Never thought I would get past 5 days

Hi All,

This is my first time here and this is my quit story so far.

My parents were both very heavy smokers and owned a tobacconist shop. With so much smoke around me I figure I was a passive smoker from birth, although I only actually smoked myself from the age of 6.

For over 40 years I smoked somewhere between 30 and 40 hand rolled cigarettes every day.

I had been under considerable pressure from friends and family to stop smoking for quite some time and earlier this year I decided to try and stop.

I smoked the last gram of my tobacco stock, and applied my first patch, on 3rd August.

To be honest I did not think I would succeed and my quit nurse said the same thing when I saw her for the last time. For the first few weeks it seemed as though I was playing a game to keep other people happy. It was only after supporting my wife through the death of her mother, without a smoke, that I felt I had a serious chance of quitting.

I removed my last patch on Wednesday morning and have now been NRT free for 72 hours, and survived – lol. The relevant data is summarised at the bottom of this ramble.

In my very humble opinion, since I am only a first time quitter, the most important thing is to get rid of all cigarettes, or tobacco as in my case, before you quit. I knew I would get past the first 5 days but never thought I would make it anywhere near this far. Why, because I had got rid of all my baccy and it was 5 days before I could get to anywhere to buy more.

I wish you all a successful quit,



71 Days on 21 mg

21 Days on 14mg

14 Days on 7mg




3 Replies

  • Hi Roger :D

    WOW smoke free for 109 days that's great well done you

    Like you I got rid 0f all fags, lighters, ashtray's etc before I quit

    Unlike you I could have easily got some more as shop just 5 mins from where I live but I never went there for any instead I used this forum for help/support

    I know you've been quit a while now but will post you the welcome/advice post I try and give all new members there is a lot of interesting reading on here and in the links

    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 sympathising 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

    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



  • Wow Roger what a story, congratulations on stopping smoking. How did you manage to do it at age 6, a couple of my grandchildren are that age and they are still little really?

    Welcome to our online family, we are always here to help. There are some good articles for reading in our signatures, it helps a lot to have an understanding of the nicotine addiction, to stay stopped. You could also read posts around the same time as you to see what is going on with the others, also have a look at the long term quitters, I found that good as it shows how things can be further down the line and gives us something to work to.


  • Congrats on breaking free!.. now that you have your freedom, don't never let go of it.

    Certainly seems you've acheived it all against the odds there, so well done :)

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