I asked my doctor to help me decide the best way to quit smoking for surgery. I used the patch for about 3 months and other guys say gum helps too.
- Ask for directions!
- Working it out!
I started doing more exercise and along with shoveling snow, I began to get stronger. The more active I am, the less I feel like smoking.
- Now I can do it!
I made the decision to cut down a little bit each day. I went from 1 pack a day to 1 pack every 3 days. I felt so good about this, I decided to go all the way and quit before my surgery.
- I'm the boss
I have been trying all my life to quit smoking. But this year, I told myself I need to be in good shape to be ready for surgery. I made up my mind that I’m the boss, not the cigarette. That was it, I just quit cold turkey.
- Family matters!
After surgery, I thought, you know, the surgeon has done his job, now it’s my turn. I need to do what needs to be done to heal properly and get back on my feet again. My family are depending on me, so I called QuitNow and they gave me tips to keep from smoking while I was recovering.
- Quitting is tough...
I wasn’t scared of having surgery, but it is not something a guy has everyday. So just thinking about this made it hard to stop smoking before surgery. Having my friends and family behind me helped a lot.