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I've quit smoking.... And yes.. it's hard..

spritey Avatar
6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
Firstly - i love smoking. I enjoy nothing more than a pint with a cigarette on a weekend, or that feeling of drawing in that sweet smoke after a meal.

Last few months, i've wanted to quit though.. My son is coming upto a year old.. I'm 26 now (been smoking since i was 19), so really is the best time to quit and avoid any long term affects.

The ONLY reason i want to quit, is the risk of lung cancer and heart disease.. And the thought of clocking out prematurely, missing certain moments with my son.

I had my last cigarette yesterday afternoon.. I've now for my bottle of volvic on my desk, packs of Wrigleys extras and very much in the mood to punch something.

This is the first time i've quit, not using patches or any quit smoking aids.. Although i really want a cig, i honestly thought i'd be craving worse than this.. Especially as i'm a 30 a day smoker. It's hard, don't get me wrong.. Just thought i'd be clubbing baby seals and ripping my hair out by this point.

Anyone else have that?
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Well done! Just take it a day at a time. I stopped 5 years last December and it was hard for the first 3 days - after that it got a lot easier. I hated the smell of an ashtray when I was smoking (25 a day) so even smelling it today makes me barf - as well as smelling it on other people. The first day was the hardest - I was so desperate for one I made my mum give me one of her horrible menthol ones - took two puffs and that was enough! Put me off totally. Just hang in there - you WILL do if you really want to :)

P.S. I didn't use any patches or anything either - just willpower. No point in relying on something else.
#2
i stopped in 1997 after 13 years and it was really hard at first and i really craved one after a meal or with a cup of tea so what i used to do was straight after eating go brush my teeth to try and take my mind off it i also took up online scrabble (sounds boring) but it kept my hands busy and made me forget about smoking well it helped my cravings pass! and i havent smoked since and i am of the same opinion as you ie my family and the risk of health worries and i also now dont let anyone smoke in my house or near the children as we know 1st hand the effects smoking can cause especially passive, so well done and i hope you do well :)
#3
kaks26
Well done! Just take it a day at a time. I stopped 5 years last December and it was hard for the first 3 days - after that it got a lot easier. I hated the smell of an ashtray when I was smoking (25 a day) so even smelling it today makes me barf - as well as smelling it on other people. The first day was the hardest - I was so desperate for one I made my mum give me one of her horrible menthol ones - took two puffs and that was enough! Put me off totally. Just hang in there - you WILL do if you really want to :)


God yeah the smell!!

I got into my car thismorning for work - i didn't realize how bad the smell of smoke was.. Absolutely disgusting, almost made me sick..

Now it makes me think how i smelt..
#4
i can bearly go 3 hours without having one i have tried to give up but never even managed a day lol i know i am a weakling.
its all mind games i think as when i have been on a 10 hour flight i have been ok but i think its because you know you cant have one.
keep it up i hope one day i can do the same.
banned#5
Well done mate. I've smoked before but never been addicted to it as never smoked much so didn't have any cravings when I stopped but I know a few chain smokers who have struggled with it.

Just remember your son as your reason to quit and you'll be fine
#6
Rep for quitting fella.

x
#7
my hubby said he never realised how bad the smell was until i stopped and what a big difference both of us have noticed and most of all my kids are glad i dont smoke now and hopefully they will follow and not do it at all! but keep it up as it is hard.
#8
I've now not had one in over 2 years. Gave up for the same reason, 3 kids and a worried wife, so can see your reasons. Hard as hell to start with but does get easier over time, so remember your family & hang in there. Anyone who's ever tried will have nothing but admiration. Only advice I can give is do absolutely anything that helps. Got hooked on coffee for a while but you soon get sick of it so you will find your own level eventually. One last thing, should you succumb try again and again... The old saying is right, never give up giving up.. :thumbsup:
#9
just wanted to say well done i gave up 8 years ago when my kids asked me (i said i would do it if they would not smoke when they got older its working so far they are 21, 18 and 15) yes it was hard and i did have a few slip ups but i took one hour at a time (lol) then one day at a time
#10
Rep to you for hanging in there.

Just been visting the Dad-in-law over the weekend. He's in hospital recovering from a busted hip, but it was a close call: At one point the doc gathered us (the family) together and gently told us to expect the worst. We were warned that it wasn't the busted hip that was the problem, rather the lung damage from smoking for years that meant he couldn't breathe properly. In the end his oxygen sats were getting so low, getting up out of a chair made him nearly pass out - hence the fall.

So: Keep in there

Enjoy food that tastes like food, country side that smells like countryside (OK, even near the cowsheds).

Anyone else trying to quit - seriously consider finding a good hypnotherapist. It worked for my lad. The guy he used charged reaasonable prices (Especially if you worked it out as the number of packets of fags) and offered free followups as long as was needed
#11
Well done!!! I'm 32 and smoked since I was 15. I was a 20-30 a day smoker till about a week ago. In the past I have uses patches, gum, lozenges and this time I'm trying the same method as you - willpower.

It is going well apart from the ocassional "permanently raging" feeling that swells up about once every few days - but you know it is just your mind playing tricks on you.

Keep it up cos you know quitting is easy (I've done it loads of times ha ha ha)
#12
Thanks for some of the replies guys - nice to know that some people have done it for the same reasons as me and got through it.. Especailly as i'm a heavy smoker

It's starting to hit me a bit now - mainly as i'm reaching the 10.30am cig i normally have..

Hammering my chewing gum like mad lol.

I am however determined to do this, and purposelly told my friends and family i was quitting.. So it would give me the motivation not to give up, otherwise i'd look stupid.
#13
Well done mate, NEVER give in to them! I've was a smoker for many years, many unsuccessful quits in that time, it would always get to a stage where I'd quit then a few months later I'd think "one won't hurt" and it does you get hooked again, NEVER give in to that temptation!

Although I have quit smoking I vape now and then, using e-cigs they are a god send! Just to get that nicotine fix, still better than inhaling all those chemicals but I've cut down vaping as well.

Good luck, within a few weeks you will be feeling fantastic, you'll have more energy than before, you won't smell and best of all you'll get your tate and smell buds back and cut down your chances of getting a smoking related illness.

P.S, I totally forget to mention all the £££s that will be saved!! It's like having a 2nd job!
#14
Maybe u should look into getting some of them fake cigarettes just to relieve the oral fixation you get with a cigarette, it might help u in the long run.

Good luck anyway!
[mod]#15
Well done spritey, keep at it! :thumbsup:
#16
Well done m8. I quit 2 months ago after smoking for 25 years and 20 a day. I still crave a ciggy and still love the smell of it but it's all down to will power now and when i crave i just find something else to do.

There's been a few times that i really could of had a ciggy and if i had one i prob would have.

Just hang in there you can do it
#17
It's been nearly 4 months for me now and it doesn't bother me anymore. In fact, it turns me a bit sick. The smell is awful and I can't believe I used to smell like it and didn't realise!
#18
Having just gone for a cigarette I feel rather guilty :thinking:

I've managed to cut down to around 10 a day (unless i'm going out), but I really should consider stopping at some point.
#19
spritey
Thanks for some of the replies guys - nice to know that some people have done it for the same reasons as me and got through it.. Especailly as i'm a heavy smoker
It's starting to hit me a bit now - mainly as i'm reaching the 10.30am cig i normally have..
Hammering my chewing gum like mad lol.
I am however determined to do this, and purposelly told my friends and family i was quitting.. So it would give me the motivation not to give up, otherwise i'd look stupid.


Good Move - that's what my hubby did to give up and he managed it.

Two decades or so later I also managed to give up. Will power was never enough for me - I would just end up literally weeping on day 3, so it was patches that did it for me. Two weeks of low dose patches and I was free - and couldn't even think of having a ciggie now.

millarcat
Well done spritey, keep at it! :thumbsup:

+1:thumbsup:
#20
Well done on your decision to quit the dirty habit and good luck :thumbsup:.

You'll notice the difference in more ways than one soon. More money in the wallet, cleaner fresher smelling clothes / house and a more energy. I gave up a while ago but as I am a stress head I kept a nasal spray close to hand, obtained of feebay for a £5, as well as a few packs of chewies and half a dozen pen lids, and it done the trick.

Treat yourself to a little something every now and then, just to remind you of what you are saving in monetary terms and it will help keep you going. It doesn't have to be extravagant just a little something you normally wouldn't buy but would like.

If push comes to shove and you need that little bit of help Asda do the low dose patches for £5 still
#21
Well done !!! I gave up 10 weeks ago same reason as you nearly - I have a 2 yr old granddaughter and another on the way - it's been hard - used patches but stopped them now - still have the odd craving and drinking more coffee and eating sl;ightly more but hey diet next !! - WELL DONE AND KEEP IT UP X
banned#22
numptyj;8343242
Maybe u should look into getting some of them fake cigarettes just to relieve the oral fixation you get with a cigarette


Funny you should mention that, I was helping your mum with her "oral fixation" last night.

And to the OP, good luck!
banned#23
Aside from the obvious health benefits, just think of the extra money for more tech!!!! :thumbsup:
#24
DanJackson
Funny you should mention that, I was helping your mum with her "oral fixation" last night.

And to the OP, good luck!




ROFLMAO

Nice AV by the way..."Head like a ******* Orange" :-D

Seriously to OP You are doing it for the best reasons hope you crack it mate :thumbsup:
#25
Going to Doctors to get the 24hr patch on prescription this afternoon

Allot of my friends who quit said the 24hr patch was a godsend, so figure i'll save myself the agony i'm going through right now.

One mate said i was being cheecky getting them on prescription, being that i'll be saving money by not smoking... Until i pointed out to him that tax on a 20 pack of cigs is around 77% and that the average 20 a day smoker over for the last year has paid £1500 in tax.. just on cigs.. He quickly shut up :).

Think i've paid more than enough in tax in the last 7 years to offset the cost of patches to help me quit hehe.
banned#26
spritey;8344889
Going to Doctors to get the 24hr patch on prescription this afternoon

Allot of my friends who quit said the 24hr patch was a godsend, so figure i'll save myself the agony i'm going through right now.

.

What does the 24hr patch do? How is it different to those ones you can get from supermarkets/chemists?
#27
DanJackson
What does the 24hr patch do? How is it different to those ones you can get from supermarkets/chemists?


Same - it's just a patch for 24 hours.. I'm getting it on prescription though, as it's a hell of allot cheaper than purchasing it from the supermarket.
#28
spritey
Going to Doctors to get the 24hr patch on prescription this afternoon

Allot of my friends who quit said the 24hr patch was a godsend, so figure i'll save myself the agony i'm going through right now.

One mate said i was being cheecky getting them on prescription, being that i'll be saving money by not smoking... Until i pointed out to him that tax on a 20 pack of cigs is around 77% and that the average 20 a day smoker over for the last year has paid £1500 in tax.. just on cigs.. He quickly shut up :).

Think i've paid more than enough in tax in the last 7 years to offset the cost of patches to help me quit hehe.



Just a note, if you pay for your prescriptions, which are around £7 odd, you will find it cheaper to get the patches from asda as they are £5 per pack at present. Plus you may find your doctor may make you an appointment for a later date to see a Nurse to start a Nicotine Replacement program, this may take a few days for the appointment.
#29
simplyjimbo
Just a note, if you pay for your prescriptions, which are around £7 odd, you will find it cheaper to get the patches from asda as they are £5 per pack. Plus you may find your doctor may make you an appointment for a later date to see a Nurse to start a Nicotine Replacement program, this may take a few days for the appointment.


Nope matey - the low doss ones are £5 in Asda.. Not the higher doss 24 hour patchs that i'll need being quite a heavy smoker.

Higher doss ones are around £12
#30
spritey
Nope matey - the low doss ones are £5 in Asda.. Not the higher doss 24 hour patchs that i'll need being quite a heavy smoker.

Higher doss ones are around £12


Must have gone up as a couple of months ago I went and bought about 6 packs of each strength they only cost me £5 each, then I decided to switch to the nasal spray and sold the patches on feebay for a nice little profit.

None the less, good you are making the right decision to have a little assistance as it will def help
#31
I wish you the best of luck :thumbsup:
#32
DanJackson
Funny you should mention that, I was helping your mum with her "oral fixation" last night.

And to the OP, good luck!


strong h4te brah but my mum is dead.
#33
Well done keep going. Remember its not just your health but his as well. Best reason in the world to give up in my view.
Also think of the money. Each time you would have bought a packet put that money aside. Bet in a very short time you will have enough for a break away with the little one.
#34
Today is my first day of giving up and im craving pretty bad right now but have none in the house so know i'll be ok. Hubby has given up too but he is only an occasional smoker so doesnt find it hard.

I quit 8 years ago when i wanted to have kids and found it so easy back then but this time i really dont want to give up - i enjoy it as its something that i do just for me (kids dont know about it and would hate for them to find out hence the reason for stopping) They are now 4 and 7 and i think they would start to realise with me popping outside!

Good luck to you xx
#35
I quit smoking a few years back, and i found it really easy to quit for some reason:)
#36
lmao a lot of "doss"ing going on in this thread:lol:


good luck op ........youll always be a smoker
banned#37
Good on ya, the first month is the hardest, iv been stopped since last Febuary after 7 years of smoking.

keep it up and you will notice you will taste food properly again ;)
#38
Finally back from GP

Just to let people know - GP gave me 2 weeks worth of NiQuitin 21mg, 24 hr clear patchs.

Would normally come to around £15 for a weeks worth in ya pharmacy.. So rather than £30 odd, it was just £7 odd for the prespection.. Fantastic stuff.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/NiQuitin-21mg-Clear-Hour-Patches/dp/B0017TNZXC

£16 off amazon for the same.
#39
i quit last year and so glad i did the saving of money shot up loads! i do admit i occasionally have some however i know i can leave them again.

i tried all sorts but what worked for me was will power. i did try the patches for a week which kind of helped.

you ahve a very good reason to quit, think of theat and you'll have no problems quitting
#40

I've quit smoking.... And yes.. it's hard..



millarcat
Well done spritey, keep at it! :thumbsup:


I've heard of ex-smokers putting on weight. I might give it a try.

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