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Old 07-02-2012, 07:23 PM   #43
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Thank you all for your stories, encouragement, and inspiration. I have had a couple of setbacks, but have learned about a trigger each time. It does get easier, and I am dedicated to it. We'll get there, one step at a time.
Keep after it. I quit June 8, 2007, with the help of Chantix, and I was ready to do so. I have no cravings at all.

Just remember, the nicotine drug is out of your system after only a few days of quitting. Try not to prolong the process by supplementing with nicotine gum or a patch. It is the nicotine you need to get rid of.

It is NOT a habit. It is an addiction. Treat it as such.

You are one puff away from a pack a day!

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Old 07-02-2012, 07:35 PM   #44
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I've quit several times. First time was when I found out I was pregnant. Started back up to get a break away from a baby with colic. I quit in May of '06 so that I wouldn't be smoking at the wedding and that lasted until I found out he had an alternate life and cheated with men & women! That was Easter of '09.

I only smoke when I drink now... funny how those go hand in hand. Not sure if I'll ever be able to give that up cause I'm not sure that I really want to and if your hearts not in it, then its not gonna happen. It ends up being about 1 pack every 1-2 weeks.


Good job & keep up the great work! If you want it you can make it happen!
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Well, it's update time again, and...

We are now into day 6 without nicotine. The cravings are getting much easier, but my skin is also getting thicker. I was a bit... touchy ... there for a bit
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Congratulations! The first week is the hardest. It will still be hard, but the cravings will let up a little and you will still have to be tough. You will start tasting your food and you won't stink I personally am proud of anyone who can kick this nasty habit. 9 years for me and I am very proud of myself for sticking with it. I found when the cravings hit, if it was possible I took a walk. I tried to do that as well after my meals and in the mornings when I usually had a smoke.
Keep up the good work, you have a ton of support here
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One thing I forgot to mention, that you may have already done. I thoroughly cleaned my car and got rid of the smell in it. We never smoked in the house, so that wasn't a problem. I threw away all my ashtrays. There are a couple of people who are not close friends anymore who refused to come to my house because it was smoke free. Tough! Go outside!
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Good on you for fighting this battle !!!

And I know it is a life threatening battle having watched TWO inlaws die of lung cancer too young... one of them didn't smoke just had one in the house with her !

the quitting will be a struggle, but not nearly as tough as the struggle they, and us, went through at the end....

remind yourself why you are doing this every moment..
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One thing I forgot to mention, that you may have already done. I thoroughly cleaned my car and got rid of the smell in it. We never smoked in the house, so that wasn't a problem. I threw away all my ashtrays. There are a couple of people who are not close friends anymore who refused to come to my house because it was smoke free. Tough! Go outside!

But your house was always smoke free?
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Well, it's update time again, and...

We are now into day 6 without nicotine. The cravings are getting much easier, but my skin is also getting thicker. I was a bit... touchy ... there for a bit
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[QUOTE=Nhytefall;1229173]

I've found that the sharper and more intense the flavor I use during a craving, the less easier the craving is to endure. So, lemonheads, peppermints, and five-flavor lifesavers it is.

My brother in law used to suck on Halls Mentholated cough drops to help him. He then was addicted to them. LOL
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But your house was always smoke free?
Guess I should have clarified that better. We never smoked in the house. When our friends came over we all went outside together. Well I stopped going outside with them and apparantly they took exception to that. Go figure.
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Bsirby, I can totally see how you BIL would have engaged up addicted to them.

Thank you all for your support. In Day 7 now, still going strong. My beloved and I are going to run some errands and window shop some RV gear as a celebratory distraction, lol.
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So, I made a decision that today was my last day as a smoker. I'm 38, blessed with a supportative family, and it is just time. Got to have money for the RV plans!
Wish you the best!!

I quit smoking March 2011.. Took about 2 weeks to get over the actual nicotine, prolly never to get over the instinctive grabbing at my pocket while working/thinking
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Midniteeoyl, you will but it takes a while. I havn't had any to smoke in 29 years or so, but I'd bet it took a few years to stop reaching for them in my shirt pocket. It willl stop though.
Nhytefall, Keep up the good work. It will get better over time.
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So far, so good. 9 days and counting. :dance
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