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Just wanted to share my quitting story. It’s a pretty simple one. Like a lot of smokers, I really wanted to quit for a long time. One Xmas, I got a bad flu, and was bed ridden for several days. I took this opportunity to quit, once and for all. After a few days, I got better, and I realized my cravings had subsided considerably. I never looked back after that. Nicotine replacements didn’t work well for me—I had to hate the habit so much to be successful, and I guess getting an opportunity to quit helped.
I still consider myself a smoker but I haven’t had one in years – one slip and I know I’ll be right back to two packs a day! I too was a slave to the habit – I couldn’t do anything without a cigarette in my hand or knowing I’d have enough to get through the evening and morning without running short. It took me five serious attempts including hypnotism, the patch, gum, pills and each worked until I had one – then I was hooked again. I’m so proud of myself for having quit for good (I say cautiously) I feel great, I’m freer and healthier than when I was a smoker – I consider quitting one of the biggest accomplishments of my life.
Like most, I’ve had many failed attempts at dropping my pack-a-day habit. I’m proud to say I’m now smoke free for 15 years. It wasn’t easy and took an arsenal of techniques but worth it! I wanted to quit but it was a bad case of the flu that kick-started it for me. After a week of being physically unable to pull the smoke down while sick in bed, the cravings started to subside slightly. I limited exposure to triggers like coffee, alcohol and going to bars for the better part of a month and started going to the gym. I also bought a tin of chewing tobacco which i carried with me at all times for 3 months. It was a crutch. I had it on me in case the cravings were severe, it would be my cheat. But it was so disgusting that the thought of using it was usually enough to overrule the cravings long enough for them to subside. In 3 months, I may have gone through a total of half a tin before being able to leave it behind, but never thrown out. I also put my would-be daily smoke money in a jar and bought myself a big screen TV and gaming system as my reward for hitting the 6 month smoke free mark. It wasn’t easy, but it’s worth it!
It was very difficult to quit. But I found distractions, did my research, and had support from friends and family. I’m very happy that I did it.