My quit date was February 16, 2011 at 10:00 p.m., Cold Turkey.
This is my first post because last weekend I came down with the flu and am just now getting back to feeling good. I cannot imagine if I had continued to smoke during this illness.
Over the past year I had made short, futile attempts to quit and the longest was 3 months, two days.
I believe that I will succeed this time because I am tired of going through constant withdrawal. I also have noted what I was feeling, thinking and doing when I started smoking again the previous times. I am much more educated due to these notes and the support of places like this.
My husband was smoking during my past efforts and has joined me during this quit. I will not allow myself to follow him should he relapse but will support him with all the love and encouragement he deserves.
After only 18 days, 10 I have saved $230.00. WOW!!!!! So…between my husband and me, we have saved $460.00 which will work out to over $800.00 a month and a little over $9,000.00 a year! Maybe we will get another dog or go on a nice vacation, or? Who knows…the world is our oyster
Cigarettes are $8.00 per pack where I live and the tax is going up by .40 cents in a matter of months. Yikes! I am appalled that I would have allowed myself to spend that kind of money to essentially poison myself and horribly disrupt my quality of life.
Following is an interesting but true experience I had with NRT.
I was a participant in a research study for the "patch," when I lived in Minnesota, years ago. During the first phase we logged the number of cigarettes smoked each day. After a couple of weeks we were asked to stop smoking and were given our patches as a nicotine replacement.
For the next three months I had a wonderful experience with the quit. I had no desire for a cigarette. Side effects were almost non existent. I lost weight, exercised and ate a healthy diet. I felt better than ever!!!!
I kept telling my husband and friends what a wonderful product this patch was and how it would revolutionize smoking cessation for the world.
After 3 months our participation in the study was over and we were not given any more patches. Within a month...I was smoking again. TOTAL BUMMER!!!! I hated telling the team members this news when they conducted follow up calls to all who participated.
At approximately 6 months later, I received a letter from the research study team. They thanked me for my participation and then concluded the letter with this:
It is now time to reveal the patch replacement you were issued during our research study. You were issued a PLACEBO. Not kidding you! A flippin PLACEBO!!!
In the South it is said, “You can put your boots in the oven but that don’t make them biscuits.” My translation with respect to smoking is this…No matter how I wish for it; smoking will never make me healthy, wealthy and certainly not wise. This woman’s boots are going to stay on her feet and kick the smoking biscuit to the curb. They are not at all tasty, smell disgusting and are full of poison. I deserve much, much better and so do you!
Best wishes to all!