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Hi everyone

My girlfriend and I have been talking about quitting, and we decided to do it. She has read a few books and seems to be doing really well but I am finding it harder than I thought. I am on my second day now (36 hours) and starting the get distracted by the thought of "just one puff" but I know where that will take me and I am not going down that road.

Any tips?

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  • Hi and welcome to the forum.

    Congratulations to you and your girlfriend friend for making the decision.

    The 1st few days are the most difficult, hang on in there.

    You need to try and distract yourself. I found reading and posting here helped with that. Drink water, eat healthy stuff are the commonly quoted things, but I just ate sweets crisps and nuts!

    Just 1 puff is still smoking, so don't succumb!

    All the best.

    Nic

  • Hi everyone

    My girlfriend and I have been talking about quitting, and we decided to do it. She has read a few books and seems to be doing really well but I am finding it harder than I thought. I am on my second day now (36 hours) and starting the get distracted by the thought of "just one puff" but I know where that will take me and I am not going down that road.

    Any tips?

    Hi Benj

    Welcome to the forum and congrats on getting through those first few hours. I too spent a couple of days in a chronic crave and that one puff was never far away. Like Nic says you need to distract yourself, keep busy and maybe try to alter your routine for a few days so you are not in situations where you used to smoke. I know it's not possible for everyone but I took the fist week off work so I had no extra pressure but you can treat yourself in other ways just until the worst is over. It won't be long before it goes, promise!

    Good Luck :)

  • THanks for the encouragement guys

    Since changing my job 2 years ago I decided never to smoke at work, becasue I always thought it would be more difficult to break the routine if you are used to smoking at work. I am really pleased that I did now. I seem to have the link in my mind now of not smoking when I am doing work so I am finding that doing some work stops me thinking about smoking :)

    I am going out for the afternoon with a non-smoker friend so I should not get the oportunity to even think about it. It is getting so much easier as the days go on - I walked past someone smoking this morning and hated the smell, I actually laughed, thinking that used to be me

  • I hope you do get through the first few days, mate. The point where the cravings start to ease off is wonderful! At the start, determination is the only way - but there are things that help.

    I found the key was distraction. Find something (anything) to do, even if it's just going for a short stroll or taking the rubbish out. It was about day 4 that I started to notice the benefits and not (so much) the cravings.

    I find chewing gum and walking a great mind "occupier", and coming on here and chatting with people going through the same thing helps a lot as well.

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