Since many commenters shared how they quit smoking, here is how I did it. First off, I was a heavy smoker. I smoked a minimum of a pack-and-a-half a day, sometimes three packs if it was a bad day or I went drinking with the guys. And I didn’t smoke any of those sissy filter brands like Marlboros. I smoked Pall Malls. I started at 10, quit at 13, and started again at 14. When I was 28 and working for the Mattel Division Office Products Division of IBM, I took a call in a building where I had to walk up three flights of stairs. When I got to the top, I had to put down my tool bag and catch my breath. I told myself, “This is ridiculous. You’re 28 years old and huffing and puffing like an old man.” That’s when I decided to quit.
My mom smoked from her late teens to her late 40’s or early 50’s and she quit and gave me a few tips she learned from her smoking cessation class. I used a few of my own.
1. It was a New Year’s Resolution, prolly the only one I ever made. I told everyone I knew that I was quitting. That way, if I didn’t make it, I would look like an idiot. I also kept them informed. I remember one of my coworker’s wife was the branch manager’s secretary. Every time I saw her I told her how many days it had been since I had had a cigarette. She gave me a lot of encouragement. Her boss tried to quit at the same time. He didn’t make it.
There are two types of addiction to attack: psychological and physical.
2. I stayed away from smokers. Fortunately, I was living with a nonsmoker at the time so that helped. I quit eating lunch with my fellow workers ’cause many of them smoked. I definitely did not stop for drinks with the guys after work. That helped take care of the psychological addiction part.
3. Vitamin C. This tip came from my mom’s smoking cessation class. Vitamin C passes right through your body. It also attaches itself to nicotine. Therefore, it flushes nicotine out of your body. Get the nicotine out, there goes the physiological addiction. I would eat an orange every day on the way to work. I would drink orange juice.
After five weeks, I went drinking with the guys one night after work. I really wanted to ask one of my buddies for a cigarette, but I resisted. After that, I knew I had it licked. Also, after that, the smell of cigarette smoke started making me sick. I was out one night with a group of smokers and when I got home and pulled my T-shirt over my head, I gagged from the smell of smoke clinging to it.
Naturally, I started putting on weight and for the first few weeks I did a lot of hacking as my lungs were expelling all the accumulated crap from 14 years of smoking. That’s when I became a runner. I got my heart and lungs back in shape and kept the weight off. When you quit, the body immediately starts trying to repair itself. If you quit soon enough, there will be no after effects. My mother lived to her mid-80’s.
When I started smoking cigarettes were cheap, 20 cents a pack. In the Navy, they were $2 a carton, $1.10 overseas. I can’t believe what they cost now. That’s yet another reason I’m glad I quit. Anyway, thanks for listening as I shared my feelings with the loss of my friend. For those of you who have quit, congratulations. For those of you who want to and have failed, keep trying. Think of all the money you will save. And you won’t be one of those folks at work huddled outside in the cold feeding your habit.
My next challenge? Getting off the opiods prescribed to me for my foot pain. I think they are affecting my sleep and they have seemed to lose most of their effectiveness in curbing the pain. I’m almost off the hydrocodone and have also cut back on the methadone.
SOURCE: Grouchy Old Cripple