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Quitting Yank

Howdy all,

I'm actually from from the U.S. (Texas in case you couldn't tell from my greeting). I'm 25 and have been smoking for about 8 years. I decided a few weeks ago (while 200 miles offshore for work) that I would quit for good. I need to get my wisdom teeth pulled, there are 3 bicycle races I want to compete in, and my boss & wife both want me to quit. I figure between those 3 reasons I should have ample support and drive to quit. Just in case I joined up here for a bit of extra support. My last fag (as you folks call them) was about 30 hours ago. For the past 10 hours or so I've been having a hard time not thinking about smoking. The only reason I haven't had one already is because I haven't bought a pack and haven't been around anyone with them. To help the frustration and anxiety I'm feeling I've taken to the bloody marys. As long as I keep a healthy buzz I am not tempted to drive to the corner store for smokes. Tomorrow I go back to work where I can at least keep myself busy to help distract me from the cigarettes.

Anyhow, I'll be around for a while I think. I really want to quit this time. I want to start racing my bicycles (riding 10 miles a night now) and smoking is going to slow me down.


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Welcome to the forum Arkmage. Well done on your first 30 hours of being a non smoker. You aren't the first from across the pond, in fact we have at least one on our team. Just watch those bloody marys, dont want to add another addiction to your list. You'll find plenty of handy reading in the links you'll see so have a look and give it a go. David


HI Quitting Yank

welcome to the forums and congrats on your decision to quit.

I found that the physical craving is easy to beat compared

to the strange mental obsession that always drove me back to smoking.

I fully recommend reading / listening to "allen carrs easy way to stop smoking"

For the willing to quit smoker it banishes the mental craving, and leaves em

totally happy about it.

Then jumping on these forums to help other smokers keeps the obsession


At least, it works for me

I love being a non-smoker :)

Good luck man


Hi Arkmage, welcome to the forum.. I can only re-iterate what David and Reddlyon have said.. especially Reddlyon's recommendation to listen to Allen Carr's audio book.. this helped me no end this time.

Also reading and posting here as often as possible is a big help too.

Cheers, Mike


yep, then maybe his little book of quitting which i still carry around with me in my bag. And read the links on here. Well done and look forward to reading your next post. Be positive.


Hi Arkmage :)

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

Good Luck



Welcome Arkmage

You have come to the right place for support and advice. just take one day at a time the first few days are the worse but improve really soon.xxxx


Hi there Arkmage,

Welcome and congrats on quitting.

I cant add any more than what has been said. But it does get better. Just take it hour by hour. This will soon pass.

Good luck to you




Thanks for the support and suggestions. The links you've given are helping considerably although I haven't gotten the audio book yet. Right now when I get a craving at work I'll read a few of the stories from the links.... when I'm at home I'll do a 1-2 mile sprint on the bicycle (5 of those a night hurts the next day). Seems to be working out alright, but it still isn't easy. I've tried to quite 4 times in the past and never made it more than a week. This is going to be the time it sticks.


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