• I really need to quit smoking. Can you please let me know what worked for you?

    Asked by virginiarose on Saturday, June 7, 2014

    I really need to quit smoking. Can you please let me know what worked for you?

    18 Answers from the Community

    18 answers
    • Daneka's Avatar
      Daneka

      I used chantix, I was completely done smoking in 2 weeks and I didn't even realize I wasn't smoking as much. I know some people get some of the side effects but I didn't have any, and my husband and daughter all quit at the same time. You should ask the doctor about it.

      almost 7 years ago
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      gijanet (Best Answer!)

      It's called small cell lung cancer! J/K! I actually quit 6 months before I was diagnosed - too little, too late, but it was only with the help of an e-cig. Nothing else worked for me. Not perfect I know, but far better than smoking. Just wish they had come up with them 10 years ago. Good luck. You really do need to quit or you will end up joining my ranks. Take care.

      almost 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      I have never smoked, but I know many people who have successfully quit smoking with the patch.

      almost 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I used Chantix for 3 weeks. After that i decided if i was goingto continue to crave cigarettes, i could do it without expensive pills. At the 3 week mark, i went cold turkey. Cigarettesmake me sick now. And, i didn't quit soon enough. I found out about 5 years after quitting that i have stage IV lung cancer and severe COPD. Please quit as soon as you can!

      almost 7 years ago
    • azsuper's Avatar
      azsuper

      Hi Virginiarose

      Great question.
      I need to stop smoking also. I had stop from September of last year to February of this year using the patch.
      Then I tried Chantix but had to stop it because of side effects.
      I am on the patch now.
      I have went back to smoking with all the stress I am dealing with Chemo it really has been something for me.( very long story).
      If you find something that works let know please. I am just about willing try about anything at this point.
      Be strong. Hang in there.
      And smile.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Djvermont's Avatar
      Djvermont

      I got Chantix as a backup option, and started by trying to quit cold turkey and if I was having a craving I used the oral lozenges. It's been over a month and I haven't slipped up. Also I got rid of all cigarettes and his anything (like lighters) that made me think of smoking. I also quit drinking and have not been hanging out with any friends that smoke. Remove the temptations- it's too easy to slip into old patterns. Good luck!

      almost 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Qhat sealed the deal for me was getting into an activity that I loved. I started running my dog in agility. Classes and trials are expensive. Every time I wanted a cigarette, I would tell myself I could smoke or play agility, but not both. It was the incentive I needed. For a long time, though, I would see people smoking and think, "you are so lucky! You get to smoke." Now, I think ... I feel so sorry for you. Cigarettes are expensive, stinky, and just could land you in the chemo chair." Took me a long time to reach that attitude. You have to take each minute as it comes! Get you some gum or hard candy to keep your oral fixation satisfied. Resolve to not smoke. Visualize yourself as a non-smoker. You guys are beating CANCER ... stupid little cigarettes are no challenge for you!!! (I was an avid smoker for 40 years ... a pack or 2 every single day ... sometimes more. I loved my cigarettes and really never thought I would or could quit. If I can do it, anyone can! Please do!)

      almost 7 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      It's amazing that it is legal as it wouldn't be if they were invented today.
      How is it possible that they convinced people to put a white stick with fire at the end in our MOUTHS??? HuH???
      AND the greatest Marketing tool EVERY invented is something that addicts us and we can't stop.
      HUH??
      Cold Turkey is the best and longest lived treatment.
      Just do the best you can.....FIRE in your mouth and we BREATH it down into our Lungs which work off of O2...Are you kidding.
      A sucker is born every minute and a good slick ad agency can sell ice to the eskimos.
      Barry

      almost 7 years ago
    • Vonda's Avatar
      Vonda

      I stopped cold turkey last November, on my daughters 17th Birthday. I have severe COPD and Pulmonary Fibrosis, I am on Oxygen 24/7 and can't walk very far before gasping for air. I am a breast cancer Survivor of 6 year and will be on my last dose of Femara July 1,2014. I found that Prayer, puzzles and games keep my mind occupied and when I think about a cigarette I look at myself and the damage I did to myself, and what I now miss out on. I am a candidate for a Lung Transplant, so will be working on if it is the right move for me or the adult stem cell treatment. I Pray that you just put them down and never look back at them. God Bless

      almost 7 years ago
    • Vonda's Avatar
      Vonda

      I stopped cold turkey last November, on my daughters 17th Birthday. I have severe COPD and Pulmonary Fibrosis, I am on Oxygen 24/7 and can't walk very far before gasping for air. I am a breast cancer Survivor of 6 year and will be on my last dose of Femara July 1,2014. I found that Prayer, puzzles and games keep my mind occupied and when I think about a cigarette I look at myself and the damage I did to myself, and what I now miss out on. I am a candidate for a Lung Transplant, so will be working on if it is the right move for me or the adult stem cell treatment. I Pray that you just put them down and never look back at them. God Bless

      almost 7 years ago
    • Vonda's Avatar
      Vonda

      I stopped cold turkey last November, on my daughters 17th Birthday. I have severe COPD and Pulmonary Fibrosis, I am on Oxygen 24/7 and can't walk very far before gasping for air. I am a breast cancer Survivor of 6 year and will be on my last dose of Femara July 1,2014. I found that Prayer, puzzles and games keep my mind occupied and when I think about a cigarette I look at myself and the damage I did to myself, and what I now miss out on. I am a candidate for a Lung Transplant, so will be working on if it is the right move for me or the adult stem cell treatment. I Pray that you just put them down and never look back at them. God Bless

      almost 7 years ago
    • PinkPeony's Avatar
      PinkPeony

      I quit smoking 15 years ago. I read the "Smoke Enders" book, and also listened regularly to a cassette that came with the book. I bought patches, but didn't use them and ended up stopping cold turkey. The first night was tough, and I didn't sleep much. It is amazing what that stuff in cigarettes does to your system. Every day for a couple of weeks I took a nap when I got home from work, and tried to drink lots of water. The biggest problem was that I couldn't stop thinking about smoking. It wasn't just the drugs in the cigarette, but it was a habitual act. A friend who quit smoking ten years before I did told me that thinking constantly about having a cigarette would go away, and it did. It took a couple of months to subside. If he had not told me that, I would have probably gone back to smoking, so remember that the urge does go away. You can do it. Do consider reading "Smoke Enders". Best of luck to you and God Bless.

      almost 7 years ago
    • dizzy's Avatar
      dizzy

      I'm using Chantix and it is working for me very well. The only side affect I'm having are dreams. A little werid sometimes but not scary. Ask your Doc what he thinks. Good luck

      almost 7 years ago
    • virginiarose's Avatar
      virginiarose

      Thank you all. I go to the doc on Wednesday so I'll ask him. I really do not want to take any drugs. I feel bad enough without adding side effects.

      almost 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I quit smoking years ago (cold turkey), because I didn't like the price of cigarettes. About a year later, my mother was diagnosed with throat cancer. She quit cold turkey as well. Unfortunately, there weren't any aids that far back to help people quit smoking. I think you just need to try every solution out there, but mostly you have to want to quit. My brother was diagnosed with throat cancer a year ago and quit last fall and started again a couple of months ago. He used Chantix, and plans to try it again as soon as he retires.

      almost 7 years ago
    • lanie516's Avatar
      lanie516

      The day I went into the hospital (before diagnosis) I sneaked a couple of cigarettes into the bathroom. That's how addicted I was. Once I got the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, I made up my mind to stop. They gave me patches in the hospital but by the time I left I didn't need them. I had made up my mind. Too bad it was this that made me quit because I've heard that smoking can be one of the triggers of PC. I never thought I'd be without a cigarette but here I am, and my husband still smokes, which doesn't make it easier, but no- no no- no- way would I go back to smoking.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Mikilog's Avatar
      Mikilog

      Hi,I tried many,many times to quit! It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done but I finally achieved it thru hypnosis.

      almost 7 years ago

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