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Homeless individuals have the same rates of the desire to quit smoking but are less likely than the general population to be successful in their attempt to quit. Americans under the poverty line have higher rates of smoking and lower rates of quitting than those over the poverty line.

These unique barriers can be combated thusly: pharmacotherapy and behavioral counseling for high levels of nicotine dependence, emphasis of immediate financial benefits to those who concern themselves with the short-term over the long-term, partnering with shelters to reduce the social acceptability of smoking in this population, increased taxing not just on cigarettes but also on alternative tobacco products, to further make the addiction more difficult to fund.

Combined smoking cessation interventions provide good long-term control. Comparison of success rates across interventions can be difficult because of different definitions of "success" across studies. A systematic review in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention found that group behavioural therapy was the most effective intervention strategy for smoking cessation, followed by bupropion , intensive physician advice, nicotine replacement therapy, individual counselling, telephone counselling, nursing interventions, and tailored self-help interventions; the study did not discuss varenicline.

Quitting can be harder for individuals with dark pigmented skin compared to individuals with pale skin since nicotine has an affinity for melanin -containing tissues. Studies suggest this can cause the phenomenon of increased nicotine dependence and lower smoking cessation rate in darker pigmented individuals. There is an important social component to smoking. The spread of smoking cessation from person to person contributes to the decrease in smoking these years.

Smokers who are trying to quit are faced with social influences that may persuade them to conform and continue smoking. Cravings are easier to detain when one's environment does not provoke the habit. If a person who stopped smoking has close relationships with active smokers, he or she is often put into situations that make the urge to conform more tempting. However, in a small group with at least one other not smoking, the likelihood of conformity decreases. The social influence to smoke cigarettes has been proven to rely on simple variables.

One researched variable depends on whether the influence is from a friend or non-friend. Therefore, if an acquaintance offers a cigarette as a polite gesture, the person who has stopped smoking will be more likely to break his commitment than if a friend had offered. Recent research from the International Tobacco Control ITC Four Country Survey of over 6, smokers found that smokers with fewer smoking friends were more likely to intend to quit and to succeed in their quit attempt.

Expectations and attitude are significant factors. A self-perpetuating cycle occurs when a person feels bad for smoking yet smokes to alleviate feeling bad. Breaking that cycle can be a key in changing the sabotaging attitude. Smokers with major depressive disorder may be less successful at quitting smoking than non-depressed smokers. Relapse resuming smoking after quitting has been related to psychological issues such as low self-efficacy , [] [] or non-optimal coping responses; [] however, psychological approaches to prevent relapse have not been proven to be successful.

In a review of the effects of abstinence from tobacco, Hughes concluded that "anger, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, and restlessness are valid withdrawal symptoms that peak within the first week and last 2—4 weeks. Giving up smoking is associated with an average weight gain of 4—5 kilograms 8. The Guideline suggests that sustained-release bupropion, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenge be used "to delay weight gain after quitting. Like other physically addictive drugs, nicotine addiction causes a down-regulation of the production of dopamine and other stimulatory neurotransmitters as the brain attempts to compensate for the artificial stimulation caused by smoking.

Therefore, when people stop smoking, depressive symptoms such as suicidal tendencies or actual depression may result, [] [] although a recent international study comparing smokers who had stopped for 3 months with continuing smokers found that stopping smoking did not appear to increase anxiety or depression. A recent study by The British Journal of Psychiatry has found that smokers who successfully quit feel less anxious afterward with the effect being greater among those who had mood and anxiety disorders than those that smoked for pleasure.

Many of tobacco's detrimental health effects can be reduced or largely removed through smoking cessation. The health benefits over time of stopping smoking include: []. The British Doctors Study showed that those who stopped smoking before they reached 30 years of age lived almost as long as those who never smoked.

Another published study, "Smoking Cessation Reduces Postoperative Complications: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," examined six randomized trials and 15 observational studies to look at the effects of preoperative smoking cessation on postoperative complications. Cost-effectiveness analyses of smoking cessation activities have shown that they increase quality-adjusted life years QALYs at costs comparable with other types of interventions to treat and prevent disease.

The frequency of smoking cessation among smokers varies across countries. Smoking cessation increased in Spain between and , [] in Scotland between and , [] and in Italy after Nevertheless, in a growing number of countries there are now more ex-smokers than smokers [22] For example, in the U.

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I hope I could be as strong as you this time. I used to have regular migraine 2 or 3 times a month. Now its like 1 or 2 times in last 18 months. Before i get tired quiet soon. Now i run on treadmill for 30 mins and do exercise for another 45 mins without any issue. Last week I played Frisbee for quiet a long time with my 7 yr old son in the park. I quit nearly 18 months ago, it was relatively easy than i thought.

But i smoked few normal cigarettes on two occasions during this 18 months, during my get together party with my friends. Is that okay or my recovering process start from beginning every time? If you want treatment for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD kindly email totalcureherbalfoundation gmail. After being in relationship with him for 3 years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused.

I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much.

I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again.

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Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all other ones out there. Wow, I am also thinking of quitting, I am tired of the terrible cough I have, any ideas on how I should start.

There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also. Hi guys, I was addicted towards smoking and now I stopped smoking cigarettes. I tried to quit smoking but unfortunately I started smoking again after few days because of hyper tension etc etc. Later on I realized that the pain is still there even after taking k medicines , I have been diagonosed and get to know that I had brain clot.

Doctor said it need to be opearated asap , I was shocked to hear that and got scared as well. I am very happy that this is the first and last, I will never ever smoke again. Your loved one also cares about you when this situation arises and you will start feel. If we will play with health and then there is no option left. It is really a nice and helpful piece of info. Im glad that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing. My quit day was September 20th so far its been hard of course.

I'm so happy I stopped smoking

But, I am going to do it, I want to get into shape loose some weight. I want to be healthier. NO more cigarettes, or blood pressure and cholesterol pills. Hi I am into my second day of smoke free and got up from bed as I could not sleep and I started to read all your stories and decided to tell my storey as I have been smoking for 73 years and am 79 now I play golf 4 times a week and my last game I pulled a rib muscle and it was hard to breath so the only way to breath easier was to stop smoking all together as I had started to cut down each day and was on 2or3 a evening as I did not smoke in the day time and I have found out not to tell people you have stopped as it puts more pressure on you so just say when they mention you not smoking you dont feel like one and it makes you feel a lot better so on my second day off the smokes I will try and play golf today as my breathing is getting better and the best os luck to all.

I immediately quit smoking, but as the years pass by my condition got significantly worse, and I started having serious attacks. My pulmonologist started me on oral steroids to help control symptoms and minimize further damage but my symptoms never stopped getting worse. The infections, shortness of breath, fatigue, dry cough and other symptoms has subsided. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website ww w. I have had great improvement with my over all respiration with this product and i breath very much easier, i can never be thankful enough to nature. My quit day May 29, I quit smoking a month ago using chantix it really does work if your actually ready and wanting to quit!

I was disappointed in myself so I said I was done and have been since a week after starting chantix! I am tired of being tired, tired of not being able to be the energetic, exercising, happy-go-lucky person I know I am meant to be, simply because I am constantly worrying and anxious about my health now because of stupid cigarettes! I am doing this!! I have a lot of living left to do. I had smoked for 30 years averaging cigarettes a day. In between several times I tried to quit smoking cigarette for good but to no avail. The longest duration I did not smoke a cigarette was for 9 months.

But today it is 84th day after my last cigarette I smoked. This time it is for good. This time right from the day one I quit I started vigorous physical exercise. I also have noticed I am feeling better and better every day. I have undergone tremendous mental and physical stress and strain more often than not in these 84 days but I have kept sailing on the predefined course with strong determination. And I shall keep on sailing ……. So I call to say, quitters of the world lets keep sailing together! I have had my struggles but talk myself out of smoking. I quit cold turkey and I am glad I did because I did not want any other vises that I had to quit.

I am looking for some sort of mind exercises as well as body you mention yoga and meditation, is there an app I can look up for those things. I live in a cold state for the winter so I am unable to run, walk or ride my bike right now when I need to curve the cravings. Any thoughts on apps? I look forward to hearing back on suggestions. Thank you and congratulations on 84 days which is more now.

To all who are fighting my dumb but was on a inhaler still smoked took a visit to. Emergency room a little very very cute doctor showed me a x-ray of right lung. Today its my 10 day after my last cigarette and i m going cold turkey!!!! Wish me luck my wife smoke and i will try for her to slow down or quit but me i m Done!!!! Hang in there I smoked for 30 years in 54 in two short months 3 hospital visits later I saw trays of a hole in my right lung I feel a thousands times better scared the scrap out of me you can do this. This has happened to me before…..

My boyfriend smokes so i may have to leave him!!! Have you tried vaping? I smoked for about 20 years and vaping was the only thing that worked. It still took some work but nothing terrible. For a couple of weeks I would just replace a cig with vaping until I was done.. Which maybe so but my new habit is a lot better.

I was around someone smoking a cigarette the other day and I never realized just how bad they smell.. I now understand why non-smokers complained so much.. It also became a nice hobby for my wife and I. Good luck and I hope u consider it!!! I started vaping January 25, Before that I used the disposable e-cigs on December 5th. I love that I do not smell like an ashtray. Sometimes I still smoke a real cig or two, however they give me a headache and I feel light-headed.

I never smoked in my home or vehicle.

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So, in bad weather I had to smoke outdoors. I thoroughly enjoy vaping and my local vape shop walked me through the selection. It comes in no nicotine to higher. I use the lowest level nicotine possible and when I have a craving I take a puff or two. Quitting is easy, staying quit is the hard part. My son 44, has never smoked is so happy for me. I never thought it would be so easy and I can vape inside my house or car because there is never a nicotine odor.

He never criticized me…that only adds stress, so be easy with your significant other. Good luck and stress is also a killer. After smoking at least a pack a day for 10 years about 73, cigarettes , I went to a hypno-therapist n quit for 8 years. My mom passed n I smoked through the grieving process two years and I have quit again 3 years. If I can quit, anybody can quit. I m trying to quit smoking. From last 48 hours i have not smoked a single puff as well.

But i am feeling drowsiness.. Why so? I felt the same. Very sleepy. It was ok for me because I am retired. I just slept through it. That was 8 years ago. I would never go back to the weed. Feel so much better. Cigarettes trigger endorphins in your brain, which are feel good factors. It tricks you brain into thinking you feel good, and the inhalation makes you feel better. Once you take the feel good factor away from your brain, you start to feel tired, get jittery, anxious, possible headaches, and more withdrawl symptoms.

I smoked for 21 years, but quit 9 years ago. Hardest thing I ever had to do, and trust me, it took me many tries, to finally do it. I started Chantix prescription, but I could only take it for two weeks. I started having nightmares every night, and it seemed like they were reality after I woke up, and I weaned off of it, but it kick started the quitting process, and with hard determination, I kept going. I wish you all the luck in the world on quitting. You got this!! If I can do this, you can too. Thank you gwen… I m trying my level best.. From last 2 weeks.. By profession I am a software developer.

Somehow i am protecting myself by eating somethng or drinking something.. I had it, too. I thought it was something really serious but I will see a Doctor just to make it sure… thank you. Keep it up and stay strong. Regular gum I chew and lollipops have been doing it for me. Again, keep it up, and good luck to you! In my life I have quit smoking 3 times. And on all the three instances I feel there was intervention from god. It is not easy without god factor. Now I will not touch at all. I have those chest pains as well.

Its been almost 3 weeks without nicotine but the chest pains jeer. It may be your body ridding itself of the toxins. If you are coughing at all it will hurt too. I think a trip to the doc may be in order, but it could just be the withdrawal process. Good luck, and keep us informed on what the doc says. Hello everyone. The first and last thing I would do everyday? The cough that I had to hide from people?

That pain in my head and neck, I would never admit? The lbs brick on my chest? Yes I was on the edge for a while. It was a tough road. And you can do it too. I suggest those that have stress disorders or panic attacks go to their primary doc and get a script for a sedative to take during withdrawal if going cold turkey. Also NLP helps reinforce the quitting and helps the body reject the thoughts or craving for the Nicotine. I know 3 people who died because of smoking and 2 people qho suffered strokes. It is NOT worth it. I tried the patch.

None worked. In other words, you must absolutely want it. Cold turkey. And every time I crave one I remind myself of the smell, the ashtray taste, and the grossness. I cough for days if I am. And the smell gives me a headache. The smoke burns my nose and throat. My body rejects every facet of smoking. So my trick and my advice is to want it more that anything else if you want to succeed. Hii guys it has been 1 month today since i quit but i m faceing many side efeect like weakness,fatigue and thrstiness why is it happening.

The birth of my daughter gave me a reason to quit smoking. Though I was trying for the last 17 years but unable to control the smoke. May be a sense of fear or love I cant explain but yes 20 days have passed. Hope will not become weak towards smoke. I pinky promised my daughter I woukd never smoke again. Im on Day 3. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to quit!! Im having surgery nothing major at the end of next month and I know not smoking will improve healing time plus the surgery itself.

While preparing for this I had a harsh flashback to when i was my sons age now- and my mother had a heart attack. Triple by-pass. She was a heavy smoker- like chain smoking 3 packs kind of heavy!! I was his age watching all this happen. So its time. But UGH this sucks! So onward and upward. Glad to see alot of you on here have gone through the same stuff and lived to tell the tale hahaha so that really helps!! I quit 13 days ago after smoking for 35 years. I quit the same day. It helped me with my addiction. I had been smoking for only six years but after the death of my uncle from a heart attack at age 59 I realized it was time for me to quit.

Plus I hope this vigil of mine serves as an example for my father to quit and for my younger siblings to never smoke. My last cigarettes was on Saturday, I believe that when Jesus Christ resurrected he took my addiction to cigarettes with Him. Quit cold turkey a week ago after 23 years every second of the day feels like I just put a cigarette down smh my chest is still wide open?

So I was going crazy, been 3 weeks and smoking 3 to 6 a day after 35 years I cut down to that from 2 packs. Been cold turkey — trying again 24 hours and I finally found the trigger. Managed to switch the cravings off immediately. I associated smoking with my Dad who was my hero and he always smelt like cherry tobacco as he had a pipe. I bought a non — nicotine vape a couple of years ago, subconscious probably selected it, for me.

Recharged the vape put the cherry fluid in it and it was like bang, that is where it came from. Wanting to be cool like my Dad and his smart pipe. I think the association I just happened to luck on a few minutes ago helps everyone on this page. I smoked for eight years. One day I woke up and decided not to smoke anymore. Best decision ever. Keep at it, your lungs are still healing, it can take up to 3 months for you to really get that lung power back especially if you were a heavy smoker for a long time.

But, you might want to mention the lethargy and lack of stamina to your doctor, though. After many failed attempts, i finally quit smoking about 5 days back.

I smoked for a little over 12 years but before i quit i was down to cigarettes a day. I have time for other things now, like work, study etc. But honestly, i feel i miss it, not the Nicotine cause I use the gum just in case , but the activity of smoking. Just 5 min. The feel good in an instant was a lie — you felt good at first because of the nicotine.

But I do miss the cigarette, but your right, before every smoke I used to miss it so much, but afterwards, I use to regret after each one.. I was useless. Thanks for the reminder.. Hi, I really like all these write up, i am trying to quit also. I have been smoking for 4 years now. Roughly 8 sticks a day and i really need to stop. Reading how must of you smoked for like 10 years plus amazes me. How did you cope with regards to work, social life etc? My fiancee left me over smoking and i really feel bad.

I hope i can stop, good luck everyone. I have smoked for 18 years and today is Day 2 of quitting. When I get the craving I search benefit of quitting smoking online… It helps and makes me proud of the decision I took to stop. Hubby and I quit three weeks ago after he had a health scare with his heart. Both smokers for 40 odd years with a few breaks in between. Anyone else have this?

I really miss smoking as I used it as a stress relief. Has every one quit cold turkey? Did you use the patch or another replacement? Do you think that they helped? I am doing it by cutting my cigarettes down weekly and thinking about each one and if I really need it. I also joined a stop smoking help line we have in AZ. They are sending me patches but are not going to be here until Monday, the start of week 3 for me.

I smoked cigarettes a day. First week on Monday I went to There were a few hard times but stuck to it. I am on week 2 and went to 14 a day. I am doing good and it is Thursday and no slips, in fact I only had 10 yesterday! Has anyone else done it this way? Were you successful at quitting completely? I tried it that way several times. I quit twice cold turky for a moderately successful amount of time, but I always fell back on the crutch.

It takes more than patches or pills, though. You have to be diligent. You have to retrain your brain to crave new things that are healthy, and you have to remind yourself repeatedly why you quit. How you quit is less significant than quitting. Good luck, hope you made it to 0! I have been smoke free for 2 weeks!! I have been sick for almost a week now and no this is short term pain for long term gain.

I am not the only one who has tried to quit as it is very doable. After more than 50 years as a smoker, I quit on New Years Eve I used a nicotine patch but quit that too after a few weeks. I tried quitting before many times and decided I would give it one last attempt. I was afraid of failing and for the first few days I was a basket case.

I knew I had to change my lifestyle if I had any hope of success, so on January 12 I started a walking program. I walk at least 3 miles a day and it has done wonders for my self-esteem, not to mention my physical health. I still have cravings but they are becoming easier to dismiss. I am cautiously optimistic. Every day, including today, I read about quitting smoking. NOPE not one puff ever is my way of thinking. Cold turkey and never went back. Worst and best things I ever did! Age 39, 1st heart attack, continued to smoke until age 43, second heart attack. Coded twice on the table. Have not thought about cigarettes since then.

Am now on day 15 of quitting after smoking a pack of 20 for 35 years. Best thing I ever did. I quit 3 years ago Jan. I smoked for 30 years, off an on. I started as a child, 6 or 7 years old. I had grey skin and no energy in , and finally quit.


I also quit my job, changed my profession, started writing, almost had to file bankruptcy, accumulated a whole new set of associates although I kept the good old ones and was finally able to breathe again. But I do not want a cigarette. My life totally changed, and my personality finally developed into someone that I like and respect. It was a long process. It requires enormous strength of character to do something of that magnitude. I imagine that smoking was the least of your problems. This is my third clean week and yes, sometimes I would love to have a cigarette, but it is surely a passing thing.

I am so determined to never smoke again and your story has imbued me with even further determination. Many thanks for sharing. Im coming up on 2 months I actually quit on New Years day. So far so good. I am taking wellbutrin for the withdrawals and weight gain and its working great I have no desire and no side effects whats so ever. Im 52 and have smoked since i was Denise, we are the same age and started at about the same age. Dumbest thing was to start again but I did. I want to quit.

Each Monday I will cut 4 more. That is what worked last time. Wish me luck! I will need it! Good job on your end! I wish you all the luck in the world you got this. Thank you so much! I really hope I can stay strong! Keep up the great work on your quitting! Have a wonderful weekend! A couple irritable days are just that, then they are gone, and you are better- healthier, richer… just stay away from other smokers during the first few weeks.

I hope I can do this! Today is one of the bad days! I wish I could nap but I am wide awake! Did you get like this? I have not used any replacement so it makes no sense! This will be over in a little while. You might need to stop and get some sleep, and address the sleep issue in the meantime with your doctor, making it easier to try again. Deep breathing at work to relieve stress can be helpful at other times, too, and become incorporated into your procedures for living, as you replace cigarettes.

And keep trying. Day 3 for me! Today is the end of Day I am 55 and a 40 year smoker. I am on stage 2 patch, and have cravings. But I am determined to do this. I have to. I want to work at a certain hospital and they test for nicotine. So I have motivation. I know it will be hard, I am lowering my nicotine, and breaking my triggers. And will go to the 7 mg patch in 3 weeks, just for a week. And step away forever. I had a chest xray done a month ago for another reason and was told I am showing signs of the early stages of emphysema. I know I am not 30 anymore, but I do get winded more easy.

I am done with smokes. Hang in there, buddy! Hang in there! Using Chantix. We both know it will be worth it. Day 5 and 48 hours smoke free. I hope the next few weeks are smooth sailing. My head is up and I got this! You too! It makes me so happy to read all these quit smoking stories! I can hardly believe how fast the time has gone. One thing i did that helped a lot was to say i was a non- smoker. Never said i was trying to quit. For people just starting their journey, the cravings are short- lived. One of the best things for me was not stinking of cigarettes anymore!

I know i used to smell like that. Good for you. A firm believer when you get sick and tired tired and sick you will quit. I quit drinking but still eating lol. Heavy cannibas smoker for 13 years stopped the weed on the I was a very heavy cannabis user and smoked cigarettes when at work etc about 20 a day. I quit the green full stop at the start of January then quit the tobacco full stop 4 weeks ago.

Enslavement was the metaphor that helped. I had a day of slippage…smoked a pack, but am back on track and i feel out of danger now. I quit smoking 2 days and 9 hours ago. I have smoked for 27 years and in that time I only quit for 12 weeks during basic training for the Army. The craving is getting less and less but my family is supporting me and making it easier and easier with every hour.

I quit, again, 3 days ago. Seems harder this time. I have no urge to smoke really. But the damn cloud head, dizzyness, and last night insomnia are kicking my ass. Oh well. Onward to the rest of withdrawl. I am having insomnia and yesterday I was at the store and I became very dizzy! I have not completely stopped but 1 week ago I went from 20 daily to This week I went to Yesterday I only had 9 all day and when I had the dizzy spell I had been up for about 12 hours and I had only had 5.

I am glad to hear it is, not that I am happy you have dizzy spells, just glad to know others have them when quitting! I have not tried patches but might try now. Best of luck staying off the cigarettes! I get the dizzy feeling to.

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Not to be rude, but weight gain is a result of quitting smoking. You actually are more likely to lose weight on cigs. I quit yesterday, because I figured it would be the perfect time, frankly. I had to get all — yes, all — of my teeth removed, anyway. Only problem is, this new dentist was beyond horrible. Ended up with him literally holding me down while I screamed, cried, pleaded for him to stop. I could tell more, but suffice to stay I got all but 5 or 6 pulled, half of those being insanely painful and done against my will. Really hope you got through all that. I really felt for you when I read your post.

So very brave. Far better than E cigarettes which did nothing for me at all. Without the cigarettes I have no appetite at all. Well, about the weight thing — it all comes down to the individual, anyway. That simply does not cover everyone! I hope you do better with managing your weight this time around. On that note, definitely keep up the good work. Crazy stuff.

But yet again, you seem to be learning what happens and works for you as you go along. Keep being awesome. Thanks for replying, Bo. I was so relieved to get your reply. Still no appetite but I was expecting it as I never ate much anyway so forcing myself to eat when I can. Day 7 was the worse day. Smoking has nothing to do with it. Smoking does not keep you thin and not smoking does not make you fat. It is lack of self control over food intake. Coming up on 1 year sans cigarettes and I feel amazing spiritually, mentally, and physically. It sounds redundant but it is so liberating to not be a slave anymore, to realize that I am strong enough to do this positive thing for me and me alone, and now to have the stamina to be physically active for seemingly endless periods of time.

I am 52 and basically smoked since I was 15 and loved every minute of it. It has been a long, emotional year fighting this addiction but I want anyone reading this to know that this week after one year without a cigarette or nicotine of any sort I feel totally amazing. This is so worth it! Thanks for this encouragement. I just quit by opportunity stomach flu 5 days ago. I have been mentally struggling with myself; however, been manageable.

I came down with bronchitis again I have gotten bronchitis since I was a kid , and thought it was time to quit. When I start to struggle with my hands I get a tootsie pop out and will do the hand gestures off and on for hours. But Brian after reading yours and how long you had been as a smoker and your age, you are right up my alley.

It is nice to hear that you quit and it has been a year that you have not had a cigarette. Some people say the longer you have smoked the harder it is to quit. So thank you for posting your story it gives me hope that I can do this and will be successful. This time is different.

After 5 days I can already tell a difference. This time I am gong to do it. I was so sick the first 3 days which is why I had to quit and now I am confident and determined to go through with it. The struggle is real lol. Been down this road before and have never succeeded. Time to grow up and be a big boy lol. Congrats to everyone that has quit. I feel you , today is my 2nd day I am on the patch and I turn 31 on april 20th Im not going to be a slave to nicotine at Sounds just like myself. Smoked a box a day for the last years, turned 31 in Aug, on my 4th day now smokeless!!!

Also tried numerous times to quit, finally this seems to be it, longest I have ever gone without it!! Sucks big time but it will be the best in the years to come!! It sounds weird but I had to quit before I was forced to. Live for now!!!!! I quit 5 days ago while being sick. I am still sick but starting to feel the cravings now that I am starting to feel better. Quit for 19 days this time last year. If your struggling, take it day by day. Find help, it is very difficult to do without support. Michelle, get your mind off quitting! If you focus on the negatives, you will smoke!

One day at a time! Keep yourself occupied. God bless everyone. Keep up with it! I want to cry. I feel like I am drowning. I want to strangle something or someone. I hate everything. I took up a hobby and it keeps my mind off cigs. I have read on the effects on making and that has giving me reasons to stop even more. Stay strong, if you continue to stay angry talk to your health professional he can help you.

You can do this. Read up on the effects on smoking and the harms that has helped me stay away from smoking. I was advised by my doctor to stay away from any type of nicotine help as I need surgery and my incision will not heal well. The only thing that worked for me was this. It will sound insane, but sit in a sauna bucknaked sipping on water and force yourself to sweat out the toxins. This will also help stave off the excess weight gain.

Take a cool-ish shower after and munch on some dried fruits and unsalted nuts after. Michelle, I have smoked for over 40 years. I finally put my cigarettes down three days ago. Pray like you have never prayed before. I will pray for you too. Today marks my one month without a cigarette. I am so much better. It is amazing how quickly the body heals itself.

My sister has COPD and almost died 7 years ago when she got sick. She was in a coma for 3 weeks! Very scary! She still has a lot of breathing problems. You would think that this would be enough to make me quit. About 3 weeks ago she was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia and the doctor thought she had a heart issue. It took 2 weeks to clear the lungs enough to check the heart and she was in ICU the whole time.

I made a plan and on the day she went home I started my quit plan. It is hard but I have to do this for her! This was the only request she had while she laid in the hospital! Saw this post in my email. I have been smoke free for days. I have not picked up a cigarette since February 8th. To melfarmer: Thank you for your candid sharing of experience. I think all smokers need to hear this.

I wish you much success in your journey and pray your body continues to heal well. Thanks to Melfarmer. I needed your words of encouragement. Hi Mel…i stopped 3 weeks ago after 20 years and it was the fear of copd that dud it. I could hear a rattle in my chest that scared me…it was on and off but i knew i was ignoring it. Reading your post has helped cement my resolve. How did you go? Im suffering chest infection with rattling in chest so didnt feel up to having a cig, been 3 days and i want to give it up for good, feels like im escaping from some tobacco demons,,free at last.

I quit this date too. Smoked for 44 years. I am proud of me. I will never smoke again. Congats to you. Good luck!! Hang in there Michelle! Keep busy. Clean something, go for a walk, have a snack, take a nap. Just try to pass the time without smoking. Good luck. What a difference! The body can heal itself! Any suggestions as advice will be grateful and prayers. I just want to get my life together period but I smoke so much because of stress anxiety and depression.

See if your doctor give you Chantix. It helps get through the begining of quiting so much easier. It only gets better. Michele, I hope you have not given up. The anger and other side effects are temporary. Try to stay busy, take a walk, whatever you need to do and the feelings of anger will pas, I promise. High plus rate at deaths door. Never felt so sick on all my life. It hit me all at once, caused by 16 years of smoking. With Gods help I will never touch another one. God bless you. In Chrisy Alone.

God bless you, and congratulations you should really be proud. I do t believe I would had lasted another ten years still smoking, I do hope I never go back to them… thanks for motivatING me, people like you really makes people like me know we can do it… Again, God bless you and thank you for being the strong you…. Wishing you all the best and hope today you are still going strong.

I quit yesterday so have a loooonng way to go yet. Congratulations l quit 3 months ago and just stopped, 2 days after quitting l picked up the Alan Carr book, really worth reading and helps a great deal. Fight each craving. God is helping me big time. Derl I quit yesterday at pm so slightly short of a full day and Im struggling but getting through it I think.

Between the feelings of wanting to commit murder to the break down in tears part. Sleepless night and have dizzy feeling.