have you quit smoking before? 18 replies, 14397 views

the pigeon
8/23/2005 3:06:00 AM
background on me: i've been smoking for 5 years, around 1.5 to 2 packs a day on average. now i thought it was time to quit

so far i've tried to quit twice. the first time i lasted about 2 weeks on the patch. i forgot to wear it one day and went out with friends. needless to say, they all smoke and also in their houses. I quickly snapped and bought a pack.

about a month after, (2.5 weeks ago) i decided to quit again. this time i haven't used the patch and had really had no cravings. i've gone 2.5 weeks. i cheated once when i was extremely hammered and ran to the store at 4am. i had 2 smokes and threw the rest out.


so, have you quit? i just want to hear stories and what you did when you had cravings and such.
Sara.
8/23/2005 3:10:00 AM
My dad smoked almost 2 packs a day and couldn't quit. He'd been smoking since he was 12. He tried and actually may have for a short period of time but started again and hid it from everyone.

So, no. I can't talk about cravings or anything but just that it's a terrible, deadly habit.
Danforth
8/23/2005 3:10:00 AM
I used to smoke all through high school. I was only on about 1-2 a day but come grade 12 i was nearing 15 a day, pretty bad for an 18 year old.

I had to try 3 times before i successfully quit. The first week was utter hell, the second marginaly better and after that it just got easier and easier. I guess in the long run it all depends on the person and your life and when and what triggers you to smoke but one thing that really worked for me is chewing gum.

It is fucking hard and noone should give you shit if you fail the first few times but stick with it man. It isn't impossible and you'll feel so much healthier afterwards, and so will your wallet.

Good luck dude.
thevengenceaz
8/23/2005 3:12:00 AM
I'm in the process of quiting now, i only had two smokes today. It's been about two days now and Im not using the patch of anything, i thnk tomorrow or the next day i will try to go without a cig all day
Danforth
8/23/2005 3:16:00 AM
What worked well for me was only having half a cigarette at a time, then put the other half out and leave it in the ashtray or something. I reckon you have to slowly phase them out. Just stopping cold turkey hasn't worked for anyone i know.
the pigeon
8/23/2005 3:20:00 AM
codl turkey has worked for a few people i know, about 5. and they're the only people i know who have quit. i know 3 people that have thried that patch and have all failed.

i thik i've spent more on gum than smokes. but ya, i have no money, and jsut borrow it from my brothers (i go to college, so i obviously ahve no job), and it feels great that i can sit around and NOT go further in debt.
logictrip
8/23/2005 5:16:00 AM
smoking 3 years about a 1/2 pack to a pack a day, cant quit
XIII
8/23/2005 5:30:00 AM
I smoked for 4/5 years about a pack a day, and gave up about 6 months ago because my girlfriend doesn't smoke. I was never addicted though and just went cold turkey no problem.
my_username_is_bec
8/23/2005 5:32:00 AM
What's it like using patches? Do they make you nauseous, moody, etc?
chris_curses
8/23/2005 5:32:00 AM
I've never even tried to quit. I think the key to quitting would be to gradually cut down over time to the point where you hardly smoke and then go completely without. It's definately time for me to try this.
XIII
8/23/2005 5:34:00 AM
My friend quit using patches and she got moody as hell, and also she was told not to wear them in the night as they give you really intense nightmares apparently, so she wore it through the night and it's true she had really bad dreams. So when she stopped wearing them in the night she kept waking up deseperate for a cig.
Nemo
8/23/2005 8:25:00 AM
(i go to college, so i obviously ahve no job), and it feels great that i can sit around and NOT go further in debt.
If you can't swing having a job while going to college, that's pretty weak. but if you can go jobless and not be financially tanked then more power to ya, concentrate on your studies. I've just always hated on kids who go to school, and simply have their parents wire them money as their safety net

as for the quitting smoking thing, cold turkey is the way to go, or get hypnotized. I quit new years day of 2002, I smply said, "this is the last cigarette of my entire life" and haven't looked back since.
fight2live
8/23/2005 8:30:00 AM
cold turkey, three months and 27 days
ohH MYLANTA!
8/23/2005 10:23:00 AM
There's a couple down the street that bought these pills from some infomercial and it worked for them. I forget what they're called though?
KOMMANDER
8/23/2005 10:33:00 AM
i tried quitting twice, cold turkey. both times, i drank and had a cigarette, and started again.
bandit
8/23/2005 10:52:00 AM
i smoked for like 6 years and after several times trying to quite with bullshit methods, i finally did cold turkey and kicked it. its been like 3 years.
miss laura
8/23/2005 10:59:00 AM
starting right now, bubble gum and lollipops are your new best friends. my jaw muscles have never been stronger.
the pigeon
8/23/2005 1:07:00 PM
Originally posted by:Nemo

(i go to college, so i obviously ahve no job), and it feels great that i can sit around and NOT go further in debt.

If you can't swing having a job while going to college, that's pretty weak. but if you can go jobless and not be financially tanked then more power to ya, concentrate on your studies. I've just always hated on kids who go to school, and simply have their parents wire them money as their safety net

as for the quitting smoking thing, cold turkey is the way to go, or get hypnotized. I quit new years day of 2002, I smply said, "this is the last cigarette of my entire life" and haven't looked back since.

although i live at home, my school is about half an hour away. i don't get to drive the car, so i take the school shuttle bus, which is horrible. i'm up at 6am and i don't get home until about 7pm for most of my days.

so that leaves me with little time to hold down a job AND do large amounts of homework. my parents don't pay for shit though. up here in ontario we have OSAP, a student loan place. Most people get a loan through them for college up here. so i have barely enough money for anythign and smoking was throwing me in the hole.

good job on your smoking though, i wish i could ahve done that.
H.M. Murdock
8/23/2005 2:38:00 PM
Originally posted by:ohH MYLANTA!

There's a couple down the street that bought these pills from some infomercial and it worked for them. I forget what they're called though?

I think it's called "Smoke Away"