Have you ever quit smoking cold turkey?

I'm 19 and smoked for 6 years. I really want to quit now. I get chest pains from time to time, and tired of coughing and phlegm build up. I didn't have the will-power before because I tried patches and gum and it didn't work. However since I have developed self-control, I want to try on my own "cold turkey". How hard is it? Have you ever been successful?

14 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, i did. I smoked for about 10 years and then i decide that this cigarette does not own me and I quit "cold turkey" just like that. I stopped for about 4 years and decided to have a drag off someone else's cigarette while in a bar and drinking and then i felt hooked again. I smoked then for around 5 years and quit cold turkey again, finally started smoking again a couple more years, but this time i could not stop so after requesting (in Church) that they PRAY for me to stop smoking, within 2 weeks I had stopped and have not smoked a cigarette since, no cravinglings and it don't bother me to be with people that smoke in the car with me. What does bother me is to smell dirty ash trays or lingering smoke on peoples body and hair. I have been cigarette free now since 2000. Now that I know how I probably smelled to other people. I am real happy that I quit. Good Luck

  • 1 decade ago

    Well, you can actually make it really easy.

    Cold turkey is good - but do it a little differently. You just need sort out your head BEFORE you quit. Trying to do it afterwards is what makes it hard.

    If you prepare yourself properly, you can easily override the withdrawal pangs completely and it won't bother you at all to be in situations or with people where before you smoked.

    Be glad you don't have to do that anymore - that you are getting rid of this filthy addiction. Never think you will miss it - that's what makes it hard. But instead see yourself as happy, content and proud that you've done it.

    If you prepare yourself properly, you can easily override the withdrawal pangs completely and it won't bother you at all to be in situations or with people where before you smoked.

    Here's what you need to do in very, very short form:

    1. Decide that you get nothing out of smoking (it’s only the truth)

    2. Pick a quit - date so you have some time to prepare

    3. Look forward to quitting (get excited about it) - essential!

    4. Quit… easily

    Source(s): www.quitdude.com
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I quit after 37 years,simply went cold turkey and never looked back that was 10 yrs ago.I still fancy a cigarette now and again but I know I will never smoke again,be strong and be true to yourself, forget all the trash about gums and patches etc they were invented purely to extract the cash from your pocket that you would otherwise spend on tobacco, Just reckon up and gloat at all the money you are not paying in taxes for the government to squander on useless pathetic waste of time lost causes.

    Source(s): Experience
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  • 1 decade ago

    My mom stopped cold turkey, but she has an addiction problem. For example, when she quit smoking, her addiction moved to gambling, but she's pretty good at it. Fair trade off in my opinion. However, my dad quit cold-turkey and has been fine... I hear the patches and gum help but it's still just another addiction.

    Hope this helps.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, I quit smoking cold turkey years ago, and you can do it. Of course it's not easy, the tobacco companies have gone to great lengths to make sure that their clients are as hooked as they can be. Just make up your mind and resolve to not give in. The first few days are difficult but it gets easier as you detox and create a habit of not smoking. Whenever you feel like giving in, remind yourself that you are a non-smoker and non-smokers don't smoke.

    Good luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    i cough like a lot too from smoking i did quit cold turkey for about 5 days nothing really happened i didnt really crave them but i wanted them a little then i came back form the hospital thats why i didnt smoke since i was in the hospital and i smoke since then but now ever since then i notice i throw up sometimes from smokeing just try to maybe do that step if it wont work try nicotine patches

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the good news is that i now have been quit for over 5 years.. i quit trying to quit alone, and joined a support group.. i attend nicotine anonymous meetings both locally and on line.. on line voice meetings are as close as your computer, and you can attend while still smoking, before actually attempting a quit.. however you decide to quit good luck, there is simply no wrong way to quit!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is going to be hard, I quit by gradually cutting down on my nicotine and chewing straws. I started by counting how many I smoked and then each day tried to go one less. Sometimes I would only smoke a half a cig, and save half for later. You are smart to try to quit now it becomes harder as you smoke for more years and you get alot unhealthier as well. Good Luck, but you can do it.

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