Hello everyone the names Steven and I figured now was a good time to quit smoking after a wake up call. So after eagerly opening my nicotine patch I decided to do some research on the internet about others experiences. Which lead me here and to this post.
I've been a smoker since I was 13 and am now 20 approaching 21. Looking at it corrupting my lungs for almost 8 years wasn't the smartest move I've ever made ;). But regardless it's better to stop today than tomorrow.
The patch itself (I'm now on Day 2 but figured id leave it until day 3 to post in the Day 2 forum) worked superb. I have tried quitting like the majority of smokers, numerous times but without success. The best smoke free run I had was two and a half weeks. Using different patches to the ones I'm currently using (which are NiQuitin ones for those who are interested). I had tried the NiQuitin patches before and they had not worked all that well for me but I now leave that down to state of mind. Before I didn't want to quit now I do I've a totally different attitude towards doing so.
As my first craving came along I put a slab of non nicotine gum in my mouth (something I've decided to do, sadly I didn't have any polo's handy otherwise I'd have eaten 'em instead) and began looking at how others deal with quitting. I came across many good quotes such as "My body wanted to smoke but I didn't" from a youtube video of a lady who quit using the gum, and "1000's of people die a day from smoking but 0 from not" these both inspired me and did for a while at least ease the cravings. Which now leads me to believe keeping myself occupied is the key to beating the nicodemon.
The first day went extremely well. I have not cleared out all of my lighters, empty boxes or ash trays as of yet but it's a real test of will power having it about. I've friends who smoke so what better way to get used to being around smokers and smoking gear I do remember being a little cranky somewhere down the line before so I'm expecting that to happen once my body works out I am no longer going to pay to kill it, but hey like I said so far so good!