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Old 05-02-2011, 08:32 PM
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I am at 2 weeks, 3 days, and about 9 hours since my last Winston and my bod is in open revolt.. so I'm wondering if any of you who have quit have experienced the same symptoms that I am enduring.

My head pounds like the hammer of Thor is being swung between my ears. 3 Motrin at a minimum to knock the edge off.

I can't sleep more than a couple hours at a stretch without waking up.

My ability to concentrate is gone. My brain refuses to focus on anything for more than 2 minutes time. I am restless constantly.

My gut is doing somersaults. I have amazing amounts of intestinal gas (quantities a person can be proud of) and I have outright hunger pains hungry every two hours.

I went cold turkey after smoking for 30 years. No gum, no Chantix, no patch, no nothing. I am actively trying to stay away from people I love because of the vile mood I am in.


I do find that I can breathe through both nostrils but I feel more shortness of breath now than when I did 20-30 a day.

How long does this last?????
Old 05-02-2011, 08:40 PM
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And they tried to tell us that smoking wasn't addictive!!
I still smoke, but have quit many times (I think Mark Twain said the same thing).

Stick with it. Your lungs are already beginning to heal and at this point your nose can pick out the smokers in the crowd....which used to be you. You're probably still finding clothes in your closet that have the old smoking smell.

I admire you for making it this long.....wish I had your stamina. Something always sets me off and yes, I have always tried to stay away from my loved ones when "one of those moods" strikes.

Go grab a carrot or stick of celery....

It gets better. Trust me....been there done that. Good Luck!

And hey, think of the small fortune you're saving in smokes!!
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Congratulations!!! I quit exactly one year ago for the third time and final time. One day at a time my friend and it will get easier I promise. Hang in there you will not regret it I promise. Old retired MSG, been there and done that and I smoked like a train, but after quitting i have never felt better, please hang in there.
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21 days is the key mark. Also, if you incorporate exercise it helps alot too, because you will realize how bad your lungs are damaged and how out of shape you are from smoking. When you exercise, you give your body the need for oxygen, and you will be sucking hard wind to get it from all the smoking. After a year you will have made major changes in your health and your overall state of mind. Exercise is key, push yourself hard! But that being said, you will never stop wanting a cigarette, it takes serious dedication and constant effort to not smoke. Congratulations on taking the first step, and good luck with sticking it out!
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About a month.. I had a lot of lung tar release when I quit.. I never smoked again that was over 15 yrs ago.. Don't give in you will feel great!
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I smoked over 20 years, have been quit for 15 now. I used zyban for a month it was a mood altering drug, I have no desire to smoke again I can't stand to smell them, my wife says I am a lot meaner now than I was when I smoked. Good luck I definetly feel better now than when I smoked and I can Breathe.
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i quit at the age of 32 now 59 and can still remember now hard it was to quit, but i bought a couple of new boats with the money i saved. GOOD LUCK
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I know what you are going through i quit after 30 years of smoking. Been off the butts for exactly 39 weeks today. It is a tough thing to do no doubt. All i can tell you is it does get better and easier but you have to want it. Not for someone else but for you. You have to really want to quit. Good luck and try to keep busy. An idel mind is the devils playground.
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I quit 6 weeks ago after 24 years. The first 3 weeks suck. It gets easier every day after that. Keep with it, as your life literally depends on it. I am already to the point where I hate the smell.
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Best money I ever spent:


6 years and counting. A lot of good ideas in this thread. The gum was the best thing for me and I didn't gain a million pounds eating all the time.

Just think of all the pain and misery that you are going through right now as a reminder of how bad smoking was for you. It is such a good feeling to go walking by a smoking area and not join in.

Best of luck to you and others trying to quit!
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subscribed, will take down pointers for when i take the leap....AGAIN...probably in a week or 2
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I was at 3 packs a day(could smoke at work). My wife was at 1/2 pack a day. One day ( the 13 of Sept.) 15 yrs. ago, I got home from work, was standing in the Kitchen opening my 3RD pack of the day. I looked at the smokes and said Fu*k this I quit. That was the last day I had a Cig. touch my lips, Just out right, threw them down on the table, and said "I QUIT". COLD TURKEY!!! My wife said that if I could stay quit for 1 month, then she would quit. Well on Oct. 15 she quit. She had to use Wellbutrin(SP?) Since then we was able to buy a new House, 2 new boats, a new car and a new truck with the money we saved from our Cig. fund. We are still paying for the house, but we used money from this account to use as a down payment. Cig. funds= the amount of 2 cartons per week that went into an account we opened, just to see how much we would save. Seeing the amount climb, is a great way of monitoring your progress. It also gives you a goal. Grant it, it was by far NOT EASY, there were times I would stand next to a friend that was smoking, just to get a wiff of the smoke, believe it or not, that was just enough to get over the craving. I am happy I quit, I feel better, and I don't have to stop so many times while climbing the mountians hunting, I wish you all the best of luck on your journey to clean lungs.
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I quit 22 years ago after a three pack a day habit, you need to change a few thinks for a while, first drink lots of water that will flush the nicotine out of your system, if you smoke with your coffee you need to cut out the coffee for a while, you pretty much need to cut out the things you associate with smoking, if you smoke after, boy that's a hard one.
I went through the same feelings you are having, kind of normal I think, I was very fortunate, my employers have a annual health fair, at one of these health fail I enrolled in the American hearth association 21 days to quit smoking, so I had lots of support, quit after the second day and after a year or so have had no cravings for a smoke, maybe for a cigar but will not risk it.
Best thing I have ever done for myself, good luck, it gets better and better and better.
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Originally Posted by Reel 007 View Post
I quit 22 years ago after a three pack a day habit, you need to change a few thinks for a while, first drink lots of water that will flush the nicotine out of your system, if you smoke with your coffee you need to cut out the coffee for a while, you pretty much need to cut out the things you associate with smoking, if you smoke after, boy that's a hard one.
I went through the same feelings you are having, kind of normal I think, I was very fortunate, my employers have a annual health fair, at one of these health fail I enrolled in the American hearth association 21 days to quit smoking, so I had lots of support, quit after the second day and after a year or so have had no cravings for a smoke, maybe for a cigar but will not risk it.
Best thing I have ever done for myself, good luck, it gets better and better and better.

ole lawd-t-claude

this is my worst part of quitting....
coffee and cigs
done eating and cigs...
beer and cigs...
sex and cigs....

what are some suggestions/tips for when the most crucial time for a cigarette occurs? What is your plan B/C/D?
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Way to go.

As bad as it is, (and I know it is), it sure beats the hell out of the finals stages of lung cancer. I watched three uncles go down that road. Nothing good there.

You should be very proud.
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October 11, 1976 10:30 A.M. It CAN be done! At 90 days, you will tell yourself that you have beaten it, so you can have a cig. It's a trap! Don't do it! It will take years before you stop thinking about it, but eventually, you will. You'll never regret it.

Yesterday we were stopped at a traffic light and I said "someone's smoking." It was coming from the car behind us. You will never regret stopping. Never.
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Originally Posted by booyagasha View Post
ole lawd-t-claude

this is my worst part of quitting....
coffee and cigs
done eating and cigs...
beer and cigs...
sex and cigs....

what are some suggestions/tips for when the most crucial time for a cigarette occurs? What is your plan B/C/D?
Exercise Exercise Exercise. When you make your body need oxygen, smoking becomes very unattractive. When you get the urge, do some pushups, or go running. Change the situation you are in to focus your energy elsewhere. Cravings will pass, the pro's say a craving only lasts 3 minutes. Take some deep breaths and mentally get past it.
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August 23rd 1995. 3 packs a day of Marlboro Menthol. I quit cold turkey just said to myself I was done. I can tell that baby birds were not safe around our house. Bad cravings bad temper you name it, it happened. As it turned out it was well worth the effort and as another said I hate the smell of cigs now. Don't even want to be around any one smoking.
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Feb. 1988 for me, cold turkey....the craving is still there sometimes. Coffee, beer, after meals, etc. Good luck!!
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I quit three years ago by smoking a joint or a bowl every-time I wanted a cigarette. I was high for a whole year but now I don't smoke either one and I feel great. Hope this helps!!

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