Ex-Smoker Amy

This quit smoking story was submitted by Amy. It was a comment submitted to our post Quit Smoking Side Effects and it was published as a regular post, thank you for sharing your experience.

Hello! My name is Amy, I started smoking when I was 12 and am now 41. I quit a week ago today. I am using the nicotine gum when I get a really bad craving. I used to smoke 2 packs a day but recently cut down to half a pack a day and thought, why can’t I just stop? The first day I used the patch then the gum when I freak out.

I also eat sunflower seeds like crazy, they give your hands something to do and help with my oral fixation. The gum and patch give me really bizarre nightmares though, hopefully I can eventually ditch nicotine all together. I find it helpful to “pretend” like I am smoking, I breathe deep, and use a straw or a pen as my “cigarette” sounds silly but the breathing helps me.

As others said I have a slight constant headache and sore gums but it’s not that bad. Years ago I quit for a year because a boyfriend threatened to leave me if I didn’t, as soon as we broke up I started again. You have to want to quit for yourself, you can do it and you are worth it! Good Luck 🙂

Great story Amy, thank you again for sharing your experience and hope it will inspire other smokers out there to quit for good.

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