Time to Quit For Good

Blog Post created by dwwms on Mar 10, 2017

Well, the last time I was here was back in 2010 - I failed at that attempt and have added another 7 years of smoking. I cannot believe it's been that long. I've been smoking 40 years now. I think I kept putting off trying again because having tried many times before, I was afraid of failure again. I cannot let that or anything else stop me this time.

My quit date is my upcoming 58th birthday - March 22. I'm trying to cover all my bases. Talked with the doctor, he prescribed nicotine lozenges (previous attempts seemed most successful when using nicotine replacement). He also suggested Welbutrin, if needed. My last attempt was with Chantix and that didn't work out well - apparently I'm one of those who have bad feelings / experiences from taking Chantix. I've told friends and family - my wife is very supportive as are friends - it's kind of funny now, seems I'm one of the last ones still smoking. And I'm coming back here because it's nice to have a community of those who are going through the same thing or have been there.

My main impetus for quitting this time is my own health. Year before last, a CT scan of my lungs showed mild signs of emphysema (COPD), so this notion that somehow I could smoke without consequences unraveled. Of course, it was just the nicotine talking to begin with. I take daily walks with my dog of 2 to 3 miles and have noticed over the last several months, I'm getting out of breath easier and easier. I love hiking and cannot imagine not being able to go when I want. Of course, there are other reasons as well (my wife, the expense, the burden of the addiction...)

It's nice to know I have a place to go for support cause I know the going is gonna get tough. Not only the community but the wealth or resources found on this site. Thanks.