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    Dianne27 posted:
    I want so much to quit smoking, but I fear I will gain weight. I quit once for 10 years and gained a bunch of weight. I need to really quit because I have heart disease, and my cardiologist last time I saw him begged me to quit. This may sound stupid but I've always thought that cigarettes were my friend, how ridiculous can this be but that's the way it is with me. I have tried in the past couple of years to cut down, which I did, I went from a pack a day to 10 cigarettes a day. But recently I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem and now I'm back to smoking like a chimney. When I quit last time for 10 years, also I experienced nausea for the first couple of years, but maybe the reason for this is because I was eating like a pig. I really need encouragement as I live alone. Helpppppp!!!!
    msrytw responded:
    I am 49 yrs old. That was one of my reasons also. My sister (51yrs old @ the time) quit after a stroke. She gained alot of weight also and I really didn't want to. After several episodes of bronchitis and sinus infections and circulatory problems with my legs, along with high blood pressure and heart disease, I asked my cardiologist for Chantix. Did the 1st 30 days and was still smoking. Then I saw a commercial on tv where they showed people who had lost their legs and finger tips from smoking. That did it. It has been 9 days w/ Chantix. It has been difficult @ times. Like you, cigarettes were my friend. Bored, light a cig, after a meal, light a cig, talk on the phone, light a cig. But I'm trying. I am eating alot but I was doing that before. Determined to cut back n eating and exercise and stay occupied. Good Luck!
    lindaclark replied to msrytw's response:
    I also used Chantix (twice). The second time I quit for 2 years but sadly, I had a very intense situation which pushed me back to smoking and I am right back where I started from at a pack a day. Chantix works amazing. The problem is after you have quit for some amount of time, you fool yourself into thinking that you can have a drag or have one here and there and then when something extremely stressful happens, you make that stupid decision to buy a pack. Since I have had it twice, my doctor will not give it to me again. I will say that I did notice the second time I used Chantix that I had some emotional difficulties that I did not have the first time. I really want to quit again and this time for good but it is going to be one hell of a fight doing it cold turkey.
    michelleh7 responded:
    Hi Dianne- i'm 48 and smoked a pack a day(and sometimes more) for thirty years and inhaled every draw! LOVED my cigarette-felt like it was a "crutch" many times and definitely a bad habit. Didn't smoke in our house-but did in vehicles. I can't believe it-but i quit! It's been a year and four months now. I saw how HORRIBLE my father had gotten from smoking-and he had gotten to the point he thought on several occasions-living by himself-that he was going to have to call the rescue to come and get him-his coughing was honestly-TERRIBLE- just horrible! Then-i had a friends mother pass away from smoking. I really wasn't ready-but i honestly kept thinking-why not do this while i'm younger instead of in ten years from now when it probably would be harder to quit. I thought of my grandchildren-and i stopped and thought-wow-do i really want those years of my life to be about toting around an oxygen tank? So honestly - i prayed about it - and i did it. Amazingly to say with my husband still smoking -outside of course- around me-but he stinks!!! LOL I did use the nicotine patch for a month-and what helped me so much in the car was i had cut a straw the length of a cigarette and would hold that. I have gained fifteen pounds-i was in a panic about the weight gain-i was told by someone alot older than me who had quit-" just give it a year" and realize the health benefits of quitting-so i tried to calm down-and now i am going to focus on weight loss. I do look back- i look at how i loved a cigarette-i never saw myself as a non-smoker-it did help to relax you. Sure -i'm not happy with the weight gain-BUT now at this point-it blows my mind at how fast this time has gone by-and how easy it is now. It's like i told my husband one day when we were outside smoking-i was looking at my cigarette thinking-you know-this is a really bad addiction-this is really crazy-"""if you're in a fire the first thing you want to do is get away from the smoke and look at what we're doing"""""
    I will add that i had ALOT more migraines when i smoked-i had even gotten to a point i sounded like a broken record. I would have ten or more every month-and now hardly even have one a month!!!
    Best of luck to you. Now that i've written this i see on your post that it says you posted that a year ago. I'm going to keep this posted anyway.
    chistyle55 responded:
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