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Smoking; Do You, Have You, Trying to Quit and How? Let’s Talk

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      Tina Sickinger wrote May 29, 2009
    • I am a 33 year smoker who is trying to quit. Up until about 2 years ago, I had a 2 pack a day habit; oh my!. I decided I needed to quit for many reasons and tried the gum, patches, etc to no avail. Then I went on Chantix and thought I was onto something.

      OMG, the horrible nightmares it gave me! They were absolutely unbearable. I’m not talking bad dreams here; these were full blown wake up screaming, jumping out of the bed, clawing the hubby nightmares.

      Then in Jan ‘08 I lose my Mother and went from 4 cigs a day back up to a pack. Just didn’t care anymore. Well, now here I am trying again and I just don’t know what to do. I have soooo much stress in my life I just can’t go cold turkey and the Chantix idea again scares me to death. Doc says I absolutely have to quit now and I’m trying; down to between 5 and 10 a day again. Just can’t lay them down completely. Any advice from someone who’s been there and succeeded?

      I spend a lot of time outside because I do not smoke in the house. Another problem I have is that hubby smokes as well. He says he is going to quit with me, but it seems like the less I smoke, the more he does. If you’ve ever smoked, you know how hard that is; to live with someone who smokes when you are trying to quit. I have one daughter who smokes and my Dad smokes, but no one else in the family.

      Any advice? I’m certainly open to suggestions and thank you in advance!




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      Susan Dahringer wrote May 29, 2009
    • I quit smoking cold turkey almost 5 weeks ago...I feel much better...




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      Angelcart wrote May 29, 2009
    • I tried smoking in the 6th grade and it made me soooo sick.  I never picked up a cig since that day.  I’m very glad.  I’ve preached and preached to my son to not smoke but last year he starting dipping and I’ve been on him to quit.  Nothing I say hit’s home with him.  Any suggestions on how to get a 19 year old go quit Skoal?




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      Angelcart wrote May 29, 2009
    • Twinkie - my husband used to be a heavy smoker (before I knew him).  He quit cold turkey when he found out his wife was expecting.  He said it was the absolute hardest thing he ever did in his life.  He said people always told him you never lose the urge but he did.  We around friends that smoke and he hasn’t picked one up on 20 years.  I have never smoked myself but I do know what some of my friends go through.  Good Luck.




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      Susan Dahringer wrote May 29, 2009
    • Twinkie  

      You are like the third person who had commented that Chantix gives them nightmares ...My doctor gave me a prescription for Wellbutrin,and that works ..

      Susan




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      Angelcart wrote May 29, 2009
    • Wellbutrin is what helped a friend quit smoking.  He said he couldn’t have done it without it.




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      Susan Dahringer wrote May 29, 2009
    • I have tried patches but the adhesive gave me a really bad rash...




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      Mzd3 wrote May 29, 2009
    • I smoked from age 14 til 30. I quit over 10 yrs ago, cold turkey. I wish I would have had something like Wellbutrin back then to help. I still crave them when I smell them, and will bum one off a friend once in a blue moon.




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      June64 wrote May 29, 2009
    • I quit smoking 24 years ago cold turkey.  I remember it being strange not smoking at times when I normally would.  I had to find something else for my hands to do. It is said reformed smokers are the worst and I am true testiment to that.  I can’t stand the smell.  But when I smoked I didn’t realize that my smoking made everything stink, even the gifts I gave to people smelled.  

      Just think of all the money you will save if you quit.  If you are a competive person then try turning it into a game with your spouse.

      I took a speech class a few years back and I did a perswasive speech on why you should quit smoking.  I compaired the US warning lables vs the Canada warning lables.  In Canada they print gross pictures on their cigerette packs showing why you shouldn’t smoke.  Seeing those pictures made me happy that I quit.  

      Maybe you should search cigerette smoking gross pictures.  You will see infective tongues, lungs, etc.

      For your sake, I hope you can be strong enough to quit.  If you quit, your family will soon follow.  Here’s an idea, not only quit for yourself, but tell your family that you are guitting for them and you need all the help you can get.  Now it will be up to them to be considerate around you.  

      I hope this helps.  I wish you all the luck and I know you have it in your power to do this because you are Fabulous ....




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