Has anyone quit smoking?

Susanna - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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Has anyone quit smoking and what did you use to help you?

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Shannon - posted on 01/30/2010

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i quit smoking after smoking i believe 12 years but i use tho old method cold turkey

Rebecca Anne - posted on 01/30/2010

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I quit smoking when I first found out I was pregnant with my eldest boy, I used love for my unborn child to quit, you just have to be strong. My son is 7 yrs old this year, and I have never touched those horrible things again, and I never will.

Faith - posted on 01/30/2010

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I smoked for 17 years and have now been smoke free...no cravings not even tempted to smoke. I actually find the smell awful and irritating and wonder how I ever smoked to begin with. I went to the Dr. and she gave me Zyban. The first 4-5 days were hard but after that it was smooth sailing!

Good luck and if you need some support or someone to just say YES you can send me a message!

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i quit both times i got pregnant.. and then started right back up again.... this time i quit in may of 2009 - i wasnt pregnant, i quit for ME. i used the lowest dosage of the patch you can buy, it was jsut enough to take the edge off of the cravings.i also used the freedom from smoking online support message boards, which were very very helpful to be able to talk to people who knew what i was going thru. i believe they are on facebook as well... after about 7 days i quit wearing them all together. ive been smoke free since 1 week before mothers day. =)

Rosary - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hey i quit in 2004 after 6 years of chain smoking. I found out my husband does not like it (he never told me to stop) and I told him I hate drinking (which I also did not tell him to stop) .But since we loved each other so much we both chose to give up those things that made the other uncomfortable. I guess you can say I cold-turkeyed it =)

Susanna - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hi i havent had a smoke in 6 days, and it is because of Champix the little pill from the doctor. i quit about 4years ago and lasted a year. With the Champix it has been sooo easy. Give it a go It will save your life and your wallet!

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2010

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and by cold turkey i mean the phrase. not the litteral meat. don't go buy yourself a bunch of turkey. lmao

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2010

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cold turkey. :) oh..and gum..really strong minty gum. i quit when i got pregnant with lacey and havn't tried to start up again because i want to live a long life to watch my daughter grow up

Karin - posted on 01/29/2010

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Yes, I quit in Feb 2009. By the grace of God! I have not craved since then and will never go back to that ugly habit.

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After 20 years I finally managed to quit! I just went cold turkey, going down to a few per day doesn't work (for me). I succeeded this time because I really, really, REALLY wanted to quit myself. So not because I was supporting a quit-smoking attempt from my husband or because somebody else told me it's bad for you. Which is true of course, but so are a lot of other things...

Isobel - posted on 01/28/2010

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well...thank you ladies...I am already down to a few per day...and now within the next couple of weeks I will see a doctor to look into Champix...I have already quit twice (2 kids :)) But I'm ready (I think) to give it up full time

Caroline - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hi Susanna

I have given up smoking now for 3 weeks, i haven't used anything because i didn't want to replace my addiction with something else. I had about 4 false starts and lots of times saying after this pack i will give up. It is really hard but you have to get through it. Make sure the money you are not spending on fags you put in a jar or tin for yourself and spend it on yourself or save the money so you feel it is worth while.

Chelsea - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quit smoking actually before I found out that I was pregnant. I quit cold turkey. I smoked for almost 2 years. I then found out I was pregnant bout 2 weeks later. My husband smokes and when I kiss him it disgusts me because I do not like the taste or smell of it anymore. I know after I have the baby it might change, but for now, I dont want to bother with that.

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My doctor recommended that I take Champix / Chantix for a minimum of 3 months, to 'ensure success' because I had been a smoker for 13 years (I started when I was 12 and I was 25 when I quit) and they found that if the patient stuck with it for 3 months then the success rate was much higher.

Although, I quit taking it after 1 month of quitting. I knew I wasn't going to start smoking again. I had the habits broken, I didn't have cravings or the urge to smoke and I was simply done with smoking so I had the mind set that I am done. I didn't feel the necessity to keep taking it.

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I quit smoking on May 16th 2008 with the help of Champix / Chantix.

I started taking the lil pill on May 2nd and I gave myself 2 weeks to break the habits.

In that 2 weeks I smoked all of 9 whole cigarettes and at 11:55pm on May 15th, I lit up my last smoke, watched it burn and put it out at midnight.

I have had random... urges to have a smoke, but they were from old habits, completely subconscious. And when I smell cigarette's now, it makes me a lil queasy.

I highly recommend talking to a doctor about Champix / Chantix if someone is trying to quit. It was a great help and it really was what gave me the edge I needed to quit.

Champix isn't a nicotine replacement, it blocks the receptors in your body that make you crave nicotine. As you take the pill (it takes about a week for it to really kick in and work) the more and more rectors are blocked in your body by Champix and it will completely remove that craving, that need for nicotine and it gives you a break from the craving in order to address the habits that all smokers end up having, whether it's a smoke after dinner, a smoke with coffee, a smoke with alcohol, a smoke when you wake up or before you go to bed. With Champix your body isn't saying "I need nicotine I need nicotine" and it makes it SO much easier to break the habits by preoccupying yourself with different activities.


GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE LADIES TRYING TO QUIT !!!
You CAN do it !!! You WILL do it !!! You just have to WANT to do it ;)

Kate CP - posted on 01/28/2010

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My doctor put me on Wellbutrin and it worked great. The only problem is I've been on it for over 7 years and on a fairly high dose. Apparently a really really rare side effect is pancreatitis. Something like 1 in 1,500 patients have this reaction to the medication. Bupropion (wellbutrin) is also known as Zyban and that is a smoking cessation aid. The best way to quit is to wean off, take lots of showers, and every time you think you want a cigarette drink some ice cold water. It'll help get the nicotine out of your system faster. The showers will wash away the nicotine that's being secreted from your pores (gross, huh?) and make you feel better. Good luck!

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I made a quit date. I also consulted with my family and they were more than happy to boost me up or call me out if I got cranky. I cut plastic straws in half & kept the last empty pack to store the straw in. When I felt the urge, I would hold it like it was a cigarette, in my fingers and mouth. It REALLY helped! I didn't care how silly I looked. This was like my tenth time trying to quit. (I was smoking on the patch!) I was determined to make it work! When people asked me if I was smoking, surprise! Not me! Did that for about 6 to 8 weeks I think. That was 13+ years ago!
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Inci - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quite smoking when i found out i was pregnant with my Daughter almost a year ago. I didnt even crave it while pregnant coz i just couldn't stand the smell..But here i am 5 months after my daughter was born,, stress caught up with me and i started gain:( every second im thinking of just going cold turkey again...but its difficult coz my husband smokes and he dosnt want to quite.. will keep trying though, for my daughter's sake!

September - posted on 01/28/2010

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I have quit and it feels sooooo good! I quit smoking about a month before my husband and I starting to try and get pregnant. I quit cold turkey and had a great support system :) I've been smoke free for 3 years.

Dana - posted on 01/28/2010

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After 17 yrs of smoking for me, 13 yrs for my husband and 35 yrs for my MIL we all went together to a hypnotist, we walked out and never smoked again. Good Luck in whatever you decide!!

JL - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quit cold turkey when I found I was pregnant with my first child but when she was one and my husband went to Iraq I started up again to filter the stress of being a new mom with a husband at war. I continued smoking for a few years until I got pregnant with my second child and once again I quit cold turkey.



It has been 2 1/2 years and I have not started back up and one of the things that motivated me was my family. My daughter was getting older and she was starting emulate mommy and daddy pretending to smoke and I just did not want her doing that anymore so I made a vow for my kids so I could be an example of healthy habits. I also did not start back up because I was motivating my husband to quit. His health at age 30 was starting to show the effects of long term smoking so I motivated him to stop. He used Chantix and it worked well for him.



You will have set backs and fall off the wagon more than once but just keep up with it and before you know it you will not even be able to stand the smell of cigarette smoke.

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Susanna;
I quit the day before my daughter was born, I should have quit a lot sonner but could not figure out how to do it. Once I saw her, I just could not think of laying her down in her bassinet and standing out on the front step smoking.
You will figure out a way to do it and stick with it. It was really tough for me and still is 4 months later but I look at my miracle baby and know SHE is worth it.
Good Luck!

Carol - posted on 01/28/2010

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i finally quit after '50' yrs of smoking. i tried everything from 'cold turkey', the 'patch' even laser. this final time i tried CHAMPIX a little pill and here I am 1 yr later and still not smoking. don't stop trying to quit ...keep up the good work.

Sara - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quit smoking almost 4 years ago, best thing ever! I used Wellbutrin to quit smoking. Basically, you take it for 30 days before you set the deadline of having your last cig. It basically blocks the nicotine from your brain receptors, so you go through the withdrawls while you are still smoking, which makes it much easier. By the time my 30 days were up I was barely smoking, and it wasn't hard physically to stop smoking the cigs at that point. Honestly, you just have to be ready to quit, I think that's the biggest factor. And you can never have another cig again, either. I think once you've been addicted, if you just have one it will open the floodgates and you'll be smoking again before you know it! And I highly suggest a hobby that occupies your hands when you quit, I took up knitting. I suck at it, but it gave me something to do with my hands when I wasn't holding a cig anymore. Good Luck!

La - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quit a week before I found out I was pregnant with my first child (I had a feeling I could be pregnant so I stopped cold turkey). The morning sickness helped me forget about any cravings I had. I don't intend to go back to smoking...waste of health, time, and money. Plus now that I don't smoke I hate the smell of it. My partner quit a few months ago cold turkey. He had been smoking for 10 years so it was hard but he felt that he was also wasting his health and money on the habit.

Erin - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quit when I found out I was pregnant almost 3 1/2 years ago. I had been smoking for 12 years and just did it cold turkey, I'm not going to lie it was VERY hard but when you get over that hump, the first couple of days, it does get easier. I always kept carrot and celery sticks with me and munched on them constantly. I wish you luck and it is so worth it in the end!!:)

Rosie - posted on 01/28/2010

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i have quit smoking 2 ways 2 different times and now i am smoking again. the first time i quit cold turkey for my son's 4th birthday, i found out i was pregnant 2 weeks later and i'm sure that helped. 4 months after i had him i went out drinking and i started again. my second time i used wellbutrin. i wanted to have another baby, and so i wanted to quit before we started trying. a week and half into the wellbutrin i was done! it worked wonders! but then again, i went out drinking approximately 8 months after i had my baby and i started again. i'm very frustrated right now, i now feel like if i ever quit again, i'll just start up again a year and a half later. i have to get myself in the right mindset and i'm finding that very hard to do this time with my past failures. my grandma has stomach cancer and kidney stones, she is in the hospital right now, and they can't operate on her because her lungs are so bad from 80 years of smoking 2 packs a day. the anesthesia would kill her. this i just found out yesterday, so i'm trying to get myself in the right mindset again. hopefully this will wake me up!

Krista - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quit almost 8 years ago. It was a combination of things. My husband's grandmother was in the hospital, dying. She had smoked heavily all of her life, and it had caught up with her. So we went to see her, and she was lying in the hospital bed, and even pumped full of morphine, she was suffering. Gasping for air, writhing, moaning -- she was like an animal in pain. It was horrible. And her husband and daughters were seeing all of this, and could do nothing to help her. I saw her husband with tears streaming down his face, and it was like something clicked in me. I looked at my own husband and a very clear voice inside of me said, "I am NOT going to put him through that." So the mental will was there, but I still had to deal with the physical addiction, so I went out the very next day and bought the patch. I only had one slip, one day when I forgot to put my patch on that morning.

And don't feel ashamed if you don't think you can do it cold turkey or just on willpower. I used the patch, but I'm just as smoke-free as someone who didn't, so HOW you quit isn't worth a dog's fart. It's THAT you quit.

Kelsey - posted on 01/28/2010

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I kindof quit. Some days I dont smoke at all, and when I do, its only 1-3. I didnt do anything to quit, just had a baby, she keeps me too busy to smoke, and when she naps, I have too much to do that it keeps me distracted. Its just a matter of self control. Ive been smoking since I was 13 (Im 22) and I didnt need anything to help me. You just need to WANT to quit. Chew some gum or have some tea when you want to smoke. If you drive every day, thats probobly your worst time. Be strong, if you want it bad enough, you will do it.

Renae - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quit when I found out I was pregnant, I had my last ciggarette on the way back from the dating ultrasound. I didn't use anything, I just stopped. I just didn't even look at a packet of ciggarettes (luckily my husband smokes rollies so I wasn't so temped by them, would have been harder if tailor mades were in the house all the time), if I didn't look at them and didn't touch them, then I couldn't smoke them. You have to touch it to smoke it - so DONT TOUCH! I picked one up to smell it once and it was so hard to put it back down that I came up with the "dont touch" rule.

I was a pack a day smoker. I had smoked for 12 years. I still want one every day and it has been 1 year and 5 months.

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A looong time ago...mostly I chewed gum and drove around lots (my partner gave me the choice of cigarettes or him so I had added motivation). Other family members used hypnosis and it worked wonders for them.

Heather - posted on 01/28/2010

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I quit when i found out I was pregnant with my son and I didnt really use anything to help me quit. I just jept telling myself that I'm doing it for the health of my son. And I kept in my mind all the positive stuff it would do for me and it would make my son less likely to start when hes older. I tried to keep the negative thoughts (the cravings) over powered by the positive ones

Sheila - posted on 01/28/2010

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My husband and I both quit about 9 years ago, and we just used good old fashioned will power. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and years later I still occasionally think, oh a smoke sounds nice, but not once have I let myself give in. Our daughter was 2 and we always smoked outside but one day my husband saw her put a cigarette in her mouth and grab the lighter...we quit that day! One of the hardest things is learning what to do when you would usually have a cigarette, like when you take a break from something. It is very hard but you can do it! After a short time you will start to feel healthier. If you don't think you can go cold turkey, my sister got a prescription for something (it may have been Champix as Jodi said) and she did not have any trouble quitting, but I think I saw a commercial about how people are having serious side affects from it, so you might research it first. I hope this helps you.

Jodi - posted on 01/28/2010

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Susanna, I quit in September and haven't looked back. Both my husband and I did it together. We used Champix. I had previously tried nicotine replacement several times, but wasn't very successful. We finally decided enough was enough and went to see our doctors. It worked like a dream. Within 2 weeks of being on it, we stopped smoking and have not had a cigarette since.



I will not say I don't occasionally feel like one, because I do, but it is not a physical craving, it is purely psychological. 25 years of smoking builds up some pretty strong habits. But we have not experienced a single physical craving at all on the Champix program, and neither of us has ever even considered smoking again as an option.



To be honest, after trying several other ways of giving up, we were both surprised at how easy we found it, and still find it. So if you have tried other things, have a chat to your doctor.

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