greetings all

Hello all,

Ive been looking at these forums for a while. I am currently on day 4 with patches and now finding it easier than it was. I am not sure what changed in myself but i woke up and had a desire that i never wanted to smoke again. alcohol for me (same for some smokers) has been a thorn in my side as i always smoke a lot while drinking. I have had a few beers tonight and on the first beer the urge was very strong but didnt give in and haven't had many really strong urges since.

i would also like to say a big thanks to people on the forum who have posted and helped new quits like me understand about the addiction through links and support.

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  • Welcome and well done you are looking to have a wonderful Christmas smoke-free. As you say you have been looking at posts and information, that's great, it is a major help to understand what happens when we stop, the great bit is it helps us to rid ourselves of the things we believed about smoking and aids us in staying stopped.

    Best wishes.


  • Hi There Londonpride!!!

    Hope your doing great!

    Jusr read your post, good luck, your sounding very positive which is brilliant.

    I stopped using patches (am now on 8th week) if you'd like any advice/experience sharing then your welcome to get in touch if you need to.

    Good Luck... we're all winners here! :D


  • Hiya LP and welcome. Just like to add it helps a lot if you have no trouble accepting that you're not being deprived of anything. Everything you do from now on is going to be for yourself. Just go steady on the beers for a while and don't put yourself in a situation you may not be able to handle. I'm sure you'll do fine because it seems as if you want it enough. David

  • Hi Londonpride :D

    Well done you 4 days smoke free is great enjoy your smoke free Xmas, eat, drink and be merry but don't smoke

    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 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



  • Thanks all for your comments.

    Currently on day 8 and still doing ok, a few cravings to contend with but dealt with. i have started taking the patches off at night however, as they do disrupt my sleep pattern some what.

    Hoping everyone had a good christmas

  • Hi Londonpride :D

    Well done 8 days is great keep it going



  • Thanks all for your comments.

    Currently on day 8 and still doing ok, a few cravings to contend with but dealt with. i have started taking the patches off at night however, as they do disrupt my sleep pattern some what.

    Hoping everyone had a good christmas

    Well done for giving up and just think at least you won't be outside in the cold New Year and you've already quit so your New Year's resolution is already in the bag.

  • Londonpride,

    It was leaving the patches on at night that was making my quit uncomfortable due to the lack of sleep i was getting.. once i took them off for sleep and re-applied new on in morning i found the quit became very manageable.

    So best of luck, i really hope you get in the groove of your quit just nicely now, and wish you the success you seek. Good health will find you soon, and well being soon after.

    Have a great new year!


  • Londonpride

    I have only came on here tonight, I'm on 26 days and going cold turkey. I believe I've got this far because I want to.

    It seems to me you have done the same and made the decision you want to quit and should be, "Londonproud".

    Keep it up the great thing about this forum is up till tonight I felt alone. I'm surrounded by none smokers my wife has never smoked as my daughter. My son did smoke for a while but has quit months ago.

    People who have never smoked don't have a clue what it's like to stop. And although they try to give every support they just don't know what we are going through.

    So it's fantastic to come on here and talk to others who understand excactly what you are going through. So try hard keep away from the beers and know we all know what you're dealing with, well done

    Regards, Jack:)

  • afternoon all

    Afternoon all,

    Wasn't entirely sure if i should start i new thread (as im now in the 3rd week) or not. Either way, after a busy last 5 days or so decided it was time for my next post.

    Came off the patches 2 days ago as they do have problems sticking to my skin at times. I do have some spare just in-case i need to use them. There have been some tough days, but hopefully these will get more sporadic.


  • Congrats LP

    3 weeks...that's great! I think you hit the nail on the head in an earlier post stating that you just didn't want to smoke any more. My experience has been a little similar (although I'd have only hit 4 days in 15 mins). Other than symptoms of nicotine withdrawal (panic/anxiety/fatigue etc) I've not really had any issues...I mean that in terms of things that have made me want to smoke.

    I look at all the above as being positive side effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Enjoy your next 3 weeks!

  • I can certainly vouch for the anxiety and fatigue, especially fatigue.

    The only way i look at it currently is no pain no gain really, (however corny that sound!!)

    Keep it going!

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