By Goddess Latest Reply 2009-02-05 09:30:44 -0600
Started 2008-12-18 15:02:51 -0600

I was just curious as to how many of us were still smoking.

55 replies

gunther123 2008-12-29 16:30:00 -0600 Report

I smoke about a pack or less everyday for the past 35 years ago. I used to smoke 2 2 1/2 packs. I have cut way back, but, at 55 it has already caught up with me. i have emphysema and I'm on oxygen for 24/7. So, I have set another "I quit date" of Jan 10th, 2009. It's only one pf many attempts, but it is an attempt. I can't stop trying to stop. I pretty much know what's going to shorten my life, but I can still do something about it. I don't know when my times is coming, but I do have some control over not contributing any further to my demise. I've heard it's not a pretty way to go. So, there's my confession. It's kind of hypocritical for me to be a caregiver to my wife with her TypeI that she did not have any warning about. But now she does know the differance, and does a lot of things that are, in my mind, self-destructive, and only contributes to the advance stages of her disease.
I'm not sure how I got onto that, but I REALLY do want to quit, but I want it to be easy!

DJ 2008-12-28 08:13:22 -0600 Report

I started smoking when I was 12, I am now do the math, although I have never smoked more than a pack a week…ever…I have been chopping back on a steady basis and am now to the point of one cigarette a day..yup..just one. I smoke half in the morning after breckfast, and half in the evening after dinner. Very soon I will just simply STOP..but I hear and feel everyone who is saying it is a comfort to have that one stress release, that one thing that no one can make you give up… a last grasp at "This is mine, and you can't make me stop!!" I ask myself, "why are you being soooo very stupid as to smoke when you have this condition that is already beating you down and the smoking only makes it worse???" Especially when it is for only one cigarette a day…the answer is is my Choice, and I have so very few of those left to me anymore!!This New Year on January 1st I will make the Choice to QUIT, and that will be my choice as well..Come on Folks, join me and make a choice for yourself that may well save your lives..This is one choice that is yours to make!!
Much Love and Support,*DJ

2008-12-28 11:39:01 -0600 Report

I too have made the choice to stop on January 1st. I also signed up for a class called "Freedom from smoking" that runs for 8 weeks at my local hospital. I've never tried a support group before in my attempts to quit so that's the plan this time. The class starts 1/6/09 and the first one is free to decide if you want to do it. I'm determined to do it this time so Dec. 31, 2008 at midnight they all go in the garbage!!


2catty 2008-12-28 14:16:38 -0600 Report

Congratulations Judy!!!!! I am so proud of you. YOU have made such a important step. We know you can do it. And know that you committed to this we want to keep hearing from you about this program and how your doing. Accountability, that's what we're holding you to. I am just so happy for you. I want you to feel so accomplished about this decision. Be healthy and smoke free.

2008-12-28 20:26:28 -0600 Report

I have many reasons for the decision I've made. My health, the smell, the money blah blah blah but there is one BIG reason that I am determined to do this. I go to my local Y and take water aerobics classes which are fun, good exercise, and a good way to meet new people. One day I was at the pool at a non class time doing my exercising in the water and there was a lady swimming laps next to me and I couldn't help noticing that she had a beautiful body as she glided along in the next lane. After I was done with my exercising, I was at the side of the pool stretching to finish and she swam up and talked to me, she took off her goggles and her swimcap and I nearly fainted. This woman with the great body was 80+ years old!! That day I decided that if she can maintain her body with swimming then so can I and my doctor agreed that it's something I can do as long as I'm alive and good for me too.. but in my attempt to start swimming laps at the pool, I've also determined that I can be a swimmer or a smoker not both (cough, choke, cough, choke) and I want to be healthy and look good more than I want to smoke!! So there you have it, Judy's reason for quitting smoking… I will be swimming laps with the 80+ year old woman on Saturdays too 'wink'

2catty 2008-12-29 14:47:48 -0600 Report

Good for you Judy. Swimming to me is the all time best excercise that you can do. NO bad points to it, good on the joints lungs heart muscles. It builds long lean muscles, and as a bonus not sweat and it's refreshing.

gunther123 2008-12-29 16:34:34 -0600 Report

I' ve made my decision for the 9th of Jan. I am going to try patches. I smoke close to a pack a day, and you are right about the "relaxer" of nicotine. I expect failure again, but you never know. This whole thing still comes down th willpower, little of which I have.
Good luck, Happy New Year!

2008-12-27 18:50:05 -0600 Report

I still smoke and I don't want to quit. I know how horrible that sounds but it is the one thing I still enjoy. I made a pact with myself (and have) slowed it down, but I'm still puffing when I get the chance. Sounds horrible, I know.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-22 19:05:13 -0600 Report

I too have never smoke. I didn't say I never tried it once. I must be stupid. I just could never figure out why you would want to put smoke in you lungs just to blow it out. Well saying that, I was a diabetic at a young age an I was so scare something like that would make my diabetes worse. I didn't know any difference back then and thought it would make me alot sicker or add to my problems…Debe

2catty 2008-12-22 19:10:25 -0600 Report

Oh it does add to your problems. That is for sure. It increases the risk of everything else that we are already at risk for.

uniqueone63 2008-12-25 12:44:08 -0600 Report

my mother at age 76 died of cancer through out her body ended in her brain started in her lungs cant say if it was due to smoking as she had smoked for 30 yrs. and quit for 15 yrs. she had cervical cancer 7 yrs before that and got rid of it then ended up with the lung cancer that spread everywhere else. i also smoke and have been wanting to quit too as i have quit 2 times before cold turkey but this time i am having a hard time doing it. as for the chantex i have read on the internet and an article in the paper of a women who killed herself while she was on it that depressed people like myself should not take it because it blocks all of your pleasure sensors in your brain and you become suicidal and more depressed when on this drug so i am thinking of trying the lozenges or the patches or something like that im tired of spending the money on them and i cant really say they taste that good to me anymore and dont like smelling like smoke and all of that stuff anymore. lisa

Delores2760 2008-12-25 12:56:47 -0600 Report

I too smoke and way too much.Unfortunately so does my husband so everytime I quit he doesn't and then the craving gets unbearable.For me it's not so much the nicotine craving , it's more of a mental issue.Everyone who is or was a smoker knows you do certain activities when you smoke or smoke when you're doing certain activities.That's where I need halp.But hopefully i will be able to quit soon , I am trying and have cut down from 2 packs a day to less than a 1/2 pack a day.And it's so true about the smell getting on everything & everywhere you go ,you carry that smell.Good luck to anyone who is trying to quit this terrible habit.I will be praying for is all to have the strength & willpower to just let it go.

Goddess 2008-12-26 16:43:51 -0600 Report

I have been trying to quit for a year. I've cut down on how much I smoke. It's the last pack that is hard to give up.

gunther123 2008-12-29 16:43:21 -0600 Report

I tried chantix, and I suffer from depression and have been treated for suicide attempts and the thought rarely leaves my mind. Well, smoking is a good way of a slow death too. The chantix did effect me negatively at first, but then it leveled out. It DOES NOT take away the cravings, it only blocks the rewards of smoking. Well, I'm sorry, I smoke for a lot of psychological reasons too. Chantix doesn't treat them, but Wellbutrin will treat the depression, so I think I am going to go back to that. i had a whole month w/o a cigarette while on that program. Ya gotta wanta, or you won't quit, bottom line. I'm also going to try the patch in conjunction with the Wellbutrin, if the doc lets me. it's ironic, taking in nicotene to stop nicitene. It's not the nicotene that gets ya, it's the smoke, and all of the ritual that accompanies smoking, at least for me.

GabbyPA 2008-12-21 11:56:35 -0600 Report

I have never had the desire to smoke. Thank goodness, food addiction is bad enough. I grew up around it though, and my asthma kept me away more than anything. My mom quit and we didn't even notice because she replaced her cigarette with a toothpick. We were kids...My dad quit cold turkey after smoking most of his life. One day he just stopped. I get glimpses of his will power in me, but it fades too often.
My brother also smoked and when he tried to quit, he would turn into quite a grumpy bear.

It was a prerequisite that I did NOT smoke to marry my husband. He has lost several family members to various forms of cancer and smoking related disease. He cannot abide smoking (too much sometimes) But he does have a point. I wouldn't drink a drop of liquor for many years because I lost my grandmother to a drunk driver. So I kind of understand his objection.

My hat is off to those of you who have managed the beast. It is a hard one to overcome. I don't know what I would do if I were in your shoes.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-21 12:13:51 -0600 Report

The experts say that nicotine addiction is harder to beat than heroin addiction.

Jazz 2008-12-21 14:49:30 -0600 Report

I quit and trying to stay quit is so hard I have quit many times and started back now every time I get those cravings I tellmy self I can never smoke another cigaretteif you are still smoking Please try to stop save your life .at one time I could not imagine life with out a cigarette ,now there is life with out one and I am not afraid any more cause I can do with out them I don't smell like smoke It's not in my hair ,on my breath ,in my house ,in my car,inmy clothes, I can take deep breaths I don't wheeze any more .I am bigger than than that thing I control it not it contrling me
merry merry xmas to every one

2008-12-28 06:31:09 -0600 Report

Meridian, I agree even though, thank God, I never had that addiction! I'm still smoking with little will power to stop. Horrible I know but being honest. It's one of the few things I still enjoy. I even gave up Coke, and I loved my Coke A Cola! :)

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-20 08:00:13 -0600 Report

I started smoking at age 18. I used to smoke cigarettes. Then I switched to cigars. Back to cigarettes. Then to pipe for almost 10 years. Then to cigars for about 12 more years. Then one day I decided I was going to quit. I had tried to quit many times in my life, but it wasn't until I decided I was ready to quit, that I was successful. I used the pills prescribed by my doctor, and I quit. That was back in 2001. After the first couple of weeks I have not had any craving or desire to smoke anything again. I even gave away my expensive pipe collection.

Anonymous 2008-12-20 09:32:13 -0600 Report

That is great. Some people never have the desire again and that is wonderful.

gma 2008-12-21 11:44:48 -0600 Report

Yes I still smoke. I quit for 6 months and then just felt I needed just one and that led to a pack a day I use to smoke 3 packs a day Iam going to try to quit once I get my diabetes in check one problem at a time but I an going to cut down to 1 an hour

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-19 17:30:14 -0600 Report

fortunately when I did smoke it was never very much, when my mom, healthy all her life got kidney, bladder and neck cancer she quit on the spot as did my sister, my husband said he would quit when the reached $1.00 a pack but he never did until 11yrs ago when his first grandchild was born. Sister quit at same time as mom. Best Friend still smoking a pipe, now has serious eye problems first question on form do you smoke trying to be supportive and help him to stop, I want everyone on here to live a long and smoke free life. hugs jackie

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-12-19 18:42:21 -0600 Report

This a bad habbit, I smoked for about40
years until I wound up in the hospital
and was told that I had Deminished Lungs,
Copd Emphysema. When I walked out of the hospital I never picked up another cigarett again. So if you do smoke please
quit before it's to late. I regret not
quiting when my parents told that Ishould.

Lanore 2008-12-19 16:04:46 -0600 Report

I smoked for over 30 yrs and learned the hard way. when I was 46 i had to have my caroid arteries cleaned out both sides…the main reason for this was the smoking. I am not tell you this to scare you but it can happen. My last smoke was five years ago, and i have not looked back. I will not go thru that surgery again. So i guess you could say it scared me into quitting. I am glad i did. Lanore ;-)

chemosobbie 2008-12-19 14:00:10 -0600 Report

I smoked up to three years ago. My doctor would not treat me any more if I didn't stop. She supplied me with Bupropion which is a drug used to help drug addicts. It takes away a lot of the craving. I called it my chill pill. I took two in the morning and two at night. I'm not sure how expensive it is. The VA provided it for free.

dj7110 2008-12-19 13:51:50 -0600 Report

I smoke.. Did when i was in high school the Navy reguarly. Than I quit once for aprox 14 yrs. However after a plant explosion I was in that killed a real close freind of mine ( a bad episode of PTSD) I started up again. I have been smoking ever since. My kids keep hounding me about it as rest of my family. I smoke an avg of about a pack a day. after reading all the posts. I'm kinda debateing on trying to quit myself. I know there are a lot of meds, patches , gum etc.. But I prefer the way that did work for me before and hopefully will again.. I call it the natural way.. No nicoteen susbstitutes to try to ween from later etc.. If you smoke aprox 1 1/2 packs a day you quit by naturally reducing the cravings and nicotine one ciggerette at a time.. It's nothing to smoke one less cigerette a day.. you just can never cheat yourself, or even buy any extra cigs than you need. eventually you get there without the meds this way.

chrystalleraven 2008-12-19 13:23:33 -0600 Report

Hi Everyone! I still smoke and have had a hard time quitting. I have cut down, started it again, cut down..but I try to look at it as not failing to quit each time but a pratice run to quit and each time I am a little closer. I did read someone used Chantix, I was going to but have heard horrible side effects from it and that they are taking it off the market. Does anyone have any info on this to be true or not? Take Care..

Anonymous 2008-12-19 14:09:24 -0600 Report

I have read about the side effects of Chantix but the thought of getting lung cancer or desth is worse. You have to make a choice. Death or some side effects.

2008-12-19 21:20:26 -0600 Report

I tried Chantix last year and I quit for 5 weeks but there are many side effects from it. I lost my taste for most food, and developed stomach problems. I still battle the stomach issues daily. Beware of that stuff!! It worked for 5 weeks great and then all of a sudden one day I wanted a cigarette and I would have done anything to get one.. Anything. Everyone that I know that's tried it (and that's about 10 people) are back smoking again. nd it's expensive, over $100 a month and you're supposed to take it for 3 months. Insurance didn't pay for it, but in 2009 they will pay about half I think. I think the only way to do it is to just throw them away and put up with the withdrawal and get through it. IMHO


Anonymous 2008-12-20 09:29:33 -0600 Report

Well my daughter's boyfriend did not have any problems and he is well past the 3 months. He is at about 6 months not smoking. And his insurance paid for the prescription at the higher co pay which is a lot cheaper that a carton of cigarettes. You just have to make a choice. Smoking or not. Some people need a little help. And I am glad he got it and quit.

Goddess 2008-12-21 11:02:08 -0600 Report

chrytallraven, i have ben on chantix a year. it has made be go from 4 packs to a pack or less.

chrystalleraven 2008-12-31 14:00:08 -0600 Report

Thanks for your replies, Annoymous, Judy and Goddess, I appreciate it. I guess I am a bit worried about what the effects of Chantix would be on top of the 18 other medications I am on. I swear I am a walking pharmacy! On the other hand, it couldn't be worse than smoking still. I thinK I will talk to my Dr again on my next appt. in a couple weeks and give it a try.( I have been debating on patches or chantix). I am tired of not being able to breathe plus the example I am setting for my kids. Thanks again guys. Have a great new year!

Anonymous 2008-12-19 09:36:38 -0600 Report

I do not smoke, never have because when I was 12 years old my father died of lung cancer from smoking.

2catty 2008-12-19 10:44:13 -0600 Report

That's the worse way to learn how bad the effects can be. I'm sorry for your loss. But I'm so glad you don't smoke. You could really teach a lot of people about the bad effects of smoking. You could be your father's voice.

Anonymous 2008-12-19 10:58:53 -0600 Report

Thank you. I have tried to teach people around me. My daughter's boyfriend used to smoke. I helped him quit with support and hard candy and a prescrition called Chantix. He had no cravings, no withdrawal. Took him 2 1/2 months. So proud of him.

2catty 2008-12-19 11:10:06 -0600 Report

Soooo proud of you. You are doing your father proud. I know he is so proud of you for what you did. And you probably help save that boys life.

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-19 09:32:08 -0600 Report

i stoped about 10 years ago. only smoked for 3 years. but it was the worse habit to break, other than eating, that i've ever had!

NormaJean 2008-12-20 13:27:11 -0600 Report

Smoking is a hard habit to break and I have tried very hard to quit I'm almost there and I know i can do it but there are times when life is depressing and there are problems that won't seem to go away and reaching for that cigarette seems to be the only comfort…

2008-12-18 22:21:39 -0600 Report

I'll be honest too.. I still smoke. I've tried to quit a gazillion times and I just can't seem to get there. I am a swimmer too so that's just nuts. I've decided that 2009 is the year I'm going to be successful at giving it up. I'm not even going to say I hope I will, I'm going to just do it. I'll pick a time when I feel ready, whenever that will be… I am a strong woman but for some reason when it comes to giving it up I am weak. Addiction is a horrible thing.

2catty 2008-12-18 23:36:18 -0600 Report

Please just don't pick that cigarette up. No lectures no one is dumb here. We all know what they can and will do. You are strong, I know you can give them up. Think of the ones around you that you love. They can be your motivation and inspiration. Be strong.

2008-12-19 11:02:14 -0600 Report

If it was 'just' that easy no one would smoke. You're right we all know it's bad for us and we'll all get there in our own time and at our own pace.

2catty 2008-12-19 11:08:25 -0600 Report

That's what my dad say's. He is 69 been smoking for 60 years. Now he has emphysema. But he always says I will quit one day. He is right though he will unfortunately.

Goddess 2008-12-18 15:19:13 -0600 Report

Since you were honest I will be too. I still smoke everday. Alot less than I used to.

NormaJean 2008-12-18 15:37:07 -0600 Report

I was never a big smoker,my job was stressful so most of the time I smoked was on the job but since there's no smoking in the work place I do so at home.Simce i was dx in August this year I tried to quit but it's hard and I'm glad you were honest too.

Goddess 2008-12-18 15:45:26 -0600 Report

You won't believe this. But I used to smoke 4 packs a day back when I was married. I now smoke a pack or less.

NormaJean 2008-12-20 13:19:10 -0600 Report

Are you kidding me Goddess,4 packs a day,that's not good but it takes time for us who want to quit and am glad you're down to one pack a day good job but I know you can do better so maybe next year you can work and that.