- Feeling like I had the flu, I went to see my doc. That led to chest x-ray, which led to pulminary test that led to the diagnosis of mild COPD. 48 yrs of smoking. Free forever. Its only been a few days since. I keep picturing myself w/an oxygen tank. That stops any craving. Walking is awesome
Doing This for ME and No One Else
- This is my third day smoke-free and it is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Child birth was easier then this. However, I feel fantastic! The cravings are hard, but when I get a craving, I go into this sight and read. Not only do I learn something from others, but it is a great distraction. I will beat this! Thank you all for your encouraging words. It is truly helping me get through this.
- —Guest Raquel
- I'm 48 years old and have been smoking since I was 20. I had recently cardiac problems, doctor told me that if I continue smoking I would die very soon. I got such a fright that I stopped immediately for 2 weeks. After that I start smoking again. I start this week on champix, my mouth feels like a ashtray, I get headaches, insomnia and cravings, still smoking 10 a day, I set myself a date to finally stop it completely by the 13/May. It's a very hard process, but I'm confident that I will succeed. This forum really helps. Good luck to all, let we all live for a better life free of nicotine!!!
- —Guest JR Brites
- I'm 30 years old and this is the first time I try to quit smoking after almost 12 years! The first day was hell but so far, it hasn't been that bad except for the craving. I think what most affects me are my daily ciggy habits: after class (as a reward), after coffee, after driving....That's what I have the hardest time dealing with; how time stretches out without these "breaks" all of a sudden. It makes my day feel a little unreal. Else I am fine - I haven't felt physically ill except for a headache one day, and I also read Allen Carr's book prior to quitting. I definitely recommend it! I wouldn't have even tried to quit if not for this book.
- —Guest Lara
- I've been a smoker for the past 38 years and decided to quit cold turkey. It's been 17 days now, and while I think that the physiological dependance on nicotine is gone, I crave a cigarette on certain cues, some I'm prepared for and some totally out of left field! When this happens, I come here and read your comments, and it has always helped... I know I can do it, and I know that you can do it too.
- —Guest Guest Ganapathy
Be a Silent Observer
- I been smoking for the last 10 years, I am 30 now. Went cold turkey 3 days ago. I am never going to hold those evil sticks again in my hand. I believe what helps me is just watching myself silently go through those cravings enjoy the sense of achievement when it passes away. Guess this is the only triumph one can experience just being silent observer.
- —Guest nilesh
Just Let it Out
- The first two days, I found myself crying for absolutely no reason lol. I would be talking to my daughter or on my laptop and BAM! Tears. I snapped at my sister and my mom. I've been feeling nervous and jittery. It's like I can hear my mind yelling at me to just pick up the cigarette already! My sister and mother smoke, and yep, we all live together. I'm proud that I decided to quit, though. I'm determined. I'm 26 and have been faithful to nicotine since the tender age of 13. I'm done. My daughter just turned three and she's starting to copy EVERYTHING I do. I refuse to teach her something so deadly and filthy, I don't care how nasty my withdrawal is. I wanna live a life that's pleasing to the most high. I've disrespected this body long enough! I'm a non-smoker, and I'm happy, tears for no reason and all. My best advice: Just let it out, feel everything and let it be a reminder that you're healing, AND that it's what you'll have to face again if you give in to that cigarette. Good luck
- —Guest betterdays85
- Nothing really helped from the chemist. Deep breaths were the only thing that helped along with will power. Was on Champix drugs from the clinic but for some reason they didn't work. No side effects, no bad tastes in my mouth, NOTHING.
- —Guest vanessa
- I have tried so many times in the past. A few days, a few weeks but I always gave in eventually. Now I have made the decision that enough is enough. I am 36 now and if I don't do it this time I may never do it. I have done one week so far. Usual cravings and side effects but the one thing that is killing me is the insomnia. I am sleeping for about 4-5 hours a night then being exhausted all day. Anyhow its worth it and I love not going to the shop in the morning and wasting £7!
- —Guest brian
Alan Carr's Book
- What did it for me was the fact that you're just constantly feeding the nicotine monster. You have to break the cycle to escape.
- —Guest Elaine Armstrong
Water and Beach Sounds
- Twenty-one hours without a cigarette. I have smoked a pack a day for 26 years. The pain I'm going through is telling me I don't ever want to suffer it again. Drinking water is the only thing helping me plus this piece of Relax music of beach sounds. Wish me luck, this is the best site, "Misery likes company." but more than that it tells you that there is a price. Others have suffered and succeeded, don't give up, it can be done, And so it shall. I'll return after another 21 hours.
- —Guest Wasiem
Make Way for the Healing
- Listen, if you're here and you still smoke, you MUST want to quit. Otherwise, why would you BE here. If you are here and you just quit, I want YOU to hear this, too. When you stop, your body and mind HEAL. THIS is the best reason to stop, at least it was for me. You can smell better than you ever had, your sense of taste is back, your mind is more focused and clear, you have more energy than you EVER had, your skin is healthier and filled with more color, your mood improves tenfold, you're more optimistic about life in general and best of all: YOU CAN BREATHE AGAIN! It starts as soon as you make the decision to officially stop, i PROMISE. Im 26, smoked for 10 years and have been quit for 3 weeks now. It's amazing what it does to your body. Use this as the reason and motivation to stay away from those things, because the only benefit you get from continuing to smoke is a brief break from nicotine withdrawal that will inevitably return. I'm telling you, it's worth it.
- —Guest Jarrell
Read The Tips and Advice Others Offer
- I didn't really plan to quit. I just decided on impulse that I wasn't going to smoke any more, gave away the remaining cigarettes I had & kept the ashtray. I am 31, a serial under achiever. I'm thinking if I'm so good at 'not doing', then the thing I should not be doing might as well be smoking. Everyone around me is growing up, getting married, having kids, climbing mountains, just being amazing. I am constantly depressed about being a forgettable wall flower. I hope quitting smoking will give me the confidence to know I can change my life and do more. Day 6 - days 1-3 were surprisingly easy..too easy! Unfortunately withdrawal symptoms hit on day 4...became really, uncontrollably depressed and just cried most of the day. Yesterday I felt better mood-wise, but had severe nausea/headache the entire day. I also feel constantly hungry. I know it's not going to be easy, especially as I'm struggling with depression as well. Reading all the comments here helped. Good luck to everyone! xx
- —Guest Angie
Take it One Day at a Time
- I am 26 yrs old and smoked for 13 years. My boyfriend and I are hoping to start a family soon so I decided to quit. I've tried several time before and failed. This time I'm using the patch (a 1st) and I've made it 6 days completely smoke free!! I have had one extremely difficult morning, but the rest has been a lot easier than I expected. The first few nights I did dream about smoking - which I actually found funny. I have started to cough a bit more, which is fine because I was expecting it...I'm just hoping the really intense cravings that happen about once a day begin to decrease a bit! But I am getting stronger, one craving at a time..and I'm looking forward to saying "wow, it's been a year, where has the time gone!?"
- —Guest Steph
Just Do It!
- I am 30 years old and have been smoking more than half my life. I finally quite and it has been almost 8 weeks. It hasent really been to hard this time. I have been taking the lozenges and they really help. All I can say to those thinking about quitting is do it! You will feel sooo much better and you will finally have some extra money.