Did you quit smoking?

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  1. profile image0
    sandra rinckposted 8 years ago

    I quit.  I am proud and I shared.  I know a few other hubbers also quit but I don't know if you wrote about it. 

    If you did, what was the response from the readers?  Did you find it fascinatingly strange that some folks would call you arrogant for doing what seems impossible to them?

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Good for you. Who called you arrogant?

      1. profile image0
        sandra rinckposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Someone called Pink Umbrella and someone else can't remember who.  And thanks.  I know it is good for me. lol You too by the way!

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Morons. Thanks. smile I had a real tough time of it - as the frog knows. But - I seem over the worst now. 8th month.

          1. profile image0
            sandra rinckposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            What was your worst time?  Mine was at about 3 weeks later.

            1. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              I was ill from about 3 weeks to 16 weeks or so. One thing after another. All sorts of weird infections, teeth issues meaning about 6 weeks on serious painkillers and antibiotics LOL - and then the flu. I do believe I got banned from the forums several times in that time frame. wink

              Then came my crisis time - after all that at - about 4 months. Soooo close to smoking - but didn't.

              Guess it is different for everyone.

              I had been smoking heavily for 36 years and this was extremely hard for me to do. Still weird.

    2. profile image0
      pburgerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      After smoking tobacco for about 15 years, I quit about 25 years ago. It took me about 10 years to quit. I kept telling myself 'I'll quit' and tried a few times but always went back to smoking. Then, one day, I came home from the shop without having bought a fresh packet of tobacco. I refused to go back to the shop and never bought tobacco again. It took a few months more before I stopped asking people for a spare one...But the one thing that really helped was to look myself in the mirror and say 'I don't smoke!'

      And recently I gave up smoking marijuana. i smoked dope for 30 years, and grew my own for about the last five years. But a year ago, I started having chiropractic adjustments, and one day I realized smoking was doing my health no good. So, I pulled up a crop that nearly ready to harvest and threw it in the rubbish bin.  I haven't smoked since and haven't graved a smoke.

      And more recently I stopped drinking alcohol. About two years ago I would drink a bottle of vodka or scotch every weekend. Then I lost about 30 kilos of weight, took up playing squash and cut back my drinking to a six-pack on the weekend. After ceasing with dope - I just stopped going to the bottle-shop on the way home. I haven't had a drink of alcohol in about 3 months.

      I feel great! smile

      1. Scent profile image64
        Scentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        YOU GO BOIY as they say back home in Joisey

    3. wesleycox profile image83
      wesleycoxposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I quit smoking three years ago, cold turkey.  This is the first I wrote about it.

      1. lorlie6 profile image81
        lorlie6posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Wesley, writing about it was a mistake for me.  I started "The Tobacco Diaries" (NOT meant as a plug) a couple of weeks ago and when I began smoking again, I couldn't bring myself to write at all.  It's a strange thing to put yourself 'out there' in this community.  I feel a sort of obligation to the wonderful people who gave me support and encouragement, and now there's a strange kind of guilt. 
        I imagine I could write about relapse, but every time I begin, I seem stuck.
        Yikes!

        1. Faybe Bay profile image69
          Faybe Bayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          That's why it's the tobacco diaries Lorlie! It is to chronicle how hard it is to quit and stay quit! What good is it to any reader to have everyone succeed! Only that when they try and can't quit yet they feel more a failure.

          Remember our hero, writing the Basketball Diaries was real! The real deal! To be honest, I haven't been able to write due to anxiety attacks. I have them regularly, and my hands are cramping as I type in this forum.

          I am using the electronic cigarettes and I still can't write hubs since I don't have my ashtrays and my habit!

          Write it for all of those who relapse, they need to know they are not the only ones.

          Love you Lorlie! You can do this!

          1. prey profile image80
            preyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            great advice girl/

            1. Faybe Bay profile image69
              Faybe Bayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Hi, at risk of hijacking how r u?

          2. lorlie6 profile image81
            lorlie6posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Aww, Faybe-thanks!  I guess I'm just not sure how to write the hub.  It really is a struggle-sorry about the anxiety.  I also suffer from SAD and PTSD and KNOW that the conditions are far from controlled. 
            Cigarettes give me a wonderfully false sense of relaxation.  Crazy!

            1. Faybe Bay profile image69
              Faybe Bayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              I know. That's why I have the electronic ones. They do not taste the same, especially when you are still smoking. But after a few days, when you feel you need a cigarette, you get used to the taste.

              That's the hub I was supposed to write and couldn't that and a half dozen more.

        2. mega1 profile image77
          mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          We would all rather have you around writing and talking to us than hiding out and not writing - just cuz you need to smoke, don't worry about it!  I still smoke, like I said - on Sundays only - but only because I'm not allowed to smoke where I live and I never tell myself I am really quitting, because then I would be sneaking out back to smoke and get in trouble!!  Better to just tell yourself - let's see how well I can do, and give yourself lots of strokes for reducing the number to a few a day - and then it will gradually become less and less important to you.  Although - whenever I read the word "smoking" I want to smoke!  really.  we are complicated people - give yourself some slack and lots of good attention - don't feel bad.

    4. Ben Evans profile image68
      Ben Evansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I quit chewing tobbaco almost 2 years ago.  I was at almost a can every other day.  It was very hard.  I tried many methods cutting down, the patch, but cold turkey was the only one.  I quit once in the past for 2 years but I had probably had twenty slips in that time and then finally started again.

      Now I have no slips.

      Congratulations Sandra it will be one of the best things in your life to be rid of smoking.

    5. alfaizi profile image56
      alfaiziposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I didn't smoke and will never smoke as I hate the smell of it.

  2. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    I haven't quit and have no intention on quitting, and to top that, I haven't written one word about it either. smile

    1. profile image0
      sandra rinckposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Okay Ray.  lol

  3. ITSecurityAnalyst profile image58
    ITSecurityAnalystposted 8 years ago

    I find no reason on quitting, perhaps I will reduce the freq. of smoking.

  4. frogdropping profile image83
    frogdroppingposted 8 years ago

    I will be soon. I've been building up to it for months. I'm going to quietly but firmly sneak up on myself, put that last filthy smoker out and just go right ahead and quit.

    At least - that's the theory.

    I have a feeling I'm going to be very very horrible to myself and anyone that is an innocent bystander/in my line of sight/a cat.

    It's a disgusting habit. I just wish I could feel disgusted enough with myself to throw them away. Cags and IT - both of you sound like some folks I know.

    I may write about it. If only to apologise to whoever haplessly strays into my view when I do quit.

    *looks to the future* If you're going to be one of my future victims - sorry in advance smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You can take it out on me. I was HORRIBLE for at least 4 months. sad

      1. frogdropping profile image83
        frogdroppingposted 8 years agoin reply to this



        I know you had a terrible time Mark. I certainly take my hat off to you. How the heck you didn't start again after all that happened, I'll never know. Still ... all in the past and you're the better for it smile

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Slightly heavier. sad But enjoying the biking.....

          1. frogdropping profile image83
            frogdroppingposted 8 years agoin reply to this



            Ahhhh slightly is good. Biking is great. You'll be as sexy as a hot nekkid waiter on ice before you know it wink

            1. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Slightly - 30 pounds. sad

              1. Misha profile image71
                Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                He-he tongue

                1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                  Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  LOL - More of me to lurve.....

                  1. Misha profile image71
                    Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    Yep, of me - too lol

              2. frogdropping profile image83
                frogdroppingposted 8 years agoin reply to this



                You'll shift it Mark. The hardest thing you did was the quitting. My friend went away a few years ago and came back horribly overweight.

                She took six months to get frighteningly unhealthy. It's taken her the best part of three years or so to lose it. She didn't go mad, just became more active, watched what she ate a little more.

                And I'm not talking 30lbs either. Was a good bit more. She looks great now smile

  5. profile image0
    kimberlyslyricsposted 8 years ago

    anyone have a light by chance? hmm:

  6. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    that's crazy, they're just jealous or feeling the guilt. how could it be arrogant to stop a deadly habit? hmm

    you quitters need to go over to dale's thread and encourage him if you haven't seen it yet.

  7. waynet profile image72
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Yes I quit and never looked back...except...to...say...goodbye...dear Cigarettes....boo hoo!
    At least I replaced smoking with cider drinking!

  8. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    sandra, forgot to say congrats! that's a great accomplishment.

  9. Dale Mazurek profile image67
    Dale Mazurekposted 8 years ago

    2 days for me now lol.  So far so good.  Im just expecting things to get worse as Im sure they will. 

    Im ready for whatever smoking has to throw at me.  I am not failing at this.

    Dale

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You can do it. If you want to quit - you will quit.

      1. profile image0
        sandra rinckposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I totally agree.  You will if you want to. 

        Everyone who quit has something to share.  I had been smoking since I was 13 years old, possibly 12.  So it was more than half my life. 

        How I inevitably put on weight is a mystery but it's a different kind of weight.  A good kind of weight.  big_smile 

        I think it beats the skin and bones with booze and cigarettes look any day!  Still like my beer though and I actually like drinking more without the cigarettes. 

        For me, I didn't' change anything in my life.  I didn't even toss out the old cigarette butts.  I don't ignore my friends who still smoke either. 

        Literally, for me all I did was not smoke.  For the first couple of weeks, I still went outside in the morning to drink my coffee.  I just did it without the cigarette... I did things like that. 

        The gross stuff was hocking up brown balls of goop.  ewwwww... lol.  But it is worth it.  big_smile  And don't get me wrong, I have my days but they get easier.  You just have to trust that ex smokers are telling the truth, that it does get easier.


        Ps. Thank you Rabeckelle.  big_smile 

        PPS.  Just saw how this posted, it was to reply to Dale.

  10. liswilliams profile image42
    liswilliamsposted 8 years ago

    well done for quitting!, I been there myself a couple of years ago. It was tough, but now I feel 100 times better..especially when biking! Keep going

  11. goldenpath profile image69
    goldenpathposted 8 years ago

    I quit in 1993.  However, it was a little weird how it all unfolded.

  12. mega1 profile image77
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    I only smoke on Sundays now - only 3 or so  - but today, for some reason I started wanting one right after lunch, and usually I don't think of it until Sunday comes around.  weird.

  13. ddsurfsca profile image75
    ddsurfscaposted 8 years ago

    I did quit at the beginning of the year, still dont smoke, and I did write a hub about it.  The response was very non existent as nobody commented and I had little traffic either.

    1. ddsurfsca profile image75
      ddsurfscaposted 8 years agoin reply to this



      Quite a bit like the response to this comment....maybe nobody cares...HA...what a lonely thought

  14. romper20 profile image82
    romper20posted 8 years ago

    Just recently, I wrote a whole article on an alternative to smoking cigarettes.

    Overall Great Hubber though  )

    RomperHubber

  15. sagbee profile image56
    sagbeeposted 8 years ago

    I do not smoke, so no point in quitting tongue lol... But I have seen many people around me who did quit ... it was hard for them initially but later on they did it with ease... smile If you have self confidence and determination then you can do big wonders easily...

    1. romper20 profile image82
      romper20posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very true, I feel its more of a craving within that gets 2 people. It's hard man... Ill tell ya first hand, if it wasn't for electronic cigs i dunno haha smile

  16. Pearldiver profile image82
    Pearldiverposted 8 years ago

    I quit cold turkey 8 months ago now and had to stop drinking coffee for about 3 months so that I didn't make it worse.  I still feel like I could handle a smoke on occasion.. but I don't want to loose my sense of smell again.

    Good on everyone who has been successful in quitting... Didn't you really really enjoy it?  I Did. lol

    1. TheGlassSpider profile image70
      TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Which? The smoking, or the quitting?

      God, I LOVED smoking - in fact, I felt exactly the same as Cagsil did (see earlier in the thread)...but then, I started hacking up this disgusting phlegm in the mornings and decided that was just TOO much. On top of that I started taking care of this elderly gentleman who's been smoking all his life: He now sucks on three different inhalers twice a day, takes nebulizer treatments six times a day, is on O2 'round the clock, and is wheelchair-bound. I decided I didn't want to end up like that.

    2. Ben Evans profile image68
      Ben Evansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i enjoyed the tobbaco.  When I was frustrated, it calmed me down and gave a nice little kick in the morning.  Dont get into the thought that you can still enjoy a cig once in awhile.  After awhile you will be at the same point you were before you quit.

      I quit once for two years and thought I could handle every once in awhile and it didnt work.

      I am now again stopped for 2 years and I wont touch tobacco ever again.

      Keep up the good work.

  17. Dale Mazurek profile image67
    Dale Mazurekposted 8 years ago

    Today is day 20 and to be honest I have never been more proud of myself for anything.

    20 days without a cigarette makes me feel even better then the best month I ever had working online.

    Many people have admitted to me that they didnt think i would make it.  Thats okay because I proved them all wrong.

    Congrats to all quitters

    Dale

    1. Ben Evans profile image68
      Ben Evansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Good job Dale.  The hard part is behind you.

      No matter what if you need a smoke dont.

  18. jiberish profile image70
    jiberishposted 8 years ago

    Congrads to all who quit smoking.  I quit every night right before I go to sleep, I have no will power!

  19. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    There is always a high risk of hijacking happening. lol lol lol

    1. Faybe Bay profile image69
      Faybe Bayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi my Cagsil! I am still talking about your web site to anyone who will listen.

      1. Cagsil profile image81
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Okay. cool How are you doing today? smile

        1. Faybe Bay profile image69
          Faybe Bayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          mild anxiety attacks. tried to write and couldn't. smile You look good! wink

          1. Cagsil profile image81
            Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Yeah, I tried to write earlier and didn't get anywhere. lol

            1. Faybe Bay profile image69
              Faybe Bayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Oh good, then it isn't just me. Maybe it's the weather or the time of year.

              1. Cagsil profile image81
                Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Maybe. lol

                1. Faybe Bay profile image69
                  Faybe Bayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  Oh shoot now it is a hijack! Look what you made me do smile sad big_smile Sorry about that I have to go get some sleep or at least try to.

 
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