Im so ready to quit smoking, ive been sick for 4 days now went to the doctor yesterday. I have Pneumonia and bronchitis she put me on antibiotic im coughing like crazy and it hurts so bad, what did I do come and smoked a cigarette, any suggestions, my kids are older but they beg me to quit but I just keep on.View Thread
I completely agree. I was told the same by my doctor, since I only smoked 3 or 4 sticks. he told me it was...
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I completely agree. I was told the same by my doctor, since I only smoked 3 or 4 sticks. he told me it was easier for me to quit as I only smoke because I feel lonely, stressed, but otherwise I dont need a smoke even after 20 hours. so its true...its not nicotine addiction per se...Today is my third day of no smoking...i still feel the pull of the habit but it will go away soon i hopeView Thread
I quit smoking while in the hospital on Dec 10. I did have almost a carton of cigarets at home. I was using the patches while in the hospital and continued to use them at home. I was diagnosed with colon cancer in the hospital and had 8" of my small intestines removed so that was my main encouragement to quit smoking. I asked repeatedly while in the hospital to get a cessation program started and even though they kept telling me someone would be around to go over a program no one ever did I did very well when returning home, except last Friday I decided I was going to go out and went to a local bar with a friend. I had a few beers and ended up trying a cigarette which lead to smoking almost a whole pack (I did leave my patch off most of that day and night as I was thinking I would want to try a cigarette). I do feel terrible about losing all of the positive steps I made but I also was noticing very negative things while not smoking such as many foods tasted terrible (was on water only diet in hospital for 9 days though) and I have always LOVED coffee and noticed it tasted terrible when I got out. I do want to quit and have started using the patches again. I do feel that involvement with a support group would be key to success this time though. I live alone and think that these thoughts about getting out without having the support was my downfall this time.View Thread
I'm 54 and smoked heavy for 40 years although I was always very active and jog so i didn't really have health issues. I quit a few days before new years eve after trying an e-cig. I went through different e-cigs to find one right for me and have had no desire to grab for a real cigarette. But I feel like crap! I have less energy, can't breath, and having a hard time falling asleep. I don't like that I feel like a smoker now when over 40 years I felt fine. I really don't want a cigarette but this new me sucks!View Thread
Hello, I have been smoking for 20 years, at the age of 35 years because my late boss used to be a chain...
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Hello, I have been smoking for 20 years, at the age of 35 years because my late boss used to be a chain smoker and I used to inhale and suddenly one day I had a craving and I tried, and then it took off. I started with 10 cigs - up to 15 during the years and now since a year now, I am on 3 to 4 cigarettes a day. Few details below: - I want to quit because for our sect, smoking by women is seen as a taboo and not accepted by society, so I cant share this - when I visit my son, I have to lie and hide which frustrates me. I would like to visit him without having the need of thinking continuously where can I smoke - I smoke because sometimes I feel lonely and tired and bored. - I dont smoke at work so from 8 am to 6 pm, i am not smoking and dont feel the urge unless I am home - and check this, I only smoke in the bathroom. so when I go to take a shower in the evening, I have to have a cigarrette - only during my morning shower, I can resist, go to to work without smoking and not feel anything but once I am home, I have to have it - The doctor tells me I am addicted psychologically. I am not addicted per se - I want to stop smoking but will I be able to tolerate?
I am visiting my son soon and I want to go smoke free and be proud of myself. I am actually envying myself when i was not smoking and wondered why did I take up this habit? what if I cant quit?
I am preparing to quit. I have taken Chantix before and it seemed to help a lot. I think cigarettes are the...
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I am preparing to quit. I have taken Chantix before and it seemed to help a lot. I think cigarettes are the same as drugs, I really cant be hanging around with people that smoke, I had actually quit for a few months and started hanging around with someone that smoked, first it was " can I have a drag of your cigarette, within a week it was a few cigarettes, by the end of the first week I had bought a pack thinking I could smoke them once in a while. That of course wasn't the case at all..I picked a date already. Jan 2, 2014, my husband is also quitting on that day. I am going to use all the resources available to me. Chantix has a daily email thing that was helpful. Anyway wish me luck.. oh did I mention I was diagnosed with COPD... that's one reason and I can think of a hundred more.. AdiosView Thread
Hello, So I need to take a nicotine test for a life insurance policy. I smoked a Black 'N Mild cigar 5 days...
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So I need to take a nicotine test for a life insurance policy. I smoked a Black 'N Mild cigar 5 days before the test will be conducted. First question, will the insurance company test for Nicotine or cotnine?
Also, I have been drinking a lot of water (1-2 gal each day) for five days. Also, I have been eating foods rich with antioxidants. Should I pass this test?
I am NOT a regular smoker. I probably have not smoked more than 10 cigars in my life.
I was considering taking Chantix to help quit smoking. Is there anyone taking it that can give me some insight on how good it is, or another comperable medication to help me quit smoking?? Thanks!View Thread
So I'm trying to get a job as an ED tech but the hospital requires I pass a drug and nicotine test. Drugs are no problem I'm straight. However, nicotine is a scratchy situation. I smoke a pipe rather regularly; I don't always inhale but sometimes I do. Anyway, how long in advance do I need to quit one of my favorite hobbies? Also, the tests are blood and urine.View Thread
OK trying to convince myself to try although I'm not sure I really want to and a little annoyed at all the stop smoking commercials that make me go out to have one... Any one have any advice on how i can convince myself that I should? I currently can only say i hate the money i spend and the way people look down on the EVIL smokers! Which franky annoys me and have another. I dont like that i rely on them but i really hate all this you should quit smoking bs just makes me want one more.View Thread
I run a program for teens 16-18. A young man of 17 wants his mother to purchase nicotine patches for him and provide these patches to our medical staff (not physicians) to distribute to him. Medical staff reports that this is against the law. I am searching for a second opinion or a referral to the law. Thanks for any help you can provide.View Thread
I have quit before but this time I'm having more trouble getting inspired. My problem is fear of not keeping up with coping techniques. Occasional stress and big anxiety problems have been coped with by smoking for some years now. I like the idea of this community and hope there are a few people just starting and we can give each other a boost to keep going when other things aren't working. I plan to quit tonight, Sept. 1st, and I DON'T want to wake up tomorrow changing my mind. I'm sick of the cough, sore throat, and sinus inflammation. I can't smell my cooking, which I love to do, and I'm sick of being tired. Also the felling of lack of self confidence from not seeing it through. Anyone just starting the quit? I'm going to keep quitting material for reading handy, and this tablet for checking on our exchange. Good luck to us and I hope you'll join me. A little extra physical activity is going to be a part here too,which I hope will blossom into a new hobby. TraceyView Thread
I was having trouble breathing and kept ignoring it. I thought it was most likely copd, but I was wrong ! I finally went to the dr. When I could hardly walk without gasping for breath, I was sent to the ER from there and admitted to the hospital with multiple blood clots in both lungs. Do Not mess around if you have breathing problems , swelling or anything unusual , it could be very serious. COPD is also very serious. Get help immediately!! As for smoking, I have been a smoker got 36 years, I have tried to quit many times using various methods. Even with the blood clots, I have been smoking, a few here and there. I keep thinking about going to get a pack, but I haven't. My good friend , who quit smoking because of copd , keeps telling me it's all in the mind and you really have to want to quit. I know she is right, but I feel like I do really want to quit , I cave in to stress and bad situations. I get severe anxiety and can think of nothing else but smoking. (Can anyone else relate?) I can say I truly do not like to smoke! I feel that it calms me down . I also have people that can vouch for me that when I quit, I get very depressed. I want to succeed at staying a non smoker , especially now with my current issues. I just don't know what to do, what it would take for me to quit for good. I cannot keep on this wayðŸ˜”View Thread
I have stopped and started smoking about 4 times in my life. The last two or three times I have been getting these symptoms that I have never heard of in anyone else. At first it was just these episodes of heavy breathing that I couldn't control. They would last about 30- 60 seconds and at the end i had heavy ringing in my ears and a dizziness that would last about another 30- 60 seconds. Now though it has progressed to the point where I pass out after the heavy breathing. I start breathing heavy but it seems that I cant get enough air in my lungs then I become dizzy and finally pass out. this whole episode lasts maybe 30 to 90 seconds. I can't find any citations of this kind of withdrawal symptoms, but I feel like I couldn't be the only one that this happens to. How about you has anyone else had this type of withdrawal or have you seen it in someone else?View Thread
I have to take a blood test to prove I'm nicotine/cotinine free before my insurance will approve my surgery. I'm out of work because of the injury (2 pinched discs). I haven't had a cigarette in 12 days...will I be able to pass the blood test? I feel this is insurance ccompanies way to force people to quit. I understand the health reasons, but I'm being refused my god nd country given right to work nd provide for my children because I'm a smoker.View Thread
I have a college friend that just started smoking hookah only 2 times in the last 2 months, but I worry for their safety because I'm not sure if or when they will do it again. I've been reading online that smoking hookah isn't as harmful, but other reviews stated that it is. I'm confused and I don't want to be worrying about my friends health when they quit smoking or if they don't. If I can also get a description of the process.Please give me your true honest professional opinionView Thread
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