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glowingtoadfly 06-07-2014 08:39 PM

l can quit smoking. please tell me this.
Quitting success stories and encouragement, please!

Wild Wolf 06-07-2014 08:43 PM

You're going to change your life by quitting... huge congrats to you for taking the first step!

ksotto333 06-07-2014 08:44 PM

Not mine, my dad's...smoked Camel non filters for 40 years..., had a slight stroke and decided to quit. He went to a hypnotist, and hasn't smoked in 24 years...unfortunately has residual effects, but at 84 still living on his own..Good luck, the difference in your health and finances will be good...

NancyJ 06-07-2014 08:49 PM

It took me several times but I have not had a single smoke for about 4 years. The last slip was minor...1 really I have not smoked for about 8. When I got the urge I forced myself to smoke the whole thing and got so sick and it was so nasty now every time I crave one (and that will never go away, I don't think), I think about standing on the front porch, green to the gills and then going inside and the room spinning for hours. It was horrid.

Sometimes it takes several attempts, the right smoking aid works for different folks. For my husband and small heart attack in 2003 and he went cold turkey. For me it was several tries and nicotine gum helped. I know others who used various other forms of nicotine patches and drugs. It seems what works is different for different people.

I will say that I coughed a lot the few months after I quit. The lungs coming back alive.

You CAN do this. Figure out your triggers (after eating, stress, driving, etc.) and come up with replacement activities for those chewing gum or even a straw etc.

GatorBytes 06-07-2014 08:51 PM

My mother quit smoking 16 yrs ago. She tried over and over. Smoked for approx. 35 yrs. But succeeded.

She is currently tethered to a wall via max oxygen output and in long term care until she dies.

She has secondary pulmonary hypertension due to scaring of her lungs (scleroderma) affecting the o2 exchange. She cannot get up and use the commode in the hospital without her o2 levels dropping to dangerous level w/o a nurse present

She should have blood o2 of 96-100%
She is stable at 80-85%

This affects the brain too (o2).

To be honest, as my Brother feels this is due to smoking. She was also using an inhalant steroid for 10+yrs due to nasal issue.

The scleroderma was dx. as auto-immune.

So, regardless. You can quit

gsdsar 06-07-2014 09:01 PM

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Glowing- I am on the same journey. I wish you luck it's very hard.

But for me, slightly high BP, and mild asthma(new to me at 40) and the Dr. Throwing the word emphysema around. I nearly had a heart attack.

So I immediately cut down my smoking by half. Used to smoke a full pack a day, for the last week and 1/2, I have only smoked 10 a day.

I am learning to replace during my trigger times. Driving being my biggest!!!

Good luck!!!!!!

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glowingtoadfly 06-07-2014 09:09 PM

Thanks guys. I am trying lozenges and e cigarettes for the worst moments. I smoked one cigarette yesterday, and managed to only smoke a nic free pomegranate e cigarette the day before. I have smoked since I was 18, but a pack every two days, sometimes a pack a week.

AngelaA6 06-07-2014 09:16 PM

I've switched over to electronic with the intent to slowly ween off. Been on it probably longer than I need to but it's hard to give up. I need the right encouragement (ie trying for a kid I'll go cold turkey for).

I can't stand normally cigarettes now which is great. They just taste awful.

Jax08 06-07-2014 09:26 PM

Chantix. Smoke Free 7yr

sit,stay 06-07-2014 09:30 PM

Yes! You can totally do this! I had two serious "quits" before my last one. One lasted three weeks and the second lasted almost five months.

I smoked my last cigarette on January 3, 2003. I was a heavy smoker, up to over two packs a day by the time I quit for good.

I took it one second at a time. I used a nicotine patch for the first five weeks (the kind that comes in different strengths, so I could gradually decrease the amount of nicotine I was getting over those weeks). Having the patch helped me figure out the emotional dependency without dealing with the physical addiction until I was ready. One at a time! it worked for me.

But everyone is different, so do what works for you. The goal is to be free. It really doesn't matter how you get there. It only matters that you get there.

Good luck! You can do this!!!!

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