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Emily
Savvy April 2023

Quitting Smoking

Emily, on August 25, 2022 at 8:49 AM

Posted in Fitness and Health 24

I had started smoking when I was 17 and smoked minimally for 4 years (smoking just over a pack a week at the height of my smoking). I easily quit in February 2021 when I realized things were going really well with my FH who is a non-smoker. He did know I smoked but thought it was limited to weekend...

I had started smoking when I was 17 and smoked minimally for 4 years (smoking just over a pack a week at the height of my smoking). I easily quit in February 2021 when I realized things were going really well with my FH who is a non-smoker. He did know I smoked but thought it was limited to weekend drinking. I realize I did something really stupid 3 weeks ago when I was feeling stress from the wedding and from work and asked a guy I work with for a cigarette. It felt perfect but I figured it was just what I needed at the moment. Unfortunately, I felt the desire the next morning and visited my "adviser" neighbor, who I know smokes and told her I was stressed and asked if I could bum a cigarette. She gave me the rest of her pack that tied me over for several days. However, I stopped for gas 4 days later and bought my own pack. It was initially easy to hide as my FH and I don't live together, and I was only having 1 - 2 a day - after I'd see him or when I knew I wouldn't see him for hours. He's been out of town since Saturday and I've recognized that I'm smoking more this week than I did before I quit. I bought the less-expensive, 3-pack after dropping him off at the airport. I am up to 4-5 a day. Part of the increase is not having him around (like before - I smoke more w/o intimacy) but I know I need to quit or fess up. I know he'd be understanding but also disappointed. Other than my co-worker and neighbor, no one else knows I've begun the habit again and I'd prefer to keep it that way. So, I'm reaching out to see if anyone has any sure-fire methods to quit. I really don't want to vape because I know the nicotine content in vapes will only feed the addiction. Thanks for thinking about this one.

Em

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    Rosebud ·
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    Quitting anything can be so hard, I have never been a smoker my grandmother died when I was a child of a lung cancer and that forever turned me off of it but I do know several people who have had success with patches, gum and acupuncture. Best of luck to you!

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  • Michael
    Rockstar October 2023
    Michael Online ·
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    I think the gum would be better than smoking anyhow, since it is the additives in the cigarettes that tend to make the situation so much worse.

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    Just Said Yes September 2016
    Ecatherina ·
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    It's a harsh battle, don't pressure urself too much. But i recommend patches, my friend's been able to quit that way

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  • Emily
    Savvy April 2023
    Emily ·
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    Ecaterina:

    Thanks for the note. Unfortunately, I am now single (nothing to do with the smoking). I have cut back but still love a cigarette on occasion. I wish I hadn't started again but I did end up dating the guy who gave me that start-up cigarette again. lol

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