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I'm quitting!!!

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well, I have been a smoker for about 16 years. UGH! Anyway, I have tried to quit in the past with gum, patches and medication. I did quit for about a month but got right back into it.
Everytime I talk about quitting, I come up with an excuse of why I can't do it. Like, I am too stressed with work right now or too stressed with school or whatever. I am just sick of it. Soooooo, I went out and bought the patches again today. I am going to either start tonight or tomorrow morning.
Please wish me luck!! I try not to get too overwhelmed about it because I know there is a possibility I will slip but hopefully this time I am done for good!!
My family is really encouraging but not pushy. I don't smoke in my apartment, I go on the porch but the more I learn, the more I know how dangerous the residue from cigarettes and so on can be harmful to animals. So, I am doing this for my kitties!!!
post #2 of 25
Yay! Good for you! Quitting is one of the hardest things you'll ever do but SOOOO worth it!!
post #3 of 25
Good for you!! Good luck... you can always turn to us for support and encouragement.
post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much!!! I let myself get intimidated by it because I know how hard it is but I have to keep trying.
Thanks for the support!!!
post #5 of 25
That's GREAT! My mom stopped smoking a few years ago and she says she's never felt better. She makes my dad go outside to smoke now, even in the coldest part of winter lol. Anyway, just take it one day at a time and remember all of us at TCS are behind you all the way!!!!
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
Good for you!! Good luck... you can always turn to us for support and encouragement.
exactly!!!

GOOD LUCK!!!
post #7 of 25
I smoke too and know I should quit.I'll keep an eye on your progress.Good luck honey,I wish you well!!
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks!!! I tell ya, I will need a ton of luck!!! This sure is a stinker of a habit to break.
post #9 of 25
Good Luck!!! I'm a former smoker and it can be done!
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yea you!!!! Thanks for the encouragement! How did you quit?
post #11 of 25
Good stuff, Aimee! You can do it!
post #12 of 25
HOOOOORAY!!! I am sooooo proud of you! Seriously, you will be SO glad you quit. I never have been a smoker, thank God! I really really hope this goes smoothly for you and you can part ways with the cigarettes!!!

You go girl!!!
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
You guys are awesome!! Totally pumpin me to kick this habit! Thanks soooooo much!!!
post #14 of 25
I think it is awesome you decided to quit! My mother quit using Zyban 8 years ago after trying to quit about 400 times....hasnt smoked since. My biggest advice to you is not to give up if you fall off the wagon! You can make it
*sends gum suckers and candies*
post #15 of 25
I'm so proud of you! You WILL NOT regret it!
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by ciera23
Yea you!!!! Thanks for the encouragement! How did you quit?
COLD TURKEY!! You can do it!


(of course it helped that I couldn't smoke in the hospital)
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks thanks thanks, love these encouragements! You all are too good to me!!!
post #18 of 25
Sounds like you and I are in the same boat. I go on the 25th to have aricular therapy done to help me quit smoking. It's some sort of thing they do with your ear that sends a message to your brain and helps you not want to smoke. I know several people that this has worked for, one was a 3 pack a day smoker! My husband and I are doing it together. So, I feel for ya. We can pm each other if we need encouragement.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by goosehazel
Sounds like you and I are in the same boat. I go on the 25th to have aricular therapy done to help me quit smoking. It's some sort of thing they do with your ear that sends a message to your brain and helps you not want to smoke. I know several people that this has worked for, one was a 3 pack a day smoker! My husband and I are doing it together. So, I feel for ya. We can pm each other if we need encouragement.

Yea!! I am so happy to hear that! Good for you! I will cross my fingers that it goes well for you both.
I agree, encouragement is essential to this process I believe.
post #20 of 25
Woo Hoo Aimee! Good luck - take it one step at a time, Hopefully it wont seem so overwhelming that way... Hopefully! My husband quit 3-1/2 years ago and I swear it was just as hard on us Guy at work just quit too - he was a 3-pack-a-day chain smoker. He used patches also along with WellButrin. Whatever it takes. Good Luck!!!! We're pullin' for ya!
post #21 of 25
I wish you well. Hopefully your family will understand how important a step this is for you and be supportive. I lost both my parents to smoking related illnesses (my Dad to lung cancer and my Mother was on a ventilator for COPD for seven years before she passed away). If you need any encouragement, please email me and I will do what I can! I believe in you --you CAN do this!
post #22 of 25
I smoked for 35 years. I was never able to quit smoking. I tried everything. There are many jokes in my family about my bizarre attempts to quit over the years.

One day...in 1988, I woke up one morning & had a moment of clarity. I realized that I could never quit smoking, because when I tried not to smoke, I would start stressing & crave a cigarette until I had to smoke...another failure.

I finally understood that, instead of fighting, I needed to trust, relax and "let smoking go." I released the need to smoke. I started to believe that I could trust myself. I began to feel a new found joy in that belief.

For a week, I kept saying to myself..." No thanks...I don't smoke." Day & night I would repeat over & over...'No thanks...I don't smoke...until I began to believe it."

I never quit smoking. I didn't even toss the carton that I had. It was 2 years before I got rid of it. I still have not quit smoking. I just don't smoke. I haven't had one since 1988.

I hope that there is something in my little smoking story that you can use.
(((((Hugs))))
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
Marianjela - Thank you so much!! I need all the fingers crossed that I can find!

Awliston - I am so sorry to hear that. I have lost family to smoking related illnesses as well. Thank you for being so supportive of me. I appreciate that.

Xocats - Your story makes tons of sense to me and thank you for sharing that!! I like that idea because it doesn't seem so final and out of reach. I think the last couple times I tried to quit, it was so hard because I couldn't stand thinking that I wouldn't be able to smoke again! How sad is that? I smoke about 2-3 packs a day.

Thanks again for all the support, it means so much to me!
post #24 of 25
Way to go, Aimee! We're behind you all the way!
post #25 of 25
My bf wants to stop.
The other day i was looking at the ciggarettes at the supermarket and i told him, that sometimes i just want to pick it up, but i know that once i smell it i get grossed out.
and he was like YES YES START smoking Then you will see how hard it is to stop and i said no im not stupid and smiled sweetly at him
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