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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 09:38 AM
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Poll question: What was the hardest period after quitting smoking?
A friend is going through withdrawals after stopping last Sunday. We are both wondering, for those who have quit successfully, what is the peak period of cravings and discomfort.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 09:45 AM
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1. 337 days smoke free and I have given in twice to cravings...
Once within 3 months of quitting and once again in January - both time I just took a drag of someone elses smoke and both times it was horrible.

I found the withdrawals of the first few days the worst feelings ever.

I find that I crave one when I have had a cocktail and I see others smoking.

Best of luck to your friend...
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 10:07 AM
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2. On the 15th
it will be a year smoke free for me
The first 2 weeks are the hardest but the first few days are harder...

I used Wellbutrin and am lucky not to have any smokers in the house. I can tolerate smoke and my friends smoke outside when they are here....
I also used to wear 3-10 rubber bands on my wrist and when I wanted a cig I would snap them.... The craving lasts 5-8 minutes... if you can get your mind on something else for that time... it goes by...
I usually want a cigarette when I am drinking
But yesterday setting up for the SB party I was putting the serving dishes out and thought to my self ... after this I'll have a cigarette..
WTF???? I had NO IDEA where that came from.....

GOOD LUCK... there is a good website with tips and message boards and it alis keeps track of your progress....

quitnet.com it also has state forums....

I never had another cig....
and I probably never will.....
It feels great


lost
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Donk Yore Donating Member (632 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 10:09 AM
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3. the women's time
this thread is sexist!
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 10:13 AM
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4. i think when you feel safe that you are no longer addicted, and have that one smoke
because you are out drinking and your buddies are smoking, resisting that is the hardest part.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 10:25 AM
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5. Other: 6 week mark.
I have failed at the 6-week mark each time I've quit for the past 3 times. I think it's because the adrenalin of quitting wears off, people stop cheering you on, you stop feeling the benefits of being able to breathe, and it just becomes the daily slog, day in and day out, of knowing that you'll never be able to smoke again. My addiction is a lot more emotional than physical, so getting through the cravings is relatively easy, but giving up the one thing I have that is guarenteed to make me feel better, that's a fuck of a lot harder.
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 10:29 AM
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6. For me it was the 12 year mark. I lit one up. Now a smoker again.
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Tyler Durden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 10:33 AM
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7. Does it ever stop?
I can't even indulge in a yearly cigar. Oh well.
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 10:46 AM
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8. I never had ANY bad days
I gradually cut back and back and back, over months, until I was smoking one cigarette a day, down from 2.5 packs of Marlboros per day.

Then I quit, but kept a pack in a drawer.

I forgot I ever smoked in two weeks, and had no cravings at all because the nicotine had been so reduced in my body already. Finally stopping was easy.

I quit in 1984. Not one since. I did have several failed attempts before I developed this method for myself.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 11:08 AM
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9. Get through the 3rd day
It gets easier after that.
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