• Smoking

    Asked by Gizz on Thursday, August 1, 2019


    I have to give up smoking. I know that this is a good thing but I do like to smoke. It calms me from my stress and I do enjoy smoking. Has anyone had to quit and how did they do it ?

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    • carm's Avatar

      I smoked 2 packs a day for 26 years and then I realized what it was doing to me so I stopped. I set a goal that I would be smoke free by the age of 40... I made that promise to myself on my 39th birthday. That was 24 years ago and I never smoked again. For me what worked was that I just didn't want to be a smoker anymore. But... I tried a few times before that and could never do it. As a nurse I taught the smoking cessation class. I had many who said the same thing you did, that it calmed them too. What helped them quit was that they had a piece of paper folded up and tucked in the plastic on the pack. Everytime they lit up, they just had to write the time and the reason for having that cigarette. They came to realize that they didn't really need it when they looked at that log... The majority of times were not stressful or fearful times... They smoked it for no reason. Seeing that helped them realize that they were no longer in control of their life, their addiction was, and that helped them walk away from it. Best of luck to you.

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My Mother had smoked since she was 13, until she had a heart attack one day. She was in the hospital for a couple of weeks having open-heart surgery, bypass surgery. She said she was done with it and quit cold turkey.

      My Mother-in-law had a seizure problem about 10 years ago. She had smoked most of her life too. She was in the hospital for 2 months and hadn't smoked during the whole time. We thought she was going to be able to give it up but when she got out of the hospital she went back to smoking again. It must be one tough thing to do for some people. I have seen others that fall into either category. Some just drop it with no problem and others just can't get out of the grip.

      I know it's bad for you, too many studies prove it. And it's tough to quit, but I wish you the best and hope that you are able to. You have enough problems now as it is to let smoking create more for you.

      6 months ago
    • cavaliers' Avatar

      Hi Gizz, I sympathize with you! I loved to smoke and was a chain smoker back in the days when we could smoke in restaurants, at work, everywhere. I tried everything and the only thing that worked for me was cold turkey. I had the last cigarette out of the last pack in the house at night before bed and woke up the next morning with no cigarettes in the house and never had another one. I kept hard candies to pop in my mouth. It's not going to be easy no matter how you do it, but hang in there, you can do it!

      6 months ago
    • lo15's Avatar

      I quit 40 years ago but my husband ( who has cancer) smokes cigars and wont give them up. Its very hard. Stay away from others who smoke and use some of the new products out there to assist you.I truly think its mind over matter and its no joke, its hard

      6 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I never smoked, but I have a good friend who used Chantix to stop smoking. That worked for her.

      6 months ago
    • Jayne's Avatar

      Me too! I loved smoking and agree it is relaxing. I continued to smoke after my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer - in fact I think I added a half pack to my regiment from the stress. He asked me only one thing when we learned he was terminal: to give up cigarettes. I couldn't and would sneak around outside the house and totally sanitize myself when I came back inside then repeat that process 30 times a day. One of the lowest points of my life was during a sneaking session. I was crouched down behind a shrub smoking furiously so as not to be missed and I felt a presence behind me. It was my husband. I felt so ashamed and pathetic, but sadly that incident didn't make me stop either. In fact, I continued to smoke after my own diagnosis and the only way I stopped was after a emergency stint in the hospital from some complications. I had not had a cigarette in 3 days so I figured this was my one chance to actually kick it. I used the patch, in fact multiple patches at a time. I was alone by the time I finally quit, but it was so liberating not to have my life revolve around whether I have enough cigarettes to get through the day. I know a lot of people say to just put them down but for me, that was not possible. It's been about 15 years now since I stopped and it is one of the things in my life I'm the most proud of, not sure this is helpful but I do sympathize!

      6 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      I smoked 2 packs a day for 45 years. I had always worked in Hospitality and the last 30 years was as Director of Operations for several Hotel management companies thru the years. I usually had 8-10 hotels all over the US that I was responsible for. The stress was horrendous most of the time but I seemed to thrive on it. It wasn't until 2016 and I had my first surgery for RCC. To remove a tumor from my heart they had to do bypass surgery. It was a very long surgery and my lungs were not good to begin with. In 10 weeks of hospitalization, I was on a ventilator for 8 weeks and came home on o2. I had tried "cold turkey" several times and never succeeded. Then I was given Chantix and I had the worst, frightful nightmares that I ever experienced. I had to stop it. If I hadn't been diagnosed I would probably still be smoking. Smoking was a great stress reliever for me. Now, when a smoker walks by me I gag.

      6 months ago
    • Gizz's Avatar

      Thank-you all for your response. You have had the courage to quit and I hope to follow. I can't afford to buy over the counter or a prescription as I have a high co-pay for my Chemo pills. But having a bronchoscopy, my throat was really sore. So I am trying my hardest to quit. I have been sucking on hard candies and trying not to smoke more then 5 cigarettes a day. I think when these packs are gone ,which I have only two packs left. I am not going to buy anymore and just deal with it. Besides I will be starting my treatments and feel that it will take away from wanting a cigarette as I'll have other more important things to deal with.

      6 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      Correction -- My first surgery for RCC was in 2006, not 16.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I used to think i loved to smoke too. That was my addiction talking. You cannot imagine the freedom you feel when you are no longer answering to the nicotine god.

      I quit by finding something that i liked better than smoking. I LOVED playing agility with my dogs. I told myself that i could smoke or I could play agility, but that i could do only one (both are expensive habits). Every time i wanted a cigarette, i would ask if i wanted it more than i wanted to go play agility.

      I was a heavy smoker for many years. I was so addicted that i kept cartonS in my freezer so that i would never run out. I went to Israel in January. I was so glad that i could get on that plane for a long International flight knowing that i wasn't going to be going crazy because i wanted/needed a cigarette so badly.

      Good luck!!! My only regret is that i didn't quit long, long ago.

      6 months ago

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