Still smoke free

By Harlen Latest Reply 2017-02-24 18:53:01 -0600
Started 2011-06-04 20:28:41 -0500

Day 14 I think and still smoke free and it's still hard
I will be ,I am a no-smoker
Best wishes All

217 replies

kjb08807 2017-02-24 12:39:52 -0600 Report

I started at 16. and smoked until I was 26. I was awakened from a sound sleep one night because I could not catch my breath. I had a choice to make, get up and have a cigarette, or give it up. Fast forward to age 43, I was diagnosed with Asthma, and then at age 56 with Sleep Apnea. I seem to have been placed on Earth as a warning to others, Please don't start. I gave up cold turkey, and it was the best thing I ever did, but alas, maybe not in time…

haoleboy 2017-02-24 18:53:01 -0600 Report

congrats on staying smoke-free. I'm just about a month past the 4 year anniversary of my last cigarette after 40-year pack a day habit. so far no lung issues and my sleep apnea disappeared after I lost 165 pounds

cheri Ann
cheri Ann 2016-09-20 10:42:09 -0500 Report

It's one of the hardest things a person can do. I'm a non-smoker for 19 years. It's true———one day at a time and good luck and wishes to you.

DREU 2016-06-03 07:08:44 -0500 Report

One day at a time Harlen. 22 months and I still want one. Please, hang tough. I even had a nightmare last night. In North Carolina at my friend Tammy's house, I stole a pack of cigarettes so she wouldn't catch me smoking. I woke up before I lit up. Satan is trying to tempt me and God is trying to save me. Don't give up!! Dreu, just recently diagnosed as prediabetic.

jimbolea 2015-10-31 15:21:57 -0500 Report

Keep it up, Going that first month is a bitch, but you can do it, Start tasting things better , Enjoy the smell of a freshly laundered towel , Smell a rose, I quit in 01, it was difficult but I had help, My faith and his Grace.

Kalisiin 2015-06-28 21:50:49 -0500 Report

Good job. I "quit" eight months ago. I use quotation marks on that because I do use a vape pipe. But I haven't lit any real tobacco on fire in that time.

While I am sure that the HEALTHIEST option is to not breathe anything but air into your lungs, I have GOT to believe that vaping is better than smoking cigarettes…vape does not contain nearly 7,000 chemicals that cigarette smoke does.

I know that I no longer have 1/2 hour long coughing fits every morning when I wake up…and when I would go to bed at night. That alone tells me vaping is better, but probably not as great as no smoking would be…but I tried and failed ten times to quit smoking. I tried every possible method and none of it worked until I found vaping…because it provided for me the one thing no other method did…the act of puling and dragging and inhaling…and the taste.

I actually brew my own vape fluids, so I know PRECISELY what is in them.

PJ506 2014-08-08 15:23:48 -0500 Report

Congrats Harlen !!!! I stopped April 20,2014 and it is hard but it does get better .

TLTanner 2014-08-06 17:12:55 -0500 Report

This was started about 3 years ago and I'm wondering, how many of you are still smoke-free? How many of you that said you were going to quit, have done so? I quit about 7 years ago this past March after smoking off and on for over 40 years. I have COPD and Asthma now, but I couldn't tell you about any lung loss.

OldSugarFreak 2013-12-09 08:04:47 -0600 Report

I stopped after over 40 years of 1-3 packs a day about 5 years ago. You are entering one of the toughest times of this journey. Your body has started to lose it's "need" for nicotine but the habit is still with you. When I quit one of the things that helped was knowing that I only had to stop for this one puff, this one smoke, this one pack and I could make it to the next level. Congratulations and good luck. We are all here to encourage you when needed.

dagger1234 2013-12-01 20:18:01 -0600 Report

WOO HOO! congrats!!!!! On the 3rd, I will see what my doctor says if I should take chantix or not and i'm gonna give it a try!!

lemon/lime 2013-07-07 08:01:05 -0500 Report

congrats good for you ive been trying to give up the habit for years you need to save up the money you have saved from not smoking and reward your self you deserve it mate keep up the good work

mystikfairy61 2012-09-18 01:57:08 -0500 Report

WTG Harlen!! This is something I want to do, but one thing at a time, thank you. I have been making changes to my exercising and eating habits to lose weight. Will work on not smoking at a later date. It helps to know there are others out there who have kicked the habit. Maybe me exercising will make it easier…Just a thought, here's hoping…

watson4042 2012-09-13 13:42:08 -0500 Report

when i quit in 2002 i found that i needed to do something with my hands, so i turned to candy jujubees to mimic the need of flicking off the ashes. it helped alot but wanted to break the candy fix so took up crafting, making jewelry and kleenex boxes. and low and behold, i survived. it was a tough go but i did it and so can you! i must admit i now have copd with a 10% lung loss. if i'd keep smoking i'd probably be on oxygen by now. wish i'd quit sooner than later. good luck to all of you quitting.

watson4042 2012-09-13 13:30:46 -0500 Report

good for you! it's the hardest vice to break. i smoke for 30 yrs and i know what you're going through. hang in there it will get easier with time. for several years after quiting i love the smell of cigarettes, but no more. and you know, there's nothing worse than a reformed smoker! congrats and keep up with the good work.

AF Retired 462
AF Retired 462 2012-09-09 19:30:02 -0500 Report

Good for you! I smoked off and on for 30 years…had a very bad health scare and put them down January 7th cold turkey. Still smoke free.Hang in there you can make it.

jimLE 2012-07-01 12:21:47 -0500 Report

great and congrats.keep going and i hope for tha best.

2012-06-20 17:35:18 -0500 Report

when I quit (8.5yrs ago) there was no such thing as Chantix, e cigs (whatever they are) All the had was the nicotine gum and patches. Tried them both (not @ once) both got me extremely sick, so I went to an antidepressant called Welbutrin. Was on that for about a week, had no desire for a cigs whatsoever. For me that was the best decision for my health that I ever made. (Now if I could only get my A1C & BG#s under control… but that is a whole 'nother story.) ;)

2012-06-19 23:38:14 -0500 Report

Hey congrats on giving up the old cigs. I remember when I quit. I have to be truthful that the 1st month was the hardest, (but I gave up smoking, the same time I decided to loose the weight) but kept the weight off, and have never wanted another ciggie since. So, Harlan, I know that you can do it. It is an uphill battle @ the beginning, but I know that you can do it!! GOOD LUCK HARLAN, my thoughts & prayers are w/you. (I quit on 10/13/03)

old biker
old biker 2012-06-19 21:24:23 -0500 Report

hang in there Harlen I'm doing the quit smoking thing right along with you

2012-06-19 23:40:43 -0500 Report

You might not know me, old biker, but I know that you can do it as well. Like I said, it's hard work @ 1st, but I know that, like Harlan, you can do it as well!!

cindygal1 2012-06-19 23:58:46 -0500 Report

I have decided to drop the them and go cold turkey, I hae done it before and I am going to try it again. wish me luck.

2012-06-20 17:27:21 -0500 Report

YEAH old biker!! KEEP UP THE GOOD AND EXTREMELY HARD WORK. I know that you can do it. My thoughts & prayers are with you!!

2012-06-20 00:07:30 -0500 Report

I do wish you luck. Just like I wish Harlan, old biker, and any1 else who gives up smoking. Anyone who gives up the old cancer stick, is one step closer to living a healthier lifestyle. It takes just 1 step @ a time. Take it from someone like me. I've been a non smoker for the the past 8.5 years. (& now I can't even stand the smell.)

Traceyrb 2012-03-05 14:02:20 -0600 Report

Congrats to you from someone who just stopped also. I've been using the e-cigs (0% tobacco) and it definitely helps curve those times when you want a cigarette.

Harlen 2012-03-05 16:36:18 -0600 Report

What ever works lol
As long as we quit
I am very happy for you I will not buy any more smokes and that way I will not smoke
Cant smoke if you not got them lol lol
Best wishes

Pam S
Pam S 2011-06-11 08:33:37 -0500 Report

good for you Harlen:)

cavie2 2011-06-11 03:52:54 -0500 Report

That's now all three posters on my profile photo's. If anyone knows how to post them to the individual people I would appreciate that. Thanks

cavie2 2011-06-11 03:45:05 -0500 Report

Have made smoke free posters for Harlen and Cheryl*G. Still struggling with one for Patricia with no success as yet but don't worry I will keep trying don't know how to post them so I have just put them in with my photo's on my profile

Hinboyz3 2011-06-10 09:30:03 -0500 Report

Harlen, I have faith in you buddy, we are all holding your hand here on DC, and wish you well and strength in the process. Be strong you got what it takes to do this.!!!!!

cavie2 2011-06-10 03:47:02 -0500 Report

Harlan you are doing really well, the knack is to distract your mind every time the craviing starts. Positive affirmations: I am nicotine free, etc and the money you save can pay for someone's Birthday/Christmas present, put towards spending money for a holiday, treat for yourself or help pay for your meds etc. Good luck, I know you will succeed. lol

Arok'Z Girl 09
Arok'Z Girl 09 2011-06-09 21:03:58 -0500 Report

Look'n for answers.. I start'd a disscussion about HIGH BSL'z and Im out look'n for answers…Anyone??

Harlen 2011-06-10 19:38:56 -0500 Report

What typ of meds are you on ?
How high are your #'s?
How often do you test ?
Are you counting carbs? how menny do you have in a day ?
Help me help you
Best wishes

EJMac 2011-06-09 16:37:06 -0500 Report

I am so happy for you Harlan. Through my experience my head kept trying to talk me back into just having a few after one, two or three months. DON"T DO IT!! You'll get hooked again like me. It gets alot easier after a while and I am still grateful I went through that hell to be a non-smoker. I had alot of mood swings for about the first 6mos - a year,but you can get through that. Everything looks so good and clear and you can actually smell flowers, grass. It's wonderful.I'll say a pray for your contiued success. Great job- it's not easy.

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