For me, it was an increasing inability to breathe properly. I was experiencing early symptoms of COPD, and 45 years old, that scared me badly. I knew the condition would only worsen unless I found a way to quit smoking.
I Want to Be Cool
- It used to be you started smoking yo fit in with the cool crowd. Well I want to fit in with the cool crowd. Today the crowd that doesn't smoke. I recently met a great guy. He said he really liked me but he is a cancer survivor and is looking for someone who wants to be healthy and doesn't smell like smoke or make his clothes smell. That the smell seeps out of my pores and it gets him sick. I'm so embarrassed. I'm tired of being a smoker. Its so uncool. I'm a 51 year old female and the damage smoking has done to my skin ie wrinkles around my lips is unacceptable any longer.
- —Guest rhonda
- It came to the point where if I smoked a few a day, I would get pain very bad in my feet, legs, and numbness from lack of blood flow or something, the pain started to spread to other parts of my body and even my head, and I never had any energy, constant cough, and I looked like death warmed up. They were literally killing me. I had no choice but to quit, even though I feared it, I feared dying young more. So now I quit today, and I know it can be done as I done it 5 years ago for 12 months, but went back on them when I went out drinking. Worst mistake I ever made.
- —Guest London
Sick and Tired
- 3 days smober after countless attempts to quit,been smoking for 20 years. Lost 3 loved ones to smoking related illnesses. I am tired of being a prisoner of cigarettes. Sick of the smell, embarrassment, fatigue, cost, fear of cancer. I want to be healthy for my four children. So grateful to find this forum! God bless!
- —Guest jess34
- When it comes to the point when you have to ask yourself " do I buy cigarettes? Or do I buy food?" Then you know that things have got bad! And it had got to the point where the cigarettes won! I admit this with utter shame to be honest, but I finally realise what a terrible drug addiction I have, the thought that you pay all that money for an evil drug that is slowly killing you inside and out, I have gone all day without eating many times, just smoking and drinking coffee, and having that constant edgy restless feeling inside that coffee and cigarettes can give you, my appetite totally destroyed by the constant smoking, I am so sick and tired of the whole affair with nicotine and of having no money in my pocket, and feeling like a guilty, naughty drug addict when going to the shop to buy the damm things.
- —Guest Alison478
- When it comes to the point when you have to ask yourself " do I buy cigarettes? Or do I buy food?" Then you know that things have got bad! And it had got to the point where the cigarettes won! I admit this with utter shame to be honest, but I finally realise what a terrible drug addiction I have, the thought that you pay all that money for an evil drug that is slowly killing you inside and out, I have gone all day without eating many times, just smoking and drinking coffee, and having that constant edgy restless feeling inside that coffee and cigarettes can give you, my appetite totally destroyed by the constant smoking, I am so sick and tired of the whole affair with nicotine and of having no money in my pocket, and feeling like a guilty, naughty drug addict when going to the shop to buy the damm things
- —Guest Alison478
Upper respiratory infection
- I smoked a pack a day for 40 years. I am 58 and I am in my 9th month without having a puff. I came down with a chest cold that turned into an upper respiratory infection. I couldn't smoke if I wanted to. As I started getting better I thought I could go ahead and light up. Wrong! I coughed my brains out. I smoked not 1, but 2 cigs and said "that's it". My goal which I had set 2 mos. earlier was to quit when i turned 58 because that's when my father quit. He died accidentally, but he did have mild COPD. He always encouraged me to quit when I was in my 40's, but was never one of those reformed smokers that can be irritating to those that do smoke. He would always start out with "Can I tell you something my friend...." and I knew what was coming. I know he is proud of me and I am proud of myself. I have not felt this good since I was a kid. I had asthma and used an inhaler all my life. I no longer need one. My cough and wheezing are gone. Join the forum and you too can quit.
Son Started Smoking
- I have been a smoker since I was 16 years old; I quit smoking for about 12 years in my thirties and now in mid forties for past couple years began smoking again due to trigger of stress at work. Started out pretty slow but now back to half pack day habit. I used to smoke only at night but now I have one mid day. I am so tired of feeling out of breath and disgusted with myself in the morning for doing it. My last straw was recently my son claiming he wanted to start smoking a "hookah" pipe. Both my parents smoked. I have told him how he should never start smoking but you know, that "do as I say not as I do" crap doesn't work too well! I began reading this blog after realizing I may need some assistance from the patch. I am wondering what people think about tapering off vs quitting cold turkey. I don't think I could smoke just one cigarette. I am a chain smoker. GOT TO STOP!
- —Guest lisa
An Idiotic Way to Live
- I had pulled a muscle in my chest something awful, but after several days of pain I began to get worried. The fact that any bad cold, pain, could be the dreaded C..and that I would just keep on smoking finally stuck home as an idiotic way to live. My shoulder/chest pain ended up being a pull, but the fact that I even entertained the thought that it could be much worse shows me I knew I was playing with a loaded handgun. Not too far along but taking it one day at a time. I like to remember that when I tell myself how great it was to smoke, it was the addiction speaking. Smoking is horrible and the only reason I "enjoyed" it for 20 yrs is because I was being told to say that by a slave master, nicotine. No more. NOPE.
Scared to Death....
- My last straw was waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the health effects of smoking. I began smoking when I was 10 years old, I am 43 now and know that I can't smoke that long without paying the price. I have quit several times in the last 20 years, but was never successful for more than 1 1/2 years. I will safely say for me the "just one" gets me every time - I can't do that. Sometimes I would use the patch, lozenges and smoke together! I am so scared that it is too late for me and no matter what I do I will have to pay the price. I am disgusted with myself for knowing better and not being strong enough to just do it. Unless it is you - it sounds so simple to just do it! I quit today - I am hoping I am strong enough for this to be it. I will keep reading your stories, they are so familiar - you all understand, thank you. It is now or never for me.
Sick and tired
- Yes , I loved smoking and I smoked only a couple a day, and not inhaling, thinking I\m just puffing and feeling pretty cool, lighting up with coffee, a drink, after a meal, on the beach, BUT after each cigarette, I felt physically and mentally bad, the guilt huge! I've done it before and can do it now! No more cigarettes, I can enjoy all these things with a cup of coffee and not smoke. Better stop and save my health!
- —Guest Jenny
My Dad's Death
- I have tried to quit but when something would get my nerves up, I would go & buy those nasty things. In 2010 my dad passed away. He had COPD & emphysema. I tried again and again to quit. Then in August of this year I decided to do this again. I'm now on week 4 of my quit & this time I'm going to find another way to calm my nerves. I've found some helpful tips on here. I am really going to be strong & not give in to those cravings because I don't want to wind up like dad with all those health problems later in life.
The time was right
- I had been promising my daughter for a long time that I would quit and I did for lent but then started right back up when lent was over. I sat here one day and told my daughter to write me a letter that I could read whenever I got a craving. I posted it everywhere. I have it as a screen saver on my computer, on my phone and taped to my desk at my office. I look at it when I feel the urge and guess what it helps. It has been 12 days and 16 minutes since I have quit and to be really honest it is getting better. The first 5 days were really bad but now I only crave a little and they don't last as long. I think this was my time quit YAY!!!
Out Of Breath
- I am 53 years old and started smoking when I was 17 years old to fit in, last year at the age of 52, I started working out after taking time off from the gym and when I went to run I could only run for a minute and was out of breath and had a hard time getting my breathing back to normal. I went to my doctor and he sent me to a heart and a lung doctor, after both doctors said everything was okay I felt this was my last chance to stop smoking before getting lung cancer or heart disease. It's been 1 year now that I quit smoking and I'm starting to breath better while running and I'm seeing the best workout results ever.
- I'm on day 4. I have anxiety and am prone to panic attacks. The last straw was last week when I was on a lunch break, had a cig before eating and then had a full on panic attack right there at work. I'm 38 and have already had hysterectomy cuz of cancer and had a few bladder scares. Finally realised....what is it going to take. So long stinky cancer sticks!
- —Guest Jenny
- It's been three days for me and its been pure hell!!! But I'm hanging in there. The headaches from not smoking are a pain!! I have two boy's 11 and 8. If I die at a young age, who gonna take care of them??
- —Guest Cortney