Ms Minx wrote:i've tried several times (ok, i still smoke, maybe i shouldn't be giving advice)! but i've found that changing your diet helps. if you eat 'carby' comfort food, like pizza, you immediately want a cigarette afterwards. however, if you drink a cup of fresh veggie juice, eat salads etc, you don't crave it after you eat.
i've replaced smoking cravings with fresh juices, or munching on veggies and it's helped dramatically.
i've also found that a major cleaning spree helps. wash EVERYTHING around you that may smell like smoke.
Max wrote:I started smoking when I was twelve. I'm 38, now. I've been quit for 4 years. That means, yes, I smoked for 20 years.
I found the thing that made me quit was getting scared out of my mind. Y'see, about 4.5 years ago, I was in a parking lot, and I coughed and spat out a mouthful of blood. At the emergency room, everybody freaked out. Doctors were wearing masks, they isolated me, tests upon tests. They couldn't find what exactly it was, but the leading contender was either Tuberculosis or Lung Cancer. For a month, I was in and out of specialists offices, and scared out of my mind that I was gonna die, like right then. Hell, yes I quit.
Turns out, a few months later, they find out that it was stomache blood. I have a disorder called "Barrett's esophagus". It's like that "Serious condition" that they always hint at in the Nexium ads? What it means is that I've ruined my esophagus. So, I'm on a super-restrictive diet, and I've gotta take meds all the time, and the threat of Esophageal cancer is always there. If I ever get that cancer, it probably will be curtains for me.
So, I'm honestly begging anyone reading this: please don't smoke. Sure, I know, you know that smoking kills people. But, how would you like to never be able to eat any tomatos, or tomato-related products. No italian food, no mexican food, etc. That's what smoking did to me. And it could still kill me.
Seriously, I always figured "Live fast, die young". What I didn't count on was "Live fast, die slow". So, I really am sorry to preach. I always hated those Straight edge people preaching at me, but, now, I've been forced to go straight edge (another thing I can't have is alcohol. Can't have Coffee, either.)
See a doctor, and be honest with them, and tell them what's up. I'm sure they can advise you. But, please do whatever it takes to quit.
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