At the same time, we hate smoking, and we worry about what it is doing to our health. Is it any wonder that long-term smokers often develop anxiety issues?
Do the work to change what cigarettes mean to you and you will gain the permanent, true freedom from nicotine addiction you seek.
Hang in there!
- Today is my 5th month smoke-free day, and boy am I proud of myself! It's not that you'll never feel like having a smoke again, it's a case of you will NEVER have a smoke again, for the simple reason that you have come so incredibly far right now - why go and mess it all up for the sake of one lousy and stinking cigarette?? That doesn't cut it for me...I smoked for 40 years and I am not going back down that miserable and unhealthy path ever again! My skin looks better, I'm breathing better, I am fitter, my teeth are whiter, as are the whites of my eyes, I walk over 7 kilometers a week with no problem at all, my house and furniture smell better - what more can I add?!? Go for it ladies and gents - show the world you can do it!
- —Guest Happy Non-Smoker
Thinking too much
- I am on Day 3 and everyone says this is the hardest day to get through. This is my seriously 2nd time trying to quit. We all have different reactions and relationships to the nasty cigarette. I found that for myself I think about cigarettes in a different way and I think since my past relationship with cigarettes (always thinking when I can have one) will be with me for a while. I have to think Not One Puff Ever again over and over. I am going to beat this thing just like many cancer patients fight and win. The future is ours to rewrite without smoking it is difficult for people to imagine this but do we really want to keep smoking a year from now or 5 years from now? The struggle will be worth it and we can all be proud that we accomplished do crush the nicotine demon.
- —Guest Fluffers11
I Hope Not!
- I have over 3mo's smobriety in. I was just reading various stories and articles wondering when or if will I stop missing cigs and start to feel the joy of quitting?! I don't want to feel depressed and deprived any more...it's been going on too long. I want the good stuff everyone else is raving about but I don't know how to change my attitude about cigs. I truly don't think I'll miss them forever, and I know I sure don't want to go thru this again. So, I'll let time be my friend instead of the nicotine and down this new path we will go.
It took me years to get over it.
- I hear you. I smoked for 30 years, since I was a teenager. The first time I quit smoking, I lasted 4 years and I NEVER recovered from the addiction. I missed smoking nearly every day. I was a tight and tiny little thing too and I gained a ton of weight. It was painful going through that. I gave up and smoked again. I took off all of the weight and was running about 7 miles a day. I've never had any health problems, except for this addiction. My doctor convinced me to try quitting again. The second time I quit smoking it took over 2.5 years before I reached a period of calm and started to feel normal. At the two-year marker, I was on the verge of tears, because I thought that I would never feel normal again. I gained all kinds of weight again too. I convinced myself to stick it out for just a few more months. Out of nowhere, the addiction finally disappeared. The weight is coming off and I feel OK without so much as a stick of gum. Quitting was the hardest thing EVER!
- —Guest Skimo
Three Months Smokefree!(posted 08-13-13)
- THANK YOU - ABOUT.COM for posting my feelings about quitting cigs and do I miss them?. I did forget to mention an important fact, and that is I am 59 years old and smoked for OVER 40 YEARS!! Just some encouragement for everyone and especially for those like me who smoked a very long time! I do not miss smoking at all! IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO QUIT SMOKING!!
- —Guest gregory
Three Months Smokefree!
- Not as hard as I thought it would be. I feel the most important aspect of quitting is, HONESTLY telling yourself that you are DONE with cigs! You just KNOW when it's TIME!! Also the EXTRA CASH $$$$$!!!!! is a very nice incentive to treat yourself to things you may have felt guilty buying before quitting! You can BUY a lot of REWARDS for $100.00 to $300.00 per month!! That's how much I was putting in my pocket at the end of the month!! Imagine GUILT FREE SHOPPING!! It's so much FUN!! If you like to SAVE MONEY for the future - quitting smoking is a NO BRAINER!! GOOD LUCK to ALL the people who take these WORDS to HEART!!! Right now I am going to go PLAY my new GIBSON LES PAUL guitar I just bought for $600.00 that MARLBORO would of have had instead!!
- —Guest gregory
A Bit, But Cravings are Easy to Control
- Mark Twain said quitting smoking is easy, I've done it a thousand times. Maybe I didn't quit a thousand times but I'll bet it was close. Tried every method known. Ended up in the hospital with blood pressure near maxed out. Probably genetic for the BP, but they said I would have to quit. Well, I didn't like being in the hospital for four days while they got the BP down. Cardiologist said I am lucky I have a good heart and didn't spring any leaks (stroke), but I had to quit. I made up my mind to do it and I believe the meds they had me on in the hospital to keep the BP down helped. Finally, success, so far. It has been nearly six years now without a cigarette. Yes, I still miss smoking, but the craving is easy to control. I enjoyed smoking the 30 years or so I smoked (less countless quits). Quitting was an agony, especially if I sneaked one. I will never smoke again, no withdrawal 4 me. Also, 5yrs free I M amazed how bad smokers smell 30 minutes after they butted out!
- —Guest Roebear
Done with the Slavery at Last
- Everytime i lit up a cig i wished to god i could quit. So everytime now as a non smoker i get a fleeting thought of wanting to light up, i remind myself how much i hated it really when i did smoke! I also hated the stigma and embarrassment of being a filthy smoker, all of my friends either quit or were non smokers and i started to feel very disgusted and ashamed with my filthy habit. I've been quit 2 months now and its the best thing i ever did. The hard work and determination was definitely worth it and i don't have to spend my whole life planning my next cig, it ruined so many what should have been enjoyable times having to nip out for my drug addiction and relieve my nicotine withdrawal. Do glad all of that's over with, phew!!!!
- —Guest susiesue
Heck No We Won't Go!
- Well let me put it this way - I am one week sober from that disgusting filthy drug...I want it but I simply don't need it and don't feel the anxiety much anymore however my chest does give me minor ache and discomfort off and on I was told however this is my body cleaning and restoring itself - is this true? And also, if so how long did it take everyone for there symptoms to dissipate? Just curious of everyone else's experiences I am one week and counting staying strong god bless all of you :)
- —Guest One day at a time
- No! When I first began my journey to freedom from the killer drug nicotine I did think I would always miss smoking. I've been a non smoker for a little over five years now and I was about four months into my non-smoking journey when I realized that I didn't miss it anymore. I wasn't thinking about it every day the way I did in the beginning. Oh, the freedom from smoking is so very wonderful. I enjoy everything in life so much more than I did when I was addicted and a slave to cigarettes. I will never ever again smoke. I am 100% sure of that!
- Reading this just made me feel a lot better about my chances of quitting. I haven't smoked in exactly 7 days, minus 1 hour. I want one so bad but I don't want to start the process over again. I feel like I'd never quit if I smoke just one more. So thank you for this answer. It put my mind a little more at ease.
- —Guest Bobby
No More Cigarettes!
- I've been a smoker for 14 years, sadly I also started young as some on the forum. I'm 27 now and a multiple time quitter. I have failed at all the attempts I've taken so far and now I've gone just days so far without cigs or any form of nrt after about the third day and I think I've got it! I decided the nicotine gum is just a way to replace one addiction for another and realized that's where I usually failed in the past when it came to quitting. Although most smokers would agree that quitting has a ton of physiological effects, addiction is mainly a disease of the mind. My mind is made up.
- —Guest Ladali
- I quit 9 days ago and instead of freezing outside trying to choke down a smoke and stinking I'm cuddling on the couch, snuggling my 5 year old and warming in front of a lovely fire. I do have terrible cravings from time to time but this is NOT the same as wanting to smoke! I never want to light up again and I definitely don't and will never miss smoking. It ruled my life for too long and simply doesn't fit into my life any more! Thanks to all of you who are helping me and telling your stories!
- —Guest Happy Mom
- I made the decision months ago that I was quitting by the new year. The night before new years I quit. It's been 5 days and so far so good. I have my triggers... food, driving, telephone. So I have limited all these things. I text instead of talking, and eat reallly slow. I keep finding myself wanting to bite my nails but have yet to do so. It sucks that you get rid of one addiction and just replace it. My mother died of lung cancer and so did all four of my grandparents. I refuse to let cancer get me. I am 29. The things that led up to me quitting... no one wanting to date me because of it, the nasty smell on everything, the cost is so high, and the worst part maybe the idea of dying because of it.
- —Guest Lilly
- Telling yourself "I want one, and I CAN'T HAVE ONE" gives you a sense of deprivation - you feel DEPRIVED of something you WANT. Instead, tell yourself "I CAN have one... but I DON'T WANT one!" It's the slight difference in the two attitudes that makes the big difference in your successful quit.
- —Guest MarkD