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Thoughts about Quitting   Introductions/Newcomers Nook

Started Jan-30 by MachelleO; 508 views.
DanJF3

From: DanJF3

Feb-2

Congratulations on your decision to focus on quitting.  I see I am not the only mid to late 50s person in this forum.  I'm guessing it's the point where we really do notice some health issues and the worry about the future kind of robs us of the perceived pleasure that smoking has given us.  In reality it is perceived and not truly real.

I have been quit for over 13 months since the start of 2020.  You are absolutely right that quitting smoking can be a very sad experience and certainly emotional.  As I was halfway through my last pack it hit me that I was really going to make a strong attempt to quit and it almost brought me to tears.  The only thing that I found comforting was I expected to fail like I have on many previous attempts.

Online support groups really are helpful and please post your thoughts.  The first time I ever posted was on my first day of the quit and I came here to announce today was the day I quit and I was not especially happy about it and also I highly doubted I would succeed.  There was a lot of good advice and support which came my way.  The big thing was I read Allen Carr's book.  It have varying effects on everybody but if you haven't read it I would suggest it.  It helped me to truly realize that smoking is a killing addiction and that what I was giving up was in no way as good as what I was gaining.  After over a year without smoking, yes, I breathe much better, have more energy, sleep better and most importantly I am not angry with myself for being addicted to cigarettes on a daily basis.  The improved mental health and confidence is invaluable.  There are occasional thoughts of smoking but nothing to actually get me to do it.  I just live with and accept the thoughts and let them go.  

It's not easy but yes, you can quit!  Stay close to the forum and learn as much as you can about this addiction as you can and hopefully some day soon you can say you have found some freedom and peace of mind!

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Lubbercat

From: Lubbercat

Feb-4

Thank you.  I probably learned most of it when I quit for over 2 years.  You also need to stay constantly aware!  I was working 2 jobs, dead tired and living with a smoker, they were right there.......picked one up without even thinking about it.  That was almost 5 years ago.

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