(Closed) STOPPING SMOKING THREAD

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@EffieTrinket:  I sincerely hope this isn’t insulting–I have never smoked, but my Darling Husband has.  Though he gave it up before I met him, he said that he sat down, and added up how much he was spending on cigarettes, and then made a list of everything he could buy with that money.  Whenever he wanted one, he took the money he would have spent on it, and deposited it into a savings account.  

I think he ended up with a computer.

ETA: I think it’s amazing what you’re doing.  Really, good for you!  I’m sure there will be other people along shortly that know exactly what you’re going through.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It was 2 years on May 9th that I quit smoking and it was the BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself! I was trying to quit for TEN years. Every other weekend I was ditching the smokes, and every Monday morning I was reaching for them again. I tried everything and could not do it. It took a lot but I finally admitted I couldn’t do it on my own and went to the Dr. I was prescribed Champix/Chantix. You take the drug and smoke for your first couple of weeks while on it, pick a day to quit, then quit. Then you’re supposed to stay on the drug for a full 3 months. Within a week of taking the drug I’d cut down my cig intake by about half – without even trying. It makes you nauseous when you smoke while on it, and it prevents you from getting anything from the nicotine when it hits your system. A week and a half into the drug and I quit – haven’t have one since. My Dh didn’t even notice – I had to TELL him 3 days later. His response was “you’re full of sh!t! you haven’t been bitchy at ALL!”. hahaha It was my saving grace!
You CAN do it! And that’s from the girl who NEVER thought she would!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have. Cold Turkey, and i think the key to it was knowing that if i abasolutey needed one- to the point of killing someone- i could have one.. BUT i wouldnt buy them!!! i would not buy 1 pack, for 1 to take the edge off. If i was out with friend, i would have one… knowing that yes i was quitting, but would still allow myself to have one every now and again made me feel calm.

they say nicotine stays in the system for 48 hrs… any cravings after that, its not the nicotine its the motion, lighting up and inhaling.. all mental!

 

good luck!! you can do this!!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I wasn’t the smoker, but husband smoked for about 15 years (he started when he was 16!) and finally managed to quit this year. Cold turkey didn’t work for him and he tried the gum, too. The e-cigarette helped him SO MUCH though. It took about 2-3 months for him to wean himself from high to medium to low to no nicotine, but it worked and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

You can totally find a way that works for you and quit!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve never smoked either but i know a lot of people who have quit.  It’s never any one thing that works.  It seems like there’s this moment when they realize thry just want out.  Whether that motivation is money, or health etc, I think you can only quit when you’re ready. My boss quit over night after reading this thin book about quitting (can’t quite remember what it’s called), but it really drilled into her how smoking is a psychological addiction.

You can do it!

I’ve had other addictions, and the only thing that works for me is bellowing (in my head) CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have never smoked but…..GO YOU!!! That is awesome!!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I stopped smoking a little over two years ago. I had smoked since I was fourteen and had always wanted to quit and I found myself at 18 and still smoking, so I just stopped! 

Don’t get me wrong I stll struggle with it. I mean, I haven’t smoked in almost three years and I still want a cigarette RIGHT NOW, if I think about it. Darling Husband keeps me on it though. I tell him whenever I get to craving a smoke and he helps me. Though I tell him that if anything ever happens to him I’m going straight to the store and getting a pack of reds, lol. 

Also…popsicles. When I stopped I started eating in place of cigs and I would make myself sick sometimes. Of course a lot of people gain weight for the same reason, so I just get those big bags of popsicles that break in half and eat one of those instead of eating til I get sick. 

Good for you for though!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yep. 

I quit starting May 2012. It’s not easy, but it can be done. I smoked for about 13 years. I suggest you arm yourself with information about what you’re going to go through. Unless you’re prepared for your body’s reaction, you’ll go back to smoking.

W/D are not fun. You will crave like crazy but nothing seems satisfying. You might gain 10lbs during that for a year. You will get aches, shortness of breath, racing heart. You’ll feel worn out walking to the mailbox. You’ll think soemthing’s wrong so bad that you have to go to the doctor, but they won’t find anything wrong. And then you’ll say if you knew you’d feel this bad, then you never would have stopped. ( I heard this from other quitters. Not all of it happened to me personally.)

What helped me finally do it was chantix. you can smoke on it within the first week. I did for the first ten days. Then, I switched to nicorette 4mg. Then I went down to 2mg. This week, I just got off the nicorette and I am chewing the hell out of regular gum.

You gotta really want to do it no matter the pain or mood swings. 

The chantix REALLY helped. But be aware of the side affects. First is the wallet side effect. It’s expensive. Go to their website and print the money saving voucher. Figure out if it’s better to use the voucher alone or in combination with your insurance. It was better for me to use it without insurance. Also because of the price, I chose to just do it for one month instead of three. 

Second, you have vivid dreams. No scary, but vivid and you’ll remember them. I kind of liked it. It was like seeing my own out of control movies.

Next is the pills strength. After the first week, Chantix’s pills are stronger. So you might need to break the pills and make your own schedule of taking them. Like it says take two a day. Well, break it, take the first half at 8am. Take the second half at 9 or 10am.  Then at night, do the same with the second pill. Break it up and then take it in segments. This worked well for me because taking the full pill made me nauseasous to the point that I didn’t know if I could keep it down. With it being so expensive, I was damn sure gonna keep it down! a month’s supply was the same price as my electric bill after that voucher. $80 something dollars.

I might have chewed nicorette while I was on chantix. I think I did and it doesn’t hurt you. Nicorrette is expensive. So of course I went generic walgreens and walmart brands. I coud still be chewing nicorette, but I can’t afford to keep buying $30 boxes of gum. That’s about the same as my clove cigarettes cartons I’d been smoking through every three weeks.

Go online and research your withdrawal symptoms. Figure out how you’ll handle them. Nonfat popsicles are good. Ice is good. Anything that cooled my tongue was welcomed. Drink more water to flush your system. Take vitamin C and E to help rebuild your tissues.

So, if it doesn’t work for you cold turkey, go ahead and smoke, BUT only if you go and get a chantix perscription. I was doubtful that Chantix was gonna help me, because nothing had worked and I knew I had rotten willpower. But it did help. It was awesome. I finally had hope and confidence, which drove me to stay committed. As the days of nonsmoking became weeks and months, I get more and more determined not to relapse and lose all this progress.

I still crave, but it’s not as strong. It’s totally managable. I can drive by my cigarette store without even thinking about it or looking at it. The cravings are more like a temporary discomfort now than the torture they used to be. I hear it can take up to a year to completely rebound and some longer.

For right now, every day, every hour, every minute, and every second is a victory. So far, It’s been about 4 months free.

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@graygodess20:  they say nicotine stays in the system for 48 hrs… any cravings after that, its not the nicotine its the motion, lighting up and inhaling.. all mental!

For me, it’s very physical. My tongue feels like it’s on fire, and my mouth feels numb. But I smoked Cloves, not regular cigarettes. I also had shortness of breath, hot flashes, and the cravings were like PMSing. You want everything, nothing satisfies you. I had a racing heartbeat and tingling in my extremities. I looked them up in relation to stopping smoking and found forums where other people who’d quit complained about these things.

I think it’s so strange that nonsmokers think its easy and we can just put it down. The commericals urge us to stop smoking, but they don’t tell us how hard it will be or how phsyical it will be. Or “can be” because people are all different.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

@MrsVandykins:  the book is by Allen Carr and I think it’s called the easy way to quit smoking. OP check it out- many swear by it to quit.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@honeybee1999:  I was guilty of this for about a week into my husband’s journey to stop smoking. He was NOT the easiest person to be around and I wasn’t exactly the most supportive wife. He set me straight and told me that if this was gonna work, I had to be there for him. I don’t know personally how hard it is to kick a 15 year addiction, but watching him do it was incredibly eye-opening.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Sorry, but I haven’t read through all of this thread before responding, but I’ll add my experience:

Once upon a time when I was 18, I started smoking because all of my friends did. Bad, I know, but it happened. By the time I was 20, I wanted to quit. I never smoked a lot, but enough for it to be difficult to quit. It took me a good 2 or 3 times for the quitting to stick. Some of the things I did may seem a little extreme, but they were really insightful once I looked back on everything. Here’s what I did:

Week 1: I allowed myself to smoke like I would in every day situations, but I carried a little pad of paper around with me to note what time of day I had one, how I was feeling, who I was with, where I was, etc. Much easier to do these days now that smart phones can replace that silly pad of paper.

I noticed that a pattern emerged: I smoked most often in my car, when I was with other smokers, after eating, and when I was stressed. Knowing this, I gave myself tools to work with to busy myself when I wanted a cigarette.

In the car: I missed having something in my left hand, so I held a straw like it was a cigarette.

After eating: Immediately chew gum or brush your teeth. I found that I didn’t want to  tamper with a clean mouth feeling, and smoking will ruin that immediately.

When I was stressed: I tried quitting in the fall / winter, so I stuck a stress ball in my jacket pocket so it would always be near by. I also allowed myself to chew gum.

Other smokers: I avoided them until I was comfortable with my progress. I also avoided alcohol because that was a cue to smoke.

Just knowing yourself will be helpful to you to avoid the temptation. I invested in multiple packs of gum and strategically placed them on all the table tops in my place. One on the night stand, one in the kitchen, one on the coffee table, one in my car, one at my desk at work, etc.

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I haven’t smoked in 10 years. You will miss having something in your mouth, hence all the gum. You’ll also miss something in your hand for sure (didn’t think it was possible, but it surprised me when it was true), which is why I carried straws. You may have better luck taking up knitting or something. Just be patient with yourself, know that if you don’t succeed the first try it doesn’t mean you’ve failed, it just means that you get to look back and say “well, this tactic wasn’t the best approach for me, but it might work if I try XYZ with it.”

Good luck, and we’re here if you need support!

 

ETA: Ugh. I’m under the weather so I forgot the most important part. Count how many smokes you had in your week of observation. The next week, see if you can decrease that amount by 5-10, or whatever goal you set for yourself. Replace one of your smoke breaks with one of the nifty habit-fillers I listed above, or create your own. Patience is key. The next week, reduce your smoke intake by another goal you set. Keep doing this until you work your way down to nothing, and then cheer with success. I won’t lie, day 3 without a cigarette was the hardest. The first two weren’t bad, but day 3 was torture. Once I was over that hurdle, the rest of the days were much easier as they went on. Eventually you’ll wonder why you ever smoked in the first place. It’s such a nice feeling too.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’ve never smoked, so forgive me if this is patronising, but I’ve always wondered why people who want to quit, but cannot, don’t switch to electronic cigarettes – they’re little devices that you use like a normal cigarette which gives you the same dose of nicotine that you would normally get, but without the smoke and nasty other chemicals. I don’t think nicotine itself is that bad for you, so these seem like a really good idea to ditch the nasties, without withdrawal…

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