Sorry guys but new to this forum so forgive me if i've started a thread in the wrong place. Not sure if i'm to tell you a bit about myself and my giving up smoking.
Anyway, here's my story so far................
I can't pin point a specific reason why i've decided to give up smoking.
I know the well advertised health and finance benefits of doing so and my (non-smoking) wifes pleas over the past 20 years have not persuaded me to try so hard as i am trying now.
I've tried (feebly) to quit before without success using Nicorette gum and patches and even the prescription tablets Zyban combined with electronic cigarettes only cut my smoking down to 3 cigarettes a day. The longest period i've gone without a cigarette in the past 30 years is 18 hours (and i was asleep for 7 of those hours!).
At 53 and been a smoker for 38 years then I think i am now just fed up of smoking, tired of the same old habit (much of which i didn't actually enjoy), tired of my life revolving around cigarettes ie "When i've finished eating this i'll have a ciggie", "I'll have a cuppa so as i can have a ciggie with it", "Must have a ciggie now as not allowed to smoke in the cinema" etc etc. I also began to realise that i didn't like the smell of other smokers, not just their clothes and breath as they past me by but also the actual fumes from the cigarette.
My Sister-in-law has tried and failed many times but each time she has quit for that bit longer. A couple of months ago she tried again but this time using the "Nicorette Inhalator"..... which she now swears by.
If i was going to quit then now was the time and the "Nicorette Inhalator" may be more suited to assist me in my quest. With this in mind i purchased one with 42 cartridges (i knew i was in for a fight) in early Dec 2010. I didn't set myself a quit date at the time but knew it would be soon.
Dec 31st 2010 (New Years Eve). My wife and a couple of friends (all non-smokers) were to celebrate with a meal in a restuarant and drinks in a few pubs. I took the "Nicorette Inhalator" along, i don't know why as i didn't have a definitive quit date in mind but thought I may alternate between the inhalator and ciggies.
Around 22:30 i went outside the pub to have a ciggie and my cigarette lighter literally fell apart, an omen?, i don't know but i decided on the spot that my last cigarette would be just before midnight on this last day of 2010. As the clocks struck midnight I announced i was now a none smoker and give my cigarette packet to my wife to dispose of, my friend took them from my wife and duly stamped on them!.
I'm now on day 5 and struggling a lot today, the 'edgyness/irritability' seems to have got worse today. Don't think the sleep disturbances help either though :mad:
Anyway, thanks for listening/reading.
Smoked for : 38 years
Quitting method: Warm Turkey (Nicorrette Inhalator)
Last smoked : 31/12/2010 at 23:55