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 well i feel pretty uptight and wound up. Im trying to give up smoking and so far i havent had one for 2 days 16 hours and 34 minutes. which is pretty amazing since i used to have one about every 30/40 minutes and the cigarettes are still in the house! Im getting to the point now where im twitchy and snappy and tearfull as my body craves the nicotine and its getting a struggle when my head is telling me to have a ciggy but my mind is saying no. Im a keeping so busy because as soon as i sit down i want to light one up so i havent been hardly near the computer to post or anything.


I have been chewing gum constantly ~ nothing special just minty stuff~ and i have felt more alert and alive each day so far and not so tired all the time. I want to give up because it scares me what i was doing to my body and the money was getting ridiculous and i wanted to spend it on something i can keep and i didnt like the look of myself with it in my mouth. Also i have been smoking for 3 years and my parents do not know and trying to hide it is getting hard.


I really want to do this for good..but i feel alittle weak minded. even though i had bad feelings towards ciggies i did enjoy it  Im scared im gonna fail and give in.


Im not sure if i have done the right thing by going 'cold Turkey' and stopping them entirely or whether i would have given myself a better chance of cutting them down slowly where i could gone from 5 ciggies to 0..but its getting mentally tough to for me to go from 30 ciggies (sometimes plus) to zero im not sure if i can do it..


any ex-smokers here who could give any advice ~ im feeling pretty terrified right know



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-- Edited by PrettyDobie at 06:38, 2005-08-25

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I quit smoking over a year ago. And I just quit cold turkey. It was hard at first but after a week I was okay with it. I did gain 5 pounds from all the candy I was eating. Have you tried just sucking on some hard candy? Suckers are good too. It was totally worth all the stress. I have saved 120 dollars a month, my house smells fresh, and my clothes and breathe smell like fresh laundry instead of cigs. I have faith in you.

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Well Great..  keep going !! 

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   My father and bro. quit as well with lots of candy and other things like toothpicks to keep there hands and  mouths  busy !  I hear the first week or so is the worst!  Good luck- dont give up, you will actually start to feel better soon!  If you have health insurence they cover alot of quit smoking programs I think!  A friend of mine is quitting today!  She is using Zyban though!  Good luck!  You will just have to get past the tough part, and it gets easier! You can do it!!!  I hope to also quit soon too!! 

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I quit once for a little over a year. I started by qitting cold turkey but also using the patch, and the patch really helped me during the first two weeks, if you can get past that you should be fine. Instead of candy I bought a bunch of Tridant gum, since it is sugarless, i was worried about gaining weight. I also agree that doing things to keep your mind off it helps a lot. Go take a short jog, or take your baby on a long walk or hike. It helps if you leave the house a lot too, i found that the more i stayed home, the more i thought about smoking. Go see a movie with some friends or by yourself to keep your mind off it, read a book, if you like reading like i do, you will get caught up in the book and forget about the cigs while you read. Goodluck! I plan on quitting very soon too!

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One of my friends dad quit smoking in the most gross way. He got a old mason jar and filled half with water and the other half in cig butts. And then when he would crave one he would just smell the jar. It then made him sick to even smell one. LOL!!! I guess that is one way to make you quit.

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Twink, how you doing? You CAN do it.  Imagine how much more money you will have.  You will also not stink, and you will have your sence of smell back.  Something my husband told me he lost while being a smoker. LOL, there did I talk you out of wanting another. I hope you can hang in there.

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Come on twinkletoes were your cheer squard. LOL GO twinkle Go twinkle GO GO GO Twinkle.

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Your skin will be prettier, too. Smokers have a gray tint to their skin
It is truly a hard thing to stop. Good to stop while you are young. My dad stopped when I was a young child.
I think it is so sad to see people with drug habits. The people that I work with, that smoke, have to stop work to feed their addictions all the time, it is very annoying. You go looking for them when you are busy, they are back around a corner just puffing away. Poor things.

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Oh man! I feel your pain. I quit 3 years ago. It is so hard, but so worth it. Hang in there. I couldn't do it cold turkey. I had to get something from the dr. and use the gum. I wish you the best of luck!!!

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HAVENT HAD ONE YET  Thank you all so much for all your encouragment. My mum didnt know i smoked but she has said how much healthier i have looked the past few days (since i stopped) and i was great to come down the stairs this morning and the house smelt fresher and i do lol


Its really tough but aslong as i keep busy the urge isnt so bad. well its been over 3 days and its getting easier. Ive tried deep breathing techniques also and that helps alot. I'm already feeling the benefits. My skin is glowing more, my hair doesnt feel so brittle, im getting more work done as im not stopping constantly for ciggie breaks, and i feel pretty damn good and full of energy Im not eating a huge amount more since quitting but thanks for the advice on the sweets that has helped alot. Im also drinkng lots of water to keep my hands busy lol.


I have to try and keep away form the computer because as soon as i sit down i feel like smoking so i havent been on here hardly..the upside is i wont keep buying stuff or ebay lol. Its such a great feeling and pretty empowering to quit the ciggies and the extra cash is nice to go out and spend on the house


We no longer use the cigarette word in the house if we are talking about how i am doing with quitting . For some reason every time i hear the word it sets me off wanting one .. so we call them "the you know what" lol.



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I've tried cold turkey, welbutrin, patches, gum and hypnotysim.  The last one got me to quit the longest.......2 weeks.....lol  I found on my online smoke place where i buy cigs that they have nicotine free cigs.  It's a 3 step program.  The first step is low nicotine, then extra low and finally nicotine free.  Then you work on kicking the habit part.  Not sure if that would work but it might be worth a try.  I wish they would just release the vaccine.......geez.  I can't wait for that......lol 

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A few years ago, I quite Paxil cold turkey< boy they don't tell you you get addicted. That was weird. But I did it. I'm proud of you twink. Just think one moment at a time. It will get easier and easier.


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I quit smokeing when I found out I was prego with my son and I wanted to kill everyone with in 10 yards of me. But, after a week or 2 I was ok, then the bi$^&ynes from being prego came out LOL. I unfortunally picked it back up soon after I had my son, I wish I wouldn't have but things happen. I really need to quit, hubby's always on my case since he did.


You can do it Twink, your doing great so far. Keep it up!



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another day over and still no ciggies ...im feeling goooood lol i can believe i have done it. The cigarettes are still in the house (we have a stack of them we bought V.cheap so we are gonna sell them to a friend lol) and even though they are within reaching distance i have been even tempted to touch them!. Sounds really gross but im starting to cough up all the thick junk that was on my chest from smoking


And its great as i was a 'secret' smoker and my family would have gone crazy if they knew and the smoking started to have a grip over the amount of time i was spending with them and the things i done as hobbies. Now i dont have to worry and can get on and enjoy stuff without worrying when im going to have my next ciggy.


Stormy ~ i also thought my mood swings would be like nothing on earth but im only a bit more tense than usual although im getting alot of sugar cravings..aslong as i've got a bag of sweets my mood is fine lol or i feel like im gonna burst into tears like my world is gonna end.. I always said i was gonna quit the moment i found out i was pregnant but i thought hell im gonna do it now.


Puttin~ got the shoes lol they are great.. atleast now i have more money to spend on ebay ... Thanks for you words of encouragent. Its really hard but im taking it each day at a time an its working ~ I just cant wait for the time when i dont ever think of them damn ciggies


Oasis~ I'm doing it cold Turkey and its No where near as tough as i thought it was gonna be... I was thinking of cutting down and trying that 3 step programme..but i think that would have made me crave the real thing even more lol as im not working and at home alone so i have to try and keep myself extra busy. My  friend has tried the patches and gum but it didnt work for her..i guess its just mind over matter when it comes down to it. For me the easiest thing was just to stop smoking but its tougher getting out of the habit of when you smoke and keeping your hands busy. I think the 1st 2 days were the hardest mentally


 


~wow just saw i wrote a real long post..sorry but im just really excited and it really helps to see your words of encouragment ..honestly thankyou so much ~



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Naw.
At some point in my life, I was introduced to the addictive pull of tobacco.
I was sooooograteful that after feeling it's pull, I was terrified....I was not hooked.
It is too sad to be hooked like a poor fish into a habit....
WE are mammals...

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my ex used to smoke and nearlly all my friends do so the habit crept into my life over a period of a year and was smoking full time since..so its been about 3/4 yrs in total..its pretty scary being addicted to something and these are easily aquired cigarettes ..it makes me realise how hard it must be for alchoholics and class A drug users to try and come clean 


this link is what really gave me a kick up the bum to quit..the whole site really informative


its scary whats actually in a cigarette


http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk/why_give_up/cigarette_smoke/



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Wow, that site is scarey. Maybe writing long posts would be good.  Keeping those hands busy. Have you thought of maybe taking up long walks with Harvey maybe. Fresh air and exercize does everyone wonders. Glad you are keeping strong twink. I heard that after a number of years your body goes back to its pre-smoking stage also.

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yeah Harvey goes for some mega long walks now twice a day..he loves it though as im more full or energy.  Ive never done so much house work as well , all the laundry is washed, dried and hung up, the whole house has been dusted and i can even see my face in the t.v screen etc lol .. I had a friend who smokes over today and it was my 1st big test as i had a glass of white wine and watched her smoke her cigarettes..i could have given in there and then but i chose not to... if i can get through that i can get through anything

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