Is it to late to quit?
Absolutely not! It's never to late to quit ! You have also found a great group for support as well! Hope to see you here often!
By the way, I did it for 43 years! I am now counting down to a full one year quit! Solid!
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davey68, regardless of how long you have smoked, it is never to late to quit. It is the best gift you can give yourself and there are no age requirements. You will need a commitment and openness to change. Stay close to this site. I am sure the Elders will be around any minute to offer you help and guidance. Congratulations on seeking help to quit smoking.
Welcome to our community!
Nope - never too late to quit. The health benefits would have been greater had you quit sooner, but you will STILL benefit: The Good News About Quitting Smoking.
The most important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmokingonline.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested in My Quit Plan http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T.
You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
You won't regret quitting and it's not too late. Read everything you can find about nicotine addiction and quitting. You have to learn how to quit. You need knowledge and support.
How to Quit Smoking for Good
It is never too late to quit. Congratulations on making the decision. I suggest to have better success is to educate yourself about nicotine addiction. There will be material advised for you to read. It is great to arm yourself with as mucdh information as possible. On that note. I suggest you read two articles on nicotine. They can be located on www.whyquit.com Journey to Freedom Home and Nicotine 101
Welcome to EX, you have gotten some really good advice already. Please know that there are others here who smoked for 50 years or more, I smoked for 47 and I wish, with all of my heart, that I had quit a long time ago but I cannot go backwards, I can only go forwards. I have COPD and had both of my upper lobes of my lungs removed because of the damage from smoking. I could not have had that surgery if I had not been quit for at least a year. I am on oxygen at night but I work out, I eat, probably healthier than I ever have, and I do what I can to take care of myself. I cannot say that it is never too late to quit because the damage I did shows that there is a sort of cut off point...the chances are very high that I will die of a smoking related illness BUT I will not be laying in bed in an ICU craving a cigarette. I will NOT be doing everything I can to continue to do damage...I will work on taking care of myself and relearning how to deal with experiences one at a time. I have been smoke free for over four years now and this site, education, and commitment have helped me every step of the way. I suggest that you follow all of the advice above and that you read a blog written by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 some time ago...a blog that I read over and over again...What To Expect In The First Four Months Remember that quitting is NOT an event, it is a journey, one step at a time, one day at a time...you CAN do this, set your date, make your commitment, and know that you are doing the right thing. I said NOPE over and over again...Not One Puff Ever...this is an addiction and one puff even after a long period of abstinence puts you right back where you started...day one. Make your day one a day won!
Of course not or I wouldn't be here. 50 years for me also and I have been a non-smoker for 90 days today.
Congratulations on 90 days Barbscloud
It's NEVER too late!!...............................Here WE are, and here YOU GO!
Miles of Smiles................
Again, it's never too late. Stick to your plan & spend a lot of time here. You'll get this.
Keep on keepin on,
If you've decided to quit then go for it.
I smoke 63 years and today I have 744 days of freedom. I was losing my voice - thought for sure I had throat cancer. After only 3 days my voice started to come back. Today I could outscream anyone I bet.
Hey - I hope you get some improvement quickly like I did.
It works and stay close to EX.
Too late for what? Breathing better? Smelling sweeter? Coughing less? Having more money in your pocket? Having your taste buds come back to life? Smelling scents you didn't know were all around you? Too late to stop burning holes in your clothes? Missing out on precious time because you're out tending to your desperate need? Too late be free from the addiction?
NO! It's not too late. The child in you will say "Welcome home." Love After Love
I was close to 50 years smoking, (I honestly don't remember my age when I started), and I can verify as above... NO, IT IS NOT TOO LATE to enjoy benefits from quitting!! You might not get "everything" back (I have COPD), you may not have dodged the cancer or heart disease bullets, but your life will improve immensely when you aren't trying to cram it into the moments between cigarettes!!
I was diagnosed with lung cancer 3 1/2 years after I quit, and my first thought was "Boy I'm glad I won't have to go through whatever lies ahead while scheming to go get a fix!!!" . It ended up not so bad for treatment since I caught it early (GET YOUR LOW-DOSE CT SCAN FOR CANCER SCREENING!!) , but you get the idea. Rushing out of a long chemo session to smoke? NOT FOR ME! (I didn't need chemo, but there's the picture).
In the meantime, you can smell the roses, and claim your life back to spend with family & loved ones instead of with cigarettes. True story: I adore the smell of new-mown grass. So much so that every time hubs mowed, I'd be out on the patio in my "smoking spot" to appreciate it... and immediately light up and spread the stink around the place!! Un be lievable!! Now he and I can enjoy it together without the taint.
No way - it is never too late! I smoked for 40 years and I am so happy I quit! Tomorrow will be my 8 year anniversary - best thing I have ever done! You can do this! This site and the support here will make all the difference - stick around!
As you can see.....most of us smoked for many,many years. Not too many people on here who decided to quit after one year of smoking (sadly). So, as you can see....you are in the company of those who know.......IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO QUIT.
Welcome to EX.....we are all here for each other.
Good for you wanting to quit!! I was a smoker for 47 years, and now on my 2nd day quit. Do lots of reading here and blogging.
i smoked for 45 years .. i think/// anyway .. i felt the same way.. smoking was part of my life... glad thats over with, the smoking that is..... you will have to learn new coping skills though... we used smoking for everything... to relax, to energize, to socialize, to take a time out, to calm down, isnt that crazy .. thinking that little cigarettecould do all that...whoever knew it was an addiction... we are here for you... if you have any questions just holler out!!!!
When is your Quit Date, Davey?
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