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November 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 10/31/20 by Terry (abquitsmking); 26496 views.
Loreficent

From: Loreficent

11/2/20

Yes! Peace for all of us quitters is the wish for today. Want to join me with the wish? I guess maybe same as NOPE thread though. dizzy

Allamer1980

From: Allamer1980

11/3/20

I’ve been reading the forums over past week. I quit Nicotine on Oct 1. I think we all share similar experiences and wanted to say I will be week 5 tomorrow. I finally feel free and it’s amazing. Still a process, but this week has felt much different. 
 

it’s nice to read what others have experienced. I will say earlier this year I stopped chewing tobacco for many reasons which thankful to have clean bill of health after 20 years. But after 3 months I said, I’ll just do one NRT. Stupid mistake. So about a month of that and said zero, zilch..no more. Nicotine free life is the only way!!! 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

11/3/20

Awesome!! So you chewed and smoked, or just chewed? Either way, you’re right. It is good to be nicotine and smoke free. It is such a potent drug. It’s funny how it takes stopping to really comprehend how it had it’s grips on us. Congratulations on your move into week 5!! Glad you found some good stuff here to help along your way. muscle

Allamer1980

From: Allamer1980

11/3/20

I smoke in my 20s. But only a few several nights when I would go to the bar. But prob last time I had a cigarette was mid 20s. So I chewed non stop after that. So if I wasn’t sleeping or eating I had snuff. It was much easier and concealable while inside most places. Very disgusting habit as well. But reach deep inside and said no more. I don’t need it. My family don’t need it. It’s our enemy, not our friend. Break the connection. Now I see I’m less irritable, love my wife even more. I now see how I would always put Nicotine before everyone else more clearly. I laugh and say, “How stupid!”. My wife is my best friend and family are the world! My life and events evolved around it. Not anymore! And reading everyone else post; man they exerpeinced same as I. We will all be free. That was the past. We all are human. We make mistakes. Once we realize and we can get passed any life challenge without it! 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

11/4/20

Yes, it is hard to see while we are doing it as we always rationalize our fix. It is hard to stop for sure, but, once we do things become more clear. Like you said how you realized you were putting that before everything else, right? I bet your wife is very proud of you and happy too! 
Im proud of you too. I know how hard it is. Keep making the good choice though. It will keep getting a little easier every day really. Strong work!muscle 

Sheilamz

From: Sheilamz

11/5/20

Keep it up!  It's a good thing for us and everyone in our lives. Good for you for making the change!

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Terry (abquitsmking)
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

11/6/20

When you first quit cigarettes, it may feel as if every waking moment is consumed with one thought and one thought alone: the urge to smoke.

If you pay close attention though, you'll notice that most cravings last only around three to five minutes. They tend to come off the blocks strongly and decrease gradually until they're finally gone.

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Terry (abquitsmking)
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

11/6/20

Nicotine withdrawal can include a whole host of symptoms.   Take a look at the following article to get an idea of whether what you're feeling is related to smoking cessation or not.

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Terry (abquitsmking)
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

11/6/20

Taking Back Control - Kevin's Story

I was probably 14 or 15 years old when I became a full time smoker. I blame myself, but peer pressure played a big part. The ones I wanted to spend time with or looked up to (sister, cousins, friends), all smoked. It was cool to smoke, and if I didn't smoke, I wouldn't be one of them.

I smoked for roughly 32-33 years and had a love/hate relationship with cigarettes. I probably thought about quitting with almost every cigarette that I lit, even the ones I loved -- with coffee, with a beer, after eating, etc. As much as I was “enjoying” that cigarette though, there was part of me wishing that I was free from the things.

During my career in the military, every time I deployed, I wanted to come home better. Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn't.

Maybe I would exercise more, lose weight, gain muscle, quit smoking... Something. But here I was, ten months into a deployment in northern Afghanistan, and I had done nothing to improve myself. Worse yet, I had gained 10 lbs.

But then, the colonel quit smoking and he was making it look easy. Way too easy. Cigarettes had controlled me for over 30 years and this was just enough motivation to get me to give smoking cessation another try. I decided to quit when I finished the last four packs of my carton, and a few days later on May 24, 2009, I put out my last cigarette and went to bed.

I will not lie. I don't think I ever really thought I would actually succeed. I had failed every attempt to quit before and this quit would probably be no different. It was not a matter of “if” I was going to fail; it was a matter of “when”. But, I kept pushing through the urges. The colonel was still doing it, and I was not going to be the first to give in.

I tried nicotine patches for a little more than four days, but I didn’t feel they were helping, and ripped the fifth one off. In my mind, it was me that was pushing through the urges, not the patches. Heck, my mind was my own worst enemy. My mind kept telling me that I would miss smoking forever. But that was the “nicodemon” talking.

Somehow, through determination, I kept going long enough that I started to believe I could do it. I kept thinking to myself, that a day would come that I would not think of smoking every waking minute. I did not look to next week; I worked on today and hoped it would get a little better tomorrow.

I found this forum on the 7th day of my quit. I’ll never know if I would have succeeded without it, but I know it definitely helped. By posting my quit intentions in public, I told everyone reading it that I was going to give this quit an honest attempt. By jumping in and giving advice, I was helping myself as much as I was helping others.

I quit with determination, and a (somewhat) positive attitude. My number one reason to quit was to take back the control from cigarettes and nicotine.

I did it.

It has been over 15 months now, and I DO NOT MISS CIGARETTES. I am thanking myself every day for quitting. I love being free!

Tips from Kevin:

  • Think positive: Know that the uncomfortable feelings you have in the early days of your quit are temporary. You will not always have that “empty” feeling. YOU WILL NOT MISS SMOKING FOREVER. Keep yourself in a positive frame of mind.
  • It gets better: The further I got into my quit, the more I believed in it, and the easier it became. It has been a gradual healing from nicotine addiction.
  • Keep your quit reasons with you in the early days: I also listed out family/friends who quit before me and things to do if I get an urge.
  • Get support: As I said above, a forum full of quit buddies helped me. It kept me honest, and it even kept my quit fun at times.
Most of us quit smoking expecting to fail. Nicotine addiction has a way of stealing our will to try before we've even given it a shot. However, with some determination, education, and a solid support network, this addiction can be overcome and freedom grasped. Kevin's story is a great example of that.
gkim

From: gkim

11/6/20

Hello. I tested positive for Covid s as bd found this Wednesday and haven’t had a cigarette Thursday or today, Friday. Very scared and nervous and want to smoke. I’m not smoking because my urge to smoke is not greater than wanting to get well. I’m really not thinking about anything right now. I know I’m going to need help and this s not going to be easy. 

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