Have you tried to quit smoking while undergoing treatment?

The decision to quit smoking is a very personal one. Everyone has his or her own reason that helps start the journey to quit smoking. The diagnosis of a serious illness or chronic condition, like cancer, a heart condition, lung condition, diabetes, might be one reason to quit smoking as part of treatment and recovery.

Are you currently undergoing treatment for a serious illness or chronic condition, or are you a survivor of a serious illness who made the decision to quit smoking while undergoing treatment? If yes, and you feel comfortable doing so, please share the experience of your journey to quit smoking.

Thank you for sharing your experiences anonymously in the online survey. The survey is now closed.

However you can continue to share your experiences here in an open discussion with other members. Your story can help others on their journey to quit smoking.

  • Did you decide to quit while undergoing treatment? Why or why not?
  • What uncertainties or challenges did you face?
  • How did your care providers support you to quit smoking? How could they have supported you differently or better?
@alamogal635

Quit after many struggles in 1995. What helped was Nicorette 2mgs. and then Original Trident gum. Have no idea why Trident was and is so satisfying, but it still is. I like being smoke free and not heavily addicted as I had been. Was in a place where there was heavy smoking earlier this year and I felt like I was going to be unable to breathe. Still, every once and a while the urge comes back and I just say I won't smoke because I want to be healthy and live my life as fully as possible.

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@alamogal635 @kowalski I read a while back that it's more difficult for women to quit because they actually enjoy it more than men do! I tend to want one when I am around other smokers, which is less and less as time goes on. I really am glad that I did quit, it was worth it. One less thing to worry about and the cost of cigarettes is so high now, it's crazy.
JK

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@merpreb

@kowalski– lol, my error. I meant to ask why are you not setting a closer date to quit?

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Stopping smoking is a shock to the body. Better to taper to less smokes, which should make quitting easier ?

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@kowalski

Stopping smoking is a shock to the body. Better to taper to less smokes, which should make quitting easier ?

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@kowalski some of us are all or nothing people. For me it’s easier to just stop. I’m the same way with food, better to have none of things that are not healthy for me than to try to have a little.
JK

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@contentandwell

@kowalski some of us are all or nothing people. For me it’s easier to just stop. I’m the same way with food, better to have none of things that are not healthy for me than to try to have a little.
JK

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@contentandwell @kowalski JK- I am SO like you! LOL!!

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@bluelagoon– I think that's why I quit all at once too, I'm an all or nothing gal.

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@shortshot80

July 4, 19 (shortshot nancy) Update…. I saw my oncologist lastt week, am doing just great as far as the cancer. Very slowly with PT for my hip. I requested of my primary to send me to more PT and so I have started on that. My urinary infections is a ongoing process. I have had at least five months of recurring infections, last one was a drug resistant . Each of the medications that I have had in the recent past has not killed the infection, so primary doc sending me to a "infection decease at OHSU in Portland. I go there on the 10 th. Hopefully they can find what's wrong. Also going to a urologist on the 30th. Cancer doc wants another CT on the last week of July, see her on August 8. So am getting things ready for that too. Other than all the above I'm doing pretty well. Am still working on my book am about half way. Just thought I would check in today. Happy Fourth of July everyone. Nancy

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@shortshot80 Hi Nancy,

It has been a while since I heard from you. I hope that your UTI is cleared up now and that your PT has helped your hip. When you have a moment please send me a post and let me know how you are doing!

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