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Quit 11 days ago
Today is my quit day for the umpteenth time. I don't feel very confident as I have failed so many times. Tomorrow I go to the hospital for a  blood flow test as my left leg artery has a blockageI due to smoking. also have COPD, angina regularaly  with an 11 times greater chance of heart attacks. I am diabetitic. Loads of reasons to quit. I now smoke 60 cigs a day.My hardest  time is when I get up in the morning. I panic. Any tips would be welcome as I am hard core, hard nut to crack.........Paul
Last reply: September 13, 2019 @ 4:45 pm
  • l
    Quit 175 days ago
    September 11, 2019 @ 5:45 pm
    I have found changing my routine has helped a bit. So in the morning I do things differently, and I don’t sit in the same seat I would smoke. I cleaned and ozonated my car, as I smoked in it. The car is the hardest for me, so I have mints and stuff the suck on while I am driving to help. 
    Take one day at a time, you can do this!
  • Cbythesea
    Quit 461 days ago
    September 11, 2019 @ 8:19 pm
    Hi Paul,
    You and I are cut of the same cloth! And the only thing that worked for me is this. I am not going to set fire to anything I have in my mouth, I just am not. I am still addicted to nicotine, I recently went from 2mg nicotine gum to 1mg lozange. I read on this forum a post where a doctor said that addicted people don't use enough NRT, and don't use it for long enough and that is why they fail. When I came face to face to the addiction, I was so angry I could have spat! But now, I don't care what it takes, I am not smoking anymore is all. When I told a friend about that, my son was within earshot and he turned around and gave me 2 thumbs up and his face melted my heart! It matters to the one who loves us, and that keeps me going.
    So get back to your quit. Chew as many gums or suck on as many lozanges it takes and wear as many patches as you need. Just don't suck on anything burning is all. It is no fun, and your head will tell you all kinds of lies like: Well I am so far gone it won't make a difference. Or, I am half dead as it is so who cares? Mine was I won't be able to smoke long anyway, so what is the difference? Don't listen, that is all lies! It makes a difference and I for one care about you, and you are not too far gone. You and I will always miss "the smoke", what it meant to us and all that. Well, tough! We can get used to it no?
    You have what it takes and you know this is hard. I will keep you in my prayers. Much love to you my friend, we are rowing the same canoe.
  • JustAlbert
    Quit 240 days ago
    September 11, 2019 @ 11:48 pm
    Dude 60 cigs a day?! How 😳
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,450 days ago
    September 12, 2019 @ 6:28 am
    Paul, you've been struggling a long time and not once have you given up on your quit.  That in itself takes a lot of courage and if you can take that and apply it to your quit you have an excellent chance of leaving this addiction behind and reaching freedom.  You have also have a  chance of improving your health and helping yourself heal in the process.  It's always difficult but doable.  You just have to convince yourself that you're worth it and that time stands still for no one. You have to take the nicodemon by the horns and tell him that you no longer need him nor want his banter about convincing you to smoke.  You are the only one who can take control and I for one have faith that you can do this.  Confidence comes from deep within a person, you just have to reach for it and stay positive otherwise you're setting yourself up for disappointment and we are all here to help you in any way we can to avoid that.  Read Allen Carr's "Easy Way To Quit Smoking" to understand why you smoke and what to do about it. Please once again, give the quit coaches a call at 1-877-455-2233 for help and encouragement.  I know you can do this.  Wishing you well and hoping for the best with your quit and your test. Hugs, Lucille.
  • Mr. Roberts
    Quit 5 days ago
    September 12, 2019 @ 7:21 am
    Tic tacs, i suck on one every time I crave a smoke.  Low in calories and help me get past the nick fit.  Biggest thing I think is if you have time to smoke that many in one day, you arcan going to need to stay busy doing things with your hands and occupying your mind with lots of distractions.  Get as much help as you can, see a doctor about help with quitting and have the quit coaches number on hand at all times, if you feel the need call the number at least for the first little while.  I have faith in you, and you can do this.  Be strong and Ben positive, it will happen.  Lots of good advice here to read through too, I find it helps a lot to read and post on here a lot.  
  • j
    Quit 733 days ago
    September 13, 2019 @ 4:45 pm
    I suck on the sugarless werthers, and some days it takes all day but it gets me through.  Keep trying.