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An_206775 posted:
I started smoking when I was a stupid teenager, just 2 weeks shy of my 19th birthday. Thank god, I've developed into a not-so-stupid young adult and I had my last cigarette and puff of hookah (nargila) on my 24th birthday, January 15 2011.

I've had asthma my whole life, so don't even start to ask why I started smoking. A hot guy made me do it. I had had a few drinks. It was a party. Everyone was doing it. I could continue, but I don't believe in stupid excuses. I believe in people's personal will power. I started because I chose to. No one made me do it.

So I quit. I didn't even smoke that much to begin with. There were times, though, depending on how tough the exam was going to be, or when my father had yet another heart surgery, or when my grandparents passed away, or during a bad relationship and the inevitable breakup... but for the last 6 months or so before quitting, I smoked about a pack every 2 weeks.

After I quit, I was coughing so hysterically for about 3 weeks that I couldn't sleep. Literally. So I went to the doctor and I was given Codeine for the night, and an expectorant for during the day, and an acid reflux pill, along with refills of my nebulizer meds and a few inhalers to have around.

Then I started getting hives ALL OVER - I also have had random outbreaks of hives for my whole life. I went to the ER 3 times. I tried to tell them that Benadryl is marketed as a sleeping pill here in Israel where I live called Nytol, but they still wouldn't prescribe me with it, so I was given Allegra instead. It worked, and I stopped taking all the other drugs and just stuck with my inhaler and drinking lots of water.

I'm still coughing - I can't have a 30-second phone conversation or even kiss my boyfriend without coughing a few times. At least he's very understanding and knows it's nothing contagious. People always think I'm sick, so I say "I quit smoking, it's a good cough", or nosey passersby ask why I spit when I cough sometimes, which I know is very unladylike, and I say "I quit smoking, I'd rather all the crap came out rather than stayed in!"

But I don't crave cigarettes.

I moved to a different city in Israel 2 weeks ago and rode here in the delivery truck. The driver and his buddy were smoking, and I demanded, despite the rain and cold, to open the windows all the way so the smoke didn't bother me, because it irritates my sinuses. I hate the smell. I don't even know why I started!

Maybe I'll mature into an even less stupid young adult and I'll never start again.

Here are some tips:

--Use a sleeping pill (benedryl/nytol worked for me) but really only if necessary, and don't take it during the day because it can impair you while you're driving or at work, or bother you when you're with your family. Also there is a risk with sleeping pills to develop a dependency so be wary of that too.

--Chew something! I like Bazooka gum, it's the best for blowing bubbles. I always have bubble gum with me anywhere I go. At the bar they have popcorn or something, which happens to be quite a healthy snack, so chew on it. If you live in a country like Israel where smoking indoors is OK, then you get extra points for not smoking when you're out with your friends!

--Talk about it with your friends and family. All their support and "pats on the back" will give you that extra boost of energy you need not no return to smoking again.

You'll also like how your clothes, house, and hair smell too. And how happy it'll make your partner! If your partner smokes too (mine doesn't) then it's harder - try to convince them that this lifestyle change is better for both of you, especially if you do it together. Imagine, all that time you spent having cigarettes together, added up, could allow for more time of some other things together

GOOD LUCK!
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