stopping today!

hi everyone!

my first day here. today at 12.30pm i am going to give up smoking. i smoke an average of twenty a day, a little less these last couple of days as i have the flu and a chest infection-am hating every cigarette at the moment but it still hasn't stopped me from smoking even to give my lungs a rest while i'm sick.

So...i decided to stop. Well i decide to stop every day, and do for a few hrs, and then panic and have to buy some. can't even count the amount of times i've run water over them, gone a few hours, then anxiety sets in and i rush to the shop. i have had about 6 serious attempts over ten yrs. the most i've ever gone is one day short of 3 weeks.

this probably sounds garbled but i'm finding it hard to concentrate because the fear is creeping in already. i'm gonna go now and try and mentally prepare myself, only have under an hour and a half left of smoking. i hate them when i smoke, but when i don't....well i guess every smoker and ex smoker knows the rest of that sentence!

Would really appreciate any advice on how to overcome fear, of failing or succeeding, i'm not sure which. maybe both. Crazy mind, a smokers!

Ok, well, talk later!

8 Replies

  • Hi Maylou

    I remember all too well smoking while not well and the hating it.

    I believe the fear of stopping is 100 times worse than the stopping. That feeling that it is going to be so bad that I couldn't possibly go there is not true. Dont go into it with that thought in mind tell yourself you can do it and do it.

    I am sure you know that you cant be addicted to a drug for years without feeling something when you give it up, but the help here and the literature available for reading will get you through. If you go to perhaps month 2 or 3 here there are excellent websites at the bottom of their signatures to help you to get the message about addiction, you could read some before you do your stop it would definitely help.

    I wish you great success, you can do it, I did.


  • Hi Maylou, and a big welcome to the forum.

    You will find plenty of people on here with loads of experience and they will be along shortly. There are also many of us who quit recently too. The support is wonderful and really adds to your own strenths.

    The important bit is to make the decision to quit and to act on it - and you've done that. That's brilliant. Try not to think of it as giving something up, or depriving yourself of something, or it being a sacrifice - You are choosing freedom from a debilitating drug.

    If you haven't already done so, check out and

    Keep strong


  • Thanks for your replies. Good to hear from people that are going through this quitting business too.

    So i quit at 12pm. it's now been 2 hours and 38 mins. had a bit of a craving after lunch, but nothing too bad. felt very positive when i started, albeit scared. right now i don't feel much, just trying not to think about it too much.

    At least i'm not feeling negative about it.

    Good luck to everyone else in their quit.

  • Hi Maylou

    Welcome to the site you have come to the right place here you will have great support and advice. Has the others have said read as much as you can try all the links people have in there posts. Just take things one day at a time. Deal with the time your in day by day hour by hour if need be. Do what ever it takes keep busy read come on here. The first few days are the worse things improve very fast. look forward to getting to know you. linda xxxxxxxxx

  • Hey Maylou

    welcome to the forum and well done on decision to quit, as others have said read, read and read again the links you will see. they are really useful and post often. The support on here is great. Keep up the good work x

  • Well done you!

    I am at day 23 not smoking, it can be done, I have had a few tears along the way, but I know it makes sense, don't we all. Very very good luck to you. Jeanx

  • Well done to you for making this decision. You are already over the worst part by making the decision and already in a much better place by deciding to share your quit on here. This forum put me in a brilliant place mentally to start my quit and posting on here helped me to reinforce it. Then helping others helps me stay quit. Try to see it as a positive thing, embrace the craves and try not to panic. I tell myself I am a nicotine addict and I choose not to smoke. It makes it easier to deal with in my head. Check out the links. They really do help. In particular, have a read of these two. My favorites!

  • Hi Maylou :)

    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


    Hi Jean :)

    Well done on 23 days that's really great give yourself a pat on the back and also as I told Marylou read, read and then read some more

    Best Wishes


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