How I finally quit smoking cigarettes

“Sooner or later, everyone stops smoking”

This is my account of how I quit smoking that actually worked after about 6-8 months. I am in no way saying that it will work for everyone, as everyone is different. That being said, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor as well to ask about quitting smoking so he or she can clear you of going into any program.

I didn’t use any patches or gum or anything like that and I didn’t go cold turkey. Actually I did go cold turkey many times but it never worked so ultimately, cold turkey did not work for me and I understand that it doesn’t work for very many people as well.

I started smoking probably when I was around 16, its hard for me to pin it down since I have slept “A LOT” since then but I know I was very young and should have never started at that age but my father was pretty much a chain smoker and not to blame him but I figured that if he smoked than why couldn’t I?

My father had been smoking since he was very young as well and he started with the “roll your own” type cigarettes with no filters so It really did a number on him, and you would think that it would be a deterrent on me but that works as much as the death penalty deters people from murdering others, so it didn’t deter me to say the least.

I was pretty much hooked on smoking as much as anyone could be. The only time that I lost my taste for cigarettes was when I was pregnant and I thank God for that, but like clockwork as soon as I had my children, I would start puffing away again.

Nothing seemed to deter me from smoking, I mean my dad died of heart disease, his doctor said that if he had just stopped smoking 10 years earlier he may have been able to beat the heart problem and might have been around for a while longer. I still kept on smoking. I had a heart tumor when I was 38 I was diagnosed with a myxoma, which is a benign tumor of the left atrial in the heart, that still didn’t deter me for awhile but it was the beginning of my desire to end my smoking which was in itself an ordeal.

This same year as my open heart surgery, I married my husband, who wasn’t a smoker but was very supporting of my decision to finally quit smoking. Believe me I was a real bitch when I didn’t have my cigarettes and I remember during one of my panic attacks from not having a cigarette, yelling at him so bad that he ran, not drove to the store to get me some cigarettes and he just threw them at me. And said, “Here’s your fix”. I know to some that may have been cruel but sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, and I just started crying because I knew how addicted I was and that it needed to stop.

To those who read my hubs you know that I was a hairdresser for many years and during this time I was the manager of a Regis Salon and I would go outside to take my cigarette breaks. One day as I was out there with the rest of the smokers I got an overwhelming feeling that I just had to stop smoking. At this point I didn’t even enjoy it anymore and I felt that it was hurting my relationship and my health so I knew that it was time.

 

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So my idea was to wean myself off of cigarettes and to start very slowly. Since I was already smoking almost a pack of cigarettes a day, my idea was to smoke one less cigarette everyday than the day before and my husband was very helpful in helping me to keep track. I could’ve been this junkie that would lie and sneak cigarettes but would have only been hurting myself, so I followed the plan very meticulously.

I knew it would take a while but I knew it had to be done. I finally got down to about 6 cigarettes a day for about a month, then when I was ready, I went down to 5, then when I was ready I went down to 4 and so on. When I got down to 1 cigarette a day, I did that 1 cigarette a day for about 3-4 months. Letting go of that 1 cigarette was very hard to do. I could go the whole day without smoking but knowing that I had that one cigarette kept me going and I looked forward to it more than food or sex and that’s pretty bad.

Finally one day at work, I went out for my one cigarette break and took my cigarette out of my Marlboro light pack and discovered that it was the last 1 in the pack. I made a mental note to stop at the store on the way home to buy some more. Then it came to me as I took that last puff, I said to myself, “forget this, this is my last cigarette, period”. I stomped the cigarette out .And it was my last cigarette, and ironically I didn’t crave another cigarette after that. No panic attacks over cigarettes, no cravings with my coffee, they were gone. I had won.

That was 6 years ago that I finally kicked the habit and I have not looked back. And I am not trying to preach to anyone because I know ex-smokers are probably the worst at trying to get people to stop, but I write this in hopes of giving those that really want to quit some hope, that even if it takes some baby steps and some time to do it, then they can. If I can, than anyone can; I just wish my dad was able to before he died. I didn’t want to be in my 70’s on my deathbed wanting a cigarette like I witnessed my dad doing. I wanted to be free of nicotine and now I am.

I know this is harsh but so sad.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Quitting smoking was the hardest thing I ever did. I went cold turkey, just laid on my couch and was miserable. Eventually, I got up and started to see daylight at the end of the tunnel. That was about 15 years ago and it was the best thing I ever did.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

breakfastpop that's great Im glad you managed to do it going cold turkey but that just didn't work for me. Thanks as always for reading.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

ladyjane - I love the way you quit, I always wanted to quit that way but was never successful. I can't tell you how many different times and different ways that I quit.

The final one for me was an effort to take control back. I was going through hell and felt as though I had no control over my life and circumstances. Too many major stressor's in my life at the same time.

My addiction to cigarettes was also controlling me, and it was this one, don't ask me why that I chose to do battle with first. I still don't understand it to this day other than to say I was determined to not have one more thing in my life controlling me.

Once I quit smoking I began to take back control in the other areas that I felt so hopeless in. Weird but it worked for me and I was a chain smoker.

Great Job, It was amazing to see the results of the votes.

Sage


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Ladyjane1, that was very heart warming, because, I had a cigarette habit too, I quit in 1990 and didn't go back, pat your self on the back you made it and I'm really proud of you and your accomplishment. thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

creativeone59 thank you for your kind words. There are so many people that struggle with this and it was sure nice to get rid of that nasty habit. Blessings to you.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

laddyjane - I must apologize for my insensitivity to your hub. I was interrupted by my husband (who happened to be waiting out in the car for me. In the midst of reading your hub I pretty much missed the middle section.

Having only read the beginning. I quickly jotted out a comment that related to my experience of quitting smoking.

I am embarrassed and have learned a lesson and will never rush through leaving a comment before reading the entire hub.

I do apologize and am truly sorry for what you went through with your dad. Your story is sad, but will help many others to realize that there is hope.

Hugs to you,

Sage


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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

Well done ladyjane1. As you say we're all different.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Sage thank you for commenting again but there is no need to apologize. I felt that you are correct in saying that quitting smoking really does make you feel more empowered than anythng. I am glad that you got something from my hub and thanks for the comments about my dad. Blessings.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Amillar thank you and it is very good to see you. Blessings.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Open heart surgery and you continued to smoke? I am impressed :-)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hello De Greek believe me I wasn't trying to impress anyone just letting it be known how bad my addiction was. I know it was an idiotic thing to do and that is my point of my hub, my dad had a quadruple bypass surgery and he continued to smoke and his addiction was similar to a drug addiction which is pretty sad. Thanks for your reading. Blessings to you.


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Weaning is a good method for most anything, I would have had to have been locked up without any contact with the world for about a month to quit, and a long stay in the hospital did exactly that.....great hub.~~~MFB III


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

MFB Thanks for the read you are always so supportive. Believe me you would not have wanted to be around me during those times, my poor husband he is such a keeper :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

That is quite a story to quit smoking but the important thing is you succeeded. I never smoked but everyone I have every loved smoked and was successful in quitting except for one son. I hope he makes it to. Very good hub.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Pamela99 I appreciate your comments and kind words. I hope your son succeeds as well I know it is very hard and I am greatful that I had a good support team around me. Thanks again.


Rosemary 6 years ago

It took a heart attack for me to stop funny i don't even miss them at all. I realized i could live without them after all. Very good hub very truthful.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Rosemary I think it was the hardest thing that I have ever done as well. I think it was probably easier to give up a man than a cigarette back then. LOL And I do not miss them either.


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broussardleslie 6 years ago

congratulations! I once quit for 3 years, but as soon as the man I quit for was gone, I lit right back up :(

I'll never truly understand the depths of the psychological aspects of the addiction to cigarettes. It's sad and intriguing at the same time.

Thank you for a very personal hub. You've inspired me to at least consider quitting.

Blessings,

Leslie


lauren 6 years ago

i haven't had a fag in like 3 months now and im going crazy...

i NEED a fag.

its not even a want anymore.

Ahh i need a fag :'(

uhh i got that stupid chest pain after smoking... god it hurts!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

lauren that's unusual that after 3 months of not smoking that you are still getting the urge but I encourage you to keep it up and try to stay away from those fags because they are not good for you and you will be so proud of yourself for not smoking. Stay strong and good luck!


trish 6 years ago

Great idea,Iam going to try it,I was just dx with COPD.My husband died in March with Emphysema.Leaving me with very little income,but most important a22 year daughter with down snydrome ,,,and I have to be here for heras long as possible...thanks again


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Trish sorry about your copd. That should be plenty of incentive to quit smoking, it will definitely make life easier for you to quit. I wish you luck and will say a prayer for you and your daughter. Cheers.


alexis14217 5 years ago

Okay So this is the first time I have ever wrote on one of these blogs. I am on day 3 with no smoking after 15 yrs.....yeah...I'm 28 years old. OVER half my life with it how pathetic. I didn't even quit when I was prego. How selfish of me. So I was told by a good friend of mine ( who is 30 ) that he has throat cancer...he doesent even smoke. Last Tuesday my son tuned 6 and you know what he wanted..that's right me to stop going outside ( since I don't smoke inside) Last smoke was 8 pm April 12th 2011. It's Friday April 15th and I have been doing GREAT, today (day 3) I feel emotional but not from not smoking from other things I suppose. The way I look at it is that, #1 Non- SMokers don't feel like smoking when they get upset. #2 I refuse to pay to kill myself and family. #3 I want to watch my Grandkids play in the yard while I yell at the neighbor dogs to get off my yard. So in truth we WILL do this day by day night by night. Stressfull things will ALWAYS be in our lives one way or another. We don't need a Cig in our hands and mouths to change it. We can and will do this for our families/friends and most important Ourselves! Good Luck everyone God Bless


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Alexis thanks for reading and commenting. You gave some very compelling reasons to quit smoking, I wish you the best of luck. I have never felt better since I quit...Good luck to you and cheers!


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Better Days 5 years ago from The Northeast, USA

Glad you added that sad commercial. I used to see it on tv and always feel like crap afterward. I have had 56 hours of smoke free living. I quit cold turkey the morning after a big party night when I smoked more than usual. I just didn't want to smoke after over doing it the night before. I hope I make it this time. If I don't, I might try your method next. It sounds like it would be up my alley. The patch and drugs are not for me. This was a great hub, thanks for creating it.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Better Days thanks for stopping by and I hope you manage to quit smoking soon. Cheers.


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kingfish42 5 years ago

Ladyjane. I am inspired by this hub. I decided to take the plunge monday August 8th 2011. I have tried patches,gum,pills and nothing worked. The people that I know personally have succeeded by going the cold turkey route. I am going to follow this hub and keep you updated on my progress. I have wanted to quit for a very long time,but somehow always came up with an excuse to continue. I know I am stronger than a cigarette and it's my time to prove it to myself.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Kingfish let me first say that I wish you the best of luck with your endeavor to quit smoking, I definitley know that it is a very hard thing to do probably the hardest thing you may ever do. You already took the biggest step and that is to realize you need to quit and many people do not ever get that far. Please do keep me informed of your progress. I know my way isn't for everyone but it certainly worked for me. Cheers to you!


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Larry Okeke 4 years ago from Enugu, Nigeria

Excellent hub! I'M not a smoker and have never been, but going through this hub has taught me a lot and i think i've grabbed a few tips which might come in handy, should i try to help a loved one to quit smoking. Voted up and beautiful!


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ladyjane1 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Larry I hope it does help you in some way. Cheers.


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litlcrig 4 years ago from Pekin, IL

Your story is awesome. I actually did the same thing with 1 a day for 3 months. But then something stressful happenend and I started smoking more. Then I got sick and landed in the hospital, got diagnosed with COPD, came home with oxygen and started again!!! I am on day 3 of being smoke and nicotine free. I did get to that last cigarette and decided NO MORE. So far so good, the next time I buy a pack of cigarettes I lose.


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ladyjane1 4 years ago from Texas Author

liticrig thanks for commenting. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things that I have ever done and it takes a lot of strength I know. I wish you the best luck in this accomplishment and know that if you want it bad enough you can do it. Keep me posted with your progress. Cheers to you and your determination.

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