quitting smoking

Nicole - posted on 12/29/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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need and want to quit smoking, i now i cant just quit on my own, any suggestions on how to do it or anything to take to help

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Renae - posted on 12/30/2009

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You know what, I thought that quitting smoking would be some kind of process. Like that I would cut down gradually or take something that would help and slowly wean myself.



For me... I WAS WRONG! There was no process to it. How I quit was I just stopped. I decided when my last ciggarette was going to be, enjoyed it, and then did not have another one.



DO NOT PICK UP A CIGGARETTE! Do not touch the packet, do not even look at the packet. If you dont touch one, you cant smoke it. That's it. That simple.



Dam, now I feel like a ciggie! It's been a year and 4 months and I still want one about once every couple of days. Until a few months ago I had a craving at least once a day. Although some years ago I worked for a tobacco company and they give employees free ciggarettes, so I was a heavy smoker since then.



And no, I have never cheated, I have not had one single puff since quitting.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/29/2009

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Try some acupuncture :)
I also had strep throat for 2 weeks and that worked for me LOL
Good luck!

Abbie - posted on 12/29/2009

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I would suggest. quitnet.com I used the gum the last time that it worked and stuck. Smoking is a constant battle! It doesn't matter if you are quit for 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years. You also have to be strong and change your routine.

Glenda - posted on 12/29/2009

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It is such a hard thing to do, I smoke as well.. It weighs too heavy on my conscience now that I am a mommy. The best thing I heard is that, when you are really ready to quit, It is accutally quite easy.. Keep you in my prayers xoxo

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I've tried several times. This time I am taking Wellbutrin (Zyban). It works! I didn't like Chantix because it made me too sick. I understand how hard it is to quit. I have dropped from 10-20 a day to now 5 a day and plan on totally quitting New Year's. You can do it!

Dana - posted on 12/29/2009

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I smoked a pack a day or more for 15 yrs, I quit a year before I became pregnant luckily. I went to a hypnotist. It worked wonders for me, my husband and his mother. We all walked out of there that day and never picked a cigarette again. My MIL smoked for 35 yrs. Remember that you can do it. You just have to make the decision that you *will* do it! I remember how it felt when someone would say "Oh, you can do it, it's easy" I always thought well they obviously didn't smoke that much or they have no idea! It truly is easy once you put your mind to it. I also feel wonderful doing so! Good luck on your new life of being a NON-smoker!! :)

Randi - posted on 12/29/2009

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Everyones different... The first time i quit, when i got pregnant with my first child was realy easy, cold turkey, well witht he help od dum dums, they are supper cheap, and only 5 calories. for me it was having something in my fingers, like when i drive so i kept a bag in the door of my car or any were that i smoked so like a candy jar on the counter so when your done eating your "after dinner desert" as i called it.

then i starterd work at a really stressfull job and i started back up when i became pregnant with our third child it was a whole different story, i worked at a busy sports bar not getting off till 4 in the morning and trying to quit when all my coworkers and customers smoked it was a night mare. i smoked all the way up untill january and was due in febuary, i felt like the shittyies mom because i wasnt even gining my baby a chance..or so i thought.. but then i caught the flu and was stuck on the floor for a week i couldnt even breath let alone smoke and that ended it right there, but going back to work was still tough, i kept gum in my pocket and dum dums in the car, i smoked a pack a day plus, so its not that i wasnt addicted its all in your head if you truley want to quit you can do it and you dont have to have a doctor just the support of those around you, the hardest is when everyone goes out for their smoke break. i just sit with my customers and visit and i dont have to worry about my oldest telling me how bad it is and parenting me. i quit for me and my kids and you have to first realise who your quiting for cuz if its ot for you its not going to happen!

Kristen - posted on 12/29/2009

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I used to smoke almost a pack a day for about 10 years and was able to quit the day I found out I was pregnant with my first son. My husband is a non-smoker and would probably leave me if I ever started up again, so that's my motivation for continuing to not smoke. I know now that if I even have one cigarette I would probably start up again, so I just can't have ANY!

To quit, well I thought of that little person I was going to start growing, and I didn't want to be the mom with her kid strapped in the back of the car with a lit cigarette. I realized that it was a part of my routine. I didn't really need them, I just smoked because that's what I had always done. So, I just changed my daily routine. Woke up at a different time, took a different route to work, ate breakfast at a different time, etc. It was also an oral and boredom thing. So, when I found myself getting bored, I kept a stash of licorice or suckers on hand. Zero calories! I hope this helps!

I also want to encourage quiting because of the differences you will feel after being smoke free. More energy, you can smell and taste everything so much better. And most importantly you smell better. I never thought I smelled as a smoker, but now I can always tell when someone is a smoker, the reak!

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2009

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now I used to be a heavy smoker, nearly a pack a day, some days even 2 especially when there are huge projects, events etc...then I fell pregnant. Some women have morning sickness, my face turned green at second-hand smoke, never mind taking in my much-needed after-meal drag. I was actually physically sick whenever I attempted to take a puff. So I just weaned the habit off over 2 weeks, after finding out I was pregnant. Never looked back since. Not even when there were days that seemed like there was no tomorrow.

Don't know your situation - whether if you're trying to conceive or are already preggers. The thing is to not give yourself any added stress while being preggers. If it makes you feel comfy, just start by cutting down. Like I did.

Anyhow, good luck! And without sounding too preachy, the thought of delivering an underweight baby scared the shite out of me. And the 3rd arm, and the horns on his head, the tail, foul-mouthed etc...

Geez, I really owe my son a big one!

Melissa - posted on 12/29/2009

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I miracusoly was able to quit cold turkey. I did cheat but only twice. I have heard that Chantix works. I have also heard that hynosis works. Hope this helps.

Marjorie - posted on 12/29/2009

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its not easy to quit at all but my mom had to quit cold turkey cause of lung cancer. your best bet is to talk to your doctor about the best way available to quit.

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