There are so many anti smoking folks who sneer that people cannot seem to quit smoking. “Just stop!” they exclaim. “It’s killing you” they say. “It’s mind over matter”, “It’s self DISCIPLINE.” But for some people, quitting really IS hell.
We never see studies on those people. There are FIFTY FIVE! pages of quitters going through hell on this site who have become very ill from stopping smoking. Quitting, for some is truly torture. They think it is NICOTINE withdrawal, but of course it’s not. Nicotine is not the monster – it was demonised by the anti tobacco industry and became synonymous with smoking.
These people, in my opinion, have been propelled into terrible grief. They have lost a companion, a friend. The grief is unrequited. They are debilitated – completely.
Quitting is not a breeze. Everyone is different. A patch, some gum, a spray is not a solution – it’s only nicotine. Nicotine is not the problem.
“Hi, since I quitted smoking a year ago, I have only been feeling more and more sick. I don’t have enough energy for routine activities, feel exhausted, I gained weight and lost self-confidence. Why is this happening?”
“I quit smoking towards the end of Jan 2007. In March I had an general anxiety attack. I have been feeling depressed and lost self confidence all together since then. I am on 50 mg of Zoloft right now… ”
“It has been 16 weeks since I quit smoking. I smoked 1/2-1pack a day for 15 years. When I first quit I thought wow this is smooth sailing. About a week after quitting I developed chest pain,shortness of breath,chest palpitations. Thought I was having a heart attack.. tests came out fine.. Problem I think was hadn’t had anything to eat and had 3 cups of coffee. I never knew there was nicotine withdrawal symptoms. I was in bed for about 3 days just trying to get through it. Since then I have had 2 bad colds. Bronchitis. Lung pain. coughing up tons of mucus. I have been on two rounds of antibiotics.I was on inhaler for 2 weeks. Had a chest xray it was fine. I have been going out walking even though I feel bad. The lung pain is still there..feels like burning or itching in the lungs. The funny thing is it usually feels better after I’ve been walking awhile. I will feel good one day and think ok it is over…however for no reason my lungs will start to hurt and I will feel dizziness and almost like and adrenaline surge. it’s getting better…but I want to feel 100% anyone else go thru this???? I feel like I am losing my mind!!!”