I'll be giving up the smokes tomorrow long time smoker here they found a spot on my lungs so I must quit...
Welcome to the community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. It is one you will never regret! Be sure to get rid of all cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays to get ready for tomorrow. Read all you can today and use it as a great distraction and crave buster going forward.
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 easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. 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, 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) it maintains the addiction to nicotine, and 4) they are proving to be unsafe.
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!
I'm glad you are here and very happy you are quitting smoking .
Others here including myself quit because of health concerns or scares . Quitting is the best thing you can do for yourself .
I hope you will post , write , and share , as doing those things can be such a helpful tool for yourself and others . However I understand if you prefer just reading . You will find what works for you .
We are here to help , support and share (as we feel comfortable with ) some of our own quit stories as well .
We all journey on this new and smoke free path together . Together to quit , to stay quit , or to pay it forward . It's an all in one . It's community , a great ex smokers community . Not a butt on the street and totally fresh air . Welcome to the new world . Welcome tomorrow with open arms . I know you might feel nervous but I can tell you without a doubt being smoke free is awesome . Looking back I know I struggled but it was worth every bit of it and I'm so happy to be free of an addiction that when I began smoking I never thought it would be . It might take some really hard work or maybe just a little ; we are all different but you can do this . It's worth the effort . We will all walk with you .
Please pay attention to what Youngatheart.7.4.12 has said and remember that quitting is one day at a time and you cannot speed it up, there are no shortcuts. You will never regret quitting, it is a gift to yourself and those who love you. Education, support, and your own commitment to yourself not to smoke, no matter what will get you through and it does get easier as time passes.
Welcome to EX,
Congratulations on quitting. Great advice above. Just adding my thought.
I also thought I had to quit due health reason While I was in the hospital I was informed of a large growth on my upper right lobe of my lung. After I got out of the hospital I wanted to smoke as I was the type that didn't like the idea of having to do anything. I told my pulmonologist how I felt on my first visit. His response was simply put He said "I had a choice and he had some patient that have chosen to continue to smoke He continued that they end up on oxygen tanks or cancer etc... quicker then those that chose to quit. I have a choice of what type of life I want to live and how long. Once I accepted the fact that I did have a choice Quitting became some what easier
Quitting is so worth it
Carl 1,300 Days smoke free
Hello and Welcome to Ex’s vdaveyboy You received great advice above me from Nancy Youngatheart.7.4.12 and others...be sure to keep close to here especially in the early days. We are here for you...Happy Friday, Make Tomorrow’s Day 1 ... Day Won...~ Colleen 452 DOF
Welcome to the Ex and congrats on your decision to quit. Follow the advice give. Understanding nicotine addiction and having a quit plan has led to success for many. Stay close to the site and reach out if you need help. We're here for you. Happy to be celebrating your quit day tomorrow.
I also want to welcome you to the Ex vdaveyboy and wish that I didn't wait until health issues arose before I stepped away from my 61 years-long addiction. Are there rough spots? Yes! But what makes it so much easier is the support offered here at the Ex. I am fairly new to the site, but quickly learned that the folks here care about and support one another. I find my days go much easier when I get onto the site, read and respond to the posts, and take/give help. Please stay in touch~ Suzy
Welcome and congrats on your decision to quit. This site is wonderful, the perfect place to go if you feel you are struggling. Glad you are here.
One day at at time you can make your quit work.
Happy quit day! Stay close.
HAPPY QUIT DAY vdaveyboy !!
Got a day WON? Good for you.
One day gone without a smoke and thanks for the kind comments .
On to Day TWO, then THREE, then FOUR, then...........on to the end of H#ll Week!
What wonderful news vdaveyboy *** TWO *** DAYS*** CIGARETTE-FREE ***
So happy for you~
WAY TO GO
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