To all of you who QUIT:

  1. I did a search I found several threads about "quitting smoking"
    and I was wandering if those of you who quit have continued to have success???
    I had my school physical today and I asked for Wellbutrin. (Igot a rx for Zyban) I am really scared about trying to stop right now with school and work and the other hundred excuses that I have, but I do not want to end up like the patients on my floor at work who cough so loud you can hear then down the hall.

    SO, for all those of you who quit, or used Zyban what is the real scoop. (one poster said she had some psychotic episodes)
    Will it effect my concentration with school?? Help Please.

    For all those who were successful, I am soooo jealous of you right now!

    Thanks, Gator
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    About Gator,SN

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    Well I tried , tried the patch , tried the gum and tried zyban
    Dont put the patch on your abd and lean against the desk in school - I did looked like a freak when I was leaning against it taking a test the instructor asked me if I was high, In a way I was I was infusing it all into my system at once lol
    the gum- if you smoke and chew the gum at the same time to me it tasted like a chicken sandwhich and budwiser lol needless to say I gained weight and thought about joining AA
    Zyban- that actually almost worked for me , If I would have done it correctly as ordered, but it got to the point where I enjoyed not giving a crap about what was going on around me....
    Good luck to you on quitting... Its a hard thing to do but overall its one of those issues to where If you want to truly quit you will , I on the other hand have the will power of a fly, and If I do try again I would go with the zyban I actuallly got down to 3 cigs a day for a month... then finals hit .... now Im back to where I started almost a pack a day
    I just did it. After several attempts, I was just finally tired of wasting money and precious alveoli. Helps that my son asked me to quit, with those sad, sad eyes.

    Cold turkey. Nothing. It will be a year for me in about another month.

    Good luck to you!

  5. by   Rustyhammer
    I lasted 93 days then went to a party and picked up a cig and smoked it like I had never quit. Didn't even think about it.
    I used wellbutrin and the patch (more expensive than the cigs)
    I plan on quitting again soon. Maybe when the winter comes.
    Oh...I had real cool dreams on the wellbutrin.
  6. by   rnor
    Hang in there! It takes a lot of will power. I used the welbutrin..nothing else, and it worked. But...not a day goes by that I don't want a cigarette...period...I've talked to people that have quit years ago and they said they still want one every so often...WISH YOU THE BEST!!!
  7. by   cargal
    Each time you quit, you get closer to quitting for good. Promised my daughter that a cigarette would never touch my lips again, and one never did. Thank God.
  8. by   darby1
    Within two hours from the time I make this post, I will be smoke free for 1 month. My wife is one day behind me, and we are very pleased that we made this change in our lifestyle. Above all the other benefits, we've saved a lot of money in the last month. Actually, we've spent our "cigarette money" on some things we normally wouldn't be able to afford some weeks. We were spending around $60.00 a week on our smoking habit. I've started ADN school, and they frown on this behavior very much. I've got a lot of incentive to quit, and I'm glad that I have made this decision. My wife and I have already helped several other people to get started on their smoke free journey. The BEST thing you can do to quit is to educate yourself on your addiction to the DRUG Nicotine. There's a site called "Freedom From Tobacco", that has been most helpful to help me educate myself and to be successful at quitting this terible habit. Just like Heather said, Cold Turkey is the best way. Go to the site mentioned above, and read about Joel's tips on quitting. He has helped thousands of people to stop, and their site is free of charge. After 72 hrs (3 days) going cold turkey, the physical withdrawels are gone. I didn't notice anything in particular, but I did feel a little strange for about a week. I have gained about 3-5 pounds, but I can lose that with moderate exercise. Get you some hard candy and loli-pops to keep in your mouth while starting your smoke free journey. It's not as hard as some people make it seem. If you really want to quit, it can be done with minimal side affects. I would steer clear of any crutchs such as nicotine replacement items and/or the zyban. You're just setting yourself up for another addiction to beat in my opinion. I have to realize that I'm an addict, and never take another puff! If I do, I'll be right back to my old level of nicotine consumption as before. If I can be of any help, feel free to get in touch. It would be a blessing if I could help someone to beat this Nicotine Demon. Be cool and take care of yourself. Good luck, and may the Lord be with you on this decision. You CAN do this. Check this out :

    I have chosen not to smoke for 3 Weeks 6 Days 22 Hours 44 Minutes 17 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 838. Money saved: $136.24. ( Darby)

    I have chosen not to smoke for 3 Weeks 5 Days 15 Hours 39 Minutes 17 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 533. Money saved: $86.62.( Sissy)

    Group Totals:
    Cigarettes not smoked: 1371
    Money saved: $222.86
    This group has not smoked for a combined total of 1 Month 3 Weeks 3 Days 14 Hours 23 Minutes 34 Seconds

    This could be you in a month. You can get your FREE quit meter at the Freedom From Tobacco site. See you all later.
  9. by   Beach_RN
    Congrats Darby! Your doing Great!

    It was cold turkey for me Gator! Drank lots of water..... it has been over 6 months now..... still crave one every once in a while.... but it passes pretty quickly!

    Good Luck!
  10. by   misti_z
    I quit clod turkey in January 2000. First time I've ever fulfilled a New Years Resolution.
  11. by   GPatty
    Hubby and I quit 4 years ago.
    Just put 'em down & gave it to God for Him to deal with.
    About every 6 months or so, I'll smoke one, then not have another craving again forever.....(usually when I have a drink in hand).
    Good Luck to you all in quitting!
  12. by   Sleepyeyes
    My "quit story" is really strange, but if it helps someone, so much the better.
    I had been really feeling like I wanted to quit; the taste wasn't doing much for me anymore, and I just wished I could quit. But I'd tried a few times, and even though I was "clean" once for 6 months, I went back to it.
    One morning, hubby and I go to church and there was this lady speaking about prophecy. Which was cool. Then the service ended and a friend of mine drags me over to "meet" the speaker, and in the course of doing so, suggested that they all lay hands on me and pray for God to break this addiction because I'd mentioned to her that I wanted to quit smoking, but couldn't. So they did. I was totally mortified....but then the speaker gave me a "word of knowledge" about one of my kids, something that only I would or could know, and I knew she was for real. I was really worried about him, and she used our "code name" for him, and then she told me he'd be ok, and then they prayed for me to quit the cigarettes.
    Well, I still smoked, but each time, I felt more and more repulsed by them, till finally by the end of a month, I was only smoking about one a day. Then I quit.
    Haven't smoked in 12 years. And the kid I was so worried about has made me proud, like she said he would.
    God is great! I credit Him with my success.
    PS I smoked about a pack to a pack and a half a day for over 23 years.
  13. by   PediRN
    I quit on Dec 31 01. I slapped the patch on, which works if you're really motivated. But don't expect it to do the psych part.
  14. by   misti_z
    Congrats to all of us who have quit. It's really hard, but it proves how strong we are!!

    I'm sooooo proud