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Hi. I quit smoking last week. My last cigarette was on Tuesday April 29th, 2008 at approximately 11:30pm. I am using the Chantix system. I’m going with the 10 week program. I don’t know if anyone else out there is quitting, has quit or is thinking about quitting, I have tried a million times before, but I feel like I really have a shot at it this time with the new Chantix Medication and support system.

I know smoking is bad for you, I know I’m being a bad influence on my kids (Teenagers), I know all the millions of reasons to quit, but had continued to smoke. What finally pushed me over the edge was I almost was admitted to the Hospital with bad breathing problems. I was coughing up blood (In addition to the horrible chest cold, sinus infection I already had for the previous week.) My Dr flat out said “If you do not quit smoking, you will DIE!” Needless to say, not only did that scare me, but terrified my Husband. I told him, there was no way I could quit and stay quit if he did not quit too. He agreed with me and that day we started the Chantix system and quit smoking. For the rest of that week I carried a half full pack around with me and even went outside at my usual smoke times at home, more out of habit than anything else. This weekend I spilled the beans to the rest of my Family.  

I gave them my prepared speech  when I tell them I’ve quit. My speech is basically saying that I am quitting for me and only because I want to. If I do decide to have a cigarette I want no arguments or dirty looks. I am not quitting for you, my husband, my baby, etc. I am quitting for myself. It is purely my decision and if I so decide to smoke again then so be it. I want no pressure. My Dad’s response was to tell me the rules of my smoking. He tried to interrupt my speech 3 times and I told him to just listen. Then right when I’m done he goes into the rules. It really upset me because the whole point of my speech is to not tell me what to do. That I am an adult and I make my own decisions. It really upset me that his first response is to try and take some of my power away from me. I did not get a I’m so glad you quit. I’m so proud of you, or anything, just straight into the rules. Rules which we had discussed a long time ago and I had been following for years (no smoking in the house, in the car with the kids, etc). That was the hardest point for me to not smoke. Whenever someone tells me I can’t do something, then all I think about is doing it. I can’t help it, it’s how I’m hard wired. I felt like he was taking away something great that I’ve done and taking a piece of it from me. Anyway, he cried and apologized to me. We had a long talk about why he feels the need to try and control me and my actions. all better now.

A few issues. I’ve been eating a lot of candy. Well, sucking on a lot of candy. My teeth have been hurting a bit. I’m working cutting down on that now and have switched to raw fruits and vegetables.  

A side note. I’m amazed at how much people don’t really pay attention to you. I thought for sure everyone would notice I’m not smoking. I went out with my sister (one of my BFF’s) on Thursday. We were together for 4 hours. She didn’t notice. I thought for sure people would notice because every time I light up I hear a comment like, Another cigarette? etc. But nope. I thought for sure my kids would notice that I didn’t smell like or taste like a cigarette, but nope. They said that I could have probably not told them for a month and they wouldn’t have noticed (typical teens).



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      Stephanie wrote May 11, 2008
    • You go girl!!!  

      Good for you, I have seen people in the process of quitting smoking and i know it is really difficult.

      But imagine waking up every morning feel fresh, never having smelly hair or clothing, and not worrying about your fingertips being coated in cigarette smell.

      I have heard that many people put on a few pounds when they begin to quit, but you have to be careful!!

      Try to stay away from that candy ( i know it can be sooo hard especially when its acting as a substitute), and eat sliced apples, peaches, or other fruits instead. Pick at grapes rather then m & m’s. ( i am making myself hungry).

      Anyways,.... you go girl!

      Keep us posted with how it goes! And if you need to vent im here for ya : )



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      Lois Stern & Patty Kovacs wrote May 11, 2008
    • I’m so proud of you that you quit smoking. I was an ex smoker and quit many years ago, it wasn’t easy but I stuck with it and it was really the best thing that I ever did.

      Hang in there girlfriend.



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      Jacquelynn Franklin wrote May 14, 2008
    • Lets see...I was diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, after I went to the Dr with a severe breathing problem and coughing up blood....Surpisingly, I am doing VERY well with quitting! (Hubby on the other hand is not doing so well, but He is trying). I thought it would be harder (I have been smoking for over 30 years) I have quit a million times before, but never with the reason I am doing it now (I want to live). I always had the attitude, I have survived cancer three times, what is the worse thing that can happen because I smoke....well I am finding that out now. When I started to smoke, ciggys were 15 cents (Yes, FIFTEEN CENTS) a pack..today they are over $4.00 a pack. Boy, think about all the money I am saving too!

      Anyway, in the last week I also have been having gall bladder problems (I may need surgery, but not until my breathing problems clear up) and also have laryngitis (for the last 3 weeks)...other than that...I guess I am OK and hanging in there (and hope nothing else decides to go kapuut in my body for a while).



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      Feathermaye wrote Sep 29, 2008
    • I know I’m a little late getting to this, but I was just wondering how your quitting was going?

      I’m almost at the 4-year mark for quitting. In the end it was vanity and finances that pushed me over the edge. I attended hypnosis with my mother and my husband, and little trio of quitters.

      Of the 3 of us, I was the only one that wasn’t sneaking smokes. I busted my husband (almost immediately after he had a HEART ATTACK and someone at his job spilled the beans) and my mom felt so guilty she confessed. LOL!

      Anyway, hubby and I are both quit-for-sure now, but mom is still a more than occasional smoker. She spent a week with us just after Hurricane Ike and I was surprised to note how often she went outside for a smoke.



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      Jacquelynn Franklin wrote Sep 29, 2008
    • I would like to report that after nearly 35 years of being a smoker...I am still smoke free almost 6 months after I quit!
      I have had no temptations, no sneaks and no lapses!
      It has helped immensely that my Husband quit with me. (He was sneaking them for a while, but that was only for the first couple of weeks. He is now 100% smoke free as well).



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      Feathermaye wrote Sep 29, 2008
    • Way to go!

      Quitting was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but so worth it. I think I dreamed about cigarettes for the first year after I quit.

      Have you noticed that things smell better if you‘re not walking around in a nicotine cloud?



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