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Had enough of tobacco controlling my life

Hey all,

This is day one for me. I have had enough now, I have been using Swedish Snus (smokeless tobacco) on and off for months now, with the odd cigarette thrown in. The problem with smokeless is that you crave cigs all the time when you've not got a portion in. I am really fed up of tobacco controlling my life, in any form. And I've had enough of wheezing all the time, I use inhalers to treat asthma that isn't anywhere near as bad when I'm off the smokes.

So I quit; as of today, I am using 4mg nicorette gum. I quit for a year and a half about 2 years ago, but then met a girl who smoked, so...I started smoking again. I'm not with her now, and am dating a non-smoker. So there's another incentive for me to quit.

I want to get fit and healthy - the whole 9 yards, the healthy diet, exercise, getting back into QiGong (chinese energy art, like yoga).

Well I've got the gum in my mouth, and I feel good. I fear I am heading for a tough patch though. :(

Thanks folks. :)

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Hi Raddleman :)

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

There is almost sure to be the odd tough patch as you say but they don't last long, you have a lot of incentives there so just hang in there

Good Luck



Hi Raddleman,

Well done on making the decision to quit smoking...probably the best thing you've done this year :D

I think most if not all of us had some fear of stopping smoking. There is a poll or thread (I'll try and dig it out for you and add in here) where members actually have noted that it isn't as difficult as we initially assumed.

There will be some rough patches but as long as you know that in advance and are prepared there is no reason for you to also become, like us, non smokers. As Marg says there is a lot of information available on the sites she's indicated as well as here on this site.

The main thing is that you get your head 'round this and focus upon what you wish to do ignoring those pesky nico demons.

Read, read and read more, educating yourself into an easier quit. Knowledge is power :cool:

Post any questions, rants, laffs and affirm your intentions and you'll get through this period into that healthier position you mentioned.


Edit: here's the link I mentioned above -


Good decision ha?

Hey! I think it's great we finally decided to quit smoking... I can't really post to many advices for others, I am only on Day 4, first time I am quiting after 12 years of smoking! I already like the new me and I want to start running again and get healthy, same as you! We just have to be patient for a few more days, take it slowly and soon we'll feel like exercising again! Same here, my partner is not smoking so I use to feel so bad for beeing stincky around him! Now he is away for 2 weeks so I started this new "project"! So do it for you, to feel better about yourself and around others! Don't give up! I honestly had a moment in the last 3 days when I had the cigarette in my hand, I even smelled it... I only needed a lighter! But I said no, and it feels like the craves are not so many and not as strong as they use to be in the first days! Little scared as well of day 7 but... Let's keep it strong and no smoking today! Good luck!


Hi Raddleman,

Congratulations on making the decision to quit,the best decision you can ever make.


Hi Raddleman,

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your decision to quit, Stick with it, it really is worth it.



Thanks for your help folks. I'm nearing the end of day 1 and feeling a bit weird, but weird doesn't kill me. The nicorette is helping. I'm not looking forward to tomorrow morning lol.

On a separate note, I've raised £48 for a 1k swimathon I'm doing tomorrow with friends, and I'll feel great doing it tobacco free.


A great big well done for getting through day 1, keep strong and take it one step at a time, there are lots of people on here who offer some great advice and lots of link pages to read and it really does help!

congratulations and you will have lots of great smoke free days!



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