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
A SMOKER FOR 64 YEARS
SMOKE FREE FOR 109 DAYS
NRT FREE FOR 3 DAYS