not a debate, I quit smoking have questions

Tara - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I had my wisdom teeth removed yesterday. They were severely impacted and have finally been cut from my jaw bone. OW. So I decided this would be a great time to quit smoking. I slapped a patch on as soon as I was home from the Oral Surgeon yesterday afternoon, another today at the same time. I am having some hot flashes (which could also be attributed to my pain meds or just the pain.) I have quit in the past but I was pregnant and it make me sick to even smell the shit let alone smoke it.

So my questions for any of you who have quit successfully are:

1) How long did your personal physical withdrawal symptoms last?
2) And tricks you did to get past a craving?
3) What did you do with the time you weren't smoking?
4) Did you keep all the money you saved separate as kind of a reward to be used on you after you had quit for a certain number of days/weeks/months etc.?
5) And finally, if your partner still smokes and you have quit, is it hard to kiss him, does the smell make you want to puke or does it make you want to smoke?

Thanks for any replies.
:)Tara

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JuLeah - posted on 09/28/2010

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Kissing smokers does make me want to puke
As for the symptoms ..... take vitamins. Smoking leaches important vitamins from your body. Take a B complex, vit D, Calcium ..... the works

Good for you for quitting

September - posted on 09/29/2010

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1. I quit 1 month prior to getting pregnant and I don't recall having withdrawal's at all. I did crave them from time to time but never physically felt withdrawal.
2. When I felt a craving coming on I would focus my attention elsewhere and the craving would go away.
3. The same stuff I always do just without a cigarette.
4. No
5. My husband is not a smoker and never has been. He was such great support while I was trying to quit. I've been smoke free for 3 years! :)

Good luck to you! You can do it!!! :)

Heather - posted on 09/28/2010

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*groan* Girl, my mouth hurts just thinking about what you went through yesterday! I used to work for an Oral Surgeon and know how painful that can be. Good for you on the quitting smoking bc let me tell you...dry sockets are a whole new level of pain! I've had women tell me it was worse than labor.(though I think they were just sissies who wanted more pain meds ;p )

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I also quit when I was pregnant. I used Life Saver Wintergreen Mints to get me through the first 2 weeks. After that it wasn't AS big of a deal, atleast in the sense that I didn't feel like there was a huge weight on my chest anymore :) I worked in a restaurant at the time and my boss would have me go out for a smoke break with him, even after I quit (cuz I wouldn't take a break otherwise...) and I would bring a drink w/a straw and play with that while taking a break *I drank water! keep from adding calories ;) * After that and at home I never really did anything per say with my time? I would just not have to take breaks doing what I was doing to go smoke...the time kinda fills itself in... I did not keep the $ anywhere. My husband STILL smokes (I quit 5yrs ago) and yes it can be difficult at times to kiss him...if I'm particularly disgusted I tell him to go brush his teeth! It would make a great habit to do that before bed when you could possibly become intimate that way it isn't a mood killer!!! I'd mention that to him! I've only had a handful of cravings here years later...it is a constant commitment to NOT smoke!

Tara - posted on 09/29/2010

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Thanks Ladies!!
I feel great today, well my face hurts like hell and my cheeks are so swollen I can't close my mouth, but... I'm a non smoker and loving it.
I have just taken it one hour at a time. Each hour that goes by I congratulate myself. I haven't actually wanted a smoke, I'm using the patch so it's taking care of those cravings I guess. The smell of it is starting to make me feel yucky when bf comes in from having one. He's going to quit soon.
I feel so proud, so free of this nasty habit. I'm thinking really positively and it's working. Instead of getting up, making coffee and going out to the sunroom for a smoke or 3, I got up, had some yogourt, made some muffins with Aila the 5 year old and then went to work on my new pottery wheel for about an hour and then spent the next hour teaching all three girls how to use it. It was so fun and we all actually made a pot we can dry out and paint. So.. I'm keeping busy and I'm loving all the free time I have now. Today I am putting the cost of a carton of smokes into a tin and hiding it. I want to save until Christmas time and use that money to get something nice for ME!!!!!!
Thanks again for all your support and for anyone thinking of trying to quit again, please do, jump on the wagon with me and we can support each other.
:)Tara

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Tara - I am a smoker and did manage to quit successfully for a period of four years (and some change). I rocked the patch on this occasion. I also once quit for over a year after using Champix. But I'll talk about the patch experience.

1) My physical withdrawal symptoms dwindled with my patch usage - after the first week I would forget to put it on first thing in the morning or for a few hours after I went for a jog - I'd be getting antsy and realize that I hadn't had a patch on for half the day. After two weeks of this, I quit putting a patch on altogether.
2) Licorice or suckers.
3) I jogged, cleaned, hung out with my non-smoker boyfriend, shopped. Basically, kept busy and tried to stay away from my smoking friends for a few weeks. Plus, non-smoking bf offered some very, very enticing rewards for not lighting up :-)
4) No... I had intended to do this, but ended up engaging in a lot of retail therapy along the way.
5) In the two periods of being a non-smoker involved with smokers throughout my life, I found being in a room or a car with people actively smoking intolerable, but if bf would chew gum & wash his hands after smoking, it was no big deal. Plus, him wearing a hoodie outside to smoke and taking if off once inside cut back on the stink a lot.

Stick to it! The first few weeks are rough but it gets a lot easier.

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1) about a week or so
2) Drink a glass of water, walk around the block once, chew gum (regular)
3) at work, i would eat an orange and talk to co-workers, at home I would do anything I had to not to smoke.
4)Nope, just used it for whtever expenses we had at that moment.
5)It makes me want to puke and I send him to brush his teeth and gargle with listerine.

Ez - posted on 09/29/2010

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Tara I had my impacted wisdom teeth cut out of my jawbone too a few years ago, so I know the world of pain you're in :( I was too stupid to use that as a opportunity to quit smoking though, despite the mouth full of stitches. Gross.



I quit wnen I found out I was pregnant, and the physical cravings weren't an issue. I didn't miss it at all. But I wanted a smoke pretty much as soon as I came home from the hospital after giving birth. I fought that psychological craving for 6 months and eventually gave in. STUPID!! I'm now getting to a place where I want to quit again, but I know it's the habit that is holding me back.



Good luck :)

C. - posted on 09/29/2010

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Well, I quit successfully in March.. For a few months. I started back up after I was getting a lot of physical pain and they couldn't figure out what's wrong. I still smoke a month and some-odd days later- maybe the stress from the doctors still not knowing what's going on with my body??

I will tell you, though, that when I quit in March.. I felt good! Like Morgan, I used gum-- A LOT!!! Also, just the physical aspects that improved over the next few weeks were enough to keep me from smoking at the time- Like being able to breathe well when I lay down. Before I quit the last time, it was hard for me to sit in a recliner and be able to breathe easily, let alone lay down on a bed. I used a lot of Vicks (good thing hubby was gone).

Just wanted to lend some support. DON'T go back to smoking after quitting for a while. It really makes you feel like a complete failure.. Another thing that kept me going strong for a while :/ Good luck! It won't necessarily be easy, but you can do it.

Oh, and with the extra time.. I started getting in touch with people I hadn't talked to for a while. It was nice.

Rosie - posted on 09/28/2010

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1. about 2 weeks, but the habit was harder to break than the physical part, i'm still dealing with the habit part, gah!!
2. i diverted my attention. got up did something-usually cleaned.
3. i cleaned
4. nope didn't keep the money, would've been a good idea, never thought of it, lol!
5. yes he still smokes, and yes it makes me want to puke sometimes when we kiss. he has to have gum or something. it definitely doesn't make me want to smoke, it makes me wish he'd stop even more.

good luck!!

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I quit using Champix May 16, 2009. Best decision I ever made.



1) I started taking the pill on May 2nd. I gave myself 2 weeks to quit. After a week I was down to 2 smokes a day. In the last week I didn't even want to smoke. I had all of 4 smokes in the last 7 days - including the 1 smoke that I didn't smoke at 11:55pm on May 15th. I had zero physical withdrawls.



2) Champix dealt with all of the cravings for me. What he pill does is take over the cravings. It blocks the nicotine craving before it can even begin.



3) I didn't really do anything different with the time. I just stopped smoking. So instead of having a smoke before or after doing anything, I just continued on with whatever was next.



4) The money I didn't spend on cigarettes went to bills and to buy things for Gabriel.



5) My man didn't smoke. I think I wouldn't be able to kiss him or be comfortable with him smoking anymore if he were a smoker though. I smoked for almost 15 years, more than a pack a day for the most part. We invested in my quitting. I would have expected him to invest in himself too.



Good luck Tara, I know you can do it :)

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Oh ya, and apparently I twirl my hair WAY TOO MUCH! lmao. Obviously something I started doing to compensate for not smoking.....idle hands, ya know?

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1) How long did your personal physical withdrawal symptoms last?



A couple weeks if I remember correctly. I had really bad headaches but not much else.



2) And tricks you did to get past a craving?



Haha! Along with giving up smoking I also pretty much quit drinking, eating and socializing. Just kidding. I chewed gum....A LOT of gum....but not that disgusting Nicotine crap...BLECH!



3) What did you do with the time you weren't smoking?



Started exercising.



4) Did you keep all the money you saved separate as kind of a reward to be used on you after you had quit for a certain number of days/weeks/months etc.?



Haha! I wish I would have thought of that.



5) And finally, if your partner still smokes and you have quit, is it hard to kiss him, does the smell make you want to puke or does it make you want to smoke?



Doesn't necessarily make me wanna puke but he definitely stinks and I have to admit, it's not very attractive. I ask him to shower A LOT!



Good luck, Tara! YOU CAN DO IT!

Krista - posted on 09/28/2010

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I used the patch, so I didn't really get much in the way of physical withdrawal. And you'd be surprised how quickly the time fills up. I used to think "What the hell do non-smokers do with their HANDS?" But you get used to it, you really do.

And nah, I just pissed the money away. I'm just as in debt now as I was then! LOL!

What got me to quit was seeing my husband's grandmother dying of lung cancer -- her family was in agony from watching her suffer. I looked at my husband and just had this moment of complete clarity when I thought "I don't want to put him through that." From that point on, it was just buying the patch and it was game over. I DID find the patch made a difference though -- not just for dealing with the physical cravings, but emotionally, I felt stronger for having that patch on -- it was something for me to rely on.

ME - posted on 09/28/2010

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The only trick I used was this: I bought sodium free flavored soda water (La Croix), and instead of smoking, I would drink one of those...my partner still smokes...when he's smoking, I cannot be outside with him without wanting to smoke, but when we're going to bed at night or anything intimate...if he smells like smoke it makes me want to vomit...

Jodi - posted on 09/28/2010

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Good decision Tara. Not an easy thing to do, but it can be done :)



I quit about a year ago, but I used Champix. So I actually experienced no physical withdrawals at all. To get past the cravings, I kept my hands busy, and also would chew sugar free gum if it got really bad. But they were psychological cravings, not physical. I won't say I occasionally don't have a fleeting "I want a cigarette" thought now, because I do, but being a nonsmoker is so second nature to me now that it never lasts long.



My husband gave up at the same time, so it was a HUGE money saver for us. We actually transfer $150 a week into a savings account which we use for a family holiday (yep, that's about how much we were spending between us). We had a holiday in January, and are planning another one with the thousands sitting there for this January coming. Awesome incentive to give up :)

Morgan - posted on 09/28/2010

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I quit about 2 years ago and still have cravings :)
The physical withdraw was ok for me I used the nicorete inhaler for about 3 months and just slowly started using it less and less.
Gum I chewed gum when I had cravings.....still do :)
I just always tried to keep busy, its hardest after meals and in the car so thats where I find gum keeps my mouth busy :)
No I just spent it.
my partner dose not smoke but I can imagine in would be gross, I cant stand smell anymore.

Good luck Tara!!

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