Hi guys

I feel like a bit of a cheat and like I am not worthy of your help and advice... you see I have not exactly quit as such but have cut down to two a day(morning and evening) until my exams are over then I have all summer to tackle the last two........

But its still really hard... yesterday I had a banging headache all day and today I feel a bit down and the cravings are pretty regular and lasting for ages....

Has any one tried this way before I don't want to go back to smoking 10-15 a day but I know with 6 exams coming up I will cave in .. there is know point in denying it... any advice!!!:o

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  • welcome and Well done on cutting down :)

    I have no advice for this way of stopping i'm afraid, but no doubt someone on here will.

  • Hi Slinky


    I see you are using the A Carr book ... I have heard about it and was thinking of buying it would you reccommend it... what is it like

  • Hi Slinky


    I see you are using the A Carr book ... I have heard about it and was thinking of buying it would you reccommend it... what is it like

    I would highly recommend it yes. For the price that it is ( around 8.99 ) it is worth every penny.

    Some people don't agree with what he says which, is fine by me. BUT, this man is fantastic. He just gets your mind set into a good way to quit....and after I read it, I thought anything was possible. I'm on day 10 quit now...and I still feel FANTASTIC.

    I MUST WARN YOU THOUGH!! he does not recommend you quit by cutting down ;) BUT when you read it, you will understand why!!

    PLEASE, give it a try and let me know how you get on.... I think you will be pleasantly surprised ;)

  • Hi Kelu,

    I guess the only person you're really cheating is yourself - but you probably know that already. Surely this forum is to help people quit, and that includes people who are close to stopping and just haven't quite made that big step yet.

    Cutting down helps some people - every quit is different. But I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't have worked for me as it would have just drawn out the whole withdrawal thing. For the same reason I chose not to go for patches or gum.

    There are tough days, certainly. There have been days i thought I would cave. But it's getting easier.

    If you want to stop, and be a non-smoker, then you are going to have to stop at some point. Have you read the articles on or there is plenty of other material.

    Has that all come out a bit like a lecture - I do hope not - I have no right to lecture you or anyone. You will find your way. I would like your way to be a smoke-free one:)

    All best wishes


  • I too am not convinced by cutting down. Slinky, I too am an Allen carr fan and all you do is make those two little sticks so so so much more precious! Personally I would not advise it. You will just be putting yourself through the agony of craves for even longer. In fact, this time, before my quit I pretty much smoked myself to death. Stank of it and hated them even more by my quit date. If it makes you feel any better I have just completed a course started the Sunday after I quit. I was convinced I would not cope with not smoking and I did. I am now nearly 8 weeks quit. xx

  • ohhh

    I know its not such a good idea.... it is so easy just to have one extra etc etc :o

    But I am really trying not to let the ole nic demon talk me me into that one I know only too well where it can lead I have not smoked in work for two whole weeks and today for some reason i seem to have had a craving all day... its really tiring and I have a class tonight staight after work for my exams and I feel drained alredy... but I am sticking to the agreement no matter what exams are over in six weeks then its 100% smoke free forever from me I will defo have no excuse then ;)

    I am going to order the book tonight seen it recently on amazon for £1.75 second hand.. sure ya cant beat that !!!:D:eek:

  • ohhh

    I am going to order the book tonight seen it recently on amazon for £1.75 second hand.. sure ya cant beat that !!!:D:eek:

    That's a great price... get it bought!! READ READ READ... and let me know when ya quit ;)

  • Thanks Slinky

    My date is May 18th cant wait i am excited and i am going to keep the idea fresh .. I am going to read read read and keep posting and get myself all geared up I think all of you are great support on here and I hope I can support others when I make my quit happen

    Winners never quit and quitters never win so never quit quitting...... thats what the bf keeps telling me .. he is my best friend and so so supportive and he does not smoke so that helps!!!

    Thanks everyone for your words of wisdom.....!!!

  • Hi Kelu :)

    Whatever works for you if cutting down works then great it wouldn't have worked for me but we're all different after all

    and you are entitled to our help and advice just as much as anyone else

    I don't know if I posted this before for you but anyway

    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

    Marg xxxxxxxxxxx

  • hi kelu, best of luck with the exams.

    The only concern I'd have with cutting down is that those two may become really precious. This time when I decided to quit I set a date and smoked as normal, perhaps a little more than normal and thought about each cigarette I had, nothing deep or anything, just thought about it to acknowledge tastecsmell etc. (so many fags are smoked without realizing). Gradually I became almost impatient about stopping cos I didn't want to do it anyore.

    Make sure you think about the two you're having, become conscious of them, it will make you better armed when you quit.

    Best of luck.

  • moderation aint my middle name-

    i'm on day 2 and i feel great-part of my brain says that if i could only smoke 2 each day then i'd go for that-but no i wouldnt-i'm all or nought-i couldnt limit myself to 2 an hour-limitations will keep u forever hangin on-u will always have a want-allen carr will giv u all the mental reasons not to smoke-the rest will b down 2 u and the support u get-

    ther's great support here and i definitly need it-

    try this-get ur fav nonalcoholic drink-tea-coffee-juice watever-turn ur fone off and smoke 3 fags-think about how u feel b4 u start-think about how u feel wen ur smokn and how it makes u feel wen ur done-th point isnt to sickn u but to show u that ther is no buzz or rush or "woah that felt great" feelin in smokn-u gota learn wat they do and they do nothing-as i know a lot about buzzes fags def dont give u one-wen u'v stoppd and feel like a smoke and are able to say no-ther's a buzz in that dude-good luck-i reckon u'll b joinin here soonr or later as a happy nonsmoker-2 days ago i was addicted/dementd and would hav sold my granny for a smoke!now its happy days-ur no different-u'll do it wen its rite-that want of nicotine will go-soo gud luck!b happy-

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