Trying to Quit Smoking

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So I'm not really a hardcore smoker. It takes me about 3 weeks-a month currently, to tear through a pack. But its getting more and more frequent as time progresses and I get closer to the semester ending.
I get so stressed sometimes that I smoke 3-4 in a day, or when I'm out with friends as much as half a pack.
But the thing is, it doesn't really help me feel relief. I usually feel worse when I'm done and its almost become just something to do. Such as when I'm stuck up at school or driving a long distance, I'll smoke one.

As much as I want to quit though, I kind of like it. My mind sees it as a metaphor for being relaxed, which I am often not.
I think the only reason I feel so bad is because I feel like I'm letting my parents down, which I definately do not want to do.

So, yes...help, or similar stories?

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15 replies since 8th November 2010 • Last reply 8th November 2010

lol did you know nicotine addiction only lasts 4 hours? When you wake up in the morning its out of your system and you aren't addicted anymore. You just have it set in your head that you are and so you smoke.


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i had been smoking for 4 years and i recently quit, i have been nicotine free for almost 5 months now.... and this is what made me quit... ok are you ready for this???
i'm not sure if you knew this but....
cigarettes give you saggy boobs!!!!!!! i know! oh em gee!!! lol
i needed to quit smoking cause im trying to have a baby, so i was trying to gross myself out by reading all these horror stories,and the only one that worked for me was that horrible truth! so hopefully i scared you a little bit out of smoking lol <3

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OMG, Alex! I need to quit then! Gaga, you need to quit now while you're not horribly addicted. Nicotine addiction may only last 4 hours, but the psychological addiction lasts forever! I started smoking about like you do, Gaga, when I was 18 and now I'm a pack a day smoker at 32. I wish that I had quit back when I didn't feel a horrible need for a cig, but now it's so much a part of my psyche that it feels impossible to quit. Save your lungs, and your tits, and quit!

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Honey I was the same, it starts with the odd ciggie with a drink, then more, then you end up buying your own pack when you're going out... that's where I stopped!! It's hard sometimes because I see others smoking and sometimes I want one, usually when I'm drinking (but I don't drink so much anymore - which helps), but if I'd have carried on I would have become a regular smoker. It would be really hard to quit then, not only that I hate the way a certain no of cig's would make me feel. You know that icky feeling you get when you go on a choccie binge? Kinda like that. Stop while you have more willpower to do so!!

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lol my boyfriend quit smoking last week after we walked through The Bodies Exhibit. One look at what happens to your whole body after smoking and he threw his cigarettes in their cigarette box lol!

I get that people think they "need" to smoke even after their addiction is gone- but I have a whole belief system centered on controlling one's own self and not letting something control you or run your life. It stems mainly from my having a brain disorder and, I suspect if I can actually control the way I behave and go against the way my brain is programmed to work than anyone can do something as simple as quit smoking.

I'm not trying to trivialize something that a lot of people find difficult. But I really do believe most people make it into something more difficult than it really is. If you convince yourself that you need to smoke and its going to be hard to quit smoking then you are setting your own self up for failure and you’re not really committed to being in control of your own life.

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I know its completely psychological, and I forgot to mention that. But its easier said then done, especially if you don't smoke yourself. I mean, you can sit there and tell people all the details you want, but until you can actually empathize with that person, its mainly hollow words.

And my tits already sag, so that's not a problem.

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I agree gaga...

My husband just quit smoking. He'd been puffing away since he was 12 and had tried to quit many times. Even when I was pregnant, he tried to quit, and just after our son was born, he tried to quit again. For him, (he says) he had to get to a point where HE really wanted it for himself, and not just for every one around him. He didn't want to be the dad that stunk like cigs, and was too winded to chase down his son. So, he put down the pack one day and just walked away from it.

He said it was easier for him this time because he was ready and he wanted it. I tried to be sympathetic in the beginning, when he was still having cravings, but I wasn't much help. He equated it to me trying to quit drinking sodas. To know how much I liked drinking a cold coke on a hot day, and to know that I'll never be able to have another one. I almost passed out. I really don't think I could do that. lol

So, I just left him alone after that. I figured all my "good job" and "are you craving?"'s would just remind him of how much he wanted it. lol Poor guy.

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I've quit smoking years ago so I get what you're going through. There are plenty of times where I'd like to pick up a cigarette and smoke but I realize that the feeling of "need" isn't real. So you might think I'm blowing hot air but I'm speaking from experience. I quit after I saw a bunch of 15 year olds smoke and realized how unbelievably stupid they looked.

Also did you know that a recent study came out linking smoking to Alzheimers?

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good luck girls, I never smoked, but I know its hard. Most of my friends quite cold turkey, it was hard for them. But I know you can do it. You can get support here

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Thanks Michelle. I need to quit adding stress to everything else.

@PinkWeeds did you know studies show that living causes dying? And did you read what I said?

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i know this sounds so cliche but if you really put your mind to it and if your really ready and its really what you want then quitting isn't all that awful. after the first three days it gets a lot easier, one of the things i did was chew gum. also avoid things that when you usually do them you smoke the most that helps a lot. i can quit with out a problem but i have issues with staying committed to quitting, ive quit for 8 months and then one day just because i was stressed i started back i hadn't even been craving them i just decided i wanted one!

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pippy the pirate, it's easy to say when you put your mind to it, but a lot of actions are based on the mood of the person. My problem wasn't so much with smoking as I was never seriously addicted. But I'm overweight and have issues with food and stuff, so I can kind of sympathise.

You might have had a really bad day at work, stressed, or had an argument with someone or you might feel rubbish for whatever reason. When you're in that mood, you're more likely to go have that ciggie or binge on your favourite foods...

Although I do think it does help if you know what triggers your motivation - so it's kind of related - so when you have a bad day you know what will stop you from breaking your habit...

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lil Gig- I read what you said, did you read what I said? Because you're accusing me of not knowing what I'm talking about and apparently you're not willing to quit so I don't know why you are wasting everyone's time?

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well lolly if anyone wants something bad enough then they can do it no matter what it is. it might take longer for some then others but its not like there's not help to quit. if you cant go cold turkey buy the gum or patches there's options out there!

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