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Author Topic: Smoking Cessation  (Read 562 times)

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Offline ZachR

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Smoking Cessation
« on: December 14, 2019, 11:27:56 am »
Hi y'all. I've smoked for 6 years now and am only 23. Having HIV and striving for optimal health, I constructed healthy eating, exercise and mental health plans for myself and I think now it's high time to stop the only terrible habit I have - smoking. I know it will be hell, but there's no way but do it. If you've been a smoker or know one, do you know what works best and how painful was it to quit and how long it took until you felt 'free'?
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Offline Grendal

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Re: Smoking Cessation
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2019, 06:35:48 pm »
It is so worth it! It may or may not be easy. I used nicotine lozenges and gum for ages but finally bought a box of patches and tapered down then completely off. It is so worth it to be on the other side!

Offline joemutt

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Re: Smoking Cessation
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2019, 09:46:08 am »
cold turkey and relapse. took me 2 years from trying to stop to finally stop. now 18 years without smoking. i'd recommend it, my health changed drastically.

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Re: Smoking Cessation
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2019, 12:13:53 pm »
Trying to quit smoking is a challenge and what works for one person might not for another. It took me several failed attempts before I finally kicked the habit.

So wishing you the best when you try to stop and keep in mind if you do relapse into the habit don't beat yourself up and simply try again. Quitting really is worth it. 
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Offline ZachR

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Re: Smoking Cessation
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2019, 12:32:06 pm »
Thank you for the ideas and support, guys. Actually, after HIV my desire for smoking dropped drastically and I unintentionally dropped my numbers by ~70% , might be because of my fear that subconsciously kept telling me to stay from everything harming. Soon I realised that I have stopped inhaling them, only puff and let go - my mother noticed and told me that. 6 days ago when I quit I didn't feel any withdrawal actually, maybe because I have been smoking without inhaling for a year, which means I get nearly 0 nicotine. It's nearly a week now, and I had like 1 or 2 cravings when my friends would smoke heavily around me - but it seems unexpectedly easy so far, hope this doesn't fool me into smoking again.
25.10.19 VL 43
26.05.19  CD4+ 685 %26 VL 55
27.03.19  CD4+ 850 %31 VL 24
***Switched to Biktarvy due to side effects.
25.02.19  CD4+ 740 %30 VL 78
15.01.19  CD4+ 1600(might be wrong) %0.7 VL 54
05.11.18  CD4+ 720 VL 1,100
17.09.18  CD4+ 962 %25 VL 14,000,000 - Started first regimen on Triumeq
15.07.18 - diagnosed, CD4+ 490 %20
20.04.18 - infected

https://ibb.co/X74GV0X

 


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