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Quit 218 days ago
I truly enjoy smoking and find it very hard to give up. It helps me deal with stress and gives me a break in my day when I really need it. It helps me collect my thoughts and be more productive. However, I also smoke out of boredom when watching TV or on the computer. I know I have to quit but a part of me doesn't want to. I'm scared on some level that once I quit, I'll be diagnosed with multiple health problems I don't have now but I know will definitely have if I don't quit. It's a hard psychological game going on in my head but the biggest block I have is that I have to do this for myself and not because others want me to. If I don't do it for myself, I don't think I'll succeed. I have quit before (cold turkey for 4 years) but once I was in a different environment around others who were smoking I went right back to it. I've tried quitting or thought about quitting many, many times since then but have never really put the effort into doing it. Now, at age 50, I have to seriously mentally and physically work at quitting if I want to continue living a relatively healthy life. I'm scared, nervous and anxious about quitting but I have to do this for myself. I owe it to myself.
Last reply: December 11, 2019 @ 6:08 pm
  • Nitrogen
    Quit 279 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 1:00 am
    If you haven't you should go onto amazon or somewhere and order "the easy way to quit smoking" by Allen Carr. When you start with I truly enjoy smoking I know you haven't read the book.. I know where you are mentally we were all there not long ago.I'm on Day 35 and won't look back.
    • j
      Quit 900 days ago
      December 10, 2019 @ 4:05 pm
      Hey Nitrogen, I still have not read it, and I'm wondering now if that is what is missing in my quit.
      • Nitrogen
        Quit 279 days ago
        December 10, 2019 @ 11:11 pm
        If you're still struggling with it.. I'll mail you a copy of it. It's truly life changing. It deals with the psychological addictions we have to it and why. Some people have quit just by reading the book. Not me, I needed to read the book and then go onto zyban. That worked, But !!! after 3 weeks I don't experience what I'm seeing on the forum.."Oh I so miss it, I.m struggling after 3 weeks etc.."| I don't experience any of that and I think it must have been the book..
    • C
      Quit 7 days ago
      December 11, 2019 @ 12:42 am
      Exact suggestion I was going to make nitro
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,617 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 6:05 am
    Phang, I quit after 45 years of smoking at the age of 64 so believe me when I say it is possible for you to do it as well.  I use to talk myself into thinking that what would I do if I didn't have that cigarette to fall back on when I was bored, stressed or anxious, when I woke up first thing in the morning and went to bed last thing at night, when I talked on the phone or had tea or coffee?  I was scared of leaving this addiction behind.   In 2006 my youngest son had passed away from cancer, neither he, my husband or my eldest son had ever smoked,but I did.  Does that tell you something? It took me another 10 years before I realized the harm I was doing to myself and my family, so then and there as a tribute to my youngest son I made a promise to quit.  I found this forum one day and it was the best place for support and encouragement. I am now almost into my fourth year quit and I have no desire to ever pick up a cigarette again.  I'm not trying to tell you this story to bully you to quit, I'm telling you because life is too short for you to ruin your health by smoking.  Cigarettes aren't stress relievers, they are the cause of much of it and you'll always have stress in your life no matter wether you smoke or not.  You say you'll be trying to quit in 23 days,  take that time to cut down on the amount you smoke to prepare for your quit.  Read some of the posts for ideas and tips on how to do it.  You have to really want to do this for yourself or it won't work.  Instead of saying I don't think I will succeed, say  "I WILL SUCCEED", positive thoughts lead to positive results.  Negative ones don't work.  Give the quit coaches a call at 1-877-455-2233 for one on one counselling and support. The call and service is free and you won't regret it.  I won't wish you good luck because luck has nothing to do with it, but I will wish you all the best for a successful quit.  If I can do it, so can you.  You've done it before, you can certainly do it again.  Hugs, Lucille. 
  • C
    Carole Doherty
    Quit 262 days ago
    December 10, 2019 @ 10:12 am
    Wow you did it previously for 4 years (and cold turkey yet!) That is awesome. Stay positive and yes, do this for yourself as you deserve it!
  • QuitCoach Linda
    Quit 5,673 days ago
    December 11, 2019 @ 6:08 pm
    Phang, you are on your way to a healthier lifestyle and a "healthier you". Your decision to quit will bring positive changes in your life. You have quit before for 4 years, so it shows that you have the skills and what it takes to do this again.
    As we know, the road to a smoke-free life won't be easy but it's worth it. You are doing this for you and you seem well prepared and motivated to reach your goal. We believe that you can succeed!