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I wanted to share with everyone here that I am going to quit smoking. I figured if I could stop eating gluten I can stop smoking. It is going to be rough, at least I know what to expect when I give something up that I some what enjoy.

Giving up gluten was hard and still is, I do miss it so. I know it will be the same, I can do this. It bugs me everyday that I can stop eating gluten for something that effects me now, but cant stop smoking when I know it will effect me later.

I have been smoking for almost 13 years now, almost half my life. I can see myself without them now, so I decided to take a step forward and let them go.

I know this is support for Celiac, but I am going to need support in both areas now. Please wish me luck, I will need it =)

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Oh Im pulling for you. :)

My Sister quit in March right after her breast cancer Dx. She had been smoking for 30 years since she was 13!!!! She did use Chantex (sp) and she said it really helped her a lot.

Good luck!!

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Adding my support and wishing you smoke-free lungs! I quit when I was 29 after smoking for 12 years. My boss was my role model; when I saw he could do it I figured I could too! I do have to say it was darned difficult then, back before they had any help, but I was so proud of myself and when the time came to give up gluten I knew I could do that easy.

I did end up with COPD, but I would probably be dead by now if I hadn't quit.

I did it by waking up one morning and deciding I had already smoked my last cigarette. I couldn't bear the idea of knowing I was smoking my last one!!

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I quit for good in April of 1990, long before my diagnosis of celiac. I had smoked off and on (mostly on) for twenty years.

You have decided to do it. That is the most important thing. Nobody is trying to force you: YOU WANT TO DO IT. It is something you want to do. If you keep your mind on this, you will prevail.

I'm pulling for you. If you want to talk more about it, let me know by PM, email or post here.

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Hi Jennifer,

I really recommend this site for helping you stop smoking:

www.whyquit.com

In 2 weeks I'll have quit for a year, after many, many failures.

Good luck, you can do it, and you'll feel better very quickly.

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Good decision! My mom and sister and my FIL all quit cold turkey years ago. My mom (72 now) can breath better. My FIL's best friend died from it so it scared him into quitting. My neighbor (aged 60) just died from it last month. Now your body can heal even better :D Congratulations!!!

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GO FOR IT!!!

Hubby and I gave up 18months ago with the patches........after 25 yrs of smoking.....actually can't believe we didn't do it sooner :D

You know, the fact that hubby had to give up gluten when dx with celiac disease I think made him realise he could actually give things up.

Keeping busy was the main thing that helped me through....lots of crossword puzzles and fruit to nibble on!!

Good Luck :)

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Best wishes to you. This is the right thing to do!

You can do it.

(I also hear Wellbutrin helps)

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How are you doing with your quitting?!

I went cold turkey 7 years ago. Cannot believe how much better I feel.

It was rough (and I did gain weight!) - but it was STILL worth it.

Even now - all these years later - I still occassionally have a craving - in particular when I am stressed, but I just keep telling myself that I've held off all this time, I can hold off one more day. And that seems to get me through the urge.

Good good good luck!

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I've never smoked but am always happy to see it when others quit. My Dad's 70 and has COPD and still smokes and is so addicted he'll never be able to quit. Used to be on oxygen and would have a cigarette as soon as he finished his treatments. He has had a strong cough for at least 20 years. His meds are what are keeping him alive now. Couldn't live without them. Before he was diagnosed with COPD he had spells when he would blackout-even during driving! It has significantly impacted his life and he seems older than he is.

Good luck to you!

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As an ex-smoker (15 years and counting) I encourage you to fight the battle. No one loved their "Viriginia Slim Light Menthol's" better than me. You will find many advantages to a smoke free life.

I quit smoking with the aid of patches and recommend it. It takes away the cravings and even helps years down the road. I even carried a patch around with me for months "just in case." I can laugh about it now!!!

Jennifer

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Thanks for all the replies =) I aprpeciate it so much. I couldnt find my post since it was put under another topic until now lol.

I am doing good, I was unable to do cold turkey. Weening myself from it. I was so out of it when I went cold turkey, I felt like I was on drugs. I only felt that way because I smoked not because I quit =) Thats what I tell myself.

I tried Welbutrin last year and that was bad. Dont get me wrong it worked, very good. Side affects were horrible, I saw red. I know a few people who tried that and you could see the red in their eyes, it was not a good thing. That stuff scared me.

Yes I know all about COPD, my dad had it. You think I would have stopped smoking the morning he died in my arms, but I didnt. I figured if I can give up gluten I can stop smoking.

Thanks again all, I really appreciate the support =)

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Good for you.

I smoked for over 30 years. Since my smoking and drinking went hand in hand, I bit the bullet and stopped both. I

I used Chantex and it worked well with me. Although, you have to be ready and willing for the best results.

I could never return to cigarettes. CONGRATULATIONS.

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How dose chantex work? I herd some people smoke while they take it and quit a week or two later. Cold turkey seems harsh, but drugs scare me....I wonder what the most effective method is. Anyone know what method has the highest success rate?

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How dose chantex work? I herd some people smoke while they take it and quit a week or two later. Cold turkey seems harsh, but drugs scare me....I wonder what the most effective method is. Anyone know what method has the highest success rate?

http://www.Lame Advertisement.com/content/About_Chant...569|166373525|0

It worked well for me, but it might not be right for everyone.

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Congratulations, keep it up! My boyfriend recently stopped smoking as well, and he promised me he would be a really good boy and not smoke at all anymore, as far as possible, which made me really happy because obviously smoking is really bad for you. So I hope you can make it through, I myself have never been a smoker but I know many people who are and few managed to stop. Good luck!

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Well I would have to say that I failed the attempt I made in October of last year. BUT......... =)

As of 3/20/09 I have not had one smoke, not even a puff!! I went on the patch and today I stopped using it and feeling great. I just want this nicotine out of my system! I cant believe I have gone this far. Not ever again will I smoke. Agh just the smell of it now is gross.

I had to give an update! 13 years solid and smoking at least a pack a day and I booted it! WOOT! This Friday will be 1 month =)

HAHA was a b-day present to myself =) And it was the best one yet.

And I really appreciate all the support and advice everyone gave me, was so good reading that =) I love this site, I dont know what I would do without it! Everyone here is so awesome!

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Congratulations Jennifer! You will notice a big difference in your life in many ways. And you don't have to feel like a second-class citizen anymore.

YOU GO GIRL! :D

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I quit smoking almost two and a half years ago. That was literally when my health went downhill. Something about carbon monoxide masking symptoms. I had smoked for over 15 years. I did quit cold turkey, I was too cheap to pay that much for cigarrettes anymore. To be quite honest, for me quitting gluten was much more difficult than smoking. It is fairly easy to avoid smoke and the influences of it. Sitting in the breakroom at work while everyone else eats a deep dish hawaiian pizza, now that can be harsh. Good luck. My brother used Chantrix for a short time, but still hasn't lit another cigarette since. It is well worth it.

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Well I would have to say that I failed the attempt I made in October of last year. BUT......... =)

Good for you for not giving up on it. I am so glad you are succeeding because it is really terrible to be addicted to something that is so harmful. I can't tell you how many times I *tried* to quit smoking. It was only when I decided I *had* quit smoking that I succeeded.

May good health and happy lungs be yours.

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Yes I did it for me and nothing or anyone else. I got so sick of being outside all the time to puff on something that was killing me. I dont stink anymore, I can breathe AND I can run 1.5 miles in 15 minutes now =) I started jogging after I quit smoking to give myself something to do, was not easy at first.

Thanks all, today is 1 full month! =)

Anyone else out there fighting the cigs? You can do it! Just have to try and really really want it. I tell myself every morning, I am a non smoker. I only feel this way because I smoked not because I quit. hehe

Have a good weekend all!

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Good for you. I have battledn this demon for 15 years.

I have gotten to the point where I only smoke when I drink alcohol. Basically, I go Sunday though Thursday without smoking and then if I get to bar on Friday or Saturday, I end up getting a pack.

I hate it and its a nasty habit, but I love it when I drink...

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Good for you. I have battledn this demon for 15 years.

I have gotten to the point where I only smoke when I drink alcohol. Basically, I go Sunday though Thursday without smoking and then if I get to bar on Friday or Saturday, I end up getting a pack.

I hate it and its a nasty habit, but I love it when I drink...

I cant blame you for that lol, when I drank I had to smoke. At least you stopped for the most part. I am the type of person who cant even have 1 smoke lol.

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Congrats! It's good that you are running b/c some people turn to nibbling and gain weight. You are on the right "track" :D Saving money and your body can heal better now too.

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Just wanted to lend my support!! I quit about 5 1/2 yrs ago, and haven't looked back. The hardest part for me was the first couple of weeks, but my husband had quit a couple of months before and was really starting to hate it. So he was very supportive. He kind of annoyed me at the time, but I knew it would be worth it.

Keep it up!!!!

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