Post by lavishgail on Jun 30, 2017 22:55:16 GMT -5
I knew quite a few of these were in cigarettes, but I didn't know about the mercy and lead, omg! How awful, no wonder people are addicted, I very much doubt that back in the day way back, cigarettes had any of this junk in them, they were tobacco only I believe. But still never good for you. No wonder it's so hard to quit. Thank you John for putting this up, I'll be sure to share with some friends and family that I know smoke!
Glad I quit 11+ years ago. Today, I walk by people who smoke and go "WOW - do they ever stink!". I cannot believe I used to be one of those people. Luckily, I'm not one of those annoying anti-smoking people. Just commenting there's many other reasons to be a non-smoker today.
Still trying to give it up. I just received my patches and I will be trying them out. Hopefully I can stop for good this time. I did tell my doctor everything, she was not upset, she said we will just go from here. So I pray to God this will help me. Thanks for asking barb.
Gail, keep on trying! I hope this time is the charm. It took me many tries to quit, and I was eventually successful. It's been 10 years now, but I can remember how hard it was. I also remember the frustration of not feeling any better when I first quit. But eventually I felt so much better, my cough subsided and my breathing improved. So, hang in there! Keep trying. Everyday is a new day to be smoke free. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Post by Suzanne (Suz) on Aug 16, 2017 20:10:07 GMT -5
Obviously smoking is #1 reason of COPD - and it goes without saying is the #1 thing we need to quit to breathe better. I too quit almost 10 years ago, unfortunately last year I had a relapse and started again - not as hard as before, it started slowly then increased and by the end I was smoking at least 5 or 8 cigs a day. I was disgusted with it as I could feel my breathing changing but since I was stressed and in the middle of many different situations (still ongoing) I thought it was my escape - my go to thing. How wrong was I?
I smoked from Sept 2016 to about April 2017 - without anyone knowing. I was a closet smoker. However, in April I took Chantix and quit for good again. "I think" I will just have to add an extra 7 months to my once quit date I guess. I miss it every day! I am tested every day with work life, family life - kids, husband etc....
All this to say Gail, hang in there and try whatever you can put your hands on and every day you are smoke free is an extra day for you. It's not easy - but know we are all here for you.
Post by lavishgail on Aug 21, 2017 19:31:52 GMT -5
Thank you Suz. Thank you for sharing you're story, made me feel a little better, bc i felt a little alienated, I know no one meant it for me to feel that way but I did.
Anyway, I haven't had one cigarette for 10 days now. I used the patches, and I seem to be fine now. I hardly need a patch anymore. So I hope I never pick up, and yes, I always loved smoking, it was my get away. But I hated the smell. On me or on Anyone else! I have never liked the smell.
Bob also quit Smoking, So nobody smokes around here anymore, and I'm thankful. I needed to get that expensive monkey off my back. Now i have brought my van to the garage and so far its going to be $697 and that is before they checked my AC they knew something was wrong with it but they wanted to ask me if they could work on it first and I said yes because I need it done. I guess you can find somewhere to put the money if you're not using it for cigarettes . Thanks again everyone, andSuz Thanks again.
Post by Suzanne (Suz) on Aug 21, 2017 19:50:39 GMT -5
You are most welcome Gail - I guess my struggling with the smoking again (because of stress and life) kept me away from here longer than anticipated - but I felt like a cheat by coming on and encouraging people to breathe while I was definitely destroying mine. I'm still struggling but intend to make the best of it by keeping on posting and sending positive vibes to everyone.
Post by lavishgail on Aug 23, 2017 12:51:03 GMT -5
Suz, we are human. I know the struggle! Dont not come here bc you feel that way! Come here and talk about it. We all are here for you. We love you. My prayers for you too honey!
Dont worry, kust still come as much as you can bc we need you! Just dont say breath easy , then mo guilt. HAHA..jk , just trying to make you laugh and make light if it. But my prayers continue for us all. Mo one is perfect period!
for Suz and Gail that they stay off the smokes....It is an awful addiction but I've got 10 years smoke free and I have even had some times when I thought I would have one but no way....When I was smoking I used to think that what a shame a darn cig. is running my life.....
I haven't smoked for almost 7 years now. I quit once (with the patch) for 1 1/2 years, started again & quitting the 2nd time was pure hell!!! i thought i would never succeed at quitting as I failed so many times trying. As I think back to those days of trying & failing my heart goes out to anyone trying. I tried so many ways to quit & then my daughter told me about the e-cig & that finally worked for me, but i did it over 4 months in a 'taper down' plan. When i started smoking the health risks weren't know (i can remember going to the dr office & his smoking in the room as he examined me). By the time the risks were known I was far past just hooked, i was addicted. But knowing the risks sure didn't help me quit & when people acted condemning or lectured me about smoking it just made the rebel come out in me & made me smoke more (yes, i know i wasn't hurting anyone but myself---but i see that still today, the more my DIL nags my son, the more he smokes) I am an alcoholic that quit drugs & alcohol 27 years ago. Quitting that addiction was hell, but I have to say that quitting smoking was even harder to do. Smoking is something I did from the time i woke up to the time i fell asleep, it was as much a part of me as my toenails are.
What I don't think many people realize is that Nicotine is the 'addictive' part of a cigarette because it makes you "feel good" by releasing dopamine & other 'feel good hormones into your system....Tobacco companies ADD nicotine just to get & keep people addicted!!! Nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine,the difference is nicotine is legal.
Gail, don't quit your patches or gum or any aid that will help you quit!!!! Yes, there are stories how some people just 'quit' but reality is that quitting such an addictive drug as nicotine without letting it get out of your system at a slow rate is usually a recipe for failure. www.healthline.com/health/addiction/tobacco#overview1
Post by lavishgail on Aug 26, 2017 21:31:11 GMT -5
Thank you so much Jarca. Its a real struggle. Especially when im so worried about my son and so many other things. I really wish i wasn't such a worry wart, but thats another story,! Im so full of pain im crying. And for me im usually high tolerance for pain. Thank Jarca for all the info.
Post by Suzanne (Suz) on Aug 28, 2017 5:39:43 GMT -5
Thanks ladies - much appreciated. Today I'm on that last batch "again". I quit almost 10 years ago with Zyband. I started last September very slowly and thought I could control it. "Couldn't". In April I took Champix - it worked "while I was on it" then the urge and the cravings just got the better of me. Trouble at home, trouble at work, never ending story sometimes. In the last 2 weeks I have smoked 3 packs - yup I'm the "closet" smoker. John doesn't even know this time. I bought the Thrive losenges - took one on the week-end and it seemed to work. I will start the "Thrive" program tomorrow. I am leaving for Vegas Thursday until late Monday so that will be my real tryout.
I don't want to smoke - but like Jarca said that was something I used to do from getting up to going down and I loved every minute of it. I quit smoking before I was diagnosed with COPD and it worked back then and it will work again. This is just a phase I'm going through I know it. So today I'm saying goodbye to my friend/enemy (as we know they are no friends of mine those little suckers) and try the Thrive (never believed in keeping the drug in the system) but maybe this is what I need.
I'll keep you all posted and yes Gail - in the meantime...Breathe well... I know I'm trying.
Have to get ready for work - take care all and thanks to everyone's prayers and encouragement. And you hang in there with me Gail - let's control this thing! Hugs!!
Post by lavishgail on Aug 28, 2017 23:46:16 GMT -5
Thanks Suz...Thank you so much. Im hanging alright . Oh well im going to try again. Im so glad I talked about this, I'm same as you Suz, with EVERYTHING going on, my Son, my poor granddaughters, crying for daddy, my heart is broken, and I hurt for them. I'm so happy I was able to buy each of my grandchildren shoes and for my girls 3 outfits each to start school. Mom can get their socks, and school supply's , Pencils and rulers and the small stuff. Im hoping ill have a little extra left over next week, so I can start planning for their winter coats and boots. I give a little bit of money to Corey for his 4 girls, and my son Billy's kids..Ive done this for years. I want to be sure they all have good shoes for school and an outfit at least for the first day. I save all summer to do this. At Christmas I get all coats and boots, I have 9 grandchildren. 7 girl's and 2 boys, and Billy's daughter has a form of autism, and my grandson middle one has full autism, he cannot do very much, poor kids. I love them all.