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March 16th, 2005, 02:01 PM
I'm going to try to quit smoking.............again! This will be my third or fourth try. I've tried the patch and the gum. The patch made me ill and the gum irritated my throat. The last time I quit was two years ago. I had quit for six months and started again because of a co-worker who I had issues with. I stocked up on halloween candy the last time. When I had a craving for a smoke, I ate chocolate instead!! It worked well! Gaining weight isn't an issue, because I could use a few pounds :p .

Does anyone have any tips or pointers?? My fiance and I are trying to make a baby, so I want to quit now!!! He quit two days ago. The patch works well for him. My weakness is my will power :( . Any tips would be greatly appreciated :) .


March 16th, 2005, 02:19 PM
I smoked in highschool and University. I quit in third year, after a long stressful year! I just made a decision and stopped. I didn't use any patches or gum or anything. Maybe it was the fact that I moved home with my parents for the summer that helped, as they didn't know.

I wish I could offer better advice! Someone suggested buying something you usually wouldn't buy when going to the store. Like..if you think Perrier water is too expensive, splurge and get it instead of a pack of smokes.

Also, a friend of mine did this. She made a journal. Every time she wanted a smoke, she wrote down why she wanted it, and then she would give a reason for not wanting to right after it, and that worked.

March 16th, 2005, 02:19 PM
My Nan is an ex smoker she said that Gum is good, I wish i had the willpower to do it. Good luck to you im rooting for you. Oh and I heard kids lolly pops are good too as its the hand to mouth motion that you miss apparently. There are some really good sites out there too, when I tried to quit i went to the govement of ontario website and they have a thing where they send you a email every day with encouragement.

March 16th, 2005, 02:19 PM
Its been just over a year now that I quit, and this is what worked best for me:
-first of all, make a quit date, an honest one. I made mine 3 months away, so I had 3 months to mentally prepare myself.
-Avoid places that encourage smoking (ie. bars) until you know for sure you can handle it.
-Have a plan of what you will do at the times you know you will need a smoke. (after breakfast, lunch, supper, bedtime which ever are the worst for you.)
-the night before my quit date I sat up and smoked all the smokes I had left in my pack. I didn't even want one in the morning I was so sick.
- if you like licorish, try knawing on some licorish root when you have a craving. or chew some minty gum, sunflower seeds are good. (something to keep your hand as well as mouth busy is best, cracking peanuts/nuts and eating them)
-When you are close to giving up think of why your quitting. Mine was: at the time I really liked my current bf, but he was quitting and would not date a smoker, so I had to quit. Yours could be more like: My unborn child will be too young to smoke.
-the cravings never go away, I dream about smoking, i think about, but I refuse to give in to the cravings no matter what happens. It does get easier.
Good luck, Im rooting for you!!!!

Daisy's Owner
March 16th, 2005, 02:33 PM
Nicorette now has an inhaler. I tried it, I found it really worked well. But my lack of willpower was my downfall yet again.

SarahLynn's suggestions are great.

March 16th, 2005, 02:41 PM
" The Easy Eay To Quit' by mr Allen Carr, it is a fantastic method which i am starting this weekend, it worked for my sister. he even gives a money back guarantee. there are clinics all over the states and canada or you can buy the kit and tape sets (got the at a normal book store in australia so it should be everywhere), it works on the premise that you have been brainwashed into think you cant quite due to fears of suffering and will power, it is considered one of the most successful methods to date. i have nearly finished the book and i tell you what, it all makes a lot of sense and seems quite effective, well we will see on saturday wont we. good luck mate, i am also trying to have a family and that is my reason for quitting which is a bit of a coincedence but a good one :D .

keep us updated

March 16th, 2005, 03:02 PM
My husband and I both quit, 6 years ago this past January (the only resolution we have ever kept!)
My husband used sunflower seeds and gum.
I used St. Johns wort.
We haven't smoked since!
I found I had to keep busy at all times, I cleaned all the cupboards, all the closets, all the drawers, I even scrubbed all the baseboards with a toothbrush!! anything to keep my mind off it.
It was probably 8 months before it stopped driving me nuts (almost made it to divorce court too :D ) I kept half a pack of cigarettes in my purse until then, kind of like a security blanket. I also had to apologize to all the people whose faces I ripped off during my craving period :evil: , ,I have to admitt I was really bit**y :mad: .
But you can do it !!!!!

March 16th, 2005, 03:04 PM
Good luck I have tried myself.worse 24 hours i have ever been through.Here is something i saw on cnn a few days ago..New anti-smoking drugs promising
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GROTON, Connecticut (AP) -- Researchers are racing to develop a potentially lucrative drug that would make smoking as treatable as erectile dysfunction, high cholesterol and acid reflux disease.

Major pharmaceutical companies and small startups see the potential for billions of dollars in sales for a vaccine or a nicotine-free pill that could end addiction at the chemical level for America's 50 million smokers.

"It's the biggest addiction market there is," said Dr. Herbert D. Kleber, a psychiatry professor and addiction researcher at Columbia University. "Is it realistic to be able to help addicts stop smoking and remain off with a pill? I think the answer is yes and we're working on a number of them."

While nicotine patches, gums, lozenges and sprays help wean smokers off cigarettes by slowly reducing their dependence on nicotine, researchers are tailoring drugs to mimic or block nicotine's chemical reactions with the body.

In Connecticut, researchers at Pfizer Inc. identified a brain receptor that nicotine binds to and designed a drug, varenicline, that latches to the same site. Varenicline is in Phase III testing, normally the last step before a company applies for approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers hope that the drug will attach to nicotine receptors in the brain, preventing overpowering cravings from setting in when someone stops smoking.

If varenicline's claims hold up, the drug could generate more than $500 million a year in sales, said David Moskowitz, an analyst with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co.

"It's an unmet medical need," said Dr. Karen Reeves, executive director of clinical development for Pfizer. "The morbidity and mortality rate is so high, and doctors and smokers really have not had enough in their armamentarium to help smokers stop smoking."

The French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis said it will ask for FDA approval this year for the drug rimonabant, which it would market under the name Acomplia as a way to help stop smoking and overeating.

Acomplia targets circuitry in the brain that encourages smokers to keep lighting up. If the body's chemical reward system is blocked, smoking might not be as pleasurable or as addictive.

Researchers have high hopes for the drug, saying it might also treat alcohol and drug abuse.

That combination could translate into billions in yearly sales, Moskowitz said.

Then there's NicVax, a drug that Florida-based Nabi Pharmaceuticals claims could be used as a nicotine vaccine. NicVax triggers the production of antibodies that bind to nicotine molecules, preventing them from reacting with receptors in the brain.

NicVax, which was developed primarily with grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has shown promise in early trials and could begin Phase III testing late this year, the company said.

A similar drug, called Ta-Nic, is in early testing by the Xenova Group in England.

"Everyone has been looking for the magic bullet," said Thomas Glynn, director of cancer science and trends for the American Cancer Society.

Whether one will be found remains uncertain, he said. It's more likely, doctors agree, that scientists will develop a number of successful drugs that will prove effective, but no single pill will "cure" smoking.

Doctors with high hopes have been let down before. In 1997, the FDA approved bupropion, commonly sold under the name Zyban, as an anti-smoking drug.

The drug, which was originally marketed as an antidepressant, has proven successful for some smokers but was never the industry blockbuster some expected.

Dr. Cheryl Oncken, associate professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, said the new drugs being developed represent the next generation of medicine. Oncken will present a research study this weekend on varenicline, which in an earlier Pfizer study was shown to help nearly half of smokers quit within seven weeks -- compared to about 33 percent with bupropion.

Investors are proceeding cautiously. Scott Henry, a Pfizer analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., said it's too early to tell whether there is a smoking wonder drug in development. He said varenicline has shown promise, but like all drugs being tested, there are many unanswered questions.

"Is it truly a revolutionary new treatment, or is just another bell and whistle?" he said.


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March 16th, 2005, 03:10 PM
My fiance and I are trying to make a baby, so I want to quit now!!

That should be more then enough will power right there!!! When you think about having a cigarette, think about the reason that you are trying to quit in the first place!!

I smoked for a while through highschool and college, and after.... but I finally decided that it was disgusting and that it's not something that I need to waste money on any longer. I just stopped buying them. I would smoke when I went out to the bar and drank.. but I eventually began to cut that out of my regualr activities and it improved from there. My finace quit when we found out that we were expecting. It took him a bit of effort. Neither of us used anything to help, just plain will power and reminding ourselves why we were doing this!!

Congratulations BTW, I hope your baby wishes come soon!! :D

March 16th, 2005, 03:18 PM
Thanks for all of the encouragement everyone :D ! I know the last time I tried to quit was the HARDEST thing I have ever done!!! Or so it seemed!! Saralynn is right.....I HAVE to quit for my unborn child (in my case unconceived child)! That is my main purpose for quitting! My fiance figured out that we spend about $5000.00 a year on cigarettes!!! He smoked a pack a day, I smoke about half or less!

I think about this too - a dog's nose is extremely sensitive to smell. I often think, after I have had a smoke(we don't smoke in our house) and then I go and smother my dog with kisses, how awful is that smell to him and my cats?? :yuck: I couldn't imagine!

I will definitely be trying all these wonderful suggestions. I sure hope I can gain a bit of weight too! Smoking REALLY curbs my appetite. Thank goodness that MOST of the people we hang around with are NON-SMOKERS!!!!

Thanks for all of your support!!!! :grouphug:

March 16th, 2005, 03:22 PM
Congratulations BTW, I hope your baby wishes come soon!! :D

Thanks Sammiec!! :D Me too! We have a 10 year age difference between us so we have to get the ball rolling now!!!! LOL

March 16th, 2005, 04:03 PM
Good luck Copper's mom!

I quit 3 years ago, I had been smoking since I was 15. It's the best thing I've ever done.

Do you like cinnamon? I used cinnamon sticks to help with the cravings. I found I missed the action of smoking more than the actual nicotine. So I used to hold a cinnamoin stick like a smoke, and suck on it. I even would take study breaks to have a cinamon stick!! It really helped me. What also helped was the fact that it was hard : let me explain, the first 48 hours were the worse. But once I passed that, every time I got a craving, I remembered how hard those 48 hours were, and how I don't want to go through it again. Now whenever I get a craving (and, yes...I still get them...just less often!) I just tell myself: remember how hard it was to you want to go through that again???

Good luck, it's hard but it's REALLY worth it! I've noticed a huge difference in my life, I have more energy, I'm less out of breath and I smell GREAT!!! :D
Plus, if you get pregnant, you can blame the mood-swings on your hormones!!

March 16th, 2005, 04:50 PM
Congratulations on this decision, Coppersmom! :thumbs up I know how very hard this is, and the suggestions you've been given are all great ones!
It' s certainly one of the hardest things I've even done . As with any addcition, its only when you try to stop that you realize the hold it has on you. Physically and pyschologically.
But with determination and all the help you can get.. it can be done. It generally does take several tries.. sometimes many tries till sucess is realized.

I'd recommend to you what worked for me (finallly!)

Visit your doctor for his reccomendations and monitoring.
Set a date, tell "everyone" about this for their suppprt.
Research on the net, join quit smoking support groups for encouragement.
Use aids if you need them. Gum, patch, meds, and lozenges are products helpful if cold turkey is just not working
Zyban is a medication to be taken while you are still smoking.. then you taper off until your quit date.

I used Zyban and the patch together.(I'd already stopped cigarettes at this point ) These are not for everyone ( can cause nightmares) and need a drs. px. I personally credit these aids with allowing me finally end the cycle of quit -start.. quit again.

Theres also a website that tracks your progess for you I found this helped me a lot in the beginning.. gave me some "momentum" and encouragment just to see the stats.
Its an easy 2-minute download to get it going, just put in your own smoking habits, cost in your area..etc.
As of today, my own statistics are:
Time not smoked: 1year, 2months, 1 week, 5 days, 12 hours.
Cigarettes not smoked: 6572
Money saved: $2720.10

Thats a whole lot of cigs and a whole lot of money saved. Not to mention the health benefits. the REALLY big benefit. My husband also quit last Oct.. also hanging in there and doing well, I'm happy to say.

Good luck with this! You have a wonderful inspiration ahead of you for this, and I send you best wishes on both! :thumbs up :thumbs up :thumbs up

March 16th, 2005, 06:02 PM
Don't think of it as willpower. Think of it as stubborness. Refuse to let that craving win! Willpower is hard. Easy to get stubborn!

March 16th, 2005, 08:23 PM
o.k., I am BY FAR the world's WORST EX SMOKER!! I am the pain in the ass all you smokers roll your eyes about!!!

But I also quit like 9 times(the ninth time's a charm) and can offer some not bad advice.... :D

1. The day you have your last cigarette is a bit some chocolate, avoid smokers, go to bed early.
2. Keep your mouth fresh--a plus to being a nonsmoker--lots of fav gum flavors, brush your teeth often. I drank warm milk, it calms you down, and the thought of a smoke with it was gross.
3. The second day of your nonsmoking career, you are no longer a struggling exsmoker. You are a non-smoker. Follow me? Non smokers don't let the craving for a smoke consume them and their daily activities. Be them.

The sooner you stop alotting so much brainpower to this demon of sorts, the sooner you can get on with the good things in babies :D

March 16th, 2005, 09:45 PM
i quit in january. i smoked since i was 14 (i'm 24 now). i quit cold turkey. it wasn't fun but i really wanted to do it. who wants to be an old smoker hacking away-gross. i have slipped up and had one at a bar a couple of times but i felt sooooo disgusting after. i could smell it on myself and i was like "this is how i smelled for 10 years???" yuck.

that said, really enjoy your last smoke. i had mine after a great indian meal with a big cold pint of newcastle.

good luck!!!!

March 17th, 2005, 07:44 AM
I agree with much of what has already been said. I've never smoked, and never will so I can't offer you advice on how to quit. However, I just wanted to say that in particular I agree with what Glasslass said. It is definitely about being stubborn.

Quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising, etc are all hard things to get going. However, when you weigh the positives it's really easy to see WHY you must do it.

If you have to, try supplmenting a fitness routine with smoking---this may help you quit and get fit! :p

As far as motivation goes, you seem to already have a good enough reason---as if your own personal health weren't enough! hehe!

You also seem to inherently know that smoking isn't a good thing---you don't smoke in your house right? Is this because you don't want your furniture to be smelly and coated with smoke? If so, I have to wonder why you would prefer your lungs and blood to be coated with's easier to buy a new house, new furniture and recarpet your home than it is to buy a new body....

Something to think about :)

GOOD LUCK!!!! Once you've come through you'll be so glad you did it!!

March 17th, 2005, 08:08 AM
Not sure if this woud work for stop smoking, but it works well for stopping mindless snacking. Find a hobby that makes it impossible to smoke and do the hobby at the same time.

I cross stitch, crochet and sew. All things that aren't easy to do while snacking..and for that matter smoking. If you enjoy what you're doing then the time flies, you've not caved to the habit you're trying to break and you end up with something beuatiful when you're done!

Good luck!

March 17th, 2005, 08:22 AM
A friend of mine quit after having smoked for 35yrs....she used Zyban and swears by it,it's now been 4 yrs since she quit,but she still at times crave a cigarette.The only downfall for her was weight-gain,most people in her family are obese,Italian/Ukranian and can they ever put on a feast :crazy:
She is happy she quit smoking,but is now constantly battling her weight,she went from a size 10 to 16...
Being a chocaholic I know what I would grab instead of a smoke :D
It is a question of how badly you want to quit,willpower and the rewards at the end of the tunnel.
Another friend put the cig-money in a piggybank every day and went on a great vacation at the end of the year.
I am working on it,but so far,I've only managed to cut down :sad:

March 17th, 2005, 08:37 AM
I had my last smoke yesterday at 4:00pm. My fiance said he was quitting one day and he made his decision right then and there. He told me to quit as well if we are trying for a baby. I said ok after i finish this pack. The pack lasted me 2 days! So now I'm done and it's been 17 hours and I am miserable!

Was this right for me to do?? I really didn't have time to prepare myself mentally to do this. Usually when I think about setting a date to quit, I postpone it!!

What's really odd is I feel like I can't catch my breath!!! All because I won't have a smoke!!! How weird is that!

I'm working on my action plan today. I have to figure out what I can substitute my cravings with!!! {Deep breath} I know the first few days are agonizing for me. I usually tell people to avoid me!

March 17th, 2005, 08:43 AM
You have to WANT to quit not because it's good for-...
This is not a decision about'logical reasons' it is a decision
about you and you only WANTING TO QUIT.If that desire
to WANT to change is at the root of your need ,you can
do it. Every time you start to sway-and you will- you have
to go back to the reason WHY YOU WANT TO.
Your unborn baby will be the first to say 'thanks mom,hand in there'

March 17th, 2005, 08:48 AM
my throat hurt when i quit, only for a day or 2 two though.

and of course you're doing the right thing!! you wanna have a baby right? well start workin' on it, girl! hahaha, that's how you should keep yourself busy. lol. think of it, if you are actually preggers there's no way you'll let yourself touch a smoke. that's my theory and i'm stickin' to it.

March 17th, 2005, 09:12 AM
Coppers,the shortness of breath after quitting is all part of your body craving nicotin,but it will subside...
I remember flying for 9 hours and I was actually physically ill and VERY irritable and when I finally could have a smoke,I just about passed out!
I actually smoked during all my pregnancies(3)in those days nobody said you should not,it was not a big deal,almost everyone smoked...(late 60's)
Now when we have eradicated most smokers and made them into"out-laws",how about working on boozers and drunk drivers???
We still advertize boozing as something socially acceptable,while wifeabuse,drunk driving accidents kill people every day :sad:
No,I am not a teetotaler(sp?)I like my beer,but I know what an alcoholic father/mother can do to a family and total innocents.
I also think the government,if they really wanted to help people quit smoking,should regulate the prizing of anti-smoking aids,as far as I've seen they are quiet expensive..I know Zyban costs about $100
Our government is raking in tax$$$$ from smokers,maybe they don't really want them to quit :confused:

March 17th, 2005, 09:38 AM
There is a ton of information here for people trying to quit smoking. Tips from physicians, email support, a hotline to help you make a plan, and SO much more!

March 17th, 2005, 10:14 AM
Was this right for me to do?? I really didn't have time to prepare myself mentally to do this. Usually when I think about setting a date to quit, I postpone it!!

I was the same way! Every time I would set a quit date, I would put it off...

I quit on a whim. I was in my bf car, and I was coughing away because I had smoked too much the night before (at a bar). I'll never forget it...I rolled down the car window and threw out my full pack of smokes (I know, I shouldn't have littered...but I wasn't thinking!!!) without even considering the consequences...and I've been smoke free ever since!!

Good luck...the next 48 hours will be rough, but it'll get easier after that! I agree with BoxerRescueMTL...get busy!!!!

March 17th, 2005, 12:07 PM
The toughest times are the first few days, Copper's Mom.. steel yourself to get through these, for they are a REAL test.. no doubt about it. :sad:

You are right... you need to subtitute for the smokes. I used peppermints and sugarless gum. Experiment with various things - what offers you the most relief. Drink LOTS of water!
Also, certain "prompters" are especially bad. .. first thing in the moring is usually brutal, after meals, talking on the phone,... in your car.
Change your routine to help take your mind off of this
If coffee is a big problem - switch to another morning drink... tea or juice.
If you smoked in your vehicle, clean and air out thoroughly, and remove the ashtray.
Feeling extra anxious and jumpy? Go for a brisk walk if possible.

I broke the day up into three sections in the beginning, Coppersmom.
Rather than think of a whole long day ahead with the agony of no smokes - I just concentrated on making it through the morning.... then afternoon, and finally - how long till bedtime? ( go to bed early) .. one whole day under your belt!.

Some unpleasant symptoms will arise from the withdrawal, such as you are experiencing. I found that I had mild stomach cramps for the first week.. no idea why....

Good luck to you! As mentioned... every time you think of saying to heck with it.. stop and think of the reason you wanted to quit.
You surely have a wonderful reason for wanting to be smoke free!
Tell yourself.. I REFUSE to give in, and let the tobacco win! I am stronger than it is!

After 40 years of smoking (!) I was finally able to gain the satisfaction of believing I am truly an ex-smoker, and will never go back.
Better late than never, its SO wonderfully freeing.
Hang in there.. stay strong... it'll get easier.. you'll see! :thumbs up

Here is one message/support board - others going through the same trials:

March 17th, 2005, 12:22 PM
I also used to smoke. Like others here, I found that substituting smoking with a hard candy, or a bit of licorice is the easiest way.

You should also change your routine.
If you have a morning smoke with your coffee, don't have coffee until you get to the office. If you usually have a smoke with your after dinner coffee, skip the coffee and go do the dishes right away. If you avoid the things you used to do at certain times, it makes quitting much easier.

March 17th, 2005, 05:39 PM
I quit cold turkey about 10 years ago. Quitting is easy, you just stop doing it!!!!!!

The most successful indicator of success in quitting is how many times you have tried in the past. The more times you've tried in the past; the more likely you'll be successful!!! You said you've tried 3 or 4 times before so must likely this is it!!!!

Goodluck and Godspeed!!!!!!!

March 18th, 2005, 07:00 PM
Progress report???

March 18th, 2005, 08:19 PM
I smoked from age 13-20 and finally quit because my bf at the time had just quit. I quit while on a month long road trip with him and so wasn't tempted in smokey bars with friends, which was why all my previous attempts had failed! Probably also had something to do with the change of routine, like trinitie mentioned. I had previously tried the patch and nicorette but finally did it cold turkey, no candies, gum or anything. Although you probably can't get away for a month road trip I highly recommend staying away from smoking friends for the first month or so.

Also, like happycats I kept a pack of smokes with me, and every time I didn't break down and have one it have me a great feeling of pride, a much better feeling than the cigarette would have given me! I didn't touch a cigarette for over two years. Okay, so now, 5 years after quitting, I occasionally have the odd cigarette at bars (my throat is still scratchy from st. patty's partying last night) but it just reminds me how disgusting smoking makes me feel and makes me happy i'm not doing it anymore.

good luck, the first 3 days is the hardest, it'll get better! :thumbs up

March 19th, 2005, 02:55 PM
My Mom stop smoking by having water in her hand all the time, it worked for her no problems and she smoked for 30 plus yrs. The water helps wash everything out of your system. Good Luck, hope everything works well. :)

March 19th, 2005, 07:48 PM
Progress report???

Well, I'm on my third day!!! The first two days were awful and so incredibly hard!! I woke up this morning feeling great!! I didn't have bad cravings at all until I finished supper! I have to try not to think about it! I did some shopping the last couple of days and that REALLY helped take my mind off things!!! I just have to think about why I'm doing this and it helps make it a little easier ;) !

Thanks for asking glasslass!

March 19th, 2005, 08:04 PM
Well, I'm on my third day!!! The first two days were awful and so incredibly hard!! I woke up this morning feeling great!! I didn't have bad cravings at all until I finished supper! I have to try not to think about it! I did some shopping the last couple of days and that REALLY helped take my mind off things!!! I just have to think about why I'm doing this and it helps make it a little easier ;) !

Thanks for asking glasslass!


So if you've gone 3 you can go 4 and if 4 then 5 if 5 then 6 if six then.....

a whole week!!!!!

then if a whole week you can do 2!!!

and so forth and so on!!! :D

March 19th, 2005, 08:08 PM
You're through the toughest part. Congrats Copper's mom!!

Don't give up!!

March 19th, 2005, 08:12 PM
You're through the toughest part. Congrats Copper's mom!!

Don't give up!!


theres lots of new research saying that the physical effects/addiction of nicotine is actually gone in the first 3 or 4 days to a week or so depending on the person. After that its psychological withdrawal which is much easier to deal with than the physical. :thumbs up

March 19th, 2005, 08:15 PM
:D Thanks!!!!!

doggy lover
March 20th, 2005, 05:20 PM
I quit smoking just over 2 years ago, I got sick and hadn't smoked in over a week so I said what the hell, and this time I'm not starting again. I had quit when I had my kids for 3 years and when my son almost died I started again, silly me, this time I'm off for good.

March 21st, 2005, 06:08 AM
I think it is great you have gone this long. Quitting is one of the best decisions one can make,and following threw and doing it is the biggest challenge. Wednesday is my quit date. I have tried many time but I'm ready and I really want to do it this time. I know I will succeed this time.
I am very proud of everyone who has faced this challange and over come it.
You must feel like a whole new person by now.

March 21st, 2005, 09:31 AM
Wednesday is my quit date.

I wish you the best of luck!!!! The first two days were extremely difficult for me. That is the hardest part!! There is excellent advice posted here to help US out!!!

Anyone else care to join us?? :rolleyes:

March 21st, 2005, 11:00 AM
coppers mom, congratulations on the quitting smoking thing! I quit fourteen years agao and it was one of the hardest this I ever didi! My tip is to exercise when yo u feel really overwhelmed. My daughter has been cutting down for the past three weeks and is preparting to quit , she found the withdrawls just too much when she quit cold turkey. I think everyone is different- I tried probably ten to twelve times before I was successful but then I smoked for twenty years, so good luck and remembe that you WILL feel better. The cravings that you feel are because your body has been "tricked into thinking that it needs something that it doesnt" I know thats obvious ut for me that thought helped me through. Good luck! :thumbs up

March 21st, 2005, 11:15 AM
I used to talk my self out of the cravings like saying "o.k., if I'm still dying in 5min. I'll have one," and even if I had to add another 5 min. at the end of that it usually worked. Within 5 min, you are usually fine. The duration of how long the cravings last gets shorter and shorter too. By the end of the first week, they were only like brief "flashes" that I could easily dismiss.

How are you doing? :thumbs up

March 21st, 2005, 03:41 PM
Just hang in there Copper's mom....I promise, It DOES get easier. Every day that passes the cravings will get shorter...We're all rooting for you! If you get a really bad craving just come on here and vent a little and you'll feel better! :thumbs up

March 21st, 2005, 04:07 PM
I just wanted to add one thing.... my brother recently quit and what really helped him was Halls cough drops (cause he did get coughs while quitting and also makes smoking taste nasty!) and also he kept a ziplock of ashes and butts, when he wanted a smoke he would open it and smell it. Old nasty ashes has got to be the worst smell ever.

heeler's rock!
March 21st, 2005, 05:28 PM
I was an on and off again smoker and the last time I smoked was on and off for about 6 months. I just quit the day I found out I was pregnant. That was motivation enough for me. SarahLynn made a really good point about the cravings never really going away. I still think about having a cigarette, but I know my baby doesn't need that, and I don't want to hurt my baby.

Your unborn child is more motivation than anything I can think of to get you to quit. And if you do it now and stick with it for the 9 months of pregnancy, you're likely to want to keep it up for you new child! :)

March 29th, 2005, 09:43 PM
How are you holding up, Copper's mom?

March 29th, 2005, 09:59 PM
How are you holding up, Copper's mom? :eek: :eek: I'm having real bad cravings the last few days!!!! Tomorrow(Wednesday) will be two weeks! I feel great but the cravings are getting worse. I'm so tempted. I just want one drag!! I know if I did, it would give me a hugh head rush and make me feel ill but yet at the same time feel like i'm on cloud #9!!!

I'm more addicted to caffine now! I need my Tim Hortons coffee!! with a would be better! I so wish I could be an occasional smoker or a social smoker, but once I have one I can't stop!

It's real hard, but I've got a real important reason not to!!

Thanks for asking meb999!

March 30th, 2005, 01:34 PM
Good to see you're still hanging in there Copper'sMom! Proud of you! :thumbs up

Sneaky, the tip about smelling the ashes reminds me about coffee grounds. The coffee beans smell so good fresh ground. The coffee is so good, while it's brewing and drinking it. But have you ever noticed that washing out the coffee grounds smells similar to washing out an ashtray? Haven't washed out an ashtray in 29 years. My hubby quit cold turkey when we moved into our house.

March 30th, 2005, 06:44 PM
:eek: :eek: I'm having real bad cravings the last few days!!!! Tomorrow(Wednesday) will be two weeks! I feel great but the cravings are getting worse. I'm so tempted. I just want one drag!! I know if I did, it would give me a hugh head rush and make me feel ill but yet at the same time feel like i'm on cloud #9!!!

I'm more addicted to caffine now! I need my Tim Hortons coffee!! with a would be better! I so wish I could be an occasional smoker or a social smoker, but once I have one I can't stop!

It's real hard, but I've got a real important reason not to!!

Thanks for asking meb999!

Good job on the two weeks. Remember that after 2 weeks the physical addiction is long gone by now and it's just a case of psychological it's mind over matter!!!! and if you've gone 2 weeks you can easily keep going. :thumbs up

April 11th, 2005, 02:24 PM
Coppers Mom, I just wondered how you were doing with the quitting smoking?
It's a gruelling challenge to give up this "friend" :evil:
Hope things are still on track - you'll be coming up to a whole month very soon. Hang in there!

April 11th, 2005, 02:36 PM
:D 3 weeks and 5 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I'm doing real good! I still get that craving but I can still fight it! I did go buy a "Ciganot," or something like that. It's a fake smoke that gives the taste you might miss and the hand to mouth action. Well, that tastes like CRAP!!! Definitely turned me off, but then again, it didn't taste like a real cigarette!

Now that I've got a new pup, my hands are full so I don't have time to smoke!!

Thanks for asking! I believe alot of my willpower has come from all of you, because it would be embarassing for me to tell you all that I started smoking again. When you receive so much encouragement from everyone, I wouldn't want to disappoint!! And it's great not spending almost $10.00 every couple of days to buy a pack!! I just buy other stuff now!! :p

April 11th, 2005, 03:15 PM
That is fantastic, Copper's Mom!! Good for you!! :thumbs up You should be VERY proud of this headway you have made!
I really sense your determination and resolve to make this a success, and you are definitely over the worst part already!

You're so right - isnt it just SO nice to just spend that money on other things.. insteady of handing over your hard-earned dollars to the govt and tobacco companies every day or two? :(
Cravings? Sure, they come and go, I think those never leave entirely. But they visit less and less with every week and month under your belt.
Cigarettes are no longer your constant companions, your "friends", but distant strangers that you dont wish to have anything to do with anymore.

Since my hubby and I quit smoking, we're not only healthier in body and bank account.. but I feel so wonderfully FREE..
I cant explain it... but its definitely a liberating "high".

Congratulations on your progress to date, Coppers Mom - it's full steam ahead!! :queen:

April 12th, 2005, 06:12 AM
WOOHOO for Copper's mom!!

Almost a're doing GREAT!