Reasons to quit

Hi there everyone.

I'm 23 and am on day 7 of quitting cold turkey after 7 years of 10-15 a day, and I am adamant that I wont smoke again. I know I'm going to miss having a ciggi considering 85% of my friends smoke it feels like the norm. The cravings seem to have gone and i'm not so angry anymore, yet I still think about them alot (without feeling the need to have one).

The reasons I want to quit are

- My daughter told me to and shes only 3 (Daddy you smell, and you cough. your not allowed a cigarette) I feel guilty every time I pop out side for a ciggi.

-My Nan deveoped COPD and has never smoked, so if someone without a history of smoking can get a nasty lung prob, i'm kinda fooling around with fate here!

-I am convinced smoking caused my very long period of anxiety problems and panic attacks, it seems having a ciggi sets of my heart to have premature beats and in turn sends me into this crazy state of panic.

Will be nice to share experiences with people and I hope every one succeeds in what they are trying to archive.


5 Replies

  • Congrats on getting to the end of the 1st week.

    The person that gains from quitting is you, in terms of health wealth and control over your own life. Your mates will all want to quit sooner or later so doing it now means you might start a trend, and at the end of the day peer pressure is what go most of us into smoking in the 1st place.

    The key to not missing it is to realise that it never actually makes anything more enjoyable or easier to cope with, its just that it makes things less enjoyable or more tricky to deal with if you haven't recently smoked and you need to top up your nicotine levels. The perception that it helps is all part of the addiction.

    All the best


  • Hi Dan :)

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off and Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    Well done you on day 7 the first and worst week nearly over and things can only get better for you

    [You say you want to quit] can I correct you there you have already quit you became a Non Smoker the moment you put out that last fag

    Good Luck


  • well done on your first week, wish I had listened to my children when they were younger, mind you they have been great telling me they are proud of me and they are 27 and 25 now.

    Keep posting

  • Nice one on quitting Dan, you have all the reasons there that you need.

    On the heart thing, have you seen a doc about it, I had something similar when I was about your age and it ended up I've a prolapsed valve, seems it's quite common, it's nothing to worry about and no treatment is required. I would have missed a beat then got a heavy beat, this would then cause palpatations and panic attacks. Since I found out what causes it I don't even notice it any more!

  • I have always wondered, When I was 18 my heart went into Artrial Fib just after smoking a Rollup, Lasted for about 30 mins and was rushed to hosptal.

    They did lots of blood tests, scans and a 2d or 3d image (cant remember) of my heart and said my atrium was ever so slightly enlarged prob due to the episode I had. I have been to the doc's about 3 times and had the palps caught on a Heart monitor and they have told me not to worry.

    Still bugs me

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