • http://www.fromwhatiheard.com David

    That is incredible. The last line is very true.

    “So, you have more immediate things to look forward to if you quit now besides just freaking out about not being able to smoke.”

    Touché.

  • http://fnnm01msn.com Ron

    I am on my Third day and it is Killing me, ten minuets more will be three days. I have to stop like a lot of you have given reasons, the light of my life ( My Grandaughter came up to me an said PLEASE DONT SMOKE PA PA, I want you here with all of us.) Litterly broke this 61 year old man up. I started smoking when I was SIX (6) years old, smoked through High School and Three Wars, I hace Ashma, Copd, and now they tell me emphaseama. FOUR DAYS ago I came down with a SEVER ATTACK, Couldent breath, went crazy trying to get a breath, actually wanted to die to get it over with. I have now passed my third day writing this Blog, but By Golly it actually helped me get through day three.
    Good luck to all that are sincerly quiting. I hope and pray I will be with you. Mean time going NUTS in Phoenix.

  • Wanda

    I smoked for approximately 40 years and Chantix was my solution to quit; I used it for a month and had my last cigarette on July 24th I think it was, doesn’t really matter what the date was to me, it just matters that I feel so good about not wanting another one..
    I’d previously tried the “patch” “hypnosis” and “cold turkey”..
    I hope everyone that has quit finds peace each day to make it through another day of not smoking and no matter what method works for you, I just hope it works for you.

  • http://www.selfhelp-hypnosis.com/ self help hypnosis

    There are so many tools to help quit smoking now. I quit a couple of years ago and have never felt better – and that was after 25 years of smoking a pack a day. If I can do it anyone can!

  • Paula

    The Chantix works. I’m a pack a day smoker since I was 21 (I’m now 41). 20 years of abusing my lungs.
    I have two children. My motivation is to be here for them. I don’t want to be one of those people who smokes and enjoys every cigarette, knowing they SHOULD quit but they don’t until the doctor calls them and says “we need to see you in the office about your test results”.
    My brother in law is 41 too, and he smoked over a pack a day for about 20 years, like me. Just found out about 6 mo ago he has stage 2 lung cancer. He was always a thin guy but he’s now 6’4″ weighing 120 lbs, a walking skeleton, and his 3 boys are literally watching Tom waste away at home while Tom cries in his bed for the regrets he has. It’s just not worth it. You will die faster as a smoker. We’re all going to die, but cigarettes are just nails in the coffin. If cancer doesn’t get you, heart disease will. Or emphesema, take your pick. I want to feel good in my older years. I want to take cruises, feel active, try new recipes, see my family and be there for them. I don’t want to be carting around an oxygen tank.
    I love smoking, but I love my life more.
    try the Chantix; it’s helping me.

  • http://nowebsite julia

    qwll i havent smoke, but for english i need to do a report on smoking so well i entered this web site. Is pretty cool thanks for the people that had stoped smoking. i guess some people have teh ability to stop smoking, well not my mother she died a few months ago. I feel pretty bad but that’s why im interested on this special information. Somethimes i think that if i knew about this a few months ago my mom would me alive… Its just the future. No matter what you do people would never listen to a kid im just an 11 year old girl its really sad to lose a mom right now.. So 4 u ppl that are smoking stop doing it because you would heart pople if you continue!

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  • kay

    is anyone got off cigs & got hooked on nicorette gum besides me?

  • http://varenicline.livejournal.com/ varenicline

    I’m on day one and honestly feel okay for the most part. Champix/Chantix really does seem to be working for me which is a huge relief as I’m allergic to nicotine (So NRT isn’t an option) and yes, despite this I smoked for 10 years – not smart.

    Good luck to everyone else and if anyone else is keeping a daily diary post links so we can all rally around each other :)

  • Karen

    Having been a heavy smoker for 45 years, I’ve just been diagnosed with emphysema. I stopped smoking 4 days and 8 hours ago – cold turkey at first but now have chantix to help. I have not caved and one way or another will not smoke again. However, I am scared to death. Anyone out there who can talk about the effects of emphysema with me?

  • maefarre

    I am 28 years old, smoked a pack a day for the past 10 years or so. I have been smoke free for 2 days now. I read the Alan Carr book, I thought it would be a joke when my coworker suggested it, but it truly help put things in perspective. Also, I just got engaged and in the midst of planning a wedding decided I didn’t want to be the bride who has to keep running out of her wedding and reception for a cigarette. So good luck to those who are quitting.

  • Denise

    I have smoked for 34 years and am almost 47 yrs old, I tried everything but thanks to Chantix no mor wanting or cravings for them I still do the same things I did when I smoked and still no desire for cigarettes.

  • Tom

    I also did the chantix way and it’s been great. I have smoked since I was 16 and I’m almost 50. No cravings just thinking about smoking but it goes away as soon as you think about it. We will see and will write back as soon as it’s been 6 months cause I have never quit for that long before

  • Brian

    I have been attempting to quit for the two months after 10 years of smoking (the last 3-4 yrs @ a pack a day); I began smoking at age 14. I usually end up being around a smoking family member or a friend on the weekend (my days off) and will, unable to resist, begin smoking cigarettes again; my smoking usually ceases during the weekday. The longest I have lasted without a cigarette is 13 days.

    I have concluded (it took a while to convice myself of this) that the craving (physical and mental) declines with time spent not smoking, and that cessation becomes less of a struggle.

    I have also concluded that No-Matter-What, current smokers do not care if you are quiting. They will continue to smoke around you, bum you a cigarrette, and even offer you ciggarettes; smoking is misery and misery loves company. My goal is to stay far away from smokers till I am certain I will not light up around them.

    Oh yeah, and exercise really helps with withdrawl and cravings.

    This is day two of not smoking again. If I listen to what I’ve written above I can certainly stop smoking for good. The hardest part is breaking ties with the smoking culture I am a part of – purposely avoiding friends and family.

    Congrats to those who have finally (?) quit. And for those attempting to quit, good luck. For those who, for whatever reason, continue to smoke: Fuck You.

  • scott

    I have smoked for over 30 years and I have not had a cigarette in 28 hours and I think I would rather die then not smoke. I’m going to get me a pack, cause I’m losing my mind.

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  • Wanda

    Hi all..thought I’d pop back in and let ya know, I still haven’t smoked and have no desire to….God bless the person that came up with chantix; I took the 1st month supply that I had and that did it for me. I’ve been smoke-free since July 24, 2007..WOO HOOOOOOOOOO !!

  • Bethany

    I was a pack-and-a-half a day smoker for 8 years. I quit 7 days ago using the patch. I just want to shout it from the rooftop!!! I decided to quit because my mom (smoker for 30 years) actually BROKE A RIB from her smoker’s cough. When that happened I said “I should quit while I’m young so I don’t ever have to worry about that nonsense”…so here I am. I’m hoping she sees that I can do it and she atleast tries. I’m doing it more for my health and the health of my 7 yr old son, though. I can honestly say I don’t even want a nasty stick! Congrats to everyone that quit…I’m part of the gang! And to those that haven’t…keep trying! You will get there eventually, you just have to find what’s right for you.

  • http://MYSPACE.COM RAFAEL

    I STOPPED SMOKING TWO WEEKS AGO AND I WAS WOUNDERING WHAT IF ANY ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF QUITING SMOKING
    AND IF SO IS ARE PIMPLES ONE OF THOSE SYMPTOMS

  • John Roebuck

    It’s all in your head. Just like anything else. If you want to quit, you will. It’s easy. Just say “fuck cigarettes” and never look back. I’ve enjoyed them, but it’s time to move on. We all know that we can’t smoke forever. I’ve smoked maybe for 5, 6 years but I’ve realized that I can’t do this to myself for my own sake (careerwise, healthwise,everythingwise) and my mom is fuckin glad that I quit. I’m proud of myself. I just quit one day and never looked back. You can do it too.
    Gotta have the heinekens though!! Reward yourself. Go buy something nice for yourself with the $$$shit that piles up. It’s just all in your head. Don’t let it control you. You control it. The key is, you have to WANNA QUIT. No bullshit. No whining. Just do it, you motherfuckers. Hahahaha!!! It’s great being smoke free. I’m rich, I’m healthy, and I LOOK so much better. I’ve revived that reddish/pinkinsh glow of vibrant health in my face and I have the ultimate complexion. Not smoking kicks ass fellas. You can do it. If you really wanna quit, you will quit. I’m a nonsmoker. And i quit in one shot. One day. Smoked my last camel. Enjoyed it. Left it. Goodbye cigarettes.
    Good luck to you all.

  • sandy

    Hey Rafael: has anyone answered you about side effects from stopping smoking? You can have a breakout on your skin due to the toxins coming out of your body. I am smoke free for 3 months today and loving it. Hang in and enjoy the freedom journey…Damian How are you doing?

  • Vivek

    Its been two weeks now…i do have cravings once in a while or so….but my craving for food has increased…keep feeling hungry quite often….hopefully i wont touch them again and i dont want either….Cheers n goodluck to all of u who have quit n those who r tryin….

  • Kellie

    I quit two weeks ago. I rarely have the urge, and I have changed my routine to avoid the things that trigger me to smoke.

    I have found since quitting though that I have an irritating, dry cough. Is this normal? Is this my lungs healing? My through is dry and itchy too, and I find myself drinking a lot more water. Anyone else experience this?

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  • Nate

    Kellie,

    I quit one week ago today and I have the same thing. I’m coughing all of the time. I’m using chantix and the stuff is amazing. It’s nice to be able to breathe out my nose again! Good by smokes.

  • Kenny

    Hi People,
    OK, its like this I quit cold on thursday the 27th., no special reason, I ordered some of that nicotine gum from my Dr., at the VA hospital and its on its way.Now here it is Saturday the 29th and so far so good. oh by the way i served 22 yrs in the Army so I hope the will power that got me through jump school, Ranger School and Vietnam can get me through this.

  • Ryan

    I’ve been smoking since I was 11. Next month I will be 24. Today is day one of my boyfriend and I’s kick the habit plan. We’re both quitting cold turkey and I’m a little scared. I’ve quit before with the help of Zyban but didn’t want to take that again because it makes me feel all loopy. So I’m now going on hour number 12 and so far I don’t want to kill anyone.

  • Michael Boho

    Great web site.. I am on day two and from the sounds of it – I am in good company. I have chosen to use Chaintex (sp?) myself and after a week it hasn’t been to bad. I do get cravings but not when I thought they would occur. I was worried about right away in the morning when I would read the paper and have my coffee – not to bad. It is during the day when I am not so busy – that is the worst time for me. I make it by gum, deap breaths, straws – and sheer will power. Not sure if I will make it – this is my 4th or 5th time trying – but I do feel alot better then any of my other quites on the 2nd day. Wish you all the best of luck -

  • Alan

    After reading many of the comments I am quite proud of what I have managed to do so far, 13 weeks now since I quit started on cold turkey but got to cranky according to my wife so went on patches which helped a lot.
    I started when I was 11-12 years old now 46 years old, and have not smoked less than 10-20 a day other than a couple of other times I tried to stop.
    Here is the real kicker “DO NOT BELIEVE THAT AT SOME POINT YOU CAN JUST HAVE 1 OR A PUFF ON A MATES AND GET AWAY WITH IT”
    Last time I stopped for 6 months had one and ended up virtually chain smoking for a week, and it took me another 2 years to build up the resolve to go through the pain again, never again !!!.
    Remember we are all addicts as bad as drug users and alchoholics once you stop it has to be for life or do not bother.

  • Kenny

    It has been five days now,did anyone ever have night sweats?, anyway so far so good,tomorrow however brings Grandchildren into the picture,wish me luck, better yet pray for my son and grandkids lol

  • Brenda

    Has anyone gotten their sense of smell back? That is what I am looking to be my reward. I have been off cigs for a month. I tried Chantix but had an allergic reaction after 6 days. So it’s cold turkey for me.
    The reason I quit after 35 years is my health. I had a stent put in. I just turned 50! I got so upset over the whole thing. I know it’s my fault and cigarettes have contributed to my health being how it is. Anyway good luck to all. This is my first and last time to quit.

  • Nickleen

    It’s been 40 hours for me. I’m using the Commit. I had great success with Zyban the first time around but lost my insurance just after so I couldn’t afford it anymore (stupid excuse, I know). Second time, generic Zyban and I had a nasty allergic reaction. I’m feeling a little jittery and unfocused right now. A little dizzy as well. However, I have no desire to smoke anymore. I just wish this jittery feeling would go away. It helps a little typing about it.

    I set up an automatic transfer from my checking account to my savings every week that is about what I was spending on smokes. 5 packs a week at $6 a pack turns out to be $120 a month. That’s more than half my monthly car payment.

    I saw this site a few months back. It was a huge influence in working my way up to all this. We all know that we have to quit. It is hard to get to the point that you think you can handle it. I just keep telling myself that it will be easy to quit when I’m dead of lung cancer. I’m a stubborn chick and I won’t let them get the best of me.
    Bethany, I broke a rib last year from smokers cough. It was so painful and I refuse to go through any of that again.
    John Roebuck, thanks. I need someone like you to kick my butt if I even think about cigarettes again.

  • Bethany

    UPDATE: Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still going strong at 2 weeks and 2 days! YAY! Never again will I go back to smoking…NEVER! Something just snapped in me this time. My mom is over her broken rib and has cut back significantly on the smokes. Everyone keep up the good work!

  • Ryan

    Day number three for me. I wrote on day one as well. I’m doing good. I feel 100 times better already and so does my boyfriend. We’re both committed to doing this. The first day I was a complete nightmare. I’d snap for no reason. Yesterday was a little bit better and hopefully as the days go on I will no longer have that nicotine craving. I’ve been avoiding smokers and smoking at all costs. I don’t even want to smell it. There’s always that temptation but hopefully that goes away as well.

    I’ve chewed about 4 packs of gum and ate alot of sunflower seeds. That seems to help me when I’m at work. When i’m driving I try and keep my hands busy as well as my mouth. I’ll chew on the end of my lipgloss or eat a twizzler. At home I just try to stay busy and active to keep my mind off of it. My house is cleaner than it has been in a while and I even cleaned my car out yesterday to rid it of ashes and cigarette smell. Welp…guess I’ll check back in after a few more days goes by. Congrats to everyone that is sucessfully quitting!

  • brian25

    i stoped 72 hours ago. tip. make sure u really want 2 stop. think it, do it and thank it u did it.

  • Lauren

    its been 6days since i gave up smoking and all ive had 2 help me was chewing gum (just ordinary chewing gum you would buy at your local newsagents) i started smoking when i was about 12 and im now 17, yep i was very naughty hehe and its only been in the last year that ive wanted to give up, but the hardest thing is, is saying right then im guna do it…and keeping it up :) usually i would be all moody but i havent been at all which is quite amazing hehe i still miss sparking up in the back garden cuz it was my ‘me time’ hehe non of my friends smoke and neither does my fiancee’, my parents used 2 but they gave up, using the patches and gum (in fact you can get addicted to them)

    anyway my tips would be, cut down on the amount you smoke, so half it.
    then finish a pack, and stay away from the places you would usually go to buy them, get rid of all lighters, tell friends so they know not to smoke around you, start reading a book, or going swimming etc… something which will take your mind of them cancer sticks.
    reward yourself at the end of the day.
    try to not drink alcahol

    and i could go on, but they are all the things which have helped me….oh and try chewing ordinary gum – cuz u can get addicted to nicorete gum hehe hope i can help you :)

  • Greg47

    Have been a smoker since I was 15 and am now 47. Gave up 5 days ago with the help of Champix.
    Very proud of myself as I have wanted to do this for years.

  • Jay

    I was hospitilized with an unrelated problem for 6 days, was able to avoid going outside to have a smoke becausse of a constant companion stuck in my arm and the fact that outside was 20 floors down with really slow elevators. I have been able to avoid smoking up to now without any help but I suspect the medication I have been on may be contributing to my success. It has been 3 weeks, some night sweats some pretty bad cravings but they do go away. I was a pack a dayer for 30 yrs and surprised that it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. The medication ends tomorrow, I hope I cheated the worst of it.

  • Sandy

    You did Jay: you beat it..do not worry…it will be even easier when you come off the medication…You have done it.. 90% of the Nicotine is gone from your system.

  • joanna

    I am on my 7th day of chantix, I have smoked for 43 years.
    I am going to quit soon, the chantix is helping, i am smoking a little less.

  • Jay

    Day 25 and all seems to be going well, night sweats seem to have disappeared but heartburn seems to happen more often. Has this happened to anyone? Sense of smell seems to be coming back especially garlic!

  • Alicia

    I started casually smoking when I went to College in ’02 and graduated in ’06. I now live with my fiance in Richmond and I hate that I had become a smoker. I was always a social smoker and somehow it turned into every day. I was a closet smoker up until Saturday. My parents still do not know that I smoke and only my close friends know. I woke up Sunday morning and had smoked so many cigarettes that I could smell it all over me and I felt truly gross.
    I just had this moment where I thought “I do not want to be 35 and not be able to kick it”. I was up to about 6 cigarettes a day which I know is not a TON but it was enough. I have been smoke free since Sunday morning and it truly sucks. When I am at home it is fine, it is when I am at work.

    Does anyone get this feeling in their chest as if they are about to have an anxiety attack? A couple times in the past two days I have been so frustrated that I have wanted to cry. I am frustrated because I know I do not want to smoke but as the same time it is all I want to do.

    I really just needed to get out in the open that I am having a hard time.

  • Bethany

    UPDATE: 3 weeks and 1 day down! I should have done this years ago. I feel so good! Everyone keep it up!!

  • Thomas

    Just have a family member pass away wih Cancer that i what brought me around i ave been smoke free for arond 3 months now just trying to figure out what i can do to make my lung capacity stronger now

  • http://whyquit.com/ Jen

    I have recently quit… again. This is only the 3rd time I’ve made it past the first 72 hours, though. The last time was 4 years ago. I quit for 3 months, then got stupid at Christmas.

    I have tried many tricks, tips, patches, lozenges, gum, etc., to quit, too. Last time, being on the patch for 2 days helped get me over the hump, and then I was fine. The patch no longer works for me – I think I enjoyed smoking too much. But this time, after saying we were going to quit for the last 4 years, hubby and I have gone for 9 days now. I have the same issues the other “quitters” have, with withdrawal, etc. One thing that has helped me a lot is to read other people’s posts, and to read the postings at whyquit.com. Your mind will mess with you in all the ways it knows how to get your nicotine levels up. However, another point I wanted to make is, nicotine (like alcohol) is a mask, and “numbs” you to your emotions… so it’s completely normal to feel on the verge of tears for no real apparent reason, etc. When you realize all the dirty little tricks nicotine uses, you’ll hate it even more than you already do.

    Basically, it boiled down to us making a big purchase of a new, expensive bed. We can’t afford to smoke and pay down the bed in the “first year same as cash” plan, so the day the bed was delivered, we quit smoking. So far so good. I know I can do this, but it certainly does suck sometimes… and those times I look at my list of reasons for quitting. Educating myself was a huge step toward breaking the habit.

  • Jess

    I’ve tried to quit in the past, and this time has by far been the easiest. I’ve been smoke free for 3 days and I haven’t had any major craving, no headaches, or moodiness. I’m pretty surprised.

    All I have been doing is drinking greens + in the morning in some Orange Juice and a smoothie with some cranberries. Taking several naps. Drinking various detox teas throughout the day whenever I’ve felt a craving. It’s been working great.

  • David

    I’ve been smoke-free for 8 days now. I’m using the patch this time. I must have tried to quit at least a dozen times before and never made it past a week.

    What’s different this time? I have a friend of mine that goes to the gym, who is instistant that I go with him to jog on the treadmill three days per week. That does help. But there’s one other thing I’ve done that seems to work, at least for me.

    Borrow someone’s cigarette. Take a fine-tipped marker and on the cigarette write this, “I OWN YOU”. When a craving hits, I take out this cigarette and look at it. I’ll tell you something, especially when my attitude feels like it’s suffering due to withdrawls, I read those words on that cigarette and get angry. I tell myself that this little cancer stick does not, and will never ‘OWN ME’. Maybe this will help some, maybe not.

    I am in control of my own destiny and my own actions. I will not submit to the cravings.

    Good luck to everyone writing here. You can do it. So can I. And know that we’re not alone.

  • Luai

    I am 30 years old, I have smoked for 15 years, I stopped three days ago “cold turkey”, I have stopped last year for two months but then I got stupid and started again. So far it’s going well, and to all that are quitting , do not give up, what your doing is the best action that you will do for your self. be strong and stay strong, you will win

  • Bethany

    5 weeks down!

  • David

    Today is day 11 of being smoke free. The attitude is suffering some, but I’m keeping it in check. I’ve been going to the gym more often, and have noticed that my standing heart rate has not ony slowed, but I recover from jogging or working out faster. The desire to smoke is still there, especially when I drive, as that was the time that I usually lit up. Chewing on a straw while driving seems to help abate that desire some.

    My sense of smell has increased quite a bit. Physically, I feel better. Not as tired as I used to be. Maybe it’s just me, but pulled muscles and other pains seem to go away faster. Could be from increased circulation?

    Keep it up everyone. If I can do it, you can do it!

  • steve

    I just quit 3 days ago and all i have thought about was all the times i would normaly smoke and now I cant do that. That isnt really helping me. Im trying to start new habits to replace the old one like chewing gum when i get into the car instead of lighting up. Im so mental over this whole thing that last night i had a dream that i lit up but didnt inhale thinking “if i dont inhale im not really smoking”. Im one of those people who smoke because i truly like it but im 32 now and my wife and i decided that maybe we should give it another try. One thing I can say that does help are deep breaths as if you were taking a hit. that relaxes you when you start to get the urge. we never smoked in our house so theres no stench in the air and i scrubbed out our cars so they didnt smell either, which also helps. I do have to say that when Im not smoking the smell of somebody who does is awful.

  • http://Whathappenstoyourbodyifyoustopsmokingrightnow? Sarah

    I have been a smoker for almost four years. i know it is not a long time but still smoking is tough. The only way you are going to quit is if you truly want to. Don’t do this for anyone else but yourself. STAY STRONG. GOOD LUCK GUYS!!!

  • Tamaira

    I quit on Oct 8th. I decided the cigarettes were my enemy in a battle, and I was going to win. I smoked for about 25 years, and the last decade or so was about 2 1/2 packs a day. Went cold turkey. I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing. I felt like having people watch me to see if I succeeded or failed was going to cause me to fail.

    I think finding what works to stop is different for everyone. Maybe patches work, maybe cold turkey. Whatever you need to get you through it is what matters.

    These are some of the things that I used to help me:
    1. chewed on toothpicks (plain but you can get flavored ones)
    2. cut a straw down to cigarette length and do the deep inhales as if I’m smoking when I get the urge to smoke
    3. gum when I’m at work
    4. reading – I’m a big reader and used to think that I had to smoke while reading, but I’ve discovered the reading “takes me away”. I get lost in the story and forget about smoking.
    5. not going overboard on the sugar or salt (such as on peanuts) – if I have too much of either one I want a cigarette
    6. mixing up the above items – I try to not just do one of them but different ones so that I don’t get bored with the tools I’m using.

    It’s getting easier. Sometimes I can go a few hours before I need a “fix” with one of the above items.

    And everytime someone drives me crazy, and I start craving a cigarette, I refuse to let that person “win”.

  • Natalie

    Hey, I have quit 2 weeks ago and i did it cold turkey tryed thise new pills that are out the champix untill my thoat got bigger and i was not able to talk (Allergic reaction). that was scarey, and i feel worse know then i ever did wene i did smoke. I have cancors,stomach aces extreamly tired, and i can’t sleep right and feel like i am allergic to everything, but i am still smoke free and think i did it for good. And i saved a lot of oney in the long run.

  • http://eqsglobal.com David

    Today has been 5 days no smoking, Oct. 27. I have smoked for 30 years and I am 46. For me it was easy, choose life or death. See all my 5 boys grow up and see my grandchildren or keep smoking and die slowly of emphesema. Hope it hasn’t started. Wish you all luck and keep on praying. I am looking forward to having energy
    again.

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  • Cj

    Hi Everyone!
    I’ve read all your comments here and thank you all, helped me get through another hour. I’m on day 6 so far. I don’t like to think about how many days I haven’t smoked for, I just like to think I don’t smoke. Like,”Why the hell do I think I want a smoke when I don’t smoke? Buggers me.” Yes i’ve tried to give up before and this time it’ll work. I’m quite embarrassed to say when I started smoking. But I’ve smoked for quite a few too many years. I’m 32 now and have 4 great kids. Most would say it should be easy to give up to be around for them, but that doesn’t do it for me. I’ve tried before lying to myself. Give up for me…give up for them…give up so I don’t die…husband doesn’t smoke so I don’t want him to have to put up with it…dad got really sick from smoking so I should give up before it happens to me…I want to give up (when I know I really don’t want to)…sick of the mozzies eating me when I have to go outside for a smoke. I’ve tried gum, patches, hypno, tablets and cold turkey before, they never worked. This time however I have combined 4 things…
    1. Patches.
    2. Gum (carefully though as I’ve found I get really bad side effects if I chew too much).
    3. The ‘want’ to be better than my x who smokes, drinks etc.
    4. Hate for what the stick has done to me.
    But mostly number 3 as this one is my way of being the better parent which makes me feel really good.
    For me, cold turkey didn’t work, I just went crazy, and not a good way to be when you have to look after kids. And yes I know all about the withdrawals. Hot and cold flushes, spacey feeling, sick to the gut, faint, not sleeping properly, wacked out dreams from the patch (last night was real bad), but I know all of this and still want to give up cause since day 4 I have seen that each day the cravings get easier and the DT’s get easier.
    Well break a leg to all kicking it. I know this is my time this time.

  • http://treasurechest2160.com Timothy J. McPherson

    The biggest tip I can give you is whatever you do DON’T PICK UP A CIGARETTE AND SMOKE IT! Once you do it can bring you right back to your full smoking habit in no time. It happen to me the last time I tried quitting but this time I will be the winner of the fight against cigarettes. I look on the internet for anything I could find about the bad things it can do to you. The nastier the pictures I find the better it is. I’ve read about what happens when they’re drying out the tabacco. They spray it with pesticides and rat posion and if the rats and roaches get in and die they don’t pick they out grind them up with the tabacco and make your cigarettes so what this means is that your smoking rats and roaches with every puff you take. So go right ahead and pick up that nasty cigarette if you like smoking rats and roaches. I reach my hand out to pull you up from the large piles of tabacco waiting for you to smoke. Don’t slip back down just keep climbing to the top and pull yourself up on the wall and wipe your feet off and don’t look back. The road ahead is a cleaner one.

  • http://www.myspace.com Johannes

    I’ve been smoking for two years. Got a serious pneumonia a week ago and haven’t smoked for a week. Cold turkey. Haven’t gone to work during my recovery but tomorrow I’m feeling healthy enough to go to work. A lot of my co-workers smoke and it’s really a social thing. I fear I might feel the urge to smoke again tomorrow. Still I got these night sweats and had trouble sleeping so hopefully the nicotine is out of my system. I smoked a pack a day and I really wish to quit. Thanks for all the tips here. I think I’ll go for the lollypop method. I never want a drop of nicotine in my body ever again!

  • Bethany

    6(!) weeks ago, I had my very last smoke. I am still going strong! I am using the patch as I said before and I’ve 2 more weeks. Tomorrow I step down to “step 3″. I honestly can’t see myself smoking now. It feels good to slap big tobacco in the face. Yes, I realize I’m still giving them money as they own the patches, but in 2 weeks….I will no longer support their “cause”. WOO HOO!

  • steve

    8 days and strong. Last time i posted i was having trouble excepting a non smoking life style but that all changed quickly. I went to some “smokings bad” web site and read all the death rates and what not that all of us know, but keep in the back of head……way back. After reading those disturbing facts i googled a bunch of smokers lungs pictures. Those two things combined was enough to gross me out. It was like a light switch or smoking switch in my head that just got turned off. since then i have been out drinking and around smokers and besides the nasty smell they put off i havent had a problem.
    All of you that are still having temptations just hang in there. They will go away, your smoking switch will get turned off too.

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  • Jay

    A little more than 6 weeks now, after meal cravings still there but seem to be shorter. I thought it would be a lot harder but I guesss I was finally ready to quit. Good luck to all who are working so hard at stopping and just keep thinking about what you have to gain by remaining smoke free!!

  • http://www.bahariyekuruyemis.com bahariye

    thank you.

  • http://none partylwc

    I quit smoking 8 months ago,
    I had been smoking for maybe 4 years, the first year I smoked socailly maybe a little bit more, maybe an average of 3 to 4 cigarettes a day but I also smoked a lot of pot. The 2nd year I was a full time smoker, up to a half pack to a full pack a day, And I smoked a lot of pot. The 3rd Year the same thing but I was smoking more pot. The 4th year I gradually started to quit, first I weened myself off the cigarettes, 2nd off the pot. Now its been 7-8 months and I feel a lot better. I do endurance cycling and i’ve gained weight but gained a lot of muscle to. I’ve lost a lot of fat that was on my body and I feel better. I’m still coughing up Greenish/brownish gunk which is really discusting. I also stopped drinking which has been nice. good luck to all that try, its supposedly the hardest drug to quit, but its worth the battle.

  • liquid214

    I am on day three and scoured my whole house for a pack of smokes (I threw them all away on day one) but I am still convinced I may have forgot about a pack somewhere! I will say that I sat down and was wondering what the heck got into me, as I was on this strange out of body mission to smoke!! I am over it for now (no i didnt find any :) ). I hope day 4 is better, I can say with certainty that my hands and feet feel much warmer and I seem to have more energy (maybe the withdrawl). I wish you all luck!

  • liquid214

    What worrys me is that lots of people post on the third day of not smoking and then I never see another post from them. I will keep updating for self healing (not sure what that means but it sounds nice).

  • http://stores.ebay.com/THE-STORE-THAT-BRINGS-YOU-TREASURES Timothy j.

    Today is my 8th day without the nasty habit which I’m finding the less I talk about the better. If you need to talk about them that’s fine but I feel sooner or later you’ll have to stop thinking about them altogether. I’ve been smoking three packs a day for how long I’m not sure but I start around 12 years old being the cool ones on the corner in south philly philadelphia. No matter were I go I see people smoking standing outside buildings because you can’t smoke inside. Cigarette butts on the streets and payments, advertisments all over the place reminding me that I smoked them. I’m enjoying my new habit of throwing the money in a jar and watching it pile up just like the cigarette butts in the ash tray. What I’m doing is looking around for things to do. I started painting the whole house to get rid of the smoke off the walls, everything else is being wiped down to clean the smoke off.

    I sat around last night with smokers that kept on saying I have to quit these things coughing their brains out but the power of the cigarette keeps them lighting them up.

    I tell just do it and put up with the withdraws that will follow but will go away in time but if you never to it then they will stay with you.

    So everybody you have to stop thinking about them. Think of beautiful things, think of when you were young running around, take up some new hobbies, join a club do anything that will keep your mind off them.

    KEEP UP THE FIGHT DON’T PICK THEM UP SOONER OR LATER YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM UP ALTOGETHER AND THAT MEANS EVERYTHING.
    DON’T THINK ABOUT THEM

    Thanks for taking the time to write this.

    Timothy j.

    A member of the Golden Sunrise New Years Associations

    http://goldensunrise.net

  • Princess

    Ok, I’m gonna go all out here and confess ALL!
    I tried smoking when I was 12…Found it totally disgusting!Well ,over the years I smoked pot and eventually crack!(told ya confession time)This was why I had started to smoke cigs. I ran out of crack one night and felt the need to smoke something…anything…so cigs were the cheaper way to go until I could muster up more crack money and get that fix.I smoked anywhere between 2-6 packs a day when I used crack…chain smoked them..just to be inhaling!
    That was in 1996…Well lucky for me I went to drug rehab and with help of NA learned how to live drug free..I have 7 years drug and alcohol free and now I’m stuck with the darn nicotine addiction from hell.I have tried to quit before and even quit for 10 months during pregnancy and nursing my baby.I visited a relative who’s 13 year old was smoking and I started agian.Now here I am 37 years old and feeling like an idiot because I no longer have drug cravings ,but can’t stop smoking cigs.It’s horrible…This is (god willing) my last demon to defeat and he’s riding me hard.Tomorrow will be my last day of smoking and I have bought the gum to aide me in the cravings! I often look back and say that I was much better off before cigs,and I will be again.The only reason I started was to aide me in the crack withdraw,now I can not use that for an excuse any longer.I will post on here ofetn and read daily,Wish me luck and If you too are in Drug recovery , know that I am with you and that I am now going to be in Nicotine recovery as well!

  • Shevaun Adams-Zmolek

    So…I have quit smoking, several times-most successfully for over a year. I have quit again and has been a week. I must say the biggest draw for me to stick it out is the fact that I never want to have to quit again-it is awful. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to alleviate withdrawal symptoms for my personal gain and for that of everyone surrounding me???

  • Mike L.

    I’m 41 and smoked between 1 and 3 packs a day for 25 years. I’m on day 9 of no smoking. I read each and every post on this website and I applaud everyone who’s working on quitting this nasty habit. The people I want to address are the young folks and the ‘social smokers.’ I started smoking at 16 because everyone else on the construction site would ‘take 5′ and I didn’t want to be the only one to keep working. I specifically remember the foreman (a smoker) telling me that if I didn’t quit now, in 5 years I’d go out in the middle of a snow storm to get cigarettes if I ran out. That never happened to me, but only because I moved to California where it doesn’t snow. If you’re young, or a ‘social smoker’ bite the bullet and quit now. I can’t even remember how many times I tried to give it up over the years. I wanted to in my 20′s, but I had to quit the cocaine first (a ‘social user’ you know). I wanted to in my 30′s but being an alcoholic, I needed to be able to give my family a reason I was going outside without telling them I was hitting the bottle. I quit all that other shit, but I still couldn’t give up the butts. Last year the doc told me I had early stage emphysema, but that wasn’t enough to make me quit. I got bronchitis every 10 minutes, but that wasn’t enough either. What did it for me was watching what my wife and kids went through when my mother-in-law died of cancer last month (never smoked a day in her life). My oldest son is 4. Last week I decided I’d be damned if my own selfish behavior was going to result in him having to watch his father die a slow painful death. I didn’t tell anyone and no one really noticed, including my wife. (Her sense of smell isn’t so hot.) Like some other folks, I just didn’t want people reminding me every day that I’d quit by asking how I was doing. I know I can live (for a while anyway) with the guilt of knowing what I’ll end up putting myself and my family through or I can quit. Those are the choices.

    One more thing – I’m using the lozenges and it works great for me. I didn’t like the gum, I couldn’t use the patch. And for you folks who are worried about people becoming addicted to the gum or the lozenges: you gotta be kidding. If that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes. Besides, from what I understand, nicotine isn’t the part of cigarettes that kills you, it may even have some therapeutic value. It’s the tar and carbon monoxide and all that other happy horseshit that comes along with the smoking that kills you. Good luck to all.

  • liquid214

    day 4 I have finally stopped freaking out every five minutes! Now it probably every 20 minutes but gets better as time passes! I feel much warmer not that cold feeling in my hands I always used to have! I find quiting smoking to be one of those great personal struggles that few can understand.

  • Shevaun Adams-Zmolek

    …instead of candy and gum…try celery and push-ups for cravings- I am telling you it is the master combination.

  • shevaunaz

    COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE, makes me want to smoke-fuuuuuuuuck!

  • KAGUTIERREZ

    I have been smoking for 25 years, I was sick of smoking, I called a hypnotherapist and after a 2hr apt have become a Non-Smoker. I recommend hypnotherapy to any one who really in there heart wants to quit smoking.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/THE-STORE-THAT-BRINGS-YOU-TREASURES Timothy J.

    Hi all,

    I went to a comedy show saturday night all you can eat and open bar till 12 midnight. There’s no smoking in the place so I’m sitting there and the two girls that I was with yes we’re going out side to smoke a cigarette, one of them asked me if I was going to be sad when their gone no I’m not are you going to be sad because your going out to smoke that cigarette that’s taking your life away one day at a time? They just looked at me and went outside when they came back they started telling that they have to quit smoking one day. So I planted the seed in their heads so it can spread from one person to another. They didn’t go back outside the rest of the night. As the night came to a close with only one more thing before it was all over everybody who smoked went outside to catch one, the girls said they were going out so I went with them. I stood out there with all these smokers standing there as they puffed on the cigarettes and he didn’t bother me at all but I did hear the little voice saying give me one of those but I started humming to drown him out which it help. Boy I couldn’t believe I made it and one reason why I made it is that I don’t want to smoke them any more and I’m not going to let them beat me. Not wanting to is the first biggest step to take. People find all kinds of reasons to start smoking again so really have to find all the reasons not to stop again. thanks for reading, timothy j.

    A member of the Golden Sunrise New Years Association Fancy Division Mummers Club
    http://goldensunrise.net

  • CEC the 3RD

    38 days smoke free, thanks to Chantix. It really worked well for me , quit on day 9 of taking it , got my refill but am sharing it with my hubby who is going to try the get quit thing with Chantix. Had all the common side affects , sweating, coughing, sleeplessness, but Dr. said it was all my body getting toxin free. Have no desire for cigs any more, been out drinking and in casinos and still no desire to smoke.

  • Paula

    Well, I keep saying I’m going to quit “tomorrow”. Today, I mean it. When these are gone, I am not buying another pack. I am 41 years old. I have been smoking since I was about 22. I’m smoking a pack a day now, which I attribute to being in a stressful relationship, but then again, if it wasn’t the relationship i’m sure it would be something else. I can always find an excuse.
    Bottom line is, my heart hurts. Literally. When I smoke 2-3 at a time, I feel it. I can feel it beating. That scares me. What scares me more is that I have a son and a daughter, ages 11 and 7, who need me. How in the world am I going to raise these children and care for them if I get sick? And when you get sick from smoking, it goes one of two ways. You either are chronically ill, or terminally ill. (Actually one way. It’s always terminal in the long run.) We’re all going to die, but why rush it. I know I have to quit for my kids. They don’t deserve this. Hell even the cat doesn’t deserve to breathe my second hand smoke in. It’s time for me to grow up. Tonight is my last night. Tomorrow morning, I’m taking Chantix. Please think strong thoughts for me and supportive prayers. I believe in the power of group prayer and support and I’m going to need it. This time, when tomorrow comes, i’m not buying coffee & cigarettes. I’m just getting coffee!

  • timothy j

    I’m with you girl friend. One thing I have to say is don’t buy the coffee it will make you want to smoke. Get yourself a v8 or something like that. Your making a wise choice. Good Luck from Timothy j.

  • steve

    ok so I was 20 days smoke free not bugging me a bit and then I went to a new Casino in NY for the weekend and gave in. This place was so damn smoky and it smelled awful. at first it was gross for a few hours and then started to become appealing. So i gave in and bought a pack. I smoked about 10 cig’s through out the night and not once did it taste good. why i kept smoking I dont know. at the end of the night I through them away. typ when this happens i go right back to smoking but this time it was awful and I thought alright….I messed up, no big deal, back to the smoke free life style.

  • http://nocoffee? Paula

    Timothy, thanks for the support! In the mornings I need 2 things. a smoke and a cup of coffee. don’t know that I can give up the coffee though! ;) Maybe if I didn’t put half the cup full of cream that might help though huh?
    thank you for your thoughts and wishes. I need all the support I can get. Tomorrow IS the day.
    For, whenever I start feeling good (energy), unfortunately it’s also the time I say to myself “I want a cigarette.” Then I smoke it, and I feel like crap.
    go figure.

  • David

    Paula,

    You can do it. I know you can.

    And I know where you’re coming from. I did the exact same thing, having a coffee and a cigarette in the morning.

    What helped me some was that I stopped calling them cigarettes, I started calling them ‘cancer sticks’. Sometimes I purposely leave off the word ‘sticks’ and so it sounds like, “I want a cancer…” I have found it motivational, even if it is a negative motivation.

    The last thing I’ll say is that there will be desires and withdrawls, if you’re not on some nicotine supplement. They don’t last forever. They do go away. You can do this. You will feel normal again, without the cigarette.

    And Steve is right. If you fail, throw the pack away and quit again. And again, and again, and again.

    Take care

  • Moe

    Hi to all of you,

    Iam on day 24. I am proud to go straight forward toward a NEW LIFE… Really i never been so proud of myself. I feel that iam doing a GREAT ACHIEVEMENT! I decided TO QUIT after 14 years of dependance! I can’t believe that iam another man.Every day i thank GOD for its HELP! The main goal that drove me on this way was my needs to become a healthy man for me and my family. Life is so short, we must try to don’t destruct ourself by our hands!

  • Moe

    Hi Paula,

    Good luck, as david said, you can do it. I’ve done it. I still didn’t believe it. But its true! For tomorrow morning i propose you to do a good jog then you will break your habits!

  • http://Healthbolt Sandy

    Hey Paula: I am praying for you …you can do it..I quit June 25/2007 and am doing great..i went cold turkey…The nicotene is out of your system within 3 days….and 75% is gone after one night sleep. And you can enjoy a cup of coffee without a cigarette..i do everyday.
    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!
    Sandy

  • Reid

    After trying to quite for 8 years, both myself and my fiance read Allen Carr’s book and quit the very day we finished it… No cravings, it was crazy. I know some say it doesn’t work for them, but definitely worth a crack if you haven’t read it. There’s my $0.02 anyway.

  • Paula

    Well, I went to Hess this morning and stood behind some girl who looked like she was in a nurse’s smock and blue pants, who was buying cigarettes. And I didn’t. ;)
    I just got my coffee, and I came home.
    So far, so good.
    I better take my chantix pill.
    One thing I realize about cigarettes, is that if i smoke a few, I feel tired and lethargic and crappy. But as soon as I feel good again, after a few hours, I really want one…. This is not a cakewalk…. but I’m quitting today. There is no other option that has an outcome i would like.

  • Timothy J.

    Paula, Good luck you took the first steps for a healthier you. Don’t look back and move forward to your new goal of a smoke free life. I’m on my 12th day after smoking 3 packs a day. I’ve made my mind up and doing it cold turkey one of the hardest ways to stop smoking. It does get better as the days go by. Just don’t lite one up if it starts calling you. Take deep breaths like your smoking and the crave will go away but it will return again so be ready for it. You can do has millions already have done. People I know are laughing at me telling me that I’m going to start again but I just laugh at them because their still smoking. My brother says I’m a better man then him because he can’t quit but he never tried so I don’t know why he would say that. Me, myself and I helped me quit, they just kept on talking to each other your quitting and that’s it. Remember don’t pick up that first one. Well I have to go GOOD LUCK ON YOUR NEW ROAD OF A SMOKE FREE LIFE.

    Timothy j.
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    I’ve been hearing about this product called zerosmoke. I was going to get it but couldn’t find it. I forgotten the name at the time but just now I saw it. So here’s the web address

    http://www.freezerosmoke.com

  • http://tanyaandchantix.blogspot.com/ tanya

    I want to hear from others like me! I am on day 13 of Chantix, and Day 8 of NO SMOKING. I have read plenty of people saying how wonderful they feel, and how easy it is, but I know that there has to be others out there like me.

    I am having a horrible time with this whole quit smoking ordeal. My husband and I decided together to do it, and he is not having any problems. I have not even heard him say one time he wants a cigarette; which happens to be the phrase that continually flows out of my mouth. If I am not saying it aloud, I am most certainly thinking it. At night, I am actually dreaming about it. I do not recall smoking in my dreams previous to my quit date, however, now I am actually sneaking around in my dreams, trying not to get caught.

    So if there is anyone out there consumed with the same thoughts and feelings, I would love to hear what you have to say. Also, how you are dealing with this whole not smoking ordeal.

  • http://tanyaandchantix.blogspot.com/ tanya

    Sorry about that, for some reason it did not show up with the blog that I started. I want to hear from others like me. Also, please tell me what you are doing with the anxious insance feelings you are having. http://tanyaandchantix.blogspot.com/

  • timothy j.

    That’s the mental part of quitting. You need to find something to do that will make your mind think of something else. I picked up a musical keyboard and started learning to play it. Went to youtube.com to find some basics and just started hitting those keys learning the scales. Over and over again. As soon as I started thinking about cigarettes I picked it up again and played it over and over again.

    It’s not that bad now but I still think of them once in awhile, as I go about my daily routes for the day I see all kinds of reminders, butts on the streets, people standing there smoking, empty packs, signs etc. I just can’t get away from the reminders. They didn’t start chasing me in my dreams yet but what I do know is that I don’t what to pick up another one in my life again and that’s the only thing that’s making me not go back. I know smokers who quit for years and still think of them. So just hang in there and try to think of something else. Look for nasty pictures of smoking, keep looking for the things that will make you sick to your stomach. Get a punching bag and hit it everytime you think of them. Take up a new hobby that can replace the time that you devote to smoking cigarettes. Don’t give in and it will pass. I started painting the whole house even if it didn’t need it or not. Hope this helps, timothy j.

  • Barbara

    Paula – Good Luck to you!! Today is my 12th day on Chantix, and my 2nd day smoke free. I am 42 and have been smoking since I was 12. I am loving how good I smell, and all sorts of other little things. I never would have imagined I could make it two days – if I can do it, anyone can.

  • Barbara

    Tanya, it sounds like you and I started Chantix at about the same time. My fiance has also quit, but he’s going cold turkey. The thought “I want a cigarette” occurs to me about 100 times a day. Yesterday (my first day) I chewed on ice cubes all day and drank tons of water. Today I’ve been busy at work and reading websites like this for inspiration. I also had dreams about smoking last night (nothing quite like those Chantix dreams, is there?) but in the dream I was really mad at myself for smoking. Good luck to you :)

  • joe

    Quit cold turkey, period – for my best friend. After my best friend passed away of 17 years I realized he will never come back, hes simply gone forever. I tried to help him walk as he was too weak to stand on his own. I said if he can go through this and then leave I sure as hell can do one simple thing – stop smoking.

  • TIMOTHY J.

    PAUA, I haven’t heard any news about your first day of quitting. If didn’t go the way you planed and you smoke some cigarettes don’t worry about it get back on track and continue to make your goal to stop smoking come true. Take one day at a time. I’m not going to smoke any cigarettes today and through this day and do the same thing everyday. Don’t worry about a month down the road just today. I say to myself everyday that I’m not going to smoke cigarettes knowing that they add chemicals to them to make me smoke more. I’m not going to run around trying to get my next fix. I refuse to let them take me down with all the others before me. I have better things to do then to stand here looking like some kind of chimney. I reprogram my brain telling myself these things. I use them when I start thinking of cigarettes again and thoughts of them to come in my head everyday.

    Go to the mirror with a cigarette in your mouth and really look at yourself and ask yourself does this cigarette belong to my face? It starts to look real stupid with it in your mouth. You think you enjoy them but you know deep down that you hate them and want to run away.

    Get yourself back on track and if you didn’t smoke any yesterday keep up the good work but if you did don’t be afraid to admit it. It’s a very hard thing to do and a lot of people are in the same boat with you. I don’t want to be in the boat no more so I’m swimming on the outside of the boat telling you to come in the water it’s nice and warm. Well I got to go. Timothy j.

  • Paula

    Hi guys, well here’s the update. I did great until 3:00 pm. I mean usually, I have smoked like 4-6 cigarettes by 10:00 am. But I didn’t have any, so I didn’t even take the chantix pill because I wasn’t feeling like I needed a cigarette (this is good.) Then, around 3 in the afternoon, I couldn’t find some travelers checks i had laying around, and I started to panic. Then my significant other started pressuring me “helping” me is how he put it… like well, where did you leave them last? Then he pulls the garbage in from outside and starts going through it, and frankly I wished I hadn’t mentioned it to him because he was stressing me out more. Long story short, I found the checks, but I did go buy a pack. And by this morning, the pack was gone and I had bought another. So now I’m sitting here thinking, ok, not a big deal. one more day isn’t going to make or break me. I can do it. So tonight, I get back in the mindset to try again tomorrow. The difference is, i will take the chantix pill. Thanks for your support as always. I really want to stop. esp since it stinks so bad and I need the money I spend on cigarettes.

  • Shevaun

    You know, I smoked so much it even made my smoking friends sick, then over a week ago I ran out of cigarettes and I just didn’t want to go get more. I decided to quit-no plan, nothing-cold turkey. At first it was really easy-now I am having a lot of cravings. I need some serious words of encouragement here, to strengthen my resolve. Especiall since quitting was almost like a fluke for me. Help!!!

  • Timothy J.

    What more can I say but THROW THE DAMM THINGS AWAY AND FORGET ABOUT IT!!!!!!!. IT’S OVER YOUR THE WINNER NOT THE CIGARETTE COMPANIES or you can continue to play the game and the cigarette companies win and laughing all the way to the bank. The choice is yours don’t listen to your craving devils that work for the cigarette companies. Stick with your gut feelings and run with it. Walk away and never turn back.

  • Jason

    It was like this for me, I figured why was I actually paying a corporation to kill me slowly? Doesnt really make sense to me, I smoked off and on for 7 yrs, Im 24 now and a college senior. I decided to quit mid semester because I figure if I can to this then I can do anything. Well its day 6 and I havent had a square, but you always think about it like crazy, and yes even now have dreams where Im smoking a cigarette (whats up with that BS). I quit cold turkey, nothing but ice breakers mints and reisling, oh yes the wine helps only 1 or two glasses a day though.

    I went to the stopsmoking counter, that is a fun site to track your accomplishments, im just doing everything I can to know im doing great and to help me. This is reall HARD! It’s a shame companies do this to people… I smoke marjuana sometimes too, but If I dont wanna smoke I wont (guess cause the chemical is natural and cigs arent). I believe if cigarettes had nothing but natural tobacco and a filter they wouldnt be addictive where we wanna poke our own eyes out, and I hate the companies for this but it doesnt matter I decided to smoke now im doing what it takes to stop.

    P.S. I enjoy everyones posts this site is great and reading everyones entries has helped me too, thankyou

  • Aaron

    I have so far gone 26 hours 16 minutes (that sounds really bad) with out a smoke. Is it just me or did any one else get a tingling in their hands?
    I know this is really early but I know how Paula feels and I hope you give it another try. Best of luck!!!

  • chuck

    I quit cold turkey after a crazy night of drinking. Been 5 months, haven’t looked back. fuck you smoking! haha!

  • timothy j.

    WHY WAIT UNTIL THE DOCTOR SAYS YOU HAVE TO QUIT SMOKING BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T YOUR GOING TO DIE.

    SO FAR 14 DAYS AND I DIDN’T SMOKE 889 CIGARETTES AND I SAVED 128.99 THESE NUMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO CLIMB WITH EACH AND EVERY PASSING DAY. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE CASH I THREW THAT KIND OF MONEY AWAY FOR YEARS. BOY THOSE DAYS HAVE PASSED VERY QUICKLY. ONE DAY AT A TIME THAT’S ALL IT TAKES.

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    can smelling the smoke on the end of a cigar cause cancer or heart damage?

  • Timothy j.

    They call that second hand smoke and they’re saying that second hand smoke can do harm to you but you can never take in the same amount of smoke that a person is taking in while their sitting smoking next to you. A person who’s smoking his only letting out 10% of the smoke they just inhaled from one drag, 90% of the smoke never leaves the body.

    As of today I haven’t smoked 947 cigarettes within 15 days so I’ll have to say give me the second hand smoke any day but don’t think I want that either it’s just going to be hard running away from the world who’s smoking. What I can say is that everytime I smell it now it stinks. Have a smoke free night, timothy j.

  • http://yahoo.com KRAZY MAN

    OH THANK GOD!!! THANKs FOR EXPLAINING IT TO ME THAT WAY BRO!!! URE FREAKIN AWESOME! U MUST BE A DOCTOR RIGHT?

  • Jules

    I quit smoking a week ago. I live on a small campus, surrounded by smokers, with smoking going on everywhere from dorms to bars, as its Holland. I had been smoking since I was 15. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s done to my lungs. I also started jogging as a substitute and it’s actually working. I don’t feel the need to smoke, I don’t think about it at all when I’m by myself or distracted by something else. But when I meet my friends and they’re all smoking and some of them still offering me cigarettes as they don’t know I’ve quit, it’s quite the inner war. Anyway, it seems to be working out and I’ll agree with other comments, it does give you a new sense of pride and self-confidence. So yeah, fucking quite smoking. Reaching the age of 30 sounds not only good now, but also probable.

  • Paula

    Hi everyone. Well I am out of cigarettes today. I smoked like 6 of them this morning and into the afternoon, and really I did not enjoy even one of them. they stunk, and I even felt a little nauseaus. So I ran out, and I’m going to try, just for today, not to replace that pack.
    Just for today. Then tomorrow, I will say it again.
    And I am going to start counting up my money to see what I’m saving too.
    wish me luck. I’m giving it another try and this time I think I’m a little more determined. I need the money! ;)

  • shevaun

    I feel like such a failure—I was doing so well and now have smoked for the past two days again. How is it possible for my conviction to literally deteriorate in a matter of minutes. Words of encouragement????

  • Jules

    Shevaun, what i found very helpful, essential in fact, was changing the way you think of yourself. do you see yourself as a smoker without cigarettes? well it would be normal to do so, but if you’d think of yourself as a non-smoker from a certain moment onwards then it would just get easier seeing a cigarette or others smoking and not wanting because.. hey, you’re a non-smoker ;)

  • shevaun

    Thanks Jules—I have tried this model of thinking and has been successful in the past to a certain extent, however it is very nice to be reminded of this idea. Maybe within this kind of thinking is where my conviction should lie…Thank you thank you thank you.

  • Jules

    You’re welcome. It worked perfectly for me, just really get yourself into that mind frame. Good luck!!

  • Barbara

    shevaun, I am hardly an expert as I’m only a week into being a non smoker. What has thus far kept me from lighting a cigarette is the constant thought that although I may want a cigarette, I do not want to smoke. I want to smell good, I want to wake up without that hacking cough, and I want to run up stairs without getting out of breath.

  • shevaun

    Yes…good points-one of the reasons I originally quit. Every other aspect of my life is ridiculously healthy-I exercise daily-put very good things into my body-no need to poison myself-kind of takes away from all of the other effort. This website is wonderful. It is soooo nice to be able to vent and give and receive advice.

  • Ray

    I’ve quit smoking for about 24 hours so far and I’m feeling pretty good about myself. The day prior to quitting I search the whole house looking for any type of tabacco to ensure that I can’t cheat. Lucky for me I got a flu on quit day which made quitting smoking so much easier. My only recemendation is that getting a flue or cold while attempting to quit makes things so much easier. Good luck folks

  • timothy j.

    Still going strong after 22 days of not smoking 1321 cigarettes. It just gets easier everyday after the big hump of quitting. Yes I still get the cravings and I ready to say give me one of those and they I remember I don’t want to smoke that crap with all those chemicals. So come and join me and throw those cigarettes away.

  • quitter

    quitting is easy and can be done with no withdrawal, just read ‘the easy way to stop smoking’ by alan carr

    worked for me after 20 years of smoking

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  • Paul

    Well I made the first 36 hrs, 1 to 2 packs a day for 25 years. Useing Chantix, still do not know what to do with myself. Just keeping buzy taking it hour by hour. Once stop for 5 years. Read this whole wedsite Yesterday. have not heard from Paula do you have another date in mind. Timothy keep on posting you have the right mind set. Just do not light one up.

  • Paula

    I’m just freaking out terribly. We contracted to have our kitchen remodeled and what was supposed to be a 3 day job has turned into a (so far) 10 day nightmare. The work is shoddy and the guy works for 1 hour a day. We screwed up big time hiring him and are out thousands right now. So I’m a nervous wreck. My quit date will have to be no later than 11/22 because I’m flying to see the folks who would die if they knew I was a smoker. (nice huh)…..
    I’m just a wreck right now with no kitchen sink, disposal, or stove and 2 kids I’m buying takeout for going on 10 days now. A cigarette seems to be the only thing to slow my nerves. What am I going to do ???

  • Paul

    Made my 2nd full day Just keeping busy. Paula don’t give up. But with all that stress best to put off the date. Stopping is stressful enough. Ray how are you doing.

  • Paul

    3 1/2 Days. After reading this site the next 4 days are the hardest Not many people post after 4 days.

  • timothy j

    I’m still here and doing great. I’m not trying to find any reasons to start smoking again. I have the stressful things happen to me like fighting, people coming at me all at once. I repair computers get a bunch of those customers at once and they will drive you to smoke. I was looking around for my cigarettes so I can lite one up and look at them all and say now what is your problem but there was no cigarettes around so I just fought the stressfulness off and looked at them all and said now what is your problem. I turned on the full service buttons and took care of the problems. I’m not going to run after the cigarette everytime a problem comes to the table. Life is stressful and always going to be stressful. You just have to know how to deal with the stress. I channel it in different ways like getting something done that I would of put off for awhile. I start cursing under my breath while I do it to pipe off the stream. Deep down in me I don’t want to smoke anymore and I’ll do anything I can not to lit up again. One thing is to make sure you don’t have any around to lit up at the time these problems happen and one thing to do is stop looking for a reason to lit up one. Deal with every problem you have. Smoking one doesn’t solve the problem it will still be there when you finish. Put a chair in the corner down the basement and go holler at the chair, kick it if you have to but just don’t lit up. Thanks for reading, timothy j.

  • timothy j.

    Hi all, I hope your not giving in to the addiction of smoking. After 24 days I can’t believe this new energy coming over me. I’m getting so much more done since I don’t have to say let me smoke this cigarette before I do that. You know what I’m talking about because your doing the same thing. Smoke a cigarette then take a shower, finish up with the shower smoke another cigarette, get dress and go downstairs turn on the computer and smoke another cigarette, if you drink coffee your smoking a cigarette while your making it(I don’t drink coffee) after the pot is done you sit down and smoke another cigarette, now your really cooking. Some people I know cough their brains out in the morning trying to open the air passage to your lungs, shake that tickle in your throat but it never works so you lit up your cigarette and say I’m going to quit one day but we all know that the crave is fighting you to keep on smoking so another day goes by and you start the whole process over again. When I talk to other smoker they said the same thing to me yeah I’m going to quit these one day. They look at me and say how are you doing it. My answer is I just don’t want to smoke any more and I refuse to smoke something that manufacturers are adding addatives, chemicals etc. to cigarettes so you stay hooked on them. Believe me I’m one that always had smoke following me around and people always told me you smoke to much. Yeah Yeah Yeah I know and then I lit up another one and continue to fix their computer. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. It’s up to you to make that move. You know it’s wrong and your trying to make the right move in quitting and yes you will fall down but you have to pick yourself up and get back on the horse and try again until you success but don’t give in and say I can’t do it because down the road your going to be force to do it because the doctor said you have to. So why wait until that happens before stopping. It doesn’t make sense does it? Well I have to go. Make the right move and throw them away forever. Timothy j.

  • Paul

    4 1/2 days Tim you are so right. Make the right move and throw them away. My father passed away 24 years ago from Lung cancer. My friend passed away this Jan. from the same thing. But I still smoked. Got up every morrning saying I got quit these but lit up another while thinking about it. Stop before the doctor tells you because at that time it too late.

  • Sandy

    Hey Paul…I am now a non-smoker for 5 months on the 25th of November…It is so easy now…You barely think about it and there are no cravings at all…Hang in there…the first three weeks seem to be the hardest but it gets easier every day…Read Allan carrs book..easy way of quitting smoking…It really will help.
    hang in there.

  • shevaun

    …ok…I am starting over again-day one—with me luck.

  • Paul

    Well 5 1/2 days Behind me. Tks for the Words Sandy that is all I can do Hang in there knowing that one day the carving will go. Do not have as many But they are still there. Shevaun Good Luck. take it Hr by Hr. Before you know it You will Have one day Behind you.

  • shevaun

    Thanks Paul–day 2

  • timothy j.

    Paul my father die from smoking 27 years ago from throat cancer and I did the same thing you did smoke and smoke some more. Don’t no more my mind is made up and I’m not going back again. There’s a lot of times through out the day I say let me just smoke one just one to remember what it was like then I tell myself what are you crazy you don’t need that shit. So I forget about once again. Just to let you know that these craves will resurface for the rest of the life, you think about them from time to time but you have to just fight them off, you know they’re no good for you and it’s your mind playing trick on you to start smoking again. Just remember when you did smoke that you told yourself you need to quit these things, well now you did and your moving down the road to a smoke free life just don’t turn back keep looking forward and take one day at a time. Today I’m not going to smoke a cigarette no matter what and tomorrow tell yourself the same thing. Today is my 26th day of quitting and I didn’t smoke 1591 cigarettes and saved. 230.84 dollars. The money I don’t even care about because I threw that away for years. Everytime I look at that the quit counter I say wow so that helps me stay on the quit side I want the numbers to climb. Got to run thanks for reading. Good luck to all the smoke quitters let the numbers climb. Timothy j.

  • timothy J.

    Paul and everybody else stay focus on quitting it will become a thing of the past. Just remember you really want to quit and nobody is forcing you to quit, you made this decession. Don’t let the cigarettes win they’re going to do their best to make you smoke one, just fight them off and stick with your guns. Good luck, timothy j.

  • shevaun

    Timothy J you are pretty inspiring…thanks for all the words…

  • timothy j.

    Just remember the words when those craves start to surface which they will they don’t stop they try and try again to get you hooked again. As soon as I start thinking of them I try to think of something else to flush my brain of the thoughts and if that doesn’t work I just look for something else to do real fast and think about that. I actually run away from the thoughts. I look at my quit keeper every day and watch the numbers start adding up. so far 26 days, 1,595 cigarettes wow that’s a lot in 26 days I haven’t add to my system, 231.38 saved the money part I don’t even care about, I threw money away for years. Stick with whatever program your on. I’m doing cold turkey and the rest that I’m winning is because I made the decission to quit and I had enough of the smoking cigarettes. I didn’t wait for the doctor to tell me, so don’t wait until the doctor tells you like paul said it will be to late for that. good luck with the quit and keep your head up and with every pasting day pat yourself on the back when another day passes by. Timothy j.

  • timothy j.

    If your getting ready to lit one up come to this site and start reading, leave your thoughts of what’s making you want to lit up one, keep typing until you forget about it. Do you really need to lit it up? I don’t think so. It doesn’t do anything but put you one step closer to your death bed. You don’t have to live in a yellow stinking world anymore you have a choice to quit. I really thought I need it a cigarette to do things. I was completely wrong. Without them I get more done than ever before, amazing but it’s true. This blog is helping me with my quit because I can come here and tell my thoughts and get it out of my system. Once again it’s timothy j.

  • timothy j.

    you are not alone I’m here with you doing the quit thing with you. Timothy j.

  • quita

    its been about 2 full days..im going all the way..iv rolled up a small piece of papper and put tape around and every time i feel like i just put it my mouth and it workn mind over..yaa it must have something to do with oral fixation..like a nipple i quess lol..so im going on my third day and once im past that it all gravy..its the first 2 to 3 days that blow..but i find if your really determind and set to do it..your gonna do it..mind ova matter…peace..

  • Bethany

    UPDATE: Well guys, I’ve been smoke free for 2 months and 4 days!! I really can’t believe I finally did it! I have no doubt that all of you can do it too!

  • Paul

    Well day 6 is behind me. Tim I know how much of of fight every day is and always be. About 15 years ago I restarted smokeing after 5 years of stoping. One of the things I remember that somedays I would wake up still looking for my butts and saying How am I going get through today. You are correct Find something that works for you & never give in because if you do it could be 15 years before you get to this point again.
    Don’t let the cigarettes win

  • shevaun

    Daily update top keep myself motivated=3days

  • Judy H.

    I have to say “Congratulations” to all of you for a job Well Done. It is not an easy task by any means. I put out my last cigarette at 11:59 pm on October 10, 2007. I have not smoked since then. My husband and I went Cold Turkey. He had a heart attack just before Labor Day, so he had his doctors after him, his daughter, who is a RN after him, and his mother who is 84 years old after him. We started the morning out as usual, our coffee and cigarettes. I don’t know why but a little voice in my head said “Today is the Day”.
    I turned to my husband and said, “We each have one pack of cigarettes left. I will not buy anymore! If you want cigarettes you will have to go to the store and get them yourself. I am done. I quit.” The rest is history. I have not smoked since that day. As far as I know he has not either. It is something we don’t dwell on. Don’t get me wrong, it has not been a,
    Walk-In-The-Park by no means, but it’s getting better.
    Oh by the way. Tanya, I have those smoking dreams too. Remember when you wake you know it was just a dream and not a failure. Just hang in there.

  • timothy j.

    I have been quit for 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds (27 days). I have saved $242.47 by not smoking 1,672 cigarettes. I have saved 5 Days, 19 hours and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

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  • Paul

    Well I made a week. What a hell of week. Getting a little better but I know I have a long way to go. Shevaun Keep on posting like to hear your updates. Happy Thanks Giving to all in the US

  • TIMOTHY J.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL THE QUITTERS OUT THERE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. BE PROUD TO SAY YOUR A QUITTER.

  • shevaun

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOk! What the heck happened??? Seriously it seems that when I began this journey about a month ago there were less cravings. I slipped up and now it seems next to impossible to get through day without wanting a cigarette(literally all day long)…
    I really hope this gets better soon as my rage toward the people around me right now is only dampered by the fact that I am much too dizzy to act on my homicidal urges…
    For the sake of my loved ones i really hope this equilibrium stays in tact.

    AAAAAAAHHHHHH!

    Ok I apologize for my rant and Happy Thanksgiving=day 4!

  • Timothy j.

    We’re dealing with a serious drug addiction that’s going to drive you up the walls. If you smoke one cigarette thinking that it’s not going to hurt you, your dead wrong it can bring you right back into your old habits like a snap of the finger. Your will to quit has to be stronger then the cravings your recieving. Fight the cravings off no matter what you have to do. Don’t have any cigarettes around to lit up. The holidays are coming which can get very hard because of the stress that it brings and the people that come around. So you have to be very careful. Just remember you really don’t want to smoke and the addiction is going to call on you a lot you have to fight them off your bigger then they are.
    Come here and let off your stream type until you clam down and the cravings subsided for the time being. Remember there’s a lot of people in the same boat.

  • Helen Lear

    I quit smoking 2 months and 2 days ago. Its all going well except the fact I feel worse now than I did when I smoked 20 a day. My chest is constantly tight, i feel like I cant take a full breath in, i feel out of breath during physical activity I was previously fine with, I’m at drama school and my breath control during speaking and singing is considerably worse….I feel like half of my lungs have solidified. Im really really disheartened and fed up. Im wondering what the point of quitting was in the first place.

  • shevaun

    Helen—I had the exact same problem with my vital capacity…I went to the doctor, explained to her the situation and she prescribed me with an inhaler to use before physical activity and suggested I could take Mucinex whilst my lungs were clearing out—this really helped I suggest you do the same.

    Also watching the sodium in your diet could be helpful as this can contribute to exercise induced asthma. Don’t give up-smoking RUINS your singing voice.

  • Sandy

    Hey Helen…Hang in there..I too have had alot of shortness of breathe. It is part of the clearing of the lungs and they are learning how to breathe to there full capacity. When we were singing at church the joke was I had to learn how to breathe again. I too have had dreams about being a smoker…Its a nightmare. Also Paul when i get a thought about smoking i say to my self..”Non-Smokers don’t smoke..” and the thought goes away instantly…i think what helps me stay free from smoking is that I do not want to do this journey again. Keep up the great work everybody…We are building a new team of Non-Smokers…and We are being watched by smokers, they want to quit as well…so if you stay smoke free you will eventually influence someone else to quit as well.

  • Jay

    It has been almost 12 weeks, cravings still here but not as long and definitly not as intense. My sense of smell has returned and I can honestly say that for the first time in 30 yrs I can breath through my nose. I had the opportunity to quit thrust upon me when I was hospitilized for an unrelated problem, I guess I have been lucky and must have been ready to quit because I was expecting a lot worse. I can say that it has gone minutes not thinking about it to days. I was cleaning out the garage the other day and came accross a pack that had fallen behind a bucket, I opened it and there was two left in the pack. I stared at them for a minute, took one out, brought it to my nose surprised to find out that I could smell that well! Thought about the reason I could smell that well put it back in the pack crushed it and threw it in the garbage. Again I wish all the WILL BE non smokers strength because good luck might not do it.

  • Dixem

    I have had to stop myself from sitting here the rest of the afternoon and reading all the comments, as it is so interesting to hear real stories, especially some from people much older than me, who have been addicted for way longer. I am on my 2nd attempt. Quit last year for about a year, after having to have my tonsils taken out. Was successful until I moved into a houseshare with 5 friends, most of whom smoked. I mastered the art of lighting everyones cigarette and slowly became addicted again. Last weekend I had an awfully big party and was feeling rough as nails at the beginning of this week. Over-smoking contributed to this, and come Tuesday I decided enough was enough. At 27 I was panting and feeling really disgusting and unhealthy. Luckily I can rely on some of my older mantras that helped me quit the first time. It has only been 72hrs, not much I know…but I am determined to make this work! I hope all of you have been successful!!

    P.S. Although Allen Carr’s book did not help me at the time, I have never forgotten some of the things he mentions in there, and often remind myself that as a smoker, I am constantly walking in shoes that are too small and excruciatingly painful. Lighting a cigarette is like taking the shoes off for 5 minutes only to have to put them back on and keep walking around in them.

  • Paul

    Day 8 is behind me. Funny how much this addiction takes over your life and how your mind play tricks on you. Just pluging away. Thanks for the kind words Sandy. Remember everyone stops smoking just do it on your terms not theirs.

  • shevaun

    Sandy—this is really good advice. I have tried thinking of myself as a non-smoker, but I think you kind of gave me a mantra….thank you. today=day 5 and hopefully a less grumpy day.

  • Paul

    Just adding a day to my total 9 days and counting.

  • Paul

    Shevaun you have not posted yet how are you doing

  • ashley

    i have smoked for around 10 years a habit was not only smoking but buying having and using them for everything to calm down when i’m bored when i’m lonely when i’m on the phone when hanging out but slowly it’s starting to come to me that it is wrong socially unacceptable they are out lawing it every where you look and go people look down on you more often than not and i realize that i’m tired of feeling like i’m less and i’m weak because i’m addicted to something that is stupid to me it has affected everyone around me the smoke stains things smells bad and isn’t good for your health that would be another reason when you start walking up stairs and can’t breath it’s time to kick the habit i know that i’m ready it’s been a few days i made my mind up myself and stood up told everyone proudly and threw away all my ashtrays and lighters i think that this will help wrighting this to because now i’m telling everyone. thanks to this sight and good luck to everyone else if your thinking about it just do it so far it isn’t as bad as i thought also one more thought can’t never did a damn thing

  • ashley

    i have smoked for around 10 years a habit was not only smoking but buying having and using them for everything to calm down when i’m bored when i’m lonely when i’m on the phone when hanging out but slowly it’s starting to come to me that it is wrong socially unacceptable they are out lawing it every where you look and go people look down on you more often than not and i realize that i’m tired of feeling like i’m less and i’m weak because i’m addicted to something that is stupid to me it has affected everyone around me the smoke stains things smells bad and isn’t good for your health that would be another reason when you start walking up stairs and can’t breath it’s time to kick the habit i know that i’m ready it’s been a few days i made my mind up myself and stood up told everyone proudly and threw away all my ashtrays and lighters i think that this will help wrighting this to because now i’m telling everyone. thanks to this sight and good luck to everyone else if your thinking about it just do it so far it isn’t as bad as i thought also one more thought can’t never did a damn thing so remember you can do it is what i say to my self

  • ashley

    any tips to avoid the aggresion that i feel from time to time i’m trying so hard and don’t want any one else to suffer any more than they already have

  • Sandy

    Hey Ashley How long has it been since your last cig.? Let your friends and family know what you are doing and going through. They will help support you if they know what you are feeling. And if it is more than 3 days know that it is just a thought or a feeling that you are having not a craving. Being a non-smoker really works on your mind. Know that you can do it and we are all hear cheering you on. You have accomplished one of the hardest things in your life.
    Also take some time for yourself…go for a walk, a bath, treat yourself…You are worth it…keep posting.

  • ashley

    Well it’s been 2 and a half days now I found that after the first day maybe 2 days it was really hard I had people hide my money and i kept encouraging myself i woke up today i feel great i don’t feel like ripping someones head off I feel like this will really work i really don’t have a craving for a cigarette at all I think that I miss them more than anything but this was my disision I woke up the other day and said I want to quit and everyone supports me all though I feel great I do have a little tightness in my chest but hell it’s got to get better

  • ashley

    Thanks sandy I hope your doing well with this non smoking thing I am all most always a positive person so this will help me a great deal

  • ashley

    Thanks sandy

  • http://myspace? james

    today is the day i try to quit…
    i slept unti 10am just to make my day shorter….i’m dizzy, cranky, and i’ve been munching on everything today…
    good luck to those who are attempting this…it’s tough…any advice?

  • shevaun

    Ok ok ok…It is sunday=day 7 I was immersed in Holiday family time for nearly three days straight and somehow managed to avoid having terrible cravings…I think things are starting to look up…

  • shevaun

    James—it totally sucks, if you quit cold turkey you pretty much just have to live with the withdrawals but it gets better rapidly and all the more reason to stick to it this time. Who wants to have to quit multiple times when the symptoms are soooooo devastating. You can do it, quitting will definitely NOT kill you…and I am sure you know the cliche that pertains to that…Good luck

  • trapez

    wow! cold turkey since 10/21/2007, 35 days. At this point theres no way im going back.

  • timothy j.

    I’m glad to see everybody trying their hardest to stick this out, it will get better but there will be time’s that you will say boy I could use a cigarette. You need to fight like hell not to smoke one when that time comes. Find something else to do real quick, just don’t sit there thinking about it. Get up and walk around, go drink some water or anything that will get your mind off the smoke at that time. For me today I thought of I would rather have 6 cravings or less then to smoke 60 cigarttes a day. Don’t give in keep on fighting, believe in yourself that you can do this. You made the right decission keep walking forward and don’t look back. Did I miss the 1,908 cigarettes that I didn’t smoke? Not even one of them.

    I have been quit for 1 Month, 19 hours, 32 minutes and 42 seconds (31 days). I have saved $276.78 by not smoking 1,908 cigarettes. I have saved 6 Days and 15 hours of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • catheryn

    I went cold turkey on 11/22/07. My last butt was at 5:45 am. I smoked up to a pack a day depending upon the weather! It hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be, and have been doing all of the things that I did even when I was smoking. My desire to quit is an up coming surgery and the third time in a matter of four years that I had a lung infection that caused me to cough blood. I AM DONE!! What made me even more disgusted with myself was that I continued to smoke even when coughing up blood! That is a total sickness, total addiction and one that I am done with! I go back to work today with all of the co-workers that are smokers, wish me luck!! :)

  • Frankie

    I quit 10 days ago, cold turkey. I’ve been a smoker for over 40 years. I can smoke anywhere from 1.5 packs to 3 packs a day. 10 days ago I came down with beginning of walking pneumonia. I associated being sick with smoking, so I just stopped, cold turkey, it pretty easy(Also very strange). I went to the Doctor, he took a chest x-ray, I was relieved that I didn’t have lung cancer (my father has cancer), and put me on antibiotics. As I began feeling better, my urge to smoke has returned. It’s rough, I’m going outta my mind right now. I have to go back to the doctor for a recheck, I’m going to ask for a prescription for Chantex. I have stopped coughing. and I am feeling much better not smoking. Hang in folks…Quit if you can. I guess you can say like an alcoholic, or drug addict, we are recovering smokers for life…

  • timothy j.

    frankie, just feeling better should be enough for not returning to smoking again. Those pills have a lot of side affects so make sure you really need them. There’s no quessing you can say like an alconolic or drug addict, you can deathly say that we our addict to drugs, cigarettes are one of the worst drugs out there and the funny part is that their legal. We are junkies. Stay the hell away from them.

    catheryn, spitting up blood what more is it going to take for you to stop for life? I’m throwing a whole handful of luck at you right now. Stay away from the smokers for now, go somewhere else when your at work. Just hang in there plus stay the hell away from them.

  • Grama1

    Hey everyone, I had my last cigarette at 9:30 pm last night, It’s 11:15 am Monday morning and Im hurting!!! I have smoked for 36 years, does anyone how long the withrdrawl lasts………

  • Jules

    Well I’ve heard it’s generally about a month. it’s been 3 weeks for me and i dont feel the need to smoke anymore. i guess it depends a lot of on your mind frame and your readiness to accept that you wont be smoking anymore. ever.

  • Paula

    Hey everyone! I just got back from CT and I went 5 whole days without a cigarette! I have none, and I’m not getting anymore now that I’m back in FL again. So today is day 6. As it stands, I saved almost $24 so far. :) And…. I left my Chantix pills here in FL while I was gone, so I really did it cold turkey on my own! It’s still hard of course, but I’m standing strong.

  • Sandy

    Grama1: hang in there…90% of the nicotine is already out of your system….6-9 hours after not smoking most of it is gone….3 days the rest should be out of your system….go for walks and drink lots of water…keep us posted. i would love to hear from people from last years posts.
    take care

  • catheryn

    I survived work!! No problems at all….just a tad bit on the grumpy side this am when I arrived there and saw everyone “smoking and joking”. I stopped for a few minutes, but didn’t have the desire to light up. After that I was good to go! And the funny thing is nobody noticed that I didn’t have one……I can smile now knowing that I CAN DO THIS. Or should I say I have the drive to do this. Just like any other addicition it is one day at a time.

  • Paul

    OK 13 days behind me I am starting to go hrs with having a craving It is getting better. bad last couple of days mother rush to hospital. had house improvments done. But I kept on telling myself it is not going to make thinks any better if I had one. I gone to far to turn back. Shevaun Glad to see you past a week keep it up. Good Luck to Ashley, Catheryn & James our newest quiters. Take it hr by hr and make sure you have alot of me time. Paula keep up the good work there no look back for you now

  • Paul

    Grama1 Cravings will slowly go away I am in my 13 day I still have them you have to fight them off . I posted every day for the 1st 10 days you can follow my progess in my posting.

  • trapez

    Catheryn, sounds like you have control, I think you did it and you dont know it yet. Same goes for Paula, thought she needed pills to quit.

    Grama1, I would suspect it varies from person to person. My first few weeks my mouth went sore along with a tingling tongue. I found and still do that cough drops helps a lot as well as that spray stuff for a sore throat. I still don’t understand why that is, I would expect the opposite or maybe it was just time for a sore throat. Regardless, after 39 days, wow!, I still experience a slight craving but its only when I think about it, like right now. But most of the time and through out the day smoking is the last thing on my mind. Somehow I have replaced the smoking stuff with something else without realizing it.

  • shevaun

    heya!!!! Today=day 9, I am feeling so good. Definitely worth all of the intrusive homicidal thoughts—I think I passed atleast one hump…good luck everyone—this is soooooooooooo worth it!!!!!!

  • Paula

    Hi Everyone… I thought I would write to update you that I am still not smoking. I figure, if I was going to crack it would have happened upon getting back to FL and home from vacation. I’m back in my normal (whatever that means) routine here at home, and driving without a cigarette, at the computer without a cigarette, etc. I’m doing it so far. I keep thinking about my kids. I think about wanting to smoke, and the word selfish comes to mind. I think about the smell, and the ashes, and all the cigarette butts. I also recall a very nasty carpet I had to replace here at the computer when I was a slob and would actually flick the cigarette when I didn’t have an ash tray. I look at the car and see burn marks in the velour. God, this was so overdue.
    It really helps to have a place like this to talk about it with people who understand.
    I honestly have to wonder if I didn’t bypass a stroke or heart attack by the skin of my teeth by quitting when I did. I had been feeling awful. Chest pains (anxiety or a real problem?) and lots of other issues like fatigue and heart palpatations…. Had the doctor check me out and nothing. Had lung x-rays, nothing. So who knows what would have developed had I continued. I’m 41. Smoked 20 years on and off, mostly on. I was getting ripe for a serious problem. I can only hope now that the cancer or whatever else was brewing has been staved off, now that I’m changing my ways. Since I quit, I’m also thinking this week of other ways I can be healthier. walking around the block, eating more fruits and veggies… stuff like that. handling stress in a better way instead of reaching for a smoke stick.
    It’s hard. I love smoking. I do. But I want to have a healthy body more.

  • timothy j.

    That’s what I like to hear people getting over this addiction makes me want to stay smoke free. Keep moving forward to a better health. I can’t believe how the days go by so now I’m 33 days in my new smoke free life. Two years from not smoking weed two ozs a month and I’ve stop drinking the hard stuff only wine once in awhile. As I look back I should be dead by now from all the stuff I used. Good luck everyone like shevaun
    said this is soooooo worth it. Paula you only thought you loved smoking. If smoking was a male or female they would be the ugliest looking people in the world.

    I have been quit for 1 Month, 2 Days, 9 hours, 27 minutes and 5 seconds (33 days). I have saved $290.52 by not smoking 2,003 cigarettes. I have saved 6 Days, 22 hours and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • ashley

    Well it’s been 4 and a half days I already know I have made it past the hard spot I actually avoided drinking coffee because i knew that it would be a trigger for me this morning I sat down had a good cup of hot joe with my brother smoking away laughed and offered a cigarette but I think that I wanted to quit so bad that this didn’t even bother me i happily made it through my cup of coffee and smiled I know I can do this for the rest of my life it has not been as hard as I thought that it would be the cravings were not soooooo bad it gets a little easier every day I did it i’m not weak any more but i have realized that i’m addicted and will be the rest of my life so I know this which will make it easier I have actually found my self at times tring to talk myself into I catch myself and laugh thats the addictive person coming out but I have managed to stay away also I didn’t force my husband to quit his smokeless tabbacco I just said I’m quitting I need your support he offered it up then he quit all on his own 2 days ago I can’t belive it I affected someone else with the good and also happy to report my other brother calls wondering how it feels everyday him and his girlfriend have also decided to quit this is so wonderful I’ll keep posting good luck everyone and thanks for your support it really does help

  • ashley

    By the way all that money i have saved and will save I’m proud to say I’m taking the kids to get new christmas decorations with it they are so excited

  • shevaun

    Ok so—although I am feeling very positive today as aforementioned-there is something bothering me that I am guessing atleast someone here can relate to.

    This is the issue of my weight. I have/still suffered from eating disorders and they have actually thwarted previous attempts to quit smoking. This time I am being so careful not to starve myself or to purge in any way but as a result I have gained weight. I have been trying to stay on a logical footing surrounding this weight gain but I guess it might be helpful to hear from others that have struggled with this and/or have put on weight and managed to lose it(in a healthy way). If anyone can help me with this I would be extremely grateful. Thanks.

  • catheryn

    Just a quick update, things are going well. I have made it this far, and I am not looking back. I have been nibbling on carrot sticks and celery sticks, not having a craving today, and I hope and pray that things stay this easy. Why I didn’t do this sooner is beyond me! Shevaun, keep busy my friend. Keep the good snacks close and the bad ones out of the house. I went shopping knowing that I was going to quit and didn’t get anything for a fast snack. The worse thing I have is kettle corn and they are the small bags :( I will be back after my surgery……….to all of us who are recent non-smokers, pats on the back, and those who stories I have read, thanks for your advice and inspiration! This is the most positive thing I have been involved with, and I look forward to writing soon!

  • Grama1

    Has anyone every slipped and been able to really quit for good, because I have had a cigarette today…..I need to do this, but im struggling….my health is at risk!!!!!!!!

  • timothy j.

    We’re all pretty much new quitters here. 33 days clean here. A lot of people slipped and smoke cigarettes while trying to quit but that got focus again and again until they walked down the right road. It’s hard at first your giving up something that you did every day because of the addiction. Now you say your health is at risk which gives you more rest to quit. Get focus again and start doing the right thing for your body. It will get easier as time goes on. Get rid of the cigarettes don’t have them around when the cravings come on. When you start to crave them go find something else to do, drink water, take a walk, come here a post something, think of some beautiful, think of how your going to feel after you quit. The first three days are the hardest and the following days get a little eaiser but the mind starts to make you think of them. If your health is at risk then you need to think about staying alive. You can do it. You just have to fight your hardest to stay focus on quitting something that going to kill you if you don’t. Don’t forget to throw them away. If their around your going to think about them and their going to call you. Hope this helps, timothy j.

  • Sandy

    Grama1: its ok we have all slipt up at some time…i encourage you to get allen carrs book easy way of quitting smoking…and there are help lines you can call as well…Do it one day at a time. and like timothy said the first 3 days are the worst…I am 5 months as of the 25 and I smoked for 30 years YOU CAN DO IT….as for the weight gain i gained some as well….I recommend exercise…watch what you eat and try not to eat in the evenings…Your body is dextoxifying so doing a full body cleanse will help you loose weight as well…It is better to be 100 lbs over weight than to be a smoker.

  • timothy j.

    I had one craving or thought today about smoking one when I saw my brother smoking I almost said let me get one of them just for a second. The new person within said no you don’t need that so I listened. my quit keeper

    I have been quit for 1 Month, 2 Days, 20 hours, 22 minutes and 5 seconds (33 days). I have saved $294.48 by not smoking 2,030 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 1 hour and 10 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Grama1

    Thank You, I really needed to hear that….I threw out all my cigarettes on Sunday night with all intentions of never having another one. My daughter has cigarettes on her and when she got home from work, I was pretty much going crazy…..I really can’t be around them at all right now!!!!!!!

  • trapez

    Grama1,

    I too slipped up years back, this time around there was just no way I was going back. You can do it, just stop for a couple of weeks, then after that a couple more and your home free.

  • ashley

    grama1 It is very hard it sure isn’t a walk in the park but when I quit I asked everyone to support me they hid my money the first two days didn’t smoke around me I was going crazy that was only 3 days ago I feel great people are back to smoking around me but I feel so proud of my self I can’t give in I won’t give in I know it seems hard now but once i got that first two rough days out of the way I was fine stay positive

  • Jules

    It’s fucking amazing what years of addiction will do to you. It’s been almost a month for me and yeah I’m feeling better, but sometimes, last night for example, I have these very realistic dreams where I smoke. I’m aware that I’m not supposed to, but I still do. And then I feel guilty. And when I wake up, I still feel guilty! Aaaargh, it just ruins my entire day. So fucked up, when is the withdrawal supposed to end already?!

  • steve

    i have been a smoker for 34 years.I smoked between 11/2-2 packs a day.I used chantix to quit smoking.excellent program.I literally tried everything else with no luck. I am 3 months without a cigarette,and feel great.I also have convinced 4 of my coworkers to try it,to this date they all are not smoking either(chantix)I really think this is a great product.

  • mikey

    i have quit smoking now 3 months and a bit . i used the patches i did the ten week course they tell you to do this time i managed it with ease and i am now enjoying the benefits at first i produced a nasty cough and generlly felt worse to start with now i am fine . I had been smoking for many years and was doing at least 40 cigs a day i had tried numerous times . I think with the no smoking in pubs helped me a great deal this time as i would normally give in as soon as i smelt the smoke a long with a couple of pints the urge used to increase and temptation was too high to fight back . i could never social smoke as i know this would take me straight back to my smoking days and if you can social smoke and thennot in the week give it up because sooner or later you will fall pre to the habits of a proper smoker and lets face it . ITS NO GOOD for you . good luck everyone and ho0ld on in there . you can join the nhs buddy service that is good they help you through not smoking .

  • ashley

    well it’s been almost 7 days since I have quit it’s still hard last night I was putting up my tree getting upset stressed and almost gave in and bought a pack but then for some unknown reason I sat back down instead of leaving I’m having a hard time with it today also I feel like I keep trying to stay positive but then all i’m doing is fighting so hard when before when i smoked there was nothing to fight eased through my days with little to no thought about how hard it really is to fight an addiction it seems sometimes it’s easier to give in much easier than fighting but then I would feel so ashamed to have gave in it seems like a no win fight

  • Jessica

    Its my 2nd day without a cigarette. && honestly its not that I wanted to quit I just have been too lazy to go buy a pack because its so cold outside. So now that im up getting ready for work im debating on if I should go buy another pack just to see if I crave them or not. Im hoping that I have the willpower to just stop cold turket but I really dont know. Let me know what you think if you have any opinions.

  • steve

    want to quit without all those cravings? Get chantix!!! Honestly there is no easier way to quit.With chantix you don’t fight those sensations,I just can not say enough for this drug.If you have tried and tried again as i have you owe it to yourself to give this product a try.It is REMARKABLE!!

  • Sandy

    Hey Ashley Hang in there…all the nicotene is out of your system…yes this is part of the hard part the head…You can fight and win…When you get a thought get excited…you have done it…it is easier to give in I know it well..it gets easier…Jessica…if you have come this far over 75% of the nic…is out of your system..what do you have to loose…go one day at a time with out buying them..Havent heard from you Paul in a couple days…hows it going?

  • Frankie

    OK…I’m at the two week mark with no cigarettes. I went cold turkey. I was a 2 to 3 pack a day smoker, smoked for over 40 years. On the negative side, still fighting the cravings, it’s tough. To help me along, I try and visualize myself running like I did when I was a kid, and thinking about all the people I know who don’t smoke. On the plus side I feel better, and wow! Am I saving money! $55 to $75 each week. I just may end up buying a piano or something. Whatever it takes folks to get you off cigs, do it! Chantex, Cold Turkey, Hypnosis, just do it. As much as I loved to smoke, I love living a hell of a lot more. Hang in everybody….

  • Mike L.

    It’s been 38 days. I don’t know about anyone else, but for me it actually got harder somewhere around the third week. For the first week or two, I could actually feel the benefits of quitting. After two days, I could breath better and that was motivating. I’ve been more tempted lately than I was early on, but it is getting better again….slowly. Everybody hang in there. I just keep thinking about some of my older friends who quit years ago. Some of them say they still miss it, but not a one of them says they’re tempted to go back.

  • shevaun

    came so close to smoking yesterday but then didn’t which means today=day 12—yay!

  • Frankie

    Mike L and Shevaun…Nice going…..Glad to hear that you are able to keep away from the cigs. My father is in the hospital, my Mother in Law passed away, a lot of stress, but I have been holding it off. I’d really love to smoke right now, but will refrain.

  • Paul

    Just passed my 16 day. Still have cravings but I am now dealing a lot better with them. Frankie I know what your going through my mother when in to the hospital The day after T-giving. Just keep on saying to your self If I have one it is not going to make it better. Just make me feel worst. Keep focus.

  • http://www.bahariyekuruyemis.com alisami

    thanks….

  • shevaun

    Ok feeling good and tightness in my chest going away…it is day 13 and am feeling like I have conquered this—although i probably shouldn’t get to confident…

  • clganz

    I just quit on the 20th of October after smoking for 40 years, And the last 10 years I smoked 2 packs a day. I was put on the medication Chantix because I couldn’t off of them any other way and it really worked for me. I’m starting to breath a lot easier than before, and I honestly don’t believe I did it.

  • Denny

    Day 4 here ! I was so tempted today. I drove past a store and thought of just stopping, and buying a pack. I swore I would only smoke 1 and then throw the rest away….But I didn’t ! I kept on driving….I think there is a war going on in my mind. One side says “Oh go ahead, you’ve been smoking for 35 years, what’s another day….and then there is this other side of me that says “Haven’t you coughed long enough..aren’t you sick of the smell”. So that’s my little story for day 4 and I have to say that although this is NOT EASY…I just made it through 4 days of no smoking….and that means that there is another $20 in my wallet that wasn’t waisted on the tobacco industry !

  • timothy j.

    Just hold on DON’T LISTEN TO ONE THAT SAYS WHAT’S ANOTHER DAY. I’m on day 38 and those voices talk to me once in awhile and it feels like I just stop yesterday but I just feel so much better without them and getting better everyday. I talked to quitters that say after 7 years or longer still think of them once in awhile so be prepared to fight that battle for the rest of your life. This is the first time in my life that I’m glad to say that I’m a quitter. DON’T GIVE IN

    Once the money builds up go out and buy yourself something nice. I’ve brought a lot of different things so far a guitar, guitar effects processor and some tools. Hey it’s money you would have threw away any ways.

    I have been quit for 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 hours, 52 minutes and 4 seconds (38 days). I have saved $337.43 by not smoking 2,327 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 hour and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • timothy j.

    2,327 cigarettes in 38 days what the hell was I thinking of when I was smoking. 2,327 cigarettes I didn’t put in my body. Stick to your gunz and you’ll be saying the same thing one day. Yes clganz you doing it and I hope you keep on doing it.

  • Frankie

    I’m heading into week 3, it’s day 17 for me. I appreciated the support from everyone. I think TimothyJ nailed it correctly; this is a life long battle. Everyday, I want to smoke, but I’m fighting it. If I can do it, you can too. Over 40 years smoking, 2 to 3 packs a day.

  • Iain

    I’ve stopped smoking now 5 days today and the side effects are horrible. I was smoking for over 4 years maybe less and im really scared. I was bringing up loads of mucus with little bits of blood in it. Could anybody tell me if this is normal please? Also feeling sick, my chest is hurting abit, Ive looked on some websites and found that some of this is normal but could not find anything about the blood 1. If anybody could e-mail me or message bk that would be great. Thanks x

  • J.J.

    Off for 3 months now, after 25yrs. It has not been easy, but a good psychological trick is to regard yourself as a non-smoker and not an ex-smoker. Has been working for me. Am also amazed at how smelly my smoking pals are…never again..

  • Denny

    Hello All — Thanks for your suggestions..

    ..I had a horrible thought last night, that might help someone else continue their battle against smoking. Ask yourself this. If you were sitting in a doctor’s office and he/she told you that you have advanced lung cancer. What would you do ? I know I would say “Wait, I will quit smoking, and everything will be okay, right ?” I think I would pray for a second chance at life.

    I have smoked for too too long, and God knows what damage I have done; but I am using this time (and this great website) as my opportunity to quit NOW — and hopefully live a healthier life. Smoke Free for 5 days — and I’m NOT listening to that other little voice in my head ! Ya know, the one that says it doesn’t matter…because it does !!! Health to all of you !

  • shevaun

    today=15 days of smoke free lungs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jules

    I have to agree with Mike L., it really gets harder after about a month.. I can’t see the benefits as clearly as I did in the beginning and yeah, the fact that everyone around me is smoking daily is getting on my nerves so badly…
    It’s just a perpetual state of “I hate this. And no, im not going back. Fuck.”…
    Only thing I can think of is keeping busy.
    Advice anyone?

  • timothy j

    Iain I was spitting up mucus for about a week. I didn’t see any blood but by head and throat hurted so bad I didn’t know what to do but I got me some tea bags and drank hot tea for a couple of days and threw some extra blankets on me at night. I didn’t want to turn back and start again. Some of the pain could of been from a virus but I just kept on telling myself it was from the cigarettes. I still have a soar throat that comes and goes. For the blood if that keeps up you will have to see a doctor for it. Maqke sure it’s really blood and not tar coming up. I would let to many days go by without having it checkout. Just hang in there it will get better. Don’t be scared just to the right thing about having yourself checkout if the blood continues. Right we’re not doctors here. I’m a cigarette junkie here dealing with the same problems ours are having smoke since I was 10 now 47 and lets not forget all the pot I smoked. Making the right moves now. Make sure you make them also.

  • timothy j.

    Everybody stick to your gunz it will get better. You don’t need cigarettes, it’s all in your head. Some of us have been doing this for over thirty years it’s just not going away in a short period of time. You have to learn to deal with it. Don’t fall back into the grips of smoking because you think you need them because of stress. If you fall back into smoking again I know and you know that you will be back here again trying to quit so it won’t make sense for you to start all over again. Stick to your gunz you don’t need them it’s all in your head. One day at a time is the best way to do it until you have sometime under your belt. 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days they will start to add up so keep your numbers adding up and before you know it 365 days will have pass. I’m a non smoker and it feels good when someone says do you have a cigarette? NO I DON”T SMOKE!

  • Denny

    Had an interesting thought. Today is Day 6 for me. Hmmm 6 days. I smoked a pack a day, so that would mean that 6 days at 20 cigarettes per day equals 120 cigarettes !!! I have said “No” 120 times to smoking ! That’s a lot of cigarettes ( now referred to as sick-a-rettes)

    How many cigarettes have you said NO to ???

  • Sandy

    Right on Timothy J.. Amen to that…we are all non-smokers and non smokers DON’T SMOKE…..You are actually more stressed when you smoke. Thanks Timothy you are a great support.

  • Treece

    I am currently on chantix, and this is my 2nd week. It has been really hard. I have a 9 year old that is the type of little girl that asks lots of questions. I am trying to fight the urge to smoke when she has these sessions of questions, about anything under the sun. My nerves are shot!. I am constantly thinking about smoking. i wish i could erase it from my brain!i have soreness in my upper back near my shoulders, dont know what that is!? I also never coughed when I was smoking, which is strange. i always hear people cough alot when they are smokers, but i never did. my hardest time i want one is in the morning and while i am driving. i hope i can stay strong for my daughter, and not subject her to second hand smoke anymore.

  • Denny

    Treece — I totally understand what you mean. I have been using a straw when I drive and I actually cut it to the size of a cigarette. I actually pretend it’s a cigarette…taking in deep enhaling breathes — seriously it works !! Try it and let me know how it works for you. Also have you tried nicotine gum ? How long have you been smoke free ???

    How lucky you are to have a healthy 9 year old daughter who asks lots of questions ! My children are grown and gone — my advice “Answer those questions….they don’t last a life time.

  • timothy j

    thanks sandy.

    Treece you just hang in there don’t give in. You will get over this. Just keep moving forward. Don’t let things bother you. Always think positive. Kids love to ask questions just try and answer them the best you can. Get over the morning and driving cravings and the rest is cake. Smoking memories are going to be with you for the rest of your life. Don’t make the wrong move and go back to them because one day you’ll have to start this all over again and who knows what kind of stuff their going to put in them to make you stay hooked. We are cigarette junkie doing legal drugs and putting chemicals in our bodys. Drugs always have side effect taking them and withdrawning from them so the sercet is not to take them. Start trying to think of something else, anything it doesn’t matter. Take up a new hobbies and put all your engery in that. Find something you and your daughter can do together. It will work just keep trying one day it will just go away and bang your stop thinking about it. I just had somebody come in and tell me after talking to me they stop and going on 2 weeks. What I ask smokers is when is your quit day you know it’s coming one day so when are you going to make that day. One more thing don’t look for things that’s going to make you get stressed out so the cigarettes start to look like an escape goat. Your problems will never go away because of smoking. All smoking does is make you forget them for 7 minutes. You have to brain wash yourself. Say it out loud as long as I live I will never smoke again I’m a non smoker now. Go get your hair done, buy a new dress anything but never lit one up again. There’s some bad s*** in them and why would you want to put that in your body. It took us awhile to figure this out but now we know. You can do this don’t let me down walk with me over that hill where everything is so beautiful at. People tell me that I look good and I tell them yes I do because I don’t have a big smoke cloud in front of me. This goes for everybody come and walk with me.

  • Paul

    Well a couple of hrs away from 20 days. I see we have a couple more non smokers that have join us. Remember every one here knows what you are going through so keep on posting Every day their is a little person in my mind that saids just have one. Mornings seem the hardest for me as I still wake up wanting one. But I Just do not listen to it. Get buzy with something else. Treece your soreness in your upper back near your shoulders is a little added tension from not smoking. I have one question you do not want to Here or answer from your Daughter later in life. Why should I not smoke you do. Keep strong for yourself 3rd week on chantix

    Quit day Nov 14th 10PM
    Have not smoked 640 cigarettes

  • Get a grip!

    Are u on herion? No. Are u a crackhead? No. Get a grip. It’s only ciagarettes! Stop taking it so seriously. Try not being so pious and u might get somewhere. It’s not that difficult…really.

  • Denny

    ROTFLMAO — I take it very seriously and so do my lungs !!

  • Treece

    I have been smoke free for only 9 days timothy. That is not alot, but its the longest I have ever gone. It’s so depressing. I want the thoughts wiped out…I hate this feeling! Chantix helps my body stay calm, but my mind needs a pill also!

  • Sandy

    I would like to rebuke “Take A Grip” It is as addictive as heroin and other drugs. The reason you think about it all the time is because you thought about it when you smoked it will get better. Remember you would say to your self…well i can do this then have a smoke..or i can visit there for so long and then leave to have a smoke…smoking really controlled you …we dont realise how much until you dont do it any more. Treese you are not alone Hang in there YOU CAN DO IT… we all beleive in you.

  • timothy j

    You don’t need a pill just find something else to do. I just went through the same thing so I know the feelings that your getting. I still have moments when I want a cigarette but just let them ride and I forget about it and they do come back again. I’m only 41 days clean after smoking for 30 something years. Your days will add up just stick to your gunz and don’t let the thoughts win. Learn to deal with that thought at the moment and find something that will wash it out of your head for that time period until another thought comes. You can do this. Just like sandy said it’s control your mind all these years and your mind is mad at you because you quit plus let me smoke a cig before I go do this was always there but you never thought about because you smoke the cigarette and went about your business. Hang in there kiddo you’ll make it.

  • Treece

    timothy do you use chantix?

  • Denny

    I have a question for the “experienced” quitter…and that would be anybody whose gone more than 24 hours.

    Are food cravings real ? Or is that all in my head ! I feel like I’m experiencing the same kind of cravings that I did when I was pregnant. I’m snacking on celery and healthy foods, but I’m suddenly craving things that I haven’t eaten in years (like an italian sub !!!)

  • timothy j

    Treece, I’m not taking anything. I just don’t want to smoke anymore and I used the fact that my throat was hurting that I blamed it on smoking so I went cold turkey. I know it’s hard to quit so some people have to use something to make them quit and I have no problems with that, I believe do whatever you need to do to quit but don’t get caught up in taking other things forever. For some people quitting is going to be one of the hardest things to do and I heard that’s it’s worst than heroin plus you can move away heroin but cigarettes are legal and are at every best you go. A legal drug in my eyes that’s been taking life for a long time now and will continue to take them if you don’t stop them by not smoking. You own it to yourself to quit.

  • Bethany

    I’ve been smoke free for 11 weeks now. I quit on the patch and have been off of those for 3 weeks. I never thought I’d be able to do it! Especially living with someone that smokes! Now that I’ve gained a little weight, I’m exercising and eating right. I really think I’m turning my life around to a healthier, happier me.

  • jakc

    hej…
    i see many of you have problems when stop smoking…like you need straws and seeds and stuf…
    but thats becouse you didnt qui the right way…read this and follow instructions….quiting is easy!
    http://www.shvoong.com/books/self-improvement/1718068-easy-stop-smoking/

  • ashley

    well it has been almost 13 days. I can’t belive it I never thought I would be able to. As far as give it up sorry about how you feel but this is a true addiction. It will kill you just like any other drug out there. You ARE PROBABLY A SMOKER YOURSELF. Ihope you can quit. I have been doing great I feel great and honestly I think that i’m dealing with my stress much differently and i’m not doing bad. I have had alot of problems with my husbands family lately and it seems so hard that it will never get better but I still haven’t smoked. Normally I would have uped the amount of smoking I would normally do to anywhere from 2 and a half to 3 packs during a time like this. So I guess it gets way easier. I try not to think about tommorow or the next day or even a week from now cause I feel that would make me a little less succsessful. Good luck to those just starting out and like I said I can’t belive I made it this far.

  • Barbara

    I am going on day 33, and if anyone had told me 2 months ago that I could do this, I never would have believed it. I was a smoker for about 30 of my 42 years. I’m curious as to what everyone’s favorite thing is about not smoking. For me, it has been how much better I sleep. I used to struggle to get to sleep every night. Now, I have no problem. Not sure if it is the lack of nicotine or that I can breathe easier. Has anyone else noticed this?

  • Sandy

    Hey Denny: food cravings and cigarette cravings are pretty much the same thing. quite often when you quit smoking you need to do the hand to mouth thing with food. This will pass in time. its breaking all kinds of habits. hope this helps. also you have taste buds again. just stay active and watch what you eat.

  • Dixem

    I am on day 16. Wrote on here on my first or second day, and have been an avid reader ever since. Get the updates in my inbox so it’s like my daily RSS fix. I think I’ve shifted the addiction I once had for cigarettes onto this little website!
    Anyway, it’s very interesting to see what other people have to say, and to share all the common symptons/feelings/emotions/stories etc. Barbara I just wanted to say that Yes, I definitely agree with you on the sleep factor. I have been sleeping so, so well. And it’s great waking up in the morning and not feeling all gross and tight-chested with that delightful sensation/taste in one’s mouth. I have a question to pose to everyone (maybe someone else has already…I haven’t read every single posting). I am amazed at how doubtful my closest friends are (the smoking ones). I made a point of not telling them when I first quit, but because I live with them, they noticed and they all behaved as though I could never do it. Almost a rolling of the eye-balls. Funny….but then speak to anyone who doesn’t smoke and they will be unbelievably supportive! Good luck everyone! I believe anyone can do this.

  • Denny

    Hi Barbara (welcome)….I have a quick “felt-good” story ! In case anybody didn’t know, when you smoke outside in the cold, you REALLY carry that smell back inside with you. Yesterday I was walking in my office building and there were two people standing outside of my office door — WOW, I didn’t have to walk in another direction. I Knew I didn’t smell of a cigarette…so I was able to walk right up to them and say “good morning”….I know it sounds trife, but I really like that I don’t smell like an ashtray anymore…and I’m not carrying around that smell when I walk inside ! I was smiling when I sat down – I don’t smell like cigarettes !!!

    Hope everyone is doing well…enjoy your day !

  • timothy j.

    Good story denny but did you really ever think about smelling when you smoked? I know I didn’t, when your a smoker you can’t smell yourself but when you quit boy you can smell it on everybody that smokes just like a fresh pot of coffee, coffee has a better smell then smoke. I know that the cigarette companies are reading these blogs so now their going to come up with a good smelling cigarette so watch your backs everybody don’t fall for it.

    Dixem, I’m getting addict to reading and writing on this blog. It really helps to read every body elses problems that are having with smoking. We are not alone. My sister at thanksgiving dinner got nerves everytime I followed her out in the yard to smoke. She would say what are you doing here do you have to come out here everytime I lit one up? The funny part is she would start to sneak around so I couldn’t find her when she went out to smoke. Little did she know I was coming out there because we don’t see each other that much but I never told her that’s why I came out there. Wow wee day 42 Keep up the good work Timothy j. I pat myself on the back every day that I don’t smoke. Sometimes you have to do that because nobody else is going to do it. Smokers I know try to get me to come back to smoking but peer pressure is not working. I just can’t find any reason why I would want to come back to smoking again. Everybody who’s having a crazy time with this it will pass just hang in there.

    I have been quit for 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 9 hours, 30 minutes and 12 seconds (42 days). I have saved $368.84 by not smoking 2,543 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 1 Day, 19 hours and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Denny

    Even as a heavy smoker (1 pack a day) I could smell it …especially in the cold weather ! Not to mention that my smoke-free family would always let me know how badly my car smelled !

    I sure do appreciate everyones responses to this blog/thread. I’m finding that everything everyone says is so true ! If you wait those few minutes out, the urge to smoke does pass you by.

    I haven’t used my debit card in over a week ! There is no need for me to stop at the store on my way to work anymore ! More time for me…and more $$ in my pocket !!

    Enjoy your day !

  • timothy j

    since your not using your debit card can I use it for awhile?

  • Denny

    Thanks for the laugh Timothy !!

  • Treece

    It is going to be rough during the holidays. I get urges constantly, and usually when I am driving or bored. It is so difficult. All I want to do is go home and lay down. I have to drive for 7 hours this holiday, and I dont know how I am going to get through it without smoking. I am going to be so nervous.

  • Treece

    i constantly shake my legs at work.

  • Paul

    Well started day 23. The the 1st time I seem to have it under control. Still wake up wanting one but for a shorter time. Treece you get through it by doing what you are doing it fighting it one carving at a time. look you are already into day 11 you as Tim says pat yourself on the back what a Great Job you are doing and I think we all should pat ourself on the back. This is hard and takes a lot of engry just to get through the day. But when we wake up the next morning we added a smoke free day to our count. That all that counts and thats all that matters. Everyone read this site and saw people at 10 days, 20 days, 1 mnt on up and wished it was them. Now we all have a chance to be one of them. It takes will power and adjusting to a new life style. We all can do it.

  • Denny

    Afternoon to all …. Day 9 here….and I’m already wondering WHEN WILL I STOP THINKING ABOUT WANTING TO LIGHT UP !! I am obsessed with this whole thing….I seems like I am ALWAYS fighting with this demon inside of me that tells me to smoke JUST ONE…and then go back to this quitting thing…..Boy, some days are easier than others…today has been really tough on me….I don’t even think about the holidays….I just want to get through TODAY !!

  • Treece

    I know exactly how you feel denny. This holiday will be a HARD one for me. I wont be able to enjoy anything this christmas or new years! Seems like my life is consumed with wanting to smoke.

  • Treece

    I feel like going to the gas station and getting a pack, and smoking the whole pack outside!

  • Treece

    2 people in my office smokes and when they walk in i smell it like a hound dog! this is awful

  • timothy j

    What’s that going to prove? That you can smoke a whole pack. Your letting the addiction win if you do that. Get a grip on yourself you don’t need them, their playing mind games with you. Stop thinking of them now. You should be happy that you started to know that you have to quit and that the new year is going to be a smoke free one. You need more time under your belt. Take it one day at a time don’t worry about the holidays. Your making yourself think that you need them.

  • WelshFyr

    Ok…I am now smoke free for almost 72 hours. I actually quit 5 days ago, but had 3 the first day, and 3 the second (until the pack was done if ya know what I mean). I’ve been reading the posts much off and on all day while at work (yeah, I’m not getting alot done at work, but the concentration levels are not all that great at the moment so I may as well be doing ‘something’ constructive and this is atleast a positive way of not working)….sorry…way to easy to get off topic these days. Anyways, back to the posts. From what I can see, it really doesn’t matter how you quit, why you quit, or how long you smoked for. What does seem to be common amongst all the people who have quit is the DESIRE to be non smokers. What works for one might not work for the other, BUT if dancing naked amongst the willow trees helps you quit, then GO FOR IT (just try not to shock the neighbours).
    Back to me… I am 41, smoked since I was about 14ish and have tried many times to quit without success until now. I’m now taking Champix (cdn spelling) and it seems to be working very well. I also planned to quit for a month before actually starting. I started looking at the people outside who were smoking and forcing myself to associate them with bad things because they smoked. I started forcing myself to hate the sight, smell, etc etc of smoking…it wasn’t easy because I always thought it looked ‘kewl’ to smoke.
    The worst thing I have felt is lack of concentration, and a constant headache. I also keep craving different foods that I have not craved or had in YEARS. My solution to all the eating is cutting foods into very small bitesize pieces, and having a plate beside me. It’s the hand to mouth action I guess. Lucky enough, I don’t have to worry about the weight problem infact, I am hoping that I am blessed with a good 10 or 20 lbs added on!
    I’m very glad I stumbled onto this site! It’s great to see others that are in the same boat (the non smelling one!) Sorry for the long post.
    Will be back daily!

  • Denny

    WelchFry – I enjoyed reading your post.

    Timothy J – you always know the right thing to say…you motivate me !!

    Treece — You are cracking me up….especially about the trip to the gas station. I would have done the same thing, but knowing me, I’d be so scared that someone would see me…that I’d probably light the entire place on fire and end up on the nightly news !!!

    I keep getting the urge to smoke too….but then I look at the clock and say ” Okay, find something to do for the next 15 minutes.” By the time I get involved in something, I’m not thinking about it anymore. What I have learned so far….is that a lot of my smoking was done because I was bored…I had nothing to do…so smoking was a friend to me. Like I said in my last post…I am NOT worried about the holidays….I am only worried about today. If I make it through the next hour, I will congratulate myself….Don’t think long-term….just take it slow and easy…one step at a time !!! So far it’s working for me — despite what the nicotine junkie in my head keeps telling me !! Sometimes it means going to bed early….and if that is what it takes, that’s what I do. If you have little ones at home….Hang out in their bedrooms (assuming of course, you’d never smoke in there). Cleaning is another good thing…clean out drawers, closets and your pocketbook. I’ve been smoke free for 9 days…my house is immaculate, my bmw doesn’t smell like cold cigarettes anymore…ya, I have a really nice car and I ruined it by smoking, burn holes, full ash tray….totally gross….. my debit card is taking a break (no timothy you still can’t use it) from all the two packs a day I was buying ! Yikes !

    Now….if only the junkie talking in my head would move along, I might be okay !

  • WelshFyr

    Denny: I am doing the same thing! Take it 5 minutes at a time. If I have a bad craving, I just tell myself that I can last 5 more minutes etc etc, and it’s always 5 minutes away, and suddenly, the craving subsides and I survived yet another visit from the (as you put it) nicotine junkie. Hey…since your house is already clean, why not come and clean mine (grin).
    I think that if I went to a grocery store right now, I would scare people. I don’t want alot of anything, I just want alot of different things. Could that be my taste buds coming back to life? I would ponder this longer, but as mentioned before, I can’t seem to concentrate on any one thing for more than 32 seconds or so…

  • Denny

    I have given my permission to eat whatever I want (within reason of course) over the holidays….yup, it won’t matter to me. I use to have a cigarette & coffee for breakfast…now I have toast and hot chocolate. I use to have an ice coffee & a cigarette for lunch….now I have a sandwhich and some fruit…and for dinner, I had…well..let’s just say Jenny Craig would be in shock ! But I have decided that if I end up a non-smoker who is going to take up running…that will be a good thing. If I end up a smoker who can’t do anything because my lungs won’t let me…that wouldn’t be so good. So here’s a toast to all the holiday food & drinks that I am going to let myself enjoy…and here’s to all of those nasty little sick-or-ettes that wont’ be getting in my way !!

    I have to go to bed now….cuz I think that dam little nicotine junkie is knockin at the door again !!

  • Karen

    I’ve been smoking 1-2 packs a day for about a year now, before that I was smoking perhaps 10 a day for 5 years. I’m thinking about quitting but the motivation just isn’t there… gah… what to do! I can feel myself gasping for breath a lot when I walk the stairs and such… I suppose that should be motivation enough, but it isn’t!! Maybe I should look up that Carr book…

  • WelshFyr

    Hey there Karen.
    The fact that you are on this site is a step in the right direction.
    Everyone had different ideas about quitting, and what works/doesn’t work. Look at all the different ways, and take all the best ways (for you). Work that into your very own quit method. Drugs, hypnosis, books, patches, naked dancing, burning candles while watching I love Lucy reruns….what ever works for YOU.
    For me, it’s all about the timing of things.
    1: I thought about quitting (you’re there already)
    2: I set a date (a good month or two before the actual date)
    3: I started forcing myself to dislike smoking (i.e. the smell, or running outside in the cold every time)
    4: I PROMISED myself that if I slipped, I would not beat myself up about it.
    5: Once that day came, I kept telling myself “You have to wait 5 more minutes before giving up.”. Of course, at the end of 5 minutes, I have to wait another 5 minutes etc etc. Believe it or not, the craving DOES finally subside.
    6: Congratulate yourself each and every time you manage just another 5 minutes. They add up to hours, days, etc etc.

    In other words, do what ever it takes to quit, and believe in yourself that you CAN do it. Use your friends, co-workers, priest, rabbi, cat, dog, goldfish (you get the idea). Ask for their help, but do NOT beat yourself up if you slip up….just keep trying! Good luck and let us know how you’re doing.

  • timothy j.

    Denny I’m very glad that I motivate you.

    WelshFyr, actually you quit for 72 hours you cut down to three the first few days which was a great start. The nicotine is now out of your system, watch out for the mind giames that are going to start. Try to understand before they come because they will be there looking for you. I’m 43 days into my new world of non smokers and the thoughts pop up from time to time but I know deep down that I don’t want to smoke no more and that’s holding me together. Once you start to think that you need them to function your going to give in and buy a pack but you’ll be back here again, something brought you hear in the first place like the rest of us. We know that we’re tired of this and we need to cleanse our body’s of this addiction once in for all. It’s going to be hard but you have to keep on fighting to win this battle. Whatever it takes to win this battle is the right idea to defeat the nictione junkie within us all. We our junkies and we have to live our lifes knowing that one puff can put us back in the smoking game. For myself I’m going to look dead in the eye of the addiction I’m not going to run from it because it’s everywhere you look but by all means if you have to run then run away and hide do whatever it takes but remember sooner or later you will have to face it head on. Facing it will be the only way to handle it down the road because you can’t always run from it. We will win the battle continue to fight and never give in.

  • WelshFyr

    TimothyJ.: Any positives that help people to become smoke free (smoke free is a positive vs quit smoking is a negative) is worth it.
    Turning all neg’s about not smoking into Positives. The best way of remaining successful is to look towards each other and be strong together. All of us know that it’s not an easy thing to do, but once you start, you realize that it IS possible to quit.

  • Denny

    WelshFry: no junkie living inside of your head ??

    I found another voice inside of me last night willing to take on the voice of the junkie !! I called her Madame Lungs === wow, she puts up a pretty good argument against Ol’ Junkie Gal….Madame Lungs is very educated and knows what she’s talking about — last night argument between the two of them was really good — happily Madame Lungs won hands down !!

  • timothy j

    I saw a guy who stop smoking because I did and came by my shop to tell me that he’s going on 2 weeks. The next day I saw him standing there with a dazed look in his eyes bending over lighting up a cigarette so I stood there watching him, he was in his own little world lighting it up out the corner of his eye he saw me standing there, my words out of my mouth was your stupid for lighting that up. He started telling me that all these people started calling him on the phone and he couldn’t deal with it so it went brought a pack and then told me how his got cleared after lighting it up and now that he could think straight. I asked him are your problems solved now? No I still have them but for this moment I didn’t have them. Well I had to call him stupid again for doing it. He told me he just brought the pack and this is the first one I lite up. Oh well give me one so he did and then I broke it up and said I guess your not going to smoke that one and I left him standing there with a new puzzled look in his eyes I don’t know what he was thinking I didn’t stay to find out. These cigarettes have a strong power over us that makes you think that you need them so we’re going to need a lot of help. I’m making it because I don’t want to smoke this crap any more, I’m tired of something controling me so I have broken away from them. The fight is hard and will continue to be hard down the road because one puff can bring you back. 44 days and thoughts of them still come to my mind from time to time but I turning them into nasty thoughts and as soon as they come I start to think of something else. I glad that I can come here to put my thoughts here because people in person really don’t want to hear what you have to say about smoking. They always tell me I know I have to quit one day. So I stop preaching to people but if they ask me about it look out. The only people I have fighting for me is me, myself and I. I always tell people you have to help yourself before you can help others.

  • WelshFyr

    Day 4: Still smoke free. I ‘think’ food is tasting better, but I can’t be sure yet. I’m drinking tons and tons of water, although I refuse to give up my morning coffee at work :)
    I still have a very light headache, but it’s not bad enough to hamper anything.
    Question for those that have quit for a month or more…
    ¿What day during your quit did you find the most difficult?

  • http://Ihadasetback.... Paula

    Hi everyone. I am so ashamed of myself. I quit smoking on November 20th. (a pack a day for 21 years or so….) ~ I have been EXTREMELY sensitive and irritable mentally and emotionally with my boyfriend now since I quit. He’s tired of “taking beatings” (verbally I guess) from me as he says I take everything he says out of context these days since I quit and he’s noticed a huge change in my demeanor. He says I’m WAY oversensitive (I think he’s right) and I am feeling very insecure lately about him where before things would roll off my back. Is this sensitivity and irritability common?
    I had ONE cigarette stashed here (for emergency, I stupidly told myself.) ~ Well, I smoked it when he went out to Home Depot and I feel ashamed now. I still want to quit, I’m still a non-smoker as of November 20th, I’m not going to “make myself” start all over again. But it was a setback and I feel extremely guilty and like I’m a loser because I did this. On the other hand, I got the rush I love…. and I feel relaxed right now. i know I can’t buy anymore, but how long does this jittery crappy irritable feeling last????? Any words of support will be MUCH appreciated. Denny, Timothy, all of you are wonderful and I read every email from every single person who posts on here. I love NOT smoking. I just wish that I didn’t crave it any longer. I am on the chantix sporadically, like when I think I really need a pill I will take it, but mostly I’m doing this on my own. When I take a pill it makes me feel nauseaus like it’s too much for me. I’m only 108 lbs. Anyhow, I’m trying to keep my relationship with my boyfriend “nice” and together, and I’m reading into everything he says lately which has of course caused a change in his affections and talking to me… he is afraid to talk anymore…!!! so he’s quiet and I’m having a rough time. Can anyone offer words of advice? He has stood by me (THUS FAR) but really I can’t do this to us and expect him to hang too much longer. It’s not his fault. But I didn’t expect it to affect my moods like this. My main problem is mood changes. Not whether my sleep is good, or appetite which is now wonderful, but my problem is MOOD. Help!!!

  • WelshFyr

    Hey there Paula.
    For what it’s worth, I have been feeling alot of what you said, so can totally sympathize with ya!
    Have you thought about letting your BF read your post? I’m sure he knows that you are going through hell, but reading your thoughts would help him understand even more.
    On the topic of chantix sporadically, you may as well not bother (I’m also a nurse, so have some knowledge about meds). This particular med is supposed to be taken every day so that the effects ‘build up’ in your system. Taking them once in a while will do nothing (other than the upset stomach). In other words, either take them as prescribed, or don’t take them at all. Have you tried drinking more water when taking them? The nausea ‘should’ subside within a short time frame, but I stress again, take them every day as prescribed, or don’t bother.
    As for that one cig that you had? Don’t sweat it. You quit on Nov 20th, and one slip does not change that…just keep trying, and don’t give in! There’s tons of people that are here, and supportive, and going through alot of the same emotions, feelings, stresses, cravings etc etc. Lean on us (while we lean on you) and maybe just maybe, we can all do this together!
    Good luck!

  • timothy j

    Paula, This is all normal. I’m doing the same thing and people are telling me to start smoking again but this is the new me for now until I break it. Your on the first step of understanding the new problems you have and now you have to learn how to deal with them just like I have been doing. What I did was tried to find ways of helping people hey I notice you need this and let me do that for you it does work but there’s still the other side of me that looks for little things to get nuts on but I’m noticing that people are just brushing it off when I go there. Right now he’s doing the right thing by not talking to you. You have to sit down with him and let him understand what the problem is that he has to bare with you. You’ll have to now find things to do together that makes you both happy. Go for a walk, ride a bike, play a game etc. whatever you can find to break that spell that cigarettes have on you. The addiction is making you this way, take a bottle from a baby and it crys, your crying but in a different way. Yes you did get the rush you were looking for and it did feel good for the time being and that’s the way drugs make you feel so it’s doing the job but deep down you know that you don’t want it so get focus again and work out the other problems you have which I would rather have then smoking these damm cigarettes again. Understanding what’s going on will help you solve these problems and if he really loves you he will understand but you have to make him understand what’s going on with you. Try making a candle lite dinner and having fun after that if you know what I mean. Stick with the program it will get better if you want it to but if you fall back into the addiction you’ll have to start all over again. Just hang in there you’ll make it you just need more time under your belt it’s not going away in the short time that you have stop. I’m 45 days into my quit and I’m changing every day. Me and the boys out last night and we had a blast in a non smoking bar. You need to do the same thing find things that are fun get yourself laughing. Laughter is the best thing to do. If your looking for things that bother you you will find them. Don’t lit up another cigarettes and don’t feel ashame because you did.

  • Sandy

    Hey paula…Hang in there…Emotional rollercoaster indeed I have had. I went cold turkey but if u need the chantix then use it…Like our nurse said it could be the inconsistance of the chantix…I think some of the insecurity is coming from the empty feeling of letting go of your old friend the cigarette. It is a mourning process but also you have taken a big piece of your life away from yourself. I would suggest you try to find some positive things to replace those feelings with..i.e. reading, go for a long walk, pamper yourself. We are all here for you…Do not allow those feelings of ashame hinder you…today is another and a new day..yesterday is GONE.

  • Sandy

    I would have to say day 2 was the hardest. I came home from work took a few puffs of a cig. almost passed out and felt so sick…got a sharp pain in my side and said I hope i never forget that pain to help me never to want to smoke again. haven’t smoked since.

  • WelshFyr

    Day 5 and counting:
    It’s probably a good thing that I had to work all weekend…less temptation.
    I did pass a test yesterday evening though… The other half and I went out for a beer and to play a few games of pool. Yup, I didn’t smoke! Infact, I didn’t even want to. Not to say it’s going to be easy, but in a weird way, it seems to be getting a little bit easier.
    How is everyone else doing?

  • http://www.healthbolt.net Ahmed al sulaiti from qatar

    i a packet everyday, now i smoke a half-a packet im 16 years old… iwas smoking when i was grade 5.. i just want to stop smoking but i dont know how.. im trying to keep it away from me.

  • Denny

    Welsh — your a nurse…how nice. I work in large company; always sneeking out to have a cigarette (or I use to)….hospitals don’t allow smoking…how have you survived being a smoker ? Can you go hours at a time ???

    Day 11 here. Awww some days are easy, some aren’t. This is not a good day for me…but so far I haven’t lit up…so I guess that means its a good day.

  • WelshFyr

    Denny: Congrats on reaching day 11! I’m only on day 5, but feeling ok I guess. As for smoking at the hospital, yeah, they don’t allow it on hospital property, but I still managed to have 3 or more a day while at work (easy enough to be ‘off’ property within a min). It’s nice not to have to go out there anymore though. I live in Calgary AB, so it’s bloody FREEZING out there!!!
    Have you found anything to replace smoking yet? i.e. working out or something healthy like that?

  • Denny

    Oh, I’ve found some replacements…but I’m not sure they are considered healthy; overeating is one of them.

    Went to the city to shop: $184.50
    Lunch in the City: 12.95

    Not having a cigarette all day: Priceless.

  • timothy j.

    spending money is good, overeating is bad and not smoking is priceless. I eat the same way I’ve always ate, the only thing that changed is me not smoking and my mood swings.

    To the baby smoker just throw them away and stop now. I wish I could have done when I was 16. Make sure you tell your parents that you smoke and them beat the hell out of you.

  • WelshFyr

    Day 5 (cont): I’m really glad it’s so friggin cold out. No temptation to go out and buy smokes… although I could really go for one right now! 5th of 7 shifts done, then days off!
    Denny: So what did ya buy? As for the eating? I am eating enough for 3 or 4 people right now, although I’m lucky to be ‘hoping’ to gain weight thru this.
    As for the young one: It’s NOT cool to smoke. Take the money it costs for a pack of smokes, and just burn it…see how that feels, then just STOP before it’s even more difficult. Good luck!

  • Denny

    I NEED HELP/ADVICE GUYS !!!

    I told a co-worker (who smokes) that I am working on Day 12 — and that I use nicotine gum when it gets more than I can handle. She said that I might as well just lit up because I have not cured my addiction to nicotine ! Oh my…is she right ? I hadn’t thought of that before. Anybody got any helpful information they can throw my way ? Does this mean that I haven’t even started my battle yet ????

  • WelshFyr

    Denny: Who are you going to listen to? Someone who doesn’t light up a smoke, or someone that just wants you to ‘light up’ to make HER feel better? You have not smoked a cig in TWELVE days! That’s awesome man! If it takes having some gum to help change the habit, then use it, just don’t SMOKE. You’ve gone almost 2 weeks now without a smoke. Keep up the pace and when ‘she’ is negitive about you quitting, ask her politely to SHOVE IT (grin).
    Remember, you’re TWELVE days into your battle, and you are WINNING!
    G’luck man.

  • WelshFyr

    Day 6: It’s only 09:00 here, but I’ve been at work for 1.5 hours so far. I find that my urges come at strange times….usually when I am not thinking about not smoking….then the urge hits me hard. I guess I have to keep the nic devil in my mind all the time so that it can’t ‘sneak’ up on me. Headache is on day 6 too. It’s starting to ease off though, so I can hardly feel it now which is a good sign.
    Good luck to all the other ‘smokefree’ peeps out there. Let us know how you’re doing with it!

  • WelshFyr

    Denny: Have you (or anyone else) ever noticed that non smokers are usually more supportive of our efforts to quit smoking vs. those that smoke themselves?
    For me, the people who are non smokers have been AWESOME and supportive of my efforts. The people that smoke feel they are loosing a ‘smoke’ buddy, so are not as supportive.

  • timothy j

    Yes she is correct about the gum but it’s better then smoking the cigarettes you have to slowly start to get off the gum which I believe will be a lot easier then smoking. Don’t get all upset about it. That’s what the gum is for to replace the cigarettes nicotine. Your not suppose to chew the gum forever. You know what you have to do about it now. You’ll make it

  • Denny

    Thanks so much. I’m so grateful for this site; you’ve all been so supportive !

    I use the gum once or twice a day; depends on my stress level. You are suppose to eventually come off of it. I only chew 1/2 piece at a time because it has a rather STRONG taste. For those of you who are struggling with the idea of quitting, try a piece — it works. It can be expensive though. I purchased a no-name brand & since I’ve never tried the “real” Nicorette Gum I don’t know the difference.

    Day 12 and going strong….and so far, I have saved $71.40 and I have said “no” to 240 cigarettes !! I keep these figures on my desk and change them daily. I’ve already said NO THANKS to 240 cigarettes !!!

    TimothyJ: you’re well over a 30 days smoke free…do you often think about smoking ? I notice that it’s starting to decrease just a bit…but what’s it like after a month of being smoke free ? Do the thoughts of smoking versus no smoking consume much of your day ?

  • timothy j

    Today I saw a pack just sitting there and yes I looked at for awhile and said I can just walk over and lit one up but I shook it off and went about my business and forgot about it. Your always going to have moments when you think of them, there’s going to be little reminders of them. All I know is that I don’t want to smoke them any more I remember how good I feel without them and walk away when I get a feeling to smoke one. You will not to smoke has to be stronger then wanting them. It’s going to be hard to forget them forever because they been apart of us for so long. How can you forget 30 something years of smoking? We all made the right decission to quit before it’s to late and before you have to hear from the doc that you need to quit a big difference. The name of the game is to do whatever you have to do to make you stop like it’s been said before on the blog. Stick with your gunz and keep walking forward don’t look back. Time will make you forget about them and each passing day will become easier but you will never forget them all together. So what did you spend the money on?

  • http://Healthbolt dodie

    I’m trying to quit smoking. Stumbled on this website by looking up another something. How do I comment on subject? HELP

  • http://Healthbolt dodie

    Thank you.

  • Paul

    Well made it to day 26. Just went through my 3rd weekend without them. Starting to feel go about myself. Denny by this time next week you will feel alot better I found that days 10 – 16 to be my hardest. Remember Only smokers want you to smoke your not one any more. hang in there. It feels strange to get a urge now. Still get them but starting to think of myself as a non-smoker. Pack and a half aday for 20 years. Do not worry about the gum. The nicotine in gum is small.

  • Treece

    Denny, this weekend I was on my feet for 6 hours straight non stop cleaning closets, dusting pine sol, lysoling everthing, sweeping, washing almost every piece of bedding i own. my house is immaculate also. Now i seem to be obsessed with keeping it clean and in order. i love walking in and seeing everything neat, and smelling so GOOD!!! my mom came to my house this weekend, and was shocked at the smell in the house. she knew i had quit, but she did know i had made the big change at home. that really helps alot…now i can smell freshness instead of stale smoke. i think that was making me feel bad in the morning waking up smelling it. i smoked in my house for 3 years…seems like i was a slob when i smoked. i own a infiniti fx45, and my ceilings in the car are brown instead of tan. i hate what i was. it is so hard though. i want one so bad…but i am trying to not think about it. i am on chantix and it is helping, i just have to get my mind right.

  • Frankie

    Damn it! 23 days of not smoking, and I just fell off the wagon. Too much pressure, and I just folded. My father is in the hospital again, my wife is in distress over her Mothers recent death, and the fact her her sister is trying to screw her out of her inheritence, my job, etc. I can’t even holiday shop, the hits keep coming. It goes on and on. The best I can hope for now is setting a new target date. 12/22/07, my company shuts down for 11 days, so no work. I’m really ashamed of myself for being so weak. Damn it!

  • WelshFyr

    Frankie: so ya had 1 or two…you have till quit! be strong, and relay on us in the ‘tough times.
    g’luck man

  • http://healthbolt dodie

    Will this comment be posted? I am quite illiterat with computers, but am trying. Iposted earlier today, but of course no comments. I said I was trying to quit. Truth is it’s been 6 weeks today. I still am having hard time. Have been smoking for 44 years. I ‘m a female, widow and 63 yrs. old. I have so much to say and ask. I’ve always have been a nervous-like fidgety person. Guess this is why it’s hard. Also I stay quite depressed. One reason for that is I can’t work out because of health. I have emphysema, also Oster-arthritis. All disks in body are deterarating. Just 3 months ago, had tmj surgery. Other side of jaw has to get disks too. I am so sorry for this to be so long. I have no one to talk to. I’m tired, bored and probably will go and get a pack of cigs. Why not? At least I’d be happy for little while. Thanks for listening or whatever. Dumbass Dodie

  • Scott Wilcock

    I’ve done a week so far and it’s been fairly easy. Yeah I’ve stressed out about little things that wouldn’t usually annoy me but I don’t feel like I want to spark up anymore. I’ve found drinking water a good help coz it’s an appetite suppressant (like a cigarette) so when you would usually light a cig to get rid of hunger just have a glass of water. Apart from that I haven’t used any tricks or gum or anything but they’ve never worked for me so I decided will power was the way for me.

  • Denny

    Day 13 ! Treece — I am finding that by having this “clean” house, I feel a little more in control of my life. I control what happens, not a cigarette. I’m so excited because tomorrow I will be saying 2 WEEKS !!

    Dodie – everyone at some point in time is challenged when it comes to computers – If you want to change your life — CHANGE YOUR MIND !! just my 2 cents.

  • Dale

    Chantix. That magic pill has helped me to quit smoking. 70 days without cigs, 14 days without Chantix. Its a miracle.

  • timothy j.

    Dodie the first thing to do is read a lot of the post here to get an idea who’s who. A lot of questions have been answered already and there are times I reply and get no reply back but I don’t care about that. This is a place were you can throw out some of your thoughts just to get them off your chest. Like you did in your post. As I can see your having a lot of problems and being alone is very hard because there’s nobody to talk to you or try and comfort you. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do so it takes a lot of time. Get old is very hard on all of us and something we’re all going to face in time. Time moves so fast but when you look back it looks as it was a long time, a very hard subject to address. I just lost my mom and I’m going through a lot of different changes that I never even thought about at the time she was alive. I always thought we’re all here forever or that’s what I wanted to think. I lost a lot of relatives but losing mom is the hardest. I’m now trying to get over feeling sorry for myself. Feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t help with anything, you have to find the things that make you happy and not worry about the others things that make you sad. Smoking doesn’t make me happy just something that I done when I was young to be cool standing on the corners but now it turned out to be a habit and an addiction that’s very hard to break. I told myself that I was going to quit on my mom’s birthday which was 10/10 but I quit on 10/25 I was 15 days over. Depression can bring you down so much that it will make you do things that you don’t want to do. You can’t make yourself go into that situation. I know that’s going to be hard after reading your post but one thing I always remember I thought I had it hard until I saw a person with no legs and arms which made me think that I was blessed and this is the truth. She would be down the Jersey shores with someone pushing her around begging for money. I know begging for money wasn’t right but I’m guessing you have to do what you have to stay alive. I know I when on and on and I might not be making any sense here but one thing I know is that I tried to reach out to someone. So post your questions and your thoughts and don’t get depressed if no one answers them.

  • Mike L.

    Dodie – Everybody here, even the people talking about how easy it was to quit smoking ‘this time,’ understands how hard it really is. Try to remember that smoking will not help you with the fact that you’re depressed all the time. After that first cigarette, you’ll be depressed AND angry with yourself that you gave in. You may feel like you’re in poor health right now, but you’re only 63 years old. You still have years of quality life in front of you. Stick with the quitting. You’ll feel better and you’ll feel better about yourself. I smoked for ‘only’ 25 years or so. I’m on day 48 of no cigarettes. I’m tempted every time something goes wrong, or every time I finish something, but it is getting easier. I don’t want to give up all the progress I’ve made and have to start over. Last year the doc told me I’ve got early stage emphysema as well. I know we’ve all got to go some time, but I don’t want to die gasping for breath and I don’t want my family to see me go that way. Keep your head up. You’re doing a great thing for yourself and for everyone who loves you.

  • Denny

    Dottie — you’ve posted your first comment here ! Congrats to you !! You must feel less of a computer illerate huh ? You know how to post a comment now !!

    Next step…throw out your cigarettes and join all of us in keeping smoke-free. If you think that learning the computer is satisfying….wait until you have your first 24 hours SMOKE FREE !! It’s freeing — it’s not easy — but it’s freeing ! You take babysteps….1 hour at a time if that is what it takes. I would strongly suggest a hobby for you. I do lots of cleaning, and I also dragged out my sewing machine — so I’m making a quilt on my machine….gotta keep busy !!

    My goodness, you’re only 63 ! That’s NOT old…that’s just getting started !!!!

    Welcome to our little corner of the world.

    P.S. Timothy, I walked that sad road a few short years ago. God Bless You.

  • Cathy

    I’m on day 6.

  • Denny

    Hopefully, everyone is just busy, and that’s why there aren’t many posts today. Cathy, good for you – Day 6 is a BIG accomplishment…Stay tuned to this site, a lot of good information and support is given — HOWEVER, I’m wondering where everyone is.

    I celebrated 2 weeks today ! Still having those urges, but they don’t seem to be as frequent as they were a week ago. I am beginning to feel as though I can breathe much easier now; I don’t cough anymore either. Coughing and the smell of cigarettes are the 2 reasons I quit — I walked by a person who was smoking today. For some reason, I couldn’t take my eyes off of them !! I wanted to ask them “what’s that like..how’s that feel”….OH IT WAS TERRIBLE !! Remember being a little kid and watching someone else eat an ice cream cone….just wanting what they had !! I just stared at them !!!!

    I kept walking thinking “I’ve gotta go to that site and write this little incident”…..

    So now that that moment is over, I’m going back to work….SO HOW IS EVERYONE ELSE DOING ???

  • Chris Lack

    best way to stop is when you dont want to smoke when you’re ill! at the moment i have a nasty flu/bad cough and i cant smoke so im quitting. its worked before, but i wanted to start again!
    it helps get over the first few days. but it means you need to be ill :S
    otherwise chewing gum is good:P

  • WelshFyr

    Day 8: G’day all. Well I’ve made it past the one week mark! I just finished my stretch of 7 shifts, so with this being my first day off, I don’t have the ‘safety net’ of being at work… In other words, I’m finding it really tough today.
    So yesterday evening, we went out to play some pool. Some guys wanted to challenge us. They both smoked, and I couldn’t believe how much they STUNK of smoke even though they were going outside to smoke. (and yeah, we won all the games).

  • Denny

    Hi Chris. That’s is a good way to go through the first couple of days. I was hospitalized for 7 days last year and I came home vowing never to have another one. While I was home recovering, I found a pack — that was all it took. I was home alone, bored, recovering and before you know it…I was hooked again. The secret to this battle is just NEVER EVER having one more puff…never never never…and then it’s over ! You have to fight every single urge…and those nicotine cravings only last a few minutes…I’m into this battle for 2 weeks now…and I’m finding the only way to win this battle is to never have another puff. I found a cute website called N.O.P.E. It means Not One Puff Ever…..

    Good luck to you !!!

  • WelshFyr

    Hey Chris…Hope you’re feeling better! Quitting is tough ain’t it, but it will be worth it! (I hope).
    Denny: Awesome man just awesome on your 2 weeks! Keep it up, and keep helping the rest of us.
    Cathy: Keep it up girl! I’m on day 8, and I KNOW how tough it is, but it (for me atleast) is getting a ‘bit’ easier.

  • Grama1

    I have been off the butts for 10 days now, I had started this trek 3 or 4 weeks ago, I would quit, be off them a day or 2 then have a puff or 2 then 1 or 2 whole cigarettes and before I knew it I was buying a pack, I have smoked for 36 years so the habit of is not easy to break and also I tried the cold turkey and failed each time, so what I did was get some nicotine gum 2mg, I only would grab a piece only when if I couldn’t take it any more…..the other thing I did was buy a fake smokeless cigarette, called cig-a-not, when I would have my coffee in the morning I would grab it and inhale on it like a real cigarette, to help with the habit, also vitamin C candies are great for helping with detox and to keep your mouth from getting too sore…….One Day at a Time….Good Luck to us all…..

  • Grama1

    10 days today, Good Luck to us all,

  • Sandy

    I just want to say Congratulations Grama1…you can do it…one day at a time…we beleive in you. I too smoked 30 years so it is hard to change your habits.

  • Denny

    Congrats Grama1 – Good for you too Sandy. I too smoked for over 30 years….Today is Day 15 for me…..YIKES I never thought I could go this far ! I use the nicotine gum when it gets tough.

    I’m going to be snowed in this weekend; not something I am looking forward to….I dont know why, but I’m in a panic. This will be the first weekend where I’m not able to go out and put myself somewhere where nobody smokes….I don’t have any cigarettes in the house — but I have this voice saying “Oh just pick up a pack …just in case it’s an emergency”……

    Somebody want to yell at me about this little voice in my head ???

  • thehbboss

    I quit drinking alcohol a number of years ago, because I decided I didn’t want to drink. Then I quit using salt because I decided I really didn’t want to use salt. Now I just decided a week ago that I really didn’t want to smoke or use sugar anymore. I’m on day 8 with the quitting cigarettes and have an extra $32.00 and some extra breath and food actually tastes pretty good :) – Happy Holidays and good luck to all of you.

  • Denny

    Forunately for me, another voice in my head identified themselves as “My Lungs”. They put up a pretty impressive argument as to why I could not pick up cigarettes today, or any other day. Silly me, I forgot I am a NON SMOKER ! It’s not what I want. I don’t want to smoke…isn’t that why I quit in the first place ?

    What I don’t miss: driving home from work and realizing that I only have 3 cigarettes left…and I would have to stop into a convenient store and pay almost $6 for a pack…I don’t miss that at all !

  • saira

    ow my god i smoke 30 aday i can never do that
    its 2222222222 hard

  • timothy j.

    SMACK get a hold of your self. Okay that’s better now listen I smoked 60 a day sometimes more if I can do it so can you. My stats are below. That’s right 3,283 cigarettes I haven’t stuck in my mouth in 1 month & 3 weeks WOW WEE Follow the path and break away from that human smoke machine. I don’t think you said when I grow up I want to be a chimney now did you?

    I have been quit for 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds (54 days). I have saved $476.04 by not smoking 3,283 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Denny

    Timothy J: how do you calculate the saved time of your life ? I’m assuming every cigarette takes off so many minutes of your life…what it is ?

  • Denny

    let me try that again: how do you calculate the time saved on your life. I’m assuming that every cigarette takes off so many minutes of your life. How many ?

  • timothy j

    just get a quit keeper it does everything for you. I can’t remember where I got the one I have at but do a search and you’ll find one.

    Timothy j.

  • timothy j

    Hi, It won’t let me repeat this. trying again. Just get a quit keeper it does everything for you. I can’t remember where I got the one I have at but do a search and you’ll find one.

    Timothy j.

  • timothy j.

    Denny, Now that I’m home I looked at the quit keeper and under preferences you can set the life saved per cigarettes from 5 mins to 20 mins so now that I know this I guess I’m going to have to figure what I want it to be or find out what it should be.

    With the money I saved I purchase a fender squier II bass guitar with a maple neck from the 70′s for 125.00 not bad for something that would of been smoked up. Find something you want and go out and buy it you deserve it. This goes for all the quitters out there.

  • Michele C.

    Well, God give me strength I tell ya. I am so happy to find this site. I am a beginner in the fight against these filthy things. Let me tell you the strength that I do not have. I watch my father lose the fight with lung cancer. Each day as my father took a drag from the deadly thing, we prayed that I would quit and not end of up like him. It was so hard to watch him in that IPAC, *i think that is what its called* its the mask that forces air into the body. It was basically keeping him a live while his body would just give up. I didn’t quit,and I am trying so hard now. I was in the gas station and I reminded myself of him. I had a really bad coughing spell, that embarrased me and is now scarrying the hell out of me. I HAVE TO QUIT. I hope this helps people, it helped me writing it.

  • Michele C.

    Sorry for the typos, no proof reading this time around. I have book marked this site. I am sure it will give me some strength and ideas ” Happy Holidays”

  • Timothy J.

    Michele C. It’s going to be a little hard at first but it will get easier as time goes on. I’m on my 56th day and counting. You’ll make it just stick with a program no matter which one you use.

    Don’t worry about spelling when posting we all can read between the lines.

    God luck

  • denny

    Hi Michele:
    My father in law passed away earlier this year from lung cancer…due to cigarettes. It is such a painful experience, and my heart goes out to you.

    I know that “cough”. I have been smoke-free for 21 days. The cough (and the smell) made me quit. I had to pull over one day because I thought I was going to pass-out from coughing so hard. It was so horrible.

    Quiting is hard; I won’t paint a pretty picture….but the feeling you get when you past that fire milestone..like the 1st day, or even the first hour….its a moment that you can be proud of ! You slowly begin to take control of your life and your health !!! Use this web site to tell everyone how you’re feeling, and what your milestones are ! Read through this page; some pretty amazing people are here. I have used the nicotine gum; and hope to wean myself off of that after the holidays…but for me, that stuff is GOLD !

    Hey, Michele, ya know what the best part is…I don’t cough anymore and I don’t smell of cigarettes anymore. Take 10 minutes at a time…that’s how I started and that how I still look at the whole thing…10 minutes at a time…and now 22 days have past !

    TimothyJ: thanks for the quit clock..that’s really cool ! I’m almost at 2 days !

  • sandy

    Hey Paul…hey denny whats going on havent heard from you’s in a week? hope all is well..way to go timothy J…Hang in Michele C…find a book or a program like timothy said and visit this site daily and share your thoughts and feelings…God will help you as well…I watched my mom die with lung cancer last year..it Suckeddddd…but it took me almost a year after her passing to quit…dont be to hard on yourself…This will be one of the toughest things you will ever do.

  • Michele C.

    You guys are the best. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I guess we all lost someone last year. One year this past November. I have made so many attempts but failed them. Right now I am slowly going through the motions. I have tried cold turkey many times. This time I have been NOT smoking during the day. I get up ,, don’t smoke, go to work and 11 hours later,, I am wanting that smoke. I will then have one. I am however proud of myself. I wanted a smoke, waited the 10 minutes and there was no need for one. Has anyone tried Chantix?

  • Dixem

    Hi everyone…32 days and counting…haven’t been here in a while but glad that I can still say I haven’t had one of those disgusting little sticks!
    Yes…I think I have put on the extra few kg’s…but guess what?! I don’t care…at least i will not have the black lung!
    I know someone here mentioned it before but it really does help…when you hve those cravings, to kinda just be strict with yourself. You are NOT going to die if you don’t have one, and in about 1 minute you will have forgotten. One of th biggest helps for me has been that thought and the fact that there are billions of non-smokers out there…and you all know at least one. Do they ever crave? No? So it’s not something you will be doomed with for the rest of your life. You just have to be strong! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

  • adeedew

    What a wonderful message board reading all these stories is so inspiring. I just lost my father suffering from emphysema being a 50+ year smoker who smoked all the way up until the end, oxygen tube and all. My heart is broken. I have to stay strong for my sister and mother. Here’s my problem. I myself have been a smoker for 12 years or so. I am one of the fools who love it and wanted to wait for some magical time to stop but i know the addiction has got the best of me. It’s the holidays and i’m dealing with a loss and the stress of setting up a funeral etc. The urge for smoking it at an alltime him. I have convinced myself i must stop, which is actually a first believe it or not knowing what i’ve seen my dad go through. But, i seem to think just having a few to get me by the next week or so is needed. Am i fooling myself? I feel weak. Thank you.

  • pierre

    the patch works i smoked 2 packs a day and i have not smoked for 2 years now i never thought i could quit the patch really works you just have to keep you hands busy and

  • Dixem

    I’m sorry to all those who have lost someone recently. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but I hope that you can find some way to overcome the urge to smoke…I believe anyone can do this and I’m almost sure that it’s possible to avoid medication and patches…especially if you hate it that much and you’ve seen first hand what it’s capable of.

  • Denny

    adeedew….I read your post, and I am so sorry for your loss.

    I read in your post “I am one of the fools who love it and wanted to wait for some magical time to stop but i know the addiction has got the best of me”.

    I smiled at your post, because you sound like me (4 weeks ago) I am slowly learning that I DO NOT love it. We have all come to realize that love doesn’t make you smell like an ash tray, love doesn’t come in a 20 pack, love doesn’t make you cough up plem in the morning, and most importantly, love doesn’t cause lung cancer and a ton of other smoke related diseases. You already know that.

    I lost both my parents at an early age; both to heart disease, so I know what you’ve been through. It hurts like hell….but with time heals the pain and somehow the hurt you feel will eventually turn to sweet sweet memories.

    Google: Love Letters to Cigarettes. People have actually written a Dear John letter to their “friend”, the cigarette.

    This is by far the hardest thing I have done – each day is tough for me – I write on this site often which seems to keep me focused when I am feeling weak….good luck to you !

  • djelrock

    Well, it is well documented that smoking cigarrettes is terrible for the body, etc, etc. That nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to man, etc, etc. That quitting smoking is very, very hard, etc, etc. I just want to say one thing: Quadruple bypass surgery is horrible. I know because at 41, I had to have one to save my heart from the clogged coronary arteries. I smoked, ate badly and never watched my triglycerides, I am diabetic, high-blood pressure, the works. Anyway, if you smoke, you will die of emphysema, lung cancer or cardiac problems. I had always hoped to die quickly and swiftly but the angina I had was not fatal and now, it’s obvious to me that I must give up smoking for good or resign myself to a slow and painful death. I rather not smoke. Good luck everybody. It’s really hard but keep trying and dont feel terrible if you cheat once in a while.

  • Paul

    Well after 29 days of not smoking I brought a pack, then found another under my seat in the car. After smoking 1-1/2 packs. when out to buy another. Got half way there turned around. my counts back up to 11 days and counting. Want to thank everyone for their support.

  • sandy

    Hey Paul good to hear from ya….way to go that you are back on track to freedom again…you can do it…Just remember what caused you to buy that pack and try to find another way of dealing with your situation…Nice to hear from a long term quitter as well…2years way to go…they say at 2 years your odds of ever smoking again are huge..My 6 month anniversary as a non-smoker was Christmas Day…What a great christmas gift i gave my family and My self. 2008 is going to be great.

  • Treece

    I felt horrible yesterday I am on Chantix and I am really considering quitting the pill. I was weak yesterday and broke down and bought a pack of cigs…smoked 2 outside, and came in and felt HORRIBLE…at the moment somking I felt good…i went and laid down…and got up to go to the bathroom and I VOMITTED for about 6 minutes straight…then looked in the mirror and I had thousands of RED dots in my face!!!!!!!!! What the hell to do….somebody help me…before I go crazy!!! My 9 year old was so scared….bless her heart she ran my bath water and bathes me….I really dont know what to do…should I continue to take the chantix??? Everytime I take them I feel nauseated….I have no appetitie…and feel so depressed and dont know what to do with myself.

  • timothy j.

    consult your doctor about them and read all the side effects they have. Sooner or later you have to get off the pill but one thing don’t do again is smoke a cigarette, see what it’s doing to you now you’ll have to do it all over again. Be strong and you will succes. This addiction can play a lot of mind games with you so watch out.

    My stats are below. There climbing everyday. I DON’T EVER WANT TO SMOKE AGAIN NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO ME. Scream and holler get it off your chest do whatever you have to do. Just hang in there.

    I have been quit for 2 Months, 2 Days, 8 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds (63 days). I have saved $551.05 by not smoking 3,800 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 6 Days, 4 hours and 40 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Denny

    TimothyJ — you continue to inspire me !

    Yup, I too feel off the wagon yesterday. I had a few puffs off a cigarette that I found. Some folks feel ashamed…I didn’t !! I don’t know why, maybe that junkie in my head was telling me a different story….but after I put it out, I had to go and brush my teeth and wash my hands…..

    I’ve decided what to do with my “saved” money. I am going to have my teeth whitened ! After putting out that cigarette…I called and made an appointment at the dentist to have trays made for my teeth for whitening !!!! YIPPEE !!!

    I have been quit for 4 Weeks, 22 hours, 3 minutes and 55 seconds (28 days). I have saved $172.06 by not smoking 578 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days and 10 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 11/28/2007 12:13 PM

  • Luai

    Hello everyone
    I need your help
    I have quit twice in the past 2 years
    the first time was for 2 months, the second time 1 week which was 2 months ago.
    I’m 30 and have been smoking for 15 years.
    after the first time i tried to quit, I started using plastic filters, and have been using them ever since.
    in the past 2 to 3 days I’m experiencing some breathing problems, I would like to quit, but every time I think about it, i get in a very bad mood and get extremely depressant.
    Don’t tell me to go and see a doctor about my breathing problems, do not, because where I’m the doctors are worse than butchers (I’m in a 3rd world country), I also can’t get chantix.
    I have 8 packs of cigarettes left, and would like to quit after i finish them, but I have no idea if I can, because every time i buy a carton I say that I will finish it and quit.
    I need to quit

  • Jerry

    I smoked for 35 years. I quit twice once for 3 months another time for 8 months. I screwed up by having just one one day, then two the next thinking I could get away with this method. Then 3 the next day (bumming off others both times) then sick of bumming buying a pack and there I was right back into it. I quit cold turkey 1 year ago new years eve 11:30 pm. Haven’t touched one since and am determined not to screw up ever again. I feel great and it improves your sexual pleasure too. I wish everyone could quit cause it makes them stink and I bet they wish they could quit too. I saved $1750.00 Canadian after 350 days ($5.00 a day).

  • Sandy

    Hi Jerry Congratualtions…I love to hear long term stories…it really encourages me. Luai there is also i site i came across to help you quit without any drugs…its called whyquit.com try visiting that site as well…also allen carrs book is a big help and reading stories of how people get through it. I encourage you to set a quit date and got from there…do not wait…there is never a perfect time to quit…You have to see all the bad effects cigs have…then find a reason you want to quit. keep posting it helps

  • Luai

    Thank you Sandy
    I will keep on posting
    I have read listened to Allen Carr’s easy method audio book, and it didn’t really help, but you know what i will listen to it again.
    I have also bookmarked the site you posted and will check it.
    I appreciate your encouraging

  • timothy j.

    Denny that’s all it takes is one cigarette. I was in the same spot as Jerry. Bumming one then two then five and then buying packs right back were I was when I quit smoking three packs a day but not this time. It doesn’t take long for them to take our you again. You have to stay away. Falling off the wagon happens but brush yourself off and get back on.

    ONCE AGAIN I WILL NEVER SMOKE AGAIN NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO ME.

    Spend the money on something you want and have fun with it. Right now I purchased a guitar effects pedal at 125.00, electric bass guitar at 105.00, two used laptops at 125.00 each for a total of 480.00 that’s not bad for something that would of went up in smoke.

    Oh where or where have all the quitters gone. Did they fall to far down? Everybody watch your backs the power is stronger then all of us. Don’t listen to the voices.

    I have been quit for 2 Months, 3 Days, 7 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds (64 days). I have saved $559.34 by not smoking 3,857 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Tammy

    Found this website looking for the withdrawl symptoms…I quit November 15th (Chantix). I love it!!! The nausea is real, but I am eating more regularly now (a good thing). Just finding myself tired and unable to kick this cold. I never get sick, but am not getting better very fast. I am so happy that I quit after 20 years, but find the greatest success was due to the fact that I was ready (the 40th birthday has now happened). I was always told how great it would be if I quit, “I would be so healthy” and “feel so good”, unfortunately I still don’t feel that good. No one ever tells you about the withdrawl or the fact that your body has to purge all of that crap out. Best of luck to everyone on this road to “recovery”. We will all do it when we are ready and not a minute sooner!

  • adeedew

    What is everyone’s take on this chantix suicide stuff i read online? That concerns me but haven’t read too much about it here, mostly seems positive. Thank you

  • Salmasue

    Hello, Wade, How accurate is that info. I really need to quit, and I’ve done it before, but I really have to stop. My doctor would like me to be on birth control pills, my menstrual cycle is out of wack, and painful! I’m 37 and I’m more at risk, I’m willing to stop, but do you think, I should stop for a week, and then go on the pill? What is your advice?

  • timothy j.

    Salmasue wade is not a doctor to give you that kind of advice you really have to consult a doctor which I see that you already done. I’M NOT A DOCTOR BUT I’M GOING TO TELL YOU AS LOUD AS I CAN YOU DID YOU QUIT AND GET THE HELL ALWAY FROM SMOKING ALL TOGETHER. IT’S NOT HELPING YOU IN ANY WAY. THE CHOICE IS YOURS AND NOBODY CAN MAKE YOU QUIT, YOU HAVE TO DO IT ON YOUR OWN. YOU KNOW IT’S WRONG SO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISSION BEFORE YOU HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER AND THAT’S WHEN THE DOCTOR TELLS YOU IF YOU HAVE QUITTED EARLY I COULD OF SAVE YOUR LIFE SO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE BECAUSE IT’S YOURS. I WRITING IN ALL CAPS TO SCREAM AT YOU SO MAKE SURE YOU HEAR ME AND PUT THEM OUT FOR EVERY. THIS GOES FOR EVERYBODY ELSE OUT THERE. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT TO SMOKE FOR ANYWAY?

  • sandy

    way to go Timothy….your right…we have to remember why WE QUIT!!!!!!!! To live a long a free life.

  • Mario

    New to the site, I quit on Dec 27th (Chantix). So far, so good. Mario

  • CJ

    On day 8 but had to stop Champix as it’s known here in UK – horrific dreams, really, really bad wind and awful mood swings (lucky not to have committed murder!!!!) however not going back. Good to read all your comments – inspiration was required and gained. All the best to everyone for 2008. CJ

  • http://playgroundsupply.net Mike

    I quit smoking in 20 days. I was a pack a day smoker and just simply decreased my daily intake by one cigarette per day until I was down to zero. For Example, I started with 20 smokes the first day, then the next day I had 19, then the next 18, and so on. It helped decrease the amount of nicotine in my body and increased the duration of time between cravings. For me I found it did take discipline but not as much as quitting cold turkey.

  • timothy j.

    Friends came over so I was buzzing when I wrote that comment but it’s the truth. Why are you smoking is the question. I smoked in my early years b/c I was cool standing on the corner with the boys but now I’m even cooler b/c I’m smoke free in 2008. So get cool man and walk away forever. Makesure you get a quit keeper to watch your numbers climb. My stats are below and boy 4,097 smokes not in my body amazing plus the money is piling up I’m buying all kinds of things with it. Normally that money would go up in smoke. Stay smoke free in 2008 HAPPY NEW YEAR

    I have been quit for 2 Months, 1 Week, 7 hours, 4 minutes and 23 seconds (68 days). I have saved $594.15 by not smoking 4,097 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Weeks, 5 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Tami

    My last cigarette was at 11:30 last night! I was so depressed when I went to bed…I thought I would surely die when I woke up! (I have been cutting down for the last couple of days)Well, when I woke up this morning after having woke up several times wanting to smoke…my first thought was “This is not so bad!”I can do this…..I am no longer a smoker! I really want to quit, I think you can do anything when you really want to! I am not using any patches or anything! I feel sort of dizzy….and strange! I hope this goes soon!This is the 3rd time I have quit….I will not start again! Happy New Year!

  • denny

    Hey Tami:

    Just keep telling yourself : “I haven’t had a cigarette since LAST YEAR”. You can tell everyone ” I use to smoke, but that was last year”. 2008 will be all about my health, my lungs and I’m giving myself a raise because I’m not spending $$$ on cancer stitcks anymore.

  • Lori

    My husband and I both quit last night a midnight. Doing well so far. I am trying this cold turkey while my husband is on Chantix. I am doing pretty good so far but am very worried about gaining too much weight. I do control what I eat and did go by a elliptical to exercise. Good luck to all! I do love the the fact that I don’t smell like smoke. I feel fresh.

  • timothy j.

    My last words to the blog. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz you have two choices smoke or not to smoke what is your decission?

  • tet

    For all the guys out there who find it hard to quit,here’s a little motivation: I started smoking when I was 18,I’m 33 now and I quit when I turned 32,so it has been one year.About two months into quitting I was told by my wife that my erections were much stronger and that my stamina has doubled during sex.NICE!!! Imagine at 32 my erections are stronger than when I was say 19.The funny thing is I always thought that they were normal whilst I was a smoker,apparently not. So guys,trust me, if you think its really hard to quit,just remember IT could be even harder when you do!! And thats always a good thing.(Besides if you don’t stop you will die!!! A HORRIFIC DEATH!!!)

  • Tony B.

    Hi there everyone. Just wanted to say that I am on my second day of NOT smoking. I am 35 and have smoked a pack a day for 20 years. I have gone cold turkey and I know my moodiness is affecting my wife and kids. My first night (last night) was HORRIBLE! As soon as I would finally fall asleep, I’d wake up in 10 minutes. This went on the whole night. Then one minute I’d be freezing and the next minute sweating. On top of that, the anxiety level is uncomfortably high.
    Is it worth it though? You bet! My 6 year old daughter already told me that she is proud of me. How cool is that?!?
    Hey I’m barely on 3 days of not smoking but guess what world…..I’m an ex-smoker!!!!

  • http://www.bpinnovations.com Paula C.

    Hi everyone and Happy New Year. I am also on my 2nd day of NOT smoking. I am 37 and have smoked a pack or sometimes more a day for over 26 years. Like everyone I tried many times from cold turkey, Zyban, patches, gum, and was unsuccessful (couldn’t even make it 1 day). I’ve been on Chantix for a few weeks and this has been the best for me. Quitting smoking is the best thing. No pain, no gain! It is never to late to quit. Hang in there everyone!

  • Tony B.

    Paula C…..you hang in there! I’ve been reading all the past entries on this site and they do help me get by, but to see someone recent going through this at the same time is encouraging. Do I want one now???? Yes….but in two days I haven’t smoked a little over 40 cigarettes. It grosses me out! Good luck to you!

  • chris

    i quit on new years eve and still fighting it

  • chris

    i quit cold turkey after 11 years of almost a pack a day down to no smokes in two days
    fighting it my fiance is there for me with moral support i am thankfull of that

  • charlene

    its been three days for a new year revolution. im only 20 but have been smoking since i was 14, quite bad uhh! it cost to much money, its makes u smell horrible, and its totally not good for you, you are slowly painfully killing yourself witout even relising it.
    come on people have some faith in urselfs that u can do this, if not for yourself but your family, the ones youd be leaving behind if you carry on with it.

  • Tami

    Hi, everyone! I am on day 3! No smoking in three days! I really don’t have many cravings at all anymore! Although I do feel sweaty at times! I have slept better in the last two nights than in a long…long…time! Plus, I have lost 2 pounds! I have been drinking green tea….and milk! Remember to take vitamins too! And calcium! Day three Yea!

  • Marge

    I have smoked for 46 years, 1 1/2 pk/day. On October 27, 2007 was my last cig. I did not do by myself I am a coward. The Lord My God took the last cig from me and I have no withdrawal symptoms, no weight gain, no desire to smoke. I can be with someone who is smoking and have no desire to smoke. I highly recommend the greatest healer of all Lord Jesus to take the cig habit away from you. Thank you for letting me share this with you.

  • http://www.bpinnovations.com Paula C.

    Thank you Tony B. for your support. I really do appreciate it. It is a tough fight but it is worth it. Day 3 now. I hope you are hanging in there and everyone else struggling through this. It is easy enough to talk yourself into it. Support does help. Someone once told me “Your mind is like a dangerous neighborhood, don’t go in there alone!”. How true.

  • sandy

    AMEN Marge: you do not have to be ashamed to share your faith…that is awesome the Lord has helped me as well…keep up the great work.

  • Sam

    I also quit on 1st Jan, so it’s nearly 3 days now. I never meant to start smoking, even though it was under 10 a day since I was 18, i’m now 30 and definitely losing that youthful look – my main inspiration! Also the gym is tough these days and am looking forward to the hardcore exercise when my lungs improve! Things definitely feel different this time, water and chewing gum are my main saviours, and i recommend staying off the alcohol for a month as it’s the biggest factor in weakening the resolve (oh just the one i think, but won’t make that mistake again)! For some extra help I find that Bach’s Rescue Remedy (about £5 from boots is a fantastic help and sorts out those panicky feelings and tight-chestedness)! Good luck everyone, you can do it!!!

  • Marc

    I smoked for 6 years then gave up easily. That was 20 years ago. I cant understand how people find it so difficult to give up. Just dont have one. Is it really that hard? What motivation do you need, other than all you are doing is extreme damage to your body and health.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tornmien ToRn

    January 1st of this year at around 11:40 p.m was my last cig, had craving for it alot at work but would substitute a jolly rancher for a cig every break, now withdrawals lessened, I dont have that pressure in my lung feeling as much as the first day i stopped. Still going strong, No boose no cigs because doing one or the other will make me fail. Yea all i hope for is that i don’t gain so much weight from being more hungry since i stopped smoking and started eating crackers and candy at work during break.

  • mare

    I to tried the Chantix I am having good luck with it.. but there are side affects I feel so lucky it has worked for me (so far) after a pack and a half for 37 years I just hope it isn’t to late for me… I’m all for modern technology-just take one day at a time.. this is my second time trying I quit for over a year before and went back when a tragedy made me think I could just have one, well one lead to another and another and another pretty soon I was back up to a pack a day again… plus a pack of ciggs are 4.00 here now I’m taking that 4.00 and putting away and I plan on buying something wonderful with it .. good luck to everyone….

  • Tony B.

    Well I have made it to day 4 of not smoking. I feel lousy! My sleep is suffering the most. Last night I only got 4 hours. BUT….I will not give up! I know there is no immediate gratification here and that this takes work. A few comments up, a guy wrote that he doesn’t understand how it is so hard to stop since he did it very easily. Well good for him but I know the majority of people trying to quit have a rough road ahead of them.
    Good luck to all of you trying to remain smoke free. We have to pray for each other.

  • Mike L.

    Day 72 and haven’t ‘cheated’ once. I think this is the longest I’ve gone in all the times I tried to quit over the last 25 years. A heads-up to those just starting: I felt like after the serious cravings for cigarettes ended around the 10th day it was all downhill. Not true – at least for me. Somewhere around the 3rd week it got harder. I think it was because the novelty of improved taste, less coughing etc. had worn off. I was in the habit of smoking a cigarette after I finished anything – writing a report, doing yard work, a meal, really anything. Once the novelty of not smoking wore off, I started impulsively feeling like smoking when I finished things. The good news is that it really did start to get significantly easier over the last 2 weeks or so. All I can tell you is don’t give up! It’s so worth it to quit for so many different reasons. A special message to Marc: It was so easy for you? Good for you dude. I think it’s pretty clear that you’re the exception not the rule. If your ‘I don’t understand how it’s so hard’ comment was an attempt at supporting people who are at the beginning of their effort to quit, try again. Maybe you just don’t remember what it was like. Or maybe you’re using this forum so that you can feel superior. Either way, if you quit 20 years ago, what are you doing posting at this site anyway?

  • Tony B.

    Mike L. – thank you for what you wrote. I see where you are coming from since I too would reward every finished task with a smoke! Very difficult chain to break. You are also right about Marc…why is he posting here?!?
    I have become one cranky bastard and I think my family is about to kick me out to the curb. I will keep going though and I hope I can one day say that I haven’t smoked in 72 days.

  • Barbara

    To everyone who is in the early days – hang in there. There is no question this is a hard thing to do, but the dailies do improve. I am on day 62, and only think about smoking about once a day or so. I was a pack a day for 30 years, starting around age 12, and never, ever thought I’d be able to quit. Someone mentioned a fear of gaining weight – I have actually lost 5 lbs since I quit, something I didn’t expect. I sleep better, and I feel noticeably better than I did when I smoked. Like I keep telling myself, I want a cigarette, but I do not want to smoke ever again.

  • Cathy

    Thanks to eveyone who left a comment. I’ve read them all. I can associate with something from everyone except Marc. My husband and I just quit on New Years day.
    The first three days we wanted to kill each other but we hung in there. I think we’re competing against each other because neither one of us wants to lose. But hey whatever works to keep us from smoking. We both just quit cold turkey after 30 years of a pack and a half a day. The cravings are still strong so I’ve been taking my dog for walks OFTEN. I’m staying away from people I know who smoke and from alcohol. My house has been scrubbed down and smells like the inside of a hospital.
    My daughter loves it. When I need support I’m going to come back here and read. Thanks to everyone. Stick with it its worth it. And remember you’re not alone.

  • Paul

    Well 10 more days have past since my last post up to 21 days again. Want to say hello to all the new non smokers out there. Keep it up and take it day by day. I still feel like I want one every once and awhile through out the day but I now can go hours without thinking of them. I still read every post makes me feel good because everyone one needs support. Treece it been over 10 days since you last posted

  • Jen

    Well… I did quit… for 20 days. Then the emotions got the best of me and I felt like it was either a) have a nervous breakdown or b) smoke. So, I chose b. Then hubby told me he was quitting for the New Year, so I agreed. I need “big” dates that only come once a year… otherwise I just keep “pushing” the quitting off, one day at a time. So this time we actually did it. Cold turkey. The first 60 hours were actually so “easy”, I felt like something was wrong… I was drinking a ton of herbal teas (recommended by others here), but from 60-72 hours were quite bad. I almost talked myself into “just one”. But my husband held strong, so I did, too. Now it’s bearable, but I was using cigarettes as a reward and a procrastination tool. I would smoke before I started laundry, I’d smoke after finishing laundry but before doing dishes, and then after finishing dishes, etc., etc. It’s quite insane, because when I put it like that, it sounds like I smoked all day long… but at the time it certainly didn’t seem like it. So those moments in between projects I do feel like… what do I do now? I’m sure that will change once the newness of this all wears off. One thing my sister in law (quit a year ago after 20 years smoking 2 packs a day) told me is, it’s not that you can’t smoke a cigarette… it’s that you don’t want to smoke a cigarette. This really helped me to lose a weird anxiety about “oh my gosh, who am I? I’ve only known myself as a smoker for the last 13 years, what if I don’t even know who I am anymore?” which obviously is the psychobabble of an addict. LOL Paula C. had it right… and my mind has been my biggest problem.

    Timothy J. – thanks for all your encouraging posts. I’ll miss you. Way to be smoke-free!!!

    It’s exciting to think of yourself as a non-smoker… and seriously, like denny said, keep telling yourself “I haven’t had a cigarette since LAST YEAR”! Best to all us quitters! Let’s be smoke-free!!!!

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  • Jen

    Okay, here’s the ticker website… dunno what happened in that last post.

    http://www.dedicateddesigns.com/qk/

    Just open this page, download following their directions and fill in the information required.

  • Vai

    I am 48 and smoked cigarettes since I was 10 years old. I’ve smoked up to a pack a day for all those years. Three years ago I switched to the non-additive cigarettes and my lung pain decreased but I still had trouble breathing. I have been on two different kinds of inhalers for four years now. I got one of those zero smoke magnets but it just made my ear all sore. Today I didnt smoke one cigarette. I got those patches and I put one on first thing this morning. I had some cravings but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I am going to take one minute at a time and I’m glad I found this website and thank you all for sharing your experiences, it really helped to read them. I read through about half the posts but now I’m tired. I will read more tomorrow. Good Luck to all of us!

  • chris

    I haven’t smoked a cig since new years yea ha i am so happy with myself it hasn’t been to difficult tonight I went out and a had a couple beer and thought i needed a smoke but said nah i just want one the third day was the hardest for me

  • Mike Jr.

    It has been 99 hours since my last cigarette. I decided to quit as IL has gone tobacco free in all public places (including bars and restaurants); I had quit in the past for like a week or so, but went back with alcohol + friends who smoke in bars. That shouldn’t be a problem this time. I didn’t go out this weekend as I figure I didn’t need to drink alcohol so close to my recent quitting (no need to temp possible fate). If I can go until next weekend that will be about 10 days since my last cigarette. I am glad I found this web-site. I have pretty much thought of a cigarette every 10 to 15 minutes since I quit. I know I am not going to have one, so I really just find the whole experience interesting. I can stop thinking about them, but I am not going to have one so who cares. At some crazy level I feel sorry for people who will never have the opportunity to go through this. That is, for those who never have to quit smoking. It is quite an interesting visceral experience that I can always reflect back on, etc. Also, I tell myself that I will start smoking again when I am about 70+ (I am 36 right now). The simple fact is that I really enjoyed smoking, it is terrible for me and I am going to enjoy getting back in shape (I used to be very athletic), I am going to use the money I am going to save (in Chicago a pack costs about $7.75; and I smoked a pack a day) to join a tennis/health club. I will enjoy being able to be athletic again. I recently visited a friend in Colorado and for the first time in 10 years of going out there a couldn’t go skiing as I a was so out of breath the whole time; there was no way I was going to be able to ski. Granted he lives at 9,000 feet so I had a little hypoxia the whole time, but still, I couldn’t go skiing for the first time and I am 100% positive this is because I am a smoker. I am looking forward to going back next year to get that skiing in. Also, I am serious, at this time I plan to start smoking again at about at about age 73. I think this fact is helping quite at this time. I am a smoker and I will always be a smoker that is why I can’t have any until I am 73+. Hopefully by that time I won’t want them, but if I do, I will let myself have one. Moreover, by virtue of my quitting I now have a better chance of making it to 73.

  • Vai

    I read through all the comments. Thanks to all who posted and thanks for the website addresses. I thought I needed to smoke a cigarette today but I took a nap instead.
    I have been quit for 2 Days and 28 seconds (2 days). I have saved $1.94 by not smoking 30 cigarettes. I have saved 2 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • MUZAQMAN

    Let me tell you something…..When you quit smoking it is a mental test! I am reading about oral fixes to keep the mouth and hands busy….thats ridiculous!!! I haven’t smoked in 7 days and have NO DESIRE for a cigarette because MENTALLY, I have prepared myself to quit! I havent needed anything to keep my hands or mouth busy.
    My doctor told me..”If you can stop smoking for 3 days and decide to go back, your only making excuses”! After 3 days the physical addiction is gone and the rest is mental!
    I smoked for 30 years!

    I am living proof!

    Good luck to all of you

  • Frankie

    I wholeheartedly agree with MUZAQMAN, the physical addiction is pretty much done, 24 to 72 hours. It’s the mental addiction that’s always lurking. OK I was off cigs (Cold Turkey) for what 23 days or something, and fell off the wagon. I decided to try Chantrix. I’m tough, smoked like no tomorrow during the first week of Chantex, it did slow me down somewhat. I missed my quit day by two days. Anyway I’m off cigs again, this is my 3rd day clean. Hoping at some point, 3 months, 6 months, whatever that the mental addiction will subside. Whatever it takes folks, be strong and stay off cigs. Good luck everyone, I’ll post now and then and let ya know.

  • Tony B.

    Hello everyone. Today begins day 7 of being smoke free. I am in awe that I have made it this far. My sleep is still suffering as I now look like a raccoon. And my daughter (she’s 6) thinks I have had one or two! Which I haven’t. Kids are wild when you are trying to quit.
    Now this will sound gross but here goes….We have all had colds and have coughed up all sorts of garbage but this morning I coughed up gunk that was black! That was a huge, scary first for me. This is what our lungs are harboring!!
    Stay strong people!

  • Treece

    Tony B. you are so funny but true….kids are WILD when you are trying to quit. I have a 9 year old, and she is a complete comedian…It is so hard for me,,,but I am struggling.

  • Tony B.

    Treece, stay strong! Your 9 year old doesn’t want to change your oxygen tank for you when the time comes. I look at my daugher and think how I want to be around to walk her down the aisle one day and say “she’s all yours!” (just kidding). But you get the point.
    I also knew it was time to stop when my 2 year old son was starting to imitate me with the smoking gestures. Isn’t that insane?!? I’d be a poor father and role model to continue like this. These are the defining moments in our lives where we have to decide what the right thing to do is for ourselves AND our children.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tornmien ToRn

    I’ve been smoke free still after news years day, I think the jolly ranchers are giving me mouth sores and i only eat 3 a day at breaks during work lol. Yesterday My l right lung felt like it was hurting as if i was chain smoking all day; is this supposed to happen? and reading the post from another earlier, Will i start coughing out black stuff? I was a smoker for 7 years.

  • tet

    To everyone who is trying ,DO NOT GIVE UP!!! What really worked for me is eating those fruit pears(those that have that sandy texture) eat one every time you feel like a smoke.I know its sounds like a lot,but it really worked for me.For those of us who use patches or gum,we should try to limit that as much as possible,try to go without a day or two if possible,use ONLY WHEN REALLY NEEDED(I say we because we are in this together,even though we don’t know one another but THIS IS A WAR and in war a sort of brotherhood is formed,and that’s what we all are, brothers and sisters in arms.So stay in the trenches and keep fighting ,never give up,because too many of our brothers and sisters have been killed in action,too many of us have fallen to the enemy.Casualties of war.I’ve been free for almost two years.BE STRONG AND REMEMBER, NO RETREAT,NO SURRENDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tony B.

    To ToRn, that was me coughing up the black stuff….didn’t mean to scare you. That was this morning and it has not happened again since. I do know that after years of accumulating tar and all the other crap our lungs start a cleansing process. I’m sure even after just 7 years, there has been some effect on your lungs.
    Keep those Jolly Ranchers close to you and good luck!

  • Vai

    It is day three for me. I am using patches and to tell you the truth I would rather be addicted to the patches than smoke cigarettes again. I am going to use them everyday for eight weeks like the doctor said I could/should. I feel so much better. I am breathing lots better. My lungs still hurt but I suppose they will hurt for awhile. I am so grateful to all of you for your posts, they help more than anything else. I am not saying this is easy but I think that smoking the non-additive cigarettes for the past three years allowed me to wean myself off the chemicals in “real” cigarettes. The cravings havent been too bad for me. I drink a lot of water and chew sugarless gum. I am working on the mental part too. I could say “I want a cigarette” but I am saying to myself “I NEED a cigarette BUT I don’t WANT to smoke one.” When the “need” gets really great I just think about the attack I had the other night where I couldn’t breathe. I think about how much my lungs HURT. I think about the one post where someone wrote “I OWN YOU” on a cigarette and carries it around with him. I think about another post where he calls them “sick-a-rettes”. I think about the post where she said the physical craving is gone after three days. Hang in there everyone and good luck and it feels great to be a non-smoker.
    I have been quit for 2 Days, 21 hours, 55 minutes and 41 seconds (2 days). I have saved $2.83 by not smoking 43 cigarettes. I have saved 3 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Tim N

    I just smoking two weeks ago, and I can’t stop coughing .I can’t get any sleep. Any I idea’s?

  • Tim N

    * stopped

  • chris

    i have quit for one week now i am so happy and feel so much healthier. I don’t really have any cravings anymore people at work are testing my nerves except one guy he is 45 and he quit one day after me we tell each other that we don’t need a smoke we just want one. its just like going to the grocery store do you need chips or do you just want them. do you need milk yes do you need meat yes. It is mind over matter for me you think you don’t need or want one then the craving is gone disappears vamoush bye bye. thats how it is for me the third day was the most hectic i wanted to drive my fist through someones face but popped in a dentyne ice piece of gum and said my son will love me when he is older then 7 months i am only 25 i have a long life to live and want another kid i have saved just about $100 dollars since i quit yeeeehaaaa i am gonna be rich so are all of you great job everyone. all the best

  • Frankie

    Just saw this article, good stuff! Quitting was the biggest benefit to increasing longevity….
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080108/hl_nm/longevity_lifestyle_dc

  • Jule

    I’m 23 and had been a smoker for 3 1/2 years. Sometimes I could go several days without one, and stopped for a few months at couple points, but smoked almost a pack a day at my “peak” smoking times. Marlboro Smooth was always my downfall. The thought of quitting has always been on my mind and a few people around me have had similar notions about quitting for the new year.
    I’ll be starting cold turkey day 5 of being smoke-free, but the first 3-4 days were rather rough. Fatigue/muscle aches (laying in bed for 12+ hours), followed by restlessness (not able to sleep, then going to work), trying to sleep after work circa 7pm (bed-ridden for 12+ hours and dreaming on and off with cold chills and being delirious), runny nose/cough, sensitivity to dust and the smell of smoke, bloating.
    Thankfully, I’ve had no cravings- probably because this is the sickest I’ve been in a while.
    Tic tacs and soft tissues have been good to me these past few days.
    My biggest challenge is my roommate (she’s been smoking a few years longer and smokes more), who says she wants to quit but is continuing to buy them. I don’t think that I’ll feel satisfied until she’s made this step with me. Also, in all honesty, being able to smell cigarettes outside, in her car, or on her clothes is driving me nuts.
    Anyways, it’s been great to read all these posts, since there is something for everyone to relate to. Thanks for all your comments and great job/good luck to everyone!

  • Vai

    What happened to everyone? I hope y’all are still with us and remember if you fell down you just have to get back up.
    Hang in there Jule!
    I have been quit for 4 Days, 9 hours and 9 minutes (4 days). I have saved $4.27 by not smoking 65 cigarettes. I have saved 5 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Dixem

    Ok, you’ve inspired me. I might as well come and brag like I do to everyone else. It has been…exactly 50 days!! I started out on this site. I remember when it was 3 days. C’mon everyone! Please hang in there and congrats to all fellow quitters who passed at least a month. Anyone can do this. I know it. Some tips that have helped me: keep reading and writing on this site, keep a diary and note how you feel, what changes you notice, how stinky other smokers seem. Focus on your health, take up a sport – I joined bootcamp and its been great. I can see the smokers struggling. One big very encouraging thought the whole time has been: what if I get told I have cancer or something. How sick will i feel? To know I did this to myself. Smoking is selfish. How disappointed will everyone around me be. All for a stupid habit. We should all cherish life. It is so short, and there are enough ways to die without us having to be our own enemies. I really hope you all succeed. If you’re in the right frame of mind you will stop no problem. Everytime you want to smoke repeat to yourself “It’s not an option”. Be strict!!!

  • Ryan

    So I started on this website back in October. Was doing really well. I fell off the wagon and smoked for a week through the holidays now I’m starting all over again. It’s a shame. I was quite dissappointed in myself. Now I’m back to eating healthy, working out again and NOT SMOKING! It’s only been three days but I feel better already. I just have to keep telling myself that I can do this! I’m only 24 and I smoked for about 12 years. Now when I see these little kids smoking I just want to smack them around because it’s certainly not as cool as I once thought it was! It’s been a battle for me to quit but I’m positive I can do it. I’ve decided not to drink until I’m absolutly positive I’m not going to want a cig. Healthy lifestyle here I come!

  • Tony B.

    Hi guys. I have made it to day 9 of no smokes. It is a little easier now but I have to say, day 5,6,7 were much harder than 1,2 and 3. While the physical urge is gone, the psychological urge is potent. I think of cigarettes all the time but I will not give in (hopefully).
    From day 1, my nights have been horrible sleepwise. It is funny how the biggest thing that quitting has messed with is my sleep. I can’t win when it comes to sleep. Last night I took 2 tylenol pm caplets and they helped. I finally had 6 straight hours of sleep which is a lot for me.
    The question is this though…..do I take them again tonight? I don’t want that to become a habit.
    On a different note, I can tell that people in my everyday life don’t think I can stay smokefree. Doubt is obvious. And that’s fine with me because it give me more determination to stay smokefree!
    Stay strong people! The posts on this site have been an incredible help for me.

  • Vai

    Tony B. thats great you are on day 9. I am only on day 5 and you are right about it getting harder NOT to think of cigarettes. I really wanted one today. I am using Bach’s Rescue Remedy to help me sleep. It works just as good as those pills and it isn’t addictive. Thanks for sharing to all of you.
    I have been quit for 4 Days, 22 hours, 58 minutes and 16 seconds (4 days). I have saved $4.83 by not smoking 74 cigarettes. I have saved 6 hours and 10 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Timothy j.

    I’m not posting here like I use to do but I’m reading every post that is being posted here. I see a lot of new quitters coming on so this problem of smoking is world wide and I glad to see every body is starting to deal with it before it’s to late for whatever reason you have to quit it’s a good one. Stick with and don’t give in and if you do give in you’ll be back to this site again. Smoking will bring you down and keep on bring you down until it takes your life from you so don’t let them win. I was a three pack smoker a day and now I’m a non smoker 77 days and still climbing. DON’T GIVE INTO THEM. It will get easier as time goes on.

    I have been quit for 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 hours, 56 minutes and 53 seconds (77 days). I have saved $673.13 by not smoking 4,642 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 hours and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • http://www.bradquits.blogspot.com/ Brad from Atlanta

    I am taking Chantix and have quit smoking for three days now! YEAAAAH It has really helped reading about other peoples experiences in quitting. Good luck everyone! http://www.bradquits.blogspot.com/

  • Ryan

    Welp day 4 here. I’m on the patch. It’s going okay I guess. I’m really having difficulty sleeping. I keep waking up at 1 am every night. Jeeez. Does anyone think the patches are doing this? (I don’t wear them when I sleep. Tried that before and I have crazy dreams.) But other than that I feel great. Been going to the gym and I’m already able to run longer than I was able to when I was smoking. Yay. Welp I’ll keep everyone posted….and let me know if you have any remedys for this sleep thing. (Besides taking medication.)

  • Tony B.

    Thanks Vai for the advice on sleep. I see that Ryan was also having sleep issues. I wish I had the cure-all for that one. I took the tylenol pm again last night and it worked like a charm. But tonight I will not take anything to see if I can sleep on my own. Wish me luck there!
    Wow Vai…..wherever you live cigarettes were cheap! I was spending $5.50/pack here in New York. I LOVE NOT SPENDING THAT MONEY NOW!!!!

  • rick

    I wish everybody luck!!! It’s coming up 40 weeks this Saturday for me…Cold Turkey after trying and trying and finally it just set in…I feel great and yep I didn’t gain a lb well maybe 1 or 2 but I replaced it with a lot of walking and good natural foods… and what a cool feeling when I started getting all these new feelings (finger tips) very cool…and I can afford Starbucks LOL…BTW I did smoke for 15 + years not heavy but enough to make me nuts…so it is possible and I keeping thinking how fantastic I feel. no hacking, smelly clothes…I can actually walk around really fast like and swim…OK enough already….Y’all can doooo it!!!!

  • Jule

    Thanks Vai (hope those cravings subside)! It is officially a week! My sleep is still suffering a little still because I’m not winding down before bed, but the congestion has finally calmed down. 5 hours or less is no fun.
    Like others, I am definitely keeping a closer eye on my health- such as drinking more water and having less caffeine. I am also inspired to keep my lungs cleared out…which means I am 5 days free of other things that one might smoke (including hookah tobacco).
    It helps to keep your life fuller and to realize that you are no longer a SMOKER. The past week, I’ve been getting ready to finish school, reconnecting with old friends/cementing new friendships, painting, and doing things that are fun but don’t facilitate drinking/smoking up/smoking cigs. This feels like a great time to DETOX, in general.
    Anything over $3.50 seems pricey, congrats on saving that money!
    If people are doubtful of you, then tell anyone and everyone who does believe in you. Everyone here is greatly supportive!
    Thanks and as always, hang in there!

  • Vai

    Good morning. Today is the 7th day for me and it feels so good to be able to BREATHE better. There is still lots of congestion in my lungs but I suppose it will take awhile to clear out, after all I did smoke for 38 years. Strange that my sleeping habits are much better than all of yours. But I was smoking the non-additive cigarettes for the last three years. (That is why they were only $12.99 a carton and I ordered them online) So I guess I am only withdrawing from the nicotine and not the additives/chemicals that are in the “real” cigarettes. My family is supportive of my effort. The other evening I told my son I “really wanted a cigarette” and he went in the living room and told another family member to “go stop me because I was gonna smoke a cigarette.” He made me laugh cause he sounded all full of panic. He used to give me grief over smoking and now I give him grief over smoking because he is still smoking. Also it feels good to tell people who ask to bum a cigarette that I don’t have any because I quit.
    Hang in there everyone. You all have no idea how much this site has helped me to be a non-smoker for 7 days now. Thank you all for your efforts and remember you are not alone in quitting.
    I have been quit for 6 Days, 9 hours, 32 minutes and 53 seconds (6 days). I have saved $6.23 by not smoking 95 cigarettes. I have saved 7 hours and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Tony B.

    I got to admit….I’m jealous of Rick…40 weeks of no smoking for him! Can you imagine? God help me get there too.
    Just to let everyone know that I was able to sleep last night without any medication. That was a great feeling. I was worried I would go from a cig junkie to a tylenol pm junkie.
    My brother, whom I work with, said that my normal color is returning to my face. I was looking quite pale from all this. You would think I was going through heroin detox instead. But it is good to look in the mirror and recognize myself again.
    (I love that quit keeper by the way)
    I have been quit for 1 Week, 3 Days, 10 hours, 44 minutes and 42 seconds (10 days). I have saved $54.32 by not smoking 208 cigarettes. I have saved 17 hours and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • Timothy J.

    There’s no reason to be jealous your numbers are going to add up just stick with the program. Their climbing already.

    My new thing is that I’m looking to slow down the aging process. Our body’s were design to live to 120 – 140 years beleive it or not. I’ve started search the internet for the process and found a lot of different things. First I started with buying oranges and apple cider. I’m reading all the labels now and trying to stay away from fat, tons of sugar etc. Soda is a no no with all that sugar in it it’s a wonder why we’re not dead now. I’ve started this a couple of days ago even through I knew about it little while now. In live it’s better to start then to never start at all. We get caught up in these habits until we get older and then find out that it’s wrong. So stop smoking is just one thing we all should be looking at but there’s a lot more we have to look at. Our eating habits are a big factor to you living a long life. Will I just figure I let you all know what I’ve been thinking lately about living a longer life. Good luck to all the quitters out there. 11 weeks and still climbing.

    I have been quit for 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 hours, 53 minutes and 47 seconds (78 days). I have saved $685.44 by not smoking 4,727 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 hours and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Vai

    You are right Timothy, we all should try to pick up healthy habits. I used to be a Pepsi junkie. The last time I drank a Pepsi was November 17, 2006. I figure if I can give up the soda I can do anything. I was drinking a six pack or more a day. I used to smoke a lot of weed too. I haven’t smoked weed for three months and it really helped my breathing. This past week I have really been craving apples, they taste so good now. I used to eat a lot of hamburger too but I don’t even want it now. I find I want fresh fish..
    Today it is one week that I havent had a cigarette. I just love being able to breathe and not coughing so much. And like Tony I noticed today that I was pale. I have to nap during the day now when the cravings get too intense. This evening all the old junk started coming out of my lungs, I can tell it is old by the color. Yuck. Anyway have a good smoke free weekend you all!
    I have been quit for 6 Days, 22 hours, 33 minutes and 46 seconds (6 days). I have saved $6.76 by not smoking 104 cigarettes. I have saved 8 hours and 40 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • http://www.enchantingdesigns.ca Morgan from Barrie, Ontario, CANADA

    Hey, Everyone! :)

    It’s been just over 48 hours since my last cigarette.

    I have been coughing/hacking non-stop since I have quit. I am guessing my lungs are getting all the crap out? LOL!

    I have been drinking LOTS of water and seem to be having food craving more! I’m not even necessarily hungry, I just need to have that hand-to-mouth fix.

    What else am I to expect within the first week of quiting? I seem to be doing well! I have no desires for a cigarette and quit COLD TURKEY.

    I smoked cheap cigarrettes and seemed to be sick/throwing up after a smoke, so I said, “forget this … I am done!”

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO IS TRYING TO QUIT!

    CONGRATS TO ALL WHO QUIT!

    THANKS,
    MORGAN

  • Vai

    Congratulations Morgan! Hang in there and remember there are a lot of people going through the same thing as you. Someone posted here that the physical cravings are gone after three days BUT the mental cravings go on for awhile. I am on day 9 of being a non-smoker and I still get cravings but not as bad. It helped me to read all the posts here on the website. I chew gum or take a nap when I get the cravings bad. I like that Quit Keeper tracker thing too. It helps to look at that all the time. And you can copy the stats into messages or posts:
    I have been quit for 1 Week, 1 Day, 10 hours, 54 minutes and 48 seconds (8 days). I have saved $8.24 by not smoking 126 cigarettes. I have saved 10 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM
    So hang in there and keep coming back and tell us how you are doing. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

  • Joey

    Here’s my story……Started when I was 12 yrs old and am 6 days shy of being 37. I lost count of how many times “I’ve” tried to quit. I was successful for 9 months 7-8 years ago (another sermon for another day).

    On the 8th of this month me and DH had some heated fellowship over “Do as I say, not as I do”. Well as I went outside to have my cig and to converse with the Lord because I was quite ticked off at the moment, I had thought that the day was the 9th which in Biblical Numerology means the number of judgment. So I was thinking Okay Lord, I get it, I am being hypocritical when I tell my 15 year old not to smoke as I’m lighting up. So I was like, Okay fine, I’m going to quit. Realized that it was not the 9th but the 8th, so I thought great, New beginnings. Either way, I was coming up on the “T” in the road.

    01/09/08: Was listening to a sermon by Tommy Nelson dated 01/06/08, while I’m outside smoking. Then this thought came to my mind, If you continue to smoke after today, you will die of cancer. I’m thinking, don’t tempt me with that. It would not bother me one bit to have to die of cancer. Then I thought more about that, and I’m not sure if it was my feeble little brain or God Himself telling me but I decided I wasn’t going to test that fate. I smoked for the rest of the day and before I went to bed crushed them all up in the trash.

    Before quitting, I got me a Mega B complex because of the B3. I can’t say it hasn’t been trying for me. I get real snarky towards the evening more than I do during the day. However, I did read a verse last night in Psalms that kind of gave me something to think about……

    Psalm 25:15 (NIV) My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only He will release my feet from the snare.

    ***************************
    Quitting smoking is one of THE most difficult things to change in ones life. What works for one doesn’t necessairly work for the next person. Determining why you’re quitting I believe is a key component in your success rate. For me it wasn’t my family or my children that I was quitting for because an addict doesn’t care about others feelings. For me it was because I wanted to do more for the Kingdom of the Lord and didn’t want to have to be fighting cancer in the process.

    Anyway, for what it’s worth.

  • Lyndsay

    New to the site. It’s been interesting reading everyone else’s posts, as we all seem to share the same experiences with one exeption – those of us who have used Allen Carr are not sweating, losing sleep or putting on weight! In fact so far (day 11) I feel exactly the same as before!
    I read Allen carr 3 times over the last 3 years, but as i would get near to the end I’d stop reading as I think I knew i would end up quitting – he’s that good! This time I was ready, and forced myself to the end, but by that time I didn’t need forcing to read as i knew i was a non smoker. It feels great so far, and i’d reccomend Allen carr (sadly departed) to anyone

  • tet

    I’m sorry to inform you guys that I fell off the wagon today,I was going on my second YEAR as a non smoker,this morning I had a huge quarrel with my better half and that sent me off the deep end.I feel so distressed, not so much for the quarrel but rather for me lighting up again.I,ve had about six cigarettes today,I feel so bad because of my weakness that even writing this is difficult for me.Tomorrow I,m starting from scratch(day 1).Please,to everyone,do not get overconfident whilst your smoke free days increase,do not pat yourselves on the backs for each day you go without one,you should scold yourselves for having started in the first place and tell yourselves that each day you go without a smoke is you repaying ypur lungs for all the hell you put them through. Remember,don’t get cocky…I did!!

    GOOD LUCK GUYS..
    Tet, wounded warior.

  • Vai

    Hey Tet
    Dont beat yourself up too much. We are only humans and addictions are very powerful. Yes we fall but we can get back up and keep moving forward. Good luck to you….

  • Liz

    Hi everyone,

    I’m one of the new writers for the Healthbolt blog and I just wanted to stop by and say that I’m really impressed by everyones efforts to give up smoking and the community that you have all created here. As an ex-smoker (over 10 years) I know how hard it is to give up and how important having a good support system is.

    Also wanted to bring to your attention a new post looking at smoking gadgets that might help you quit smoking. Would love to know what you think of them and hear of any experiences you might have had with these gadgets.

    cheers from sunny new zealand,

    liz

  • Tony B.

    To Tet, I agree with Vai. You pick yourself up and do it again. Any of us can slip any time and we do have to remember that this is day by day. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks for me. And I have to say that it didn’t start getting any easier for me until days 11 and 12. Those were the first days cigarettes weren’t on my mind non-stop. I do have to catch myself at times because all of a sudden, a cigarette will pop into my mind and I start reminiscing like it is an old, lost best friend.
    The funny thing is, I have always been known to everybody as a smoker, like it was my identity. That has now been stripped from me and I feel slightly vulnerable for some reason. But who cares! My lungs are happy:)
    I see that in the past few days, there have been some newcomers. Good luck to you all and let this site work for you. It has been a tremendous help to me.

  • Vai

    My lungs are really hurting now. Weird. And still coughing up junk and I suppose it will go on for awhile. Thanks to all for sharing.
    I have been quit for 1 Week, 2 Days, 23 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds (9 days). I have saved $9.72 by not smoking 149 cigarettes. I have saved 12 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Mike L.

    Tet – Get back on that horse! You had a fight and smoked a little, so be it. After going 1 year+ you KNOW you can do it. I smoked for 25 years and quit (at least for a little while) God only knows how many times. I know the guilt and embarassment and all those negative feelings you have when you realize you’ve ‘blown it.’ I’m a certified quitter. I quit doing coke (small ‘c’) 19 years ago, I quit drinking 4 years ago and I quit smoking 11 weeks, 6 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes ago. You haven’t blown it, not really. It’s just like when you started smoking as a kid. It’s only been a couple of days. The damage hasn’t really started to set in yet. Get back on the horse before it does. Good luck to you and everyone making a difference in their (and their friend’s and family’s) lives.

  • Denny

    Dear Tet AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO IS READING THIS BOARD — I too fell off the wagon.

    If you read some of my prior postings, you will see that I was doing great. It happened after the New Year. I thought I had licked the addiction, and thought just 1 cigarette would be okay. I’m sad and embarrassed to say, that I am back to a pack a day; and I’ve been smoking for 2 weeks now. Here’s my BIG problem – no one knows. I have been sneaking them. I make excuses after dinner to run to the store. I make excuses to go to the bank at work. I am always going out to my car for something…and I’m smoking. I feel so ashamed of myself; yet I am finding it so hard to stop again. What makes matters even worse is that horrible cough I had (prior to my quit date back in October) is back — and my husband (who quit over 15 years ago) is telling me that I’m coughing up all the junk in my lungs — that’s NOT TRUE — I’m coughing again because I’m smoking again.

    Okay, so now that I have told all that read this board my confession, would you please take a moment to help me get back on track. I have 2 cigarettes left in my purse — and I do not want to buy another pack…..I NEED A SWIFT KICK if you know what I mean….

    I feel like a failure. I know exactly how Tet feels…only I’m keeping a very nasty and disguisting secret to myself…..Everyone keeps telling me “You’re doing so great”. No I’m not. I’m a failure…A fake. A phony ! Do I have to confess this to my spouse ???? I can’t bare the thought of him being this dissappointed in me. Every day he tells me how proud he is of me. I can’t bare it any longer !!! I am afraid that since I failed this time, no one is going to support me next time around.

    Thanks guys for listening to my confession — any advice or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

  • Tony B.

    Denny, you are not a failure. Isn’t unbelievable what smoking turns us into? I think we have all been closet smokers at one time or another. Here is what I think you should do. What you just wrote above, show to your husband. Let him read it and really get an idea how you feel. Your post seems very genuine. No matter how you handle it with him, he will get upset one way or another and rightfully so. But you need his support and understanding. show him your letter, stop smoking, keep your head above water and good luck!!!

  • timothy j.

    A relapse is part of the addiction. People are always taking two steps backwards and one step forward until the habit is gone forever. You fell into this. Now you have to identify the warning signs so you can take positive steps to stay clean. Smoking is a very powerful habit to break and it takes a lot of doing. You can think that a few months have passed that you have it licked, even after years of not smoking you have to stay on your toes b/c one cigarette will start the chain all over again which I don’t have to tell you now b/c you know it now. The good thing is that you want to continue to quit and get back on the program again. Step up to the plate and tell whoever you have to so you can get it off your chest. B/c you failed this time doesn’t make you a loser, failure, fake etc. They put hard stuff in cigarettes for us to stay smoking so they make money. For myself I’m not going to let them win but don’t get me wrong because I can fall right back into it just like you did. There are times when I think about it when I’m standing there with a smoker. Like I said before you can’t pick one up at all you have to walk away and start thinking about something else. Remember everything that just happen to you now when the time comes. There a lot of people going through the same thing that we’re going through and a lot of the quitters that were writing on this site disappeared which most of them mostly likely started smoking again but one thing that I do know is that they will be back again b/c the cigarettes will continue to cause them health problems which will make them have to quit. I love my new me a non smoker and I don’t care what ever happens to me I don’t want to smoke again. We don’t need these things. While your smoking I know your always saying I’m going to quit one day and believe me your going to quit one way or another. Do it on your all. Yes you fell off the wagon now pick yourself up and get back on and if you fall off again just keep getting back on again until you don’t fall again. You will win the battle if you keep pushing forward and staying focus. So go ahead an smoke those last cigarettes but when you get up in the morning get back to the program. One thing I don’t understand is that couldn’t smell the smoke on you but maybe they did did you start hearing those words I’m proud of you more often? that will dig into you and make you feel guilty. Now get back on the wagon with me because it’s tilting to one side without you. Look at my stats 4,964 cigarettes I didn’t smoke boy that’s a lot of smokes were did I find the time at. Today I brought a big bag of apples and 10 mangos. Out goes the bad in goes the good.

    I have been quit for 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 17 hours, 46 minutes and 18 seconds (82 days). I have saved $719.83 by not smoking 4,964 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 5 hours and 40 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • timothy j.

    Health benifits of a Mango. I’m on the quest of eating healthier. Out goes the bad in goes the good.

    A comfort food. Mangos really can make you feel better! Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, mangos contain an enzyme with stomach soothing properties similar to papain found in papayas. These comforting enzymes act as a digestive aid and can be held partially responsible for that feeling of contentment we experience during and after our daily mango ritual. Yes, it is quite natural to crave those mangos!

    Mango, both in its green and ripe form is a very good tenderizing agent due to these same enzymes, therefore ideal to include in any marinade (see Mango Marinade under Sauces category in our Recipe Guide). In India they use a sour mango powder containing ground up green mangos called Amchur, both as a seasoning and tenderizing aid.

    We all know the importance of fiber in our diets. If you are eating your mango-a-day, irregularity is not a problem for you and so we’ll spare the gruesome details regarding constipation, piles and spastic colon. Research has shown that dietary fiber has a protective effect against degenerative diseases, especially with regards to the heart; may help prevent certain types of cancer, as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels. An average sized mango can contain up to 40% of your daily fiber requirement. For those of you who are physically active, whether working out or constantly on the go, mangos are also a great way to replenish that lost potassium. Deliciously rich in anti-oxidants, potassium and fiber – the mango is the perfect fruit! Truly ‘the king of fruit’.

  • Vai

    Hi Denny. You are human, so you fell off, now get back on and keep going. I agree that you could show your post to whomever you need to and come clean. We all make mistakes, we all hide things from others and it can make us feel bad if we allow it. But once you come out in the open with it then the pressure is gone. Who cares what they think? You can’t change what people think anyway. All that matters is that if you want to quit then you keep trying until you are successful at it. Don’t beat yourself up for sneaking around. Don’t worry about the judgement of others as there is nothing you can do about it, if they are going to judge you then there is nothing you can do to stop that.
    I am so close to that one cigarette today. I got pissed off over the DSL installation and vented on my son who wanted the DSL for the dang xbox. Anyway, I yelled at him and he stormed outta the house and drove off in his car and still hasn’t returned. I wanted to light up SO BAD. But then I remembered what a couple of people have said to me. One lady I work with is saying I’m doing great and she told me she quit for five months but one day decided to have JUST ONE and she said it tasted awful but she is right back to where she was smoking regularly. Another friend told me the same thing – that she can quit for days or weeks or months but she sees someone smoking and bums one and lights it and then it doesn’t even taste good. Those words were the only thing stopping me. Yesterday I looked at pictures of smoker lungs. That was the first time I ever did that. I was horrified. I also looked at an illustration of a non-smoker’s lung without the mucus and then looked at the next illustration that showed a lung with all that mucus build up. I thought to myself “that is how my lungs look, no wonder they hurt.” A friend told me my lungs hurt because they are healing. Some other websites had posts that said the pain lasted two months before it went away. Thanks for the advice on mangos, I’m gonna try those. So hang in there and don’t beat yourself up too bad, after all, YOU (and all of us) ARE ADDICTS. Look at other drug addicts, they have it just as bad when they try to quit heroin or coke or meth. I used to smoke cocaine and believe me that was one rough time giving that up. But I think if I can kick the cocaine and marijuana I can kick the cigarettes too. Cigarettes and alcohol are dangerous drugs. The only difference between them and coke/meth is that they are LEGAL. Hello, my name is Vai and I am addicted to nicotine/cigarettes and I provide my quitting stats below. Love and prayers to you all!
    I have been quit for 1 Week, 3 Days, 18 hours, 44 minutes and 45 seconds (10 days). I have saved $10.51 by not smoking 161 cigarettes. I have saved 13 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Timothy J.

    To all the quitters out there. This habit is bigger then all of us with all the chemicals they put in them to keep you smoking it’s a wonder that none of us are able to stay off them. Something is really wrong when you light up one and the next thing you know your a full time smoker again doing whatever you have to do to keep smoking them, sneaking around and making up excuses. We really have to dig deep into are interselfs and tell us we’re doing something very really wrong to ourselfs. We need support from anybody that will reach out to give it to us, family members have to understand that this is a big problem and they have to give as much support as they can even when we fall off the wagon. We didn’t comment any crime here we got caught up in one of the biggest money making scam in the world. Once we all understand this then it will help us to stay a non smoker. Don’t reach for a smoke reach for support. Who the hell needs them?

    Your welcome on the mangos. I’m out there looking to put all the good things in my body and that’s my new habit which is a good thing.

  • Gandy

    A message to Denny (and anyone else going thru the pain of quitting at the moment), I’ve been stopped for two weeks now and have gone passed the euphoria that quitting can provide in the initial stages. Consequently, I’m finding it harder to stop after 2 weeks than I did after 2 hours/2 days.

    Confess to your spouse (who knows already, in my opinion) you can’t disguise the smell. Until you admit it you’re putting more pressure on yourself when you’ve already got pressure enough. I’ve been there when I’ve tried to quit in the past.

    Join me in my quit-pain as I’m joining all the others who are quitting with difficulty. This pain of quitting will pass, I promise – and sooner than you may think.

    I found a cigarette earlier today and then sought out a lighter. I made a cup of tea and put on a sweater as it’s cold outside and I would have to smoke it outside so my family wouldn’t smell the smoke when they return later.

    I sat there with my tea and my cigarette and my lighter and fought such conflicting emotions within my head. I wanted that smoke, so badly and I’ve already proved I can go without for two weeks (with no props at all – cold turkey without snacking or nicotine replacement or anything) so it will be a piece of cake to just smoke this one in order to help me through this temporary crisis and then stop again for at least another two weeks. Won’t it? It must be easy to stop again – especially as I’ll be annoyed and disappointed with myself and so even more motivated to stop again.

    I picked up my cigarette, walked to the kitchen and dropped that loser-stick into the sink and turned on the tap.

    I felt like Frodo at the edge of the chasm in Mount Doom as I looked at my Precious (my Precious that has been with me for 38 years – since I was 12 years of age).

    Unlike Frodo, I did destroy my Precious and felt an immediate weight lift from my shoulders.

    There may be times in the future when I find another or am oferred a chance to be reunited with my Precious by a generous friend or other individual.

    I can only hope that I am equally strong then. I certainly intend to be.

    If you can destroy the last of a pack rather than finish it, you are showing yourself that you have resolve. It is only you that need convicing of this – no-one else and you are the only one that is able to convince you – no-one else.

    Good luck to everyone who, like me, are currently stood at the edge of your own Mount Doom.

  • Denny

    Okay. I’m offically back. In my last post, I wrote that I had 2 cigarettes left; and didn’t want to buy another pack. I left the office yesterday, and lit one up in my car. After a few puffs, and feeling that aweful shame of letting the addict in me come alive, I threw that sucker out the window, reached in for the other one, and threw that out too. So my newest quit date is January 14, 2008 at 3:45 p.m.

    I haven’t told my husband or anyone about my relapse; I don’t want to transfer my pain on to them. If I go to buy a pack, I have promised myself that I will call my husband FIRST.

    I’m back on the wagon guys and that’s is what matters to me. Last night was a little hard for me, but I did feel better…I actually started liking myself again…I felt that feeling of “pride” when I got into bed….I had just gone 7 hours without a cigarette ! I’m going to do some more reading on the harm of smoking today; that usually helps me.

    P.S. Always been a big fan of the mango ! And Kiwi is awesome too !

  • Gandy

    Hey Denny,

    That sounds like a totally brilliant idea – to make a deal with yourself to tell a loved one BEFORE you relapse and that you ARE GOING to relapse, but haven’t yet.

    If ever there was a reason NOT to relapse – LOL.

    Nice one.

  • Sharon

    Im on Champix day 15. I stopped smoking 3 days ago and i feel ok. I joined the gym and walk which i never bothered before. I still get a bit tetchy between 3 – 6 in the evening but when this happens I go for a fast long walk and it seems to get my Aggression out without taking it out on somebody. I dont feel like smoking most of the time only in the mornings. I hope this will go eventually.

  • Tony B.

    Good luck to Denny on her next attempt! We’re here for you.
    I have to agree with Gandy…there have been times when two weeks of quit time is harder than 2 hours of quit time. My cravings have almost diminished but there are two major ones that I have identified that I get every day. The first one is in the morning when I am getting my kids ready and out of the house and into my car. It is always chaos and I want one SO BAD. But I force myself through it. The second one is at the end of the day when I am leaving my office. I guess I viewed that one as my ‘reward’ one for a full day’s work. I just force myself through that one to. Other then those two, I’ve been okay.
    I realize that this is a struggle that will last forever. I also realize that non-smokers have absolutely no idea what we have to go through in order to quit. I’m sick of hearing “it can’t be that bad”. Those are the ones I want to push off a cliff!
    Reading all of your posts has truly been a huge help and I am very fortunate to have stumbled onto this forum.
    I have been quit for 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 hours, 57 minutes and 24 seconds (15 days). I have saved $79.93 by not smoking 307 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day, 1 hour and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • Lyndsay

    Hi guys,
    How do you work out how much of your life you have saved by quitting? My quit date was 11.59pm on January 2nd 2008 (nearly 14 whole days). I’m very interested to find out!

  • Gandy

    I think the average is 5 minutes per cigarette.

    Of course, cigarettes smoked while driving etc are not really time-devouring cigarettes, but most tasks tend to stop during the smoking of a cigarette.

    In fact if you’re anything like me, I would have a cigarette prior to performing a task, often followed by a cigarette half-way through a task and another at the conclusion of a task.

    Smokey punctuation marks throughout my daily routine.

  • Tony B.

    Lyndsay and everyone else, go to: http://www.dedicateddesigns/qk
    It is a download called quitkeeper. You plug in your information and it calculates all the info you’ve seen in prior posts. It is really cool to watch your progress in real time.

    I have been quit for 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 hours, 2 minutes and 18 seconds (15 days). I have saved $80.60 by not smoking 310 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day, 1 hour and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • Denny

    Thanks again everyone ! Gosh surprised to see Timothy is still posting ! Don’t stop..I always enjoy what you write !

    Well, it’s almost been 24 hours now being smoke-free — And for those of you who think my hubby might have known about my relapse because of the smell — not possible. I was washing my hands the second I came in the house, plus I had gloves on while I was smoking, and then took them off before I went inside — I was driving with ALL windows down in order to air out the car (and it’s only 20 degrees where I live). So ya, I was freezing my assets off while smoking in my car. Oh, yes and there were those 1 hour showers I was taking..where 15 minutes was actually showering, and the other 45 minutes were used using a hair dryer and the bathroom fan to get rid of the smoke. I was resourceful. OH WHAT GREAT LENGTHS I HAD BEEN GOING TO TO FOOL EVERYONE…and I ended up only fooling myself. Once an addict, always an addict

    I can laugh about it now…and I’m over it and I’m back on track. Hey, today I get to actually drive home from work and I don’t have to have the windows down !

  • Vai

    Congratulations Denny! Thanks for your post. You made me laugh about how you were sneaking around, especially the one about the hair dryer and the fan. hahaha.
    I get the cravings in the afternoon and evening mostly. It gets hard after a meal because that was always the best cigarette to have. A relative used to say after a meal “now I can have a good cigarette.” geez. I know that the craving will never go away completely but I also know that it will diminish, just like the craving for the coke and the marijuana diminished. I dont drink a whole lot but next week I am going to see a friend and we talked about cold beers and margaritas on the phone last nite. I just have to pray that the alcohol will not break my resolve.
    Today was a good day, I only had cravings after dinner and this evening. Last night I had a dream that I smoked a cigarette, YIKES. I remember smoking it like halfway and then realizing that I was supposed to be a non-smoker. I put it out and I remember feeling all the pain and not being able to breathe come back. Dreams can be so real. I remember I felt REALLY BAD that I had smoked one. Oh well, better smoking in a dream than for real, eh?
    I have been quit for 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 hours, 26 minutes and 10 seconds (11 days). I have saved $11.59 by not smoking 178 cigarettes. I have saved 14 hours and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • http://AOL Peg

    Peg

    Jan 16, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    I smoked for forty two years, a pack a day. I used Chantix for three months and by the time I quit I was down to one or two cigaretttes a day, taking a couple of puffs when I felt the urge and then putting it out. My 54th birthday was January 7, 2008 and the last cigarette I smoked was 11:36 PM on January 6, 2008. Once in a while I get a small craving which I ignore and it goes away very quickly. I have enough Chantix for eight more days and I am hoping I will remain sucessful once they are gone????? Good luck to all that are trying to quit, have quit and are contemplating quitting!!!!

  • Sandy

    Hey vai…the dreams will subside as you carry on your travels…it is encouraging hearing the long term stories…I have been a non-smoker for 6 and a half months…my quit date was June 25th 2007…it does get easier…hang in every one..you can do it…I read every post still..it encourages me to see new comers all the time. Blessings

  • Mike L.

    Well, I’m at 12 weeks, 10 hours and 36 minutes. So far so good. Denny – glad you’ve joined us back on the wagon. Tet – I hope you’re back but just silent. You rode the wagon too long to abandon it.

    This is probably just abusing the steed carcass but I’m going to say it anyway: You’ve never got it licked. I drank like Denny smoked; very surreptitiously. Most people didn’t know I drank at all and those who did didn’t know I was any more than a social drinker., but I’m a serious drunk. However, I’m not a “joiner” and I don’t have the personality or beliefs of the typical “12 stepper” (it is 12 right?) so it was a difficult decision for me, but I finally went to rehab a few years back and quit drinking. In that 28 day program I heard many things, most of them over and over and over again. But the one thing drilled into me that I believe has kept me off the booze is this: For booze addicts, it’s not the 100th or the 1000th or the 10000th drink that does you in. It’s the first one. I wholeheartedly believe the same is true of nicotine addicts. The only way to quit and stay quit is the ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that smoking one cigarrette will put you right back in the middle of that addiction. Sure, you can (and should) quit again. But make no mistake, you’re not ‘resuming’ your quitting, you’re starting again. There’s no shame in that, no shame in relapsing, it’s what addicts do. But life is one hell of a lot easier if you can avoid it. Most people already know it intellectually, but I think you have to know it emotionally, deep down in your soul. THE FIRST CIGARRETTE SCREWS YOU! DON’T DO IT! Good luck to all. Keep it up.

  • Denny

    Good Afternoon to all !

    I don’t have too much time to post here today; all I wanted to say was today is Day 2…and I don’t remember it being this hard ! Not to worry, I have my nicotine gum, and my jolly ranchers, and my mango’s are home waiting for me !

    Have a blessed day to all !

  • JR

    To Mike,
    This is all too true. I am at 7 days today. I have “quit” 3 times before- for a year each time- as well as many other sporatic stops and starts. My conclusion: I am an addict, the same as a heroin addict, or an alcoholic. Any nicotine in my system will set me off running again. So, I have patches which help with the physical withdrawls, and I have been working on the emotional attachment to the cigarettes; this is the part that may people miss. I smoked because it felt like that was the only thing that had always been there for me; happy, sad, victory, defeat, tired, excited…but really I felt unwanted and alone. I smoked to create a physical barrier between me and the world. I wanted to be alone of my own accord.
    I have just turned 39, and ya know what, I am so happy to take responsibility for myself and my choices.

  • http://www.jongrant.webeden.co.uk jon

    in a singer, and i have been smoking for 10 years packed up 2 days ago already i feel the benefits

  • Vai

    Thanks to all of you for your posts. I look forward to coming to this site everyday and reading what you have written. I dreamed about smoking a cigarette again last night. And of course I was not looking forward to quitting again. I too am a singer and I am determined to not smoke anymore because it does interfere with my singing. I got a craving after eating today but watched the clock and it was gone after about 5 minutes. I can really smell the smoke on others now. I can smell it when my son smokes in his room. Every time I walk by his room I say “it smells like cigarettes.” I feel so much better. My breathing is getting easier and my lungs don’t hurt today.
    I want to thank Mike L. for his post today. When I look at myself as an addict then it helps me to stay strong in my battle. I know that this is a lifelong commitment to be smoke-free. After reading Tet’s post I realize that I will always be just one cigarette away from being a smoker again, just like the post about the alcoholic being one drink away.
    I have used two different albuterol inhalers for the past four years. The week before I quit it seemed that they werent helping as much. So I now have a nebulizer. I dont have to use the inhalers as much but I am using the nebulizer 1-3 times a day. And this is all from smoking! Breathing medication is very expensive…My chest is still very tight in the mornings until I get the breathing treatment. Yesterday I had a massage and I think my therapist loosened up some of the crap in my lungs because it seems like more came out today. I wonder how long it will take. Glad to see you on day 2 Denny! Hang in there everyone.
    I have been quit for 1 Week, 5 Days, 16 hours, 46 minutes and 45 seconds (12 days). I have saved $12.38 by not smoking 190 cigarettes. I have saved 15 hours and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • http://www.healthbolt.net/2006/07/19/what-happens-to-your-body-if-you-stop-smoking-right-now/ Geanie

    Hi everyone… been reading all the postings since I found the site. I found that by accident after I took the initiative to stop smoking and wanted to know what the reverse effects of it would be. It is great to see so many wanting to stop smoking. I waited until it was nearly too late. I woke up on Friday 21st Dec. with crushing chest pains. I am 53 years old and have been smoking for roughly 45 years. Tried to quit a few times and was successful but got sucked in by that old demonic voice saying I had kicked the habit. Anyway to cut a long story short I have been told that I could have less than 1 year to live if I don’t stop smoking. I have had 3 stints implanted to keep the arteries open and blood thinners to let it circulate around the body. Apparently nicotine liquid gets into the blood stream, makes the blood all gooey and sticky and causes it to clot and in my case could induce another heart attack. So I stopped on Sunday 6th January the anniversary of my Dad’s death (he was 49 and died from heart disease). Like everyone else I found the first 3 days the hardest and the longest. I haven’t counted the days, I know I will never smoke again.. when I hear that voice in my head urging for a smoke I just say… “Die you bugger die!!!” It is dying, lol of starvation. Every day from here on in for me is a bonus I could just as easily not have wakened up that morning. Good luck to everyone in their personal battles.

  • Ryan

    Still going strong! It’s almost been 2 weeks. I ran at the gym this morning for 45 straight minutes. No stopping and I still wasn’t completely winded! Yay.

  • Denny

    Geanie: thanks so very much for sharing your story with all of us. It sounds to me like you were lucky and got an important wake-up call.

    It continues to amaze me what cigarette smoking has done to all of us; and why is the tobacco companies allowed to continue making such a poisionous product. I’ve come to learn that this is an addiction; no different than any other addiction. Nothing good comes from smoking. I am struggling through my first week right now (had a relapse) and I am finding it so hard, but when I read stories like yours it really helps me understand the addiction behind nicotine, because no one would obviously do something to endanger their health, yet we all have. We all know that smoking is deadly, yet we don’t stop. For me it was the coughing. A few months ago, a was coughing so badly that I would have to pull over on the side of the road (fear of passing out). That was a wake-up call to me.

    Stay strong and keep posting !

  • Daffy

    I’ve smoked for about five or six years and I went cold turkey nine months ago.my breathing has increased,which I have bronchitis.I feel better but miss the relaxing part of them.But quitting was my best decision ever.

  • Happy

    I quit smoking at midnight on New Years… now down to one peice of nicorette a day and feeling great! I had smoked for about 10 years and this is the longest Ive gone w/o smoking the whole time. Good luck everyone!

  • sian

    hi all ive been a smoker now for 20 years and decided enough is enough so with the help of champix ive now not smoked for 36 hours yay strange thing is tho ive had no cravings which is wierd for me as im a stress head well i am a redhead lol just want to wish you all goodluck and lets not let the lil critters called cigs win

  • Vai

    Hello to all the new posters! Thanks for your post Geanie. This site is really helping me. In fact the whole internet is helping me. In the past when I tried to quit it was just me and maybe one brochure. Now I can go online and look at a lot of information and pictures to help me with my resolve to be a non-smoker. Today I didnt put a patch on and it wasn’t bad at all. I have only been using the 14mg patches for two weeks and I thought I would have all kinds of cravings but I only wanted on after I ate. Glad to see you posting Denny – Are you using any replacement therapy or pills? It is hard enough to give up an addiction cold turkey. I just had to have help. One lady I work with is coming up on her third year anniversary in a couple of months. She said she only wore the patch for one day and her cravings stopped after three weeks. I am going to try going again tomorrow without wearing a patch. Welcome to all the new posters and thanks again to everyone for sharing, this site is really helping me.
    I have been quit for 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 hours, 20 minutes and 36 seconds (13 days). I have saved $13.61 by not smoking 209 cigarettes. I have saved 17 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Jason

    I started smoking at the age of 9 and I’m now 44 and heve been a pack a day smoker for past 30 years. How long should I keep taking Chantix after smoking my last cigarette? My quit date was 1/1/2008 and I haven’t had one since.

  • denny

    Day Four (after my relapse).

    I’m really proud of myself. I fell off the wagon, but I’ve been smoke free again for 4 days. For those of you who don’t know my story, I fell off the wagon and kept it a secret from my “better” half. Well, I still haven’t told him…cuz I am back on track just about to complete Day 4 !! I figured if I hang out with my hubby all weekend; then I won’t be able to listen to that nicotine junkie who lives in my head. it will give me the help I need to get through that physical addiction part of this. So far so good !

    I am embarrassed to say this, but I don’t trust myself being alone….not yet. I won’t go out by myself not yet…that’s how I got into trouble the last time…I’m not ready yet…I’m sitting home all weekend just relaxing and watching movies and football. I know that if I can just get through Day 4 — I will be back to being a non-smoker….

    I keep thinking about something someone said on this thread….I don’t care what happens to me, I will never light another cigarette again. I keep saying that to myself. It’s not an option any longer….I AM ONE CIGARETTE AWAY FROM BEING BACK TO A DEADLY ADDICTION….Just one hit off of a cigarette…that’s all it takes for me. Today would have been my 51st day without a smoke — but I cheated, and got caught and started right back again smoking…Now I have quit again, and it’s day 4….so my 2 cents on this thread is this: All it takes is 1 cigarette and you’re hooked all over again. I know. I learned that lesson this week.

  • timothy j.

    That’s right Denny No matter what happens to me I’ll never smoke another cigarette again.

    I’m always reading every post that comes here. Glad to see your back on track.

    For everybody else don’t give in keep in the fight for a non smoke free life. I know you have to be important to yourself. Check out my stats 5,211 cigarettes I didn’t smoke. That’s 5000 thousand 200 hundred and 11 cigarettes I didn’t smoke. One more time That’s 5000 thousand 200 hundred and 11 cigarettes I didn’t smoke. Holly Cow That’s 5000 thousand 200 hundred and 11 cigarettes I didn’t smoke.

    I have been quit for 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 hours, 31 minutes and 33 seconds (86 days). I have saved $755.63 by not smoking 5,211 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Sherry

    I smoked 20-30 cigarettes a day for over 35 years. I quit Jan. 6th 2008…14 days now. I ran out of cigs and I just didn’t want to go out and buy another pack. I was fed up with the cost, the smell, standing in the cold to light up, not being able to breathe after climbing a flight of stairs and planning my life around if I had cigarettes/would I run out before the store closed/etc. etc. So…I just decided not to go out and buy any when I ran out…and I stuck to that decision. I made it through the first 24 hours, then 48 hours, then 3 days and at that point I decided if I had quit this long I would be foolish to start up again. The mind is a powerful tool…but you have to decide that enough is enough and tell yourself the cravings will pass…and they will.

  • denny

    Yes, I fell off the wagon, and I’m now smoke free again and I’m on Day 5. I should have been on Day 41.

    People — don’t make that mistake that i did thinking that I could handle just ONE smoke…it lead to me an entire pack a day….and I swore to myself that I would only smoke 1 cigarette and throw the rest away. Oh, I did throw the rest of them away….only to buy another pack…and I smoked 3 of them…and then threw that pack away…and yup, I was buying another pack.

    I’m so sorry that I did that to myself….Today is Day 5 from my relapse…..I’m doing great right now…but I know I’m only 1 puff away from being an addict again. That scares me too

    It wasn’t worth it ….not at all. I’m suffering all over again

  • Vai

    Thank you for your posts. I have not worn the patch for three days now and the cravings are back. Im on day 16 and very close to that ONE puff. I came here instead. Thank you Sherry for writing “I decided if I had quit this long I would be foolish to start up again.” I read that one line and I decided I’m not going to smoke today. I found out you can edit what is written in the stats of your quit keeper:
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 hours, 35 minutes and 59 seconds (15 days). I have saved $15.29 by not smoking 235 cigarettes. I have saved 19 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Denny

    Via — i have a question for you…something about your stats doesn’t look right. If you haven’t smoked in 2 weeks, wouldn’t you have saved more than $15.29 ? 235 cigarettes is just a little under 12 packs. A pack where I live is $5.25….what were you paying (if I may be so bold to ask ). I am on Day 5, and I’ve already saved $26.25.

    just wondering…and keep up that good work, and don’t light that 1 smoke — trust me, It’s not worth it.

  • Vai

    Hi Denny. I was paying 12.99 a carton and getting my cigarettes from an online vendor. They were “non-additive” cigarettes (which aren’t ANY safer than “additive” cigarettes). YES I was paying about $1.30 a pack but I still couldn’t breathe. I read somewhere that there is no such thing as a safe cigarette. I truly believe that because switching to the non-additives three years ago didnt really do me any good as far as my health. I still couldnt breathe and was in a lot of pain. DO NOT LET THE LURE OF CHEAP CIGARETTES CLOUD YOUR RESOLVE! Hang in there!!
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 hours, 51 minutes and 13 seconds (16 days). I have saved $15.99 by not smoking 246 cigarettes. I have saved 20 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Tony B.

    Hi all. It has been a while since I posted but I just wanted to let everyone know that I will hit 3 weeks tomorrow. I still can’t believe it.
    Vai….DON’T DO IT!!! You’ve come so far. I have read all your posts with interest and I have faith in you. Denny….don’t look back at past attempts. What matters right now is that you ARE NOT a smoker whether it be 1 hour, 1 day or 5 days.
    Timothy…you amaze me. Just thinking about 5,000 cigarettes. That amount sounds like a death wish! The boys up at the cigarette companies must miss you. Actually, they miss all of us.
    Through this whole quitting process, there is just one thing now that has been bothering me. I feel like people are just counting down the days and waiting for me to smoke. If someone says, “oh, you quit?” I basically hear them say “well you’ll be smoking again in no time” I said it in a past post but my friends and familys’ doubt is so obvious! Oh well, screw them then.

    I have been quit for 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 hours, 13 minutes and 19 seconds (20 days). I have saved $106.20 by not smoking 408 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day and 10 hours of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • Vai

    Thanks Tony. I too feel that people are just waiting for me to smoke. My daughter especially. “Oh your STILL not smoking?” (spoken in disbelief) haha. I went for the past three days without the patch. I got really testy yesterday so I put on a patch today when I got up. I have not had a craving. This junk is still coming up and it is gross. I tell myself that if I light up again then all the junk will stop coming out. I think our lungs get addicted to having the smoke in them. The thing I seem to miss the most is the feeling I got when I inhaled the smoke. My lungs are better and I know that inhaling smoke again will bring back that panicy feeling of NOT BEING ABLE TO BREATHE. That is the worst for me. Anyway, I want to breathe in comfort so I will not smoke today. Remember people, you are not alone in your thoughts and cravings. When I get the cravings I try to think of all of you going through the same thing as me.
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 hours, 55 minutes and 29 seconds (16 days). I have saved $16.04 by not smoking 246 cigarettes. I have saved 20 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • timothy j

    Tony B I’m hearing that everyday I see smokers come on tim here I got a cigarette with your name on it. Wow you do so give it to me, I throw in on the floor and crush and tell them thanks that’s the best one I had in a long time.

    One thing I’m learning now is not to say anything to anybody that I quit. All the others that quit never say anything to me. I’m the one that notice that they weren’t smoking.

    People seem to break them more when they know your trying to do something. Some people support you but the ones that break them can drive you to smoke again. So I wouldn’t run around telling everybody that you have quitted smoking because it’s hard enough to do it on your own to have them break them for you plus tell you that your not going to do it.

    Fpr me I made up my mind to never smoke again no matter what happens to me and I don’t really care if anybody pats me on my back or not. I’m patting myself every day.

  • shane

    If anybody wants to quit -just buy Allen Carr’s book – the only way to stop smoking.It has worked for me and thousands more.Do some research on it if you must ! then order it , it’s the price of 2 pkts of cigs.ENJOY BEING A NON- SMOKER !!!

  • Paul

    Well I just thought that I would make update. 16 more days have past making it a total of 36 days. Denny that total since I fell off the wagon after 29 days of Non smoking. Just take it a day a tiime. Good luck to all you new non smokers. A word to the wise only a smoker will ask if you want a smoke

  • http://google jojo

    tough quittin………….its that your body gets to use to it that its addicted to the drug

  • sandy

    Hey paul so nice to hear from u…i was wondering where u went…keep going.. one day at a time. I am glad denny you are back on track as well. I love reading everyone’s comments..it is so encouraging hearing what everyone is going through and we are not alone. Blessings to all.

  • Vai

    Have any of you ever seen that move “The Insider”? I watched it the other day and it was very interesting how the tobacco giants went to such great lengths to keep one scientist who was privy to all their secrets quiet. Made me realize that the tobacco companies (AND the alcohol companies) are nothing more than LEGAL DRUG DEALERS. I also noticed that there was not one scene in that movie where they showed someone lighting a cigarette. I notice that now – all the smoking that happens in movies. geez……I dreamed I smoked a cigarette again last night…
    It was -10 degrees this morning here where I live (ya gotta love it to stay, right? LOL) Anyway, I drove to town and saw three ladies standing outside their office building smoking cigarettes. I thought “that used to be me.” I was tempted to stop and bum a cigarette from them so I could crush it up in front of them and throw it on the ground…..but it was too cold to stop. I’m feeling better every day. I had a carton of cigarettes in the house that I gave away today. I was keeping them around “just in case” LOL….My family knows I quit and now I nag on them about how they smell and how unhealthy it is. Out of the blue when they are smoking I will say “Did you know that 90% of that smoke stays IN YOUR LUNGS when you inhale? The smoke you do blow out is only 10% of what you ACTUALLY INHALE.” My niece looked very green when I told her that. Now they hide from me when they smoke. I went to the clinic today and they had all these brochures there about the effects of second hand smoke, so I grabbed a bunch and now they are laying all over my house. haha…….
    Hope ya all are still smoke free today!!!!
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 hours, 20 minutes and 53 seconds (17 days). I have saved $17.39 by not smoking 267 cigarettes. I have saved 22 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • http://www.thevdm.com Jym Valentine

    Hello all, I have been smoking 20-30 a day for about 7-8 years, ive tried to stop smoking a few times allthough I found it extremely hard, I recently decided that it was time for another shot at stopping smoking.

    I was given a book called “Allen Carr’s Easyway to stop smoking” from my local freecycle group, I must admit that I was a little unsure of how a book could stop me from smoking, but once I started reading I rushed my way through the book in one night and havn’t smoked since.

    The main point is that when I stopped by the method in this book I have only felt very mild withdrawal symptoms where I would normally be bouncing off the walls.

    If your serious about stopping smoking I would definatly recomend the book to anybody.

    Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking

  • Glynis

    *sigh* 3 days 4 hours 23 minutes and 5 seconds ago I quit! Been smoking for 11 years, one pack a day. Feel sleepy, sore throat, headache and my teeth hurt (is this normal!?) I tried quitting many times before and I just quit trying to quit. This time I am doing it cold turkey (have never tried cold turkey before). I read Allan Carr’s Easy way to stop smoking and it did not work for me. The cravings are soooo bad right now, BUT I have made it this long without a ciggie, I can definitely do it!

    My post is a bit messed up, but that’s because I can’t think straight right now!

  • Shaun

    suck lollypops.
    best thing out.

  • Vai

    Hi Glynis – Congratulations and hang in there. We all go through the same thing so you are not alone. This site has really helped me and I encourage you to come here a lot and post or just read comments. They say that after the third day all the nicotine is out of your system and you are past the third day so you have a great start going. Face this addiction one day at a time, if need be face it one hour at a time, or one minute at a time or one craving at a time. YES it feels bad when you quit because you feel worse than you did when you were smoking but believe me you will feel better soon. Every day my breathing gets easier and I have to take less and less breathing treatments. I have not used one of my inhalers for two days now which is a record for me. Hold the thought that YOU WILL FEEL BETTER IN TIME and it will BE WORTH IT.
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 8 hours, 38 minutes and 56 seconds (18 days). I have saved $17.90 by not smoking 275 cigarettes. I have saved 22 hours and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Tony B.

    Hey Glynis…you can do it! I remember the sleepy part. I was sleepy during the day and wide awake at night. it was awful. But like Vai said, yes, it does and will get better.
    I am actually writing this right now from my office. We have a closing going on right now. This acquaintence of mine just came to my desk, flashed her marlboro’s in my face and asked me if I wanted to join her. I had to explain the whole quit thing to her. She couldn’t believe it and yet I could almost see disappointment in her face because she had lost a smoking buddy. Oh well, it is HER LOSS. I’ve gained time to my life.
    I still can’t believe I am not smoking. It is just weird because I have always been Tony who smokes. I am still adjusting to just being Tony.
    Stay strong people!

    I have been quit for 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 hours, 13 minutes and 1 second (22 days). I have saved $117.69 by not smoking 452 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day, 13 hours and 40 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • Tina

    I quit 8/28/06 after smoking for 19 years! By the way, I am 35. I smoked from the time I got up till I went to sleep.
    I had laser accupuncture, which I am not really sure it worked since the other 3 girls I went with started smoking again immediately. I must say, I really, really wanted to quit. The thought of it was grossing me out! I had quit both times I was pregnant, but then started again right afterward. I think the thing that really did it for me was when I got the accupuncture, the lady said if you have just one cigarette, you’re back. You might as well just go ahead and buy a pack. Your body will immediately recognize the nicotine and want it back! Now! So for me, I just really wanted to never smoke again! My husband still smokes and I am trying so hard to get him to quit, but not pressuring him since I know that does no good. Good luck to you all!
    And to the guy that said there was a closing in his office, I was just wondering what you do. (If you happen to check back) I own a title company so we do lots of closings.

  • KC

    Cold Turkey! This is day 5 for me.
    Anyone else have blurred vision?
    waking up at night?
    just over all spacy feeling.
    if so how long before it goes away.

  • md

    Timmorrow morning will be one whole week for me , i have smoked since i was 13 and im 36 , i quit cold turkey , i too have been feeling spacey and the first few nights my eyes would just pop open at night and id be awake, but it has gone away and i feel great ! but i keep getting a weird taste in my mouth several times a day, i hope that goes away soon !
    good luck everyone !!!!

  • Keddy

    I read every word had been written..took some time tho :P
    And finally i had my decision to quit..i had my last cig and i’m done with it. Maybe we should add each other to our msn(if you are using it), that way we can support each other..
    there you go. ( keddy@live.com )

  • Glynis

    Thanx everyone! I feel sooo much better today. But my appetite is back with a vengence!!! I have not stopped eating. So I am going to take all that ciggie money and join a gym!!! Been eating healthy though (seeds, water, fruit)

  • david

    look guys i dont even know if its worth it i quit for 3 days now and it seems like a freaking lifetime i have maybe 4 hours of sleep b/c i keep waking up and looking for a smoke. i pretty much feel like i am losing my mind. i just want to know does it get better or worst because if it gets worst i dont know if i can do it (comment back if you have and suggestions for going cold turkey)

  • Cword

    Hello All!
    Just Like Keddy I have read every word on here. I have been smoke free for 4 days, 3 hours, 10 minutes. I have used the words on this site just to get past those niggle y times when the fags have been calling out to me. I was disappointed to reach the end of the comments because I won’t have anything to turn to next time I need a distraction.
    I managed to end my addiction with the help of Champix (quit on day 11).
    From all the comments on here it’s interesting to see what motivates different people. I would run a mile from anyone telling me God was on my side – and one comment in particular when declining the offer to go outside for a smoke:

    “one of them asked me if I was going to be sad when their gone – no I’m not are you going to be sad because your going out to smoke that cigarette that’s taking your life away one day at a time?”

    Well I’m afraid that kind of superior attitude would have driven me to violence!!! ;-)

    But the old adage proves to be true – Different strokes for different folks – what works for one won’t work for another.
    Congratulations to everyone on here – relapsed or going strong – you are all winners in my eyes. Thanks for being here
    xx

  • timothy j.

    I hit the 3 months mark and believe me everything that your going through is worth it in the long run. Just hang in there and you will be succesful. The one major key to quitting that you really need is that you really want to quit without that you will slip right back into the smoking world. Like I always say is no matter what happens to me I’ll never smoke again. Since I stopped I haven’t smoke 5,537 cigarettes unbelievable and that number climbs everyday. I know I didn’t start smokin three packs a day is inceased as time went on. All I can say now is THAT I’M FREE NOW AND THE HELL WITH SMOKING. If you read every post here and ran out of reading, I would start reading it all over again.

    I have been quit for 3 Months, 7 hours, 15 minutes and 39 seconds (92 days). I have saved $803.02 by not smoking 5,538 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 10/25/2007 12:31 AM

  • Sandy

    David beleive it or not the worst is over…3 days means 95% of nic is out of your system …it will get better…Hang in there…you will sleep better and have so much energy…and telll yourself that non-smokers dont smoke…and why you quit…for your health or what ever your goals. YOU CAN DO IT

  • Sandy

    Timothy J..I just want to say I have been watching you since you started…and I am so proud of you…You are a great motivator on this site so dont ever stop posting…You trully encourage everyone…and WAY TO GO 3 months is amazing progress…Blessings

  • Bruce Allard

    I’m trying to get a good friend to stop smoking. He is 64 years old and smokes close to a pack a day.
    I’ve read the article on this website”What happens to Your Body if You Stop Smoking Right Now” along with the list of other comments and really think it will help him to stop smoking. The first question he has always asked are, “Really, what do the doctors say about quitting when it’s too late even if you [that's me] quit 15 years ago? You’re just as exposed to lung cancer as I am.”
    My question is to answer his question: Is the above article supported by qualified doctors? If so, it would be great to know the identities as further convincing my friend about quitting.

  • Phil

    26 DAYS AND GOING STRONG! So far I figure I have saved $130! That Flat panel HDTV is gonna look pretty!

    PUMPKIN SEEDS! Def a good fix!

  • Frankie

    Just stopping in to give an update. I’m on day 16 using Chantix. Previously I did a 23 days without taking anything, but fell off. Went on Chantix, wuit and fell off after 7 days. It’s still a struggle each day, but I’m not giving up! I don’t cough anymore, feel better when I walk, and of course I’m saving a fortune. I was dopping well over $50 a week, smoking 2 to 2.5 packs a day. I actually dreamed of smoking last night. I hoping that the mindset of being a non-smoker kicks in soon. Hang tough everyone, if I can struggle with this addiction, you can do it too!

  • Becky

    I smoked for 31 years. I haven’t smoked for 31 days. I don’t miss the taste, the smell or the anxiety of figuring out where and when to steal away to have a cigarette. I don’t miss being a social pariah. And I really don’t miss the self-loathing.

    But I’m not saying it’s easy, dammit!

    I have to give credit to prayer (and I’m an agnostic!) this blog and Allen Carr who explained the “little monster” and the “big monster” in wonderfully graphic and memorable ways.

    Good luck to everyone here!

  • shawn

    jus quit 1 hr back…man its hard:)
    hope i make it thru….tried millions of times b4….jus couldnt do it been 10 yrs smokin now…ufff hope i doit…its all in the mind

  • shawn

    my quit time jan 27 at 12:00pm…justo keep it on record

  • Cword

    Good look Shawn – I’m only a few days ahead of you but I already feel so proud of myself.

  • Cword

    I (of course) meant “good LUCK” not “look”……
    I really must stop posting BEFORE the coffee has kicked in….. ;-)

  • Lynsay

    Today is Day 26, doing well and still not missing smoking. Thanks for showing me how to work out how much of my life i’ve saved, quite a shock! I have also just saved approx £80 by not smoking and went out shopping and treated myself! It was strange; I suddenly realised why I was always skint (no money!) and my non-smoking friends always had new clothes etc! Feels good to be part of that crowd! Ironically, despite my not being overweight before or after quitting my first shopping purchase was the dirty dancing keep fit video! Think quitting has made me re-evaluate my life!

  • Cword

    Hi Lynsay – well done on reaching 26 days! TRat yourself with a good old Dirty Dance! ;-)

    I’m on day 8 at the moment (thanks to Champix). Saved £72.75 so far and not put 323 fags into my body.
    I would like to say it’s been a real struggle, but the fact is (so far) it hasn’t. I must be really lucky or Champix is a REAL wonder drug. Last night was the first time I felt a bit edgy and doubted that I can really do this thing. However this morning is here, I still haven’t fallen off the wagon and in three days I will have an extra £100 I wouldn’t have had otherwise.At this rate I’ll soon be able to afford a Coke habit!!! (JOKE!)

  • Tony B.

    Hi everyone. It had been a while since I checked in and it is great to see some new names trying to kick the habit. Good luck to you guys!
    Today begins day 30 for me. I have to admit, I do still think about them. It is scary how the thought of a cigarette can just drift into your mind totally unprovoked. Last night I told my wife that I was having a small craving. But I got through it. (They are easier then the first round of cravings when you have just quit)
    And this site has helped big time!! I love seeing where people are at in their quitting quest. Good luck to you all.
    Hey Vai….haven’t seen you post for a while….hope you’re well.
    I have been quit for 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 hours, 22 minutes and 31 seconds (29 days). I have saved $152.82 by not smoking 587 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • Ryan

    Figured I’d give everyone an update! I’m still going strong. It’s been 3 weeks, 2 days, 13 hrs & 57 mins since I have had a smoke. I’ve saved 1 day, 15 hrs & 15 mins of my life. I’ve saved $76.63 by not smoking 471 cigarettes. Yay for me. I’ve even drank alcohol and I didn’t smoke! I’m never going back now!

  • Mike L.

    This site has such positive vibes and I believe it has helped me a great deal. Everyone here is doing the most positive thing I can think of for themselves and those who love them. I almost hate to be the one who’s always interrupting all the positive feel good messages with words of caution. But I feel like somebody should. Because it might be that the little tiny bit of fear that this message puts in the back of your mind saves your life. So here goes:

    If it makes you feel good and positive and strong to say that you’re never going back or that no matter what happens you’ll never smoke again, or that the only way a cigarrette will ever end up in your mouth is if you fall and your face ends up in an ash tray (God forbid), then by all means keep saying these things. But the fact is, you just don’t know. Nobody does. All we can do is our best. How many times have others said such things before and then ended up back on those freakin’ sticks? How many times have you?

    I’m a drunk (lots of folks prefer the politically correct ‘recovering alcholoic’ but I call a shovel a shovel). The whole AA thing isn’t my bag. I haven’t gone to an AA meeting since I came out of rehab some years ago. But one of the things they stressed in rehab that has helped me SO MUCH was never to believe you had it licked. Because it’s always there, hiding in your brain. “I’ll never again….” is so big and so far reaching that it can make you look past this one tiny drink (Hey, c’mon, it’s New Years!), or that one drag from a friend’s smoke (Let me just light that for you). At any given time, we’re all about one minute away from being a full blown user again. Start thinking you’ve got it beat from now on and ever more, you’re tempting the beast.

    Once more, I’m not trying to be a downer because I’m a distant relative of the Grim Reaper or anything, I just want to give everyone a little dose of my reality. Because maybe its your reality as well. And I want everyone here to succeed whether they’re aided by other people’s inspiring posts or my cautious ones. Best of luck to all – keep it up. 13 weeks, 6 days, 15 hours…and counting.

  • sandy

    Thanks for your honesty mike L…the truth hurts some times but it is always good to hear…Yesterday i was so angry about putting on 20lbs that i thought smoking again would help me loose the weight…that was a tough day and i have been a non-smoker for 7 months…I wasnt craving them i just had a stupid thought…you have to be carefull not to dwell on these thoughts. they can drag you back down into a bad habit. I agree with mike when he says..don’t get to pridefull and think this could never happen to you…by falling into a trap again..i can happen to anyone…Hang in everyone…you are all doing amazingly great. keep posting.

  • Vai

    Thanks Mike L. for your post about never saying never. I’m still a nonsmoker but the cravings are still there and I suppose they will be there for a long time. I just take one day at a time, or one hour or one minute, etc. I am traveling right now and have had lots of temptations by my significant other who continues to smoke. He is working out of state so I traveled to see him and we went to bars and I was a little afraid that drinking those beers would weaken my resolve. Thanks to the State of Arizona for making all their bars non-smoking HAHA. Hello to all the new posters and believe me you WILL feel better with each passing day. I am so glad that I found this website because without all of you I may not have made it this far. I try to remember that my body is wanting that first rush of nicotine when I get the bad cravings. I also try to remember that all the former smokers I know tell me that the first drag “doesnt even taste good”. Also for the poster who wanted tips on how to encourage a friend to quit. You cant make anyone quit smoking cigarettes. That is decision the smoker has to reach themselves. Anyway, hang in there everI QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 hours, 27 minutes and 23 seconds (26 days). I have saved $26.09 by not smoking 401 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day, 9 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PMyone!

  • Kim

    I just quit 28 1/2 hrs ago, I smoked for 37 yrs.When I started smoking they costs 45 cents a pack. Iam 50 now. I just couldnt stop coughing, and having trouble breathing, which at my age…is scary. I have read alot of these postings, and good luck to us all.

  • sandy

    I quit 3 months ago feels great after smoking over 40 years didn’t think i could do it but i have and never lighting up again

  • Nigel H

    First day of quiting i have not had a smoke yet i have been smoking since i was 14 i am now 40 thats 26 years, god do i want to quit and i am doing it cold turkey and body can help im eating sweets chewing gum like no tomorrow.

  • Luke Turner

    Hi everyone. I gave up back in October 07 and have definately noticed the benefits. My energy levels have increased rediculously and i am having to sleep less whilst beeing able to produce better work longer. The increased oxygen flow and energy levels definately help your brain to work that bit more.

    Congratulations to those that have quit and to those trying, the way i quit was through phsycological conditioning, forcing myself to believe that every itch or cough could seriously be the start of some nasty infection or tumer and convincing myself that if i didnt quit i was more than likely going to die in a few years.

    Its a very hard technique to get into and also a very scary one if you take it as seriously as i did, and took me about 2 months before I was ready to give up smoking, but when i did it was because i REALLY wanted to, and thanks to that i havent even have one single craving since.

    Again good luck to all of you trying to give up, avoid drink for a bit (it makes it easier to say yes) and whenever you get a craving, just say no, shout it if you have to, heck, even run out the door shouting NO,NO,NO, if you have to.

  • Eric M

    Just found this site this morning, it amazes me that reading this, how many people going through the same things I did, only wish I would have found this sooner. If only we could have seen what one little cig when we first started would do to us when we finally decided to quit, or in many cases try to quit.

    I’m currently on 33 days quit utilizing Chantix, after smoking 1+ packs a day for 10+ years I feel this time will work. Previously I had quit for short periods of time using hypnosis and Zyban. So far Chantix has been far easier of the previous attemps. Let me clarify easier, yes easier than before but still one of the hardest things I’ve done, the morning drive to work, the after after supper smoke, the sitting in a bar on the weekend all make quitting hard extremely hard.

    Currently though my body is pushing back, the first 29 days I felt great got in the habit of running, playing raquetball, but the past 4 days my throat and lungs have been killing me. I’ve seen on this posting that many have similar stories, curious to how long this “side effect” lasts from your experiences.

    Thanks and everyone keep it up!

  • shawn

    failed…:( really tried my best .quit for 4 days.thats was a tough 4 days.bt felt good..then my girl got back from her trip and i was around her constantly and shes a heavy smoker too..and jus couldnt take it any longer…kept thinkin if its something that makes me happy y am i quitting????and yes did have that one ciggi and havent stopped since..feel realy weak compared to all yall guys out there…but u have o idea how much i depend on ciggs..cant digest my food after a meal,cant shit,cant have a drink without it and plus the constant need of an oral fixation
    .currently workin from home so have all the more “time”to smoke…shit ..anyway gonnoa try again at midnight today…hope i do it this time.keep up the good work all of yall who have gona cold turkey..

  • Rob B.

    I’m on Day 24, thanks to Chantix. The FDA is after Pfeizer, maker of Chantix, b/c they claim that Chantix causes suicidal behaviour and also
    suicides.
    Any thoughts?

  • Lynsay

    Now on day 33 and still feeling good. Haven’t smoked at all, and little cravings so far. I do think about smoking every now and then, but only in a ” i used to smoke at this time” sort of way. It’s amazing how quickly the body adapts to not wanting to smoke! Thank god!
    If you are still struggling get Allen Carr – It’s a real help.

  • Kristen

    Chantix. Chantix. Chantix.
    It’s like some sort of miracle drug. I don’t even WANT to smoke.
    I don’t believe in some book, if that were true, I would’ve read it a long time ago. If you are reading this, and you are thinking of quitting, go see your doctor and get this pill.

  • Tony B.

    Hey everybody. Today I am on day 36 of not smoking. It feels great to be free of the grip of cigarettes. But last night I had my first smoking dream. I guess it was inevitable. I have seen other people on this site having smoking dreams too. In the dream, I smoked one cigarette out of a full pack and then threw the rest of them away. The weird thing is the cigarette was one of those 100′s which I never smoked! I swear, the whole thing felt so real and I felt like such a loser after smoking it. I was so relieved when I woke up and realized it was just a dream.
    I guess the bottom line of all of this is that we are never totally free of this demon. It will always visit us somehow and try to work its way back into our lives. And it will always come out of nowhere. It does get easier, but we have to remain humble and not too proud because it is then that we can be sucked right back into it.
    Stay strong! I love seeing some of the regulars numbers going up on this site. Congrats to all.

  • Shannon

    What the heck? 2 weeks no smoke and it hit me like a ton of bricks today that I wanted one! And now I have a massive headache! Anyone else?

  • KC

    It will be 3 Weeks In the Morning for me.
    Cold Turkey is Hard….
    Not So Space-eeeeeee any more,
    Still a few Nighmares,I read that some of the Drugs used to quit will cause nightmares, No Drugs and still getting the Dreams.Maybe it’s the chocolate :-)
    I’ll take take the bad dreams over smoking any day..
    I too like to see the updates on all who are hanging in there.. Good Luck To All!

  • Becky

    Congratulations Shannon! Don’t know if you’ve tried before, but 2 weeks is huge — even though you’re not out of the woods. (But then, who is?) After 2 weeks when I still had a sore throat and bad stomach, I was convinced that I had cancer. Symptoms I could blame on smoking before just hung on and hung on. After about 3 weeks, they kind of magically disappeared. So keep the faith, baby. You’ll feel better with time. And KC – congrats to you, too. I never made it past the 3 week mark – until this time.

    It’s been 6 weeks since I quit, the day after Christmas. I threw 3 packs of Marlboro Mediums into the garbage. I was very aware that they were in the dumpster in the alley behind my house for 5 days after that. They taunted me to come and get them. And believe me, I was tempted to go dumpster diving more than once — especially since my spouse spent the entire holidays on a bender. And he’s not a charming drunk.

    I quit cold-turkey as well so it only took a few days to get the nicotine out of my system. But how to deal with anger, disappointment, stress, the need to concentrate, the need to escape???
    That’s been the hard part for me.

    The one thing that has really helped and kept me smoke free is this– my skin looks 1000 times better. My cheeks are rosy, my complexion is greatly improved and people are commenting how much younger and prettier I look!!!!! Vanity is a powerful motivator.

    Good luck to all and thank you – this site has been a real godsend.

  • Sherry

    Hello again,
    Congratulations to everyone who quit since my last post one month ago. I remain smoke free…33 days now. I quit cold turkey, which may or may not be for everyone, but I made a conscious choice to quit and I firmly believe if you want to do something bad enough the mind is your most powerful weapon.
    My strength and resolve was put to the test during this past week when I had to deal with the unexpected and untimely death of someone very close to me. Through the tears, the grief (which will continue for months to come) and the stress of the entire ordeal I somehow managed to remain smoke free. I continue to tell myself that if I can manage this horrible time, I am one step further to being a non-smoker for the rest of my life.
    Good luck to all of you who are still fighting the good fight. Remember, your mind is your sword in this battle. Believe in your own strength. Ask, believe, receive.
    Sherry

  • http://Surfnexus.com Tom

    I just quit smoking and its the weirdest thing iv been a 12 year smoker pack and a half a day, i decided on Monday i would quit due to having the flu Wendsday night i was really feaning but This morning I don’t want a single smoke at all. Very odd usually i would be digging in ash trays by now how can i seemingly feel unaddicted and free so soon is beating it in 4 days uncommon. It seems too easy this time after so many failures in the past, only difference is iv got a brick of gum packs, and plat my guitar whenever i crave, mabey this input will help someone as well. Oddly working for me

  • http://healthbolt Michelle

    I smoked for 21 year’s and I am now very proud to say, I am a nonsmoker. I tried several times before to quit cold turkey, and it didn’t work for very long. This time, I decided BEFOREHAND that I would have a list of trigger’s that drove me to smoke, and a list of way’s I would cope with those trigger’s. For me, after eating would definitely drive me to want to smoke, so I decided I would go for a walk, chew gum, pray, read my bible, talk on the phone, watch TV, play on the computer, journal, write out all of the reason’s why I am happy I no longer stink like a cigarette, brush my teeth, wash my hand’s and apply great smelling lotion, go to website’s that give information about the immediate effect’s of quitting, look at American Cancer Society’s website, play a game, go for a drive, take a nap, whatever work’s for you. I’m telling you, having a plan for what you will do when you are triggered to smoke; is the best way to remember you CAN get through the cravings. Remember, the cravings only last a few minutes, and the effect’s of smoking, just one more cigarette can lead to a lifetime of health risks. In addition, I told EVERYONE I know that I quit. At first, I was terrified that I would fail, and that I would be embarrassed later, but with every hour I didn’t choose to smoke, I gained confidence.
    Lastly, I have to remind myself that I may ALWAYS want to smoke, so I can not be around people who choose to light up. This means, no standing outside with smokers when they go for a break, no social situation’s at all until I am sure I can handle it and not smoke, and remembering that if I smoke now…all those countless times I suffered through without smoking will be for NOTHING, since I will have to start all over again. You can quit! You can do it! Make a list of the reasons why you want to quit, be specific, and do NOT have anything in your house that reminds you of them good old days. No ashtrays, no lighters, even matches for my candles made me think about it! Oh, and wash your coat, dry clean your curtains, etc. Get rid of the stinky odors the cigarettes cause. You really do smell fantastic once you quit, and theres no need to smell like the junk after you’ve given it up. Sometimes, it will be a minute by minute struggle, other times, an hour by hour, but each time I choose NOT to smoke, it’s getting easier.
    Having said all of this, I did use the patch, and I followed the plan exactly as the package insert suggested. (I was terrified of going about it my own way.) I slowly weened off the nicotine, and while I did this, I worked on the psychological addiction. Research show’s, smoking is 90% psychological addiction, and 10% the physical addiction. So, be gentle with yourself, pamper yourself, and remember YOU CAN DO THIS! Pray and get started!

  • Vai

    Hello to all of you again. I think if a smoker really wants to quit then they will quit. I want to encourage Shawn to think about his decision to quit. Yes four days is a long time but the rest of your life is longer and the quality of life you get to spend with loved ones does matter. I have read a lot of stuff on the internet and in books about the death of smokers. About how unpleasant and messy a smoker death is. You basically wind up drowning in the fluid in your own lungs. My lungs were too the point of filling up on the junk I was sucking into them off the cigarettes. I have been smoke free for 36 days now and the old mucus is just now starting to work its way out of my lungs. I just returned from a 3 day hospital stay. I had to have emergency surgery to get my gallbladder removed. That was pretty bad. I ate supper one night and just got so sick I had to go to the emergency room. They kept me and took me into surgery on friday. It was great not having to worry about leaving my hospital bed to go outside to smoke in bitterly cold weather in my hospital gown. BUT now today I have to return to the emergency room to get some different pain pills. They gave me percocet but I cant take them because they affect my lungs. They make it even harder to breathe. So if I was a nonsmoker for all of my life I could be sitting here taking those strong pain killers and not feeling any pain. But since I smoked all of those years I have to give up my sunday to a trip back to the emergency room to get more pills to get rid of the pain. Anyway, I want to encourage all of you to continue being non-smokers. Thank you for all your posts as I read all of them and they do help.
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 1 Month, 5 Days, 5 hours, 10 minutes and 36 seconds (36 days). I have saved $35.30 by not smoking 543 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day, 21 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Lynsay

    Hi all, day 39 (i think, as time seems to be flying by) and still a non smoker. Had a dream that I smoked last night and was very relieved when I woke up to find that it was not true. Still no physical change for me (either good or bad) and still generally feeling good.
    Good luck troops!

  • Bruce Allard

    Some one of all you people commenting on and enjoying your success in smoke-stopping, Anyone! Please read my 1/25/08 comments and help another heavy smoker I hope has similar success after getting your comments from me. Thanks.

    Bruce

  • Becky

    Dear Bruce,

    It’s an good question, but an excuse and a smokescreen as well, no pun intended. I’m pretty sure your friend knows there is no scientific answer. Who knows what is too late? My resolve took a hit and my world was rocked a little when I read on this blog that Allen Carr died of lung cancer 23 years after quitting in his 40′s. I have wondered if a diagnosis of lung cancer (or any smoking related bad health news) would make me pick up the smokes again and say what the hell. Personally, I think your friend just isn’t ready or doesn’t want to quit. And I have tons of empathy. You’re ready when you’re ready and not a minute sooner. I’m sure this is no help at all, but it is an answer.

  • sandy

    Bruce: continue to encourage your friend i used the allan carr book”easyway of quitting smoking. It will answer alot of your questions and ur friends question… Ask your friend if he wants to quit…and then help him set a quit date…You will lower your chances of lung cancer and other cancers related to smoking by quitting at any time. the person whom started this site..her info is at the top some where and the chart is authentic by health professionals..so what you are reading is real and truthfull…remember you friend is addicted to drugs and doesn’t want to fail..and doesnt know if they can live without there friend the cig…encourage ur friend is the best advise.

  • Frankie

    Hope everyone is doing OK. Last I checked in I was on day 18 no smoking. I fell off the wagon when my Dad passed away(in the room next to my bedroom) on 1/30. He died of cancer, he was a non-smoker. One of things my mother said to him before he passed was that I had given up smoking. Though he couldn’t speak, he smiled. I will keep that vision inside me forever. So I fell off the wagon for a week, I’m off again two days now. I’m positive because I’ve spent more time not smoking than smoking over the past two months. This is a lifelong battle for your life, and you can win. Hang in, it’s really tough, but you can do it.

  • Chris

    Hi, Sitting at my desk and really trying to get through an urge to smoke. I quit 5 days ago and it is rough, but I stumbled on this site. Like many of you I quit a bunch of times but would eventually go back. I tried everything under the sun but nothing has worked to date. Trying Cold Turkey. Recently my wife and I had our first child and we learned number 2 is on the way. I am trying to quit so I can see them grow up. I think maybe by posting this message it is actually reaffirming the reasons for my quiting. Good luck to you all and I am sure I will check back in

  • Frankie

    Hey Chris…That’s great! You are doing well, 5 days quit! Nicotine is out of the body, so you are fighting the mental battle. I think you have it the perspective, yourself first then for others. It’s OK to be selfish here. Stopping smoking so you can see your kids grow up is great! The bonus everyone in your family will benefit. Hang in there….One day at a time…

  • Chris

    Frankie- Thanks. Made it through the urge and now home where it is much easier to see the reasons why i don’t want to smoke. The mental battle is always the hardest. I appreciate the fact that I have to learn a new habit as it is approaching more years smoking in my life then not. This is a great site and I think it helps reading all the other posts to get you through.

  • Chris

    Frankie-
    Wanted to express my condolences and prayers to you. No matter the set backs just got to keep trying. Someone wise said…..one day at a time.

  • Paul

    Well I Just wanted to keep in touch with all of you it is now 57 days. Still think of them every day but now it more like A passing thought. To all progess is made every day hour by hour. Yesterday I went to Walmart to pickup a couple of things. On my way out after a week I looked at people coming out and seeing if the lite one up and if they did not I say they were the lucky ones. yesterday as I was driving away I remembered I am the lucky one. Hang in there it does get better

  • Paul

    Frankie If you go back to dec 26 on this blog I informed everyone I fell off the wagon. But It was then that I knew I wanted to stop. Take everything that you learned before and add on to it. Sorry for you dad’s passing my father also passed from cancer many years ago. Take care of Mom she needs you.

  • Denny

    Good Morning to all — and my condolences and prayers to Frankie as well. ( I too am a member of that club…and it’s not easy at all…but hang in there, memories do get sweeter by the day ).

    I too fell off the wagon some time ago, and after thinking I had this addiction under control, I went right back to a pack a day. I got back on track and have been doing great since.

    I use to look at my statistics every day to see how long it’s been since my last smoke. But I no longer do that. I don’t care whether it’s been an hour or 90 days…I just don’t smoke because I am no longer a smoker, so it doesn’t matter to me anymore how much I have saved, or how long I have gone..I know I am an addict. I wake up every morning, and when I think of having a cigarette, I just remind myself that it’s not an option for me, I am an addict, and I can not smoke. I have a responsibility to my lungs…I am FINALLY taking care of myself…the same way I took care of my children when they were young and my parents when they were ill…I gave everyone my best — I’m now taking care of me ! Sure I get cravings all the time….they only a few minutes…During the really tough cravings, I turn to my love ones and tell them…and after a few minutes, it’s gone and I go about my business.

    Since giving up smoking, I have had my teeth professionally whitened, and I have my nails done every other week…Yup, it’s time for me !

    My regards to all of you ! WE CAN DO THIS !

  • Frankie

    Thank you all for the kind words, condolances, and positive support. It’s becoming easier and easier not to smoke as time passes. I’m doing pretty good this week, now off butts for 4.5 days. My goal is 30 days, but keeping my successes short, the next minute, hour, day are causes for celebration…for everyone fighting the battle. Hang in there!

  • Ric1982

    Hello to everyone, I’ve just sat here and read every single post purely to take my mind off cigs. I was hoping to get some advice, has anyone ever had hypnotherapy or other related treatment after they have been quit for a while? I stopped 1 month ago. I had really strange smoking habits because I could smoke anything from 4 a day up to 30 a day. Obviously all the nicotine is out of my system now but I still think about having a nice roll up and a coffee on the balcony every time I see the sun come out, or when I call certain people, or even when I sit at the computer. I think the major problem is that I absolutely loved smoking, yes I know your going to say that it was all fake and that the nicotine was making me love it and I know this is true but still I loved and enjoyed the habit of smoking. Now you may wonder why I’ve quit, well it’s simple, because it would be just my luck to end up with lung cancer or another smoking related disease. So what I really need to do is some how make myself hate smoking, maybe hypno could do the trick?

    Right now a beer and a cig with friends = completion and happiness.

    A beer alone = the feeling that something is missing.

    I need to make that missing feeling go away?

    thanks.

  • Laura

    I read every post too. Keeps me motivated and my hands off cigarettes. I had my last cigarette February 8, 2008. The days have crawled by and the gnawing in my chest and gut is hard to ignore. I brought out my juicer and I have made several concoctions that no one in their right mind would drink. Making the juice keeps my mind off the cigarettes, and me busy, plus I’m hoping it will flush my system of all the nicotine and by products. I have smoked 1/2 to 2 packs a day for 45 years. Started at 13 and have tried multiple times to quit and have relapsed every time. For some reason though, I believe I will succeed this time. I have this inner strength that I did not have in my past attempts.

  • Sandy

    Ric1984: Hang in there…Remember why you quit..tell yourself why you quit over and over again. it will sink in. Also the empty lonely feeling is your friend the cigarette. Except you know its not a friend. The empty feeling is also like a death..You dont have to remplace it because you havent lost anything you have gained a whole new life. This battle is in the mind. Just remember Non-smokers dont smoke..I had an empty feeling off and on for 6 months but after that 6 months man it is so awesome…you can run and not be out of breath and you sleep like a baby…hope this helps.

  • denny

    Ric1982. I don’t have the link handy, but go to Google and type in Love Letters to Cigarettes. People write to their (love) cigarettes..it’s pretty sad and funny at the same time….Make a list of the things you like about smoking, and then make a list of the things you don’t like.

    What keeps me going ? The smell of it ! There is something about how a cigarette smells, especially in the winter…you don’t notice it much in the summer, but when someone is smoking outside and walks inside..the stench is just unbelievable. For me atleast !

  • Jess

    Well i came across this website as i was looking to know what stage my body was at after 13 days with no smoking. I have been smoking since the age of 13 Im now 21. I was always a heavy smoker and never quite ready to quit, untill i woke up on a sunday and decided i just didnt feel like a smoke today and here i am now 13 days later feeling the best i have in a long time.
    Im always getting comments on how good my skin looks and thats enough motovation for me. Im proud and if you have support form love ones you can push through that hour day week month. I will continue to read everyones thoughts as they are all motovating.

  • Frankie

    Hey Laura….You and I quit the same day, I think we are close in age, sounds like we both smoked about same. I too have given up cigs several times, and fell off. I had a hell of a day yesterday, stress from the time I woke up. I managed though, made it through without caving. Walking around helped me, keep making and drinking that juice you will make it too!

  • Frankie

    Ric1984…I tried hypnotherapy several years ago. My wife and I went. It worked fabulous for me, not so great for her. She was so racked with tension, she blindsided me with a punch to the head (Serious). She went back to smoking, the crack in the head caused me to return as well. Anything that works is good…Hang in there…

  • Denny

    I just made a sticker/label for my computer/monitor. It says N.O.P.E.

    which stands for Not One Puff Ever….It reminds me that I am an addict and all it is going to take is one puff…Just one puff of a single cigarette….and I’ll be back smoking.

    Not only will I be back smoking, it will be back to coughing all the time, being breathless when I walk a flight of steps, being paranoid about smelling like a cigarette to my family, friends and co-workers, and having to stop on my way home for that $5.95 pack of cigarettes.

    One more puff, and I’ll be back outside on the back porch (in the middle of winter, mind you) puffing on a cigarettes and trying not to cough while I inhale. One more puff, and I’ll be back going outside during the work day to stand around shivering while I’m puffing away…..

    One more puff, and I’ll be back….that’s all it’s going to take, just one more puff….

    N.O.P.E. Not One Puff Ever.

  • Chris

    Hello all, Day 8 and I passed a big test this morning. I had huge cravings from the time I woke and if there was a cig around I thought I would smoke it. I even went as far as saying “if I run into Shelly in the parking garage I will ask her for one.” Not expecting that I would. What are the odds, I ran into Shelly and could have easily had one without anyone knowing. However I thought about the posts to the site and said to myself, “your an addict and you can’t have just one” So I didn’t and we walked to our respective offices without me caving. So glad I didn’t.

  • Kat

    I’m glad I found this website. I am day 4 non-smoker for the fist time in my life. I am 51 yrs old and hate to admit I have been smoking since age 13 and never tried to quit.
    I am on an 8-week patch and occasional half of a Wellbutrin.
    The idea to really quit happened while watching Dr Oz on Oprah one day, talking about being able to “breathe free” and to start by setting a quit date.

    So far so good except for a little trouble sleeping. I only wish I had done this many, many years ago and that I have no serious long-term effects from all the years I did smoke.

    Another thing I found that helps alot is to have cinnamon sticks on hand just to put in my mouth or hold when I drink coffee.

    Today I feel very healthy, happy and proud of myself!
    I never ever want to smoke another cigarette again!!!

  • Marie-Louise

    WoW, it’s 2.5 days and I keep battleing with the thoughts of “to smoke or not to smoke” why so damn hard? I started at 15 and know I’ll be 40 in April, I don’t want to be a smoker anymore. I’m sick and tired of having less or no controll than the cigarettes. It’s not the first time I’ve tried, once I quit for a whole year but that was 14 years ago, this time I will be successfull I feel it, I keep crying as though I’m mourning I’ve never had that feeling before so I really think this is it. I must say I’m glad I found this site, it’s hepling me get by. You all are so brave because as I know cigarettes are like bullies and here we are standing up for ourselves, How dare they want to hurt such wonderful people? Who do they think they are? But I know they wont win, so we’ll get moody, frustrated, down, sad, cry, feel like we can’t get throuhg the day(imagine that), and even headaches. I’m sure everyone here has either gone throuh a break up or a death and finally learned to live with it right? so there you have it. I miss my father he died and I miss my first love he was too young minded , and I’m still alive.

  • Lynsay

    Glad to see so many of us keeping at it. It IS tough, but the long term results are worth it. Now on day 43 and still going strong x

  • Rob B.

    Welcome Kat and the best of efforts.
    After 45 days using Chantix, I “went back yesterday”. Smokers logic: I had 3 cigs, smoked half of each one and did not inhale?.
    The only side effect from Chantix was great dreams until Tuesday. I fell asleep in the left hand lane of a major interstate and what’s worse,
    went into a deep dream. I don’t know how long I was out or how many people I could have killed. So now, I’m still using it and stopped smoking AGAIN! I have no urge whatsoever.
    Memo to Chantix users: Read the current issue of New York zine, an article about Chantix by a former user. if you can’t get it, leave a post and I’ll send it to you.
    Good luck to all of us. It feels great to be able to breathe.

  • Jack

    If you want to quit, you just have to quit. I tried the patches, nic gums, wellbutrin sr (and it just made me smoke more), and a truckload of “natural remedies”..and nothing worked. I have stopped smoking twice before. First time was about 16 yrs ago when I was 19, I stopped for almost 13 months (the day I quit I started running). Last year my wife and I stopped just over 5 months. January 2007 I started smoking again after this last time for the simple reason that I missed it. This relapse resulted in another year of useless smoking.

    So my wife and I finally decided to quit smoking. There have been many times in the last year we tried and we just didnt have our hearts in the effort and we caved in a few hours. This time we simply woke up to the day, lit a cigarette and went about business as usual. Halfway through the day we had 2 left. We took the last 2, toasted one another with them, sat back and thoroughly enjoyed our last smoke. We havent had a cigarette since and we havent had any withdrawls or cravings. We havent changed anything else in our lives, we still do the same things we have always done from the time we get up till the time we go to bed. We just do them without cigarettes.

    If you keep telling yourself you can’t quit, you won’t be able to. If you tell yourself you can’t quit if you don’t have patches, pills, gums, hypnosis, this, that and the other thing your just setting yourself up cause there will be a day when you are out somewhere and you will have forgotten your..whatever..or you will run out and then what?

    The problem with people today is that they want everything with no pain or effort on thier part. Just make your mind up to quit and do it. If you fight your way through a craving you’ll feel a whole lot better about it cause you didnt have to depend on something else to do it for you.

    Good luck to all, best wishes and GOD bless.

  • Kat

    Day 5 and going great with the patch. I can’t believe how happy I feel and how CLEAN I feel. Smoking was really holding me back in life and I feel so optimistic.
    Luckily for me I used to smoke Capris, and most people seem to smoke Marlboros. So when I am out it will not be hard AT ALL to avoid wanting to smoke one of them – they are like cigars (YUCK!) compared to Capris. Plus I refuse to ever buy any cigarettes again, so I think this will all be good.
    I just hope I am not in a honeymoon phase, because I just can’t believe I am going to feel this clean and good all the time.
    One question, how do you guys feel about smoking pot once in blue moon? Can one quit cigarettes, still smoke a joint maybe 3 or 4x a year and still consider yourself to be a non-smoker?
    Thanks.

  • Kat

    Two positive side effects of not smoking for me:
    Waking up in the morning and remembering I wasn’t dreaming. I really AM quitting cigarettes and it feels so good.
    And the other thing is, I actualy am eating LESS. I found that while I was smoking, I would just eat something so I could have a cigarette afterward. Crazy!

  • Rob B.

    Hey kat,
    I can answer that one. I gave all of my green to a friend b/c I don’t want anything foreign in my lungs.
    I’ll take some liquids and some white stuff, feel good and not even want a cig smoke.
    No, don’t smoke grass if you really want to quit cigs???

  • John R

    Hi all,
    Congrats to all on quitting. I am 2 days 1 hour and 17 minutes into my quit. It’s nice to read other stories to know I am not alone. My symptoms aren’t as bad as I expected so far; I think I am more ready to quit this time. I’ve smoked for about 14 years and the longest quit was about 6 months, but that was about 10 years ago. I’m 35 now and expecting my second child – I really can’t think of better motivation.

    So far the worst is the dry throat that I can’t seem to clear and the occasional subconscious urge – almost like a hunger pang. They are worse when they sneak up on you than when you are thinking about it.

    Anyway, good luck to everyone, hang in there and be strong. Thanks for listening.

  • Lisa

    Gee, everybody has some good stories, and I haven’t had a cigarette in 3 days (because I have a cold, flu or something). I want to quit, smoked off and on for 23 years, time to quit, I want my life you know, once I’m over this bug I don’t ever want to pick up another cigarette. My home, clothes, hair and car smell better. My chest hurt from years of clogging my lungs with filth. Congradulations, to all of us who want to live smoke free and good luck!

  • Kat

    Hi guys – a week tomorrow for me smoke-free – WOO HOO! Today I actually ran a little bit and it felt great!

    I have a question about nicotine patches.
    I am starting week 2 of 21 mg patch.
    I am supposed to use 21 mg for 4 weeks total, 14 mg for 2 weeks total and then 7 mg for the final 2 weeks.

    The thing is I’d like to go off the patch alltogether after this week. Maybe I am being naive that I can do that without too bad of a nicotine withdrawal. I have been feeling good and that’s probably cause of the nicotine in the patches. I’m a little afraid to try this – but I just don’t want to give the cigarette companies any more of my hard earned money (even if it is just for nicotine patches!)

    SO – has anyone else used the patch and gave it up early – and how did that go?

    Also tonight is the first time since I quit that I’m heading out to see some bands and have a beer or two. Wish me luck! (thouugh I seriously believe I am DONE!)
    Thanks.

  • John R

    Well, I made it to 3 days! Still going strong, though now it seems my sinuses are draining as well as the coughing – anyone else have that? I can’t say I mind, it feels good, like my body is cleaning itself up, just weird.

  • Vai

    Hi everyone. My doctor told me that it would take up to 5 years for me to completely heal from all those years of smoking. And he said the first month was murder on the lungs and he is so right.
    I am still going to smoke marijuana when I want. Not every day, but I dont plan on giving up the green because I like it.
    I wore the patch (14mg) for four weeks. I got another 2 week supply of 14 mg patches but I got sick and was hospitalized for surgery and I didnt wear the patch after that. I have not used the patch for 11 days now and I feel like I am okay. Yes I still have cravings and ask my son for a cigarette everytime he comes in the room. I just ask him that so maybe he will get tired of me asking and just quit too.
    Welcome to all the new non-smokers! Be strong.
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 21 hours, 16 minutes and 3 seconds (43 days). I have saved $42.78 by not smoking 658 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days, 6 hours and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • NicoDemon

    Well, I finally quit after 15 years of an expensive and nasty 1 pack per day addiction. Cold turkey was the way to go. It’s been 21 days now and while I no longer have real urges, only thoughts, every now and then I search the net to see how others are doing. I must say that what made this easy for me was knowledge.

    I highly recommend http://whyquit.com/ .
    This site armed me with what to expect and how to deal with those uncomfortable feelings that last about 2 minutes and feel like a lifetime. Knowledge is power and if you take the time to read through this site, you will have the power.

    One of the most helpful bits of information was learning about the effects that nicotine has on your blood sugar levels. Keeping your blood sugar under control will help you to feel better while fighting the cravings.

    Good luck.

  • Kat

    Day 7 of my smoke-free sobriety…

    I just did some math. If I took all the cash I spent on cigarettes in my lifetime it would total somewhere around $80,000!
    I may as well have taken that pile of money and lit a match. Unbelievable!

  • http://stopsmoking Trish

    After 35 years as a 40 a day smoker, I had (what is hopefully) my final cigarette last Friday! Am chewing nicorette gum, however am still struggling badly with cravings and am totally unable to concentrate on anything (typing this is hard). Hope it gets better soon, day 5 smoke free tomorrow!

  • Brianna

    Ive been smoking since i was 11 years old. I have a history of Cancer in my family of all kinds for Lung To stomache. I was up to 2 packs a day almost thats without me bumming them out to ALL my friends. I kept telling myself that i was going to get healthier and start running and eating right but never got the nerve. Last week i decided to follow up on it just to see if i could do it. The first day was a trainwreck. I was so mean to everyone i loved and i wanted to stop but it overpowerd me. The days got longer and then i got bronchitis because of all the flem that was still in there that was trying to come out. Im feeling very good about myself i can hang out with my friend and they all smoke and the resect my chose to quit.. That it my story and im sticking too IT…. &;hearts

  • Lynsay

    Day 48 (I think!) still smoke free, and still doing well. Can’t believe i’m heading towards 2 months! Good to see so many of us are sticking to our guns even when friends do not!
    Stay strong!

  • Vai

    It is day 46 for me. Hooray. I’m with you Lynsay, I can’t believe I’ve come this far. I still have cravings though and I suppose I will have them for the rest of my life. I have convinced my family to not smoke in the house anymore and this was a major accomplishment for me. I want to pat all of you on the back for the good job you are doing as non-smokers!!!
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 22 hours and 29 seconds (45 days). I have saved $44.76 by not smoking 688 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days, 9 hours and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • timothy j

    A quick update. I’m still a non smoker and there’s nothing else that I would rather be. I’M FREE Everybody who’s trying to quick just keep it up and it will happen. There’s no reason to be a smoker. I can’t think of one good thing about it but I can think of a lot of things why not to smoke. I’m glad everybody else I know on this site is sticking with there guns. I lost my quitter which I don’t care about anymore. My quit day was 10/25/2007 3 packs a day.

    No matter what happens to me I’ll never smoke again.

  • JD

    Ok well it has been 8 days since I smoked my last cig. this is the 4th or 5th time that I have quit smoking in my life. I will be 53 in July and have smoked since the ripe old age of 11. My longest quit lasted for over year. My shortest quit lasted 2 days. So here I am again not smoking, how long will it last Hopefully from now till I die. If it only last another hour then I will quit again and again and will keep quitting till I quit for good. Yes when I quit I go cold turkey, no pills or patches or little gimmicks. Tried the patches ONCE made me climb the walls. This time it is a bit different as I am married and my wife came home an told me that she was going to quit smoking and that she was going to be taking Chantixx (sp?) So I told her I would support her. The next day 13th of Feb I said ok I quit and at 4 pm smoked my last cig. She is still smoking and taking the chantixx. She seems to be smoking a little bit less and she is keeping her quit date a secret. Meanwhile I have gone through the dizziness and goofiness of the first 72 hrs which always happens to me feel like I am high on drugs. The craving have been all but diminished chewing on tooth picks and reg gum. To share a tip that works for me in the first week keep a pack of bandits handy. Now bandits are little ite size self contained Skoal and when that urge for a smoke gets really really bad and just B4 you cave in and light up ..pop the bandit in and suck the nicotine from it….you’ll start hicupping (swallow the juice don’t spit) but the nicotine desire will be full filled…and you will have staved off having smoked..usually with in 4 to 7 days the urge for the nicotine leaves me and I toss out the left over bandits. You see the whole magical trick to quitting is wanting to and never ever stop quitting is the key to success ..so To all of You out there good luck stay strong I am now at the point where I am constantly coughing up that really nasty tasting yellow mucus but that too will pass…The wife well we’ll see and I will let you know how we progress as time goes on…

  • http://stopsmoking Trish

    This site is keeping me going! I am nearly at the end of my sixth day smoke free, having smoked 40 a day for over 30 years. Cravings seem to be getting worse, not better.I am chewing about 8 nicorette gum per day and am gradually reducing it. I couldn’t face complete cold turkey without the nrt, as am single mum with teenagers! Does anyone have any comments on when these cravings start becoming less intense?

  • Tony B.

    Hello everyone. Even though I have tapered off on writing in, I do still check in on a daily basis because I am convinced that I could not have reached where I am now (day 53) without this website. For those just starting, IT DOES GET BETTER! I seriously still can’t believe that I am not smoking. I am surrounded by people who thought I couldn’t do it and it feels great to prove them wrong.
    I did this for my 6 year old daughter first and for myself second. At this point, my daughter doesn’t care about it anymore (kids move on to other things quickly) and I am sticking with it for me.
    On another note, I see you can now rate user comments. What is that all about?!?! I can’t imagine rating someone’s post. It’s called SUPPORTING each other, not rating each other.
    Stay strong and stay well.

  • Vai

    Seems like the first couple of weeks were the hardest in terms of cravings. I used the patch for the first four weeks and it really helped. I just made up my mind to take each craving as it came. I would tell my family that “I really want a cigarette” and that is as far as it would go. Or I would say to them “your cigarette really smells good”. I am on day 48 and I too think that I would not have made it this far without the patch and THIS WEBSITE AND ALL OF YOU!!!! Be strong – prayers to all of you.

  • Kat

    Hey JD – what was it about the patch that made you want to climb the walls?

  • Sherry

    Just checking in to say I’m still going strong…47 days now. Still have those “I want a cigarette” moments but I just tell myself NO and wait until the craving passes. I have really enjoyed being able to fill out forms (such as my new insurance policy) stating I am a non-smoker! I think the strangest thing is walking out of the house with the feeling I forgot something…and then realizing I don’t have to remember my pack of smokes any more! Love it!
    Keep up the good work all…..If I can do it, you can do it! One day, hour, moment at a time.

  • Nora

    It’s been 8 months since my hubby came home with the Commit lozenges and announced that we quit smoking. I had been thinking about quitting my 30-year habit, but knew that I would never be successful until my husband quit too. So, when he came up with this on his own, I jumped on the bandwagon before he changed his mind.

    Want to know what really pisses me off, though? It was so much more easy than I had it built up in my mind!! I should have done this LONG ago!

    Now, when I see those commercials from the tobacco companies about quitting smoking, I get mad. The subliminal message in those commercials is “this will be SO VERY HARD TO DO!!!! Are you REALLY SURE you WANT to do it???? And IF you’re really sure about this…..”

    Does anyone else get this from their commercials?

    Also, despite all the terrible things you have caused to happen to my family in the last 8 months, I AM STILL NOT SMOKING, GOD. SO YOU CAN STOP IT NOW!

    OK, done now. [/rant]

  • JD

    Kat I think I just had a bad reaction to the patch even though I tried the lowest dose one they had ..within 10 mins of putting it on I was burning up and running around like a cat on a hot tin roof..well 10 days and still no smoke…wife is still taking he chantix (sp) 2 a day now and still smoking…not as many as she was though…me and my cold turkey..with my plastic tooth pics and an Bandit about ever other day are hanging in….have no desire to smoke now wife leaves her’s laying around and I am not tempted…I read something on here that has helped me greatly with the no desire aspect…and forgive me for not remembering who said it or precisely how it was said…but to para phrase “When asked if I’d loke a smoke I say no thank you I am a not smoker.” Rather than I quit smoking…ever since I read that I have been telling myself that I am a Non Smoker and well maybe because I am a bit weird but it has really locked in that I am a non smoker so why would I want a cig….works for me give it a try and TY and CUDO’s to the individual who orig. wrote that..good luck and stay strong all

  • tina

    I got Bronchitis in late December 07 and in early January I had to go to the emergency room because I could not breathe and I had tingling sensations in my back. I had to have 3 breathing treatments and my oxygen level was 89!! When they told me that I needed a lung xray, I prayed to GOD to please not let me have lung cancer or emphysema, as my grandmother had it in her mid 30′s and i am 36. I promised that if everything was ok that I would not smoke another cigarette for as long as I live. It has now been 50 days and I am so proud of myself and my whole family is also, especially my husband and my 7 year old nephew. I have gained about 10 pounds because I have to do something with my hands and mouth to keep from smoking, but I just joined a gym. I have more cravings in the last week that I had in the beginning, but I WILL NOT SMOKE. I started when I was 14 years old and most of it is just a habit. So to anyone going through cravings or who would like to quit, just do it. I never thought that I could quit in a million years, but it really is not as bad as you think. Good luck to all….

  • Vai

    I bet the cravings never stop. BOOHOO…..I am on day 51 and my lungs still hurt but I really want to smoke a cigarette right now. I have wanted to light up all day now. I have gained about 20 pounds since I quit. I started walking again yesterday and it really felt good to not be all out of breath when I got home. I still want a cigarette. Hey all you long term non-smokers…..do you still have cravings? Im glad Im not the only one who still wants to smoke after all this time. I finally ordered Allen Carr’s book, it should be here this week. I hope it does something about the cravings. I bet people who say they have no cravings are lying…..forgive me people, I just had to rant and rave……WAH WAH……

  • Jax

    Day 2 now, not looking forward to day 3 as it sounz like day 3 is some kind of a milestone to get through.

  • Becky

    Hi Vai – we must have stopped around the same time. Hard to know what to say about the cravings other than at a certain point the novelty of having quit starts to wear off. Our big accomplishment starts to feel like “so what”. I’m probably older than you so don’t know if this will help. But I keep asking myself – why would I start smoking at the age of 52??? Good luck – to both of us! And all of us!

  • Vai

    Hi Becky. I’m 48. Thanks for saying
    that about why would you start smoking at age 52. I will remember that. Some days are okay with no cravings, some days are full of cravings. When I was hospitalized I had no cravings at all. I must be getting better because now the cravings are back. If it were not for this site and all of you non-smokers I never would have made it to today (day 52 for me). Thank you for reading my posts and thank you for posting your own experiences.
    Welcome to the world of non-smokers Jax! I read every post on this page and come back here everyday to read and/or post. Hang in there and prayers to all of us….
    I QUIT SMOKING! I have not smoked a cigarette for 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 hours, 12 minutes and 28 seconds (51 days). I have saved $50.17 by not smoking 771 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days, 16 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Kev

    2 and 1/2 days at the moment and its all going pretty well. Ive over 3 packs in the house and no temptation have one. I cant get away from the white noise in my head just repeating ‘smoke’ ‘smoke’ ‘smoke’ none stop. Im thinking about smoking every second of the day, but actually dont want one.

    Im cold turkey.

    I hope I continue as Im telling myself that Im now a none smoker. Just wish I could forget about these things.

    Im maybe quiting at a bad time. Moved to a new place where everyone smokes (3rd highest smokers per cap in the World) have severly damaged my knee which has put me out of sports for upto 4 months etc.

    However, just felt right to try now. I still enjoy cigs and have been smoking them for over half my life but I woke up one day and felt ready.

    Lets see how it goes.

  • Kristen

    *sigh* I “fell off the wagon”. Is there a wagon with smoking? Anyway, I was in New York City for the weekend, and I justified my $8 pack of cigarettes under the guise that I had never smoked in NYC before…….*blink* *blink* I had originally quit on the 4th using Chantix, and all was going well, though my 3rd week I started craving them. Now, I will say, I didn’t smoke the whole pack. I had 8 cigarettes in 2 days, but still. FAIL! Here’s to “re-quitting” I guess.

  • Denny

    Kristen: Yes, there is a smoker’s wagon, and it’s okay to fall off it once and a while. The important thing is to get right back on !!

    I fell off the wagon a while ago, but I got right back on. The important thing is that you “learn” from your experience. I have learned that all it will take is just 1 puff, and I’ll be back smoking a pack a day.

    I swear, there’s a nictine junkie who lives in my head and likes to chat with me sometimes – she tells me ” oh go ahead, once cigarette isn’t going to harm you”….and then she always says ” You’re doing so great, just smoke 1 cigarette, and continue with your quit program”. I have learned that that voice gets me in trouble ! So whenever I hear justification for smoking, I bark right back and say ” I don’t want to smell like a cigarette, I don’t want nicotine controlling my life, I can do this”…and if I wait 2 to 5 minutes, that voice goes away and I’m on to the next thing in life.

    Hang in there…go back to quitting…don’t give up ! You didn’t “fail”…you just fell off the wagon, so jump right back on …there’s plenty of room for everyone here !

  • Becky

    I’ve never smoked in a wheelchair with an oxygen tent by my side before. Hmmm. That’s the image that keeps me from smoking in London, Rome and other new and exotic places.

  • JULIE

    ok. just found this page. i quit 2 days ago. my jaws are sore from the hard candy and gum. my lungs hurt and i’m coughing up what looks like small pieces of lung (i know, it’s gross). i think i can handle it all but someone please tell me that the lung pain goes away sooner rather than later…..

  • JD

    Greetings all…..well 52 here too…been 13 days for me today was the hardest don’t know why but the cravings were really Hard today but so far so good tooth pick and a bandit and I have not caved in …Kristen ok so you fell off the wagon…happens a lot..but as long as you get back on it you can still kick it…quit and quit and quit again until you quit for good see one good thing about being a quitter is you can just keep on quitting :) Julie you have a bout 2 weeks of coughing up that nasty tasting yellow gooo your lungs are cleaning themselves out…the little cillia (sp) which are the little brooms that sweep your lungs out get put to sleep by the Nicotine after a couple of days they wake up and start house cleaning.. Mucinex (sp) or any cough syrup with an expectrant in it will help speed up the process…well 13 days and still going strong..wife is still smoking and taking the Cantrixx(sp) she is down to about 8 smokes a day from a little over a pack a day..still doesn’t know how I just went cold turkey and quit…well that’s all from sunny AZ be strong and hang in there best luck to 1 and all

  • Vai

    Stops the wagon so Kristen can get back on, and away we go again……
    The lung pain comes and goes Julie. When I was a smoker and would have lung pain I would wonder how long it would be before the lung pain came and DID NOT GO AWAY. That was a scarey thought. Plus all the good drugs they give you in pill form (opiates) affect your breathing. So I wonder what kind of drugs they give people who have terrible lung pain? And do they make the pain worse? Do the pills make it harder to breath? I know that oxycodone and tylenol 3 and morphine affect one’s breathing. I have a whole bottle of oxycodone that I cant even take. Anyway, the lung pain comes and goes. I am on day 53 and my lungs still hurt off and on. But I smoked for 38 years and I suppose it is going to take awhile for all the damage to somewhat reverses itself. I am still apologizing to my lungs for abusing them so terribly. Hang in there to all the recent quitters, it does get better and on the really craving days, I would just try to take one minute at a time…..

  • Kristen

    Thanks to those of you who stopped the wagon for me to hop back on. ;)
    By the by, Becky, I wasn’t searching for your S.A. comment.
    For all that are saying their lungs hurt, and they’re coughing up crap, I haven’t had this experience…kinda freaks me out, not that it sounds like a particularly “fun” experience to go through, but I wonder why my lungs aren’t doing any “self cleaning” so to speak. I smoked for 19 years.

  • Kev

    This thread has been very useful. Now on day 4 and had 2 very stressful job interviews.

    Interviews that if successful would guarantee my familys’ longtern financial success.

    Hell, I needed a cig. High pressure and I was light headed and felt like vomiting. I was really fidgity as well.

    Now Im sure I would have performed better if I hadnt quit. The timing is just unfortunate. If these withdrawal symptoms are costing me a fortune by holding me back then Ill be buggered if ill start again and go through this for nothing.

  • Becky

    Apologies to Kristen. Not smoking can make a gal snarky, I guess. I have to be pretty tough on myself to toe the line – a few people have mentioned needing awful, horrible graphic reminders. But obviously that doesn’t work for everyone. I meant nothing personal. Congratulations for getting back on the wagon.

  • Vai

    I just want to say that I can’t believe how much my sense of smell was dulled when I was smoking cigarettes. I am thinking of having my carpet torn out and replaced by new carpet or a hardwood floor because I can smell cigarettes every time I come in the front door and nobody smokes in the house anymore.
    Did I REALLY smell like those people I now smell when I go out in public? Dang. Yesterday at the grocery store I could smell the cigarette smoke so strong coming from someone else in line.
    Anyway, I’m grateful to my sense of smell and my sense of taste coming back. And yesterday I walked up a steep hill and wasnt quite as out of breath as I would have been if I was still a smoker……
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 hours, 11 minutes and 24 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Denny

    Kristen: You’re not alone…I’ve never experienced coughing up “stuff” either…and I started smoking over 30 years ago…how come ? Gosh, now I’m thinking that I’m either one of the lucky ones, or maybe it’s too late for me ! I coughed A LOT before I quit and I don’t have that nasty cough anymore !

    Hey Kev — good for you doing interviews without smoking — I interview people as part of my job — and now a days, I don’t have to wonder if a potential employee is a smoker…I can tell the minute they walk through the door ! Cuz everyone puts out a cigarette on their way to an interview…AND YOU DID NOT ! So whether they liked you or not, just know that not only did you probably ace the interview, you didn’t smell like a cigarette while you were being interviewed !! Good luck !!

  • Kat

    Wow, day 17 smoke-free – NEVER thought I’d say that.
    I went to the dentist yesterday and had my teeth cleaned and got bleach to whiten them…
    Also yesterday I got Allen Carr’s “EasyWay” from the library read half of it in one sitting.
    Since he seems to be anti-NRT (i.e. nicotine patches), I tried to stop using them today even tho the instructions say to use them for 8 weeks total, and I must say I haven’t had any real cravings or anything today. Turns out I probably didn’t need the patch at all – just will power. And now I want my body to be TOTALLY nicotine free – God willing forever.

    Kristen: I have not been coughing up anything either and I didn’t even when I was smoking (35 years). Go figure!

  • Melissa

    My husband i quit two days ago, & the cravings are coming and going. This website has been so helpful to me. ITs so much harder then i ever imgained. I keep thinking, Im only 30, i can smoke a little bit longer, yet i have been smoking half my life!

  • http://www.lifetreem.com Wayne

    What’s up people…quit smoking 5 days ago…been taking CHANTIX…I’ve quit cold turkey before…not much of a difference for me…crazy dreams from CHANTIX…anyone else experiencing this side effect?…anyway…there is no way I’m going back to living in an ashtray…this blog is helping…thanks to all!!!

  • Jax

    Phew day 5 now, it is slowly getting easier. Can’t wait to get over the craving…….

  • Melissa

    Today is day 3. Last night was rough, two nights now i cant sleep, please, when does this not sleeping thing pass?

  • Rob

    Day 50 of Chantix and feeling really good about myself! Yesterday, I was ready to post “what lung pain”? and then last night they started.
    Ouch, they hurt-try some Hydrocod, if you have any.
    Re the Chantix dreams, they are pretty heavy for the first 2 weeks and then diminish.
    All, keep up the strength.

  • Timothy J.

    Day 50 of chantix????? When are you going to walk down the road without the drug?

    Day 3 put up with everything the addiction tries to throw at you. It will get better just hang in there. Anything is better then smoking cigarettes believe me they were a part of my hand and now I’m free since 10/25/07

    Everybody don’t worry about the wagon it can hold millions of non smokers, if you fall off just hold on to the rope and pull yourself back up.

    The power to the non smokers.

  • Melissa

    Thanks Tim J, its been hard but i keep reminding myself of the money we save & how much better we will feel. It actually helps going through it with my husband and of course reading these posts! They get me by so i dont feel like I’m losing my mind!

  • Jason

    I had smoked since I was 9, I’m 44 now.
    If I can do this, everyone of you can too!
    Oh what a feeling it is to be a non-smoker!
    I still can’t believe I QUIT SMOKING!
    I have been quit for 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 hours, 26 minutes and 42 seconds (58 days).
    I have saved $175.30 by not smoking 1,168 cigarettes.
    I have saved 4 Days, 1 hour and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 12:00 AM

  • Melissa

    Way to go Jason!

  • Lisa

    I am very excited to find a website like this. My quit date was December 15, 2007. I had the help of Chantix and have been off of it since the middle of January. I feel good but I am always tired. I sleep for 7-8 hours a night and find myself napping almost every evening. That is so not me. I am taking vitamins every morning and still just don’t feel energetic. I thought it was the Chantix side effect but I’m still tired and have been off of it for a month and a half. Anyone having the same problems?

  • Rob

    Tim J., what’s your problem with 50 days of Chantix??? So negative. I give you the utmost compliment if you quit for 4 months. Don’t get too cocky! My aunt quit for 15 years and went back to the well for more.
    After smoking for 48 years, Chantix is my last stop, my last call and chance.
    As many of you, I have quit often and went back. If I go back now, I’ll be dead man walking.
    And, I don’t appreciate the “road” comment. Let me do my thing.
    Power to the People.

  • Timothy J.

    50 days on a drug to quit smoking doesn’t sound to good. Soon or later you’ll have to get on the drugs and do it by yourself. There’s no reason to get in an uproar about me asking about 50 days on the drug. I’m not asking you because I’m trying to put you down. You say a dead man walking should be enough for you to quit forever if you want to live but you can’t stay on the drugs to stop you from having cravings forever. Sooner or later you have to walk away from them. I’m on your side about quitting so don’t think I’m stating anything to harm you. Do your thing because I’m doing my thing. A crazy day for me I’m almost lite one up because of the pressure from A holes that got on my nerves so bad that I wanted to kick his ass all over the place. I walked away counting to ten and yelled at a chair to let off stream. I over camed it for the moment.

    This addiction is going to be with us for the rest of our lifes. I smoked three packs a day and all I heard from people I knew you smoke to much and I always told them don’t worry about it.

    Once again I’m on your side but not on the side of drugs. So once again how long to you plan on using chantix? I don’t know how much your taking a day. The only thing that I can say is that nic***** is out of your system so the only thing that’s left is the mental part of it. So let me know why your still using the drug. If your in south philly come and see me I’m on your side.

  • Vai

    I am on day 55. I had surgery on 2/8. Seems like my health problems were intensified after the surgery. Today I had to go back to visit my doctor because I felt pains in my chest. He checked me out, did an EKG and bloodwork. He said that he thought I was missing my cigarettes and that is why I could feel all my physical pain and ailments. He said that when I felt bad before, even sick, the cigarettes would be my comfort because they would make me feel better. Now I know in reality that they did NOT make me feel better, I know that the only thing that was made better by smoking was the nicotine withdrawals. ANYWAY, what he told me made perfect sense. My body is adjusting after my surgery and I dont have the “comfort” of cigarettes. After his explanation I realize I am still going through some kind of withdrawal. It feels physical but I have not used the patch since feb 7th, so it must be mental/emotional. Can we have emotional withdraws? Seems like I cry a lot lately, moreso since I quit. Has anyone heard of emotional withdrawals from the act of smoking?
    I think we need to do whatever is right for us to quit smoking. If we have to wear the patch, use drugs, etc, etc. for an extended time I say GO FOR IT. Sure its great to go cold turkey, or to get off patches or drugs within the time allowed but I am not going to judge anyone if it takes them longer to wean themselves off of a replacement therapy/drug. HEY, I was all ready to wear that patch for the rest of my life if I had to! The only thing that helped me stop wearing it was my hospitalization….Hang in there everyone and know that you are NOT ALONE. Hugs and prayers to all you beautiful non-smokers! :)
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 hours, 13 minutes and 8 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Kev

    Day 6 and man, its still tough even though Ive no interest in having 1.

    What is this dehydration all about. Im drinking a lot of water but every morning Im dehydrated. Wierd

  • JD

    Greeting My Fellow Quitters:16 days and still smoke free….The wife has decided to quit taking the Chantix has been on it for 16 days helped her a bit in the fact that she went from a pack a day down to about 8 a day but…man the mood swings and the crying and bitchy-ness were of the wall several friends told she was loosing it as well as me so now she’s going to quit chantix oh well she is trying and that is what really matters…Me 16 days cold turkey and feeling great sense of smell is back..as well as a real sense of taste..funny things that I use to think tasted delicious are now intolerable lol ok well good luck everyone hang in and have a GR8T DAY

  • Vai

    I had to drink a lot of water too when I first stopped. I figured it was all the toxins leaving my body.
    OMG…..last night I dreamed I smoked a cigarette and it was so real. I remember I felt so bad when the cigarette was done, knowing that I would have to start all over. Wishing you all a smoke free weekend.

  • Melissa

    Day 4 here, this weekend will be the true test for us. My husband and i would smoke like champs on the weekends. I ve dreamt about smoking when i have quit before, its crazy the way your subconscience works.

  • Tony B.

    Wow! There has been a lot of activity here since I last posted. Today begins day 60 for me. DAY 60!!!! I didn’t think I’d make it to day 6.
    To Melissa and Lisa on their sleeping issues, my sleep suffered horribly when I quit. For me, it was the worse part of quitting. I have to say it took a good 2 to 3 weeks for me to get back to normal. When I first joined this site, I used to write that I looked like a pale zombie. And I was so sluggish and could’ve napped non-stop. My point being, it is normal and it will get better.
    And to Vai…keep up the good work. I have always been on your side and interested in your progress. You have a lot on your plate and to stay smoke free ithrough it all is just incredible.
    Rob and Timothy J…..I can see both of your points. It can be very easy to misinterpret somebodies post especially when we can be a cranky bunch!! Gee, put us all in a room together during the first week…the walls would fall!!! Rob, whatever works for you, great. However, my only concern would be the effects of long term use of Chantix. It hasn’t been out long enough to know so please use it with caution if need be.
    I’ve said enough because my fingers hurt from typing :)
    Stay strong!!!!!!

  • Reba

    I have two friends who chewed Nicorette for 4 years (!!) after they stopped smoking. People would rag on them and make jokes, but I admired them. They quit smoking… and I was still puffing down a pack a day. They never once gave me shit for that.

    I quit smoking cold turkey 9 weeks ago, because I figured it was best to get the nicotine out of my system. I quit on the spur of the moment, so I never had a chance to see if the Chantix works – it’s still sitting in the medicine cabinet in case one of my sisters wants it.

    I say – whatever works to keep you from lighting up is good!! Congratulations and keep on breathing deep!

  • Lisa

    Thanks Tony–I needed the info on the sleeping problem. Now if you can tell me why I have gained 13 lbs after cutting out all but 2 Dr. Peppers a day, I drink probably at least a gallon of water a day (used to not drink any) and have changed my eating habits tremendously. I have cut out all the junk food which wasn’t allot but I also stopped frying foods and started baking it. I don’t get it. I keep telling myself that the weight gain is better than smoking but with the way I feel, I don’t really know if it is. I felt allot better when I smoked (ok everybody–yell at me!!)

  • Lisa

    Thanks Tony–I needed the info on the sleeping problem. Now if you can tell me why I have gained 13 lbs after cutting out all but 2 Dr. Peppers a day, I drink probably at least a gallon of water a day (used to not drink any) and have changed my eating habits tremendously. I have cut out all the junk food which wasn’t allot but I also stopped frying foods and started baking it. I don’t get it. I keep telling myself that the weight gain is better than smoking but with the way I feel, I don’t really know if it is. I felt allot better when I smoked (ok everybody–yell at me!!) 10 weeks, 6 days, 1 hour, 28 minutes. 3048 less cig’s and I have saved $628.00 yah for me.

  • Marie-Louise

    Hello everyone,

    To begin I’m so very proud of each and everyone of you for beating the odds of staying smoke free. I am smoke free for 2 weeks 4 days I too can’t believe it, Last night I had my second dream that I smoked a cigarette when I was about to smoke the second one I stopped myself and then woke up, all I could think was thank GOD it was a dream….. Melissa and Lisa, as far as the sleeping at first I kept waking up in the middle of the night ubruptly it happened a few times through the night for a few nights and now I’m sleepy all the time and I have no energy I even stopped exercising I thought I would have more energy, I hope I get over this quick. I sleep better than I’ve ever slept before. I’m sure it’s all part of our body adjusting, I smoked for 24 years and I quit cold turkey I can’t imagine what I’m putting my body through. Lisa as far as your weight gain; between all the water your now retaining from drinking it but also our metabolism slows down Nicotine speeds up our metabolism, but so do other thing including eating spicy food and working out so look into what healthy things speed it up Google it . Jason Great Job. Vai all I could say is WOW your great.

    GOOD LUCK ALL and thanks for this site:)

  • Sherry

    Hello to All,
    Today seems to be a very busy day for everyone. Congratulations to all the “newbies”…and hang in there, it will get easier. And a big pat on the back for all the “old timers”.
    I have been quit for 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 hours, 30 minutes and 58 seconds (54 days). I have saved $284.04 by not smoking 1,623 cigarettes. I have saved 5 Days, 15 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/6/2008 11:00 AM
    Since I quit smoking:
    I suffered through the sudden, untimely death of my daughter-in-law…who left my son to raise 2 babies alone. She was a dear sweet girl, a wonderful mom and I loved her like one of my own.
    My job continues to suck and I haven’t been able to find another one yet…(notice I said yet!) so this has been particularly stressful without “my old friend” the cigarette.
    AND,
    I ended up with severe back spasms…unable to walk, dress myself or go to the bathroom without help. I was put on steroids, (which cause weight gain, like I need any more weight gain)…and was off work for a week (short payday)+ having to sit in a chair all day without a smoke while I recovered.
    So…..If I can survive all of the above without a smoke, SO CAN YOU!!!!
    Remember, no matter WHAT gets you through this, the important thing is that YOU GET THROUGH THIS!
    Have a smoke free weekend everyone!

  • Sherry

    PS
    I also have those “smoking” dreams, lousy sleep patterns, I retain a lot of water now (that never happened before), and I could take 10 naps a day and still be tired. I also keep getting these canker sores inside my mouth….nicotine escaping the body?

  • Jax

    Day 7 and still got the mean craves for a cig, not giving in though. I am going cold turkey, have the patches but not gonna use them.
    I have been drinking loads of water and seem to have motivated a few other people to cut down and try to give up so we are all encouraging each other.
    My quit date was 24/02/08.

  • kim

    Hi there all,
    I’m so happy I found this site!

    I quit cold turkey on the 21st of Feb., but I actually had a plan to quit on the 18th (48yrs old, 2008, Feb. 18th, Just seemed good with all those “8′s ” in my Favor!) But I gave in late that same evening.
    I just turned 48 yrs old Feb.11th and said this is it..time to quit.

    I’ve been experiencing severe Spasms throughout my entire body, from Neck to legs.
    It started in my back while sitting at the computer puffing away ..wasting those smokes.
    My back started to tense up so bad, that I thought I better lay off these ciggs because I’d sit here and smoke one after another , like they were going out of style.

    Now, that I have been off of these ciggs since the 21st, I have been having Constipation problems.
    I used to have my Coffee and Ciggs every morning, which would Jump start My day!!!!:)
    But N0 More!!
    I have been eating activa Yogurt, wheat bran cereals, juice, bananas, bottled water.
    Now it’s not real bad, but it’s not been an everyday thing like I was used to!!!

    These spasms, makes it hard to turn on the toilet as well, if you know what I mean..I get kinks in my sides.
    I sleep all day, I have dreams, going to the bathroom..in the most strangest places!! LOL..That’s not really funny, but it is!
    I feel Very, Very Sluggish.
    This is the first I’ve been able to really pounce on the keyboard since last week..I just had No strength in my body , hands, arms.
    Then I had a Tooth pulled, which swelled, & bruised, Now that’s never happened to me before..the bruising part..
    Am I Failing Apart now after I quit Smoking????
    I can’t explain how I feel, but I have No Energy, I feel like I’m on downers.

    I gave up my coke cola, and all my favorite junk foods.

    My Doctor prescribed me Muscle relaxers, which I on..10mg…nothing major, but does seem to help.

    If anyone out there can answer a few of my questions, I’d feel so much stronger.
    I love reading that so many of you do feel the same way and I’m not nuts, but I still need to know, if the symptoms I’m feeling are normal.
    You know something, I had no idea it had been Nine days since I quit!!!!!! Wow!!

  • kim

    I must add, My Husband, A Very heavy two pack a day smoker, for over 20yrs. took Chantix right after the Holidays 2007 and He quit!!!

    He took it for a month and the first week he had already quit smoking.
    He did experience the dreams and thrashing around in bed, but other than that, he was a calm as a cucumber.

    I am going cold Turkey, as I said in my other post..I love the challenge!! :)

    I also love that Our Home is a “Smoke Free” Home.
    I can actually breath now..!

  • Rob

    Kim, thanks for sharing. Keep it going.
    I’m on day 53 and still fighting the nico-monster

  • Rob

    Message to Timothy,
    Thanks, man. very nice. I really appreciate your feedback.
    Halfway between Philly and Rio Grande??
    mancoassociates.com

    let’s all get tough this weekend. You know what that means kids: no smoking

    BTW, feels really good to be able to actually breathe again

  • Rob

    Tony B.
    Thanks for jarring my memory back to November, 2007. I never had any intentions to stop smoking whatsover, never. My doctor recommended Chantrix, so I got the presription filled and basically it was laying around the house until Jan 08
    Then I had a few drinks, thought about it, started the Chantix and kept on smoking for a week. By the end of that, I had one cig, took one puff and had no pleasure. It was all over.
    The doctor recommended a 3 month presription, I’ll keep that one up.
    The dreams have been unbelievable,
    enough for me to write a song or write a book???
    Anyone else, pls. chime in.

  • Marie-Louise

    Can someone share a dream or 2 so us cold turkey people have an idea of what your going through, or is that too much too ask?

  • p.g.

    i quit smoking cold turkey three days ago and now i’m on to smoking ham :)
    it’s been relatively easy so far with the exception of a few trigger induced cravings. you know, after a couple cocktails, after dinner. i just keep reminding myself of all the reasons i quit. it’s hurting my lungs, my heart, my skin, and it’s freakin killing me and the ones around me.
    i have been having smoking dreams, but not about smoking proper. they involve eating the full packet. good god!
    i’m really glad you all are here going through this with me. it’s wonderful to have your support. i know we can make it :)
    and to kim: try a fiber supplement like benefiber. you can mix it in your coffee (it’s tasteless) and you’re good to go!

  • Vai

    I am 48 years old and started smoking when I was 10 years old. Well all I can say is that I didnt realize that our bodies have to adjust to live without cigarettes so dramatically. And again I have to say that I would not have made it this far without all of you. I still want the feeling that the nicotine gave me but I dont want to smoke anymore. I can actually breathe now. I can walk for 45 minutes without getting so out of breathe that I am wheezing. I feel great. But you know I had it rougher in the beginning. I remember the days what all I wanted to do was sleep, so I did sleep. I did whatever it took to keep me from lighting up. I still do whatever it takes. I guess some of us have bodies that go through more to adjust to life without smoke. I guess I could say that our ENTIRE body becomes addicted to smoking. Perhaps that is why all these physical symptoms manifest. Our bodies are PISSED that we took away their cigarettes so they decide to put us through all this misery to maybe get us to smoke again. It took my body 38 smoking years to adjust and get used to the poison I inhaled daily. I guess I have to allow my body time to readjust herself to life without cigarettes. So I want to encourage all of us going through massive physical discomfort to hang in there and allow the dexoification to run its course. I think I had all the symptoms that you all described, even the water retention ( I never had that before and it scared the heck outta me). One day the scale said 216 pounds and I said OMG I never weighed that much. The next week it was down to 199 and the FOLLOWING week it was down to 192, so maybe it was water. Spring is coming quick (60 degrees here in south dakota today) and I feel good about this being my first spring in 38 years to enjoy smoke free. Have a great weekend without the cigarette smoke!
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 hours, 4 minutes and 39 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Kat

    Thanks Vai – your posts are always interesting

  • Kev

    Day 8 coming to an end and today was probably the toughest.

    The novelty of stopping has worn off and I just want to cig.

    As I said previous, I stopped on a whim (Ive no health issues, my wife is a non-smoker but doesnt mind if I do etc) and Im not convinced I really want to stop. But I need to stop now as Ive put myself through 8 days of misery.

    I contacted an old friend who quit 2 years ago. He said he found it tough, but promised himself he would start back up at 65 (he was 32 and had 18 years of heavy smoking). I might take that approach and hope that Im no longer interested when I hit that age.

    Anyway, as I said, I was very sad today

  • Lynsay

    March 2nd 2008 – 2 whole months of no smoking!! The day to day connections with smoking have gone. I am now able to sit in a traffic jam without smoking. I can have a drink without smoking. I love the feeling of walking in somewhere new, and not panicing about finding the smoking area – I just go with the flow! I still have the odd thought about smoking – but I just shrug and laugh at myself for being so stupid. It’s actually great being able to laugh at myself!!!

    Anyway, best of luck to everyone. Keep at it – everyday smoke free is a benfit to you in the long run.

  • Melissa

    Well we made the weekend! It was so tough! I am sleeping better finally but still waiting to “feel ” better. I am a runner (i know a smoking runner) and i feel no different running now than when i smoked.
    I get so encourgaged reading posts from people who are at all different levels of quitting. Here’s to one week and hopefully many more!

  • http://none Todd

    Wow,

    It took me three days to read every post that has been submitted here, phew! I couldn’t wait to finish, so I could start posting, as I felt it would be easier to just read all the way through and not have to back-track.

    I have been quit for 1 Week, 23 hours, 49 minutes and 38 seconds (7 days). I have saved $63.93 by not smoking 319 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day, 2 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

  • http://none Todd

    Wow, I feel like I know all of you, and even though none of you are familiar with me yet, I feel I’ve been there by your side as you’ve struggled.

    I remember feeling sad about Paula and wondering if she would ever come back and post.
    Then she did! and I felt better!

    I still feel sad about Dodie. She never made it back after the first day, that i remember. Sounded like this blog would have been perfect for her.

    Timothy, man, you had me mad at one point. No, not the chantix thing with Rob, it was when you said my last words to the blog… I thought, son of a bitch, he’s leaving now… the great motivator… and I haven’t even reached the Feb. section of the blog when I quit and I still haven’t introduced myself yet. Well I kept reading and reading and was glad to see that you came back to check in. Kept thinking about how you were buying stuff with your new found cig $$$. That was cool!

    And how about Denny, man I thought she’s gonna bounce on and off smokes for awhile. But she made it too.

    And Vai, with the cheapest smokes around, I kept thinking, man this gal’s been free for how long now and still hasn’t saved $20, LOL.

    I tell ya all, I love each and every one of you for being there fore me thru days 5,6,7 and now 8.
    That goes for everyone and dont feel bad if I forgot to mention your story or name cuz i remember all of ya… Sandy, tonyb, becky, thereza, the guy suckin on bandits, shevaun, paul, rob, and on and on and on.

    TIme to introduce myself:

    My name is Todd, and I’m a Nic-a-holic! JK

    No seriously, I’m 40 and I’ve smoked since I was prolly 15, 16. Last active count was averaging two packs a day, Yuck! I’m married to a life-long non-smoker named Jenifer and although she hates my smoking, she was always pretty good about not bustin my balls alot about it. She’s an angel. Just like all of you.

    On Feb. 24th, two days after Jen’s 40th B-Day I quit! Let me say that again cuz it feels so good.

    ***** I QUIT ! *****

    and I did it cold-turkey, and the first three days sucked ass, as all of you cold-turkey’ers KNOW!

    Not that the rest of you didn’t have it hard cuz I know no matter what help, if any, you had i.e. Chantix, nicorette, patches, sun-seeds, toothpicks, whatever, quitting smoking is a bitch! And the worst part of it is thinking back at all those cigs that went in your body before you mustered the courage to quit, and its THAT, mustering the courage to quit that makes us all equally struggling, cold-turkey or not. The hardest part came before you even quit. DECIDING TO QUIT AND COMMITTING TO IT.

    I’m now at day 8, and really, I can honestly say that I never plan to go back to smoking, even though I will fight til my death to not let the little bastads get ahold of my neck again.

    I’m so proud of all of you for quitting, whether you are still smoke free or not. You quit once and you are better for it. If you are smoking now, smash that thing and start again right now! Then tell us all about it tomorrow, hehe.

    I will continue to write here as much as I can if you’ll all stick to it with me. I don’t have any friends that still smoke after all these years so you’re it. You’re my smokin buddies, my buddies that I try to “not be smokin” with.

    I love you all,

    Todd

    I have been quit for 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 hour, 4 minutes and 14 seconds (8 days). I have saved $64.35 by not smoking 321 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Day, 2 hours and 45 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

  • Sandy

    I would just like to say Hi todd and welcome to the world of non-smokers…i have been a non-smoker for 8 months I quit June 25th 07..and am looking forward to my 1 year anniversary. continue to visit the site…It will help..and it is an honor to know that my struggles could have helped someone else…blessings and FREEDOM!!!!

  • Timothy J.

    Todd,

    Welcome to the blog and make sure you stay on the right track on quitting. It’s very important to yourself that you don’t the right thing to your body.

    I really don’t have time to reply to all the post here but once in awhile I’ll let everybody know I’m still on the wagon with them.

    Like when Denny fell of the wagon I had to say something and I’m glad to see she made it back.

    Rob I’m glad to see you have understand me and now know I’m not out to hurt you.

    Tony b I’m glad to see your pointing out to others and looking at both sides.

    To everybody else this is one of the most important things that your doing for yourself, a better you.

    Life is short and you have to make the right decission to have a longer life.

    I’ve heard a lot on this blog about when is this going to be over, how long will this happen to me, did anybody else go through this?

    It’s good to find out but you have to know everybody else might go through something different then others.

    What you have to do is understand what your going through after you quit smoking. Start a log book and write everything down so you can see what’s going on with you.

    Like I always said you came here for a reason, you know you have a problem and your looking for the answers, which is a good thing you made the right choice and now you have to follow through with it.

    The most important thing is you and you have to look out for you first most of the time.

    I really want to go forward on this subject but I’m running out of time.

    One thing I want to say is that I read every post that’s coming in and we all have a problem with smoking and that’s the reason why we’re looking for others to help us.

    Do the right thing for you and make sure you do it for yourself.

    If it’s to late for you then you have to reach out has much as you can before you go.

  • http://none Todd

    Thanks for the welcome guys. I’m glad I did it! Wow, what a feeling.

    Tim,

    I know that at some point you will prolly move on because “you’re right” you can’t possibly have enough time to talk to all of us, I know that. I was just hoping you would still be commenting by the time I finished reading all those stories and finally joined in. Thanks man. You will have to one day pass the torch I’m sure and forget us here as one day we will pass it as well to the newcomers. It was really interesting to me to think about how us folks here posting will one day fade out of this blog, and go forward as non-smokers not so much needing to check in here as often. So anyway TimJ, dont feel guilty if you are almost done with it here. That’s my point I guess.

    I told Jenifer today that reading this entire blog was like reading a book, or watching a soap-opera that is interactive, where I have the opportunity to play one of the characters. LOL

    You guys are all great, keep up the non-smoking and I will too.

  • colin

    hey guys,
    i havnt posted anything on this site untill i hit two weeks smokefree and ive done it! im just amazed at the support ive got by reading other peoples comments and suggestions. im twenty two and have smoked since i was 16. the past two yaers have seen me move from stronger brand to dtronger brand, for the past two yaers ove been smoking 30 a day and watching my heath suffer. i know people say its easier to quit when you younger but thats wrong, an addiction is an addiction and im sure everyone else feels that if they can quit anyone can! i feel that way right now, a large number of my friends some and seening me socialise with them and not smoke has made 3 of them decide to quit. cold turkey is the way i used it hard but with every cough and carving you are just that bit closer to not needing the sticks ever again, keep goin everyone and make yourself proud. thanks everyone for our help. im now a non smoker and proud of it!

  • Vai

    Welcome Todd and thanks for your posts. I encourage you to keep coming back here and on the rough days just take ONE MINUTE at a time.
    My quit keeper says I have saved $57.89 by not buying and smoking 890 cigarettes. hahaha. Even though I have not saved much in terms of dollars, I feel so much better now. I bought a new tv, took a trip and am planning another trip for easter.
    Today is DAY 60 for me. WOW. Two whole months. Again if I didnt find this site and all of you I dont know if I could have made it this far.
    I finally got Allen Carr’s book yesterday and started reading. I read about 1/3 of it yesterday and I wish I would have gotten it sooner because it makes so much sense. I highly recommend it to all of you who havent read it yet.
    Hang in there everyone and I say prayers for all of you!!!!
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 hours, 17 minutes and 25 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Tony B

    Hey Vai…Congrats on two months!!! Feels good, doesn’t it?
    And to Todd…WOW! What a great post you put on the other day. Welcome and you just stay with us. You’ll be fine. The dynamics of this group are amazing.
    And welcome Colin too. Two weeks is a big milestone in my opinion because that second week was 10x harder for me than the first.

    And so last night I had my second ‘smoking’ dream. Those dreams are so damn real!!! In the dream, I got caught smoking, had to explain myself, and felt extremely guilty. But then when I woke up, I was totally relieved! WHEW!
    I am so dependent on this site and I love it!

  • JD

    Hey folks well 20 days since I quit cold turkey….desire to smoke is gone ..not interested no hankering to light up nothing…the wife well she did the chantix pills for 17 days they slowed her down but she didn’t quit…well she quit the chantix 3 days ago..I think it boils down to this (sure I will get a bunch of flack ) you have to quit because you are ready to ..cold turkey…gags and pills and gum and all the other gimmicks are nice little toys..but to quit you have to be serious no little pill or secret hand shakes gonna work …just like all those diet gimmicks that tell ya you can lose weight and still eat all you want….YOU and only YOU can stop smoking no little pill or gum will do it for you…yes it’s tough and yes it is hard so only those who are truly of the mind set that they will quit can and do…so Until you wake up one morning and look into the mirror and say enough is enough then you’re doomed to continue to fall off the wagon..and come up with lame excuses like my gold fish died so I had to have a smoke…Quit Cold Turkey and you will make it..use substitutes and your trading your heron for methyadon (sp?) is all…good luck and when your ready you will quit but not until you are ready…go to an AA meeting..it’s the same thing they will tell ya until you hit rock bottom you won’t quit….

  • Melissa

    Loving all these great posts the past few days.
    Thanks to everyone for helping me keep going everyday!
    JD, i have a feeling people are going to rail into you but i somewhat agree.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tornmien ToRn

    Haha! last time i posted here was 2 weeks or so after the new years since stop smoking, since stopped smoking i am continuing on it very well still. I have no more cravings at all anymore, but dosesen’t mean i totaly quit that’s why i say “I Stopped” because the future is untold till it is told the way i see it. Good Luck All!

  • Kat

    After 3 weeks and 2 days of not smoking, the cravings have all but gone away – really have no desire to smoke – it’s amazing.
    On my one year anniversary of being smoke free, I want to go to a spa in Arizona for a week by myself (I live in NJ). That’s my goal…….!

  • Liz

    Hi everyone,

    It’s Liz here – one of the Healthbolt writers. Just want to say ‘keep up the great work with your quit smoking campaigns’. As an ex-smoker I know how hard it can be.

    I just put up a post called A Quit Smoking Diet? looking at research that indicated what you eat and don’t eat could help the quit smoking process.

    Would love for you all to check it out and tell me what you think of the idea.

    Cheers,

    Liz

  • Roxy

    Hi. I have been smoking for 19yrs. I quit cold turkey 3 days ago. I tried quiting two weeks ago and found myself saying one won’t hurt me and maybe I will stop feeling so bad. WELL, all this did was make my body have to go threw withdrawls all over again!!! I was begining to worry that something was wrong with me until I read other peoples withdrawls. Can anyone tell me how long withdrawl symptoms last? Thanks

  • Barbara

    Roxy – For me, day 3 was the absolute worst – get through today and the worst will likely be behind you. I am at 4 months as of yesterday, and I hardly ever have cravings anymore.

  • Todd

    Hey thanks everyone for the welcomes. And welcome to Collin. Well, I went to the doctor today because of a serious sore throat that had developed prior to quitting and got even worse after I quit. I was totally freakin out about cancer and yet he prescribed prilosec for 14 days to kill my production of stomach acid. I saw him b4 for this but he gave me zantac for occasional use. This time I was more firm about finding the source of the sore throat, cuz im not sick. So I guess we’ll try the heartburn meds for a couple of weeks ans see. I want a throat scope, but might have go on my own for that. On a more possitive note, still not SMOKING!

    I have been nicotene free for 1 Week, 3 Days, 1 hour, 49 minutes and 22 seconds (10 days). I have saved $80.60 by not smoking 403 cigarettes. I have added 1 Day, 9 hours and 35 minutes to my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

    I feel like Kat in that I have no desire to smoke, yet realizing that I need to guard against getting cocky with it.

    I’m glad you enjoyed that post TonyB. Wow, it was a long one.

    Wishing everyone great success today and tomorrow. Remember, not ONE puff.

  • Kev

    Just starting Day 12.

    As I said on here, day 6 was a nightmare.

    However, that night I read Carr’s Easyway and the last 4 days have been so much easier.

    I still occasionally would like a cig but its a fleeting thing that I just dispell.

    It made a big difference in how I approached it and with what attitude.

  • Kev

    ^ Edit- Meant day 8 was a nightmare

  • Vai

    Good afternoon to all you beautiful non-smokers….
    I just want to say that I highly recommend Allen Carr’s book. Even though I have been a non-smoker for 2 months, finishing his book yesterday has given me more perspective on why I still thought I “wanted” a cigarette.
    The more weapons I have against lighting up “just one” the better my chances at remaining a non-smoker for the rest of my life.
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 16 hours, 12 minutes and 54 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Marie-Louise

    Hello all,

    How can I keep track of the length of time I have added to my life?

    Thanks

  • Vai

    Hi Marie Louise

    http://www.dedicateddesigns.com/qk

    You can download the meter and add whatever you like

    Happy Non-smoking!!!

  • Ryan

    Day 59 for me! Ran 2 miles in 20 mins today. Not too bad. Still trying to get down to 16 mins or so. I’m thinking about maybe running a marathon this summer. Feels great being smoke free. The dreams and cravings have finally subsided. Thank God! Congrats to all our new non smokers! Keep up the good work!

  • Lynsay

    2 months, 4 days smoke free. Still feeling fine. Work pretty stressy, but haven’t reached for a cig! Feel quite good about that! I also recommend Allen Carr’s book – it’s SO GOOD!

    Keep up the good work guys.

  • char

    HI EVERYONE!
    GIVE YOURSELF A PAT ON THE BACK FOR QUITING. IT IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU WILL EVER DO IN YOUR LIFE.
    I SMOKED FOR 36 YRS. I STARTED WHEN I WAS 12 YRS. OLD.
    I TAKE CARE OF MYSELF, EAT RIGHT, WORK OUT, GET REGULAR CHECK-UPS, AND BY THE WAY, EVEN THOUGH I WAS A SMOKER, I WAS ALWAYS TOLD MY LUNGS WERE CLEAR, I THOUGHT I HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.
    ON FEBRUARY 29, 2008, I HAD A HEART ATTACK.
    I HAD TO BE FLOWN TO ANOTHER FACILITY FROM THE HOSPITAL ER FOR EMERGENCY SURGERY.
    I WAS SHOCKED, I THOUGHT THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING TO ME, I AM TOO YOUNG, I AM NOT OVERWEIGHT, I TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.
    GUESS WHAT, I TOOK CARE OF MYSELF ALRIGHT, FOR 36YRS OF PUMPING NICOTINE AND TAR INTO MY ARTERIES.
    THE POINT I AM TRYING TO MAKE IS, DON’T LET YOUR BAD HABIT GET TO THIS POINT BEFORE YOU STOP. I KNOW IT IS HARD, I AM IN THE PROCESS NOW, IT IS HARD, IT IS A BATTLE EVERYDAY BUT, YOU NEED TO DO IT FOR YOURSELF. AREN’T YOU WORTH IT?
    I KNOW I AM.
    ANYWAY, IT IS SO EXPENSIVE AND WE ARE BANNED FROM PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE. IF YOU WANNA SMOKE IN PUBLIC PLACES YOU USUALLY HAVE TO ENDURE WIND, RAIN, SNOW COLD TEMPERATURES, JUST TO SMOKE!
    LOOK IN THE MIRROR EVERYTIME YOU WANT TO LIGHT UP AND THINK TO YOUR SELF, WHO IS STRONGER ME OR THE CIGARETTE ?
    I KNEW ONE OF US HAD TO GO, I CHOSE THE CIGARETTE.
    OH BY THE WAY, THE MIRROR THING DOES WORK BECAUSE, IT IS A DIVERSION FROM GOING AND SMOKING THAT CIGARETTE THAT YOU THINK YOU WANT AND BESIDES, NOW YOU WILL THINK OF ME AND YOU WON’T SMOKE THAT CIGARETTE BECAUSE YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN UP SO MUCH TIME FINDING A DAMN MIRROR, SEEING WHO IS STRONGER AND THINKING OF ME! LOL
    GOOD LUCK ALL!

  • Tony B

    Char, I have to say that is quite some story. I never speak for other people but this time I will…..WE ARE GLAD YOU ARE STILL WITH US!!!.
    It is scary though. Just because you quit, you are not necessarily in the clear. Health issues can arise anytime in any form. We have done some damage to our bodies already and hopefully by quitting, we can lessen the effects that are already there.
    My wife told me last night that Patrick Swayze, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, smoked up to 3 packs a day! Smoking doesn’t just affect the lungs. It attacks other organs too.
    Okay, I feel like I am being the Debbie Downer of the group so I’ll stop.
    Everyone have a great weekend! Stay proud and smokefree!

    I have quit for 2 Months, 6 Days, 9 hours, 37 minutes and 18 seconds (66 days). I have saved $345.27 by not smoking 1,328 cigarettes. I have saved 4 Days, 14 hours and 40 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • samantha

    I started taking Chantix last Sept 07, and it did seem to slow me down but then some things happened and I couldnt take them for about a week and then it made it really hard to start over but on Oct 31st 2007 I laid them down. It took about a month for the nicotine taste to leave my mouth and there wasnt a day go by that I just absolutly thought I had to have them. Then I realized they werent worth it, never even liked smoking to begin with it started out being a way to calm my nerves and it lasted 25 years. I stopped and I chewed ALOT of gum and mints to keep the taste out of my mouth and I swear I could even smell it on my skin and hair for weeks afterward. Now food is starting to taste like I have never really eaten before and i have gianed 10lb that I didnt need. BUT the thing is ever since I quit I have been having a really hard time breathing and it just keeps getting worse (yes I have a dr appt) I cant carry on a normal convo without gasping for air and I have been sick for the last 5 months non stop but everyone keeps telling me thats just part of it but i dont have the cough or wheezing i never even when i did smoke had any of that. ANYWAY i know i am just going on but my point is YES smoking may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to give up but its worth it. Just think when you walk into a public place and someone walks past you and they have that smokers odor on them ,,,you know the one,,,, just remember that was you before you quit and people where probly thinking the same thing about you as you are those others. Plus you dont have to buy all those cans of airfreshner and candles to help keep the smelll out of your home and car and your childeren wont go to school embarrassed because they smell like your smoke. I can be around people that smoke and not want one or even think about one for some reason it dosnt bother me but i get nauseated when i smell it on there clothes or personal belongings. Even though I cant breathe and have the energy that i thought i would have from stopping I do have the pride in knowing i fought that long battle for years and years but I WON in the end.

  • Dom

    Since I stopped smoking 4 weeks ago Once a week for 2/3 days I get a stuffed head and nose.I am constantly blowing my nose and at times it is dripping uncontrollably. I didnt really get colds when i smoked and would like to know if anyone else has has the same symptoms as I am wondering if it is mucus built up over the yeats clearing. I still have not got my taste and smell back

  • Marie-Louise

    Hello Tony B,

    Could you please tell me how I could figure out the amount of time I’m saving.

    Thanks:)

  • Todd

    Marie-Louise,

    Did you dowload the QuitKeeper? If so, it should be keeping track of that for you.

    To Samantha,

    I felt like I got alot of my capacity for air back when I quit, however that could be because I am no longer afraid to take in deep breaths. Before I quit, breathing in deeply was often painful for me.

    To Dom,

    When I quit, for about 5 days I coughed up the brownish-peppered mucus that many experienced when the lung cilia start cleaning the lungs. I wished it would keep coming up but it seems to have stopped. I know that there is more down there being that I smoked for 20 years. But I never got the runny nose.

    My problem is the sore throat, which my doctor is convinced is acid-reflux irritation. I’m hoping he’s right. Does anyone else have a sore throat after quitting, I mean a real sore throat that is everyday all day with no end in sight? Right now like I’ve mentioned I’m taking a 2week regimen of Prilosec OTC for acid reflux but I dont know. The thought of throat cancer occupies most of my waking hours. Gotta go for a endoscopy thats all, just gotta go get one so I’ll know. But I don’t wanna know, ya know! LOL

  • Todd

    Marie-Louise,

    Did you dowload the QuitKeeper? If so, it should be keeping track of that for you.

    To Samantha,

    I felt like I got alot of my capacity for air back when I quit, however that could be because I am no longer afraid to take in deep breaths. Before I quit, breathing in deeply was often painful for me.

    To Dom,

    When I quit, for about 5 days I coughed up the brownish-peppered mucus that many experienced when the lung cilia start cleaning the lungs. I wished it would keep coming up but it seems to have stopped. I know that there is more down there being that I smoked for 20 years. But I never got the runny nose.

    My problem is the sore throat, which my doctor is convinced is acid-reflux irritation. I’m hoping he’s right. Does anyone else have a sore throat after quitting, I mean a real sore throat that is everyday all day with no end in sight? Right now like I’ve mentioned I’m taking a 2week regimen of Prilosec OTC for acid reflux but I dont know. The thought of throat cancer occupies most of my waking hours. Gotta go for a endoscopy thats all, just gotta go get one so I’ll know. But I don’t wanna know, ya know! LOL

    Still one thing hasn’t changed. I will never take another cigarette or even a drag off one. Never, ever, ever. Not going through that @#$%^%$#ing withdrawal all over again, no way!

    Good luck to all of you too. Seriously, you can do it, it sucks for a bit, but you’re stronger than nicotene.

    In your battle with nicotene addiction, the nicotene has one HUGE disadvantage. It is incapable of handing you the cigarette, and lighting it for you!

    Lots of Love to all,
    Todd

  • Marie-Louise

    Thanks Todd,

    I am 26 days quit, saved $117.75 and added 1 day 20 hours 35 min to my beautiful life.

    I want to share that I have been drinking this lemonade detox drink that helps me to get rid of mucus it also make you pipi alot so you get rid of toxins. It is a cleanser you are only to do it for 10 days without anyother food however I have been eating as well as drinking the lemonade. I’m not a doctor so I advise to “google” The lemonade Diet by Stanley Burroughsm or (Master Cleanse) and see if it can help you. Good Luck!!!!!

  • Marie-Louise

    Edit
    The Lemonade Diet By Stanley Burroughs

  • Kat

    Tomorrow is one month for me without cigs!

    It amazes me I was able to do my taxes this year without lighting up, hee hee.

    Todd: Stop thinking about throat CA so much! Thoughts can be very powerful and sometimes you can make happen what you fear.

    Think positive thoughts. I found my mantra in a book I read recently: “Smile down to your liver”.

  • Todd

    Thanks Kat,

    I know, I’m such a freak. At least that’s what my friends call me(LOL). Ok, positive, positive, hmm let’s see, Oh I got it, I bet one more cig was the one to cause all sorts of health Probs for me so it’s a God send that I stopped that 1 short. Now I’ll be ok. How’s that? Which also means I can never have that 1 more cig, see it’s an incentive thought as well.

    Ahee, hee, Ahee, hee! (Todd laughs as if he were Barney Rubble).

    Congrats on one month Kat! Yeah! Sweet! Shout it out the window so eveyone can hear.

    Marie-Louise you too, 4-5 days for your one-month mark. How cool is that? And to think back to when we all thought it was impossible to even think about quitting. Now your 26 days smoke-free and pushing one month. Congrats to you too.

    Tomorrow is my 2-weeks only but lovin’ it just as much. Non-smokers are COOL! (LOL) That’s the first time I ever said that.

    Well off to nigh, night, but first my stats:

    I have been nicotene free for 1 Week, 6 Days, 14 hours, 2 minutes and 38 seconds (13 days). I have saved $108.67 by not smoking 543 cigarettes. I have added 1 Day, 21 hours and 15 minutes to my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

    ~Goodnight All~

  • Marie-Louise

    Kat, you are so right, Our mind is super powerful and so are the words that come out of our mouths. Everyday I wake up saying I’m thankful and greatfull that I am healthy from head to toes and I also thank my organs and limbs for functioning the way they are meant to, most of all I truely believe it…

    Todd, you must belieive you’ll be fine, I also have those thoughts but I catch my self and start thinking happy thoughts or singing happy songs, it works because soon after you’ll only think positive thoughts, also focus on all the great things you’ve done and have and can still do. To all the cool NON-SMOKERS…

  • Gabby

    Hello everyone,
    I quit smoking two weeks and 2 days ago. Unlike many of the people that have left massages here, I am quitting by using the nicotine patch. I like it for a number of reasons, and one is that it keeps me for experiencing withdrawal while extinguishing the habit of smoking. I quit once before using the patch only to find myself in a very tempting situation while on vacation with a smoking friend.
    I recently got married, and my husband was a smoker when we met. We spent 5 years smoking together. After we got married, the idea of having a family made it important for both of us to quit. We have moved over 400 miles from our home to Florida, and now we are away from the friends and family that were our smoking buddies. That makes quitting even easier.
    What has help me the most during our quitting is exercise. The first week was the hardest, because my lungs protested strongly. However, I find that now I really enjoy exercising and it gets easier with each visit to the gym. I also do yoga, which helps with my breathing and feeling in control of my body and at peace with myself.
    I feel as though I’m not as strong as some of the other people I’ve read about on this page. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who have quit successfully cold turkey. I wish I was nearly as strong.
    Congrats to all of the people who have quit smoking. You are all doing something great for yourselves.

  • Vai

    Hi Gabby
    You are as strong as anyone who posts here. I used the patch for four weeks and it helped immensely. I think whatever works for each individual is great as long as the goal of remaining a non-smoker is reached and maintained. I have not used the patch for almost five weeks now. I probably would still be using it but I got sick and was hospitalized and just quit wearing it. But hey, I was ready to wear that patch for the rest of my life if I had to. So congratulations to you and your husband on quitting, be strong and hang in there. Don’t feel bad or weak because you use the patch, at least you arent smoking anymore!
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 5 Days, 8 hours, 45 minutes and 21 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Melissa

    Tonight will mark 2 weeks for me and this morning was the first drive to work that i didnt even think about my old buddy Mr. Cig. It felt so wonderful. I also have found that through the tough spots yoga has really helped me. Even calming deep breathes and telling myself i can get through this craving. Like was stated above, the mind is a very powerful thing!

  • Lynsay

    2 months, 8 days today and still going strong!
    Keep it up folks!

  • Becky

    I quit smoking 11 weeks ago. As of today, I have NOT smoked 1,500 cigarettes. That’s 75 packs of cancer sticks. (And to think I used to call them “smoky treats”.) Welcome to all the newcomers and recent quitters! Your stories and your strength inspire me to stay smoke-free!

  • Colin

    3 weeks today! thanks again everyone for the comments. some guy on the street asked me for a cig today………had to tell him i didnt smoke. man that felt good. not for him!

  • Kev

    Day 17 and Im not thinking about it anymore apart from maybe 4-5 times a day when the urge is really strong.

    Its great that it is off my mind most of the time. Went out drinking at the weekend (only a few drinks though) and didnt feel the need at all.

    One bad note, I mentioned above I interviewed for a job that was important to me just 3 days after quitting. I didnt get it (I was a nervous mess in there). Im sure quitting made me far more on edge as I could not concentrate but something else will come up Im sure (hoping)

  • Marie-Louise

    Kev, things happen for a reason ,maybe that job would of driven you to continue smoking. Good Luck and Congrats

  • Stevie W

    Hello all, stumbled across this whilst randoming googling for smoking timeslines. I’ve been quit 3 weeks and two days and loving it but looking to remember why I took that flurking white stick out of my mouth. Really helped seeing others struggle but ultimately overcome cigs. I found the following helped:

    1. Going cold turkey – sweat it out, take the pain.

    2. Drinking (sounds bizarre but getting drunk with my girlfriend to stop me having a fag helped me get use to beer without fags)

    3. Watching Alan Carr on Youtube (I’m to tight to buy the book)

    4. Change routine

    Trying to remember the following:
    - It makes you stink
    - It costs a furking fortune
    - It ages you
    - It has NO health benefits
    - It distracts me
    - It may lead to cancer of the scrote
    - It makes me cough like the dude from alien before it hatches

  • Jay

    I have not had a smoke for 6 months, The cravings still come but not as often not as long and definetly not as strong. Feel better smell better (so I am told) can taste better (gained about 20 lbs) but now that spring is almost here it shouldn’t be hard to get rid of. Good luck to all who are trying it is really worth the hard work and effort!!

  • Vai

    I went to the dentist today. Right now I really want to light one up…..

  • becky

    Hi Vai – good thing we are not hanging out together tonight. I want to light one up, too. Instead, I’m going to bed to grind my teeth and listen to Ray LaMontagne on my ipod while my husband snores. Talk to you in the morning, if I survive and don’t kill anyone!

  • Todd

    Wow, I think it was Tony B that had a harder time the second week than the first. I’d like to say that it was tougher for me too 2-3 weeks meaning right now, I don’t think about it more than twice a day or so, sometimes only once, but “MAN, could I go for a smoke!” Oh, I know I won’t do it, but wow what a craving. It passes in about 5 seconds, but it is strong when it hits. I won’t smoke though, what a waste that would be, and ruin my QUIT. Thanks for listening.

    ME!

  • Gabby

    To becky, I just want to say I love Ray LaMontagne as well. He’s really soothing. I have a favorite song though that may help calm you in moments of stress when you really feel like lighting up. It’s by this chick Mindy Smith and it’s called Peace of Mind. It helps me when ever I’m having a bad day.

  • Vai

    Yeah. Some days I really want one but I dont want to ruin my quit either. I have read three books on quitting smoking now and I try to think about what I read in those books to help me over those bumps I get every now and then. Anyway, I didnt smoke last night. HAHAHA. My quit keeper says I have not smoked ONE THOUSAND AND TWELVE CIGARETTES. Wow. Thanks to all of you for being here.
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 1 Week, 12 hours, 25 minutes and 23 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • cathy

    day 3: started over again from back in december.

  • Todd

    Welcome back Cathy! Good luck this time. I’m ootin for you. ROOT, ROOT!

    But seriously I am glad you’re back with us trying again. This time you’re gonna go all the way. Wow, you’re on day 3, the tough one! Stick with it cuz you remember it gets way better after today. Ok, you can do it, stay with us, it’s not really that bad, you know, and you also know that if you get thru to tomorrow, you’re gonna wake up and feel a whole lot better. And by the end of the day tomorrow you’ll have it lick’d. So I’m gonna say a little prayer or something for you to make it ’til tomorow … ok! Come back tomorow and talk with us for fun but don’t smoke, cuz you are stronger than that friggin nicotine, you know.

    I have been nicotine free for 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 hours, 34 minutes and 54 seconds (17 days). I have saved $139.52 by not smoking 697 cigarettes. I have added 2 Days, 10 hours and 5 minutes to my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

    697 sic-a-rettes, Gross!

  • Rob

    Smoking Habit for Sale
    By Stephen J. Dubner

    James Hurman, a 30-year-old man from Auckland, N.Z., is selling his smoking habit to the highest bidder. (Apparently, he hasn’t run across StickK, or been offered a 0 percent interest bank account to quit.)
    Here’s what Hurman has to say for himself:
    I’ve smoked cigarettes for twelve years and I’ve tried all the usual ways to quit smoking. Now that my wife Annabel and I are pregnant with our first child, it’s time to give up once and for all.
    I’ve created a listing on the New Zealand online auction site trademe.co.nz, and on Monday 31 March, 2008, the highest bidder will receive a contract written by my lawyer, Chris Hoquard at Dominion Law, in which I hand over my right to smoke to them, and agree to pay them a forfeit of NZ$1000.00 [about $800 USD] per cigarette that I smoke at any time following the auction’s closure.
    As far as I know, this is the first time somebody has sold their smoking habit.
    I will donate the proceeds from the auction to the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

    (It takes all kinds!)

  • Derek

    Hello everyone. I’m new here, but I just had to share my (honest) experience and not make it overly sappy to everyone who reads it. I’ve been a smoker for about 10 years now, at the ripe old age of 26. I have kidney stones and high BP anyhow, so it’s been recommended over and over and over that I stop, well I finally got the strength and will to do it. I quit once for a month or so a few years back, but I now know I just didn’t really want to quit, since I started back up.

    Anyhow, I’ve been cigarette-free for 4 days now, cold turkey, and honestly, I feel like CRAP. I feel like I have the flu or a cold. Now whether getting sick is a coincidence or not, I kind of doubt it. I’ve heard from several people that this is normal, and that your body is expelling the toxins from smoking. I feel lightheaded, I get the sweats, and my throat is sore like I’m sick, dizzy, I feel like I’m on (other) drugs. I also got a little sore on my tongue. I just want people to be aware of the REAL effects of withdrawal. If you can handle and understand that, it’s easier to accept them and deal with it. Most smoking programs don’t inform you of what’s waiting– but it’s ok, you can do it. I don’t so much suffer from DIE HARD cravings like I’m going to go mad, but there’s times when I am like “damn, I ‘d love a cig right about now”. Then I tell myself I have to be committed, and the men in my family aren’t quitters. (Well, unless you’re quitting smoking, but then again, I’m succeeding! =)) I find something else to do, munch on a HEALTHY snack, or just mentally work myself through it. I’ll be damned if a cigarette will get the best of my judgement.

    Bottom line, however you quit, whether it’s patch, gum, hypnosis, cold turkey, lasers, missiles, hand stands, sleeping in the bath tub in cold water – the method is not the most important factor, as the effectiveness will waver from individual to individual. –You’ve made the decision to quit.– Being a psychology major and studying the brain and how powerful it is, as well as studying behavior, if you can deal with the physical withdrawals, the rest is all MIND POWER. Already after 4 days, I can breathe better. If only I can get past the “sickness” feeling. Maybe someone can follow up and tell me if you felt the same?

    There’s great support in group therapy, whether it’s in person, or via the internet. We’ve essentially created our own group here, and I think it’s great we can fall back on each other for help/moral support. Hats off to you people who’ve decided to quit and stuck with it, don’t be too hard on yourself if you falter, get back up and try again. We’re all here in this together. To people who are sheepishly browsing but not sure, STOP NOW, and be on the way to a healthier life. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    From a Marine buddy of mine, always remember this when the cravings/withdrawal hit hard:

    PAIN IS WEAKNESS LEAVING THE BODY.

  • Vai

    Hi Derek. Congratulations on your first four days. Already you are feeling the benefits of being a non-smoker because you can breathe easier.
    I too had no idea of what I was in for when I stopped. I thought I would start getting better immediately and that nothing would be more painful than the cravings I was having for my cigarettes.
    The first couple of weeks were very, very hard because I felt worse than I did when I was still smoking. My pain was great. My lungs hurt so much and even now they sometimes still hurt badly (like yesterday). I told people that maybe it was better if I just kept smoking because I was still having pain. My body and mind is still going through the effects of quitting the cigarettes. My body had 38 years to build up a tolerence and dependence on the cigarettes and I just keep telling myself now that it is going to take some time to get over it.
    I feel so much better. Yes I still want to smoke every now and then but I talk myself through it. It gets easier with each passing week and I am proud of myself, however, I know that I am only one puff away from falling into the smoking trap again so I try not to be arrogant of my 69 days of not smoking.
    You can do it. Come back and post whenever you want. I found this site so helpful when I first stopped. Even now I come and read everyday. Your right about this little cyber support group being a big help. So I want to thank ALL OF YOU AGAIN for your strength and your support and your encouragement. Remember Derek you are NOT ALONE!
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 hours, 22 minutes and 49 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Todd

    Yes, Welcome Derek. And continued success! I felt like hell too right after I quit. Still do! Ask Vai, lol. I keep telling myself it will get better and in some ways it has but the throat is still sore, and my lungs (or chest) hurts now and then, and minor headaches behind the sinuses and eyes. So ya, I’m with ya brother. Still glad I quit, though. Hope I never fail.

    Take care and good luck,

    Todd

    I have been nicotine free for 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 hours, 1 minute and 11 seconds (18 days). I have saved $148.00 by not smoking 740 cigarettes. I have added 2 Days, 13 hours and 40 minutes to my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

  • colin

    cathy.welcome back and keep it up. day five now. evry hour is one more hour as a non- smoker. just keep thinking how great you will feel in just a few short days and weeks. you are doin something that all ex-smokers respect and all smokers hate. wer all proud of you, keep goin and any probs just leave a comment, there a good bunch here, we’ll all get through it togeather. derek i dont think ive felt so sick in all my life, its not a normal feeling of a chest infection or a cold, its that good type of sick where you know all the crap you have put in your lungs is getting ready to come right out. stick it out and you will feel much better real soon. 3 weeks 5 days so far and i feel on top of the world.

  • http://none j

    I took chantix, smoke free and have no urges by the end of the first month. great thing about chantix is, you’re suppose to smoke while you’re on it. You’ll gradually lose the “want” for smoking, and everytime you smoke, it feels and tastes like crap. eventually the smell itself will annoy you. Talk to your doctor, worked for me, i smoked for 15 years, tried and tried and tried. finally, a magic pill that worked for me.

  • Tony B.

    Hello all. It has been a little while since I’ve been here. It is always great to hear new quitters and their stories. Yes Todd, that was me who said the second week was pure hell! I cannot imagine going through that again.
    And to Colin, welcome. You said a very funny thing in your post. One of your “quitting symptoms” was a sore on your tongue. The same thing happened to me not too long ago. I started getting these sores on my tongue that I couldn’t figure out for the life of me where they were from. You would think I was licking a public restroom floor! (I know…gross) But someone a while back on this site states it could be the nicotine escaping your system. They have since gone away.
    I have to say guys, I am under a serious amount of stress now…too much to go into. But under these circumstances, I would’ve ran to the store barefoot for a pack of smokes. And yes, for the first time, I’ve had that ‘just one’ feeling but I cannot imagine going through withdrawal again. At this point that is my true motivator.
    Good luck to all!

    I have quit for 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 hours, 21 minutes and 53 seconds (75 days). I have saved $391.58 by not smoking 1,506 cigarettes. I have saved 5 Days, 5 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • Vai

    Hey Tony. I guess I want to say that it helps to hear that you are having that “just one” feeling. I was under a lot of stress this past week and I wanted a smoke all week. Even this morning I can feel the craving. BUT I know that if I give in to that “just one” urge – (1) it will not taste good at all, (2) my lungs will be totally pissed at being filled with smoke again and I will have a coughing fit, (3) I will have to start all over with my quit, (4) I might wind up smoking 50,000 more cigarettes after I finish “just one”, and (5) I will feel bad.
    So hang in there and I will too. hahaha. Welcome to all the new quitters and please know that the cravings will probably be there for all of us for a long, long, long time. But the good new is that they arent too bad after the first month. I do have cravings now but they arent as bad as they were during the first two weeks of my quit. I have been telling myself all week that giving in to that “one smoke” will not make anything better.
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 8 hours, 46 minutes and 30 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Kitty

    It has been 30 day for me as I have quit smoking,going cold turkey is maybe not the way to go but it worked for me as I saw a co- worker have her second heart attack along with several strokes was proof enough for me to quit, As I read most of these lists of how your body repairs after quitting smoking I often wonder why they dont add that your teeth brighten up and your skin has a wonderful glow, I guess I never really realized how much smoking aged me. Also I seem to have more energy to last through the day,and more energy to get up early and walk because ya know what ?? You sure find ya have a lot more time on your hands when ya dont smoke. Good luck to all that wanna quit !!

  • Mery

    hi everyone! Im from Argentina and was doing a leaflet for my IGCSE about smoking and i found this page,i read some of the coments..
    I just wanted to tell all you congratulations and good luck!!

    God bless you!

  • kim

    Thanks P.G!!
    I am 4 days away from being a Whole Month without those Ciggs!! Woohoo!!
    But yes, your body does do crazy things to you after you put those ciggs down.
    I found out I have Very High Cholesterol count. I am on a strict diet of Low Fats….Yuc!
    I miss my Pizza!!

    My Throat feels like I have a dry spot and I think because I’m snoring more than I ever have before! LOL
    I Used to kick hubby for his snoring, but now I’m doing it.

    I am usually a Very high strung person, but for what ever reason, I’ve been very Calm this past month.
    I can breath very easy, but can’t do too much without hurting…in my Back & Legs.
    My Muscles hurt so bad, all over my body.
    I quit taking the Muscle relaxers, only because my DR went on Vacation!! I think..I haven’t heard from him since my blood test and the office calling me to pick up my prescription for Lipitor due to my Very High Cholesterol count.
    I was freaking out and My DR goes MIA!!

    I am doing this Cold Turkey. I have no Strong urges for a smoke, but when I do, it’s usually after eating…so I grab my Slim Fast Candy Bar!!

    I also feel like I’m gaining water retention around my face. How do you get rid of the water????

    I am definitely eating more healthier.
    I still get the Muscles craps, but I was slurring something bad on those pills.

    Why am I so Damn Calm?? It’s just not like me!!
    I am known as a very Spastic type of person, Spaz!!.

    My legs get so tired and I wear out very fast when ever I do walk around the stores.
    Will this soon be gone..will I start to get My OLD Energy back that I had while I was smoking??

    I found the perfect drink..PlumSmart!!:)

    Congrats to all of you who are stopping!

    I feel this way…”I give the Government enough of my money everyday, every year, that they’re are no longer going to get my Money for their Death Crops!! They will No Longer be making money from me..those Greedy tobacco Companies”!!

    B-Strong!!!! You can do it!!

  • Stuart

    Guys,
    I was a very dedicated 20+ per day smoker that loved every pull and drag from a cigarette. I decided to quit, not because of money but because my health suffered greatly, I smoked so much I was constantly having pains, it was ridiculous, but what made it worse was my smokers mentality of sparking up once the pain in my chest or lungs went!! (smokers mentality eh?). I decided to give myself a date to work to and had two weeks to cut down, I didn’t I just smoked as usual, heavier on some days because I knew it was my last two weeks. Every time someone asked me if I wanted a fag, I was there smoking. The Sunday came, the last day and for some reason I was slightly nervous, I smoked normally but slightly lighter than usual. Just before I went to bed I sat and had my last fag, I knew it was my last fag when I sparked it and I knew it was when I put it out – it was over. The next 3 days were there weirdest 3 days of my life, I acted completely mental and I had no idea what was going on! But I refused to give in and didn’t touch a cig. I think I had to make myself that way, I was the guy that was “never going to be able to do it” – well stuff that, and the doubters I thought. So going from the heaviest smoker in my circle of friends and the heaviest at 3 companies I worked for I’m 10 weeks going strong! All on the fact that it was me that wanted it, it was my terms and that was it! I feel better for it to. My tip is stay focused and remain steady.

  • sandy

    Congratulations Kim. I too have gone from high strong to way slow. I have been a non-smoker almost 9 months. You can get your thyroid checked, that could be one reason and also your chemicals have to get rebalanced. You may have to push ur self to get that non- stop energy back. It is good in one way to be totally relaxed but difficult to get use to in other ways..Talk to ur doc about it. Also remember the cigs us to rev ur metabilism every time u took a puff. blessings to all.
    Sandy

  • Leslie

    Thank You everyone, I’m on my 9th day and found this very helpful!

  • Todd

    Way to go Leslie, Stuart, I, Kitty, Kim. Wow! Lots of us now. Where’s Cathy? Oh no! Come Back! We’ll help.

    Good luck everyone, keep it up.

    I just turned three weeks.

    I have been nicotine free for 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 hours, 8 minutes and 50 seconds (22 days). I have saved $178.71 by not smoking 893 cigarettes. I have added 3 Days, 2 hours and 25 minutes to my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

  • Leslie

    It’s the tenth day and i’m feeling anxious, I was late for work and I called my boss and told him I wasn’t feeling well and he said none of us feel well,came to work. I got here and he went over about twelve things I needed to do before Thursady, My head was spinning and I feel sick and just want my old calming friend back.
    Sorry for the negitive thoughts!

  • Melissa

    Leslie ~ Its ok to let it out. Just remeber you can get through this time w/o our old friend, take a step back, relax and just do it one thing at a time. I am on 3 weeks and one day and i have had many moments of stress when i felt only a smoke would make it all better. You can make it!

  • Leslie

    Melissa, your awsome! I made it through the morning and went home for lunch and cleaned my house from top to bottom, Just moving around made me feel less stressed.I have the cutiest dogs in the world, so I think what if I was hurting there health with my nasty habit.
    Have a wonderful Easter Weekend and Thanks for the support!

  • Kat

    Hi guys:
    5 weeks+ and going strong. I had Allen Carr’s book at work and a former smoke buddy of mine saw it and I told her how great it was. She ended up buying the book for herself and is now quit for one week. We are now non-smoking buddies.
    Speaking about work, Leslie – your boss sounds like a real jerk! Great that you didn’t light up…
    “-)

  • Vai

    Congratulations to all of you. Pat yourselves on the back and keep up the good work.
    I had another one of those smoking dreams last night. I swear those dreams are the most real seeming of all. I dreamt I went to the freezer and found the pack of cigs I had stashed and just opened the pack and lit one. I made sure that everyone saw me smoking too. Then when I put it out I remember thinking “now I wonder how long I will last before I have to smoke AGAIN” then I remember feeling bad….then I woke up and realized it was a DREAM. YAY. Hang in there everyone!!
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 20 hours, 40 minutes and 8 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Todd

    That’s funny Vai. Freaky huh?

    I finally had mine about 3-4 days ago. I was dreaming that I was one of the first 3 or 4 people to arrive at a house party and got me a beer and went back outside on the porch of the house to watch people show up to the party. Then a friend of mine from across country showed up and climbed the steps of the porch where he met me with a cig that he just lit and then gave to me, then lit himself one. I thought nothing of it at the time and we smoked them down, and then he went in the house to get a beer. When he came back out to the porch, all of the sudden I remembered that I had quit smoking and stated cursing him out for having given me that cig. Then I woke up sweating, and panicky! Then I realized it had been only a dream. Whew! Thought I blew it there for a minute.

    Congrats Kat! You’re doin great! Now you got a buddy non-smoker too. That’s awesome. I’m only just over 3 weeks, but lovin it. So far so good. Only had one smoke the whole time. The one my buddy gave me on the porch! LOL

    Leslie, by the time you read this it will be Wednesday, so I hope this finds you still smoke-free. Please hang tough with us and make it to tomorrow, so I can hear about how you survived the night, and also hear how you are all done with the projects due by Thursday at work cuz without smoking your productivity grew by leaps, right! Just playing with ya, but Hey! Maybe?

    Love ya all,

    I have been nicotine free for 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 13 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds (23 days). I have saved $188.55 by not smoking 942 cigarettes. I have added 3 Days, 6 hours and 30 minutes to my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

  • Leslie

    Wednesday has arrived and I’m on me 11th day of not smoking. yesterday was not easy but I didn’t give into the stress. I’m not very productive at night and feel the need to sleep alot. I can’t what for a smoking dream ,I’am going to enjoy it.
    Once again thank you for all your support.
    you are my new “Cool Friends”. opps I called you a brand of cig’s, your’e my new “Magic friends”.

  • Melissa

    Leslie i was so in your shoes today. Work was going to break me down, i wanted to run over to my old smoking buddy and beg him for a smoke. But i didnt, and i reminded myself that i can get by, and there will probably be tougher times ahead. but nothing is worth going back after 3 weeks and two days. Reading these posts help me out so much. Hope everyone has a good evening

  • Becky

    Today shoulda coulda woulda been 12 smoke-free weeks. I can’t believe I cracked, but I did. Trouble in paradise. I stormed out of the house on Sunday night, pulled into the 7-11 and bought a pack. Then I headed downtown to the hotel next to my office, but there was no room at the inn. So I spent the night in my office, sleeping on a love seat in my little conference room. Today, my husband checked himself into the hospital for alcoholism after being on a 4 month binge. I can hardly believe that I stopped smoking when I did, in the midst of domestic distress, but we all know there is NEVER a good time, right? Anyhow, now I must stop again after 2 days. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. I knew that for me there is no such thing as one “sick-a-rette”. (Love that new term, thanks Todd). Not sure what the future holds, only that I must rearrange my priorities for my husband to help him and part of that is dealing with my own addiction. So wish me well. And forgive me for any catty remarks about people who have fallen off the wagon. It can happen to the strongest of us.

  • Sandy

    Hey Becky: ITs ok..and thanks for the honesty. That was a big step to admit you fell off for a couple days. You did it once you can do it again. The only time you fail is when you stop trying. So look at it as another lesson. Keep us posted we truly care. Blessings
    Sandy

  • Vai

    Hi everyone. I will tell you right now that I really want to smoke a cigarette. Here’s a big hug for
    {{{{{{BECKY}}}}}}. You get up and dust yourself off and get back on the wagon. I admire you for coming on the site and telling us what happened. Friday will be 11 weeks for me and I will tell you right now that I really want to smoke a cigarette. And IF I DID smoke I cigarette right now I dont know if I would have the guts to come back here and tell all of you. SO THANK YOU for sharing and for your honesty Becky. I pray a lot for the strength to spend the rest of my life as a non-smoker. But I will tell you right now that I really want to smoke a cigarette.
    And Leslie, I wanted to say that I dont know if I enjoyed those dreams about smoking. I just remember being aware that I was smoking and that I felt really bad as soon as I put the cigarette out because I knew that I would have to start all over again and that it would not be any easier.
    I will tell you right now that I really want to smoke a cigarette.
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 21 hours, 38 minutes and 27 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Becky

    Thank you Sandy! Thank you Vai! Your words mean so much right now. But I have to tell you there is no real enjoyment in lighting up again. There’s no “hello old friend! Now I remember why I loved you”. It’s not worth it. Maybe it’s worth falling off the wagon to realize that. Nah – what am I saying? Pure crapola. Anyhow, I will take your positive thoughts to heart. Really appreciate it. Will keep you up to speed. And Vai, I’m really rooting for you! Is it okay if I live vicariously through you?

  • Todd

    Wow, gotta get in here and help. Vai, I don’t know how many times in that last post you said how much you wanted a smoke, but don’t do it, Please? If you smoke after all this time, I know that I am going to smoke then. And that is really going to suck, no pun intended. I WANT TO SMOKE MORE NOW THAN I DID AT ONE WEEK> OR EVEN 3 DAYS, SO VAI< IF YOU CRACK I’M GOING TO CRACK WITH YOU! I JUST KNOW IT. SO YOU CANNOT SMOKE!!!

    Still, if you do, you’ll have to fess up about it here. You’ll have to, out of respect for yourself. And then only after that can you start over, Don’t crack VAI! Stay off sic-a-rettes for you, and if not for you then, FOR ME. Cuz, I’ll smoke if you do. No KIDDING! It’ll happen.

    Becky, my Dad was an alcoholic, and he missed my wedding because of it. I still dont know if I have completely forgiven him but I try with everyday to think that in some way I have. For awhile after my wedding day (13 years ago now), I had no desire to even talk to him. He said he was sorry and that the illness of alcoholism was that strong so as to control him in so much as to actually miss his only sons wedding. My mother was already deceased at the time, (part of my dad’s problem with alcohol), so when he didn’t show up to my wedding, I had no parents there. What the hell. Makes me almost cry just typing it and thinking about it again…..anyway, now I do talk to my dad, but we will never be the same buds that we once were.

    My point is this, I hope that you can help your husband to get better because the alcohol has got a grip on him right now and it is going to be a @#%%$#%$$..ing bitch to get off it for him. And when he does he can never have another drop. My dad is sober for 10 years now, he claims. I hope its true. I’ll never know for sure. But it is a daily battle once it has had a grip on you. JUST like you and the cigs. It’s going to be a battle now everyday for the rest of your life to stay off the cigs, because they once had a grip on you. I see myself fighting this thing forever and I’m 40 years old, and only 3 weeks quit. You now have to give up the butts again, and we will be here for you. Does it matter that you smoked, Hell no! In fact I kind of envy the fact that you recently got to smoke one or two, or two days worth. Whatever! Sounds delicious. But guess what, now you have to quit again cuz there are people here who care about you, and we dont want you to put that shit back in your lungs. Quitting sucks, believe me, not the quitting so much, but knowing you are saying goodbye to something that you did over and over and over everyday for a long time. What will you do with the time? Right? Gosh, it sucks to want them. It sucks big time to want them. I want one right now! But I’m not going to smoke one because I want to keep going forward, and I’m also not going to smoke one because I know that you aren’t having one, and VAI isn’t having one, and Leslie isn’t, and so on and so on.

    Last thing is this. Your life is full of shit right now with your husband binge drinking, or even recently detoxed. With that comes a bunch of other little annoying crap that must be dealt with like fighting with him, sleeping at the office, making arrangements to get him help, his lying if so be it. So with all that crap going on, have your last cigarette, enjoy it if you can, and quit! Then, at least, at a minimum, you’ll have that one great part of your life that makes you happy and proud everytime you think about it, that you fell off the wagon, but decided to quit again right away and stick to it again to prove to yourself that you didn’t need them, and that you could take control back and beat the addiction that tried to get a new grip on you. With all the other crap going on, you are a non-smoker now and damn proud of yourself for making it so. No one else did it for you. You did it for yourself, regardless of what else was going on. And because you did, you once again feel better, breathe better, look better, have more money in your pocket, and best of all you have control of it again.

    With all the love and care for your success again,

    Todd

  • Todd

    Hey Leslie,

    It’s your Magic Friend, Todd. I’m so glad you made it through to today. Congrats!

    When you do have your first smoke dream, it’s freaky, for me anyway I SPRANG UP like a Jack-in-the-box, when I woke up, and seriously thought I blew it for a minute.

    Good luck tomorrow,

    Todd

  • Vai

    Hey Becky, sure you can live through me but I dont know if anyone would want my life. hahaha
    Thank you Todd. Your words meant a lot. It is a new day and I am still smoke free. I guess I want to ask forgiveness from all of you who read my posts. I didnt mean to send anyone into a spin full of cravings. It is just that I feel so comfortable here and feel like I can vent to all of you and you will understand. I do not mean to be the cause of ruining anyone’s quit. We are doing this OURSELVES for OURSELVES and yes the support we get here really helps but in the end we are alone. Alone with our quit and alone with our cravings. I dont want a cigarette today, well not right now anyway. I do know that I WILL NOT ENJOY IT if I light up again. And yes I do know that if I fall I will have to come here and confess. Today is day 76 for me and my quit keeper says I have not smoked 1,130 cigarettes during that time. That little quit keeper sure is a big help to me. I also would like to hear from the long term quitters who I know still come here and read every now and then. How you doing? Let us know and give us a little encouragement. Today is the first day of spring. Doesnt it feel good to greet a new spring and a new season without a cloud of smoke in front of you? Have a great day everyone!
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 hours, 58 minutes and 13 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Tony B.

    HOLY CRAP EVERYONE!!! What happened? All of a sudden we all got these urges at the same time. This is where we have to hang on to each other. PLEASE DON’T LIGHT UP!!!!! That demon is trying to get to us in all our waking and sleeping moments.
    Becky, you hang in there! You have a lot going at once but you can do it! You have allof us here to help you.
    Todd and Vai…..do I know you guys? I feel like we are all old friends! Pretty neat.
    Good luck to all!
    I have quit for 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 8 hours, 49 minutes and 35 seconds (79 days). I have saved $412.70 by not smoking 1,587 cigarettes. I have saved 5 Days, 12 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/1/2008 1:30 AM

  • Timothy J.

    As of today I’m still a quitter since 10/25/07 Every now and then the thought of smoking one comes into mind but I shake it off and move on. The other day a smoker was calling me here a cigarette I’m the devil so I walked over and took the cigarette from him and put it in my mouth saying give me a light. People was looking at saying your not a smoker oh yea your right so I sat down with the cigarette in my mouth and started feeling very funny with it in my mouth so I threw in on the table. Just to let you know that I didn’t have any thoughts of lighting it up I just did it for the show. To let them that I don’t need to light it up that the cigarette doesn’t call me and no matter what they do to get me to smoke again I will never smoke again but they keep on trying. One thing I can tell you is that I made up my mind not to smoke again and I’m following through with it. I lost my quit counter so I don’t know how many cigarettes I haven’t smoke since I quit but whatever the number was I’m so glad that I didn’t smoke them. To the people that fell off the wagon something you have to fall so you can pick yourself up again just don’t stay to long in the hole. Get the hell out of the hole it’s going to be filled with smoke walk to the light it’s a better place then that big smoked filled hole. One more thing you can’t hide from cigarettes they are everywhere. They will never go away. Walk right up to them and face them I don’t want you anymore become gone with you. Everybody here knows that you had to quit and there is a problem with you smoking and that’s why your here, remember that everytime you get the cravings for one. When I look at smokers I say that god that I quit. Not get weak get stronger on the reasons why your quitting let those reasons build up to out weight the reasons why you smoked in the first place. The only reason I can remember was to be cool standing on the corner with the boys, look at me I’m smoking. We all get wiser with age and start looking at our bad habits so clean up those habits and get on with your lifes with all that new time you have that you were losing on these years smoking. Got to run have a smokefree day. Oh I notice the prices going now for cigarettes so they must be losing money from all these new non smokers. When the product get out of demand then the price will drop and if the price drops so far down then they will stop making them because there’s no money in it. I hope this helps the person that wanted to hear from a quitter.

  • Kat

    I think it’s interesting that in Allen Carr’s book he says something like alot of alcoholics who are also smokers drink intertwined with their nicotine addiction.
    Like my brother has a serious problem with alcohol and I wish I could get him off the smokes more than the booze – maybe that could lead him down the path to REALLY getting sober someday.
    The damn sick-a-rettes (love that term Todd!)

  • Melissa

    Tim J ~ Thats wonderful that you are that strong! But that is so not cool for them to be taunting you with smoking, I wonder if those smokers want your to fail because they are jealous of your sucess.

  • Kim

    All i got to say is thank God for Chantix. I am 36 years old and i have been smoking since i was 8 years old. That is 28 years. Now i have been smoke free for 5 days now. All you need is some gum and hard candy along with Chantix. It really does work.

  • Timothy J.

    Melissa peer pressure is one of the hardest things to deal with. I don’t know why people do it but for whatever reason it makes me stronger. So I say bring it on and I’ll stand tall in thier face and say I DON’T SMOKE and right after that I say to them if you want to kill yourself by smoking than go right ahead the choice is yours. The power to the non smokers. Have a smokefree day.

  • Leslie

    I work at a University and we had Healthy Spring Break Cook Out yesterday, It was so nice to get fresh air and not run off and hide to have a cig., like I did last year, and then worry if the students could smell it on me. I want to be a good roll model and not be a acky smelly smoker.
    13 days no cigs.
    Enough about me.
    Becky my heart goes out to you and your husband!!!!
    HI Magic Freinds!!

  • Todd

    Leslie,

    You’re crackin me up about hidin’ from the students.

    Becky,

    Are you doing OK?

    Vai,

    I didn’t mean that you were going to cause me to smoke, I was trying to get you to not smoke out of fear that I might’ve joined you. Sorry if you took it the wrong way, but somethin tells me you didn’t, and that you knew what I meant.

    Good luck all,

    ONE MONTH TODAY!!!

    I have been nicotine free for 4 Weeks, 6 hours, 2 minutes and 10 seconds (28 days). I have saved $226.00 by not smoking 1,130 cigarettes. I have added 3 Days, 22 hours and 10 minutes to my life. My Quit Date: 2/24/2008 11:00 AM

  • Lynsay

    Had a dream that I was smoking – and enjoying it! – last night! Woke up feeling weird, but was really glad to discover it was only a dream! Approaching 3 months in a week or so’s time and can’t believe how quickly time has gone. I think once you let go of the idea that you are a smoker. your mind forgets you ever craved a ciggie!
    Keep at it
    x

  • Melissa

    I had a happy moment in my not smoking i wanted to share. I hadnt told any of my family members i had quit yet, i wanted to be smoke free a little while before i said anything (in case of slips!) Well on Sunday as i was helping my mom clean up she went on to tell me about some lady we know who just had a stroke, she was a smoker and the you need to quit smoking lecture ensued. Well it was at that point i got to tell her, BTW mom, i havent smoked in a month! It felt great! I hope everyone is doing well today!

  • Timothy J.

    It’s funny how people don’t notice that you quit smoking. People still ask me for a cig. Oh I don’t smoke anymore WHAT your kidding me.

    Good job to all the quitters out there.

  • Kat

    I had a dream last night where I had the opportunity to smoke a cigarette and said No cause I don’t smoke. Yeah!
    6 weeks now.
    My favorite thing about being smoke free is noticing I am calm pretty much all the time (especially driving).

  • Kym

    I tryed to quit smoking a year ago with the inhaler that failed. A year later I tryed again with just will power I have not smoked for 4 weeks now I dont Even get a craving! I feel great now full of energy!

  • Leslie

    Kym, that is great! I do believe once you make up your mind ,a force takes over.
    I was at my parent, for Easter and My Dad, Brother and Nephew all smoked. I was not tempted or had the desire to smoke, and they were very supportive and proud of me for quitting. I hope they follow the lead.

  • lina

    hey guys,
    Congrats to each and every one of you. My story is not much different- tried stopping a couple of times before using gum, pills, patches etc. but it was Allen Carr’s book that really made me contemplate just how stupid, weak and self destructive i was. It’s funny really how we can be completely responsible and realistic in every other aspect of our lives except when it comes to smoking.
    I’m doing really well so far. My husband smokes and “enjoys” it but honestly it doesn’t bother me. It somehow helps me see smokers and to distinguish myself from them and their addiction. I feel a little woozy as some of u mentioned, but overall have lots of energy and feel now that I’VE TAKEN THAT ONE FINAL STEP IN BECOMING MORE AT PEACE WITH MYSELF AND THAT THIS WAS THE MISSING PIECE IN MY LIFE. I try to live a healthy life, so it was really dumb that i was smoking, but…..smoking makes u go against yourself in every way, doesn’t it.
    Good to see and read so many ex smokers.
    BE STRONG!
    ENJOY LIFE- NOT CIGARETTES!

  • Timothy J.

    Since I’ve been having a lot of stress lately and the pains are coming up the back of my neck. I had to find something that would help since I don’t smoke anymore. Here’s what I found. It worked for me. I almost said give me one of those so watch your backs when that stress level gets to high to deal with.

    Practice relaxation exercises 10 to 20 minutes a day.
    Tell others in your house that you are going to practice your relaxation exercises. Ask them not to disturb you.
    Do your exercises in a comfortable place, away from all distractions and noise.
    Lie down on your back or sit with your back straight.
    Concentrate on your breathing. Make it slow and steady.
    Inhale through your nose. Exhale through either your nose or mouth.
    Breathe deeply, filling up the area between your navel and your rib cage. Do not breathe with your chest.
    Do not hold your breath.
    Continue this breathing pattern for 5 to 10 minutes. Notice the feeling of calmness throughout your whole body.
    As you continue to breathe slowly and deeply, relax by doing the following for another 5 to 10 minutes:
    Tighten and relax each muscle in your body. You can begin at your toes and work your way up to your head.
    Imagine your muscle groups relaxing and becoming heavy.
    Empty your mind of all thoughts.
    Allow yourself to relax more and more deeply.
    Become aware of the state of calmness that surrounds you.
    When your time is over, you can bring yourself back to alertness by moving your fingers and toes, then your hands and feet, stretching and moving your entire body. Sometimes people fall asleep during relaxation; they usually wake up shortly afterward.
    During relaxation, you can play soothing, relaxing music.
    Always give yourself time to return to full alertness before you drive a car or do other activities that might cause an accident if you are not fully alert. Never play a relaxation tape while driving a car.

    Here’s a question if the world was coming to an end would you smoke again?

  • Becky

    Just letting a few folks know I’m alive and kicking. Thanks so much for your words of concern. I’m cautiously optimistic – my husband is getting help. Maybe now I can take care of myself again!
    A special thanks to Todd for sharing the story about your dad on your wedding day. It made me feel a lot less alone.

  • Leslie

    OK I’m replacing cigs with alchol, I figure I can’t smoke so I will drink and Drink I have.
    Help!

  • Kat

    Timothy:
    If I knew the world was coming to an end I would TOTALLY smoke!
    But since we are never sure when that will be, I will agree with Lina’s stance: I’VE TAKEN THAT ONE FINAL STEP IN BECOMING MORE AT PEACE WITH MYSELF AND THAT THIS WAS THE MISSING PIECE IN MY LIFE.
    Thank you.

  • Paul

    Everyone take it one day at a time, in my case in the beginning one hour at a time. They will add up then one day you will see these emails and will not answer them any more. But the emails will always remind you that you once were a smoker. it has been over 100 days now for me. I know how hard it is, it takes all your power and it is on your mind all the time. One day you will go back to this site and see your Journey. My started Nov 14 then again on Dec 15th, you will pat yourself on the back and say once again One day at a time one hour at time. Have not smoke over 3500 butts. I can tell you it worth it.

  • Sandy

    Hey Paul..Good to hear from you again. Glad you have been successfully back on the ban wagon. Timothy always a pleasure. Just because we have been down the road longer than some I dont think i will ever get off this site. It has helped me so much and I love to see how everyone is doing. We havnt heard from Denny in a while. Hope you are still going strong. Vai Im watching you as well. Keep on trucking it does get easier. One day at a time. Blessings to all. I have been a non-smoker for 9 months and 1day.

  • Vai

    Hello everyone. I went to a lady who specializes in Chinese body work yesterday. She worked on my entire body but paid more attention to my lung meridans. She also gave me two kinds of Chinese formulas to take, one for my lungs and one for anxiety/depression. Those Chinese medicines work fast. I woke up in the early early morning (4am) coughing all this crap out again. I had what felt like a fever and a sore throat. All day long I coughed up crap. Some of it looked like it had been in my lungs for awhile. I called the lady and she said it was great that I was sick because the medicines and the bodywork was helping me heal. Just when I thought I was done with the coughing too. Today I coughed all day again. I coughed like I did when I was smoking. It is a very productive cough and I released a lot of phlem today. I have to take these little black pills for 7 more days so I am wondering if I am going to cough like I did today for another week. But it reminds me of what I went through when I smoked and coughed all day. The only difference is that today I COULD BREATHE when before I could NOT BREATHE with the cough. Anyway, I know I will get better and I know it will take longer than a few months to heal myself because I smoked for 38 years. Hang in there all of you and it is good to hear from people who I havent seen for awhile. I will probably come back to this site for a long time too because it does really encourage me to remain a non-smoker. Have a great nicotine free weekend all of you!
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 46 minutes and 24 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Natalia

    I quit smoking 2 times in my life.. the first time was when i first had a cigar… I hated the taste and never smoked anything ever again after that.. lol then i started smoking again socially..but i quit again 6 months ago.. it wasn’t easy.. if it was im sure i would of done it along time ago… the reason i smoked..hmm stress..at home & work.. n i was a social smoker.. & it just became a habit.. I found myself smoking mostly when I had nothing to do or needed to relax.. although i think it was all in my head.. im not so sure now if smoking ever really made me relax at all.. so help with quitting.. is whenever you feel like you need a cancer stick is to REPLACE it with something else.. if its just a habit that you have…get a new healthier one… or keep yourself busy with other things when the ” ITS TIME 4 A SMOKE AGAIN” crosses your mind…& dont buy ANOTHER packet of cigarettes… smoking is just an easy way out to deal with whatever your going through.. only thing is it doesn’t make any situations better… only harms your body.. So the ugly grotesque pictures they put on the packs these days i can’t say really works.. I ignored what it said & showed just like the rest of you.. while you light up another stick the thought goes through your mind for a second, after the first puff youv’e already forgotten what you were thinking.. Firstly if your a heavy smoker you must cut down before you totally stop..cut down in mgs and cut down onto sticks instead of packs.. If your a light smoker you can stop smoking in 5 days.. reason being.. CAN YOU remember the first cigarrette you ever smoked?? it tasted like burnt tabacco.. well after 5 days of not smoking and then having a cigarette… you get that first smoke feeling all over again.. and the taste just turns you off it..it also helps to have family or friends watch you and keep you from smoking… IF that too fails… you can also try dating someone that doesn’t smokes and thinks its disgusting.. if you really want to be around that person im sure you will quit smoking… hope this helps someone else. it worked for me.. i still see smoking everywhere in ads and movies n yes they do make you think about it for one second.. but whats more important? think about it…if you can quit smoking you can do anything!!!!

  • JC

    I found this site looking for info on the positive effects of not smoking over time. I have been a non smoker for 1 year and 3 months after 25 years of smoking 1 1/2 packs a day. My biggest fear of quitting was I thought I would be stuck in an endless nicotine fit. I have found this is very far from the reality of quitting now that I am a non smoker. I could induce quite a panic in myself when I even considered quitting and have powerful nicotine fits even while smoking. If you are thinking about quitting, go ahead and buy the supplies now (patches, gum or whatever). This way when the day comes that you decide to quit you will have them on hand and be able to begin right away. Otherwise you might have a nic fit on the way to the store and buy ciggs instead. I used the patch and supplemented with the gum in emergencies for the first week and a half and then dropped the gum and continued with the patch as directed on the box. I couldn’t wear the patch at night as my dreams became too crazy and vivid. What worked for me was realizing that if I could just survive the discomfort from the urge to smoke for a few moments, it would go away in less than 5 minutes. Do whatever it takes to distract and occupy yourself when the urge to smoke arrives and take comfort and gain strength in knowing it will soon pass and you will remain a non smoker. You will quickly build endurance with this technique. Accept you are going to have cravings but also accept they will go away, taking longer to return each time. This approach also helps with food cravings. The first thing that was really noticeable to me as a non smoker was my sense of taste and smell came back. I didn’t realize that those senses had diminished so much until I quit smoking. Now I can smell a smoker from quite a distance. You will come to understand, like I have, that there is no way to conceal cigarette smoke smell from a non smoker. Remarkable how much my taste and smell improved in just a few days of not smoking. The other noticeable effects from not smoking over the last year and 3 months is my toes didn’t feel cold this last winter, it feels great to take a deep breath and I can run around with my kids without my lungs feeling like they are burning. Also, I have way more endurance and it requires much, much less effort to breathe. My resting heart rate has gone from the upper 70′s beats per minute to the mid 60′s. Good luck to all of you as you become non smokers. You can and will do it when you are ready.

  • Rob B

    Hey JC,
    Thanks. A great contribution to this blog.
    And, congratulations on your length of quit.
    Watch your back, my Aunt quit for 15 years
    and then went back.
    Me, I’m on Day 85 and feel great. After 40 plus
    years, it definitely is quite the change.
    All, Hang tough and fight it.

  • Laura

    Franki, Hope you are still smoke free. I quit February 8 and I have not returned to smoking. I made it. Still get these intense cravings; however, they don’t last as long. My skin has a new found healthy glow which is an added bonus. I feel great and I have more energy. I can breathe!!! I’m still using my juicer which is my distraction when I’m at home and have the desire to smoke. Lemon heads are my crutch when I’m driving. For all of you just beginning the withdrawal process, hang in there, it does get better.

  • Andy

    Andy – Free and Healing for Two Days, 6 Hours and 38 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 2 Hours, by avoiding the use of 32 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $8.77.

    this website is great. been reading a lot of the posts, figure if i can’t stop thinking about smoking, might as well read it and get some encouragement. thanks!

  • Leslie

    Andy Congratulations! It does get easier, it’s been 3 weeks for me and I feel so much better and my skin looks healthier. If you need us during the long run,we will be there.

  • Andy

    Thanks, Leslie. This is my second time around. Quit a few years ago for 9 months, thought I could smoke a few during friend’s bachelor party, and three years later quitting again. :)

    Will be checking in probably daily from work. Take care and stay strong!

  • Karen

    I quit smoking a week ago. I started taking Champix – this stuff is amazing! It fools the brain into thinking that it has nicotine while at the same time blocking real nicotine from getting to the brain’s nicotine receptors. After taking it for a week, smoking seemed utterly pointless. The odd time I feel a little stressed and think about having a smoke I just remind myself that I’m not going to feel any better if I do. That seems to do the trick – and if it doesn’t, I pick up Allen Carr’s book. It feels so good to be back in control of my life!

  • Davida

    My doctor informed me that champix is the new drug of choice, it has a better success rate than any other stop smoking prescription. Now check with your insurance because some insurance companys don’t pay for it. I chose wellbutrin it was a whole lot cheaper and Ive been smoke free for 16 days and I don’t even think about a cig. Good luck to all out there.

  • Melissa

    Welcome Andy and Karen! I am at 5 weeks and 13.5 hours. And i have had my ups and downs. I tell you guys, keep coming back here. This site has helped me so much! Reading about other people going through the same things i am makes me feel a little less crazy. And of course seeing the $$ i have saved from my quitsmokingcounter. Cigarettes cost SO much where i live (Chicagoland area) If my husband and i keep it up, we just might be able to afford that vacation!

  • Alan Knight

    Hi
    I quit smoking due to contracting a bronchal infection 5 weeks ago. The infection has gone some 2 weeks ago after antibiotics, but I have had a pain in my upper lungs, upper tract and throat for about 3 weeks now, and several times a day it feels like I have inhaled sulphur and this taste and sensation makes me cough. Also my breathing is slightly tight on forced exhalation. Does anyone now if this is purely down to stopping smoking or a combination?

  • T

    the state will pay up to three times a year, tens of thousands, to send anyone to an alcohol rehab center….

    there are no nicotine rehab centers. (a place where once you enter, thats it, 28 days, no nicotine, plus all the attenuating supplemental services to help you thru the PSYCHO addiction)

    three doctors and a half dozen nurses can get together and form a nicotine rehab center, and smokers from all over the country will FLOOD THE PLACE.

    are the tobacco companies still weilding that much power.

    im ready to check into a rehab center and LIE about being a drug addict, just to get myself isolated, but something like that on your medical records is a nightmare of its own!

  • Kat

    That’s very interesting T.
    I think there will never be a state-assisted 30 day nicotine rehab, as the powers that be do NOT want the general population to quit smoking! There’s too much money to be made from tobacco addiction.

  • Vai

    Good morning. I’ve been sick for a week now, coughing up gunk. My throat is sore too. I’m not sure if it is my lungs clearing out or if it is from some infection. I have been on antibiotics for almost a week but the stuff just keeps coming up. I guess the more I spit out the less I have inside me.
    I hope everyone is hanging in there and still smoke free. I thought the idea of a nicotine rehab place was interesting. I was thinking that some of those rehab places allow cigarette smoking, don’t they? I know the one here does. How odd that people check in to the place to stop an addiction while they allow themselves to continue feeding the nicotine addiction.
    Today is 90 days for me and I want to thank you all again for being here. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers and determination. Good Luck to all of you in getting through another smoke free day!
    I quit smoking! I have not smoked a cigarette for 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 hours, 40 minutes and 6 seconds. I have been a non-smoker since 1/4/2008 11:59 PM

  • Leslie

    Wow, 4 weeks and no smokes. I went to a conference for peer ed. ( college students).
    and one of the sessions was on Hookah Bars,
    I’m in the dark age and never had heard of this.
    It’s becoming very popular amoung college students as a social event. A two hour session of smoking hookah is like 100-200 cigs in one night and more tar, and the student think it’s a cool new trend. Scary!!!

  • http://Idonthaveone Judy

    Hi, I’m so glad to know that all of you have the same feelings that I have right now. I started on Chantix last week and now I’m in my 5th day of non-smoking. The old habit of reaching for a cigarette is the only thing I have now, and for a few seconds, it’s hell, but then I remember that I can’t taste them with Chantix and that it would do no good to have one, but that doesn’t keep me from wanting one. I’ve smoked for over 40 years, and have tried to quit over time, cold turkey, patches, hypnotherapy, but this Chantix, well it is working for me. I do have a problem though that I thought would go away after a few days, and that is WANTING A CIGARETTE! I thought after knowing that I would get nothing from lighting up, that it would be so easy to quit. I’m trying to be strong because I know if I did light up, it would mess everything up that I am working for. My husband took me for a long drive yesterday trying to help, but I didn’t have the heart to tell him that while I was sitting there, idle, I was craving a cigarette to hold and puff. It would have broke his heart. I’m so glad I found all of you guys, you all seem so together and supportive, and that is what I really need, can you help me? Please?

  • Sandy

    Welcome Judy: You have overcome the worst. 3days and the nic. is pretty much out of your system. You think about smoking cause thats what you thought about for 40 years every 15 minutes or so…so you just have to retrain your brain when you get the cig thoughts ..tell your self non-smokers don’t smoke and remind yourself why you have chosen to quit. Hang in there we are rooting for you. You can do it. It will get easier. One day at a time. Keep writing here it helps. I have been smoke free for over 90 months now. Also grab allen carrs book to help. It has some great tips in it.
    Take care and U CAN DO IT

  • Sandy

    Sorry I ment 9 months as a non-smoker. Lol

  • Tony B.

    Hello all. It has been a while since I have been here but I wanted to check in.
    Judy – you can do it!!! Please use this site. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for this site, I would still be smoking. But you have all helped and I thank you all! I am approaching 100 days and to this day, I still cannot believe I am not smoking. Judy, 40 years is a long time of smoking BUT PLEASE TRY!!! Good luck to you.
    I hope everyone else is well especially Vai whom I saw was not well.
    Stay strong all!!!

  • Andy

    Judy, definitely hang in there. I am not far ahead of you, it’s been 9 days for me and I still want one a lot! So you just gotta get through the cravings the best you can. Once you get through the physical stuff, Sandy is right, you just have to try to retrain yourself to NOT reach for a cig after a meal or at a commercial or whatever. It is tough, no one can say it’s not, but hang in there! If I’m at the computer and getting a craving, I will take a break and look at non-smoking websites like this one, fire up my ‘Quit Counter,’ and see the good things that are happening to me and how much $ I’m saving!

  • http://Idonthaveone Judy

    Thank you Sandy, Tony B. and Andy, I think I could have quit along time ago if I would have had friends like you. It hasn’t even been a day and you all answered my plea. I know now I do not stand alone. I hope I can help all of you out when you need it, that is if you need it, you are all doing so good, what inspirations you are. Thank you again.

  • http://Idonthaveone Judy

    I just want to thank everyone again for being here. Whenever I want a cigarette, I know just where I will come to keep from smoking. I have been reading all the support comments and am thrilled there are people out there with the same symptoms, and feelings that I have. Thank you all for being here.

  • Marty

    If you are reading this blog you have taken the most important step towards a smoke-free life.
    Congratulations.
    I smoked my first cigarette at twelve or thirteen years old. I stole it from my grandfather. Rothman’s Special. What a buzz! That feeling when your whole body just goes numb for minute… only an addict can fully understand that feeling. You only get it back when you fall off the wagon after quitting for a week or two. You know what I mean…
    I smoked 2 packs a day for 17 years. I have quit many times in the past. I have always quit cold turkey. It is the most effective way to quit smoking. Nicotine cessation (patches and gum) and neural receptor blockers (pharmaceutical scrips) are designed to do only one thing… separate you from more of your hard earned money. The physical effects of nicotine withdrawl really only last for three days.. a week at most. After this initial MINOR discomfort the battle against nicotine addiction is all in your MIND.

    It is YOUR mind.

    Everybody quits for a reason. Health, finance, family… When the drive to LIVE for that reason overpowers the CHOICE to continue smoking quitting is simple.

    One day.. when you become so afraid of your own mortality, or when your quality of life diminishes so drastically from what you had envisioned as a non-smoker, you will realize where YOUR CHOICES have taken you. Then, when you have fully prepared your mind for the task with thoughtful introspection, quitting will be a BLESSING instead of a chore.

    Rationalize everything…. THINK!!! It is what makes us all human.

    If you need a visual demonstration of what you are flirting with, check out some of the REAL PEOPLE dying of lung cancer on YouTube RIGHT NOW.

    From one smoker to another.. Good luck.
    PS. I hope you are successful and fully enjoy the rest of your life.

  • Timothy J.

    HERE HERE!!! I couldn’t say it any better then that. The hell with cigarettes who needs them?

    Do I miss them? NO NO NO NO and NO.

  • http://Idonthaveone Judy

    Marty, your will power is awesome! I am using Chantix, (mainly because my co-pay is $12.00). I know I don’t have the will power that you have. If I had to pay the full price for Chantix or for a month’s supply of cigarettes, I’m sure I would still be smoking. It’s only my 5th day and with the people I’ve met on this site, it is getting easier for me.

    Timothy, you are one brave soul too, I’ve tried cold turkey before, and it just wasn’t for me. I could talk myself into just having 1 cigarette and then I kept talking myself into one more until I was again up to 1 1/2 packs a day. There should be a way that Chantix could be given to those who want to quit, but just can’t do it on their own. It is working for me, and you are right, most of it is how positive about quitting, no doubts welcome. Keep up the good work and encouragement, both of you guys.

  • Timothy J.

    Judy just do whatever you have to do to stay on a smoke free path. Things will get better has time goes on but down the road you’ll have to do it on your own. The thoughts of cigarettes come and go with me. As soon as they come I go another way to forget about them. I just don’t want to smoke anymore and that’s it. You need to get the same thoughts in your head and your inter soul. It will happen for you. Just keep on fighting it.

  • Rob B.