I smoked Marlboro 100's for almost 20 years, & finally quit in early January using the nicotine patch. I stretched the 14 patches contained in the box to 21 days, & that was it. It was terribly difficult, but I think the worst is over & it's all downhill from here. I am atill using the stopsmokingcenter.net to check my daily progress & keep myself motivated. I gotta admit tho, that I really do miss smoking, I feel like my best friend has left me.....but I know the positives of quitting far outweigh my enjoyment of smoking cigarettes.
I quit over twenty years ago. The last craving I had was six years ago. Where you are now is a rough place. Pretty soon (since you are so recently quit) you will notice the cravings will fade in about six minutes if you tough it out. Later the cravings become less regular in interval and some of them can last for a long time. There was one I remember that lasted 45 minutes that would have got me if there had been a cig in the house. After a year I smoked about 18 cigs in one day, and it was as if I had never quit, except it was easy to stop. No tobacco since then except a piece of a Cuban cigar at my niece's wedding.
Good luck with your project, it is worth the effort.
posted on 07/27/2003 2:21:56 PM PDT
Congratulations right back...
I'm pretty motivated, having had a heart attack Apr 17th.
I don't have huge cravings, just passing thoughts from time to time, more situational/habitual than a real desire.
I gotta admit tho, that I really do miss smoking, I feel like my best friend has left me.....
Maybe it will help to think of smoking as your best friend that you discovered has been banging your girlfriends on the sly since you first met.
posted on 07/27/2003 8:30:54 PM PDT
by L.N. Smithee
(Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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