My reasons


I am new to the forum and would like to introduce myself.

I am Nicki and I am 42 years old. A mom of 2 boys and married to John. We moved from the UK to Spain 7 years ago.

I am now on day 12 of giving up smoking. I am having a bad day, that is why I have been looking on the internet for help in staying strong, I hope I have found it here :)

I have been smoking on and off since I was 15 yrs old :( I gave up before in Jan 2000 and lasted 5 years. I know, why oh why did I start again. I didnt even crave cigs anymore.

By then I was living in Spain and it is a very relaxed attitude to smoking. EVERYONE smokes here. Few party's, BBQ's, Fiesta etc and ' oh just one wont hurt' and soon enough back to smoking again. :mad:

I had Flu 12 days ago and didnt get out of bed for 3 days so I thought this is a good chance to stop again.

I worry about my kids being left without a mom if I don't stop soon. I don't want them to think smoking is OK either.

Today seems to have been hard so far. I am really trying not to cave in. I wont as nearly 2 weeks now and I have done it before so know I can do it again.

We are also thinking of moving back to the UK next year and I know I can't afford to smoke there if we do!

Anyhow, thanks for listening.

Nic .

4 Replies

  • Hi Nicki

    Welcome. I'm pleased you've found this place, I'm sure people will be able to offer you any support you need. Good starting point is to read up as much as you can about other people's experiences and information about nicotine and how and why you are addicted.

    How are you doing this, cold turkey?, patches? etc I think whichever you find suits you someone on here will have been down that road.

    Good luck and keep posting,


  • I have been using the gum to help out. But only a couple a day when I get a really bad craving or am in a situation that I know is going to be hard for me.

    So far so good :)

  • Hi Nic :)

    Well doe almost a fortnight that's great eep iy going

    Sorry you had the flu but if it gave you a shove towards not smoking maybe a blessing in disguise

    Below is my standard wlecome and advice post which I try and sned 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 found 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

    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 Nicki, Welcome to you :)

    Your previous 5 years :cool: of not smoking was brilliant and your right, having managed it once, you can manage it again

    You already know the pitfalls, the ups and downs and the swiftness with which the urge to smoke can wash over us but your past experience will help you stave those off those urges and deal with the emotional side of things.

    This site is full of great support, hints and tips.

    I'm also a mum of two boys (17 & 19) and they are both amazed and impressed with my achieving almost a month smoke free so far.

    Your flu bug could really be a blessing in disguise and huge congrats to you for getting this far already. Stay strong, ride each urge out and send it on it's way.

    All the best


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