At this time of year, predictably, the forum sees a lot of new members.
I wanted to create a thread for everyone to put their welcomes and a bit of simple advice for these new quitters.
I wrote this in another thread, in response to a quitter who has been quit 9 months!
Well done! Nine months is pretty awesome! I hope you feel suitably proud of yourself, and you will no doubt inspire many people who are about to start their quits for the New Year.
I hope you don't mind if I add to your post to say that this place is awesome - but the reason it is so good is because it helps with the phsycological issues the smoker goes through when they stop. By far the most difficult part is the "habit" - the phsycological craves. While the Physical craves are normally gone in a week - 10 days, the phsycological ones can last many months and the only way to beat them quickly is to educate yourself. Read everything you can find and then some, read it twice or 3 times. Read about peoples progress on here, read whyquit.com , woofmang.com , and anything else you can find on the subject of smoking or quitting.
Medication such as NRT or Champix can only help with the physical side - I urge you to educate yourself from the start (preferably before the start!) to give you the best possible chance of success.
Lastly, Don't panic if you have failed before - it doesn't matter. This time is a fresh start, and most successful quitters have failed several times before.
Oh, and we are all here to help you - post often, and we will do all we can to advise you
My name is Stuart and I have chosen not to feed my nicotine addiction for 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 hours, 56 minutes and 49 seconds
That's 107 days, during which time I would have smoked 2,143 fags at a cost of Â£452.23.
Choosing to not smoke has saved 1 Week, 10 hours and 35 minutes of my life.
Welcome to the forum, I hope we can be of assistance to you as you do one of the most important things you will ever do for yourself. Congratulations on the decision - you CAN do it if you really want to. It's not THAT hard, if I can do it anyone can! Reading is the single most important thing you can do to help yourself.
All the best.