I’ve quit and started so many times I just want to be successful this time
NOW is always the best time to stop smoking. Stopping NOW you will not be jumping anxious to smoke even more before or after your surgery. You should be relatively peaceful about it by then.
If you want to be successful -- don't smoke that first one after you have quit. It only leads to another one eventually (and usually in a relatively short period of time after the first puff/cig). We are addicts and the only way not to be drawn back into active addiction once quit is to not smoke. Period.
It's simple (the Law of Addiction). Not always easy, but simple. You can do it too. You can. Choose it! Best Wishes.
.... A PERFECT time to quit!
Not until you understand the addiction. The only reason I say this is because my opinion is, that your success rides on your understanding of how nicotine works in your brain and by having a plan of action ahead of time to combat the craves that will come no matter how you quit,.....be it cold turkey, patches, gum....etc....
The best way to understand is to read read read....on this very site. Read Allen Carrs SHORT book on THE EASYWAY TO QUIT SMOKING. It saved my life.
You have all month before surgery, so I would soak up as much knowledge as you can now.....get some plans in order as to what you will do when those craves come, numbers of people who you can call for support...get a bit more active here. Then quit right before your surgery. You will also have a better recovery
Sure, you can quit right now. Without knowledge...but I feel thats a bad plan. You are going to war. Be prepared. Understand the enemy. You can do this, and beat this but be smart about about.
Thats my best opinion on it...it took me several failures before I did just this. Just trying to save you the pain.
The more you know, the stronger you will be going into your quit. I wish you the very best and I hope we see lots of you!We have your back!
The sooner the better. Welcome to EX. Education is the key to a successful quit.
Go to http://www.becomeanex.org/how-to-quit-smoking.php#thl and get started by reading, watching the videos, learning about your triggers and tracking cigarettes if you are not quitting right now.
Start first, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction. Read: Freedom from Nicotine My Journey Home and Nicotine Addiction 101
Here are the links: http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html and http://whyquit.com/ffn/
I also encourage you to read. Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Easier Way to Quit Smoking”.
Education is key to a successful quit but it's not a silver bullet...you have to COMMIT to a quit. I would say the sooner the better but do the reading JACKIE1-25-15 recommended and make a plan...My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX I tracked cigarettes and I absolutely knew that I did not want to fail again...I had done so countless times. I did not want to disappoint myself or anyone else. Read this blog by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 that I read over and over again when I quit this time...What To Expect In The First Four Months I also recommend two written by Youngatheart.7.4.12 For Our New Years' Quitters (and community members, too) ...the blog itself is great and so are the comments. This one will give you some ideas....101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke The biggest thing to remember and to accept is that smoking does nothing FOR you, it really does not help with stress or pain whether it is physical or emotional, it does not make anything better but it CAN cause inconceivable damage. It will slow any healing from surgery...quitting is not an event, it is a one day at a time journey...one step at a time. We don't grow emotionally as long as we smoke because we stuff our feelings into nicotine. This site will give you support and help that you cannot possibly imagine. You will grow in ways that will make you truly happy.
Welcome to EX...stay close to the site, come here every morning and every evening, blog, read blogs, comment, pay attention to advice, it is offered with love. One day at a time...it starts with education, make a plan, set a date, and stick to it NO MATTER WHAT. My mantra when I came here was NOPE...it stands for Not One Puff Ever. It was easy to remember and each time I said it whether it was quietly or out loud, my commitment got stronger and so did I.
We are here to help you and every single one of us started at the beginning, there are no shortcuts on this journey, "The Only Way Out is Through."
You have to want to quit first. I have found it impossible to quit because I was "supposed to" for some medical procedure. I was already too stressed out. That being said, you have an entire month to educate yourself and prepare for your quit. So start early and don't wait until the end of the month.
Welcome to the community please read everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom, be willing determined and totally committed to succeed in your upcoming quit and you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time but you must believe it so stay close and do the reading to prepare yourself then set up a quit date and when your Day ONE arrives stay close to this site because we're all here to help you in any way we can and at the end of the day you'll be able to look yourself in the mirror and smile and say yay for Day WON with many more to come you can do this quit believe it, you'll come out the anesthesia so much easier and heal so much faster just know that quitting smoking Is absolutely difficult to say the least but very Doable and totally worth it to be Free. Nomiroo
My vote is for today. It's a Holiday and you'll be less likely to sacrifice your special quit day. Plus you need to be as far past withdrawal as you can before the surgery.
Make the Fourth of July your own personal FREEDOM DAY!
I love that idea, Thomas3.20.2010 . What do you think, Nomiroo ? Let us know.
How do I do that I’m not use to this site yet.
Please go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX
All you need is right there for the first day.
You can also watch: Day one quit smoking videos from the whyquit,com folks.
It will keep you busy!!
The answer is ASAP. You want your heart and lung function to be as good as possible prior to surgery.
Every day smoke free will put you in better condition to withstand anesthesia, intubation and the post op healing process.
My advice would be to lay them down right now. Then spend the day reading and educating yourself on nicotine addiction. You owe yourself the best outcome for surgery. That entails quitting ASAP.
I am happy for you. I have been free from smoking for 252 days honestly there is no better time to quit or day but for you this day should be the most important day of your life once you make that decision to quit will be the best time of a long Journey Freedom From Smoking. I remember when I first make the decision after 43 years of been a nicotine addict . I was afraid of failure ashamed of not making it. But I am glad I did my sister had COPD and 2 month ago she left this world she never made it to be free from smoking and she is in heaven now. She used to smoke 2 packs a day. We used to smoke together. So I think this is a good time for you to quit for good. Find help someone to talk about your feelings. This site has been a lot of help for me. In this year I lost first my Mother and then my sister my Mother didn't smoke but she was 95 years old. Good Luck to you. And always remember never take another puff again.
The best time to prepare to quit is today. Stick with ex, read, blog, get to know why and how nicotine addiction can be overcome. Doesn't matter how many times you have tried, now it the time to prepare. Make your plan--what will you do instead of smoke during the first few weeks--whatever it is put it on the list.
Quitting might be tough for a bit, but you can find a good smobriety--one that you make happen.
Support is crucial though--nothing like a great big bunch of quitters to understand where you are coming from. Yep, today is a great day to prepare.
Just quit for 10 minutes and distract your mind with something else while you're quit. Then when you feel like you want to smoke just find something else to do and quit for 10 minutes. Repeat. There's no day like today!!!!
I quit with a medical thing on the horizon as well...and it just keeps getting dragged out. Now I'm four months in and feeling grateful and happy to be an EX! I don't know if you're male or female, I am female, but a friend told me the day before I quit...just man up and do it, stop whining and that helped me a lot. I was like YEAH!!! I'm doing this. You can do it. Struggle is totally optional. Good luck!
122 Days of Freedom!
if you smoke in your house you should stop that and wash all of the curtains, walls and floors before you have surgery. and do not smoke in the house again. you want to come home to a smoke free house. wash all the blankets and deep clean the upholstry and the carpet. and do not smoke in the house. you want to come home to a clean, smoke free home. Read Allan Carr's book. One day at a time. One hour at a time. Congrats, you are doing something very good for yourself. Very very good. Karen 113 days of freedom.
I may have missed what surgery you are having. Something serious?
I quit smoking the day before my heart surgery. (Feb. 23, 2018)
146 days and counting.
I know there are a bazzilion posts on quitting.
But, the nicotine withdrawal is the easier part.
I have spent the last 132 days wanting one. (a cigarette)
Well, pgroce , you have been doing awesome for the past 146 days for not acting on your wanting one. I do hope you are healing well and regaining your strength as each day passes since your surgery in February.
Stay strong! The psychological withdrawal is the harder part, so we have to rethink our behavior patterns.
It's a journey and if you are reading and learning about this addiction, you will get stronger and stronger and you will not want a cigarette because you will accept that they never did anything FOR you. EVER. I suggest that you stay close to the site and read blogs, comment, be as active as you can. Take the Daily Pledge, read everything you can find about this addiction. It IS an addiction and you are in RECOVERY...it is a journey.
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