silvie mae
By silvie mae Latest Reply 2013-09-21 11:06:21 -0500
Started 2013-08-22 06:27:21 -0500

As we all know smoking is pretty much the worst thing we can do as diabetics.
So I have decided once again to go to war with the raging nicotine monster that has had a grip on me for um, 33 years.
I have quit a few times through the years and twice since my diagnosis 2 years ago.
I have made a commitment to stick to it this time. I have everyone at home on board as well which makes things soooo much easier.
How many of you quit successfully and what methods did you use?
Also I would like to encourage those of you who are still battling this horrible addiction to join me. We can help one another along and provide some support and accountability to one another.
So who's with me on this? We can do it!!

50 replies

Ky Lake Dave
Ky Lake Dave 2013-09-20 23:28:09 -0500 Report

HI silvie mae I just wanted to see how you were doing with your struggle and give any encouragement I could. How about an update.

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2013-09-05 10:44:52 -0500 Report

The way I managed to quit was by allowing myself treats. I took the money that was being wasted on smoking and actually bought the things I'd been wanting to have! Now my library is bigger, I have more work out clothes, new clothes that actually fit the way that they should and new yoga dvds. The best way I found to deal with the smoking cravings was to exercise. A walk, yoga or if there's only five minutes to spare calf raises or sit ups. Endorphines are wonderful and a much better replacement than any thing I can think of.

ElectricSoul 2013-09-01 16:23:15 -0500 Report

What are the complications of being type 1 and smoking?

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-09-01 17:23:36 -0500 Report

Well, being diabetic our blood vessels are already restricted which causes poor circulation. Smoking also restricts blood vessels therefore by smoking it puts a diabetic at a much higher risk for amputation. I was told it increases my risk by 50%. And since I've suffered poor circulation ever since I can remember, I'm pretty sure I'm already at a pretty high risk.

Diabeditor 2013-08-28 20:36:36 -0500 Report

I smoke an occasional cigar. It's almost end of August and I think I've smoked maybe 8 cigars this year. I'm certainly not hooked but every now and then I get a craving for one.

sweet61 2013-08-27 19:04:01 -0500 Report

I've been trying really hard to quit smoking. I actually went almost a year and after getting laid off I got stressed out and started smoking again. I tried the patches and gum but it didn't work so I went to my doctor and tried Chantix. It worked pretty good but it kept me awake a good part of the night and then I would have strange dreams. I've been smoking again for 3 months so I guess it's time to go back to the docs. This will be my 3rd time trying to quit and I really hope I can do it this time, I know I have to stop. I have smoked for 35 yrs and know if I don't quit I will have to pay the consequenses

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-28 21:14:34 -0500 Report

sweet61, keep jumping back on the wagon. I will never quit quitting and it will stick.there is some great advice on this thread. I've been using the e-twist e-cig. It has worked great for me so far. I have not smoked since I started this board :-)
I smoked 33 years and heavily. If I can do it so can you:) keep trying you'll get there.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-26 22:24:44 -0500 Report

Thanks Ky Lake Dave, i'm doing great with it so far. That is kind of been my approach this time. I've just told myself There is no choice and I am now a non-smoker and that's the end of it.
The e-cig helps but I don't need it that much.
I'm feeling very good about it. Haven't even had a craving in several days. :-)

Ky Lake Dave
Ky Lake Dave 2013-08-26 21:25:20 -0500 Report

I hope I can help.

Quick background. I smoked 20+ years. When I quit I was smoking 3 and a half packs cigarettes a day. I had to wake in the middle of the night to smoke. I tried to quit several times.

How I quit.
I realized that " Trying to quit" was the problem. I told myself that I have ALREADY QUIT, ain't no trying about it. I broke this down to one simple thing. All I have to do is never ever take another puff of a cigarette. I purchased the patch, I knew I just had to go through a short time of discomfort and the patch would help. (I only used the patch for three weeks). I got a calender and put it up where I would walk past it every day. I quit smoking on a Wednesday. After the first week I put a large 1 on the date. I kept counting Wednesdays up to 160 of them before I finally quit counting. (Over three years). As I walked past the calender I would think of how far I had come and how I would hate to start all over. I loved Wednesdays. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment marking another week. It was an incredible motivator. I must have told myself a million times "Just have to never take a puff again."
I still have not taken that puff 16 years and counting. Good luck to you. I hope this helped.

Csigel 2013-08-25 20:05:32 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic since I was 4 years old. That being said, I became a smoker in my mid teens and continued to smoke for almost 10 years. I finally kicked the habit in January of 2007. I used the combination if Wellbutrin with the patch and went to smoking cessation support group meetings. The key to success for me was staying away from other smokers. Alcohol was also something I stopped indulging in as consuming it would make me want to have a cigarette. Quitting smoking is incredibly hard, but so so SO worth it. One of the best decisions I have ever made.

irishbear 2013-08-25 14:24:58 -0500 Report

Good for you silvie mae, I wish you much success!!! I should join you in this quest. Can you tell me about those electronic cigarettes, I've heard they post a health hazard all their own.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-25 15:58:41 -0500 Report

Hi Irishbear, I've not heard about any serious health risks using the e-cig. That certainly doesn't mean there aren't any. But what ever they may be I'm sure it's nothing compared to smoking. My intention is to get off of it too eventually.
I use ego- twist, there are many different types out there. Basically it creates a vapor that you inhale. There is a battery that attaches to an atomizer. You fill the cartridge with e-fluid. It comes with a usb charger. You can look them up online and find out more about it.
All I know is it really takes the edge off. And I find I'm not vaping as often as I was smoking.
Thanks for your comments and yes you should totally join me. :-)

irishbear 2013-08-27 15:22:29 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the info silvie mae! I will look into this for sure. My husband says I just need to quit, he did it cold turkey 33yrs ago, so in his mind I should be able to do the same. Especially since I only smoke about 1/2 pack a day. Everyone's different and has to do it their own way for it to be a success, and for it to truly work you have to want to quit. Not because someone tells you to.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-27 15:29:31 -0500 Report

YW :) You are so right it has to be in your time and your way. I think it makes it worse when someone is hounding you about it. Especially if you're a rebel like me lol! I think a lot of hanging in to the habit for me was my I'll do what I want, when I want attitude. All I can say is…You go Girl!!

androidrew 2013-08-25 12:05:08 -0500 Report

I've been of the ciggys for 5 weeks now. Using patches and a nicotine spray. Going really well at the moment but its early days. For some reason I feel really positive about this attempt. Feels like something just clicked in my head. Bit of advice that worked for me, reverse psychology; I now pretend that I was never a smoker. If I see a cigarette and feel an urge, I just tell myself "why do you want it, you have never smoked and it is bad for you". So far it's working. Remember, you are in control. Good luck!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-25 16:03:47 -0500 Report

Awesome!! I feel very positive about this attempt too. My head in a different place now. Honestly, the last few days I haven't even had a craving, even when i've been around it. :-)

peggy1255 2013-08-25 00:25:14 -0500 Report

I'm 57 now and quit when I was 33 yrs old , I tried many times before that one successful time , but none other took , I tried the gum :) that didn't work, it was through prayer and a true and real desire to quit I succeeded , good thing to because 7 months later I went into a coma ,my blood sugar was so high they had to cut it 3 times to read it, I think I was turning into sugar a cube :) anyway the diabetes educator told me she believed if I had not quit 7 months earlier, my body would not have survived, in quitting I strengthened my body , to go for a ride I'd never forget , I was on insulin for 6 months through exercise and meal planning I was able to get off insulin, for yrs no problems till recent , my BS went up they wanted me on pills but pills make me sick , so I've gotten stricter , more exercise , careful eating I'm heading in the right direction for sure , think positive and you'll succeed , this I believe , it's never easy but what is, you will succeed , Good Luck:)

Harlen 2013-08-23 15:47:06 -0500 Report

I have quit for a year now and I feel so much better.
How I did it ??
I switched to e-cigarette it still gave me nic but not all the other bad things .
You can step down slowly and it's ben the only way that's worked for me.
Any Q juast ask

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-23 19:28:17 -0500 Report

That's awesome!! A year is a great accomplishment. I use the e-cig also. I'm on the lowest nicotine right now. I do like the flavors, it does smell and taste way better than a cigarette.
Thanks for sharing :-)

Type1Lou 2013-08-23 14:32:38 -0500 Report

Luckily, I've never been hooked on smoking but I commend you in trying to break the habit. If you put the money you would usually spend on cigarettes aside and promise to treat yourself to something special with it after a certain period of being smoke-free, would that provide some additional incentive?…even though, the health benefits are reason enough, as you already know. Wishing you the strength and determination to succeed with this!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-23 13:27:22 -0500 Report

Thanks Sven71! I know what you mean. That's how it's always been for me too.
I just keep imagining losing my limbs and it helps me get through those moments. It's working so far. Along with an occasional draw off my e-twist.
Thanks for the encouragement.
You can always join joemonzo08 and I. Never quit quitting right? :-)

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2013-08-23 11:13:12 -0500 Report

(forgetabout it),thats the best advice I can give.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-23 13:19:22 -0500 Report

Forget about quitting? No thanks! I'm well on my way now. :-) I got this lol!

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2013-08-24 20:59:34 -0500 Report

You misunderstand the suggestion…Forget about smoking all of those years ?I(I Guess)… turn your thoughts toward something else,maybe a hobby that you liked so much,yet haven't made time to do it.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-24 21:53:34 -0500 Report

Thanks for clarifying:) I mis understood what you meant. Yes getting into hobbies and projects is exactly what I've been doing. Keeping busy does help. I'm really doing well, I'm not really missing smoking. I haven't wanted one at all the last few days.

Sven71 2013-08-23 11:02:26 -0500 Report

I hope you can stick to it.
I have tried to quit several times but every time when I do something happens that makes me go back to this awfull adiction. Last time I was free for about 3 months and then I lost my job, of course I fell back. The way I do it (not very succesfully so far) is just quiting cold turkey, first week is hell but after that it gets better, untill life takes a twist that is. But you go girl, you can do it!!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-22 18:49:30 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby! I'm using the e-twist. It's an atomizer. I have the lowest nicotine content available. The next step down is 0% nicotine.
My husband got some pretty concerning reports on his health, so it's imperative for both of us at this point. It has to stick!! :-)
Thank you for sharing.

GabbyPA 2013-08-22 18:37:04 -0500 Report

I have not had to quit, but my mom and dad both quit at different times. My mom did it by keeping a toothpick in her mouth. Not really very lady like, but it was a good substitute for her. This was about 40 years ago, so she didn't have any pills, just guts and will. And at that time, my dad was still smoking. Wow, kudos to her.

Then when my dad was diagnosed with diabetes, he quit cold turkey. His discipline in the management of his diabetes was an inspiration. I don't know how he did it, but I do know that once he put his mind to something, he pretty much just did it. No complaints. That was just how he was. I know his substitute was chewing gum. A little more mannerly than a tooth pick. LOL

From what I have been told, having something to fidget with in your hand or mouth is a big help. It takes the place of the cigarette.

I am rooting for you! I know you can do it and I hope it will stick this time.

Kirk H
Kirk H 2013-08-22 16:57:31 -0500 Report

I tried quitting many times over the years without a lot of success. When I was diagnosed 04/2012 it was a real wake up call for me. After leaving the doctors office I grabbed the half a pack i had in the car and crushed them. Never had a smoke since. Yes its really tough, and I still have bad cravings every morning with my one cup of coffee…but thats the only time it bothers me now…hang in there…it does get better.

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