My reasons

My reasons for quitting are the same as many I suspect, but I think they are the best possible reasons.

Family.

My partner and I had a son just over 2 years ago, she stopped as soon as she found out she was pregnant. Just stopped. Just like that. I was so proud of her. I tried to do the same thing and failed miserably. So I just stopped smoking in the house and in the car.

2 Years later (son aged around 15 months) I started trying again, tried just about every NRT method available and it was either they didn't work for me or I was just halfhearted about it (I suspect the latter) but I failed over and over again.

Then I realised that I was concentrating on the wrong bit. My Dad died when I was 13 - a year after I started smoking - from smoking related stuff. My Mum has been very ill from smoking related stuff, and if she dies my son will have no grandparents on my side of the family (My partner is Polish - so his nearest grandparent will be thousands of miles away!). That's not good. But worse than that, I had to go through my teens with no father - I will not let that happen to my son if I can do anything about it. So there. And I want to see him grow up and have children.

So there we go. I decided to get serious a fortnight ago. I went to an advisor who prescribed Champix and have now nearly made my first week smoke free. I will never smoke again - "not even 1 puff". It's in writing now, theres no going back.

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  • (My partner is Polish -

    Is her name "Cherry Blossom"? :D

    One thing to remember Stuart.....don't stop for other people, ONLY EVER for yourself. That way you will never feel resentment.

    I know you are using Champix which has been a wonder drug for some on here, but try reading on various sites as well. Onemoretry, Catwoman and I all have links to some great sites in our signatures which are inspirational and informative. Some are pro cold turkey but don't let that put you off as they also have fantastic information about various aspects of quitting that everyone faces.

  • Is her name "Cherry Blossom"? :D

    Ba-dum-tish :rolleyes:

    One thing to remember Stuart.....don't stop for other people, ONLY EVER for yourself. That way you will never feel resentment.

    I know you are using Champix which has been a wonder drug for some on here, but try reading on various sites as well. Onemoretry, Catwoman and I all have links to some great sites in our signatures which are inspirational and informative. Some are pro cold turkey but don't let that put you off as they also have fantastic information about various aspects of quitting that everyone faces.

    Thanks for the words of wisdom, I think you misunderstood me slightly (or I should learn to make myself more clear!)

    I am not doing this for anyone else, I am doing it because of my son - but not for him. I am doing this because of what happened to me and because I don't want to die young wishing I had done this one thing to extend my life.

    I have a lot of the "quit sites" and even read Allen Carr's (excellent) book, along with research into what I am likely to find myself having problems with, and what benefits I will get from it. After so many failed attempts, "doing it properly" means as much research as I can cram in... I fully intend this time to be for good.

  • After so many failed attempts, "doing it properly" means as much research as I can cram in... I fully intend this time to be for good.

    Good for you Stuart...

    I think most on here would agree that researching (Read Read Read :D) is one of the main factors in helping with their quits. Too many quits in the past have failed because people have just not known what to expect or how to deal with the various things which have happened, sometimes quite far on in their quits. Education helps to overcome this potential pitfall.

    You seem so positive, which is great, and i am sure this one will be succesful for you. :)

    All the Best

  • Wanting to be there to watch your kids grow up is a major factor for many of us.

    I know that being totally fed up with smoking and just wanting to stop has been the reason that I've got so far this time.

    Best of luck with it.

    Nic

  • Hi it sounds like your reasons are pretty good too!! when i thought i was going to lose my mum because of smoking i was petrified, and the thought of leaving my son without a mummy just because of cigarettes is too awful, so know where you are coming from!!! best of luck x

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