(Closed) Anyone a smoker or former smoker?

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Post # 16
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Blushing bee

After 7 years of smoking nearly a pack a day I quit cold turkey. I finally got to where I wanted to quit. Like, truly wanted to as opposed to knowing I should but not wanting to. Actually, an image tht always came to me was me smoking in my wedding dress even though I wasn’t near being engaged. It made me sad. It will be two years next month. I never smoke, to me it’s not an option to have one while drinking and I have never slipped up. I know how you feel, I cannot believe I’m a non smoker, at the start it feels impossible. 

Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you can’t take chantix for medical reasons, you may want to speak with your doctor to see if there is a different Rx medication that might be an option for you.  For a lot of people, vaping is just trading one addiction for another, and the long-term side effects of vaping (especially some of the flavorings) are really not yet known. Patches and gum are a decent helper if you can’t use a prescription.  No matter what you do, try to focus on your behavioral triggers and plan in advance what you will be doing in the future at times when you’d be smoking.  If stress is a trigger, then what will you do for stress relief in the future; if you usually smoke while you’re driving, maybe have the car detailed so you’ll be more likely to not smoke since the car is fresh and clean.   The social and emotional triggers are a lot harder to overcome than the physical addiction for many people, and if you don’t have a good coping strategy in place, you’ll be less likely to succeed.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

FutureDrAtkins:  Lol. Good grief. Get off your high horse before someone knocks you off and you hurt yourself.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I quit 3 years ago by vaping. I was smoking 2.5 packs per day at that point. I had a terrible smoker’s cough, month long colds, and constant bronchitis and sinus infections. I really wish the antismoking groups would embrace this new technology.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

Smoked on-and-off for 6 years, regularly for 3 years… best thing for me was not working at a bar anymore.  I worked in WV at the time and smoking was allowed in the bar. 

As for help/support/options, I hear great things about vaping to help end it but I know it can be a little pricey.  I went cold turkey and chewed a TON of Orbit Sweet Mint gum, which I really don’t like now.  I think knowing your triggers is big- I was a working/social smoker so when I changed jobs, that helped.  In social situations, I asked friends to just support me and NOT let me bum one!  Best of luck!  Go for gum if you need it! lol

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Congratulations on quitting! I highly, highly recommend reading Allen Carr’s The Easy Way to Quit Smoking. (You can find it free online.) I’ve tried to quit a million different ways but the things I learned in his book were what finally helped me quit. Most of what I realized was that I didn’t actually love smoking. I was totally in the “no, you don’t understand, I LOVE smoking!” camp – but when I quit, it was when I was finally able to realize that I didn’t even really like smoking. It makes your clothes reek, your breath bad, makes you never able to just sit and chat after meals – gotta run out for a smoke! – and you pay through the nose for the privilege of all that.

You know what I really love? Not needing a cigarette, ever. When you’re a smoker, you’re smoking to get back to like, a baseline mood. You feel uncomfortable when you need a smoke, but fine when you’ve just had one. Being a non smoker, you walk around all day feeling like someone who just had a smoke… Just normal. 

Im not 100% perfect, and from time to time I start to fall back into old habits and bum a cigarette from someone… But luckily it’s rare and every time I do, I remember after just a few drags, “oh right, I don’t actually like smoking.” So don’t beat yourself up if you slip, but pay attention and let it remind you of how much you really don’t enjoy smoking. 

The physical addiction is the easy part. The worst is over in two or three days. Its the mental part that’s tough. Good luck!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Check out smokefree.gov  It has a lot of free resources to help you quit.

Post # 23
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9694 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

sillysillybee:  Pot, meet kettle.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

As someone who smoked heavily, and has been quit for five years my best advice is: Quitting is easy, staying quit is hard. I have moments, days, weeks where I crave. I miss the moments with a beer, at a party,after 😉 ;), but I remember how how much better im feeling, how much money im saving, and that i quit from my own choices. Also, im to the point where the smell turns me offand the smoke hurts my throat. Those help as well lol 

Post # 25
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Newbee

KatieBklyn:  yes!!! I read this book last summer and it is amazing! I don’t want cigarettes ever, not even when drinking. I feel back to my normal, non smoking self. The book compares smoking to putting on a super tight pair of shoes just to get the relief of taking them off. My Fiance finally read it almost 2 months ago and he has quit too. 

OP- seriously read this book. Nothing else works like it. You may be able to quit or withstand cravings with other methods but the book eliminates the DESIRE to smoke. You don’t miss it, it’s as if you have always been a non-smoker.  And its cheap (I downloaded mine on my ipad) and only like 300 pages. You even get to smoke while you read it. I would recommend reading it in one sitting.  Good luck!

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 

akk380:  ugg yes i want to quit. i dont smoke a but load… hehe no pun intended. but its enough. im finding it pretty hard when i go to my softball practices and games since my whole team smokes!! patch is irritating to me. the gun i havent been able to find in my small little town…and i do like the gum too

Post # 28
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Newbee

akk380:  I had it for about 4 months before I read it because I wasn’t ready. And then even after my success with it, it took my Fiance another 9-10 months to read it even though he said he wanted to quit. I think the upcoming wedding and wanting to get in better shape motivated him. You definitely have to want to quit:-)   

 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

akk380:  hi! I was also someone who loved smoking. I only smoked for a few years in college (and end of high school) but I def was addicted and it for sure took me a few times to quit. This was before vaping was around ( I have only heard good things about using it to quit) so I used the lozenges by Nicorette ( tho there are tons of generic options- I actually preferred a generic drug store knock off)

Aside from the physical addiction- you have many years of habits tied to smoking. For me it was VERY difficult to get used to driving without smoking. So try shaking up your routine ( ie maybe eat some candy or a sucker) in the car, switch from coffee to tea ect.

Good luck OP! You can do it! And if you ‘relapse’ don’t beat yourself up. If you fall off the wagon, just get right back on!

I promise once you get past the first week you will physically feel SO much better. If you ever want to vent feel free to PM me. 

Also maybe set aside your cig money for a sweet monthly reward…like a mani/ped, massage, new purse. All that cash will really add up! 🙂

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Scou:  Omg isnt it so crazy how you can’t stand the smell of smoke now? Well I don’t mind it when Im drunk but when I am sober it makes me gag. I can smell my coworkers who smoke from across the office. its crazy!

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