(Closed) Have you quit smoking??

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: How did you quit?
    Cold Turkey : (8 votes)
    42 %
    Weened off gradually : (3 votes)
    16 %
    Patch/gum/other meds : (8 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
    1222 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I quit cold turkey. I ran out and just decided not to buy another pack. But I wasn’t a heavy duty smoker, 2-3 times a week.

    Post # 4
    1124 posts
    Bumble bee

    My FH and I just quit a few days ago. Today is day number 5! We have both been smoking for several years. I wasn’t a heavy smoker, maybe a pack or so a week. It’s so much easier than you think. Sure there are cravings, but nothing unbearable. FH and I did it so we could spend a nice long life together.

    Post # 5
    3126 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I used the patch when I quit. I could have never gone cold turkey. So impressed with people who do!

    Post # 6
    1253 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I quit cold turkey in november! I just didn’t want to smoke anymore, so I dont.  But I’ve slipped a few times, I had a few smokes at my FMIL’s during christmas holidays but thats it.

    Post # 7
    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I have not quit and have no immediate intentions of doing so.

    Post # 8
    111 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I smoked about 2-3 packs per week when I smoked.  The first time I found out I was pregnant, and that was incentive to quit smoking.  I lapsed here and there over the years, but never picked it up regularly until the end of grad school.  I smoked like a chimney while I wrote my dissertation.  My Fiance used to smoke, and didn’t want to pick it back up, so he encouraged me to quit.  I did it cold turkey again.  It was hard and the headaches sucked.  I got over it.  Now I do Tobacco research and have a smoke machine and have to clean it.  It gets so nasty and stinky, that I don’t really want to smoke ever again.  Eww!  I have to clean out the tar in the pipes and I just think about how that could be my lungs.

    Post # 9
    305 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

    I was a pack-a-day smoker since I was around 16 (dayum, that’s 17 years of my life I was a smoker) and I quit the day we got home from our honeymoon. The patch was my bestest friend during that time and actually made it pretty easy for me. I think the key was preparing myself for it though, I had set that day as my quit-date months in advance so I knew it was coming and made myself as ready for it as possible.

    Post # 10
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t smoke, however, another possibility (especially if you’ve already tried OTC nicotine replacement prodcuts – patch/lozenge/gum) is to talk to your physician about Zyban or Chantix.  These are both prescription medications that help with smoking cessation.   

    Post # 11
    578 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I quit December 9, 2009….. I did it cold turkey and the website  whyquit.com really helped me.  What I kept thinking about was how much money I was wasting on those dumb things. So at the end of the 1 year mark I went out and bought myself something really nice and didnt feel guilty about it at ALL!  Good luck!

    Post # 12
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I used the patch, ice cream, and a lot of crying.  In retrospect, zyban probably would have been helpful.


    I”ve been smoke free for nine years now!

    Post # 13
    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My fiance just quit this Christmas, and so far has been fine (with a few cravings, but he hasn’t caved). He read Allen Carr’s book The Easy Way to Stop Smoking and I think that really helped him mentally prepare. Good luck!

    Post # 14
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    YES, I second “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.”  It is very short, and I think you can even get it online in PDF.  I used this book, even though it is geared more for cold turkey smokers, and I used Chantix.

    It is key to reform the way you think about smoking and how you identify yourself as a smoker, and the associations you have with smoking.  Most of the quit is psychological.  I put in a lot of work in that department.

    I liked quitnet.org and went to counseling in addition to using Chantix.  A lot of hospitals offer quit smoking programs for free.  I would really recommend Chantix.

    I smoked for about 10 years, a pack a day.  I quit 1/26/08 and have not had a puff since.  Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

    Post # 15
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I started smoking when I was 16, and tried to quit cold turkey and using the gum several times throughout college. I say that I quit completely when I was about 23, but I gradually stopped. A few things helped, and obviously some of them are pretty specific to my life- but they might help!

    1. I started dating a non-smoker. Although he never told me I had to quit, he did make it clear that he didn’t like it that I smoked. I slowly started hanging out with him more, and going out drinking less, which is where a lot of my smoking happened. I also started growing out of my old group of friends- the kind that smoked and partied a lot.

    2. I started running. I wanted to loose the weight I gained in college/ because of medications. I had always been reasonably active, and didn’t have too much weight to loose, but I could tell a difference if I didn’t smoke for a few days and went running versus smoking the night before and trying to run.

    3. The most helpful thing for me was telling myself I DIDN’T have to quit cold turkey. Before, I would give away a pack, throw out all my lighters, and make it about 4 days until I went out with a friend and then I bum smokes all night. The next morning I”d be hungover and annoyed with myself for smoking again, so I’d say “screw it” and just buy another pack. I told myself I could bum as many cigs. as I wanted, I just couldn’t buy a pack. It was probably pretty annoying for my friends for a while, but it actually really helped me cut back.

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