Nurses Who Smoke

  1. Guilty as charged !!!! How do you feel about it? Do you want to quit? Have any good tips on stopping? I feel so guilty about it. Have tried several times to quit, but unsuccessful. I feel guilty after taking a quick break and smoking,knowing that i'm bringing the smell back, sometimes working with patients with respiratory problems. I hear there is somewhere u.s.a. that is trying to pass a law to ban smoking everywhere in the town even outside. Can i hear your problem?????????????
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  3. by   nightingale

    I was fortunate to have found accupuncture. I signed up for a month block of as many sessions as I needed for the first month (it was less expensive that way). It was amazingly helpful. I ofcourse really was motiviated. I found the treatments (pins and/or seeds inplanted on my ears kept awaw the horrible urge.

    My older brother tried it and was not successful. :-(.

    I hope you succeed when you are ready!

  4. by   janleb
    I quit 10 yrs ago. I substituted smoking for a different habit. Everytime I wanted a cigarette I would go out and walk around the block. (seriously) I was afraid of gaining weight from munching. I also lost about 20 lbs. How is that for hitting two birds with one stome!! many of you life different circumstances ect ect I started up again. This last time I quit was about 6 yrs ago. I was pregnant so I thought this is my last child so I better quit because I won't have a reason to quit again. With the morning sickness it wasn't hard. I didn't realize how depressed I was until I started taking wellbutrin, that med lifted a cloud that hung over my head for most of my life but also took away some of those addictive qualities that i had. Also I sucked on jolly ranchers (green apple ) until my tongue was raw!!
    I've smoked off & on for about 9 years, and have quit several times. I've quit for the money argument. But I love to spend money so that wasn't important enough. I've quit for health reasons. But even as a nurse, those weren't important enough.

    Then one day my son (7) came up to me & said that they had some speaker at school. They said if you smoke, you die. He knows I'm wrapped around his finger, and he played his cards well. The minute his little eyes welled up with tears, he had me. It's been 10 weeks since I've had a cigarrette.

    I was never a heavy smoker, and never once did I have a smoke while at work. I could go the whole 9 hours and it didn't bother me. Of course, I was probably busy enough not to notice!

    I did have to take up an exercise routine for several reasons. It gave me something to do during those times when I smoked the most (dinner time - bedtime). It also helped to pull me up out of the moody/depressive/fatigued slump that the lack of nicotine threw me into. And it obviously helped ward off the pounds that can accumulate when you quit. In fact, I'm looking pretty buff if I don't say so myself...

    I hope you find what works for you!

  6. by   e-nurse
    Mark Twain said that "quitting smoking is easy, I've done it dozens of times". It's true. I've probably done it @ least a couple dozen times. A week here, two weeks there. Two Months! The last two times I've quit have been the most successful, each of the past new years. In 2000 I went 8 months, and this year I'm still going, almost 11 months. Both times I started out by using the gum, and then tapering off of that. I've gained too much weight though, due to multiple stresses. Within 1 months time I graduated from nursing school, quit smoking, moved out of state on my own, and started my first nursing job @ a very large teaching hospital. I'm glad I'm not smoking but I wish I was able to smoke just 2 cigarrettes a day. Unfortunately w/ my addictive personality it's all or nothing (beleive me, I've tried).
  7. by   janleb
    e-nurse, there is something to say about that addictive personality. I too have said if I could just be able to smoke occasionally, but occasionally become weekly daily then before you know it, back to a pack a day habit. I have gone the longest this time 6 yrs. I think my wellbutrin has something to do with it.
  8. by   kids
    I have smoked for almost 25 years. I smoke 1 pack of Marlboro Light 100s a day, no more, no less, when the pack is empty its time to go to bed. I try to be contientious of others, this includes outside in "free" air space, I don't smoke in the house and I don't smoke with my kids in the car, I have little to no guilt. I have worked with vent dependant COPDers, done end of life care on lung Ca patients. I know all of the risks associated with smoking down to the premature aging. I have never quit for more than a day or twoand then only because of circumstances. Sure I sometimes think it would be a good idea to quit but have never had the desire to do so. I quit doing drugs because I wanted to, I quit drinking because I wanted to, if and when I quit smoking it will be because I want to.

  9. by   cargal
    Every time you quit it will get easier, and someday you will have quit for good. My last time I promised my daughter that "a cigarette will never touch my lips again"---- this really helped as there was no way to have just one more! Good luck and your desire to quit will pay off sooner or later. The other posters have great suggestions- accupuncture, wellbutrin, a walk around the block or ALL three- go for it!
  10. by   Sundowner
    I am a junkie slave to the ciggarrette. It owns me. I love to smoke. I hate to spend the money though. I sure do wish they were cheaper.

    I think about quitting, for about ten minutes, then I fire one up.
  11. by   nurs4kids
    I was just talking with my mom about this today. I'd LOVE an easy answer to quitting. I've quit twice before, with both pregnancies, started back with both before delivery. I look at my two toddlers and think, "okay, idiot, if ya wanna see them grow up, ya gotta let these cigs go...". Then I light up another one
    I quit smoking pot with no problem. I quit drinking with no problem (was never a heavy drinker, though). For some reason, the damn cigs just have a hold on me. My father, a 5 pack/day X-smoker (you know he's fun to listen to), quit about 15 years ago. He rides me constantly and he asked me, "Do you not feel just a LITTLE stupid for LETTING them run your life??". Wonderful psychological approach, just didn't work on me. I wish they'd outlaw the damn things. I swore up and down, years ago, if the price ever got as high as they were in Canada that I'd quit. Well, it's there and I'm still smoking.

    It's terrible to love something that you KNOW is killing ya!
  12. by   thisnurse
    i cant even begin to tell you how sickening my mom ...the reformed smoker is. thats all she talks about sometimes. what the tobacco company is putting in cigarettes these days, the price of cigarettes...and shes always telling ME what lung cancer is all about. (ever see someone die from lung cancer? uh no mom, maybe you should tell me about that, you would know since you have an office job unrelated to the health field)
    then i hear about some episode of 60 minutes, or an article in the paper or a book. a half hour lecture follows discussing my stupidity. always ends in her justifying her former smoking habits by saying that when she started people didnt know they were dangerous...(what about 20 years later mom and you still smoked?)
    last time i was there my future sis in laws kid was going over some anti smoking pamphlet with her. of course she was loving this and kept telling me to look. its cool this kid quit smoking, it will be even better when he gives up the ECSTACY,ACID, BEER AND POT...LOL

    the thing that makes me mad is that i AGREE with her and she insists on giving me more information on things i already know.

    i love my mom but ya know those reformed smokers are hard to take.
  13. by   nightingale
    Those are the odds you change about yourself when you stop smoking...

    Quitting isn't easy... I know.... I have done it several times...

    Most, if not all the remedies mentioned are worth trying.....

    Family, friends, and especially children try to get you to smoke beccause they love you and want you areound for the long haul...

    I have nursed people who have died of lung cancer and others related to smoking... it is not pretty.... it is so painful.... it is one of the times when I have truly prayed for the suffering to end for these weary souls....

    Only YOU can do it... when you are ready....

  14. by   nana kathy
    I bought my first pack of cigs in a hospital lobby 30 years ago. I have quit, cold turkey, the patch, the gum, wellbutin, and just from being sick of coughing my lungs out. I smoke because I enjoy it. I am hooked and I know it. I do not smoke around children (Grandbabies), will not complain if I have to stand in the snow, rain, or Hell (hail) to smoke. I have never met a smoker that has honestly said they are glad they started and enjoy spending the cold ca$$$h for the fire sticks..... My only wish is that quitting would be as easy as starting and no-one would start. Stress?? Nursing??? Of course some of us smelling ones smoke..... Doctors too.......

    Best of luck to anyone who is trying to quit.....I admire you........