Smoking Relapse Tips

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CONGRATULATIONS YOU'VE QUIT SMOKING!


Smoking Lecture? No Way

I'm not writing this to lecture you, or tell you all about how bad it is for your health as well as the people and pets you live with. Everyone knows by now what smoking does and how it affects everyone's health. I am only writing this to make you stop and think before you fall back into the smoking habit, and to share with you how I am coping in hopes that it will help someone else from relapsing.

Don't Light That Cigarette!

So you've quit smoking but that urge is still there. You think to yourself just a few drags won't hurt me, after all it's been three days, 3 weeks, 3 months or maybe even 3 years. I can handle it.

STOP .... right there. Think about why you quit. Think about how darn proud you are of yourself for quitting this addiction. Think of how strong you are for being able to finally give up the habit. All it takes is one drag and you'll be lured back into that smoky pit of no return.

DO NOT .... I REPEAT .... DO NOT give in to that nagging urge to light up. You may think you can handle just a few drags but trust me, you will regret it. I know I've been there. I had quit for an entire year and felt one day I really, really needed a smoke. I gave in, lit up and ..... three years later I quit again. Even though it's only been two months, I know if I ever have that one drag I'll be back at it, smoking a pack a day.

Make a List of Why You Quit Smoking

If you made a list of why you wanted to quit smoking great, get it out and have a look. If you didn't make one, get out a piece of paper and list all the reasons why you quit. Your reasons may be different than what mine were but I'll share my list with you. Chances are our reasons are very similar, if not the same. Add a second column to the list and list how quitting has made a difference in your life.

Why I Want To Quit Smoking / How I Feel Since Quitting

Reasons to Quit Smoking
Three Weeks After Giving Up Cigarettes
I am tired of coughing and hacking all the time.
The coughing has stopped.
I cannot walk up the street without getting out of breath.
I can walk farther without getting out of breath.
I cannot laugh without hacking.
I can laugh again and not cough.
The cost of cigarettes is getting ridiculous.
Smoking cost 84.00/week Nicorette gum 40.00
Every time I go somewhere I have to excuse myself to go outside to have a smoke.
Being around non-smokers has become a treat.
Tired of having to run to the store every time I run out of smokes
So many less trips to the convenience stores.
Cannot make it through a movie at the Cineplex without having a nicotine fit.
I can now sit and enjoy an entire movie and no need to leave the theatre halfway through for a smoke break.
I want the house, my hair and my clothing to smell better.
Mission accomplished.
Write or type up a list and keep it close by.
Scatter these handy little no smoking signs all over your house. Or maybe a big one on your front door.
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What To Do You Do When You Have That Urge To Smoke?

The following is a list of tips that work for me and hopefully will help you too.

  1. Make sure that you don't have any dirty ashtrays kicking around the house. Get rid of all ashtrays.
  2. Make it a rule that there will be no smoking in your home by anyone, and stick to your guns.
  3. My husband and I quit at the same time which can be very helpful. If one of us is having a hard day and an urge to smoke we call the other person and in turn talk them out of lighting up. Teaming up with a friend that has just quit can work the same way.
  4. I used to drink coffee all day long and light a cigarette to go along with the coffee. Rather than drink coffee now I've switched to green tea, and for some reason the tea does not make me think of cigarettes.
  5. Go to places that are smoke free such as libraries, restaurants, visit a sick friend in the hospital, go to a movie theatre. Just about every public place where I live is smoke free, which helps immensely.
  6. If drinking alcohol makes you want to smoke, avoid drinking.
  7. Tell people that you've quit smoking. You'll find you have a huge support system.

When the urge strikes:

  • Get up and go for a walk. Good way to get in more exercise too.
  • Walk into the kitchen a grab a small snack. Make it healthy though as weight gain tends to happen when you quit smoking.
  • Chew gum, suck on sugarless candy, or eat celery sticks.
  • Grab a bottle of water.
  • Avoid people that smoke until you feel you can be around smokers and not have it bother you.
  • Clean the house.
  • Go weed the grass.
  • Do things that normally when you smoked you couldn't smoke while doing them.


If You Do Relapse and Start Smoking

  • Set a quit date.
  • Re-write or make a new list.
  • Decide if you want to quit cold turkey or if you are going to try a quit smoking aid.
  • Never give up trying to quit.

My dad smoked three packs a day. He started smoking when he was 20 and smoked until he retired. He had tried several times during his life to quit. Then one day he said, "I can't afford this anymore". He finally quit for good.

I've smoked most of my adult life and this is the second time that I've been serious about quitting. I am determined that I'll never smoke again.


Use Stop Smoking Treatments to Help You Along The Way

Nicorette offers a wide product range of products to aid you in quitting smoking and to help you handle those nicotine cravings along the way. All of the following can be purchased without a prescription: gum, patches, lozenges, inhaler, and mouth spray. Before starting with any of these products, be sure to check with your doctor.

Zyban and Chantix, are two medication pills available through a prescription from your doctor that may help you quit smoking. Many people have had success with these. Be sure to ask your doctor about the side effects of these drugs before taking them.

Counselling and or counselling quit smoking hot lines may be another option for you to consider.

There are many Online Support Groups that you can join for free.

Get in touch with your local Cancer Society for help.

Some people have found hypnosis or laser therapy the best route to go. Others have used acupuncture.

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Koralee, I think that's great that you can go for that many days without it bothering you. Try a little harder to make it past that time:). Good luck to you. You can do it!


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KoraleeP 3 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

Great tips for not starting up after quitting. I'm really good at not smoking for 10 days lol. After that I start up, and I'm not sure why. For the most part the ten days is easy, but on the 11th or 12th day I always cave.

After reading your Hub, I will use your suggestions to help, and I'll start preparing on the 8th or 9th day to get me over the hump.

What I find most effective for quitting is the nicorette mini lozenges because they are fast acting.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience of not smoking with us. I am voting up, useful and tweeting :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mark, I find as each month goes by it gets easier and easier. Thanks for reading and for commenting.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

teaches, Thanks so much. It has now been almost 7 months now since I quit.


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

These are good tips and good comments. As a couple mentioned, it is as much or more so a mental addiction as it is a physical one. If you can make the honest decision to quit, the physical part is much easier.

Mark


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I don't smoke but I know people who have experienced this in quitting cigarettes. Great advice and voted way up!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

moonlake, Not a problem. I do that all the time :) Have a great day!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Sorry about the bad spelling quite instead of quit.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

moonlake, 2 heart attacks by the age of 38 .... oh my goodness. Glad to hear that you quit smoking. I got to the point where I walked up the stairs in my house and was out of breath. The couching and hacking got to be terrible. I do hope that your husband quits soon and yes it's a decision he has to make on his own no matter who says what to him.

Thanks so much for sharing what you went through, and Cheers to quitting :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I was a smoker and knew I was not feeling good. I just ask God let me make it through my son's wedding and I will quite smoking. The next day after the wedding I never picked up another cigarette. I wasn't feeling good and I thought if I quite it would help me feel better. Nine months after I quite smoking I had 2 heart attacks at age 38. That explained why I wasn't feeling good. I was so glad I had quite smoking it was one less thing I had to do when it came to my heart.

I know exactly where my husband is in the store all I have to do is following the cough. His sister died two years ago from lung cancer. Still he doesn't stop. I wish he would. Our doctor said to me one day "you need to get him to stop smoking." I can't do that, it's completely up to him to stop.

I don't think the craving ever goes away you just have to live with it. You have good ideas congrats for quitting. I left a pack on the counter., where I could get to it, that's how I quite, 29 years ago.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Paul, Thank you so much for your very encouraging words.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pollyannalana, I just recently learned that in some of the Canadian provinces the government here is now offering to help people to quit by offering them free counselling along with Nicorette gum, inhalers and patches. I think this is wonderful.

I'm looking forward to the day that I no longer have any urges to smoke.

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Nell, I love the fact that I can walk around the block or just walk up a long set of stairs and not hack and cough. Breathing is so nice isn't it :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rebecca, I keep meaning to pick up some sunflower seeds. I'm putting them on the shopping list for this week. Thanks!


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

I quit smoking more than 17 years ago, and believe it or not, I haven't had a craving for a cigarette since I quit. When I quit, I had been smoking at least a pack a day for 28 years. What made me stop smoking was a deadly fear that I would get lung cancer. Whenever a thought does come to me about smoking, I think about getting lung cancer and the thought disappears. I have also limited my contact with smokers and places where smoking goes on. Perhaps something like my experience will help you. Good luck. Being a smoker is just like being an alchoholic in many respects. I'm all in favor of having something like a "Smokers Anonymous." Voted up and sharing.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Quit for over ten years now and I agree with Wayne, it is the habit of having that cigarette in your hand all the time that is sooo addicting and yes a straw, even cut cigarette size will help tremendously. I still wanted a cigarette a couple years ago but finally all those urges are gone and I could not be paid to pick up another one. Oh and I smoked menthol ones and I used menthol drops to help with that urge for a couple years, just thought that may help someone.

I think cigarette companies should be forced to pay for anyone fighting this battle to quit since they admit to getting us hooked with additional ingredients!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

I have given up for good purely because I scared the pants out of myself by having really bad bronchitis for nearly two months! I know I have suffered with it since I was a kid, but my thoughts were that my body is getting older, and not healing so quickly, its great, I can breath at last! never ever again! lol!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Great tips! I have one more to add...munching on sunflower seeds. That really helped me.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, It's been five months now. Confession I did have a couple of drags about 2 weeks ago and happily it tasted terrible. If you really have a strong enough desire to quit you'll do it. Now if I could only stop chewing the Nicorette gum :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

So how's it going anyhow? I'm still on my "in two weeks" phase of denial...that two weeks has really dragged out huh? Lol


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

jellygator, Good luck and if may we both beat this habit for good :)


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

Yeah... in the process of quitting now. Grrr!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Judi, I hope this helps.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

I used to smoke when I was in my 20s. I'm one of those irritating people who found it easy to stop - my husband, on the other hand, hasn't, although he has tried. Will try some of this out with him.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Wayne, Thank you for adding this. You've reminded me of Telly Savalas, who played the detective Kojak, that always had a sucker in his mouth. I agree needing to and wanting to are very different.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

B. Leekley, It's only been a little of three months and I'm still finding it hard especially when I smell smoke from cigarettes lately. I do have determination this time round and at 12.00 - 12.50 per pack now here I don't think I could afford it any longer. I do like getting up in the morning and not having to hack my way through the first hour of the day.

Thank you so much for such a lengthy comment and it is very nice to meet you.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Based on my experiences as a long reformed smoker and what I have witnessed from others around me, I would add that smoking is a physical addiction as well as a mental one. Some are heavily addicted to the nicotine while others are more addicted to physically having something to occupy their hands at the more nervous times. I found that for many years (and somewhat still today) I would hold a drinking straw between my teeth or keep a toothpick in my mouth occasionally reaching to remove it with my hand. My most difficult part of quitting was the hands thing in the end so I still immulate that action at times. As for the mental aspect....that really is important at the time of quitting and afterward. One cannot beat smoking simply by defeating the addiction to nicotine. One has to understand why they need to quit and also why they want to quit. Needing to and Wanting to are different. Even though you may need to, you may not Want to. You have to "want to" if you are to be successful at the effort. Your mind has to be ready for it will be the element which sustains your resolve over time. That's my two cents. Good Hub! ~WB


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared. This hub is all good advice, Susan. When back when I was trying to quit and finally after many relapses succeeded, I had a list of reasons to not smoke and a list of reasons to continue smoking. The latter list had only one item on it -- relief from nicotine fits. To rebel? Not since I was a schoolboy. To emulate addicted, self-destructive writers, artists, and musicians? I figured out that it made better sense to get inspiration from those who continued to do great work into healthy old age. What I put on the not like about smoking was being self-destructive and knowing I was wrecking my health, being dependent, the sore throat, the money drain that kept getting worse as the prices went up, and having to beg for a light or a smoke when I ran out after store hours or when broke.

You are right about not taking that just one puff. One time, a few years before I quit for good, I quit for 6 months. When an employment change made my life stressful, I gave in to the urge to smoke. That first drag nauseated me, and I couldn't finish the cigarette, but I was hooked again.

i sure hope that you and your husband are able to stay quit. You have an excellent plan for achieving that, and for what to do in case of a relapse. You may appear to be walking, nibbling, panting and gasping, staring at a wall, skimming light reading novels and magazines, sucking a pencil, or doing routine tasks, but know that you are doing what is right for you if it is helping you to be not smoking.

And I have heard of a "seven year itch" that former smokers get. I did have times of temptation for quite a few years after I quit, but quitting had been too difficult and the rewards of quitting too substantial and my lessons too hard learned to be willing to give in and take that puff.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

carozy, Thanks so much, and I hope it helps them.


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carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great hub. I'm so glad I never started smoking but I have some friends who struggle to stop. I'll share this with them.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Jenna, Thank you. Six six ago that's great!

Carol, Thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharon, I found anytime I slowed down on smoking (with the intent to quit) I would always end up back up to a pack or a pack and a half a day. Not smoking in the house is a good start though. If I can quit I know that you can too. Set a start date to quit and take it one day at a time. Thanks for sharing this, I appreciate it.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Though I don't smoke I know a few people who still do. You did a great hub here and provided solutions for those wishing to quit.


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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

Wow! This is SUCH great advice. I quit smoking 6 years ago and it was a horrible process. But I don't smoke anymore! Voted up.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

EXCELLENT information. I can't think of anything that you've missed here. Now if I could just do it! I am SO proud of you SZ. I was doing really well there for awhile and now kinda back to normal but still not smoking in the house which is good. I really need to do this. I appreciate all these great tips and will bookmark and share too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Kevin, Nice to meet you. Thanks, glad you liked the hub.


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KevinC9998 4 years ago

Just Ask Susan: Great hub with a ton of great advice except..... clean the house! I am drawing the line at that. :) Only kidding, Thanks and voted up, Kevin


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Relationshipc, Thank you for your comments. I think I'll add Allan Carr's book to the hub since it does work for some people. Thank you again.


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Relationshipc 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Good hub. I can remember all the times that I said "just one" and then started smoking again.

Although, I don't think that using nicotine replacement products is a good idea to quit because you are still pumping nicotine into your body (the main reason you are addicted to cigarettes). But because the nicotine is so low - you eventually want a bigger shot and give in to smoking. My opinion, but I spent a lot of years trying to quit so I feel it is a good one.

I finally quit after reading Allan Carr's the easy way to quit smoking. And I don't have any urges to smoke again. Highly recommend it!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

KDu, Nice to meet you. It is one of the hardest things I've ever tried to do and hopefully this time it will work. I wish you all the best and success in quitting. Let me know how it goes.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

These are great tips, Susan. You are spot on. Nowadays, in my generation, smoking is the repeat of being "with the crowd" and it is costly and ridiculous. I have cut back on my smoking ever since I resigned from my old job; however, it is still difficult for me to do so. When I wake up tomorrow morning, I will definitely take your advice and not give in to the urge :)

Thank you so much, Susan!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

tilsontitan, Thank you. I am determined this time and hope that I don't go back. Smoking does become so much a part of your life and I still miss it. At the same time I love that I can get up in the morning and not be hacking and coughing through that first smoke of the day. I wish you all the best when you do decide the time is right.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Frank :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, I will have to go and have a look at (about.com) . Glad to hear that it's been almost nine years for you and that the desire to smoke has left you.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

First, congratulations to you and your husband! Keep going, don't go back.

Second, I had to laugh at ThoughtSandwiches' comment because I think the same thing. I too know its ridiculous but you here it so often you have to wonder. (I've been smoking for 50 years and my lungs are starting to rebel.)

I'm praying for the strenght to quit. I've tried every method under the sun but think the time is finally coming.

Thanks for this inspirational hub.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Levertis, I hope someday not to crave a cigarette, but for now I'll keep fighting the urge. Thank you for sharing your experiences with quitting.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Vinaya, That's good that you don't smoke and I hope that my hub will help others who do.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruchira, Thank you, it is easier to quit with someone else, at least that's what I've found.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mhatter, It would be nice if everyone could quite that way. :) With no withdrawal.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Susan.. your screen name just says it all JustaskSusan.. a great hub voted useful and shared!!!!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

golfgal, Thank you. The hardest times are after a meal or while I'm sitting and typing on the computer. Makes me get up and walk around more than I used to, which is another good thing :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Julie, Thank you!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Marcy, I remember that too. I think he had quit for something like 20 years.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

naimishika, I am glad to read that you have decided to quit smoking. Please come back and let me know how you're making out with it, and thank you for your comments.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Susan, I am so happy to say that i'm an x-smoker. I quit eight years ago,( almost nine years) I did everything like everybody else, the gum, the patches, nothing worked very long, then i found, ( about.com, ) they helped me every step of the way. Their support system is wonderful. Today, i have no desire to smoke, in fact i hate the smell. It's difficult at first, but each day it gets easier. This is a much needed hub. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, Thanks. I'm still have a rough time and that little nicotine demon is always lurking but I do feel so much better,


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

HI Thomas, I know what you mean as I smoked for too many years. True so many people do end up with cancer even though they did quit, but there are those that don't. My dad at 3 packs a day died 25 years after he quit and was cancer free when he died.

I think to be a successful quitter you must first truly want to quit and be ready to quit.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the shares.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

I did not know how bad smoking was for me until my sister and I went out of state to attend a workshop. I had already stopped smoking, but my husband still smoked, not in the car, but in some part of the house. We stayed in a hotel's no-smoking room. It was that weekend that I discovered the pleasure of breathing clean, fresh air and a place that had walls that was not smoked out. I breathed better that weekend than I had in years. I really did not know until then that I had a breathing problem. While I was away from home, I felt like I had a new pair of lungs.

Years earlier, I had tried several aids to help myself stop smoking. I eventually started back after quitting several times. Last, I prayed earnestly with tears, many hours and days, and sore knees. I asked God to make the taste and smell of cigarettes and the smoke so repulsive that I would never smoke again. That's exactly what happened. I get nauseously sick whenever I smell tobacco smoke. Every smoker who knows me knows that to think about lighting up in my house is a waste of time.

I have been smoke-free for many years, and I never crave a cigarette.

Thanks for a very informative hub.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I don't smoke, but I have friends who gave up smoking and started to smoke again. These tips will surely help them.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

what an inspiring hub, susan.

I am glad to know that you and your hubby made it a team effort to quit this habit...YEAH!

Nothing beats when done as a couple! an interesting hub and many votes!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

barbergirl, Thanks! I know people that quit 20 years ago and they still want a smoke every now and then. Not sure that that desire ever goes away. How long has it been since you first quit?


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I have relapsed several times. In 2010 I puffed on a cigarette and threw up. I suffered no withdrawal. No one knows why. I can smoke if I want to vomit.


golfgal 4 years ago

Hey Sue, That is great that you quit, congrats to you. I like the idea that you had when you have a craving about doing something that would not allow you to smoke....like weeding. That is a great idea. I was one of those drink coffee all day and light up a smoke to go alongside. Geez what an expense in today's world not only to the pocketbook but to our health too. Peace!!!! I just cannot see paying 90 bucks a week to smoke. yikes.


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

This is a great hub! good information and really well laid out. Nice job!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Carol, Thanks for reading even though you are a non-smoker, I appreciate your comments.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I think relapse is a frequent problem for smokers, which is sad. I remember Peter Jennings' death, and his public statement beforehand that after quitting years earlier he had started again due to the stressful coverage of 9/11.


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

Hi Dear... Nice... nice... nice tips... I am a regular smoker of 4-5 sticks daily. I really... really want to quit this bad habit. I do not smoke in my home anyway.. But in my work place, I have chances and I pick up one.. Now, I decided... I will definitely quit..


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Marlene, Nice to meet you. I read your hub and I too read Allen Carr's book. I know someone that quit after reading his book and am glad that it worked for you as well. Thanks for reading and for your comments.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Good for you - that is a huge accomplishment. You can do it - you always are successful when you put your mind to a task!

Three cheers!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Susan,

I actually need to hit a number of options on your poll (specifically--A, D, and OR...1, 4, and 6 depending...) Having smoked for 31 years, I gotta say my primary concern is that you always hear about people quitting...than a year later they get diagnosed with a death disease--I understand that that is irrational but there you go!

This is a good list you have compiled here. I have used several of them in the past but it has always ended up being...yup...three drags ain't gonna hurt. A week later...back up to a pack a day.

I shall be sharing this!

Thomas


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Great job on quiting. I know you were talking about it. I am so proud of you. I know for me, I have smoked and I have not smoked and it is weird because I will randomly crave a cigarette - no matter how long it has been since I have had one! Great job and great advice!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Even though I don't smoke I know people who do. Some really good ideas here.


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MarleneBotha 4 years ago from South Africa

Hi! Im new here. I've only published 1 hub. Its on a method I used to quit. I have tried it all... nicotine replacements etc... nothing worked. I think the whole idea is to get the nicotine out of your system completely, otherwise you'll always be craving. But really great tips you gave there :)

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