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    24 days quit cigs
    Meehan38 posted:
    I want a cigarette but keep fighting it. I ran a 5k,read, do 2 to 3 miles everyday whether walking or running but negative thoughts are constantly there. Im afraid I will not make it this time.
    Relievedmom responded:
    Hi Meehan38!
    Good for you - it is very hard. How is it going?
    Cotton49 replied to Relievedmom's response:
    please give me some help with quitting smoking I have COPD
    stacia082503 responded:
    Most of your cravings only last 3 min. Get lots of candy and gum and stay very busy'll pass soon. I got in the habit of chewing on toothpicks or always holding on in my mouth. Its mostly just the habit of lighting on up. I don't know if you've tried the nicotine patches but for me they worked great.The hole time I was on them I didn't have one craving.Once I stopped (which I stopped them early b/c they are expensive) I started having cravings again , but not nearly as strong. Just quick ones.As soon as I started doing something or took my mind off it it went away.They say you can have cravings for up to 3 years!I KNOW!!You can definatly do it though,stay strong and just think of the good it'll do for you and your family in the long run ;)
    An_206845 replied to stacia082503's response:
    Meehan38, I'm new here but wanted to congratulate you on the 24 days that you've already put in, it means more than you can ever realize (and I"m not a smoker).
    Please take heart and know that many people are praying for you as you continue your 'fight'. I wish to God Almighty my 80 year old mom who still smokes to this day would stop for good, but even with all the ailments those awful cigs have done to her, she still hangs on for dear life to them.
    If there is any possibilty of you wanting to 'go back' to them, would you be willing to do the following which might stop you all together? Put up some photos of diseased lungs, go to a hospital where people are on ventillators and so on, in the hope you will never put another cigarette to your lips again. I deeply apologize for sounding so harsh but 24 days sounds almost like heaven to me (I only smoked for 1 month in my eary 20's and with God's help, never touched another cigarette to this day).
    I will keep you and others who've quit smoking in my prayers, that God will help you to quit for good, and that before my mom leaves this earth, she will have done the same. Take heart, take care, and God bless you Meehan38.
    Meehan38 replied to An_206845's response:
    Thank you.... unfortunately I have had a set back but I have my patch back on and Im trying again for the millionth time. I have a 5k to run with my family next Friday so that should keep me quit until then. My husband has been very gracious in his support for me and has joined in one 5k race already with me. I have a lot of support at home but.. My biggest problem is after all this time I have not learned how to deal with my stress when it comes up. I don't know how to get past it. I walk,run,read,and play solitaire to get thru without my cigs but sometimes that is not enough. I try to lose myself in work but again sometimes not enough. My entire family were or are smokers and we were also all very athletic but realizing that many of my family member has died or has become ill with COPD or Emphasemia from smoking I do not want to keep repeating history. I'm 39 and I feel if I do not beat this habit now I will be next. I have felt the effects of my cigarettes over the years, 24 years to be exact and 3 packs a day. I will not quit trying and I know that I will succeed and my mom who is 68 is also trying to quit whom currently has COPD. I hope that we are both successful one day and can conquer this horrible addiction that has controlled us for too many years. Thank you for your support and I will keep trying.
    Handytim replied to Meehan38's response:
    Ive been quit for over 2 yrs...and will say I STILL get thoughts and craves here n there, but NOTHING like I had those first 2 months...

    Join WONDERFUL people at that site,,it helped me a LOT:)
    triplethreat10 replied to Handytim's response:
    I tried smoking 2yrs ago..i am 37 now and are starting to have urges to try again...

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