I need help to quit smoking, BADLY!!!!

Hello everyone :)

I'm new to this and would REALLY like help on quitting.

I'm a 22 year old female who first tried a cigarette aged 10 (I know, it's embarrassing) and then properly started at 13, so about 9 years of smoking.

I did stop for around a year, but when the nights out came around, I would always have a sneaky kne here and there, and you guessed it, caused me to start up again!

I've never really properly thought about giving up, until now.

I've done some calculations, and if I save up what I spend on fags in 5 years, I'll have around £10,000 saved up. Perfect for when I get married and want kids.

I know that should be motivation enough to give up, but what I'm worried about is my will power.

I'm soon to be a student in Uni studying towards becoming a Nurse, and I understand that will be a stressful time, but can't use that as an excuse.

If there is ANY help at all, I'd appreciate anything.

Thanking you x

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  • kiwi dreams!

    why not have plans and ambition Kiwi?

    only you decide what your future holds, smoking should be your last thought or problem,

    you could be the best nurse every in Edinburgh ,

    good luck in your life you have already taken the most positive first step.

    you are already a non smoker! x:)

  • =]

    Nice to hear back.

    I do hope that I can be a good Nurse, but I want to promote my own health before promoting others, if you know what I mean. As soon as I can get my health on track, then I will feel comfortable helping others :)

    Just need some advice as I've tried patches, gum, inhaler and none worked. Any methods worked well with anyone?

    X

  • Hi Hunni

    Im also a nurse and i have tried everything to stop in the past, this time i have done it cold turkey.

    Its the hardest thing iv done in my life and i wont lie i have struggled but im getting there, im on day 12,

    Cold turkeys not for everyone but well worth a go,

    Good luck and keep us posted

  • Hi EK, and welcome to the site.

    You're not the first to stand on the edge of that precipice and wonder about how and when and with what method you should jump. But at the end of the day, jump you must. You clearly want to.

    I'm a firm believer in whatever gets you through, in terms of quit aids. However, ultimately 99% of any quit is psychological, it's all about quitting in the subconscious. It's really not as hard as you imagine as long as you understand what is going on in depths of your brain! Once the nicotene is out of your system the 'need' to smoke is a psychological construct, your brain is simply responding to prompts which you have set up over the years. Get through a given emotion/situation without cigs a couple of times, and the association is broken and it loses its power. It's really tough at first because *everything* is an association, and you just have to grit your teeth really, but as you go on - I swear to you - it just gets easier and easier.

    It can be done. There are loads of us on here that are living proof of that, and most of us didn't really believe we could succeed when we started. But the sense of freedom is completely worth every tough day, life without the fags is just immeasurably better. And this forum is the best support in the world.

    So jump. You can do it!

    Helen

  • Welcome to the Forum, EmbraKiwi :)

    Hi EK, and welcome to the site.

    You're not the first to stand on the edge of that precipice and wonder about how and when and with what method you should jump. But at the end of the day, jump you must. You clearly want to.

    I'm a firm believer in whatever gets you through, in terms of quit aids. However, ultimately 99% of any quit is psychological, it's all about quitting in the subconscious. It's really not as hard as you imagine as long as you understand what is going on in depths of your brain! Once the nicotene is out of your system the 'need' to smoke is a psychological construct, your brain is simply responding to prompts which you have set up over the years. Get through a given emotion/situation without cigs a couple of times, and the association is broken and it loses its power. It's really tough at first because *everything* is an association, and you just have to grit your teeth really, but as you go on - I swear to you - it just gets easier and easier.

    It can be done. There are loads of us on here that are living proof of that, and most of us didn't really believe we could succeed when we started. But the sense of freedom is completely worth every tough day, life without the fags is just immeasurably better. And this forum is the best support in the world.

    So jump. You can do it!

    Helen

    Gawd sake...I wish I wrote that!!

  • Gawd sake...I wish I wrote that!!

    That's the sort of pamphlet you need in the doctors' surgery.

    Let's find a generous philanthropist to print off a batch?

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