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Yesterday I gave up after many years. It´s going OK but that little voice in my head is nagging me to light up. Could do with some encouragement please. TVM Read More
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banned7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
Yesterday I gave up after many years. It´s going OK but that little voice in my head is nagging me to light up.

Could do with some encouragement please.

TVM
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banned7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Well done on doing well so far. How are you doing it - patches? Dont do it though, you will feel terrible afterwards
#2
Stay strong. Do something else. Good luck
#3
http://www.changingstates.co.uk/images/smoking-packs-new/fatal-lung-cancer.jpg

any help?
banned#4
I saw my GP and asked for that new tablet Champix which dulls the little voice in yer head.

Hope I can do it though.
#5
encouragement, here we come: smokers stink......they really do. If you're a smoker and thinking "i dont stink", i promise you do!!!! There's nothing worse than sitting next to a smoker on a bus on a rainy day. The stink from the damp cigarette smell is repulsive.

You wouldn't dive in to cow pat and then walk about in public so why would you smoke then go out in public?

Smoking ban was the best thing to happen to this country in years. I hope you do manage to stay off the ciggs; you'll be much better for it. well done on doing even 1 day, i know it cant be easy to give up even for a day to a regular smoker.
#6
good on you -

save the money you would have spent on cigs

20 a day = £5

5 x 7 = 35
35x52=£1820 i think

book your holiday:thumbsup:
banned#7
Why did you quit?
banned#8
hypnoticstate

Smoking ban was the best thing to happen to this country in years. I hope you do manage to stay off the ciggs; you'll be much better for it. well done on doing even 1 day, i know it cant be easy to give up even for a day to a regular smoker.


Why was it? To stop people from having a choice?

Actually there is something worse than sitting next to a smoker on a bus - sitting next to a large person who takes up most of the seat and smells a bit.

Do you want to ban fatty foods too?
banned#9
Why did you quit?


I don´t want to die young.
#10
FilthAndFurry;6088933
Why was it? To stop people from having a choice?

Actually there is something worse than sitting next to a smoker on a bus - sitting next to a large person who takes up most of the seat and smells a bit.

Do you want to ban fatty foods too?

As far as i see it, i never had a "choice" to not get lung cancer by having to have a smoker come sit next to me and light up.

so, before it was non smokers had no choice but to let smokers give them cancer in the future.

now it is smokers have no choice but to go away from areas where non smokers should be able to be.

Either way, one "side" had no choice. Only difference is, when the smokers had their way, non smokers health and lives were at risk in future years. To tell me that the ban is unfair is typical of a smoker; ignorant and self centred.
banned#11
hypnoticstate
As far as i see it, i never had a "choice" to not get lung cancer by having to have a smoker come sit next to me and light up.

so, before it was non smokers had no choice but to let smokers give them cancer in the future.

now it is smokers have no choice but to go away from areas where non smokers should be able to be.

Either way, one "side" had no choice. Only difference is, when the smokers had their way, non smokers health and lives were at risk in future years. To tell me that the ban is unfair is typical of a smoker; ignorant and self centred.


Smokers are humans too. You could've just said to a smoker 'do you mind not smoking next to me'. They might've been a nice person - you could've made a friend for life. :thumbsup:

They should have just let bars have the option - so all the cool smokers could be in one bar and the rest in another (joke):thumbsup:
#12
FilthAndFurry;6088984
Smokers are humans too. You could've just said to a smoker 'do you mind not smoking next to me'. They might've been a nice person - you could've made a friend for life. :thumbsup:

They should have just let bars have the option - so all the cool smokers could be in one bar and the rest in another (joke):thumbsup:

I've tried many times to ask smokers to not smoker and they just look at you like you've spat in their face. I'm sorry but that's the nature of addiction; it blinds you to other things as long as your fix is sated.

I do think that's there's no perfect answer to it; it would be better if there was some way of satisfying both smokers and non smokers but sadly there isnt and so it's only fair to make the ones who "chose" to damage their own health less able to damage the health of others along the way. Not ideal but still the fairest of the two options.
#13
Well done, hope you make it.

I gave up with Fag Ends (Roy Castle group) over 4 years ago. Even now I sometimes I get craving or absolutely hate it (bonkers I know) but in the end it's like being on a diet forever (booo).

The main reason why I gave up was that I kept get abscess in my mouth and lost 2 teeth. On the 3rd tooth they did the whole root canal thing and they said if I didn't give up smoking the healing wouldn't be as good and could loose this tooth. They told me this when I lost my 2nd tooth so gave up for 18 months and started again and lost another tooth. The last time though they said if I lost this tooth I need dentures! Yep that was good enough to give up (hopefully for good).

Here's a tip I was given - when you feel a craving have a lucozade energy tablet or a strong coffee, the caffine mimics the cigeratte with the rush.

Good luck

ps. I don't agree with the smoking ban. I gave up before the ban came into force and expected smoking in pubs/clubs and it was quite rare to find groups of people huddled outside together smoking. Now though everywhere I go people are outside smoking and I smell it more now than before and it's time like these that I find it makes me crave.
banned#14
mrsj2008

Here's a tip I was given - when you feel a craving have a lucozade energy tablet or a strong coffee, the caffine mimics the cigeratte with the rush.

Good luck


Unless you've trained yourself to have a pavlovian response to drinking coffee with a cigarette.
banned#15
well done, keep going, only you can do it, drink plenty of fresgh orange juice and also bleive brewers yeast helps repair nerve damage x
banned#16
Well done, hope you make it.

I gave up with Fag Ends (Roy Castle group) over 4 years ago. Even now I sometimes I get craving or absolutely hate it (bonkers I know) but in the end it's like being on a diet forever (booo).


Thanks for the info I hope the voices dont last that long though.
#17
Stiff upper lip:thumbsup:
#18
lil_tiger
http://www.changingstates.co.uk/images/smoking-packs-new/fatal-lung-cancer.jpg

any help?


The chap on left didn't do well either.
#19
I stoppped smoking 6 years ago after having smoked for 15 years-best thing that I ever did.
I was sooooooo ready to stop that I just smoked my last ciggy and never picked up another.I had been thinking about it for about 2-3 years,I s'pose it took me that long to get my head together.You have to be ready to stop though and you have to want to do it for the right reasons otherwise it is so easy fail.It has to be your decision-not you mum or your boyfriend/girlfriend.
Good luck.!!
banned#20
I find it hard to believe it can be so difficult to give up...but then I have never smoked...so I suppose I dont understand.....


Believe me it is that hard............................... dont be hard on him but these Champix tablets do make it easier.

Hopefully someone will want to kiss me too lol
#21
I quit about 10 days ago mate.

I also used to drink most nights atleast 4 cans, that I also quit.

My bank balance has never been healtier mate, Bought 6 PS3 games with the cash I would of spent.
The PS3 helps not to crave too, alot with this site lol. Just finding time flying by.

The hardest part is going out with mates that smoke but when I'm not around them it doesn't bother me.
banned#22
how long should it take to give up? Surely you just throw the cigarettes away and thats it....he is on about cutting down...cop out I say..


Awwww jellybaby22 it has a bigger grab on you than heroin my GP told me. If he wants to try ask the GP for Champix it really does help. I tried too many times but this time I really think I can do it.

With the help of everyone here anyway
banned#23
jellybaby22
ewwwww thats one thing i wont miss.....when someone smokes its like kissing an ashtray...not that I have kissed many ashtrays......

how long should it take to give up? Surely you just throw the cigarettes away and thats it....he is on about cutting down...cop out I say...:lol:


the body craves what you are removing, it takes time, not just overnight, changing the routing of when you normally smoke also helps, ie - if you some with a cup of tea, drink something else for a wee while, fill the time you usually smoke doing something else
banned#24
the body craves what you are removing, it takes time, not just overnight, changing the routing of when you normally smoke also helps, ie - if you some with a cup of tea, drink something else for a wee while, fill the time you usually smoke doing something else


thanks sassie
#25
Well done for coming to this decision and good luck.

I dont have any words of advice to offer as i've never smoked. But its the best thing you can do remember your extending your life by an extra 5 to 20 mins for every cigarette you cut out.

(I think thats how it goes - each cig you have you cut 5 to 20 mins of ur life).

Heres a few links :

http://www.chacha.com/question/how-many-minutes-does-smoking-a-cigarette-take-off-your-life

http://www.chacha.com/question/how-many-minutes-does-smoking-a-cigarette-take-off-your-life

well done for taking this step!!
#26
Sorry just noticed i posted the same link twice..silly me!!

Heres the other:

http://quitsmoking.about.com/od/cravingsandurges/a/5minutetips.htm
#27
Within about 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, you will begin to apprehend a small craving or urge to smoke another cigarette. This is your brain gently reminding you that it is time to smoke and get your fix of nicotine before the physical symptoms of withdrawal set in. At this time the nicotine levels in the body are falling and those levels must be maintained for us to feel good and normal.

Usually, when we start to feel these cravings, we relieve them by smoking a cigarette. If we are unable to smoke at the time, these cravings get stronger and stronger in intensity and we may become angry, irritable and lose concentration until we are able to smoke again.

Once you give up smoking though, you will have to fight against these urges and cravings to smoke. More will be discussed on this matter in the following sections.

Everyone that gives up smoking will go through a different experience from the next person. Some people may suffer from terrible withdrawal symptoms whilst others may only experience a few of the symptoms mentioned in the next section. It is probably fair to say that the more dependant you were on cigarettes and the greater number of cigarettes smoked, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms are likely to be.

The nicotine withdrawal symptoms will be the strongest and most intense around 24 - 48 hours after giving up. They will start shortly after smoking your last cigarette and will begin to ease off after 72 hours more or less. However, they will not completely disappear until two to three weeks have passed, possibly longer, depending on the person. Nevertheless you will still probably have the occasional urge to smoke a cigarette and this may never go away.
Even though you may experience many withdrawal symptoms that probably seem unbearable at the time, this is just the response of your body as it heals itself and recovers from years of cigarette smoking.

All the same, going through the physical withdrawal of nicotine and the symptoms that you may suffer, is only temporary and will not last forever. At worst, what is a month of withdrawal symptoms that will subside each day but lead to you finally becoming a healthier person and a non-smoker for good, as opposed to possibly dying an early death after suffering years of living with cancer or lung disease?

In short, if you know what to expect and are well equipped beforehand, you should be able to prepare yourself mentally to deal with the withdrawal symptoms as they occur. They might not even be as bad as you thought they would be.

Read the next section to find out exactly what you could be going through once you stop smoking, in terms of physical withdrawal symptoms and how you can best deal with them if they happen to you.
http://www.helpwithsmoking.com/nicotine-withdrawal.php
banned#28
Thanks for the info everyone.

You know I really think this will be the time I can do it.
#29
well done for giving up. I gave up in october 2005 and a week after i gave up i fell pregnant, it was hard and i did it on patches but every day it gets easier and just think of all the money you will save, my ex smokes and i couldnt stand it when he used to want a kiss as its not a nice smell lol

just think of how nice you will smell too lol :w00t:

now i do get the odd craving but its nothing compared to at the beginning, you just get used to it and you find that you can smell and taste things again :)
#30
toshapetriji
Thanks for the info everyone.

You know I really think this will be the time I can do it.


will power is half the battle my friend :)
#31
OP, whatever it is that is most important to you... use it to give you strength x
#32
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:thumbsup:
#33
ClarityofMind
OP, whatever it is that is most important to you... use it to give you strength x


+1 :thumbsup:
#34
Well done you. Take it one day at a time, I gave up 4 months ago and the cravings still happen quite regular but I have found that deep breathing with my eyes closed for a few mins helps me. Also try not to substitute sweets or other food for the cigs as thats when the pounds pile on
#35
you'll save a lot of money if you keep it up :)
banned#36
Thanks so much everyone, still no fags and I think I can do it.
#37
just think of the money you will save, and how much better you will feel smell and look..
banned#38
Wooo Hoooo

Day 3
#39
toshapetriji
Wooo Hoooo

Day 3


Well done you - it's supposed to get easier after the first couple of days

Keep it up :thumbsup:
#40
Ooooooh, I gave up smoking nearly 2 years ago but I think I'd like to try out the pic below. :w00t:

Good piece of advice under the pic though.

Carley
Go for it...
http://www.gearfuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/smoking.jpg


To be honest, I've quit smoking twice in my life and both times, I found it very easy to give up despite being a smoker since the age of 14 (I smoked for about 10 years).

The first time I quit, I was still in secondary school because I was told that it effects your schlong (I would of prefered calling it schLONGandFAT but what can you do lol) and since all the girls knew what that meant to me, I quit on the spot lol

The second time I quit because I joined the gym in November 2007 and after about a month, I realised I couldn't do as much cardio exercise as people that lived unhealthier lives than me, which was shameful to say the least, so I quit on the spot and since then, my stamina has increased (all around lol), I can smell things I never knew existed and have saved £1000's in the process and if that's not an incentive, then I don't know what is.

...oh and bare in mind that if you smoke around children, they're a lot more likely to become smokers than not, as seeing what there parents are doing, they'll eventually crave to immitate.

My parents and siblings all smoked when I was a toddler and I thought it was so cool, so naturally, I was tempted to give it a try and used to think I was a badman smoking chocolate cigs...does anyone remember them? lol

I'm the kind of person that once I set my mind on something, nothing can get in my way and that's what you need to do. :thumbsup:

Good luck mate and let me know if you need some advice, I have had 1 cig in nearly 2 years (which was a couple months after) to calm me down but I regretted it because 1, it didn't ease my anger and 2, because I had broken my non smoking policy, which ironically was the best thing I could of done because that assured me I wouldn't smoke again. :thumbsup:

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