Do you need to quit smoking?

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2011-11-17 12:49:17 -0600
Started 2010-01-26 14:38:33 -0600

According to the renowned Cleveland Clinic, a diabetic who smokes is at increased risk for essentially every complication of diabetes, including blindness, foot problems, stroke, and more.

So here we are in January, the month for making resolutions. I ran across this article on with 10 Crazy Ways People Quit Smoking,,20336...

I thought it must be time for another one of our "unscientific" surveys.

Do you currently smoke? If so, are you trying to quit right now?

Were you a smoker in the past?

If you have successfully quit, tell us what you did that finally worked.

And feel free to share what you've tried that hasn't worked as well.

31 replies

Guardianstone 2010-08-26 21:37:32 -0500 Report

Hello People,
I was a 16 yr 1 to 2 pack smoker, my husband smoked over 20 yrs 2 to 3 packs a day.
My husband & I quit cold turkey after he had a CVA. Doctors said if we smoked, he could die.
That was about 4 years ago. Craving - Yes. Smoking - No.
Not really recomended. The psychological stress stinks. Gaining 60 lbs realy stinks.

Guardian stone

Miminv 2010-04-01 07:32:38 -0500 Report

I smoked for 22 years and enjoyed most of it. For the last 10 years I worked on quiting. I started with cold turkey which last 12 hours the first time and three days the second time. I realized then that I was in for a fight with the dark monster craving that could get ahold of my mind and direct me to a store for a pack of smokes. The next thing I did was work my way down the tar and nicotine levels thinking that maybe if I got to the lowest level i could quit. Instead I smoked the lowest level for the last 9 years. Next I tried the scatter approach were you don't smoke after a meal or wait a half hour and then a hour and so on till you don't smoke in a habit way. Yeah, the patch was next, and next again and one more time and I still smoked on the patch. No you should not smoke on the patch it makes your head spin.
My step father died of Lung cancer, My father is dieing of COPD.
It was my last surgery, after the surgery i was sedated for a day and all i remember is trying to take the oxygen nasal thing off and hearing a ringing. I went home and started smoking again without a thought of the oxygen thing.
I am not sure when it happened but at some point it came to me that the ringing was because I was not getting enough oxygen. My next thought was that is the last thing I want to die of. Not getting enough oxygen because I kept smoking.
So I started smoking outside even at home(in the winter it makes you think). And then I started chantix. The chantix went after the dark monster craving in my stomach and started to erase the mind cravings too. I believe I quit just in time with the chantix because I was starting to have nightmares. But the chantix worked. I quit January 2, 2008. I picked the 2nd because I knew I would be around smokers on the 1st. I don't have any cravings but sometimes miss my old friend in the middle of the night.
I also don't have the chronic broncitis in the spring and fall anymore. You know the "bad cold" that doesn't go away. I haven't had that for two years before it was every year for 16 years.
What did happen was severe neuropathy in my feet and legs. It took a week for the circulation to go to my feet and legs and by the end of that week I put my foot through a wall because the pain was that bad.
So do what ever you need to do and get yourself there to quit now.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-04-01 09:55:05 -0500 Report

I think you were writing my story, word for word. I quit with Chantix Feb. 2008. I have COPD, chronic broncitis. I have not had a bout of it this year for the 1st time since I was young!! I also have severe neuropathy in my feet. The pain gets pretty intense at times. I smoked for 35 years. Man if anyone is still smoking you need to try this drug. I could not have stopped without it. It's the best and hardest thing I've done.

lacat87 2011-11-17 11:01:24 -0600 Report

Wish I could use Chantix, tried a couple of times but got too much abdominal pain. Next to try after many attempts with the patch is Wellbutrin. Was told to use it twice a day, but made me too jittery, constipated, dry mouth, chest, throat. So now I'm only taking one Wellbutrin and seeing how/if that helps. Live with a heavy smoker who has no intentions of quitting.

lacat87 2011-11-17 12:49:17 -0600 Report

Yes I did. And drank the water after also. Guess I have a sensitive stomach! Thanks for asking.

Kresge 2010-03-03 01:02:35 -0600 Report

From a quick scan of everyone's comments, it doesn't look like anyone's mentioned ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES. I'm not a smoker but my 19 year old niece is. We all want her to quit but since she has absolutely no desire to at this point in time I've looked into electronic cigarettes. From what I gather, it's a device that looks and feels like a cigarette, but instead of burning tobacco, it vaporizes or "atomizes" nicotine oils, which are then inhaled and absorbed into bodies tissues. When you exhale you blow out what looks like smoke, but it's really just vapor. So there's no stinky smell, (you can smoke it indoors and not harm others) no risk of lung cancer, and no need to break the hand-to-mouth habit. From what I understand, nicotine by it's self is an addictive stimulant, not unlike caffeine— it's not lethal unless you're smoking to get it… or chewing to get it.
A lot of the reviews I've read on these electronic cigarettes say that they're a great tool for people who are working towards quitting. You can buy different levels of nicotine cartridges until you get to the point where you're just buying blanks. We haven't purchased one yet so does anyone else out there know anymore about these things?

DeanaG 2011-11-17 12:48:48 -0600 Report

I have smoked 1 - 1 1/2 packs a day for over 30 years. We just purchased some e-cigarettes to try to cut down/quit. We have only had them a couple of days and I haven't opened a pack of regular cigarettes since receiving the e-cigarette. The initial cost for 2 starter kits with shipping was $150., the cartridges are much cheaper than cigarettes. We have been spending about $100 a week for 2 cartons. The cartridges are $65 for the equivalent of 4 cartons.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-03-03 09:26:18 -0600 Report

When I looked into it, it was really expensive and it would take a long time to get to the point of quitting, But everyone is different so it might work for her.

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-02-17 11:13:56 -0600 Report

Here's a website for people living in Florida who want to quit. The counceling is free and so are the patches, etc you may need. This program helped me because I needed the extra stuff they do such as teaching coping skills. I have a councelor I see every week and a call number for extra help even for follow up. I quit in April and it was so much easier and this time, I can stay quit. It got me off alot of my meds and also a lifetime Rx for oxygen. Now I walk 3 miles a day and have energy to spare. I tried a zillion ways to quit for a lot of years but this one worked for me.It's a terrible addiction and I need all the help I can get.

Your state probably has a free program like this since alot of them are funded by the government. Ask your doctor if you need help finding one. Alot of hospitals also offer programs. Good luck.

officebuc 2010-02-05 11:25:18 -0600 Report

I quit smoking 2 months ago and now I can't controll my sugar. Before I quit I had controll of it. I had reading of 125-130 beforre bed now I can't get it below 225. I am not eating any more than I did before. I have supper at 6:30 PM when I get home from work and nothing else to I take my sugar at 11PM. I am ready to start smoking again just to get in under control. Can you help me get my sugar back in control.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-02-06 15:18:42 -0600 Report

I know that when I quit smoking I wanted to eat everything in sight. That made my sugars go up. Also, my meds needed adjusted because of not smoking. You should talk to your doc. DON"T start smoking again. You are over the hardest part!!!!!!!!!!!

Elrond 2010-01-27 22:49:53 -0600 Report

I'm afraid I'm terminally addicted. I've been smoking for more than forty years and I've tried patches, pills, gum, classes, hypnotherapy, cold turkey, and various combinations. Currently, I'm partially switched to a pipe on the half-baked theory that it's less harmful. (At least it's less expensive.) I do make my own filter cigarettes from tobacco that doesn't have the additives commonly found in commercial cigarettes. (Pretty lame, I know.) But that does cut the expense approximately in half. You would think that after a stroke and a massive heart attack I'd learn something but I guess I'm a slow learner.

Anonymous 2010-01-28 00:02:54 -0600 Report

Elrond: I give you all the credit in the world for your many attempts to quit and I urge you to keep trying. In your list you don't mention having tried a 12 step approach which is what I tried and succeeded with: I decided not to smoke one day at time and in the beginning I had to break the 24 hour day into 10 or so minute intervals. I discovered, as have many hard core alcoholics, that what I could not do for a lifetime, I could do one day at a time. I quit in 1977 when I was smoking 3 PPD (definitely addicted). You seem way too talented and creative to continue to be fettered with tobacco. I wish you the best and care about you no matter how things work out for you!!!

Spottsmom 2010-01-27 17:42:25 -0600 Report

I was finally able to quit in Jan 2008. i just got fed up with spending that money i discovered a program that offered free patches in Maryland and i called and they sent me the first step of patches and i spoke to my doctor and found that my insurance covered it and so i quit I did start by the few weeks before i started the patches and was finishing my last packs i made sure not to smoke inside. I would only smoke outdoors This way I broke my habit of sitting at my computer and watching TV with a smoke in my hand. It honestly also helped clear that smell out the house and to be honest I got so I Hated that smell ugh it isjust horrible now that I do not smoke i smell it really strong and it is not nice to me .
I have not looked back since.

Anonymous 2010-01-26 20:21:53 -0600 Report

I quit in 1977. I started, ironically, as I was beginning my career as a healthcare professional. I started with Camels (OMG!!!!), then 1.5 packs of Viceroy's/day, then to low tar and nicotine True cigs at 3 packs per day. That is when I told my healthcare colleagues: I must be addicted - I doubled my consumption after going to low tar/nicotine. No, my cigarette puffing, health care colleagues, said, there is no such thing as physiological addiction to cigarettes, you are just "psychologically dependent" (HA!! This was about the time cigarettte companies were lying about the data and "doctoring" cigarettes to increase the nicotine content so addicted people (like me) would smoke more). I applied twelve step work to my smoking and successfully stopped smoking one day at a time. The cravings were gone after about probably three to 6 months. By the way, when I was learning to smoke (and I had to learn to inhale, it did not come naturally), I saw a patient literally cough up lung tissue with copious amounts of blood and mucus as he was dying of the end stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The blood and tissue hit the wall of his oxygen tent as he had this horrific coughing fit. When he caught his breath (barely) and as the tissue slid down the plastic of the tent, the poor man begged for a cigarette. That scene has NEVER left my mind and through all the hard days when I initially quit smoking I prayed that I would be successful and be spared what that poor man suffered. All so tobacco companies could make a profit…M best wishes to all who try to quit..if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

JulieC 2010-01-27 05:13:06 -0600 Report

ewwwwwww…I think if I had witnessed that…it may have made quit…things like that make me so sick to my stomach. I see paople on my job who have an oxigen tank hanging on them and a cig in their mouth.. I tell them…your gonna blow yourself up! They laugh and keep on puffin.

ptsparkle 2010-01-26 19:27:08 -0600 Report

Two packer a day, quit cold turkey in 1972. Smoked mainly Pall Mall, Lucky strikes, and camels. Do not miss it a bit. Go 5 days, you can lick it. Talk about the price of test steips etc., who can afford them now??

JulieC 2010-01-26 19:53:56 -0600 Report

Uhgggggg…I am a smoker…been smoking for 34 long years. I am stupid and I know it…but…I look at it and feel I can not live with out my smokes..not for a day. I tried the patch, and several other things..didnt work. I tried chantix…oh my gosh…it made me NUTS! I even started writing a suiside letter…when I realised what I was doing…I cried and went to the store and got some smokes…been smoking ever since. I guess you have to quit when your ready or some one or something scares you to quit. My husband quit 5 yrs ago…he syas it was devine inervention…after a heart attack scare. Then he got stints a year later. My brother died of lung cancer last summer…he had quit 10 yrs before. I have heard stories of people quitting and then getting sicker..thats scary too.

OMG-T2 2010-01-26 20:03:24 -0600 Report

Yeah, I am the LAST person to defend smoking or other bad habits, but you know JulieC, I too have loved ones who gave up many of their bad habits, addictions, etc. and died very shortly thereafter. I can't really believe that in giving up these things my loved ones somehow hastened their deaths, but I always think that if it was their time anyway, why didn't they enjoy it up until the last minute?

Which of course isn't to say that I feel like I will darned well smoke cigarettes up until I die…I certainly don't plan to, and I really need to quit, but I am still not ready and until I am ready, it's pointless to pretend.

I tried the nicotine patch once, but I couldn't keep it lit. Sorry…that's a terrible joke, and it's not true, but I couldn't resist.

mcbare 2010-01-26 18:41:36 -0600 Report

I tried many ways to quit smoking . smoker for 22 years started pre teen years. I went into a local d n a treatment center spent enough money to figure it was crazy to start back up , have not smoked in over 10 years found out I just had to get past first three days which I could not do at home best investment I ever made.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-01-26 17:37:01 -0600 Report

I smoked for 35 years. I quit 2 years ago. I didn't want to quit, but I was diabetic, had COPD, was sick all the time, and had little grandkids around me a lot. Several people at work decided to quit and they were using Chantix. So I tried it. first time I quit for 3 months and started again. I smoked for about 6 months and decided I could do this. So I got the Chantix again, and have now been a ex-smoker for 2 years next month. There are still times I would like a smoke, but that passes. It's been the hardest and the best thing I have ever done for myself. I don't get sick like I used to and I can breath. But I think the best part is I no longer have that controlling my life. Been diabetic it seems like we have no control, but with this I did.

Harlen 2010-01-26 15:10:13 -0600 Report

Yes I am a smoker and yes I plan on quiting when we get thrue this high stress time on the 9th of Feb will be my last day this will be my 3rd time to try and if I need a 4th then thats what I will do.I do not wish to keep smoking its a pain to always look for a place to smoke.So I am over it.
but when every one is off the stick and every one is slime whats next???
They have tried eggs,pork,milk,fat I wonder whats next????
Best wishes

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-01-26 17:37:55 -0600 Report

I was a smoker and one day my wife could not wake me. Well she called the EMT's
and was transported to the hosital. I was
admitted and finally woke up 4 days latter. The Dr. said my BP was sky high,
and my blood oxcygen was very low. He said I had to quit smoking as by breathing was labored. He had a Pulminoligst come see me and he said I had deminshied lungs and Emphysema. When I left the hospital I never touched another cigarrett again. Now I am on
oxygen 24/7 and use a power chair as I can't walk any distance. So guys please quit before it's to late.
Best wisshes,

Monalisa 2010-01-27 17:26:41 -0600 Report

Hi, I am a smoker even though I quit 2 months ago, I still feel I need to smoke sometimes but when someone does it near me it really stinks!!! I even get nauseated by the smell! But sometimes I crave it really bad, when I see someone smoking in the tv or see cigarettes it triggers my desire to smoke I even tried to cheat one time but when I had my first puff it was horrible even washing my mouth and using gum didn't take the taste and smell away it lasted in my nose for a few days I don't even know if this is normal.
The thing is I didn't use any method to stop smoking just stopped, I had been smoking since I was 16 and quit at 44 and I don't know if I will be able to ever smoke again with the cravings and all, just know that my whole system doesn't tolerate it for now; I can smell cigarette smoke from a few yards away.
Good day… LISA

JulieC 2010-01-27 20:11:54 -0600 Report

Yup..when you quit…it smells really bad..and you can smell it from far away. Once when I quit…I sat in a bar and stared at a man smoking..he was really enjoying it..I couldnt keep my eyes off him..that was so funny…Its wonderfull you quit…dont let temtation get you ever…all it takes is smoking one…and you'll be right back at me ;-(

Monalisa 2010-01-27 20:44:30 -0600 Report

Thanks Julie, I have learned these past 2 months that we all have the power inside us to make the changes we want for our lives, good or bad, when you say convinced, inside yourself I'm going to do this and you really believe it you have the power to do it! So don't feel bad hun, if you started again because when the time comes that you really, really want to quit you will do it.
Hugs, your friend…LISA

cheftype2 2010-02-06 12:31:18 -0600 Report

I've quit cold turkey and I go back once in awhile but i don't like the way it makes me feel. I am some times stressed by unemployment and my wife constantly riding my ass about everything, oh yeah and dealing with diabetes not just my own but my sons, I look for an out and I always fall to smoking and an sometimes a drink. Knowing that its wrong it just sometimes the easy way to deal with it all. I've been not taking care of myself and been concentrating on my son to get him under control. I get so caught up into him that i lose track of my own. I don't know I just hate complaining about my life. I can do this I just need to stop feeling sorry I know. How do I get out of this rut.

donna13 2010-02-06 12:36:00 -0600 Report

You come on this site and piss and moan. We even have threads just for that. I firmly believe that everyone needs to get things off their chest sometimes. It just causes more problems to keep it all inside. So feel free to let off steam here - we'll all listen.

OMG-T2 2010-01-26 15:01:18 -0600 Report

Yes, I smoke and at this point in time I have absolutely no intention of quitting. I will deal with all facets of my disease in my own good time - smoking is my final crutch and I'm not ready to let it go. Of course I have the sense to know that continuing to smoke is idiotic and quite damaging…particularly as a diabetic. But eventually I WILL deal with it.

In the interim, I would like to just answer the assertion that "smoking kills" with "not reliably". LOL!

Harlen 2010-01-26 15:14:55 -0600 Report

I am with you frend
No one can make you give it up,its up to you.I think a lot of the things they sey are crap.But I know I will breath better and on a long trip I will not need to stop every 2hr to have a smoke my wife dosent smoke and I will not smoke in the car or near her but thats me
I wish you the best

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