Help me quit smoking

Hi everyone, I am 20 years old and have been smoking since I was 12:oops: I want to quit so bad but I just can’t. My fiance has never smoked and he hates it I already dont smoke in my house and have tried patches. Dont get me wrong I really want to quit but I enjoy smoking so much. Please give me any ideas you might have or methods that worked for you. Thanks!!

Hi knitwit, I feel your pain! I have been smoking since I was 15. I am now 41. I have tried many times to quit, and it is very hard. I wish I would have never ever picked up such a terrible habit. All I can say is you really have to want it bad enough or you won’t do it. Patches work well and also, the Commit Lozenges too. Ha notice how I can tell you this , but have not quit myself! I will try soon again, hopefully we will both succeed!

I understand both of you and am working on quitting myself. At 51, I’ve already begun feeling the physical effects… COPD, signs of EMPHYSEMA and general loss of circulation and energy. These are the BIGGEST reasons for you to quit. I am currently taking a product called Chantix and it has curbed my smoking from 2 packs a day to less than 1/4 pack a day. Some days are easy, some are harder. This is a prescription drug, so you must see a physician first but it does work. This addiction will kill you and me. Uh, need I say more. I support you and hope you’ll return the favor! :thumbsup: Mary

I started in high school and I can’t remember how I quit but if I were you, make a appointment with your Dr. and start there. Also ask him/her if they know of a local support group, strength in numbers and all. If anything try to not smoke every other cig, it might be somewhere to start from. Maybe instead of having that after dinner smoke (that was a weakness for me), try getting up and walking around the block a couple of times until the urge is gone maybe? You might be able to replace the after dinner smoke habit with a after dinner walk habit.

Good luck and keep us updated on your progress and just know that you will feel better when you are done with 'em!:grphug:

Hi,
I know what you are going through, but I can tell you when you do stop, you will feel great! You will have much more energy, your clothes and hair will not smell, you won’t have to think about when and when your next cigarette will be. No more standing out in the freezing cold! Your doctor will be happy, you will add years to your life. I don’t know if you have kids, but if you do, they are young enough they won’t remember you smoking and if you don’t, you won’t have to worry about quitting when you decide to get pregnant. You will be able to walk up the stairs with out feeling like your going to pass out. You can check off NO to any doctor forms, life insurance forms to the “do you smoke” questions! It feels great to do that:cheering:
I can tell you all this good stuff because I quit smoking 5 years ago this past December 17, 2007 which happens to be the day my granddaughter was born (she will never know me as a smoker).
It is the best thing I have ever done for myself and yes it is hard as hell, but it beats the alternatives!!
This is how I quit…it may not work for everyone, but it did for me. I smoked for 25 years, not 24 not 26 exactly 25 long years.
In September of 07 I decided I was going to quit, I had never tried before and I was determined I was only going to have to do it once.
I picked December 17th as my quit day
I smoked my brains out until that day. I enjoyed every minute of it, because I didn’t feel guilty because I knew I was going to quit.
On December 16 I smoked so much that even at midnight I had to have ONE more, so I did and then I slapped on the nicotine patch.
(o.k. one big mistake here and don’t you make it!:rofl: it wasn’t funny at the time, but I’m looking back here…I had smoked so much that day, that by adding a patch I was on nicotine overload and spent my first quit day throwing up and shaking, but at least I didn’t feel like smoking!)
The patch has three steps. After the first step (which I think each step was for 3 weeks) I did it again. I did the second step for the one time and I did the third step two times. So instead of using the patch for the usual 9 weeks, I did it for 15.
I sucked on Werther’s butterscotch and yes I did gain weight, but that is because I didn’t exercise. So I went to Weight Watchers 6 months after I quit and lost it.
Anyway this is a long enough letter. I am still not smoking and I can’t believe it doesn’t bother me…I never thought I would see the day and I can’t believe it is 5 years.
It is not easy, it will probably be the hardest thing you ever do. That’s why I started out by telling you all the good things first.
I wish you luck and will keep you in my thoughts:muah:

Jen:knitting:

I was a smoker in high school and now would never think to pick it up again… so the moral of this story is YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Like all have said, it does take will power but you have to at least try… you will surprise yourself. Cold turkey worked for me, just decide, within yourself, for yourself, that you just wont be a smoker!
I wish you all the luck in the world!!

Thank you, Jen and Christine, your support is greatly appreciated! Mary

:yay: Congratulations !
You are not alone. I have gone for 4 wks. now. I never would have thought for one moment that I would want to choose not to smoke because (unfashionable as this may sound) I really loved smoking. Some of the ways that I tried to stop was chewing gum , the regular type. Then went on to the nicotine patch which left me feeling sick and jittery. Nicorette was something I used and enjoyed but didn’t find it helped me very much at which point I figured nothing would help and I would forget quitting . My physician suggested that I try Chantix and I “kinda” was enthusiastic and skeptical . As you can see from the beginning sentence it worked. I’m with ya sista’ If I can do you can too…yes really:grphug: .:angelgrin:
:pray: for you too,
elise

Mary, my heart goes out to you. I hope that the prescription continues to help you quit and that the other physical problems will be solved. Also, thank you for writing…hopefully “Knit” and other’s will see what you are going through and will think more seriously about quitting before they start to have serious physical effects from it…:hug:
Jen:knitting:

:woohoo: YOU GO GIRL!:hug:
Keep up the good work!

Jen:knitting:

We all have a different story of how we quit. With me it was when I was pregnant. (this was before all the scare warnings you get today) I was having morning sickness ad the cigs just made it worse. The only helpful advice I can give is that you can/t just cut down;you have to stop smoking completely. good luck

I smoked after my first was born and until I got pregnant with my second. Quit cold turkey one day. I picked it back up again for a month or two during my divorce and quitting then was very hard. But I did it the same then as well. I have to say it doesn’t work for everyone the same way.

However, I’ve heard alot of wonderful things about Chantix, so I suggest making an appointment with your doctor and discussing it with him or her.

I quit back in August with the help of the Chantix. The key to the Chantix is that it stops your brain from absorbing nicotine, therefore your brain doesn’t produce the chemicals that make you feel good. Patches and gums are just replacements, so you are just getting your nicotine through another method, they don’t actually help to break the physical addiction, they focus primarily on the psycological addiction. Obviously, both types of addiction need to be addressed, but I found that with the Chantix, not having the physical cravings helped me to keep my will-power in check through the psychologial cravings.

Feel free to contact me if you want to know more about the first hand experience with Chantix, or just need some support.

I’m not a smoker so maybe I shouldn’t be posting, but…CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who have quit and best of luck to all of you who are trying to quit.
I “helped” my cousin quit by making her pay me everytime she lit up and/or bought a pack of cigarettes, if she thought about buying a pack and didn’t then she put the money in a jar. It worked really well and once she quit for a year she had all this fun money to spend. She relapsed after a few years and is now on Chantix that seems to be working well for her.
Another option I have heard people talk about here in the hosp is hypnotism.

i dont smoke either but vaknitter has said it all.

I’m having the same problem. I want to quit smoking, but, I don’t REALLY want to…lol…I was thinking about starting something like the Knitting Diet Challenge, only calling it Quitting For Knitting, an attempt to quit smoking…Basically when you feel the urge to smoke, pick up your needles instead. I have noticed, when I knit, I can go for hours without a cigarette. The only reason I haven’t posted the challenge is 'cause…well, I’m not quite ready to quit yet…Bah! Maybe I should just go ahead and post it and just try. I tried once before and didn’t smoke for about a month (well, aside from when I was pregnant…but I went back to smoking after my kids were born) and I felt really ready then. Since I started back up, I just haven’t built up enough willpower again to seriously quit.

I’m so glad to see that so many of you are trying to quit! I never smoked, but my dad did and his health is suffering now because of it. He’s got asthma, bronchitis, early COPD, etc. DH quit on his 35th birthday and I know you all can do it, too! :hug:

My husband and I both recently quit, so I can give you two different person’s methods. I quit first. It was an “I’m just not going to smoke anymore.” method. I just decided I wouldn’t smoke anymore. Also it helped that I didn’t know anyone at my new job who smoked, so I couldn’t go out for a socialization cig. A method I’ve heard of is when you find yourself wanting one, wait 5 minutes and reevaluate. Often you’ll get busy doing something else, and will forget about the cig. My husband tried the gum, but decided that it was only taking the edge off enough to make him really want a cig. We are also people who really loved to smoke. We decided to do it for the children we don’t have yet, because we didn’t want to look like hypocrites later in life. I won’t say it’s easy, because every time I smell a cig or see one on TV, I want one. Just decide it’s really what you want to do, and go for it. Best of Luck!!

LoAnnie

Thank you to everyone who replied to my post. I really appreciate it and its hard to believe how much help you can get from a forum. Each and every one of you have great ideas, now I just have to decide how I want to quit! I will keep you guys posted! Thanks :hug:

I believe that today Oprah is doing a show on this.
I also really want to quit. let me know how the process goes for you!