I haven't posted here for many months. I just wanted to say that I quit over a year ago, on the 6th Oct 2008. It was easier than I thought it'd be. Hard at first. I always saw myself as the person who was hooked forever, who was tied to nicotine/smoking in the very core of their being. I had been hooked on the nasal NRT spray, the nicotine gum. I had despaired. I had gone from 10 at 13 yrs old to 50 at 29, 30,34 yrs old. I couldn't imagine myself without it.
I hardly think about it now. It's a great feeling. I've had a lot of shit this year but in retrospect it surprises me to look back and think: f*** I didn't smoke!!
I don't know if it was cos it was the right quit or I did it the way that was perfect for me.
By which I mean: I went to the NHS 7 week course plus patches and that was what i needed at the time.
Or. I had had a ****ing enough of all the shitty aspects of it so it wouldn't have mattered.
Or it was a combination of both. Since I had used patches before and they hadn't worked.
Anyhooooo. My point is. There is always hope. For the most hardened 50+ a day like i was, that day can come and it can carry on.
Major NRT tip: try to avoid behaviour-related NRT. I.e. gum, spray, inhalator. It just reinforces the need for that hand to mouth action. It will never seem as redundant as it is if you use those replacements.
biggest of best of luck wishes and hopes etc
And thanks for that early support. You are lovely people.