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Tricks for quitting smoking? *~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 10408 posts
15th Apr

I've been wanting to quit for months, but can't seem to put them down. I guess you could say I use them as a crutch, bc when I get anxious or frustrated I smoke more. (Which has been a lot lately...) anyone with anxiety issues or depression I know have a harder time putting them down. I can't get my doctor to put me on anything just bc I'm breastfeeding. Only thing she says I can do is use the patch, but for two weeks worth it's $20!!! I'm sorry, but I spend less a week on cigarettes than that! (Actually less every two weeks...) dh smokes a lot, too so of course, I give in to that temptation. I am seriously getting to the point they're making me sick yet still can't put them down. :/ what tricks have you moms used besides keeping yourselves busy and distracted to help you quit?? I'm ready to get to where I can breathe better!! I've tried the ecig but let's be honest... They don't help much! Sure they cut the cravings but so many of them "break" so easily! Mine I've only had since after Christmas last year, and the tank leaks!! Like, bad! -_- (I know I've posted about this like 50 times before, but I am getting to my breaking point on this...) for starters I'm starting to drink more coffee (seems to help curb cravings a little bit...) an am def up to suggestions! :)

bia. 2 kids; ., ., Portugal 74212 posts
15th Apr

I feel like the only time I can quit is when I'm pregnant :oops: but then i start back up after they are born, gah. I stopped smoking at 17 for a year, but I never had kids lol, so it was easy.  IDK man, I need to quit too, for  good this time! 

Stella. pi, IS, Zimbabwe 35806 posts
15th Apr

This is probably adding to why youre feeling sluggish. Smoking brings you down more than you realize. I say that after having been a smoker for over 10 years.

Its going to work differently for everyone. Cold turkey worked for me because if I tried to cut down, I never really got anywhere.

Hard candies - suck on them constantly.
Find a hobby where youre using your hands.
After a few hours, start reading up on the bad things cigarettes do. Since you havent had one in a few, you will be more apt to take it seriously, feeling like youre on the right track.
Write a list of things you could buy with that money instead of smokes.

RaysMom♡ 1 child; Coral Springs, FL, United States 5085 posts
15th Apr

How much are cigarettes there?! Me & SO together spend like 40$ a week on cigarettes. Im trying to quit too, it seems like everytime i set my mind to doing it something happens that makes me want one.

Stella. pi, IS, Zimbabwe 35806 posts
15th Apr

Crunchy and refreshing snacks like baby carrots or cucumbers are also good to have on hand and lots of water.

Avoid what you can that tends to go hand in hand with a smoke. I used to like to read and
smoke outside, so I honestly just stayed away from reading for a while.

You will either have insomnia, or youll pass the f**k out, or both. Be prepared at night. It will be up and down but you cant let yourself make excuses.

*~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 10408 posts
15th Apr

Quoting ι♡яคч:
How much are cigarettes there?! Me & SO together spend like 40$ a week on cigarettes. Im trying to quit too, it seems like everytime i set my mind to doing it something happens that makes me want one.


At the store we buy ours t it's $4.25 a pack (after taxes) but I go through a pack in a couple of days. (Sometimes three or four days...) dh goes through a pack a day and usually just leaves me five or six cigarettes to last me til he gets home. He spends ab $30 on his cigs, I wouldn't be spending that much if it were just me smoking. (Prob shoulda specified that lol)

user banned 2 kids; Copiague, New York 1881 posts
15th Apr

Quoting ι♡яคч:
How much are cigarettes there?! Me & SO together spend like 40$ a week on cigarettes. Im trying to quit too, it seems like everytime i set my mind to doing it something happens that makes me want one.


SO and I spend that too! Maybe even more. Embarassed   It would be nice to quit, but in all honesty I would probably lose it. And wouldn't know how to occupy my time bc that's probably all I would think about. 

RaysMom♡ 1 child; Coral Springs, FL, United States 5085 posts
15th Apr

Quoting LaLa_Crazy:

SO and I spend that too! Maybe even more. Embarassed   It would be nice to quit, but in all honesty I would probably lose it. And wouldn't know how to occupy my time bc that's probably all I would think about. 


I know me too. Smoking is a big part of my every day life. Those smoking commercials have been scaring me lately though, I couldn't imagine getting cancer now that i have a child.

PixieMom TTC since Mar 2014; 1 child; United States 657 posts
15th Apr

Quoting *~AngelEyes~*:
I've been wanting to quit for months, but can't seem to put them down. I guess you could say I use them as a crutch, bc when I get anxious or frustrated I smoke more. (Which has been a lot lately...) anyone with anxiety issues or depression I know have a harder time putting them down. I can't get my doctor to put me on anything just bc I'm breastfeeding. Only thing she says I can do is use the patch, but for two weeks worth it's $20!!! I'm sorry, but I spend less a week on cigarettes than that! (Actually less every two weeks...) dh smokes a lot, too so of course, I give in to that temptation. I am seriously getting to the point they're making me sick yet still can't put them down. :/ what tricks have you moms used besides keeping yourselves busy and distracted to help you quit?? I'm ready to get to where I can breathe better!! I've tried the ecig but let's be honest... They don't help much! Sure they cut the cravings but so many of them "break" so easily! Mine I've only had since after Christmas last year, and the tank leaks!! Like, bad! -_- (I know I've posted about this like 50 times before, but I am getting to my breaking point on this...) for starters I'm starting to drink more coffee (seems to help curb cravings a little bit...) an am def up to suggestions! :)


I struggle with anxiety and have used cigs as a crutch. What helps me is chewing gum, painting, baking...anything that takes up time and makes me woo saah.....you need to stay away from your stress triggers and get a pack of cigs that aren't your fav to help you cut back.

*~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 10408 posts
15th Apr

Quoting Kablam!:
Crunchy and refreshing snacks like baby carrots or cucumbers are also good to have on hand and lots of water.

Avoid what you can that tends to go hand in hand with a smoke. I used to like to read and
smoke outside, so I honestly just stayed away from reading for a while.

You will either have insomnia, or youll pass the f**k out, or both. Be prepared at night. It will be up and down but you cant let yourself make excuses.


Driving goes hand in hand with me, but I can't stay away from driving bc of having doctors appointments in the afternoon after dh goes to work. (Very bad. Very, VERY bad I know...Unknown) I have been exercising and being blunt, flat out getting off my ass and cleaning more, which does tend to help me with the constant WANT to smoke... I know they bring me down. I already have HORRIBLE insomnia (have or years...) that my doctors REFUSE to give me any help for. I guess bc they think I don't need any help sleeping. I DO need to start drinking more water, and def less sodas. (Which at this point is no problem doing bc we literally only have a few bucks left to last til Thursday night when dh's check goes on the card...) I have the soda stream, so I def need to start using that instead of buying Dr. Pepper everyday (my other addiction besides coffee lol) I've read up on everything smoking does to you, and obviously that isn't enough. I say that bc I'm STILL smoking. What's that number for the free help to quit smoking? (Yes I know all over the place here, bare with me lol)

Jackie+2 Due September 7 (girl); 1 child; Florida 1404 posts
15th Apr

Having a partner that smokes would make it hard to quit. My boyfriend started breaking my cigarettes. ( i was really sick hacking up black shit all the time) So i just ended up quitting cold turkey. I smoked a pack a day for 5 years. When I quit i felt insane and violent for 2 weeks. After that it got easier. I stopped having cravings everyday almost 3 years after i quit. It's hard but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. You really have to have a strong willpower.

bia. 2 kids; ., ., Portugal 74212 posts
15th Apr

Quoting *~AngelEyes~*:

At the store we buy ours t it's $4.25 a pack (after taxes) but I go through a pack in a couple of days. (Sometimes three or four days...) dh goes through a pack a day and usually just leaves me five or six cigarettes to last me til he gets home. He spends ab $30 on his cigs, I wouldn't be spending that much if it were just me smoking. (Prob shoulda specified that lol)


What? that's so cheap, that's only not even $5 here lol, we're paying $16 for a pack of 30's witch is $13.81 USD crazy. that's why we smoke roll your owns, much cheaper and lasts a little longer.

*~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 10408 posts
15th Apr

Quoting PixieMom:

I struggle with anxiety and have used cigs as a crutch. What helps me is chewing gum, painting, baking...anything that takes up time and makes me woo saah.....you need to stay away from your stress triggers and get a pack of cigs that aren't your fav to help you cut back.


I've been trying to stay away from stress. It's hard though. I know singing helps me calm down, but by the time I'm so frustrated I can't stand it, I don't even WANT to sing lol. But yeah, that'd be. Doable. :)

Jackie+2 Due September 7 (girl); 1 child; Florida 1404 posts
15th Apr

oh and I also struggle with depression and anxiety. It definitely made it more difficult. 

Stella. pi, IS, Zimbabwe 35806 posts
15th Apr

Quoting *~AngelEyes~*:

Driving goes hand in hand with me, but I can't stay away from driving bc of having doctors appointments in the afternoon after dh goes to work. (Very bad. Very, VERY bad I know...Unknown) I have been exercising and being blunt, flat out getting off my ass and cleaning more, which does tend to help me with the constant WANT to smoke... I know they bring me down. I already have HORRIBLE insomnia (have or years...) that my doctors REFUSE to give me any help for. I guess bc they think I don't need any help sleeping. I DO need to start drinking more water, and def less sodas. (Which at this point is no problem doing bc we literally only have a few bucks left to last til Thursday night when dh's check goes on the card...) I have the soda stream, so I def need to start using that instead of buying Dr. Pepper everyday (my other addiction besides coffee lol) I've read up on everything smoking does to you, and obviously that isn't enough. I say that bc I'm STILL smoking. What's that number for the free help to quit smoking? (Yes I know all over the place here, bare with me lol)


Like I said, you need to stay away from the triggers that you can. Not everything is going to be avoidable but you will never break the habit if youre not dead set on doing it. Again, believe me, I know and have been there. Bring some hard cinnamon candies or gum when you drive.

And we all know and have read that smoking is bad and what it does. But when youre on a good track, it is a good motivation to remind yourself.

Not having much money right now would be a good motivation as well. Even an extra $100 a month that youre saving can do wonders.