I want to quit smoking: What worked for you?

Posted by mfv @mfv, May 27 6:37pm

Hi, I am hoping others are looking for a positive and quick way to quick smoking! I should have done this long ago but here I am! Any comments would be much appreciated! Thank you!

@mfv, good for you. It's never too late to quit and it seems like now is the right time for you. There are many approaches to successfully quite smoking. For some a gradual decrease helps, especially with aids like nicotine patches or quit medications. Others find cold turkey works for them.

But one thing that helps many people is to have others to support you along the way. So, I'm tagging fellow members who have quit to join you on your quit journey. Members like @mcmurf2 @merpreb @iandunlop @bluelagoon @marylou705 @frane1939 @parus @metalneck @cinder @antelope @meka @vernonkent @virgo1952 and more can share their quit stories, inspirations and motivations. Together, you got this.

MFV, what or who is your motivation to quit?

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@mfv– Good morning and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Congratulations on your desire to quit smoking. It's a big step towards being healthier you for sure. The reason that I stopped smoking almost 24 years ago was lung cancer. I had been coughing up specks of blood and had a horrible cough. At the time I knew that I had to quit and was more worried about that than cancer.

When you stop smoking you will immediately begin to feel better. Your breath will clear itself of smoker's breath, your nails will whiten and your clothes will be fresher after you wash them. I loved all of those things but the withdrawal was a tough one. I used a patch for about a week and then went cold turkey. Cold turkey is the quickest way to stop smoking. Depending on your strength of character, determination and physical make-up will also determine how successful you will be. I was a very heavy smoker, two packs a day for 35 years. But I did it. If I did it, you can!

Why have you chosen this time to quit?

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@colleenyoung

@mfv, good for you. It's never too late to quit and it seems like now is the right time for you. There are many approaches to successfully quite smoking. For some a gradual decrease helps, especially with aids like nicotine patches or quit medications. Others find cold turkey works for them.

But one thing that helps many people is to have others to support you along the way. So, I'm tagging fellow members who have quit to join you on your quit journey. Members like @mcmurf2 @merpreb @iandunlop @bluelagoon @marylou705 @frane1939 @parus @metalneck @cinder @antelope @meka @vernonkent @virgo1952 and more can share their quit stories, inspirations and motivations. Together, you got this.

MFV, what or who is your motivation to quit?

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Fear is the greatest motivator. I was hearing about people developing lung cancer (including a family member) and I quit cold turkey. It wasn't easy – as my husband continued to smoke. But he had the good grace not to smoke in front of me. That was 40 years ago. Today, I can smell smoke blocks away and find it most unpleasant.

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