First and foremost the most important thing is to stop smoking. It does not matter how you stop, cold turkey, NRT, Champix what matters is you do and you can. Many brainwash themselves into thinking thay can not stop. They say "I would love to stop smoking but I can't" or "I could never stop smoking".
I mentioned to a smoker buying cigarettes the other day that I had stopped they said "that's great I wish I could".
There is a long road ahead and for some this can be a very difficult road. I get so annoyed when I hear people say the first three days are the worst, there's many out there know that is not true. I'm sorry if I disillusion you but this is rubbish, the first three days is the time it is said it takes for nicotine to clear your body. After that your body has been so used to having nicotine it tells you in no uncertain manner it wants it back and you are going to give me it. This is why so many give in and start to smoke again. I have been told it is harder to come off nicotine than it is to come off heroine or alcohol. Let's face it you are and always will be a nicotine addict, like it or not that's what you are. If you can face up to that reality then you will be half way to stopping smoking. Many stoppers think well I've managed to go 6 months without a fag I can have one then just stop again. WELL NO YOU CAN NOT!!! as I said you are an addict and once an addict you are always an addict. If you take one puff you will start smoking again.
Okay the excuses, you have gone maybe a few weeks or more or less without smoking. You then find yourself wanting to smoke, you will believe me. So let's find a reason others will understand and you're sure they will forgive you for starting again. You have a fall out with your boyfriend, girlfriend, other half something drastic happens or you may make out it's drastic enough to start smoking again. I will give you some examples that happened to me which I could have used as an excuse to start smoking again. My sister died, I had a court case in which I was accused of fraud (not true) but went on for over a year. Then my daughter was having big problems all okay now, next my brother died. There were other smaller things I could have used as excuses and you will find yourself trying to find some excuse.
Next the "Triggers" the times you would have smoked, driving your car, waiting for some one, at the pub, these are the times you have to watch out for.
I'm a driving instructor so my trigger was between pupils, I had to have a cigarette. If I had time to spare and when I didn't I would rather have a fag than my lunch.
Yes it is a long hard road but it goes in stages, you'll have some very steep hills to climb. Sometimes it will be a level road and then you will get the times when it is downhill all the way. Having said it is a long road I can assure you at the end of that road it is fantastic. Good things happen along the way your sense of smell and taste returns. You start to feel you have more energy, you breath better. When walking you find you can walk further even up hills, you can run again when before you could only walk.
You start to find an inner happiness because you are achieving something you never though you could. You will feel very proud of yourself and rightly so. I used to go into my bed at night and smile and say to myself well done that's another day".
I don't like when I hear people saying oh the first few days are the worst. These are obviously people who have not smoked or they have been stopped for so long they don't remember what it was like. You also get the ones who bless them try to help by saying this because they are trying to help you stop.
I had been stopped two weeks and I felt so proud thinking that's it I've stopped. I mentioned this to a friend and said to her that's the worst over with. She looked at me with sorrow in her eyes and said "Jack I'm sorry but you have a long way to go" and she was right.
But now every minute, every second of fighting this dam drug has been worth it. If you offered me a million pounds to smoke again I would say no I will not give this up for anything.
So the long and the short of it is, it's a long hard road and you want to give in. Don't! fight it all the way you will get there and have what I have now...........happiness as a none smoker.
I smoked for 52 years and stopped cold turkey If I can anyone can. I have now not smoke over 9,000 cigarettes and saved myself over £3,000.
Happy happy Jack