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Readers Respond: Do You Think You'll Always Miss Smoking?

Responses: 224

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Updated June 02, 2009

Nicotine addiction teaches us a lot of false beliefs, one of the worst being that no matter how long we quit smoking for, we'll always miss our cigarettes. We think smoking is our friend; a companion in good times and bad. We think we need cigarettes to make our lives complete.

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?

If You Want to Change Your Life, Change Your Mind

Do the work to change what cigarettes mean to you and you will gain the permanent, true freedom from nicotine addiction you seek.

Ready to quit

I am 33 and have smoked (with some breaks) for about 15 years. I have had 2 sons in the past 2 years and quit during both pregnancies and then started to smoke again after each birth. I agree with what I read here about what you decide to think about smoking and dealing with associations. I quit 4 days ago cold turkey. I think my resolve is stronger this time as a result of a few events in my life recently. Primarily, I really want to be healthy for myself and my babies. I made a list of reasons to smoke and not smoke. The reasons to not smoke were many, numerous and overwhelming. I realized the the only reason I smoke, it ever smoked was because I simply want to smoke (or think that I do because of my addiction). Any reason to smoke was a rationalization disguised as a reason to smoke. I've been fooling myself into believing that I had to smoke and couldn't handle life's stresses or celebrate it's victories without it.
—akw7

I hope not

I usually chain smoke every third day. I decided to not pick up another cig this time! This weekend will be the hard part. I am determined to not give in. I have quit this time. I will not give in. I will not miss winding down at the end of a productive day this weekend with a pack of cigs, and then wake up the following day with the smokers' hangover and regret.
—Guest susi

Not Missing the Smokes!

I quit smoking 22 years ago. I had a relapse 5 years ago. I knew I could quit again - the 5-year struggle to get clean was hell. After that, do you think I could feel anything but joy? I welcome and embrace each "craving" as another joyful milestone to greater freedom!
—Guest Frangelic

Missing an Ex

I think I will miss cigarettes in the same way I miss my exes sometimes. I might reflect back on some fond memories for a little bit, but then I'll remember some not so nice aspects of the relationship, and feel an immense sense of relief that we broke up :-)
—jdyorkbjork

5 Years

As others have said that you will still get an urge now and then, but it is easy to overcome. Where there is a will there is a way... Sometimes I say to myself, if God gave up his son to cleanse us from our sins, why can't I just stay cigg free to cleanse my body? The body that was given to me by God... that usually makes me feel more in control and easily dismiss any urges. Stay strong, my friends.
—Guest michelle

I'm a Quitter!

I smoked 20 a day for ten years, and went cold turkey new year and oh my god! It's been 4 months and I've just made it out the woods now. I've put on weight and have been stressed for the whole of the 4 months right til now. I feel good, so proud I think the whole world should quit, I'm a very weak person with no will power, I feel if I can do it, anyone can. Really! You can do it people!!
—Guest hanzy

Looks Like it's the Next Urge

It's been 18 days now and when I read through this site, it seems that there are cases and situations where even a long time quitter smokes "just one" and is back with the monkey on their back. So guess I don't have to think too far ahead - I just have to beat the next urge, no matter how many nexts there may be. Also need to guard against being overconfident, if necessary, for the same number of years that it took me to smoke 200,000+ cigarettes ...
—Guest Guest Ganapathy

Oh I Hope Not!

I hope not!!! I want to quit and forget I ever smoked!!!
—AnnaNFunk

Only Time Will Tell

I have been a non smoker for a little over a month now..I am amazed at how much better I am feeling already..I smoked for 30 years,and tried several times to quit, but never made a serious attempt. I am so motivated by all of these wonderful posts..Thanks to you all, and the best of luck on being nonsmokers. If I do always crave a cig, I will just have to deal with it. I never plan on smoking again.
—REVA.

Mind over Matter

I think you will miss smoking if you keep telling yourself you miss it, to me it's mind over matter...yes you will miss smoking because it's been there for you through everything and anything...but tell yourself you don't need it, you don't miss it and you won't :)
—Elizabeth.K

No Way

13 days in the clear and still getting cravings, but the intensity is diminishing. It is like letting time put a buffer between the present moment and the last fag, almost like recovering from a bad experience, time is healing. I notice how smokers around me confess that they will give up. After my last relapse the smokers seemed relieved that I had rejoined them, albeit temporarily. It feels uncomfortable at times and I have had a couple of major downers which were facilitated by physical fatigue. The concept I am discovering is that of self-nurturing. For me, that means more sleep, exercise and eating healthier. I miss smoking less and less, it is like finally breaking up with a convenient lover, every now and then the urge reappears and briefly you miss the thrill, then you remember the guilt, self loathing and the other negative phenomena associated with the habit and sanity and well being are restored. Let's stick at being nicotine free. Reading this forum really helps.
—peterosh

Learning a New Productive Hobby

I am learning to knit. I didn't realise this was a smoking substitute until someone recently pointed it out to me. Who cares? It works and I am making friends and family heartfelt gifts in the process. It doesn't damage my health. After 32 years of being a heavy smoker, I am also currently undergoing lot of expensive dental work due to the abscesses I keep getting from gum disease. This is one health issue that is directly linked to my years of physical abuse as well as chronic pancreatitis which is linked to smoking and is VERY unpleasant. I am 47 and feel 80. However, I don't wake up with what I thought were allergies all these years anymore..and can you believe I STILL fancy a ciggy almost one year in...so I come back here to remind myself WHY I am not spending my hard-earned cash...on evil that marketing from clever companies managed to brainwash me with for so long...I like to think of it like that and it works every time!!!
—ViolaBow

I'm Done

I have been smoke free for 4 weeks and 2 days. It is still the hardest thing in this world to do, but I will give it my all this time around. I tried everything from patches to medical drugs and could not quit...I went cold turkey.. it's working for me. I do not want to subject myself to nicotine withdrawal ever again, so I am done. I gave up booze 23 years ago and it was a walk in the park compared to giving up the smokes. Hang in there everyone, just like booze..one day at a time and pray to whatever higher power you believe in.
—Guest john

Bad Habit

I smoked for 20 years. I've been quit for 1,000 days today. I still have an urge now and then but they are laughable. It does get easier, I promise, but it never quite goes away -- at least for me. It's ok though because you can handle it. Stay strong.
—Guest Megan C.

Half Year Mark

It's been six months since I quit smoking. I smoked for over 39 years, only tried to quit once before, made it for 3 months, but knew that I would smoke again. This time was different; different in my head. I know that I can't and don't want to smoke again. It's very freeing when you quit and don't have those thoughts of 'do I have enough cigs to get me through the day/night'? The brain is a wonderful organ. Yes, it does remember, but you can re-teach it new habits. I don't mind when it reminds me once in awhile that I used to smoke, it's just helping me to remember how much I love the freedom of being a nonsmoker.
—Guest Janet

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