My reasons and story

I had my last cigarette on the 3rd May 2009 and started on patches the day after. After reading advice on the WhyQuit website i decided to go cold turkey and today i reach my 72 hours completely clear of any NRT.

The reason i have given up smoking is for my health and to be around for my youngest two children for as long as possible because they have already been through so much. For a few months now i have had a sore throat and trouble breathing at night. I really thought i could not manage without a cigarette to calm me down but i now realise that they were not calming me down just causing me extra anxiety.

Another reason for going cold turkey is that I want to remember how ill I have been recently and I was worried that after12 weeks I would not remember and I wanted the nicotine out of my body asap. Although I have tried before the last time being 2 years ago this time it feels so different and I think I have learnt that if I take another puff then I will be back to square one and illness wise, i do not think I have this option.

Thanks for reading

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  • Hi and well done for going cold turkey......I tried that but couldn't do it so am now on Champix....this is my second smoke free day.

    Reasons for giving up - am sooo fed up with fags rulling my every movement, I used to have to plan the day round when I could/could not smoke and, if no one else in your group smokes then you feel like a bad/dirty/smelly person, plus sneaking off for a fly puff then spraying with perfume and eating copious amount of chewing gum to take the smell away......eeeeeeeeuuuuu

    Am also going to Egypt in October with my son and don't want to be hanging round the smoking area outside for hours on end.....I want to be able to check in and enjoy the shops and bars.

    Another thing that's a big incentive was my dentist - she said I have the start of gum disease caused by 20+ years smoking and I certainly do not want to loose my teeth., have lost one at the back don't want anymore of that nonsense.

    There are loads more reasons too many to mention but you get the drift, so good luck......it's hard isn't it but we can do it :)

  • Good luck to you too Katie

    I understand about the dentist too and can finally book an appointment now because my mouth is feeling better and hopefully my next clean and polish will last a lot longer.

    Yes we can do it

  • Hi Given-up,

    Welcome to the forum and well done on your decision to quit, and even better as you've been nicotine free for more than 72 hours now. Excellent stuff.

    Sounds like you have plenty of motivation and have your head in a good place - both really significant in making your quit permanent.

    Keep strong. And post on here as often as you like, it's a really supportive place and so helpful.

    Deke

  • Hi Given up :D

    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 whyquit.com and woofmang.com 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 on your quit so far, you're doing great hang in there

    Post often for whatever reason, advice, a rant, amoan pretty much anything goes on here

    Best Wishes

    Marg xx

  • Great story! It's nice to hear your reason for giving up smoking, that being your children. What better reason is there? Well done you and keep it up!!

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