- Stopping smoking!!
I have tried before, and failed, but I have just smoked my last fag.
In the office, there is loads of negativity and doubt that I will succeed so hoping that the folks on here can provide some form of encouragement.
As it’s Mo-vember and I’m growing the tash to raise money to fight cancer, it’s a good time to stop.
Come on, STW – keep me going!!
MorgsPosted 6 years ago
Have you read the not-so-chatty-man Alan Carr book?
It worked for me, I think the important thing is to get it into your head that you’re not missing out on anything by not smoking but gaining something. Cutting down doesn’t work you need to break the cycle and stop dead, get all that adictive crap out of the bloodstream. As soon as you have one you’re back to square one again, so don’t.
Edit: smoked cigs and a very large amount of weed for 19 years, now 19 months completely smoke free.Posted 6 years ago
work is my main issue…
I don’t smoke at home (at all!) and only at work and when out. I have two jobs (office during the week and doors at the weekend) and the smoking is the thing that breaks up the jobs up.
Can sometimes get through 10 fags on a 5 hour door shift…it can get pretty boring and helps pass the time.
Just been told if I last 2 weeks, I get an extra £20 in my Mo-vember fund….. gotta be worth a try!Posted 6 years agoNickSubscriber
I’ve found that after stopping and starting and stopping again many many times I’ve managed to get it under control. I still have the odd smoke or buy 10/20 if I’m going out for a few pints or at a festival, but it can be months between fags, it’s been about a month now, I may never have another one, if I do, that’s ok.
So the theory that if you have one you’re back to square one again doesn’t seem to apply to me anymore, just don’t beat yourself up if you do have some, just stop again.Posted 6 years agoLardLoverMember
It took me four attempts to stop smoking (over a long time period – probably 4yrs or something). The last time I went to a smoking cessation clinic, I also used nicotine patches and lozenges, available on prescription from the smoking cessation lot. The patches were great, had some fantastic dreams when wearing them (go for the 24hr patches!). The lozenges were for when I got a craving, something to pop in my mouth.
You really need to want to quit, if you really want to be an ex smoker then you will be. If you don’t stop this time don’t beat yourself up over it, your time will come.
Good luck.Posted 6 years ago
something tells me Schrick and myself used to have something in common
I was more of a bong man. 🙂
So the theory that if you have one you’re back to square one again doesn’t seem to apply to me anymore, just don’t beat yourself up if you do have some, just stop again.
It does seem that some people can take or leave it but I think majority would only need a few to get back in the loop, and I’m talking more about while actually quitting. Same applies for the nicoteine replacement stuff sooner or later you have to stop and go through that period of cold turkey so just get it over and done with ASAP.Posted 6 years ago
Its a fair cop Yeti!
whippersnapper – I’m the same. Don’t smoke through the day and it doesn’t bother me at all. Its once I’m done the pangs begin
Right! I’m going to give it a crack. Going to finish this pack off tonight, then join the healthy smoke free lot.
I may have to maintain the illusion that I’m still smoking though, to annoy Hora 😉Posted 6 years agoLapSteelMember
Gave up 14 months ago now and its definitely worth it. I never thought I could give up but thought I’d give it a go. Still miss the occasional fag when I get to the top of a climb but getting there is a lot easier.Posted 6 years ago
When the craving gets bad…go for a ride, read a book or something and remember how hard can it be NOT to do something
wo, put on the spot there 😀
ummmm….now then (excuses at the ready). I was in fact speaking to my girlfriend about this yesterday. We decided when we do stop we are going to have to separate for a week or two otherwise we will try and kill each other (been there, done that). Got to prepare for that. Maybe next we…..ye…year, definitely year.
However, I give full support to the mustachioed quitters from the sidelines for now….and will join you all soonPosted 6 years agodon simonMember
Giving up is easy, I’ve done it thousands of times… 😛Posted 6 years ago
Staying off is, in fact, very easy too. I can’t actually remember when I gave up, simply that I gave up and it was for ever. I am a non-smoker not an ex-smoker, when I smoked I could comfortably put away two packs a day (at the weekend more).
Well, the first test is fast approaching! Out dedicated afternoon ‘smoke break’ is at 3pm….finish at 5:30 and need to leave straig away as I have an hour drive to meet up with the better halffollowed by a meal and cinema so no opportunity to smoke there!
So, suggestions needed on how to spend the smoke break…..and no points are awarded for the answer ‘erm…..no smoking?’Posted 6 years agoBimblerMember
Me too Morgs, stay strong. My nth attempt over the last 9 years.
Giving up is fairly easy, I’ve found, preventing yourself from having a celebratory “yay I’ve quit smoking” cigarette less so.
I’m giving these a go
too early to say if they help or not as my cravings don’t normally kick in till about day 4. Having said that I did wake up at 4:10 this morning, not sure if that’s a side effect or coincidence.Posted 6 years agogixer.johnMember
I was at least 40 a day regular, plus most illegal substances. Used to chain smoke when on e’s or speed.
smoked constantly during the day on construction sites.
When i got a new role which would involve a lot of driving, i decided that i wasn’t going to smoke in the car, and gradually over about 4 or 5 years i cut down where i would smoke.
it ended up with me just smoking at weekends in the pub, then just one night. so i thought – if i only smoke one night a week why bother at all. No tobacco and weed free for about 4 years.
I know now that if the craving takes over when i have a couple of beers, i can have a couple of cigs – but the shitty taste the next day means i will never start again.
Good Luck – only you can stop it if you really want to.Posted 6 years ago
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