I started smoking when I was about 14 years old. When I turned 18 I started my first attempts to stop smoking, but I never got very far. The doctor then wouldn't help much and I never managed cold turkey.
I married and we both decided to quit with the help of nic-gum, which was only available at certain chemist then. My quit was a real struggle and I was on the chewing gum for about 7 or 8 month, till I was finally ok going without it.
The myths were going around, if you haven't smoked for 7 years you are a true non-smoker (as if you never smoked in your life) and you will never be addicted to cigarettes again. I always had that in my mind and even celebrated my 7th year. All was going well , life went on, never missed it , divorce and I was still a non-smoker.
I don't know why it happened, friends were smoking roll ups , saying how healthy they are and offered one. I said no, and after being asked 3 or 4 times I thought, the one wont do any harm "I am a non-smoker" ...I haven't smoked for 12 years , what can it do ..nothing! Next day I was offered some more and I took it and it carried on for a week.
I felt guilty smoking my friends tabak and bought 10 .In my mind I bought it for them, but smoked half of the packed myself ! It never stopped ... another pack of 10 and then a bigger pack, but in my mind I was a non-smoker and I could stop anytime.
I've I been struggling for years to stop again.I think I can do it now and if anyone offers me a cigarette and tells me its the healthy variaty , I will poor a bucket of water over them eheheh( just kidding) .
How did the first cigarette taste after 12 years ? ...utter rubbish , it didn't do anything for me, just giving me the cravings for the next one and another one and one more... Don't believe the 7years myth
Not sure if that helps anyone !