Monkus: Yes I do feel much better. I have battled high blood pressure for years also and it has now been normal for the past 6 months. I don't stink of smoke anymore, clothes, hair and my home. I still miss it at times, especially in the morning with my coffee and after a meal but have stayed strong for my health and it is 10 months to-day for me so I hope and pray that I never go back. It's tough but doable - just have to remember N.O.P.E.(not one puff ever) Good Luck to all that is going through this journey.View Thread
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. I quit on the 29th of March and have been smoke free now for almost 9 months. I had been a smoker for 48 years (pack a day) and came down with a serious lung infection last year at Christmas time and it spoiled my holidays and scared the heebie jeebies out of me and the doctors told me 'I had to quit smoking'. For 3 months I tried accupuncture, Zyban, cold turkey and I thought I could never do it. My final attempt was with the patch and I did the 10-week program - it wasn't easy - hardest thing I ever did but I did it and if I can so can you. Get some support with a group or a counsellor, stay busy and just remember N.O.P.E.(not one puff ever). Good luck and if you need anymore support I will try to help.View Thread
Bud452752 - First of all - Congratulations on trying to quit smoking - I quit almost 6 months ago with the patch and I found it quite successful. I had tried almost everything in the past so the patch was my last hope. I had been a smoker for 50 years so I'm really proud of myself that I was able to quit. Mind you it wasn't easy andI still get the odd day that I get cravings but I have been able to work through them and each day gets easier. Some coping skills that I used were - chewing sugar-free gum, drinking ice cold water through a straw, going for a short walk, joined a support group, talked to support workers on the help lines. It's doable - just remember N.O.P.E (not one puff ever) Good Luck and please keep in touch - View Thread
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