Post # 1
So I’ve been an awful dirty smoker for the last 5 years, haha. I started in college and it helped with the stress so I just never quit. Then I got horribly addicted :(. I was up to about a pack a day before the wedding :(. I promised Darling Husband that I’d quit when we got engaged, then put it off until we got married. I made it through the wedding but broke down and had some later that day :(. He let me have a grace period of the honeymoon, but I promised I’d quit after. Honeymoon’s been over for 2 days now, I haven’t had one but its soooo hard. I really want to do this to be healthier, plus I really can’t afford the habit, but this seriously sucks. I’ve tried cutting down first and using the patch before, neither of them worked for me, so I’m trying cold turkey. Right now I’ve just got some nicorette gum for when the cravings get really bad, but I definitely don’t want to get dependant on it, plus, it upsets my stomach. So, any former smoker bees have any advice on quitting?? When does it get better?
Post # 3
Fiance and I started vaping or using an elcetronic cigarette. I was able to quit right away, it was much harder for him. We really got into it though as we were buying all different flavors and stuff. If you wanted to try it just to help you to quit, you can buy a cheap kit from 7-11 to just help you when a craving hits. I will say this..drink lots of water from a straw so that you are not eating to fill that oral fixation. Some people say candy helps. Hard candy or lollipops. I have been without a cigarette since Dec and I gave up vaping in March when I found out I was pregnant. Fiance finally gave up everything a week ago, he even tried snus. If you ever need to chat just PM me. It is a hard road in the beginning and those who are/have gone through it can help.
Post # 4
I don’t smoke but my best friend was a hard-core pack and a half smoker for 17 years. I watched her try to quit cold-turkey and she also tried gum/patches. All fails. What worked was Zyban, an anti-depressant that is kind of designed for to help smokers quit. Like most of these drugs, it hits the part of your brain that craves cigarettes. She immediately lost any desire to smoke. You only take it for about three months and then taper off.
Makes sense because smoking is a kind of compulsive disorder and medication helps in those situations. It’s been over 20 years and she hasn’t had one cigarette since. Call your doctor and ask if that’s something you should try. She’s the only person I know who’s managed to quit forever. Oh, and good luck, no matter what you decide:)
Post # 5
A friend of mine used Quest cigarettes. They kind of work like Nicorette, with three different levels of cigarette, each level reducing the amount of nicotine you ingest. And they tasted god-awful, so he started associating cigarettes with an awful taste.
My mom swears by blow-pops, my brother by chewing on a straw. Neither of those worked for me, but I found success in slowly transitioning from Nicorette gum to regular chewing gum.
I also had a cigarette bank. I really wanted a new laptop, so I’d put the $20 or so dollars I’d spend on cigarettes every week into a jar, and then everytime I had a craving I didn’t give into, I’d put another dollar in the bank, and Darling Husband matched it. He was just Boyfriend or Best Friend then, but smoking was a deal-breaker for him, so I had good motivation to quit, and he felt that the couple hundred dollars he ended up putting up was a good investment in my health and our life.
Post # 6
@StormyRose: Aww I’m glad you guys could do it together. It funny, Darling Husband has smoked with me the last 2 years, but he’s one of those people that just doesn’t get addicted. He can just stop whenever he wants, it drives me crazy! haha. Ive been thinking about the e-cigs, but a lot of people tell me it actually makes them more addicted, so it scares me a little. Thanks for the tips though! And congrats on being pregnant!
Post # 7
@Mrs Sarah McK: I love the cigarette bank idea! I just told Darling Husband and he liked it too! sounds like really great motivation, yay, thanks!
Post # 8
And straws. I drank EVERYTHING with a straw for like 3 weeks. (Drink water, not soda. No point in trading cancer for diabetes.) Sometimes I just chewed on them. It just helps satisfy the physical urge. (The patch takes care of the nicotine.)
Chewing gum also helps some. I never did the nicotine gum. Just plain old sugarfree chewing gum.
If you smoke while you drink, no drinking for six months. If you smoke with your coffee, switch to tea for six months. If you smoke on your breaks at work or school, come up with something else to do. (A walk around the block or something.)
Stay away from smokers. It’s just too easy to say to a friend, in a moment of weakness, “Can I bum one of those from you?” And they’ll give you one, too, even if you’d told them that you’re quitting, and absolutely not to, even if you ask. For me, it was six months before I could trust myself hanging out with any of my smoking friends.
Have somebody that will listen to you whine and help you stay on target.
Most people try several times before they successfully quit, so if you screw up, get back on the wagon as fast as you can.
You can never, ever let your guard down. It’s been years, for me, and there are still moments when I think, “God, I’d love a cigarette right now.” It would be that easy to start again.
(Oh, and it sucks. It sucks so bad. But it is totally worth it.)
Post # 9
Instead of a smoking bank I got cable, which I hadn’t had in a couple of years. Although upon reflection, I think the combination of quitting smoking and getting cable helped contribute to the post cigarette weight gain. Ah well, haven’t been a smoker in almost 5 years, so I guess it was worth it.
Post # 10
I quit three different times, with three different methods before it ‘took’. (Fingers crossed, anyway. It’s been six months, but I quit for eight one time before . . . ). I did Chantix, cold turkey and Wellbutrin/Zyban.
If you can get a prescription, I would go with Wellbutrin, hands down. Cold turkey made me an irritable mess and I got really depressed. Chantix made me nuts. It was an awful experience. (I think it’s because it interferes with your pleasure receptors. Sure, smoking isn’t fun anymore. But neither is anything else. Ugh!) Wellbutrin cuts out any cravings and, for me anyway, made me feel great. It also has some nice side effects — it seemed to increase my concentration (much like nicotene — great for us students), and I lost about 3 pounds when I was on it. A nice perk.
So, that’s my experience. I will say this, too. It’s really hard to quit when you are doing it for the sake of someone else. I quit twice because the hubs wanted me too and kept nagging me, and both times I started smoking again eventually. Only if you want to quit will quitting be a positive experience you are willing to stick with. It’s okay to wait until you are ready and committed. I’ve also found working out to be a good motivation to stay a nonsmoker. It’s something that makes me feel good that isn’t fully compatible with smoking. Good luck!
Post # 11
To answer your other question — cravings/withdrawl lets up pretty quickly. If you quit cold turkey it will only last a couple days. But, in some ways that’s easier to deal with than rearranging your whole routine way of living and dealing with stress, socializing, etc. That’s why you need to really want to quit. For me, it helped to focus on everything I don’t like about smoking, and I had to quit hanging out with people who do smoke as often, going to the bar, etc.
Post # 12
I just quit ~1 month ago (I don’t want to be craving a cigarette on my wedding day!). I did it cold turkey. It sucked. I tried the ecig, but those did not “do it” for me. I tried Welbutrin years ago, and it gave me crazy/paranoid dreams. Really, you have to find that method that will work for you. But IMO, I think every method of quitting sucks……which is why it is so hard to quit! You just have to find the method that you can live with…suckiness and all……
But, more important than the method – get a support group together! Talk to people (your Darling Husband, mom, friends, etc) and tell them you are quitting and ask them to be there for you…so you can call someone when you have a craving and say “this sucks, I hate the world, I want a cigarette” and they can then “talk you off the ledge”…..
GOOD LUCK!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
Post # 13
I did cold turkey, and started exercising instead – it really sucked at first, especially because I’d get out of breath quickly, but seeing that improve really helped. I did have a couple weeks where I started again (bar exam), but I tried not to beat myself up too much and once it was over, I quit again. Agree with PP about cutting back on drinking, if that’s something you associate with smoking; and getting gum, straws, cinnamon sticks…whatever you like the most.
Post # 14
@bmarie12: thanks! Oh man I hadn’t even thought about the bar, I’ll be taking it in february… not looking forward to that, I’ll probably start up again too haha. My semester just started and law school itself is driving me crazy without smoking. But I’ve made it 5 days so far!
Post # 15
That is where I get all of my supplies. I have been tobacco-free for over a year and a half. It’s difficult but it CAN be done if you set your mind to it.
Go to the forums, ask questions, get more information, and see which personal vaporizer would be best for you.
Post # 16
I quit when I got pregnant and that was easy bc I kept telling myself it was best for baby. but after that I started again (naughty me!!) So just recently I quit again. Its easier for me, but It does help with stress. I would just go a few more days if you can, it gets easier after that. I have no secrets, I just quit