Willpower (or rather a lack of). Advice & encouragement to quit smoking

  1. My name is Nascar Nurse and I am a smoker (head hung in shame). I have smoked my entire adult life and it is time to quit...once again. This is attempt number 4 over the last 15 years.

    My reasons for quitting:
    1. Society HATES smokers. It seems to have become the biggest taboo and even more so if you happen to be a healthcare provider on top of it.
    2. My kids have been on my case for years to quit (even tho I only smoke outside)
    3. I have had 2 prior DVT's and a family history of Factor V
    4. My Dad had a MI at 46 & he was a smoker at the time. I turn 46 in March (I can hear those bells and whistles of impending disaster going off in my head).
    5. I have my second pretty severe URI in less than 4 months and I just can't seem to shake it. I've always been the one with a rock solid immunity and suddenly it seems to be failing me.
    6. I'm usually stubborn as hell when I put my mind to it and it's time I turn on that stubbornness to benefit myself and kick this happen once and for all.
    7. Is next year really going to be any easier to quit than today will be?

    My last cigarette was at 1:30pm today. It's nearly 10pm now and admittedly I am struggling. I have a choice. I could get out of my PJ's, drive the 5 miles into town and get a pack or I can stick it out and re-think this in the morning. I actually think I can tackle the physical addiction but it's the mental addiction that gives me trouble.

    I've read all the tricks but I am asking the ex-smokers....how do you keep your head convinced to not just give in? How did you stay strong?
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   amoLucia
    Can only wish you good luck. I quit smoking soooo looong ago in NJ that I remember when cigs were $3.10 a carton.

    I don't remember the actual quitting so I must have been zoned out, but it was my second attempt. So there's always hope.

    Again, good luck!
  4. by   jayknight
    I quit 2 months ago it was really tough. I have to say it really comes down to you.....you have to want to quit.
    I used the patch and it helped to take the edge off and separate the physical and mental additions a little.
    Best of luck you'll wonder why you didn't quit sooner in 11 days at a month you'll only get really strong mental urges bothering you.
  5. by   herring_RN
    I only smoked for three years, aged 18 to 21.
    But in my forties i was at a retirement party for a nurse. We sat outside with a wonderful meal and ocean view. A friend took out her cigarettes and offered me one. t was my brand, true Green. I almost took one. Just habit. Glad not to smoke.
  6. by   amoLucia
    I smoked from age 16 to 22 or so. And I realy did enjoy it. Never relapsed since then, but I do admit that I still remember the pleasure of a cigarette and a fresh cup of coffee. I get a whiff every now & then and I remember smilingly!

    It is tough to quit, so good luck to all who keep trying.
  7. by   bushambo
    It all comes down to you. I stopped smoking 5 years ago, after smoking 60 a day for 47 years.
    I am very pig headed so for me it was too easy. Every time you need a smoke, drink water. This takes your
    mind off it, and helps flush your body.
    Be honest with yourself. Think of what you are doing to yourself and think of your loved ones.
    Smoking severely damaged my airway and oesophagus and caused MD in both eyes.
    Best of luck. PM me if you need.
  8. by   mariebailey
    Congratulations! I quit with the patch. I just think of it as not optional. I know I can't have one single drag of a smoke. Your reasons are great; review them when you are tempted to smoke. One interesting thing I heard was that people's perception of their ability to successfully quit has a huge impact on their ultimate success in quitting smoking. So...repeatedly tell yourself you can do this!
  9. by   TopazLover
    Don't pick up the first of the day. Suggestion to anyone who wants to quit. Start by not having that first one. You have already gone many hours without one and are doing well. Pick a goal date to stop and prepare for it. I picked a date and smoked half cig. for about a week. Put the second half back in the pack for later. Eventually the stench of old cig. and the feeling like the old hobo cartoons of picking up butts to smoke got to me. made it easier to quit.

    Keep pictures around of why you wish to quit. Children, adventure, enjoy___.

    When you crave a smoke brush your teeth. You still get the hand to mouth part of the habit and a reminder how much better your breath is without that smell. And like Bushamboo says, drink lots of water.

    Use a state sponsored program for counseling.
  10. by   BCgradnurse
    Make a list of your 5 favorite cigarettes of the day. Now come up with an alternative plan for those 5 times. Also, put away the money you're saving on cigarettes for something nice for you-not to pay a bill, not to get something for the house or kids.

    I wish you the best of luck!