Hello - Newbie

Found this forum by chance this morning and so pleased. Think its really going to help to have people to talk too and give advice that have been there and done it.

Have stopped smoking today, been smoking on and off for far too many years. I decided to stop at a weekend which gives me two clear days before I go back to work.

I'm trying to be positive about it but nightmare, as soon as I know I can't have one, I keep trying to justify that it would be alright to have 1 or 2 a day (which I know is rubbish). Still think I will be able to get through the weekend, although the oh and kids (and dog) might have to stay out of my way!

My problem is when I return to work on Monday - 4 people in my office (including my boss) smoke and go for regular fag breaks. This is going to be when I really really struggle so would appreciate any tips/help on dealing with getting through the working day! If I can do that I know I can crack it!!

So pleased to have found this forum, looking forward to reading through all the advice and stories.

12 Replies

  • Hi Don :D

    Well done deciding to quit a milestone in itself

    Day one is good as for tips on the working day when the others have a fag break maybe you could keep working at a least for a few days but explain to them why you're going to do this of course another way might be to keep a glass of water handy [sounds daft I know] but it does work for some reason in keeping the craves at bay and have your break a little later

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new memebrs

    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

    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



  • Hi Don,

    First of all wll done to you for taking the first step and deciding to stop (that really is the hardest part)

    My advice on the work situation:

    When your colleagues and boss go for a fag break, take yourself out for a fresh air break. Go for a 5 minute walk away from the smokers. Remind yourself of all the reasons you want to quit. If need be keep a list of your reasons in your pocket/wallet and take these out as and when.

    Perhaps you could keep a jar/ tin on your desk and every time your workmates nip out for a fag, put in some money equivalent to how much that one cigarette would have cost you. Might look like pennies to begin with but it all adds up!

    Good luck.

    P.S. This forum really is great. Everyone is so supportive and it's definately been helping me to stay focused.

    PP x

  • Thanks for your replies.

    I'm hoping after two days I stay strong enough to no give in an keep a packet of 10 at work!!! Mind you, I've had a glass of wine now so starting to feel the cravings big time at mo - think I might go and have a kip!

  • Hi Don

    Welcome and well done on your quit so far. just take things a day at a time hour at a time if need be at the start. The first week is the worse then things get easyer. As for the work thing i work in a school as a cleaner 13 of us and 10 smoke still have a little break but just dont have the fag i have a drink it gets easyer the longer you put between you and the last fag. good luck read and post as much as poss.xxxxx

  • Regards work, for the time being, avoid all temptation.. it takes a very strong will and determination to stare in the face what you are quitting here. So when they go for a smoke .. if you have internet access.. come on here.. and write a post perhaps.

    Either that .. or....

    you make the time that they go outside as the time when you take all their mugs and go wash them. Yeah its not your job, we know that.. but how many offices are there where folk leave a really disgusting mug on their desk and still drink tea/coffee from it.

    It takes you out the way of them smoking and gives you something to do in the meantime.. and whats more.. your boss will never shout at you if you return 1 min or 2 after them with 4-5 clean mugs.. even less if you make em a brew sometime too.

    You are quitting smoking here.. big step but it needn't be the worst thing in the world if you turn situations on their head and come up trumps :)

    Good luck on your quit though, its a great decision you've made, but it can and will be rewarding in time, so just do you utmost to get through these early days whichever way you can. They can wash your mug in later days, as you can remind them you washed theirs for weeks later on :) hehe


  • I can do it, I can do the work thing!

    Went round friends last night, far far too much wine and if I had been within walking distance of a shop I would have caved. But I wasn't and I didn't and I'm really pleased this morning that I didn't. Day two is here and the sun is shining!

  • Hi Don :D

    Of course you can do the work thing for sure

    Well done reaching day 2 and you even had some drinks with friends and didn't cave

    You have every right to be pleased about that



  • Hi Don,

    I am on day 7 of giving up using Champix. I too was worried about work. I found the first 2 days difficult and got a lot of stick from my work mates. but by the 3rd day I actually realised some of them were envious and it dawned on me that most smokers don't want to be smokers and when they see others giving up, there must be an element of jealously. I'm not sure if that is right but since thinking about it that way it helped me get through the rest of the first week quite easily.:rolleyes:

    Also Champix does help, because it does heighten your senses and the smell of cigarettes make you feel sick, but champix is not for everyone.

    I liked the money in the jar idea too... i might try that as well.

    Good luck with it Don, every day of not smoking is a healthier and richer day!

    Keep in touch and best wishes.


  • Thanks Nick, you're right the people I work with are always talking about giving up. I think giving myself two clear days will really help me going in on Monday and not giving in.

    A lot of people seem to be using Champix. What exactly is it?

    Don x

  • Champix is a product name for tablets containuing Varenicline which are to assist folk in stopping smoking. Basically the effect of it is that it joins itself to the parts of the brain that get stimulated by nicotine, and also lowers the effect that actual smoking has for a person too making them less desirable.

    So at the moment your in the earliest days of your quit.. right now you need to keep on chalking up the days and getting through each day at a time. However easy or hard each day is.. just keep focused on your reason(s) for quitting and know that it gets easier and more rewarding with the more time you commit to the quit.. the longer you go, the better you will end up feeling. I said at the start of my quit, no matter how bad things got, no matter how much I felt that folk were setting out to annoy me or how much stress came my way, that i would not go running off to the shop to buy any smokes any more.

    Worked for me.. i won't even touch a cigarette, or be in close proximity to one now. I've had tough times and good times while quitting so far, but there is a massive sense of pride to be had for going the distance, and you can too.. just believe in yourself, and that that what you wish to achieve is totally possible, if you commit yourself fully to it and stay strong . Its a battle of wills sometimes.. but the 'I WILL SUCCEED!' must remain the strongest throughout.


  • Hi Don,

    It's a drug to help give up smoking which you get prescribed. It seems to have replaced the previouly preferred drug Ziban, although I believe you can still get Ziban. The below link tells you more about the drug. It has been ideal for me, however reading this site, you will see that some people have had some difficulties with it and others chose alternative methods. It depends on what suits you.

    Good luck tomorrow.




  • Well don Don

    Day 2 your doing great.xxxxxx

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