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My main advice would be to not use this as an excuse to start smoking again because it will pass and if you start to smoke, you'll only have to quit all over again later. The weight will come off. It really will but right now your body is adjusting bigtime. I'd say drink lots of water and get the nutella out of the house and try chewing sugarless gum, but don't be surprised at your weight gain.

Just buy some new clothes and get ready to walk, swim, go to the gym or do whatever it takes once the cast is off and you are healed. D because it took me so long to get in shape.. D and i cant do sport or even walking until i remove the cast.. Hi hardtoquit-- wow you started young so no wonder quitting seems daunting. I would absolutely urge to you quit. Cold turkey is hard but possible and some people say it is the best way to go.

I was never able to do it though I tried many times. There is no ideal quit day, but I would urge you to prepare for quitting by scouting various sites and support groups online there are tons of them and by setting a specific date. Get all cigarettes and smoking paraphanalia out of your house and don't be around smokers for the first few days--you can choose to go to work or stay home for the first couple of days, depends on you--either way it is important to not have even one puff. As for weight-- everyone is different. Most people do gain at least a few pounds but a few do not.

Generally speaking heavy smokers tend to gain more, but like you say, there are no guarantees. Here's a link to another hub I wrote with some tips for quitting based on my own experience. Hope it helps a bit and good luck. Let me know how it's going. I have my fingers crossed for you https: Ive been smoking for 14 years Im I actually dont smoke that much i smoke less then a half pack a day but its still so hard to put it down in even talking about it it makes me want one.

Im scared though because three people in my family are all ill from smoking cigeretes i want so bad to quite. Well, John, that's the first time I've heard that one-- but I imagine you will put on a few pounds just in the normal course of quitting and having a better appetite along with a slower metabolism. If you don't gain weight just from having quit, you might want to consult a nutritionist or nutritionally oriented physician. In any case, gain or lose congratulations on having quit.

It's a big step. Hey Robie, this is a great hub, thank you for the information. I have a question to ask, I just recently quit smoking Thank god and I'm actually severely underweight Male, 6ft, pounds so I was wondering if there's a way that I could leverage my cessation into about 30 pounds of weight without being unhealthy? Congrats to you too, Vickey and I hope number 11 is the last infection you have.

Good luck to you and thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I quit smoking 3 months ago.. Ive gained little weight, but ive also been real sick for about 10 weeks, on antibiotics and medication.. Bc everytime i go to the doctors im a pound or two more heavier.. Congrats to all you ex-smokers, i had it easy i guess bc i became sick, so i didn't really crave one.

It is all about withdrawal, diane and as long as you do not smoke even one, it will pass. There are lots of online message boards and forums where you can find fellow sufferers and get information. Here's a link that may help http: I am about 4 or 5 days into it, quit because I couldn't taste them because of some med the dr gave me..

I want one but am trying toi ride it out God I feel like I am going crazy.. Hey Steve-- just remember it will pass. Best thing to do with the mood swings is activity-- run, walk, swim, go work out at the gym, whatever. Drink lots of water and remember that the feeling will pass. Stick with it and good luck. Great and useful Hub! I stopped to smoke in the past and did really increased my weight. It was due to the amount of food I used to eat while I was without nicotine. I think if you increase your physical activity it all will be fine and regular.

That was what I did and it worked for me. Very informative hub quitting smoking can be a tough thing to do but the reward doubles its worth. My name is Rebekka, im 18 and in the middle of stopping smoking. I actually stopped smoking to help gain weight because im around 45kg and im underweight for my age.

Ive been smoking since i was 11, and i just wanted to know how long it will take me to put on weight? Thanks medwalls, and I just checked out your blog-- very nice and filled with solid information about obesity. I'll go on over and do a bit more checking when I have more time. Thanks for stopping by. Midasfx-- thanks for sharing that-- this is really interesting.

I need to research connections between smoking pot and weight gain-- wonder if others have had this experience. I never smoked enough pot for it to make a difference, but I was a 3 pack a day smoker of cigarettes and put on 60 lbs when I quit. DJ , I have also been there. I quit smoking cigs and pot and I quickly gained weight, i think about 40 lbs.

Brought me up to That was about 2 years ago, I have been living a healthier life and got my weight back down to around Now That is interesting, DJ-- haven't smoked pot in years, but seem to remember I got famished when I smoked not the other way around-- oh well, congrats on your marriage. Maybe you should write a book called " The Marijuana Diet": Okay, here's my truth to share. I don't smoke cigarettes but I can tell that when I quit smoking pot to save money for my wedding I blew up pretty good and fat. After the honeymoon I started smoking again and thankfully returned to normal size.

Funny thing is, all my wedding pictures are of a fat me that nobody really knows. That's good to hear, glass visage-- it is possible to do but takes concentration-- kudos to your mom and nice to see you: My mom kept eating carrots so she could have something in her mouth other than cigarettes I think she transitioned just fine!

Quitting is tough, but it is well worth it. This information is great! I've been looking for tips to Quit Smoking that may help. I put on weight too, but then eventually lost much of it and like you have never regretted giving up smoking. My doctor said I would have had to gain lbs or more to equal the health damage that smoking was doing to my body. I put on lots of weight when I quit, mainly because I ate and drank more. I still didn't regret quitting smoking though! I am losing weight though now. I was actually too thin to be healthy when I smoked as I would smoke instead of eating proper meals sometimes!

I haven't read your hub, talktofast, but I definitely will do so and yes, you are right, nicotine is more addictive than heroin-- at least that is what an ex smoker who is also a former heroin addict told me. He said that he found it harder to kick cigarettes than heroin. I do know that the same pleasure centers of the brain are involved so it is probably true.

Thanks robie, have you read my hub tobacco giants stunt your growth? Governments of the world would legalise anything if they thought they could tax it and make it socially acceptable. Nicotene is more addictive than heroin. Well, talktofast-- that's quite a forceful statement for which there are many pros and cons--we tried prohibiting alcohol in the 's and it was a disaster and I don't think the " war on drugs" has exactly been a big success either. Thanks for adding your voice here though-- much appreciated. Thank you I just read this and it was very helpful I have been quit a little over a month now and I have gained some weight I can feel it.

I am 45 and smoked for 26 years I have done so well I am worried about the weight I am glad I read this I think I will increase my activity and not panic over my weight it's to soon. Yup-- nicotine does keep you trip, problem is it does a lot of other things too and cigarettes are a rather expensive diet plan: Thanks ripplemaker-- may all your friends manage to quit-- it is soooooo worth it in the long run.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. So good to see you: A friend of mine told me this too--gaining weight when she quit smoking. Now I am crossing my fingers that my other dear friend will quit smoking sometime soon! This is a very good hub about how to quit smoking, robie2. I really liked the way presented all the valuable information and how you added nice images on your hub. Thank you so much for sharing this terrific hub! Well, I would say make that 4 or 5 times 5 or 6 times a week and add some weight bearing exercise-- free weights or circuit training or a gym workout.

This will build muscle which will up your metabolism. Most of all, don't panic if you gain a few pounds. They will come off and most people don't gain a whole lot. In your case, you already must be in good physical shape. If you add some weight bearing exercise you will be fine-- it really is worth it to be smoke free. I already run 7kms 4 or 5 times a week and teach aerobics two days I'm terrified that I'm going to gain weight now that I've quit.

What else can I do?? Thanks KoffeeKlatch-- I gained weight too and also found taking it off harder than putting it on-- but then isn't that always the way it is??? I gained weight when I stopped smoking a few years ago. It was harder to take it off than it was to put it on. Great advice, well written hub. Wow Fucsia-- that is wonderful. You are proof that it is possible to quit smoking and not gain weight. Certainly running or even just plain walking is a ticket to health in so many ways. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience here.

Indeed I was afraid of gaining weight and therefore I increased my sporting activity running. The sport has supported my fight against smoking in many way! Actually, it is not horrible advice. A truly addicted smoker cannot concentrate on losing weight and not smoking at the same time. Trying to do so will result in failure at both. I would say keep a food journal and lose some weight before you quit smoking if you wish, but don't try to do both at once and don't freak if after you quit you gain back the weight you lost. Clearly,Cat, you are not a smoker and don't have a clue how hard quitting really is.

You wouldn't tell an anorexic or a bulimic who also had an exercise addiction to stop going to the gym while they got a handle on eating normally would you? It would doom both efforts to failure. Anyone who would relapse and start smoking again because they gained 10 or 15 pounds has some serious eating disorder issues and body image issues that need to be addressed under separate cover -- it is far healthier to be a bit overweight and smokeless than smoking and thin.

You can quit AND actually lose weight, by keeping a food journal, reducing your caloric intake by calories a day and working out. So many people go back to smoking because they hate the way they look after they quit, so why NOT focus on overall health, not just quitting, so you never go back? Telling people to eat whatever they want and not worry about it is very bad advice A truly helpful hub. The cal difference with the explanation is new to me and very important information.

Thanks for sharing your personal experience too, Tammy and congratulations on quitting. You reminded me of something important-- I did get depressed and lethargic when I first quit and had no idea that for really heavy smokers, nicotine is an anti depressant It was amazind and seemed to cut my appetite too-- stayed on it for about a year and then went off and was just fine. Thanks for reminding me-- I should go back and put some information about that in the hub.

Thanks for reminding me and thanks for sharing: Thanks for posting this some people don't understand that quitting smoking does decrease your metabolism I know I have gained at least 26 pounds I even stopped weighing myself until last week when I discovered how much I actually weigh now. Also quitting lowers seratonin which can cause depression and hence no energy and loss of interest I went through that too but now it's time to get moving and love being smoke free And Dolores-- good idea in principle, and in a way that is what I do suggest, but it isn't quite that easy--It's much easier to become addicted to eating when you quit smoking than it is to become addicted to exercise-- but smoking or not smoking-- if you get used to 30 minutes of cardio every day--and do it for at least three weeks in a row-- you just may become addicted to exercise which can result in its own problems for the truly addictive personality-- but that's another hub for another day.

They'd have a goal, burn off calories, and feel good about themselves! Thumbs up on this one for sure! Good and honest report and thankfully with a counter approach. Hope many quit and get fit to boot! Super Hub laying out the facts of weight gain post-smoking and the measures folks can take to minimize that gain, as well as the reasons they shouldn't be too concerned if they can't. Plus, the news feeds are totally on spot.

Thanks for sharing that and for reading and commenting. Great advice and I feel so much better having quit smoking a few years ago. Good advice about weight gain as well. Think of all the money I would have saved, had I never begun smoking in the first place! HI Alek-- yes the length of time you have smoked and your age when you quit have a lot to do with how much weight you gain and when you are older as i was when I quit it is hard to know how much of the weight gain is from smoking and how much just from time marching on-- well, anyway-- glad you stopped by and glad you liked the hub.

I haven't smoked since I quit at age See 3 more comments. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others. To provide a better website experience, caloriebee. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: Advice From a Former Smoker It's not what you want to hear, but the truth is that more likely than not, you will gain weight when you quit smoking.

Studies show that most weight-gain happens in the first six months after quitting smoking. Write down everything you eat. I figured my Mom had smoked two packs a day for plus years, and she never had any negative health effects - so I wouldn't, either. It has been about 30 years since she had her last cigarette, but the doctors said it doesn't matter. Once you've been a smoker, you are apparently susceptible to cancer at any time, and lung cancer often shows up after the smoker has quit.

The longer you smoke, the more likely you'll get cancer. Those of you who have dealt with the deadly disease know the devastation of getting that diagnosis and the kind of strength it takes to go through the treatments. I think it also takes a lot of faith and prayer - and I would ask anyone who's reading this who is a praying person to offer up a prayer for my Mom.

I originally decided to quit smoking because I was going through surgery, and it was an ideal time to kick the habit. My husband has always hated it, and I knew deep down I couldn't do it forever. But when the news of my Mom's diagnosis came in, I had a new reason to stay smoke free. My Mom is the most important woman in the world to me. She has supported me and loved me through some pretty rough times, and now it's my turn to support her. If part of that means staying away from cigarettes so she doesn't have to worry about me, it's a small price to pay.

My son 44, has never smoked is so happy for me. I never thought it would be so easy and I can vape inside my house or car because there is never a nicotine odor. He never criticized me…that only adds stress, so be easy with your significant other. Good luck and stress is also a killer. Today its my 10 day after my last cigarette and i m going cold turkey!!!!

Wish me luck my wife smoke and i will try for her to slow down or quit but me i m Done!!!! Hang in there I smoked for 30 years in 54 in two short months 3 hospital visits later I saw trays of a hole in my right lung I feel a thousands times better scared the scrap out of me you can do this. To all who are fighting my dumb but was on a inhaler still smoked took a visit to.

Emergency room a little very very cute doctor showed me a x-ray of right lung. I had smoked for 30 years averaging cigarettes a day. In between several times I tried to quit smoking cigarette for good but to no avail. The longest duration I did not smoke a cigarette was for 9 months. But today it is 84th day after my last cigarette I smoked.

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This time it is for good. This time right from the day one I quit I started vigorous physical exercise. I also have noticed I am feeling better and better every day. I have undergone tremendous mental and physical stress and strain more often than not in these 84 days but I have kept sailing on the predefined course with strong determination. And I shall keep on sailing ……. So I call to say, quitters of the world lets keep sailing together! I have had my struggles but talk myself out of smoking. I quit cold turkey and I am glad I did because I did not want any other vises that I had to quit.

I am looking for some sort of mind exercises as well as body you mention yoga and meditation, is there an app I can look up for those things. I live in a cold state for the winter so I am unable to run, walk or ride my bike right now when I need to curve the cravings. Any thoughts on apps? I look forward to hearing back on suggestions. Thank you and congratulations on 84 days which is more now. I am tired of being tired, tired of not being able to be the energetic, exercising, happy-go-lucky person I know I am meant to be, simply because I am constantly worrying and anxious about my health now because of stupid cigarettes!

I am doing this!! I have a lot of living left to do. I quit smoking a month ago using chantix it really does work if your actually ready and wanting to quit! I was disappointed in myself so I said I was done and have been since a week after starting chantix! My quit day May 29, I immediately quit smoking, but as the years pass by my condition got significantly worse, and I started having serious attacks.

My pulmonologist started me on oral steroids to help control symptoms and minimize further damage but my symptoms never stopped getting worse.

The infections, shortness of breath, fatigue, dry cough and other symptoms has subsided. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website ww w. I have had great improvement with my over all respiration with this product and i breath very much easier, i can never be thankful enough to nature. Hi I am into my second day of smoke free and got up from bed as I could not sleep and I started to read all your stories and decided to tell my storey as I have been smoking for 73 years and am 79 now I play golf 4 times a week and my last game I pulled a rib muscle and it was hard to breath so the only way to breath easier was to stop smoking all together as I had started to cut down each day and was on 2or3 a evening as I did not smoke in the day time and I have found out not to tell people you have stopped as it puts more pressure on you so just say when they mention you not smoking you dont feel like one and it makes you feel a lot better so on my second day off the smokes I will try and play golf today as my breathing is getting better and the best os luck to all.

My quit day was September 20th so far its been hard of course. But, I am going to do it, I want to get into shape loose some weight. I want to be healthier. NO more cigarettes, or blood pressure and cholesterol pills. It is really a nice and helpful piece of info. Im glad that you shared this helpful information with us.

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Please keep us up to date like this. Hi guys, I was addicted towards smoking and now I stopped smoking cigarettes. I tried to quit smoking but unfortunately I started smoking again after few days because of hyper tension etc etc. Later on I realized that the pain is still there even after taking k medicines , I have been diagonosed and get to know that I had brain clot. Doctor said it need to be opearated asap , I was shocked to hear that and got scared as well.

I am very happy that this is the first and last, I will never ever smoke again. Your loved one also cares about you when this situation arises and you will start feel. If we will play with health and then there is no option left. There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also. Wow, I am also thinking of quitting, I am tired of the terrible cough I have, any ideas on how I should start. After being in relationship with him for 3 years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused.

I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much.

I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all other ones out there. If you want treatment for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD kindly email totalcureherbalfoundation gmail.

I quit nearly 18 months ago, it was relatively easy than i thought.

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But i smoked few normal cigarettes on two occasions during this 18 months, during my get together party with my friends. Is that okay or my recovering process start from beginning every time? I used to have regular migraine 2 or 3 times a month. Now its like 1 or 2 times in last 18 months.

Before i get tired quiet soon. Now i run on treadmill for 30 mins and do exercise for another 45 mins without any issue. Last week I played Frisbee for quiet a long time with my 7 yr old son in the park. I really want to quit but the urge is an absolute killer. I am hoping to read this one day and be proud like you are all.

My wishes are with you to you and your beloved ones. I hope I could be as strong as you this time. Hi all iv not smoked for 11 days i smell better breath better iv been using champix of my doc and a vap best thing iv ever done. I smoked heavily for 49 years starting when I was 11 years old. Since I was a heavy smoker I began with the maximum nicotine content liquid I could find for my e-cigarettes. I tried at least 5 different brands before I settled into my current daily routine. I am not going to tell you what I settled on as I am not endorsing any particular product.

When it comes to self-help advice, you get what you pay for, but price is not indicative of value. I gradually reduced the nicotine content over the next months, but I found I was using the e-cig more often as the nicotine concentration decreased. It tapered off after that. I went from 36 mg to 6 mg of nicotine delivery over the course of 7 months. Around the 8 month mark I began having nightmares about smoking, guilt, not being able to stop.

Talking with friends and family about those nightmares helped. No man is an island. To anyone trying to free themselves of cigarettes I would encourage you to stick with it. You can do it. It will not be easy, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. My quit day— Cold Turkey was But I will never start again, that is for sure. I have an appt. Good Luck to us ALL! My Quit day 2nd Nov, Smoked for around 12 years from the age of 18 Cold Turkey quit.

It was difficult for the first couple of days. But thing are better now. Hope I can stop the urge and not smoke again. Amazingly I can feel so much energy in me. This is the first time I have tried to quit. Feeling strange, sleepy, anyone know why? Is this something expected. I normally sleep late at night mainly watching TV and smoking. Last 2 nights fell asleep at 8: Is this the withdrawal symptom that I hear about or something else. Then, I developed a tumor on my heart caused by too little oxygen.

I got rid of all cigs and butts and bought a bottle of whiskey. Did the doctor remove the tumor? Do I feel better? Do I crave cigarettes every day? Doing well…coughing has stopped. I was a smoker for 27 years. This is my 3rd attempt for a cessation of smoking. I am craving and it was painful…but I will survive..

Let God do the rest.. Smoked for 16 years this time. I had stopped smoking before for about 10 years after smoking for over 35 years. Stupid reasons caused me to start again, but behind me now. The main reason for quitting this time, besides general health, is that I am facing her surgery for blocked arteries. I get winded easily and get a burning in my chest. I want to get back to my active lifestyle as well. Please help me anyone. This is a message board for people who want to quit.

These people have all been there. If you have insurance, ask about nicotine replacement therapy…patches and gum. Write down reasons to quit. It will help you write out a quit plan. Figure out how much a month you spend on cigarettes and make a list of things you could do with that money trips, new car, clothes, shoes. Wish I had used this years ago. A support network is very helpful. I quit last Friday, almost a week. Finished day 5 of quitting today.

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Man, that makes it tough BUT it got real easy remembering why I suddenly quit: Little advise for anyone listening: Xanax helps calm ya down while quitting. I found the regular aids gave me nightmares. Anyway, quitting much easier with Xanax. We all know it. The motivation you need to quit has to be huge…i mean…. For me it was a first class ride in an ambulance on Christmas eve gasping for air.

ER Dr did nothing so I remained in that state until day after xmas when primary came back from holiday. Imagine 3 days gasping for air. No amount of withdrawal symptoms bother me after that ordeal. So i am currently on day 3 of not smoking i can feel the symptoms are getting more intense. My quit date is August 29, I smoked for 23 years and am 62 years old. I had made all the right noises at least in my head about quitting smoking for a while, but my chest started feeling weird and it scared me. My insurance provider gave me patches and gum free. I finally decided that, in MY mind, it would just be trading one addiction for another so I elected to go cold turkey.

I have read on the web that this is not the most effective way to quit, but it was my choice. I had tried to quit a couple of years ago and just had nicotine withdrawal that made me a totally crazy person. And the weird thing is that I had to have gallbladder surgery a little more than a week after I quit. I already had a-fib that was diagnosed about a year ago. My heart rate went nuts and my cardiologist increased my meds.

THEN my blood pressure went nuts and I had to go on blood pressure medicine. The temptation to just give in and start back is very real. I have been nicotine free since June 28, a total of days after smoking for over 35 years. I have gained 12 pounds now despite working out regularly and gone through a period of what most would call depression.

What keeps me going is the thought of dying a terrible death. My mother had a stroke at 80 after 60 years of heavy smoking and she struggled mightily until her passing six years later. I want to die a dignified death like we can control that! My only regret in life is that I ever started in the first place! Good luck to all former smokers! I have to say, I had no idea that quitting smoking would change things so quickly, I have to share this, and this is less than one week from quitting. Not too mention, I have been having problems with my circulation, developing PAD peripheral artery disease which was making it difficult to walk long distances, after these 5 days, the difference is night and day, I can walk farther, faster and can feel warmth in my calves and feet from my circulation improving.

This is my first smoke free day. I have quit before, however, I seem to always go back to this habit. It has been now 50hrs to smoke my last cigarette. I do feel some changes in my mood and behavior, I hope to stick onto my decision and not to go back smoking. Well in one hour it will be five days. The third day almost killed me but I made it through that day and the weekend. It just might and the waiting to find out is almost as hard as quitting the habit that started it. My quit date was Saturday February 17th. Early, but I am already feeling the positive physical affects.

I quit last Friday cold turkey. The cravings drive me insane but I vent given up. My quit day was March 9th. The cravings were horrendous yesterday, Day 3. I am on day 4 and not so cranky today. Every time I want a smoke I go do a quick jaunt around the neighborhood. I am then reminded of why I quit so I can breathe.

Thanks for all the stories above. I will never pick one of these up again because I do not want to go through the withdrawal symptoms again: I wish everyone luck on their journey! Have been a smoker for 46yrs but never a heavy smoker and have been rolling my own with a filter in for 35yrs.

My doctor tells me i am the worst type of smoker because i smoke maybe a day and enjoy them. Have been interested in the comments left by everyone and would like to wish you all good luck and good health. My quit day, Tuesday, January 2 at 4: Its such as you learn my mind! You appear to know so much approximately this, such as you wrote the book in it or something.

I think that you could do with a few percent to power the message house a little bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog. The will to quit and be smoke free has to dominate the need to smoke. I tried quitting many times. I am successful this time!! I feel good, really good and I smell good, really good! I have nicotine gum 4mg to get me over the rough times, but otherwise the cravings are pretty much gone. I too, am a non smoker!! Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you!

However, how could we communicate? My quit day was 28 Feb Still have minor cravings but been able to sustain being a non smoker. Am 29 years n v been smoking for 5 years…My breath is better n v saved my life a lot. Im going to try and quit today the only thing is im so scared of the lung problems i will get with this. Does anyone have any advice? Today is day 3. And I still have my job. I feel confident that this is going to be successful. Congrats to you all I can only hope to get as far as you.

Thanks for the inspiration. On my 3rd day i felt some withdrawals until today and cravings. Started quitting since Holy Thursday March 29, I quit on 1st March and now almost 42 days have passed and my anxiety level has gone down but still have problems with my sleep but I am positive and hope I shall overcome. I came here to read the timeline on what to expect throughout the weeks of recovery and I am remembering the saying N. E which means Not One Puff Ever. Here is to hoping this is the last time and final time I quit smoking. Day 9, for some reason I feel like I am struggling more today, reading this looking for inspiration to stay off them.

Guess I just need to stay positive that I can do this! Thank you everybody who posted, just helped remind why we need to stop. Well it has been 28 years since I quit for the final time. Was the best thing I have ever done. Having a heart attack at the age of 31, will scare the crap out of anyone. But I did go back and smoke after almost 2 years. It took me another 2 years to quit, but then I quit again for good. Now it has been 28 years and 5 months since the last time I smoked.

Best thing I could have done for myself. After smoking nearly past six years from now one week ago I stopped smoking. I got nearly 3 three time craving a day mostly after having my meals.

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That time I am feeling proud of myself. I have been smoke free for 25 days. I am using patch and vaping with no nicotine. My first grandchild is due to arrive in June and I have decided that this is the time. I have tried numerous other times and failed, but not this time. Today is my quit day, I have to admit.. So I am back facing the demon who has been with me since age 9, Im now 48, Shocking to see children smoking at 16…but I was 9…my poor lungs are begging me to stop now…Im Going to win this time and never ever smoke again…I promise ME I will not smoke another cigarette EVER!!

I Quit August 25th I never ever thought I could Quit but here I am best thing I have ever done 7 the hardest thing I have ever done. Rach you can do this trust me if I can you can. I was so addicted for many many years. Never think you can have just one you cant. My quit date is May 5, My arteries clogged. Have my main heart valve with small blockage. I got patches, gum, candy nicotine, and vape. I need that book. Going to look on EBay. I had smoked for 47 years, and I quit on I used acupuncture, and so glad that I did.

I feel so much better other than gaining quite a bit of weight. Going to start working on that soon. I think once that I lose some of this weight, I will really feel like my old self. Best thing that I have ever done for myself. Congrats everyone, certainly not an easy thing to do. The shortness of breath has gotten considerably worse this past year. Where my brain says cigarette. And I say no, daughter. Get it under control and LESS than 30 seconds it starts over. My anxiety is through the roof. On a 17 day stretch at work with only two days off. I am so happy to find this website!

Congrats to those of you who have either stopped or made the decision it is time to stop smoking cigarettes. I personally started smoking when I was Marlboro red shorts was my choice when I started smoking. I ended smoking with Marlboro Red label s on November 1 Cigarettes ruled my life and everything I did. I never thought I would stop smoking… although I knew one day smoking would some day kill me… like it killed my dad. In October , i thought I had caught a cold but I ended up very sick and I was only getting worse after 2 weeks so finally gave in and went to the doctor.

I ended up in the emergency room thru immediate care with an oxygen saturation of 88 and unable to carry on a conversation without having to catch my breath. I ended up having pneumonia. My sense of smell and taste both changed drastically and it lasted for several weeks. What normally was appealing was putrid to me, especially the smell of cigarettes. There were two days in the hospital that I was not able to smoke, which I know the inability to go smoke helped me thru the beginning of my cigarette free new life.

While I was in the hospital I was scared. I thanked him for making cigarettes smell so bad. I also promised Him I would accept this great gift and vowed to use it to my advantage. I asked Him if he would please walk with me through this horrible time and give me strength I promised to do my very best to stay smoke free. I had NO confidence I could do this alone. It is quite clear to me now that He did give me the internal strength to stay away from cigarettes, and the amount of attaboys and pats on the back from family, friends, and even strangers in some instances helped me along the way.

Now here comes the part you all might think I cheated… I smoked marijuana when I felt the need to smoke. I believe the lack of the physical part of smoking where you take the deep breath and you can feel the smoke hit the back of your throat and expanding in your lungs is highly missed and part of the addiction.

At least it was for me. I hardly cough now, although there is a clearing out process your lungs go thru for a few months and continues when you have COPD like me. I remember the first time I could take in a deeeep breath and I could breathe deeper and my lungs felt bigger and more flexible if that makes any sense with No cough!!!!!

That was about 4 months ago. I started noticing bigger and better changes it seems every day since. If you are trying to stop smoking…. Take a DEEP breath and hold it for a few seconds then let out. Do it again if you need to. Find something else to do or think about. Ask for help from people you know who have quit or your higher power you have trust in. To day is my quit day. It seems very hard to stops smoking. Giving up 3 years ago was the best thing I ever did.. I hope i can control my anxiety as well as the need to take cigarretes….

Hopefully it should be easy on me. I come back to this page and check my comment everyday to keep me motivated and this is something serious for me. Day 19 for me. But I will do it. I smoked for nearly 35 years, I was never a heavy smokers , my average was sticks a day and on the heavy side on some days will be 10 sticks.

On 5th February at 10 PM I had my last puff and decided to quit for I did not like smoking anymore. I quit smoking April 18 the day before major lung surgery due to lung cancer. I am one of the lucky ones they caught it in time but i did have to go through 2 lung operations and had my right and left upper lobes removed. I was quit smoking on 20th june I feel very energetic and fresh and I do exercise and meditation and morning walk everyday.

I fee very fresh and energetic. Oh, pregnancy is maybe the greatest reason to kick the unhealthy habit! After you will have quitted for nine months, you will have a good chance to get rid of the cancer sticks permanently. Age 52, and have smoked on and off from age 12 to 16…full time by Spent the last two years working out, losing weight, eating healthy only to find I have a stomach ulcer, and one on my esophagus. Had a scare with a chest s-ray with spot on lung. Has a mammogram scare.

Decided I was done with all the scares, and smoking was no longer worth it. And boy, did I love my cigs! Using Chantix to help. Still feel a little irritated, and grumpy. Hubby trying to quit on his own…he is down to four a day the last three days, and goes to the garage to do it. Good luck to all of us! To shorten this long story, I will skip some unimportant facts. I had a very rough time with the cravings, coughing, etc.

I have since quit the Chantix cuz I felt it had alot to do with my severe coughing fits that lasted for sometimes over an hr and I was gasping for air. My dr claims it is my lungs healing. Ok, but this severe? I now crave choc and sweets in place of a cig. This doesnt help my diabetes. But luckily, my blood sugars arent going thru the roof.

In 10 days, I will hv been smoke free for 3 months now and its still very hard at times. But I will not go back to smoking and start all over at square one to quit again……. I quit 3 days back suddenly. But I am feeling normal. My body is not asking nicotine. Although I have been a regular smoker past 18 years. I have smoked on and off for over 25 years. I am using nicotine free vapes whenever I have a craving which helps so much. I have a really bad cold at the moment, and my asthma is playing up so that makes quitting easier.

Wish me luck, and good luck to everyone here x.