Didn't quite know where to put this so thought it best here, apologies if it's in the wrong forum!
My name is Tom, I'm 24 and I'm going to stop smoking tomorrow. I have been smoking since I was 14, but regularly since I was 16. I now smoke between 10 and 20 cigs in a day, depending on what time I wake up in the morning!
I first made a 'proper' attempt when I read 'the easyway' by Allen Carr two years ago. I stopped for 3 weeks and then started again. I started again following an argument with my fiancee, but that's merely an excuse. Truth is, I probably wanted to start again regardless.
I've now read the 'only way to stop permanently' and I feel that I'm now prepared to do it once again. I haven't experienced that 'light' or sudden realisation that I want to stop but I'm not worried - funny thing is, I hate smoking, I hate spending money on it and I feel rotten - I can't exercise and I know it's because I smoke - so why do I do it? I do remember when I stopped for those 3 weeks, just how refreshed I felt when I woke up in the morning - you know when people say 'I feel great after a good nights sleep'? Well, as a smoker, I don't - I feel lousy, like my mouth is terribly dry, dizzy and not quite with it. All because I smoke!! But you know that yourselves don't you?
Anyway, I'm glad I found this forum as I will write my thoughts on here, if anything for my own sanity - I do hope to meet some other people in my situation, there's strength in numbers and I look forward to making a success of it like some of you amazing people!
No one in my house has ever smoked, and it's so hard for them to empathize with me and my plight so to find people such as yourselves who are not only going on the same journey, but who have succeeded, I am in awe.
I'm just about to have my final cigarette!