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Readers Respond: Smoking Withdrawal Tips - Readers Respond

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Updated February 18, 2014

I'm Going to Win This Battle

I quit on Halloween and I know exactly why. Sure, the kids asking me to quit was an incentive but the largest reason needs to be for me and my health. I started when I was 29 and I've smoked for 9 years. What a waste of time and money. One was never enough. Super Gross. I had severe nicotine withdrawal symptoms the past couple of times I quit.....which were all half-hearted quit attempts. Now....I was looking forward to the symptoms. Whatever poison my body was expelling was telling me just how angry it was at me for smoking in the first place. I'm on my third day and my feet are tingling from the withdrawal symptoms but I kinda like it. I'm going to win this battle.
—Guest quitter

Eating

I have this gnawing that I know is a craving and I make it go away by eating. For now, that is a better thing to be doing than smoking. I was to the point that every fall I would get bronchitis and cough so hard that it hurt my chest. I would stand out in the cold and rain to smoke. I have quit twice before for almost a year. The addiction don't really go away completely. I think you are always going to have that desire to smoke. I think the key is to want your health more. Everyone is right when they say that there is no such thing as "just one". It always comes back to just one more...one more...one more, until you are right back to being a smoker again. I'm on an 11 day quit and I'm taking it a day at a time. I wish everyone here the best success. This is by far the best web site I have been too. I plan to visit often.
—Guest Guest

Meditation

I have only managed a day and what has helped so far is meditation. Deep breaths and the primary focus is imagining myself in a hospital bed, just about to leave this life because of smoking. It works for me.
—Guest DUMISANI

Distraction Central

After 16 years of smoking, I've been smoke-free for 44 days and counting. The first week was a challenge, then my body settled down. I got through it by keeping my hands busy. Now, it's my mind that's working overtime, so I try to "change my mind" during a craving: go outside and breathe, chew a new piece of gum in a different flavor, phone-a-friend, pet the cat, change the radio station, etc. It's helping me get past the junkie thinking.
—Guest burnsey

This Time......The Final Quit

After twenty years of smoking, I am 33 days smoke-free! I visit this blog religiously. When the urge to smoke hits me, I drink one to two bottles of cold water quickly. I go online and look at pictures of patients with oral and lung cancer. Talk about a deterrent! I printed out a list of the 4000 chemicals in cigarettes. If I crave a cigarette, I google one of the chemicals to remind myself of what it is that I would be putting into my body. I cross each smoke-free day off the calendar with a fat red marker. It helps me to see how much I have accomplished. Stay strong!
—Guest mari

Water and N.O.P.E (Not One Puff Ever)

Water really helps me. I never ever drank water and now I'm drinking 2 liters a day. I'm in the 6th smoke free week still getting cravings but I'm sure they are psychological ones but it is definitely getting easier day-by-day.
—Guest Leanne

Day Two and Struggling

I stopped smoking 3 days ago after 25 years of smoking. Have been using a gum but find the stomach cramps, headaches, nasal drip extremely tough to handle. Just reading all the people's comments on this site have helped a lot! But will not go back for sure.
—Guest GuestRaj

New Ex-Smoker

I have just completed 7 days. I am having a hard time, and so can't tell you what best helped me. I guess it would be reading websites, and learning that what I am feeling is normal, and that every day is a win! I hope to write again soon, and to let you all know that the anxiety and headaches are gone! I am determined to remain a non-smoker. It's time....
—ANNIEVT

Grapes!

I discovered that if I eat a few grapes or drink grape juice it helps to reduce the desire for a smoke. I quit gradually and found this to be a good way for me. I still have the psychological stuff going on but the urges for nicotine are not so great. Also if I exercise (take my dogs for a long walk) this helps. I am doing this one hour at a time and using the 12 step principals to help me. It is great not being dominated by the smoke screen. Now I have to have my cars detailed and my house painted. The more nicotine-free I become, the more I can't stand how they smell. Thanks to all for the helpful information and the support. After 50 years of smoking I wasn't sure if this desire to be smoke free was strong enough, but when my son and daughter tell me how much they appreciate the effort I am putting to this it is a doable situation. Thanks.
—wwiker123

Mints and Lollipops

I am struggling and argumentative. I am eating mints and lollipops and it helps. Many times I want to run to the shop, but I don't want to face the disappointment of a failed attempt, so I'm going to keep at it.
—Guest tez

Activity

I quit one week ago and climb walls at times, but it's getting easier. When a strong urge hits me, I find something to take my mind off it and it soon leaves, such as go do a task I've been putting off, start a conversation with someone, just anything to re-direct my thoughts another direction. So far it seems to help, and urges are getting farther apart.
—sskelton50

STRONGER!!!!!!!

As of 10am, tomorrow morning,I'll be 6 days free of smoking. I was a late victim of smoke,I didn't start until I was 27. Cloves never menthol. Nevertheless, what was I thinking? Now 11 years later with a 15 yr old son and a daughter that's nearing 3, THEY ARE my ultimate motivation. Anytime an urge comes on, I think how selfish I've been to take part in eliminating myself from their lives prematurely. As a single parent, I NEED to see my children through their life experiences, every step of the way. I found my favorite workout dvd online that I used to do before I had my son and saw GREAT results with and ordered it. That's my treat for this week. It came in the mail today and I'm so excited! To 20yr old Justin: Stop being so hard on yourself for being smart and saving your own life. YOU control you happiness,not cigarettes! Look@me, I'm a stay-at-home mom with too much time to think about smoking but I have better things to do like..LIVE! What doesn't kill you can only make you...
—survivorfor3

Butterscotch Candy, Water & Projects

August 18, 2009 was my last eve for a puff. Strangely, it seems like my withdrawal symptoms are hitting me like crazy over the last 3-4 days. Really didn't get much of a craving in the beginning. I also inhale deeply, Butterscotch candy, water & lots of projects. I had smoked for 38-40 yrs and quit numerous times..this is it though..NO MORE NICOTINE!!!!!!!!!! Just wanted to say thanks for this website and all the people that share their stories which is a BLESSING!!!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US..YEAH!
—iluvumama

Think About How Smoking Hurts Our Bodies

I have not smoked in 5 days. I'm taking zyban. It works pretty good, but you still have to have willpower. My side affects are insomnia, upset stomach, coughing and constantly having to clear my throat. I'm hoping a decongestant will help. Also I have no appetite. I do chew a lot of gum though and drink a lot of water. Anytime I feel a little frustrated I just lay down and close my eyes and think about all the reasons I needed to quit. There is no easy fix for this addiction. You have to truly want to quit. Just saying it over and over is not enough. You have to tell yourself its now or never. Just think about all of the un-fixable damage smoking does to our bodies. That's a great reason to quit if you want to live long enough to see your kids grow up. Good luck to everyone out there. We can all do this together!
—Guest Jenny

"A Cigarette", Like Just One?

The one thing that has kept me from going for "a cigarette" is they are sold in a pack for a reason. ONE IS NEVER ENOUGH! I may think I want "a cigarette", as in just one for old times sake or because it would be taste good but...... I make myself face the fact that "one" won't ever be "GOOD ENOUGH". For two minutes I'll think I'm in heaven but within ten minutes I'll be trying to justify when, why and where I should have the next one. That becomes a frustratingly long, slow journey back to the beginning as you justify each and every "just one more" and find yourself once again "a smoker". So, bottom line for me is "one" just isn't ever going to be enough. Remembering that helps me to continue to chose none.
—Guest JP

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