No Smoking Day
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Hello Everyone - newbie here!

Hi, Just found your group. I havent had a cig since last Saturday evening. I didnt intend stopping then, but started with a horrendous cold/flu and I have never enjoyed smoking whilst ill. Anyway, the cold spread to my chest (as it always does when I am smoking) so I am now on antibiotics, off work and struggling with my breathing. I REALLY want to stay stopped this time - I need to stop because I dont think my health can cope with more chest infections.

I am worried about going back to work, because most of my work friends are smokers. I know I will feel isolated as I wont be outside in 'smokers corner' anymore. I am also worried that I will stuff my face with food and put weight on, which I dont want to do.

Sorry if I am wittering on, but I could just do with someone to give me a bit of tea and sympathy cause I am feeling sorry for myself!

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Welcome to the madhouse....... sorry forum. Ramble away it is what a lot of us do here, so your in the right place.

Well done on your quit, it is not how you start your quit that matters it is how you continue it. Working with smokers can be hard, hopefully when you tell them you have stopped they will support you, and just think you will not smell like them either.

As for eating more, well we all have our opinions on this one, i would say don't worry about it too much, try to snack on healthy options, but one thing at once lets get past the quitting and then work at the weight thing.

I have got the kettle on and the biscuits are out so whenever your ready, one lump or two?


Welcome Maggie

Same name as my sister for one minute thought she had quit i have give her a few hints. HEHE. Just take things one day at a time. Im a school cleaner 13 of us only 3 dont smoke at first its a bit strange but you start to smell what smoking really smells like and your just soooooooo glad you dont smell like that anymore.HeHe. Come her and rant all you like read as many links in members posts as you can and learn all you can about smoking. look forward to getting to know you Maggie. Linda xxxxx


Hi Maggie :)

Well done you on day 4/5 smoke free that's great

Sorry you've been ill though and hope you feel better very soon but heh you're over half way through the first week which will be a huge help when you return to work again as you'll feel better able to cope with the smokers around you and may even find you can join them in smokers corner without feeling a great craveing to smoke yourself but if you do just return inside for a while or go for a walk that always helps

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

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

This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

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 xx


Well done on your quit, you wont find it easy but coming on here and screaming, shouting and moaning helps. Everyone is lovely and remember they have all been through quitting, some have different experiences than others but no matter what there is always somone here to lend an ear or make you a cup of tea (I baked at the weekend to keep busy so everyone had cakes and bread on Monday) :)

Good luck and keep us posted.



Thanks for the welcome everyone, its good to know where I can come for advice!

By the way it is Lisa, not Maggie.




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