No Smoking Day
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Day One, second attempt

Hi all,

first of all, let me introduce myself, I am Petar, 23, from Serbia, have been smoking for three years and two months now.

My smoking story is a bit specific in several ways - as you can see, I've started this filthy and stupid habit later in live than most do, and have actually gained weight since starting to smoke, as it hadn't killed my appetite, while the toxic taste that smoking causes in my mouth takes soft drinks and juices to wash off. Obviously, these caused me to gradually gain weight.

So, getting back to my former fit self is another reason to lose the habit, apart from the obvious ones(health issues, fatigue, appearance of teeth and skin, the wasted money).

Unfortunately, most of the adult population in Serbia are smokers(as in most of Eastern European countries), so this will make my task a bit more difficult. Also, most of the people close to me are smokers, so I will really need all the support I can get.

As a trick to motivate myself, I opted to buy a fancy 52 inch LCD TV via bank credit - the monthly pay-off(18 months) is approximately the same amount as what I spend for cigarettes during a month's time - if I succeed, the TV will serve as a constant reminder of all the money I've previous spent on nothing but damaging my health.

I've also printed out three minor images of damaged lungs, and put them in my wallet - I hope they will be able to make my sinful thoughts go away during times of crisis :)

I've started at midnight(three hours ago), and will post my progress regularly.

Cheers everyone, and sorry for my English.

6 Replies

Hi PetarN

What a funny coincidence that you are Serb. I was there in April, and bought a medicine to help me stop smoking. It's an oral spray called '500 Biomed' (preparat za odvikavanje od pusenja)

From everything i tried before, this one works the best for me.

After two weeks of using it i had to travel again, didn't have the spray with me, so i started smoking once more :rolleyes: Not as much as i used to, but still i hate the fact i am hooked on cigs.

So, today was also my first day (second time).

And since i am back home, i have some spray over that i will keep for the real stressy times :p

I would say: Get it from a pharmacy close to you, and give it a try.




Hi Peter :)

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

You're now about 9 hours into your quit hope all is going well for you those images you have are a good idea and should help you as you say in a crisis or not

Your English is fine and I see you support our Robins [football team]

Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK


Marg xxxxxxxx


Thank you for your replies,

Biomed was quite popular in the 90ths and early 2000s, I didn't even know they made it anymore. If I fail this attempt to stop smoking, I will definitely consider using it the next time I try to quit.

Margareth, thank you for your reply - I cannot believe that there is someone from Cheltenham on the forum, what a coincidence :)

It is nearly 13 hours since I stopped, and I already had a close shave... After having an argument via cell phone with my girlfriend, I bought a pack of cigs, but threw it away seconds later, without even opening it.

I don't know if it's a placebo effect(it probably is), but my chest feels lighter in a way... Probably just my imagination.


Nah not your imagination. Think about all the smoke and gunge that you would have breathed in today if you had not stopped smoking. How much tar is there in one cigarette? That would have been in your chest times 13 probably by now :) keep on going cos it gets better and better :D


Mate, your English is fantastic. I wouldn't have guessed it wasn't your first language.

I've been learning Italian for a couple of years and I'd be very pleased if I could get my Italian to your standard of English.

Good luck on the quit as well. You did the right thing throwing that packet of fags away. Keep it up!


Thank you for your replies.

Two more hours to go. I am extremely tired, had a very busy day, so the success of Day One is very much sure, as the elevator in my building doesn't work at the moment and, even if I feel a huge urge to smoke, I will have more than enough time while walking down to the bottom floor to snap out of it and opt against buying cigs.


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