Hello --still on nic-gum

Okay so can I say I am proud to be 5+ months when I am still using the gum??? I am feeling depressed about this fact. I don't EVER want to smoke again but I have my evil crutch...the damn gum!! When I first quit with I felt at least I wasn't lightining up and it would eventually be easier to quit the gum.....which I still do believe! I just feel guilty about the gum and I know I need to stop:(

Now....on to all you still quit for 4-5+ months!! Excellent! And newbies.....life really is so much better without the smokes!

Hanna

7th quit...married mom to 4....5+ months...method: nicgum.

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  • Hi Hanna :D

    You have every right to be proud of 5 + months even if still using the gum you're smoke free and that has to be good

    Don't feel depressed or guilty about the gum you'll know when it's time to stop it but if you feel guilty/depressed it will make it hardy for you to stop it

    Love

    Marg xx

  • Hi, have you tried substituting some of the gum for normal gum? Like every other one? I just texted a friend who used the gume for nearly a year (yikes!) and that's how she weaned off it. I only used it for 2 days cos I was worried about the nicotine. Anyhoo, my mate said that substituting worked for her, so that may be worth a go. Good luck!

  • If you can say you have not smoked for that long you have to be doing something right. We don't have clinics so we have to go it on our own. I was thinking maybe you could switch to patches. That way you would know how much nicotine you were absorbing. They have 16 hour patches. Regular gum and 16 hour patches.

    I am not a doctor this is only the thought that came to me.

  • I think you should carry on using the gum until you are totaly ready to do without. It isn't doing you any harm, not like the fags which were killing you and making you stink!

    I have just stopped using patches, but I am more than prepared to go back on them as soon as I need, and carry a spare patch with me wherever I go!

    Well done for all you have achieved, you have done great!

  • Thank you!

    Thank you all for your support and replies. I have been thinking about trying to use regular gum....and did actaully think about switching to the patch as well! Great minds think alike! I know I will get over the gum eventually...one thing at a time right? It has been a great crutch and it too will lose it's importance in my life one day...hoepfully soon. I just want to make it through the holidays!

    ChrissyV...I will check my inbox for the gum epic;)

    I hope you all are doing well on this journey...I need to do better about checking in and helping the newbies!! I am making a promise to myself that I will do this!

    Take care...talk to you soon...have a great holiday season!

    Hanna

  • Thank you all for your support and replies. I have been thinking about trying to use regular gum....and did actaully think about switching to the patch as well! Great minds think alike! I know I will get over the gum eventually...one thing at a time right? It has been a great crutch and it too will lose it's importance in my life one day...hoepfully soon. I just want to make it through the holidays!

    ChrissyV...I will check my inbox for the gum epic;)

    I hope you all are doing well on this journey...I need to do better about checking in and helping the newbies!! I am making a promise to myself that I will do this!

    Take care...talk to you soon...have a great holiday season!

    Hanna

    Hi Hanna,

    I have only ever posted on here the once. But have since used another discussion forum.

    However I read your thread with interest and feel compelled to respond.

    In my quest for knowledge relating to stopping smoking I came across the following article on website often referred to on here :- whyquit.com/pr/102809.html.

    When I posted the link on the other discussion board I received an extremely hostile response. The crux of their argument, which I totally agree with, being that even if the gum is a hazard, it is better to use it for a few weeks than smoke for the rest of one’s life. However, the study was about prolonged use.

    I am not supporting, or endorsing in any way, the findings of the aforementioned study. I merely wanted to bring it to your attention in order that you make the right decision for YOU.

    Whatever course you follow I wish you every success on removing nicotine from your body for good.

    Best regards,

    Roger

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