...So You Want To Quit Smoking...

Just the thought of it may make you want to rip your face off...right? Have you tried and tried and tried again? What have you tried? Have you tried writing and facing yourself honestly? That's what I had to do, in the END...the end...there really isn't an end. I would like to smoke today. I would like to be able to think that I can smoke today and then take weeks or months off from being a compulsive and addictive individual. I have told myself that lie over and over. I tried every single thing on the market, every patch, gum, cessation system and class...even the death of my father didn't deter me. Finally...I wrote my way out of it. If you think you can't - then you are right. If you think you can, you are also right!

So before I begin this windfall of words about my own quit smoking journey, I would again like to direct those who seek help in this area, via writing, to a wonderful site of the utmost awesome support.

Onward and Upward

That site up there is one of the many reasons that I have kept my successful quit. Even if you are not a member, you can read and be inspired by any one of those posts. There are people there that dedicate untold amounts of time and energy into helping people just like you, who feel desperate to quit and wonder how and when to start. I am 100% sure that it could help you on your own journey. I will do my part, as I write in the time to come here at Hubpages. So, with that in mind I will get into my old journals and cull from them all that helped me, and pass it onto you, dear reader. THANK YOU for supporting my efforts, as well!

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear Carole, THANK YOU for your lovely comments. I look forward to seeing you soon. My hubs are not as creative as yours, but what I am is what I am. (that was from my pal, Alice Cooper's hit song, "Super star). Have a peaceful and productive day, Carole. Sincerely, KENNETH


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Carole Anzolletti 5 years ago from The Phantom Queen's Labyrinth Author

Hi Kenneth! So nice to have you here with me, and yes smoking is a terrible affliction...today happens to be my 7 year anniversary of quitting, on 11.1.11 - thats a great number, and a great day to look back and see that person I used to be is no where to be found! Thank you for your wonderful comments, and for your awesome fan mail :) what a sweetheart you are - I am grateful for you and will check out your hubs as well...have a wonderful night my new friend!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

11-01-2011, 12:20 p.m./cst

Carole, may I just say, GREAT read! Timely and wise tips for those who want to be tobacco-free. I am not boasting of my fragile flesh, but with much prayer and trusting in My Maker, I am NOW nicotine-free in every form..plus alcohol free for 20 years. I sound like a corny prude, head of the Temperance League, but I am NO better than your daily consumer of liquor or tobacco. We are all, one day, viewed as one person to the all-knowing Almighty One. I voted up and away because of the fact that YOU are so talented. I don't know much in life, but recognizing talent in writing, that I DO know. And with your permission, may I be both fan and a follower? I would relish that idea. My Highest Regards, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town (please dont let this turn you against me), Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that looks like Mayberry, the little town on the Andy Griffith Show. Much peace and sanit to you. KA


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Carole Anzolletti 5 years ago from The Phantom Queen's Labyrinth Author

@ naturalsolutions - dedication and will are hard to come by for the long run...ask your friend if there is something that he has always wanted to do but hasn't take the time to consider yet. Often this very thing that one yearns for is the thing that can help derail the habit to start out...once the momentum gets going, it could be a successful new way for him/her!

@ stayingalivemoma - yes, it is underestimated by many how terrible and addictive it is. I must have quit 300 + times before the final time - and I had started to try to quit only a few years after I started. I had asthma and bronchitis, I should have never picked up smoking. All my friends smoked, I started at 15 and it was the worst mistake of my life. I gained weight after the final quit and still want to lose some of it. I made sure that I talked myself out it way ahead of time, and it is by no means whatsoever easy...but it IS POSSIBLE. Read those journals, and perhaps you too will be one you thought you weren't able to be!!! JUST LIKE ME!!!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

Smoking is terrible and very addictive. I should know, I've smoked for over 20 years...have asthma and COPD and still cannot find the WILL to stop. Great hub...inspires me a little to quit.


naturalsolutions 5 years ago

Quitting the smoke habit is hard, really hard.

My friend tells me how many times he try to stop it but he always failed to avoid cigarette. But for me the secret of quitting it depends to the smoker. They should have a dedication and will to do that.


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Carole Anzolletti 5 years ago from The Phantom Queen's Labyrinth Author

That sounds great Emma! I wish mine would be ready...so I just keep waiting. I have been quit for 7 years on November 1st and really just wish that my influence rubbed off on him already!


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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

I will also ask him to look at the journals, thank you. He feels he is just about ready now to do it, so hopefully this will help further.


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Carole Anzolletti 5 years ago from The Phantom Queen's Labyrinth Author

My partner also still smokes and has no real will power to change it. I think he believes that its no big deal and won't do anything about it until its too late. It is sad because he has a beautiful trio of sons here, but as we both know you have to do it for YOU. I hope that you will check out the journals, and best wishes to your partner. It is frustrating to know what damage is being done and watching those we care about inflict it on themselves.


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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

I am a reformed smoker, but my partner still smokes. He would like to give up but needs all the help he can get. It will take support as well as will power and something to maybe replace the cigarettes.

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