- I don't want a fag, I don't want a fag, I don't want a fag
Stay strong!! Just tell yourself you’re not going to smoke TODAY
Do this every morning. It breaks it down into manageable targets. Rather than saying your not going to smoke ever again.
I stopped with nicotine mints. Every time I got a craving I had a mint. It stopped them. I have to admit being on the mints for six months or so, but eventually I found I was running out of them and not caring. So I just stopped those too, that was easy.
Best thing I’ve ever done. I am freeeeee!!!!!!Posted 4 years agokhaniMember
I’m surprised it didn’t work, I’ve had mine three months and not looked back, if you still get cravings using one you might need a stronger nicotine content liquid to start off with.Posted 4 years ago
I started on 24mg liquid but now I’m down to 14mg and on the next batch going to 10mg and weaning it down gradually
If you smoke a lot you need to start on a higher strength liquid.
Good luck whichever way you go with it.. 😀torsoinalakeMember
My dad is only 67, he has smoked all his life.
He is absolutely wrecked thanks to this. His lung function is ruined. He has emphysema. He is on steroid inhalers, he wheezes and coughs continually. 9 holes of golf is like scaling Everest.
It is heartbreaking.
Don’t do it.Posted 4 years agoyoshimiSubscriber
I quit last summer…went on a lads night out last December and thought having just the 1 will be ok..arrgghhh back on them
Quit again in January…went on a stag-do in May and thought having just the 1 will be ok..arrgghhh back on them
Quit again nearly 2 weeks ago…first week was a bit rough, felt a bit clammy all the time, very short tempered, and actually felt a bit depressed
However, feel much better about things this week and ~I just realized that reading this thread is the first time I’ve given any thought to smoking
It does get easier
Now I just need to avoid lads nights out…I’m on a Christmas pub crawl tomorrow…dammit!Posted 4 years agojoolsburgerMember
My father died on Christmas eve 2009 (miserable sod could have waited till boxing day) from lung cancer caused by years of smoking. He looked frightened and was in shit loads of pain, not an easy death. I can’t get across to a stranger what that looks like but I’d simply say don’t smoke, it’s a shitty way to go. Stick with it, I found the nicotene mouth sprays worked really well despite giving me hiccoughs. Also reaching the top of climbs without wheezing like an old man feels very good indeed. I still have the odd e-cig down the pub which just goes to show how addictive the bloody stuff is.Posted 4 years agowinston_dogMember
The hardest thing I ever did was quit smoking.
I was smoking 30 – 40 a day and I quit by using Nicorette gum. I got the weakest strength and chewed it only when the cravings were killing me.
Tasted awful, then after a couple of weeks I actually enjoyed the taste and then the penny dropped. I didn’t really enjoy cigs, it wa spart of my brain tricking me to get its fix.Posted 4 years agobillybouldersMember
After 25+ years of smoking my riding buddy had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. He was in a coma for four days on the brink of death. His whole life has been turned upside down. Goodness knows when he’ll be able to ride again and if he can ride again whether he’s going to be able to ride like he did before. No warning, no outward signs (we were out for a night ride as usual two days before) Just BANG!! one minute everything is fine, the next everything is fubar.
He is 42 years old.Posted 4 years agobobmac892Subscriber
Like many, quit on and off for a few years and then it stuck a ciieyears back. Still get the very odd craving nowadays but…
Stop, breathe, have a drink if water and tell yourself “it will pass.”
It will pass and with practise cravings can be dealt with quicker and quicker. One day at a time and don’t forget to praise the little achievements, an hour, a morning, a day… All adds up to a healthier you and the difference biking will be a revelation.
Keep it up.Posted 4 years ago
Had some kind of epiphany this morning that smoking owns me
This is probably the main reason I stopped. Obviously the risk to my health and the expense were factors, but somehow as a smoker you gloss over these, it is indeed a wicked drug.
I got pissed off with being a slave to it, having to constantly make sure I had some cigs on me, and feeling slightly paniced if I left them at home or ran out late at night. Stupid really. The amount of times I’d drive way out of my way to buy some cigs, just so I had some for the next morning. I also hated waking up and a fag being the first thing I thought about. Also began to hate having to have one after a meal, when everyone else was quite content to sit back and relax, I would be getting twitchy and hatching an escape plan for a cig.
If you haven’t done so read this it’s not the miracle cure that many say it is, but it does break down a lot of the psychology of smoking, and will give you a few more epiphanies which should see you home.
Good Luck.Posted 4 years ago
Blimey, some really helpful/sobering stuff thanks.
Why does shoveling 3 packets of niknacks, frazzles and a tunnocks teacake help so much?!
Something to do with your hands, and gives you something else to think about!
Paul McKenna has a technique to divert the mind, it involves repeatedly tapping the back of your hand with two fingers from the other hand when you get a craving until he urge passes. it works.Posted 4 years agoqtipSubscriber
I’m one month in. There’s been a couple of days where I’ve smoked, but I’ve made sure to get straight back on the wagon. The first week was a nightmare but it has been fairly easy since then. I’d avoid the e-cigs – I tried them a few times and always ended up back on the real things after a couple of weeks. You’re not breaking the habit of smoking with them, which is the key thing in my opinion.
I ate loads during the first week (I didn’t try to fight it, quitting the fags was bad enough) but after that I didn’t find that I had to replace the cigarettes with anything. Maybe try and avoid booze for the first couple of weeks too, but if you do cave while having a drink then make sure you throw away and cigarettes that you have left at the end of the night.Posted 4 years ago29erKeithMember
Last couple of weeks and especially the last few days and hours with my step Dad dying of lung cancer at home was absolutely horrible for everybody concerned.
I promise you you don’t want to go through that, or put any of your family or friends through it either. I know we all die and there’s no easy way but that was the hardest time in my life by miles. The one and only grace was everybody got to say their goodbyes. Getting upset just sat here thinking about it all again.
Be strong and kick it for good.
harsh I know, but I genuinely HTH!Posted 4 years ago
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