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  • ICNDonna
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    I quit over 22 years ago. I can still remember the date --- August 17th. I told myself that if I could go four days without a cigarette, I could go without them for the rest of my life. I used nicotine gum as a crutch for a while, but I haven't wanted a cigarette for years.

    I have lost so many close friends to cigarette caused lung cancer that it makes me want to cry when I see someone dear to me light up.


    Donna

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  • ihurttoo
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    Like Sandy, I quit cold turkey as soon as I found out I was pregnant. (Not that I had that great of will power or anything, the smell just made me so sick!) But, strangely enough, like Sandy, the first drink I had after the birth did me in, and I started back up again! The two just seem to go together...like you are having all your vices at the same time! (Maybe that's how the whole smoking after sex thing got started! )

    I have quit a few other times too, (also for several months), but for some idiotic reason, I always started back. It is SO hard! So, I definately feel for you!

    Also, like Sandy, I have dramatically decreased my daily number recently. My husband is a non-smoker and HATES it that I smoke. I plan on giving it another go soon, I am trying to slowly decrease my number so my body wont go into shock! LOL! But, I do agree that my bladder is definately happier when I dont smoke. There has been so much research on this, and we all know it's bad, (even w/o the research), but it is a powerful addiction.

    Anyway, just want to let you know that I am in your corner and understand. I agree that when the time is right, you will do it. I know I am not a good one to offer advice on this, (since I am still smoking), but I can say that when I quit before, it was very hard to be around smokers. No matter how many months it had been since I'd quit, every time I'd smell it, I'd want one, (except when I was pregnant.) And smokers are such friendly people, they'd always give me one. So, the best advice I can give you is avoid all friends and family that smoke while you are trying to quit and for several months afterwards.

    If you do decide to quit and then mess up, dont beat yourself up over it, and admit to failure either. Just admit that you have messed up once, but dont give in and buy a pack. Because if you buy it to have "just in case", then "just in case" will end up being for the whole first day! (Spoken from personal experiance! )

    Good luck with whatever you decide!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • tigger_gal
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    hugs to you, I know very well the afftects of stress to your body.if you need to talk end me a pm,

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  • jodi.b
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    Quit smoking

    Hi All
    Jodi from Melbourne here.
    I gave up smoking 14 months ago. I did not think I could do it AT ALL.
    The patches made me sick..... so what I did was buy the strongest patches and cut them into quarters. The other thing was.... I chewed on tooth picks. Tea tree flavored tooth picks. The tooth picks are what got me over the line.
    Instead of smoking a cig while on the phone I chewed on a TP. Consequently whenever I felt the need for a cig I took out a tooth pick and this really worked for me. I did not care what people thought and as a result now people are telling me now how well I look and that apparently my skin looks fabulous.
    So there you go
    Regards
    Jodi B

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  • GriffsMommy
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    I quit about 6 months ago and I have to say it was one of the hardest things me and my hubby have ever done. The one thing that really helped me was to use Quest Cigarettes. They are low nicotine cigarettes and you can kind of step down until you are basically getting almost no nicotine from the cigarette. You still get the actual feeling of holding the cigarette in your hand but you're not getting the nicotine so you're getting rid of the physical addiction while you can still have that physical need to have one in your hand. The other nice thing about them is they do not taste like regular cigs so after awhile I didn't even want to smoke them at all because I thought they tasted crappy. It does say that they are not to be used as a aid to quit smoking but from what I read this is because they would have to get all of this fda approval to claim that which they haven't gotten yet but they really helped us. Even though I still want one from time to time when I'm stressed I can't actually imagine smoking anymore. Hope you can quit soon.
    Here's the website for the quest if you're interested
    http://www.questcigs.com/

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  • Bessie
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    Sandy,
    That is a good one about going outside........I can see how that would cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke each day

    I would be such a wimp about going out in the cold, rain, or even the heat!!

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  • Moonheart
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    Also, other things that can help when you are ready to quit:

    -Cardiovascular exercise for 10 min. six times a day.
    -long, brisk walks
    -alternating hot and cold showers, as much as you can stand it (this does several things, it gets rid of the toxins out of your pores and stimulates your blood to remove them more quickly)
    -Getting enough rest.
    -drinking lots of water
    -eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whatever fits with the IC diet
    -quitting coffee as it stimulates the need for a cigarette

    And lots more things I can't think of right now...

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  • SandyRN
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    I have quit 3 times in my life, and each time I was pregnant....cold turkey, just stopped as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I didn't even cheat! Then, when my kids were weaned, I would want a beer.....then with that beer I would want a cigarette...one led to another, and then I had started back smoking because of my own inability to have a beer without a cigarette! I never smoked inside my house which has made me cut WAY down. Now I'm down to about 6 cigarettes a day, and I have to stop what I'm doing and go outside to smoke. I hadn't told anyone I was trying to quit and how far back I'd cut back because if I fail I didn't want to hear the "I told you soooooo..." I must say I'm proud of how little I'm smoking now, and my bladder can definately tell a difference.

    You'll quit when you're ready...but if you do smoke inside, try only doing it outside...when it's raining, cold, it sure does take all the fun out of that cigarette!

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  • Bessie
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    Another thought......you have to be "ready" to quit. If you are not 100% ready to do so it won't work. Once I decided that I was ready I sat on the couch all day long and would not let anyone look at me or talk to me It was a really tough day and the days after were hard too, but I decided I was strong enough and worth it to quit. Even to this day some 18 years later I still get urges to smoke but they don't come as often or last that long. It is a matter of strong willpower........you can do it!!!!

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  • shell
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    I agree with octoberfarm that quitting is extremely difficult but equally satisfying down the road. I attended a smoking cessation class as one way to help me quit. One thing I took from that class was the concept that there will always be stree - to one degree or another - in our lives. So you can have stress in your life and smoke, or you can have stress in your life while being smokefree. And I personally found that saving all that money on cigarettes and feeling better physically helped reduce some of the stress in my life.

    Best of luck with quitting!

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  • Bessie
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    Quitting was one of the hardest things I have even done in my life but also the best gift I have given myself. You have lots going on right now so maybe in a couple of weeks when things calm down you will be able to do it. Hang in there

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  • justJen
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    new added stress

    The new added stress to my life makes it very hard to put the cigarettes down. I've done the patch and the gum before and it worked for me. I just have no motivation to quit right now. With everything I've been going through I can't imagine what will happen next! My grandmother died, my bf got laid off, his father died and I had a nervous breakdown. Plus, We have had to move again...ugh!
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