Don't come on here very often now, but thought I'd pop back to mark the two years off cigarettes.
To anyone just starting out, it can be done. A few things that helped me:
Use whatever support suits you best, look for moral support as well as whatever replacement therapy (patches, Champix, will power etc) you're using. Don't give in - even if you think you'll just have one cigarette or one puff - you won't. Be proud of what you are doing. You will be 'better/happier' without cigarettes. You won't feel controlled by them anymore. I thought that somehow I wouldn't be the same person without cigarettes or wouldn't enjoy things as much - but it is better/healthier - and cheaper. There is a wall you have to get over when you stop thinking about cigarettes and craving them and each day you go without is a step nearer.
From a personal point of view, I hardly ever think about cigarettes now. I certainly don't miss them let alone crave one. I don't mind other people smoking near me, but it doesn't make me want one. I can detect a smoker at 10 paces - they really do smell. It's not the smoke as they are smoking, it's more the stale smoke on their clothes, hair, breathe that hits me. I feel healthier and more in control. The greatest pleasure for me is not having to always be planning on how and where to have the next cigarette, which looking back was a constant interference with my day to day life.
I did it with Champix, which I really think is a wonder drug, but it does take some will power as well. You need to break the habit and not force yourself to smoke just because you can.
Can't let this milestone pass without a mention to and about the Octoquitters. Two years ago, for me it was a wonderful couple of coincidences that a group of random strangers decided to quit around the same time and then that we all ended up on this site.
We banded together in a virtual network of support and I am sure that without them I wouldn't be posting here. Though I've never met any of you I feel like you are all good friends who were there at a dodgy time with endless support and good humour. I got to the point where I felt I'd be letting you all down if I had a cigarette.
I don't know what the stats are for people who try to give up smoking and are still smoke free two years on, but I'm sure the Octoquitters beat the stats hands down. This can't be due to any particular method as we were all doing it differently, but I think it is due in a considerable part to the character of the people who formed the group and collectively became stronger for it.
My sincere thanks to you all and I look forward to seeing your names pop up in the next month.