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.
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.
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
I hope not.
- I agree that smoking is a life style,and a style that I thought fit me to a tee. I smoked for 30 years and my health was good so i thought that i wouldn't have to pay the piper so to speak.But when i got in to my fifties i started to get bronchitis way too often and started to hear a wheeze when i was breathing, and knew that if i didn't quit i would dye sucking air. So when i got bronchitis this last summer and could not smoke without choking to death i quit. It's been three months and no smokes but i am chewing the gum and i must say the gum is losing its luster. But smoking isn't an option.I want to be free of this addiction. Before i quit i didn't really enjoy the smoking it was a addiction and one cigarette wasn't enough. I realised the 5 minutes to smoke it wasn't worth it. God help me and all of you too.
- —Guest fonza
Nicotine free / Full joy
- I quit (still trying) smoking for the last 18 days. I'm 36, smoking for 21 years. I'm so sad I missed my best years with this filthy thing. Quitting is hard but not as hard as you think. I already feel the changes in my body, in my mood, on how things smell and taste… And i assure you that it's an amazing feeling. I'm still trying hard but I'll make it. The 1st step has been made. I'll never go back again. For sure, the best decision I've ever made.
- —Guest George
Smoke free for 2 months
- I never thought I could quit for a day let alone 2 months. I did not want to quit. I am doing it for my health and for the health of my husband and 3 kitties. I am on Chantix. It has been a fabulous crutch but no miracle pill. For the most part during the work week I am good. Saturdays and Sundays are still my absolute worst! I get sooo mad, i am mean to my husband and i am irritable and not a nice person when the cravings come full force. I realize it's all mental at this point. I think if I run up to the store and sneak a couple no one will know. ...But, i will know. I have read the other posts and it's comforting knowing I am not alone. I know it will get better. But like some of the other individuals...i am waiting for the "happy" non-smoker feelings!!! Wow, I sound like a whining teenager when I am actually 45. What a hold these stinky little sticks have. I will hold strong because I am not going to go though this hell again...and i want to be healthy.
32 Days Smoke Free
- I was embarassed about smoking. I didn't smoke at work or out in public places. Just at home and around other people who smoked and people who knew that I smoked. I would hide it from certain people like my boyfriend's family or anyone who admired me. I did this for more than 13 years. Then one day I got tired. I decided that I didn't want to do it anymore. I stopped cold turkey 32 days today. I have urges just like the others who posted but I truly believe that if your mind is made up that you never want to smoke again, you will never smoke again. And just like the other posters, I think about how I am improving the quality of my life and the lives of all the people who care for me. I feel so good and I am so proud of myself. I don't want to mess up this huge accomplishment by smoking again. Praying to God to keep me strong in this process has helped more than anything.
- —Guest Sweet Pee
What is there to miss?
- Coughing, smelly, costly, social outcast, slowly dying, filthy, hiding habit from others, kids ashamed of your habit, makes you feel aweful,.....oh yeah... I miss that...NOT
- —Guest Rob Marsel
Three Months Smoke-Free
- I appreciate you pointing that you are never to old to stop.I quit twice for 5mos. and 4mos. I really saw the difference between living life smoke free and being a slave to nicotine. I recently went back to Nicotine Anonymous because that is what helped me before. I am 66 and I miss the smoke free life. There is always a certain amount of fear so I have been asking God to remove the fear and also to remove my fear to love. Cigs have been like a companion for a long time since my divorce but it does not make up for love and a healthy sex life.
- —Guest hec
- I am on the eighth day of my quit and the past two days have been a nightmare. I really can't explain why day 7 and 8 have been the hardest….BUT….as I was reading these posts (as I do each day), I realized something wonderful: I just ate my dinner, did the dishes and sat down at my computer, ALL without once thinking of smoking my "after dinner cigarette". It may be a baby step, but I'll take it!
- —Guest Karen
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