How to quit smoking?

  1. Hey guys,
    I am really going to try and quit smoking, and I need some input on this matter. How did some of you former smokers quit this terrible habit. I am aware of the Zyban and wellbutrin, along with the nicotine patches, but I don't know which would be best for me. Also, I start nursing school in about a month, and I'm wondering if I'll be able to get over the adverse effects of trying to quit by then. I sure could use some advice, and certainly all the prayers and support that I can get. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks for your time. Darby
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   RNConnieF
    Darby,
    Congratulations!! Do a search for "Freedom From Tobacco, Stop Smoking Now" or "Cold Turkey Support Group" both are online support groups for those of us who just can't quit without support. After 20 years of smoking I am proud to say I am smoke free for Two years, six months, one week, five days, 18 hours, 45 minutes and 7 seconds. 18495 cigarettes not smoked, saving $2,912.93. Life saved: 9 weeks, 1 day, 5 hours, 15 minutes.
  4. by   misti_z
    Will power is the best medicine.....with the least side effects!!!! I quit in January 2000--cold turkey.

    YOU CAN DO IT.

    Way to go Connie!
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by misti_z
    will power is the best medicine.....with the least side effects!!!! i quit in january 2000--cold turkey.

    you can do it.

    way to go connie! :d
    congratulations! i want to quit sooooo bad!
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by rnconnief
    darby,
    congratulations!! do a search for "freedom from tobacco, stop smoking now" or "cold turkey support group" both are online support groups for those of us who just can't quit without support. after 20 years of smoking i am proud to say i am smoke free for two years, six months, one week, five days, 18 hours, 45 minutes and 7 seconds. 18495 cigarettes not smoked, saving $2,912.93. life saved: 9 weeks, 1 day, 5 hours, 15 minutes.
    congratulations!
  7. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by darby1
    hey guys,
    i am really going to try and quit smoking, and i need some input on this matter. how did some of you former smokers quit this terrible habit. i am aware of the zyban and wellbutrin, along with the nicotine patches, but i don't know which would be best for me. also, i start nursing school in about a month, and i'm wondering if i'll be able to get over the adverse effects of trying to quit by then. i sure could use some advice, and certainly all the prayers and support that i can get. any advice will be appreciated. thanks for your time. darby
    darby, all the best to you on trying to stop smoking. i need some "will power" myself. i will be reading this thread to see what others have done or have to say.
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I quit in October of 2001 - 9 months for me! I did it cold turkey.

    Darby - I've yet to get over the adverse effects of quitting. I'll still be out, and others will be smoking, and I can feel myself getting very tense and being short with people. Probably 3 out of 7 days a week, I'll still have a little craving. It's about will power. I've quit a dozen times. Each time I restart, it's just socially, then escalates to over a packa day. I know that to prevent that. I cannot start, even just one.

    I had some good incentive though. My little boy asked me to quit. He's spoiled rotten and gets everything he wants

    Heather
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Oops! May I suggest you invest in lots of hard candy? Kept my mouth busy. Make sure it's not a fattening type, and make sure you brush often. I had quite a few cavities from all those Jolly Ranchers!

    Good luck to you! With prices the way they are, maybe that will be the extra "push" you (and others) need!

    Heather
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by obnurseheather
    i quit in october of 2001 - 9 months for me! i did it cold turkey.

    darby - i've yet to get over the adverse effects of quitting. i'll still be out, and others will be smoking, and i can feel myself getting very tense and being short with people. probably 3 out of 7 days a week, i'll still have a little craving. it's about will power. i've quit a dozen times. each time i restart, it's just socially, then escalates to over a packa day. i know that to prevent that. i cannot start, even just one.

    i had some good incentive though. my little boy asked me to quit. he's spoiled rotten and gets everything he wants :d

    heather
    heather, congratulations!
  11. by   RNConnieF
    Hey gang,
    Why not start an "Nurses Who Want to Quit Smoking" thread? Support is the only way to go!! BTW if you are serious and want a "Quit Meter" (that's what keeps track of you quit stats on the puter for you. Mine is STILL running) Freedom From Tobacco has the links. Good quit to all the soon to be recovering smokers!
  12. by   darby1
    I had kept an eye on my post today, and I didn't have any replies earlier when I checked . But when I checked just now, to my delight, there were several replies to my post I do appreciate everyone's moral support, and I'm going to try really hard to give up this terrible habit. I was able to quit drinking over five years ago, and I drank daily. This will be tough, but I am going to do it! I like the idea of keeping a record of my progress as an incentive to keep my record going. This is how I beat my alcohol addiction, along with the Lord's help. I would keep track and think, well I've made it for six months. Then came a year, two years, and now 5+ years since I sat down my last beer. I'm going to be a nurse, and I need to set a good example. I desire you guys prayers and support, because I'll need all the help that I can get. Thanks again everyone. Darby
  13. by   warrior woman
    Darby1 Listen to me. My mom is home from the hospital. But di you know what the first thing did is? Bought a carton of cigarettes!! Iwas heartbroken. But I also know that smoking is her choice and that nothing I say or do will CHANGE HER MIND. But,you have the power withe grace of GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!! IF you want proof that quitting smoking is the right thing to do, do me this simple favor: Go outside,look at all of the scenery that the LORD created and just BREATHE. Just do that one thing and tell me quitting isn't worth it YOU KNOW IT IS!!!! YOU HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO NEED YOU AND CAN'T LOSE YOU TO THIS ADDICTION. Me included my friend. So go outside ask the LORD for help and breathe deeply. The strength to quit will come to you. Take care and PLEASE let me know how it goes.Your friend in Christ,Warrior Woman.
  14. by   Robin61970
    Sorry Darby......no experience with this one because I have never smoked, but I wish you all the willpower and luck in the world!! You can do whatever you set your mind to.....you just might be a bear for a while,LOL

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