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

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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?

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What Do You Think?

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.
—STICK45

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

Wow!

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.
—SueBFree

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

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