I am brand new to this site and really want to stop smoking after being a smoker for over 50 years, what is my first step.
I too smoked for 50 years. I Quit 20 years ago. A quit plan can be complicated.
Folks here will have many suggestions. Keep in touch and use what you are comfortable with.
You can do this! In the end you will win.
Good morning! I'm so glad you found this site. Finding a supportive group to help you through your quit journey is your #1 best way to start. I spend time here every day and take the pledge every day. It helps me keep focus on why I am quitting.
The second peice of good advice (which I got here), is have a written quit plan. Write down your reasons to quit. Write down your triggers to smoke and write down your plan to handle the urges. For example, I used to smoke in my car. I made a point to have gum in my car for when the cravings hit.
Joining this site is a wonderful start...read Allan Carr’s book “the EASYWAY to quit smoking” educate educate educate yourself and pick a quit date and go for it....I’m a 46 year smoker myself...oops ex smoker!!!! You can do it. Blessings
and belief, that we are all here as non smokers, to offer our advice, compassion, education and support....
the rest is up to you.....and you know as well as I .....you can stop smoking.
We believe in you.
it's your turn to believe in us.....
Miles of Smiles
Welcome to the community you've made the best decision that you'll ever make in your lifetime and it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE please read everything you can because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free and we're all here to help you in any way we can.....
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s ngarfield11718 ... I came here and read and did the work at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX ... I set a quit date and I made the plan for me...I prepared for that quit date like no other...the night before my quit date, I threw all my smoking paraphernalia away...I decided it was time to no longer think I was losing something, but gaining so much with quitting smoking...I educated myself on everything about addiction...I came here and got help and I encouraged others on this journey...and lastly, I took the pledge here everyday that I wouldn’t smoke...this journey takes preparation, knowledge and hard work...it is doable along with this support group...Happy Wednesday...~ Colleen 385 DOF
Also, keep busy here is a list to help 100 Things to do instead of smoking!
Welcome to the EX Community, Quitting smoking is doable if you make quitting smoking your number one priority and make up your mind that you can. Relearning your thinking that you do not have to smoke or vape is a good beginning. Make a commitment never ever take another puff. NOPE. Take smoking off the table as an option and do something different. 101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke SINAO smoking is not an option. That is NOPE concept, not one puff ever. It is not by will power but your willingness to let it go forever. Quitting is the easy part. Staying quit takes work. Learning to protect your quit will keep on your journey forever freedom.
Education is the key to successfully quit. Read, Study, Blog and be willing to do the work. With the help of the EX Community, you can have a forever quit. Start by educating yourself about the addiction to nicotine. Know the LAW! For suggestions on how to go about quitting Go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX and review the videos and learn more about your triggers and how to prepare when the urges come. Figure out how you are going to do it. You are the one to decide. I was advised to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Another good site to get info that was very helpful to me is www.whyquit.com. There are several articles to read. Nicotine 101 and FreedomFrom Nicotine My Journey Home. To get help on navigating this site go to. Community HelpThis journey is one day at a time. Never give up, never give in. Hang tough Stay Close.
Welcome to our community!
The 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. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read. It made a world of difference in how I viewed smoking, and I credit the knowledge gained from it in large part for my success.
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, quitsmoking.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. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
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 after you have tried to delay and distract. 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. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four 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, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
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: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke
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!
Welcome. You have come to the right place. I smoked for 52 years. I tried to quit many times. I was not successful until I found this site. I used 2 forms of nicotine replacement, patches and gum. It has been 6 years. It takes a while to get to a good place but when you do it is absolutely life-changing and wonderful. If I could do it, you can too.
Everyone is offering up excellent advice.
Remember, you are not alone! We are all here, and we have all been where you are.
I smoked for about 30 years, and decided enough was enough.
Determination was my key, pledging, and after I pledged, I was true to my word, so pledging saved me.
Stick around, read, ask questions, if you are struggling, please cry out for us to help, we can help you through the rough spots.
You will get great advice on this site. The only advice I will offer is pretty simple..... When you quit, that's it. It's your decision. Don't delay the next cigarette hoping the craving will go away someday. That doesn't work.
I smoked for 43 years and gave them up 70 days ago and never looked back. I have seen people struggle hard with quitting, while I seem to be breezing through it. The only difference I can explain is that I made a decision to quit and when I make a decision I own it.
Best of luck!
You've already gotten great advice, just want to add my welcome to the Ex.
Pick an important date such as birthday or anniversary, start 10 wk patch program , keep lollipops and write your WHY and keep with you You can do it,. Think of your health .
Knowledge is powerful. You're going to be tested every day and often at the beginning. The mental and physical discomfort is real and the cravings can be very strong. Resist! Each time you resist the length of time between expands and the strength of the crave is reduced. Prepare yourself mentally, in my case I know that one smoke would be a great treat, I also know that the pleasure is fleeting and I will want another soon after. If you want to succeed you can NEVER SMOKE A SINGLE STINKING CIGARETTE.
I'm guessing we're around the same age. Read how many people here have quit because of a major health problem. If you're not one of them yet you're looking at it. I know that I was. I think I can say COPD, heart attack and all the other things are significantly less likely. I feel good about myself, you can too. Good luck and keep at it. Everyone here went through the miserable days and it's still hard today.
There is lots of good advice here for you to think about. I'm now reading the Easy Way To Quit Smoking book now. It's interesting but it keeps my mind on the fact that I've quit ( 26 Days). I'm relying on the fact that a Nic Fit lasts only as long as a few minutes. Writing here helps me. I'm about to take a long walk in 20 degree temps, but I won't be smoking. I have been amazed that the withdrawal symptoms have been remarkably absent. I just decided to quit on the 20th of October and did it. Realize that you and I are ADDICTS, and we need to distance ourselves from those crummy life robbing cigarettes--thank you so much tobacco companies. By the way, it's harder for us because cigarette nicotine has increased since we started smoking.
If you want to write back, at any time, I'm here and ready to help--I hope you'll help me as well. This, WE CAN DO!"
Haven't been quite 24 hrs. yet but so far so good, that taking a walk sounds like something that could help, thanks Sent from my Metro By T-Mobile 4G LTE Android Device
Yes, a few nasty minutes of bad scent and harmful fumes that affect our organs . I think of that when I get a craving still almost 3 yrs later . Stress is a trigger . Struggle is real but a support community like this is awesome!!! I also remember of how far I’ve come and am proud I can say I made it another day, week, month, year.... NOPE
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