It Absolutely Does Get Easier!
- I had smoked off and on for 25yrs and finally tried acupuncture to quit. It worked, I've not smoked in over a year without withdrawal. My main motivation was my sweet lil gurl of 3yrs who imitated me out the sliding doors sneaking a cigarette after dinner. That made me want to puke my food up and I stopped right then.
- —Guest bunny
Getting a New Job
- It's hard enough getting a new job, never mind if they know you're a smoker (and of course they do - they can smell it all over you). These days, companies can have no smoking policies that are so severe, they inhibit your ability to work there, which is the point of their policies. I didn't want to have a strike against me before I even sat down at the interview.
- —Guest mfrano
49 Years Old and Got a Defibrillator
- I am on day 5 of quitting. I've had 2 open heart surgeries to repair birth defects. Each time I have been hospitalized, I told myself I would quit smoking, since being in the hospital gives you the head start that you need. Well, this time I'm done! My husband thinks I quit smoking years ago and I'm tired of deceiving him. He is a wonderful man who deserves honesty from his wife. He is currently out of town so hopefully when he returns on my 8th day smoke free I will be civil. Pray for me!
- —Guest theresa696
- Well I had a heart attack in April '09, I, of course was told to quit smoking or else... Well, it took another year and a half for me to let go of "my friend". Now there are days I feel like I never have smoked.
- —Guest greenlover
I Quit Smoking Because...
- I want to live large and honor my son's request that i quit. We saw his mom, my love lose the battle 8 years ago ... she went down to 55lbs at home, we wouldn't let her leave us anywhere else. It's not 24hrs yet, but I'm sure this is it.
Enough "became" Enough
- My last straw was when the guilt of smoking kept me in so much turmoil inside of my own mind, I knew what nicotine was doing to my body and I had to turn it over to God. I tried quitting twice before and I could not do it any other way. I am thankful to God for delivering me from the STRONGHOLD of nicotine addiction.
Taking a Deep Breath
- I miss taking a deep breath and feeling great. I am tired of coughing and feeling tired. I saw my six year old son pretending to have a cup of coffee and using a tooth pick for a cigarette. That told me it's time! My father died of lung cancer and I remember the pain I felt watching him, I don't want my son feeling an ounce of that pain. I want to be healthy and alive for my family.
- —Guest Seelo
Tired of Being Addicted
- I only quit smoking two days ago although I did quit successfully for 8 years from 1988 to 2006 by reading and following how to in a very good Smokenders book by Jackie Rodgers. I do not have the book now but I still remember every step, so I am trying again. My last straw was when the corner store next door to me closed for good two weeks ago. I have arthritis and cannot walk far, but I went 4 blocks to get cigarettes and it took me a week to recover. How stupid of me. I am tired of being controlled to my nicotine addiction. I do not need the added humiliation of asking someone to buy me cigarettes so I can continue to damage my health when I cannot walk to that store. Seems to be no end so I have ended it now.
Trying for The Fourth Time
- I have been smoking for a little more than 46 years and in our country Pakistan, the anti-smoking campaigns started about 5 years ago. I have emphysema and also am suffering from COPD. Today is my fourth day day of my fourth attempt - I pray to God to please please make me successful. It has been three days and I am a little more determined this time. I am sick of coughing and it got so bad the last time that I really thought I am going going gone.
- —Guest Iqbal Dawood
- Who in the world would decide to get healthy by running half marathons and continue to smoke? I decided I would rather run than be run over by nicotine.
- After 10 years of being an ex-smoker, I have started taking "just a puff" from my daughter or sons' cigarettes. (Yes, I managed to addict all three of them in the 40 + years I smoked). After reading Bill Ledbetter's story I am reminded what foolishness that is, because now I am hiding butts they leave in the ashtray for when I really need a smoke. I am going to have to tell them to take their butts elsewhere and just bring their sweet selves next time they visit.
- —Guest Foolish Lady
- I have decided it's time for me to finally be healthy after 28 yrs of smoking. I want to see my grandbaby grow up. I was experiencing chest pains and a rapid heartbeat quite frequently. It was going to kill me if I didn't quit.
I didn't want to be "That Guy"
- The guy outside the hospital smoking while hooked to his IV.
- The RN conducting my pre-op appointment for surgery explained that coughing was going to hurt quite a bit after my operation. This was somehow the incentive I needed to finally quit smoking after a 50 year habit.
SICK OF BEING A DRUG ADDICT
- I am hooked and am really sick-minded over it. I make up lots of reasons not to stop but I know it's stupid mind games. I would give anything to wake up un-addicted. but I know it's never that easy. Hard work has gotten me where I am today and hard work will get me to where I want to be...A non-smoker!