Hello everyone ... my first post. I stopped three two weeks ago yesterday and it is certainly getting easier. I find large parts of the day passing without even thinking of smoking, whereas in the earlier days I thought of nothing else! Given up all alcohol as well because that has been my downfall in the past so I will have to see how that goes. Maybe I will be able to enjoy a drink again in the future but it certainly isn't doing me any harm to go without for a while.
I gave up because I work on front line ambulances and see first hand the awful damage and distress that smoking causes. When faced with a patient gasping for breath with the look of real fear in their eyes or dying slowly in agony from a smoking related illness I have always been in denial that it would ever happen to me and kept pushing the consequences to the back of my mind. However I have now taken the first steps and feel so good about it. Physically I feel no different but psychologically I feel ecstatic! I know that it is early days but I no longer have that fear of illness in the back of my mind. I know that when I go to patients I don't smell of my last cigarette. I know that my Daughters will no longer give me that horrible disapproving look when they can smell that I have been smoking. I no longer creep away to hide to have a puff because I am ashamed or embarrassed of my habit.
This time I will keep going and I urge all of you don't give up! It is getting easier every day and hopefully one day I will go a whole day without even thinking of having a cigarette.