(Closed) I want to quit smoking!

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

If you can afford it, that chantrix (? Something like that) medication worked really well fort buddy who had smoked for 15 years!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My SIL went to her Dr. and they gave her Wellbutran and that helped.  Everyone else in my family are smokers and they all stopped cold turkey…. a few times.  It takes a few times for it to stick.

You should look up on Youtube the FLorida anti smoking commercial campaign.  if nothing else works those will.  I have to leave the room everytime they come on and I never smoked.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

1. Tell yourself you’re not a smoker anymore. Every time you think about smoking, just remind yourself, “we don’t do that anymore. I’m a non smoker!”

2. Nicotine replacement. Gum, the patch, a lozenge… Nicotine replacement therapy will take you from homicidal to merely miserable.

3. Avoid temptation. Don’t go out drinking, don’t keep a pack around “in case of emergency,” don’t make plans with friends who smoke for the first week or two. 

4. Repeat this mantra: “this too shall pass.” The first 48 hours are the worst. Then the next two weeks suck pretty hard. By the end of the first month, you’ll still feel a nostalgic twinge when you see smokers, but the overwhelming urge will have passed. Take it one day at a time, but remind yourself that it does get easier… And that you haven’t suffered through the last however many hours or days without smoking for nothing! 

5. Pick a good time to quit. Don’t wait for a perfect time, cause there isn’t one, but also don’t quit in the mid of finals week or the busiest time of year at your job. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I took Chantix and it worked really well for me! You can do this!!! Good luck!

Also, one thing to look forward too that I never thoguht about…food tastes sooooooo much better once you have quit for a few weeks lol πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’ll join you soon! I am going quit too (I’ve done it in the past a few times, but I took it up again this June when I started working after being unemployed for 2 years – that was a bit stressful as you can imagine!). But I’m planning on waiting until Jan 1st, because the holidays are crazy and because I know I’m going to drink (& therefore want to smoke) on NYE.

One big thing for me is smoking in the car. That’s where it’s hardest for me not to light up a cigarette. If you smoke in your car as well, make sure you clean it right before/after you quit. Windex the inside of the car windows (the black crap that will come off your windows will be a good reminder to you of why you should stop!). Find a nice air-freshner to hang up. And grab some lollypops for long drives, if possible.

Good luck! You can do it!  πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I like to look at all of the positive things that are going to result from you quitting rather than thinking about how badly it is going to suck

Take this into consideration

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ScenicRoute:  You CAN really do it! It will really suck. It will not be easy. You might slip up. It might take a few tries. But you definitely can do it!! 

Reminding yourself of your motivation is also important. While the commercials and statistics always scared me, they didn’t impact me as closely as things like “my clothes stink” and “I could buy a freakin car with the amount of money I spend on cigarettes in a couples of years” and “I want to have healthy babies someday.” Write down your list and keep it with you. And then just keep riding it out. The most intense part of a craving lasts about ten minutes. You can survive almost anything for ten minutes, right? Acknowledge the craving and then let it go. And then keep doing that. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Hey there!

First of all, congratulations. Wanting to quit is the most important step in actually quitting.

I’m quitting right now. Quitting is hard. I had quit a little earlier this year. I went almost a month, and then my uncle died and Fiance and I had a horrible fight, and i went out and bought a pack. But I still watned to quit, so once things calmed down, I decided to try again. This time I am using the patch, because cold turkey is really hard. I allso chcked into Wellbutrin, and am on a bit of that right now as well. So far it’s been three days, and I haven’t had a cigarette.

You’re going to need to get rid of all of yours when you quit. There are times when I wanted one pretty badly, what with the stressors of the holidays, but not enough to buy a pack. If I had had some left, though, I am not sure I’d have been able to refrain. On that note, when you pick your quit date, you might want to do it for just after the holidays if they are stressful for you. My stepfather smoked for 40 years, and he had luck using the Farmers Almanac to pick a quit date. Sounds corny, but he put them down one day and hasn’t picked one up since, and that’s been years ago.

Best of luck to you, and if you ever feel like you need someone to talk to in a moment of weakness, I am usually around here somewhere πŸ˜€

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