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Let's Hear Your Quitting Cigarettes Story!

Asked by Aster (19301points) June 23rd, 2010

Did anyone quit smoking with few side effects or does everyone suffer the fires of Hades doing it? I only smoked for a year and , when I quit cold turkey, I cried for no reason once, thought about them for a few weeks then forgot about them. It’s been 22 years.

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’ve only managed to quit once, and after 3 months without cigarettes I was still a cranky, miserable mess. I thought about smoking pretty much nonstop. Of course I ended up smoking again. I’m not sure if this counts. But I had a nearly impossible time giving them up. I’d like to try again soon, though… so I’m curious to hear the responses here.

HGl3ee's avatar

I have never smoked in my life, however my Dad was a smoker for 19 years. On his 40th birthday he threw out all his cigarettes, lighters, rollers, everything and never smoked again. He just turned 49 years this past week and I am so proud of him. It wasn’t easy for him by any means. He coped by having gum, certs and Jolly-ranchers on him at all times to help the cravings. My sister and I also loved the fact he had goodies on him at all times :D The grape jolly ranchers were my favorite and every time I have one now I’m reminded of some very special memories :)

SamIAm's avatar

I was smoking a pack a day, sometimes more for about 5 years… i got really drunk last 4th of july and felt like ass the next morning. didn’t smoke a cigarette after for about 3 weeks and have since, consistently felt gross when smoking one. I do still buy packs every other week or so but ONLY smoke when drinking, and can’t always finish a full smoke because i just feel so dirty after. It’s strange, when i have a craving, it’s easy to fight because i don’t want to make my lungs feel that way, or smell like that after. but fighting the urge is still hard sometimes, but again, only when drinking.

Merriment's avatar

The last time I quit, and please whatever is holy let it be the last time, I waited until the last nanosecond of my deadline to quit before major surgery.

Good news is by the time I was released from the hospital I was over the 72 hour worst of withdrawal…and hurting too damn bad and too damn sick to even want a smoke.

As I recovered there were( and are) times I would kill small furry things for a smoke.

But I know I can’t afford to smoke ever again.

The old body is far less forgiving of insults than the young one.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I’ve been smoking since about 13 and have quit several times for several years at a time, each instance was cold turkey and yeah there were horrendous crankies. The last time I quit was because my pneumonia put me in the hospital for a few weeks and I was scared of almost dying. Like most humans though, the fear lessens as I feel better and I smoke again though more and more sparingly. I try to smoke a bit of one cigarette in the morning and then come back to it after work and nurse it until I go to sleep. Sometimes I can even make it last until the next morning. Sometimes.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I got into a water fight inside the house the first week of being smoke-free.I am not proud.giggles

Cruiser's avatar

I quit 14 years ago and have been a crabby asshole ever since!

Aster's avatar

@Cruiser I don’t believe that. Something Else is to blame for your rotten attitude. (just kidding)

Seek's avatar

My husband woke up one New Year’s day after smoking for about ten years, and said “Y’know, I don’t want that anymore”. Never looked back. He says he’s never had a craving, and the sight and smell of cigarettes absolutely disgusts him anymore.

Silhouette's avatar

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I smoked my last cigarette last night around 9 pm. so far, I haven’t completely lost my mind and I’ve only eaten one 9oz. can of shoestring potatoes.

Cruiser's avatar

@Aster Do you know me?? You must as only people who know me know that!! ;)

Aster's avatar

@Cruiser Only people who know you know what?

Cruiser's avatar

@Aster The real nreason for my sour puss attitude!! ;))

Aster's avatar

@Cruiser You think I know the reason?? LOL !

dindinbaby's avatar

I got a new car with leather seats and knew I would be furious with myself if the car smelled like smoke. I know everyone can’t go out and buy a new car, but getting a full detail might be a good start or getting the carpets cleaned and painting. Anything to kill the smell and cost you enough money to make you think twice about lighting up again.

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