Quitting final time

Hi everyone,

today was my final day as a smoker. Im 21 years old and have been smoking since i was 15.

I have tried so many times to quit and used many solutions. I read a handful of help books most of them were rubish. Allen Carr's book was always 1 that worked. I read it 3x and on all times i stopped for just over a month. That book is along read and i found it incedibily boring. I finally watched the dvd its on youtube, watching the video i found much easier because with the book i tended to drift of because i was bored and ended up not understanding completely.

My last time i gave up was only a month ago and i started smoking this week. The reason i always end up smoking again is b/c of the friends i have. They all smoke and for the first few weeks of a non smoker im happy that i dont smoke anymore but then after the 1st month i start to struggle. Last time when i was around my friends i started to get a craving for 1 after seeing them all smoke so i brought a electric cig to have instead of a real 1. What i didnt realise was that there was nicotine in them and i got hooked on those. Once i realised i was addicted i brought a pack of herbal cigs. There ok but there hard to get any smoke from and b/c its got no nicotine in them they dont satisfy the craving.

I re-watched the allen carr dvd on youtube and i understand the trap all over again. Its really wierd b/c when u watch it u understand the trap and how it all works but as soon as u light a cigarette u forget all what u learned.

This time i dont want to fall back into this trap. It makes me miserable and depressed that i cant echieve my goal of quitting. I know that ill never smoke again now but im worried that the same thing will happen again when in a weak moment with my friends that ill light up. I want to this time track my journey so that i never go back and meet people who find it hard so we can support each other.

I know now that being here and reading everyone elses threads that i can do this and im really glad i found this forum. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with smoking friends? I always try to tell them about allen carr and ill say do u want to read this book after me but they always say no and that they dont want to quit. I know that its only them who are missing out on carrying on.

I make the solum vow now to never smoke again!! :)

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  • One day u will be out with your smoking pals and you wont smoke, once youve done that once u can do it again until it becomes a habit

    Mash x

  • Hiya

    well done you......it's a tricky one but I'm avoiding my smoking friends at the moment.....just til I feel stronger.....I'm on Day 14........

    take one day at a time :)

  • Good luck with your quit s17

    I bought some herbal cigarettes many years ago but it was like smoking a straw :eek: went straight out and bought my usual.

    maxine

  • s17...hiya and well done on your quit. Very clever of you to give up now at 21 before any damage will have been done to your body. Wish I'd been so clever. No wrinkles, bad teeth, bad chests etc so very wise decision.

    I would agree and probably try to avoid your smoking pals at the moment until you feel stronger in your quit. If they're you're friends they'll understand.

    Lisa x

  • At the risk of being the odd one out. I dont and havent cared about who smokes around me, not since the first day. I think I had to be prepared to accept it as due to a major op I have been staying with my mum and dad since the day I stopped.

    Mum is the only one in the home that still smokes, my eldest son and daughter in law both smoke too, so really I havent had any choice.

    At first, to be honest, I enjoyed the 2nd hand smoke and smelling it, now its horrible. My daughter in a law came and sat next to me after she had been for a smoke. I thank god that I have a good enough relationship with her that I could ask heer to move away abit without her getting mad lol.

    So after my rambling to sum it up. Never say you are Never going to smoke again, never is a long time. Just choose not to smoke one day at a time, when you are with your mates tell yourself that if you want one that badly you will have one tomorrow.

    Lillie xx

  • s17...hiya and well done on your quit. Very clever of you to give up now at 21 before any damage will have been done to your body. Wish I'd been so clever. No wrinkles, bad teeth, bad chests etc so very wise decision.

    I would agree and probably try to avoid your smoking pals at the moment until you feel stronger in your quit. If they're you're friends they'll understand.

    Lisa x

    Thanks lisa!

    I always remember so many older people who ive met at work and pubs who have smoked for there whole life and the effects show and have health problems. They told me to never to get to the state they are in and give up now while im young.

    I always want to listen to them and it has always stayed in my head what they said as they are older than me and have more experience in life so i want to listen to there advice.

    How are u doing?

  • At the risk of being the odd one out. I dont and havent cared about who smokes around me, not since the first day. I think I had to be prepared to accept it as due to a major op I have been staying with my mum and dad since the day I stopped.

    Mum is the only one in the home that still smokes, my eldest son and daughter in law both smoke too, so really I havent had any choice.

    At first, to be honest, I enjoyed the 2nd hand smoke and smelling it, now its horrible. My daughter in a law came and sat next to me after she had been for a smoke. I thank god that I have a good enough relationship with her that I could ask heer to move away abit without her getting mad lol.

    So after my rambling to sum it up. Never say you are Never going to smoke again, never is a long time. Just choose not to smoke one day at a time, when you are with your mates tell yourself that if you want one that badly you will have one tomorrow.

    Lillie xx

    Thank you lillie, i will always remember that. Thank u so much for posting :)

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