How did you stop?

  1. Hey everyone! My husband and kids are on my butt to stop smoking.

    My question is for all of you strong willed people---

    How did you stop? What works and what have ya'll found that really doesn't work?

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  2. 42 Comments

  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    Get the literature from the American Lung Association.
    It helped me figure out where, when, why, and with whom I was most likely to light up. Finally quit a 1 1/2 ppd habit after smoking for 26 years. Been free for 13 years. Good Luck!! you can do it!!
  4. by   Just Angi
    Thanks for the link!! I really do want to quit, it's just a lot harder than I thought it would be.
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    True. And prayer really helps too!
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I quit for 96 days last year with the help of Wellbutrin and the patch. I also frequented for some good tips and some very supportive people.
    I just got my script of wellbutrin yesterday and have taken my first dose this morning. I'll be quitting in 2 weeks.
    Anyone need a quitbuddy??

  7. by   emily_mom
    Talk to your doctor. I just went yesterday and got a prescription for Wellbutrin. Just a note...most ins companies will pay for it for 90 days, but only once. So make sure this is something you are really committed to. It helps cut the mental cravings and is also an appetite suppressant. So, it can help with weight gain. I am so excited to be doing this. Maybe we can quit together...start our own support group! There is another girl on another thread that just quit...

  8. by   emily_mom

    You must have been posting when I was...I got interrupted by the phone though. Let's start a little support group....

    ALL ARE WELCOME...(unless you are chaps/preferacutecare/peaches)

  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    wow, rusty! Glad you're having another go at quitting. It is SO nice to breathe clean air ---

    wish I could get my hubs to wanna quit, but he says he will when he's ready so i try not to bug him but we really could afford that chevy suburban he wants so badly on what he smokes now....
  10. by   Beach_RN
    Congratulations RUSTY!... Great News! I am rooting for you!

    I quit...COLD TURKEY! Drank Lot's & Lot's of Water and Prayed!

    It was one of the hardest things I ever did!

    Good Luck Angi! and Rusty too!
  11. by   RN-PA
    I quit smoking in the late '70's by going to "Smoke Enders"-- I don't even know if it's in existence today, but it was a 9 week (or so) program and we met in a group. You smoked for the first 5 or 6 weeks, but cut back in various ways. The first week, you quit smoking after meals and used a mouthwash right after eating to break the habit of tasting smoke after eating. The second week, you didn't smoke when in the car or on the phone. And every day, you wrote down on a piece of paper you carried in your cigs whenever you lit up-- the time of day and how often. By the 6th week, you were smoking in a room by yourself and thinking about what you were doing.

    There were other helpful psychological things like putting money aside that you'd previously spent on cigarettes and then treating yourself to something. Or, emptying an ashtray into a jar, filling it with water, and then taking a whiff when tempted to light up. Also, each week as you were cutting back in other ways, you were supposed to switch to a cigarette with less tar and nicotine, so I went from smoking Marlboro Lights all the way to Carltons (are they still made?). The last 3 or 4 weeks of the program were for support after our quitting and to help people problem-solve who were feeling weak or struggling.

    I never smoked again and believe that some of the things from the program may be helpful if you're trying to go it alone. I generally do better with groups-- Weight Watchers, aerobic classes, etc. when learning new behaviors, and then am able to go it alone once new habits are established. Good luck to all who are quitting!
  12. by   Tweety
    I quit cold turkey in 1988. I immediately took up running and was a runner up until 2000 when my knee gave out. I also took up cross-stiching for something to do with my hands because I didn't sleep well.

    I also found one of those subliminal tapes and listened to that. Back then you couldn't get patches or gum without a script and I have an aversion to doctors.

    I also ate a lot, but exercising helped.

    I strongly suggest taking walks or some kind of exercise immediately to take the edge off and to help you feel better about yourself.

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
  13. by   RRMLPN
    trying to quit myself, i'm all for the support group thingy. have went from a pack and a half down to half a pack a day. i'm the only one in my family that smokes and each day i find i hate myself more for doing it. I haven't tried the patches and such yet, but as soon as my insurance comes through i'm definitly going to get a little help, cold turkey just hasn't worked for me.
  14. by   renerian
    Used that to the T as the literature said plus two weeks in a lower miligram dose. I am starting week 27 non smoking! Worked for me!