Post # 1
Let me preface this by saying that I’m looking for constructive advice and support here so for those of you who tend to be judgy about smokers or who want to spout cancer statistics at me, take it elsewhere because those kinds of comments are not what I’m looking for.
My FI and I are both smokers and we’ve been talking a lot about quitting lately as a New Years Resolution along with just generally eating better, exercising more, etc. We’ve both been smokers for a long time and don’t really know where to begin. For those ex-smokers out there, what did you do to kick the habit? What worked for you and what didn’t?
Post # 3
That is such a wonderful goal and it’s great that you and your FI can support each other. You really can do it!
Edit: My mom also used Chantix. It caused her to have weird dreams and made her a little crazy at times but she hasn’t smoked in a couple years now.
Post # 4
My mom used Chantix to quit. She was over the Nicotine…she went back because “everybody else does it, too”. Lame! But it got her over the cravings. She’s tried everything–gum, patches, hypnosis, etc etc, but Chantix worked. Cigarettes became gross to her and she basically forced herself back into smoking. She did gain a little weight, but since you want to exercise, it’ll be nil. She put on like, 5 pounds and freaked out.
Good for you =]. My parents smoke and it’s really hard for me to be around them because I have such severe allergies. We eat at nasty smoky restaurants and everything. They go have one before they eat and sometimes I end up at the table all by myself just waiting. They kept taking smoke breaks during my wedding and we had to postpone things like the cake cutting because they were outside. It’s not the nicest habit (or healthiest one) and you’ll be grateful you quit once you’re over the hump!
Post # 5
My ex-boss quit using the gum and patches in conjunction. She was a really heavy smoker though. She chewed a lot of gum and ate a lot of dum dum lollipops. She also started running around this time, and that made her not want to go back to smoking as well.
She said the hardest part was not smoking when she was out drinking/at the bar.
Post # 6
FI and I quit in 06. I’m not going to lie. It was hard. We quit three times in that year before it stuck and I still was occassionally having one (like 1 every month or two when I was drinking) until fall 08. Now, neither of us smokes at all and it doesn’t even remotely smell or taste good anymore.
We didn’t use any drugs, patches, or anything like that. I smoked ultra light cigarettes so I knew the patch would be too much and make me sick. I kept straws and Red Vines around to chew on. I drank about a gallon of water a day to flush out the nicotine. After about 3 days the cravings die down, the nicotine is gone, and you are left mostly with the physical habit to break.
One of the times that I quit in years prior, I went to an accupuncturist. They put little metal beads, like mini b-bs, in my ear, held in by tape. They have an effect on your taste buds and make the cigarette taste REALLY bad. It was working and I just couldn’t smoke, but the beads fell out and I didn’t go back to the accupuncturist like I should have. I highly recommend trying this as I think it would have worked if I had just gone back and had new beads placed.
Good luck! You have to be determined to quit, but I can’t express how glad I am that we don’t smoke anymore.
Post # 7
I’ve looked into Chantix and I’m not really sure it is right for me. I have pre-existing psychiatric conditions (anxiety, etc.) and I know that one of the major side effects of the drug is that it can exacerbate certain disorders. I would love to be able to make a medication but I think for me personally that might not be the best choice. Good to know other people have had success with it, though.
Post # 8
@arizonabride – A friend of mine who quit had good results with accupuncture. That is on my list of possible approaches.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Working out can motivate you to quit b/c it’s very hard to develop lung capacity when you’re a smoker! Also, just thinking about the physical aspects of it: the smell, the yellowing of the fingers and teeth, and the wrinkling of the skin around the mouth is enough for me.
However, if you’re a serious smoker, you might need something more to get over the psychological cravings. As far as I know, the patches and gums are only really helpful for the first few days when going through nicotine withdrawal.
Good luck! Quitting smoking is a difficult decision to make, but if you really want to become a nonsmoker, you can do it!
Post # 10
My coworker is using Chantix, soda, candy and water to quit 🙂 She’s now addicted to smart water, lol. She says it’s working great for her so far (3 months) the only thing that she’s struggling with is keeping her hands occupied, because she said for her the comforting part of smoking had become having something in her hands and moving it from her side to her mouth – something about the motion was soothing. She said that having a straw or pen in her hand helps a lot. We’re lucky b/c we work in a cancer hospital, which you might think is a hostile place for smokers, but there’s tons and tons of support and you get smoking cessation materials (patch, chantix, gum, etc) for free. It’s great that you and your fiance will be able to support each other! Good luck!
Post # 11
I did a couple things. First things first, I made the decision and I commited to sticking with it (I had tried so many times before). Second, I switched to ultra lights and cut back on my intake. I continued to cut back, and then added in the nicotene lozenges when the cravings got too rough. At that point, I was having issues with anxiety and the doctor put me on some meds for that. I literally stopped phsically needing cigarettes after that, the rest was just a habit. That was 2 years ago, and I’m not going back. I would talk to your doctor about your concerns with the medications. Good luck!! It is completely worth it.
Post # 12
Congrats on making such a healthy decision to try to quit!
I smoked pretty heavily for approx 4 years, quit for one, then went back for about 6 months. Now I’ve been completely off for over a year, but I will tell you, when I drink I really want to bum a smoke from other people. So the psychological desire doesn’t really go away very quickly (or even at all, maybe!)
I quit cold turkey. The physical symptoms were not so bad; was maybe a little crabby. It’s honestly harder getting over the psychological ‘need’ to smoke. My father, who has smoked very heavily since he was probably 15 has tried all kinds of things, gum, patches, meds, and he’s had the most success with cold turkey too (although he keeps going back, after having quit for months at a time!).
My biggest tip to you would be to stay away from places where you’ll be tempted to smoke, at least for the first two to three months. That probably means no bars for a while. I had to change my lifestyle a bit too because normally I would take ‘smoke breaks’ with the coworkers, but while quitting it was def a no-no to even be around them….even now I don’t take breaks with them because I don’t want to be around the smoke. So just avoid situations that might ‘trigger’ your urge to smoke.
Good luck to the both of you!
Post # 13
Congratulations! You’re making a great decision. One of my bridesmaids read this book called “The Easy Way to Quit Smoking” and quit within a couple days. She said once you make the decision to quit, this book will solidify your decision for you and you won’t look back. She had tried to quit a few times with patches and gum but she said for some reason, this book made sense to her and she just didn’t want to smoke anymore. And she said it wasn’t preachy or judgemental or filled with cancer stats or anything. Give it a shot!
Post # 14
I never smoked, my husband used to, I help him quit, well encouraged him anyway. Good for you, I’m sure you can do it. He did it cold turkey on vacation one year. He said it helped to be away from “normal” situations, like going to work and lighting up. Once we got back, he said it was really hard to not smoke, it took him 2 weeks to fight cravings. Once cravings stopped, he had a hard time breaking smoking associations. He said he thought about it constantly for about 1 year, but never did it. Now it’s been like 3 and he only thinks about it every once in a while.
You can do it! I love to hear when people try to become healthier! You will feel so good!
Post # 15
Dude! You get lots of credit – it’s one of the hardest things I ever did. It’s even harder cuz nearly ALL of my friends & FI still smokes but he’s cutting back. I didn’t use anything because I heard the patches were too much nicotine & give you crazy dreams.
I started slowly by cutting back. At first I’d only allow myself X cigs in a day. Or if I went out – I only brought 3 with me, not the whole pack. No more ciggie breaks at work. The NY ban on smoking in bars helped too – I try not to go outside with the smokers but it’s hard when I’m left alone in the bar. I’m at the point now where I don’t allow myself to even buy them. If I want one, I have to be the one to bum off a friend and no one wants to be “that guy”. I did start taking dance classes and walking/jogging so I’m not sitting on my couch after work & it distracts me from cravings.
Mostly my motivation was my gyno talking about being over 30 & on the pill. She looked me dead in the face & said that with my family history, “if you keep smoking you WILL get cancer”. I dunno if she’s right or was just trying to scare me – but it worked.
Post # 16
Good for you! My best friend quit smoking a few years ago and she said the best thing that worked for her was replacing the smoking habit with different habits. She said that every time she wanted a cigarette she did something good for herself instead like going on a walk or run, doing yoga or making a smoothie. She also quit drinking for a while because those habits were closely tied. It really worked for her and her reward was a super healthy body!
Also, my coworker has gone twice to a hypnotist to try to quit and she still smokes. It seems like she is looking for the easy way out and doesn’t really want to quit all that much. I think you really have to convince yourself that you want to quit to make it work.