First time cold turkey

I'm 68 years old and have been smoking since I was 18. I have never been a heavy smoker, guess that is why I am still healthy. I've been struggling a long time with patches and gum so i could give up my 5 to 7 cigarettes I smoke each day. I also want to add that I am a so called closet smoker. I never smoke in front of anyone, guess i am ashamed that I am still smoking. My biggest fear is that one of my young grandsons would catch me smoking. Anyway I decided no more patches, no more gum. I am on day 9 now. I miss my cigarettes but want to stay healthy to see my grandchildren grow up. God has been good to me but really how far can I push it. I want to be a non- smoker; first time cold turkey. Made it one more day.

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  • You can do it Lolo Ceil! Never too late to quit. Guess what, you don't have to worry about being a closet smoker anymore! Way to go!

    Btw, Lolo means grandpa in our language. :)

  • I'm a Nana. Lol

  • Thanks for the encouragement. I need it. Hope I make day 10.

  • Wow you are 100 days smoke free. I wish I were there. I always made excuses for myself. I have Celiac disease and I am so limited as to what I can eat, I somehow justified it with at least I can smoke my 5 cigarettes a day. I have tried many times especially the last 5 years. But this time I think I can do it.

  • Oh, that's actually a typo. That should be Lola which means grandma lol. You can do it. Always remember that. Have a good day Nana

  • Welcome Ceil !! Congratulations on giving up those nasty cigs. You may join the emotional ride some of us are on but it stops frequently and lets some off from time to time. You'll know when it's your turn:) I personally suffered up until 3 months into my quit. I'm now heading into month 5 and feeling pretty awesome!!! No more morning cough and I'm not short of breath the way I used to be.

    Your grandsons are lucky ❣️ God bless



  • Welldone for cracking on the route of giving up the devil TABs:) yep the best way forward is to show your family and grandchildren your healthy enough to out run them as a FIT Grandparent 👍your doing the right thing goodluck you can do this :)🏃🏃🏃

  • Hello and welcome Ceil.

    I am 46 and have smoked forever. Like you, I was not a heavy smoker and was also a closet smoker. This can make it tough when you quit because you can't ask for the support of those around you. This is where groups such as this one can be the difference between success and failure. The support on here is brilliant so post as often as you need to.

    You can do this, without a doubt. Just take it one hour, one day at a time. It is hard at times but does get easier and easier.

    Welcome to the team!!!!!

  • Welcome to our community Ceil and congratulations on over 1 week quit and heading nicely along to 2 weeks :)

    I too quit cold turkey, over 13 months ago, never looked back - its a roller coaster of a journey but worth the early suffering to be happy ex smoker now.

    Read up as much as you can and have the determination and belief that you can do it, you are definitely going in the right direction. We look forward to your progress updates........

  • Thank you, day 10 and I had my coat on to go to the store to buy a pack. But didn't. My problem has always been severe constipation every time I try to quit. Have this problem for 10 years since I have to eat gluten free because I have celiac disease. It magnifies ten-fold when I give up my 5 cigarettes a day. Please no lectures on what I'm doing wrong because I've tried everything there is to try. I don't know if I can do it. All I know is that I didn't go for cigarettes today.

  • Sorry to hear that about your issue and unfortunately I cannot offer you any advice on it. Perhaps a chat with a chemist or health food shop explaining you have given up cigarettes and if there is anything that may help you...

    Just take it hour by hour - nice early night tonight, tomorrow is a new day, wishing you strength, you can do it, I know it is a very uncomfortable complaint :(

  • Sorry I was in such a bad mood yesterday. On day 11 now and have decided to take 1 laxative every other day for awhile. I think this option is still better than smoking. Glad I didn't but that lack of cigarettes yesterday 😄

  • No problem at all Ceil thats what this community is here for - good days and bad days - better to get things off our chests then lighting up - post anytime with about anything :)

  • Well done on your cold turkey quit. My mum decided to

  • Sorry that never finished ... My mum decided to quit after a chest infection after almost 45 years smoking and managed it cold turkey too. She has now been off them 3 years past March. You have your grandchildren to help get you through and seem strong and determined to do it.

    My son is wheat intolerant and my cousin is also coeliac so I know your limited food issues.

    Good luck

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