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Quitting smoking during difficult times

By April 4, 2011 - 2:44pm

I recently bought the Allen Carr book to assist me with breaking my 10 year addiction to nicotine...and then I was retrenched at work! I am down to my last box of smokes and am only halfway through the book because I have been too busy searching for a new job to finish reading it, and I have been chain smoking which is why I am already down to one box (maybe half a box after tonight! I had a fight with my boyfriend and he stormed out, so I started lighting up every ten minutes! The fight was about my weight and his fathers disapproval of me because of it! I am going through a really stressful time in my life at the moment and the thought of giving up my crutch is making me want to postpone quitting. I need some encouragement please!

By March 11, 2012 - 11:05pm

Also, I can't wait until I can say, "I'm six months smoke free" and "I'm one year smoke free!" Smoking is gross because it steals your quality of life. I hope this helps someone quit.

March 11, 2012 - 11:05pm
By March 11, 2012 - 11:00pm

I agree, you have to want to quit! I quit smoking even with a room mate smoking in the house around me. I made the room mate go outside but every time I walked out the door I could smell the smoke from a fresh lit cigarette. I smoked for 39 years and I'm now 3 and 1/2 months smoke free. I tried many times to give up smokes and couldn't do it. Now my lungs are really bad and I finally quit. It is extra hard to quit during stressful times and for me a smoking pill helped. The bottom line is: you have to want to do it, you have to want to basically save your own life, because cigarettes are a killer! No one can do it but you.

March 11, 2012 - 11:00pm
By April 20, 2011 - 8:31am

Hi Angeljoy,
I have never had to give up an addiction like you are. I have heard that cigarettes are super hard to give up. I believe in my own opinion it takes all your resolve. You are seeing a cycle in your life, and the cigarettes aren't doing you any favors. So start tomorrow. Don't smoke that day. Find a positive thing to do instead of smoking. Pick up some smoking cessation patches to help you quit. Or talk with your doctor about getting help. Do what you need to do to remove that facet (the smoking part) from your life. Ask friends and co-workers who smoke to not do it around you, or don't go around them until you are stronger.
These are just some ideas. A book can't make you quit. It can provide some good insight, and tips to help you, but the real quitting has to come from inside of you.
Good luck, and keep coming back here for support as you need it.
Here are some articles that may also provide some insight for you in this time:

April 20, 2011 - 8:31am

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