Giving up? :/

Thanks for everyones support on my last post, you're all so supportive it's really lovely to see <3

I've been allowing myself a cigarette every other day since then.. but today was not my other day and yet i had two >< oppsies

I feel like i don't want to smoke again but i haven't got the strength to quit all together..

I'm thinking that as i have an emotional problem with qutting smoking that i believe to be caused by the chemicals so maybe i should cut them down like i did my anti depressants?

You wouldn't just stop an antidepressant cold turkey so should i be stopping smoking in that way?

It doesn't seem a popular option but what do you guys think? Would it be ridiculous to smoke but at a limit of 1 - 2 a day (considering that i only used to smoke 3 - 5)

xxxxxxx

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  • Hi Strawbs

    Sounds to me as if you are trying to find any reason to smoke that you can.

    I have never met anyone who has every been able to quit or stay cut down by reducing how many they smoke a day. Of course someone will now come on here and know someone as i am sure there must be an exception to the rule.

    Sorry this sounds a bit blunt but you did ask.

    Good luck whichever way you decide to go

  • I once tried quitting that way. I would limit myself but always found a way to smoke more. It simply didn't work that way for me. I ended up smoking more than I did when I started.:o

    I'm not saying it won't work, but the odds are not great.

    Remember, this is only my opinion, there may be some who did manage to quit by reduction who strongly disagree with me. At the end of the day, you have to be in control, whatever method you use.

  • your nicodemon has struck a good deal with you thats all he has bargained with you to smoke one or two a day reasoning that its less than you used to smoke and even thrown in the bargaining tool that you wouldnt go cold turkey on anti depressants thats a clever one on mr nicodemons behalf

    all this will do is torture your brain and in the end maybe it will take a while your smoking will gradually increase and you may even lie to yourself about how many you have smoked because your nicodemon has given you a good excuse for the extra ones

    i remember i used to cut down but in reality i used to smoke more but i would lie even to myself about how many i had because a certain amount of them didnt count as i had a wonderful excuse to smoke them

    this is just my opinion but i think this would be mental turture

    boo

  • Thanks for everyones support on my last post, you're all so supportive it's really lovely to see <3

    I've been allowing myself a cigarette every other day since then.. but today was not my other day and yet i had two >< oppsies

    I feel like i don't want to smoke again but i haven't got the strength to quit all together..

    I'm thinking that as i have an emotional problem with qutting smoking that i believe to be caused by the chemicals so maybe i should cut them down like i did my anti depressants?

    You wouldn't just stop an antidepressant cold turkey so should i be stopping smoking in that way?

    It doesn't seem a popular option but what do you guys think? Would it be ridiculous to smoke but at a limit of 1 - 2 a day (considering that i only used to smoke 3 - 5)

    xxxxxxx

    Hiya, I agree with what the others have said & I think if you're giving up smoking you have to give up smoking (not even one cig) An alcholic wouldn't have a drink every other day so if you are serious about quitting I'd say have none, not even one puff or you'll just trigger it off again & prolong the whole quit.

    We all know how hard it is to quit, but when you're ready to quit you will know & you won't make any excuses to smoke (I know because I've been that person) Good luck & hope you are feeling a bit better today.

    Denise x

  • Hi guys i appreciate your responces.. it was hard to hear but you're all right :/

    I'm gonna try and get back on it.. haven't smoked all day but i need to get more nicotine gum (didnt have any at the garage by work.. outrage!)

    Thanks for keeping me going xx

  • Strawberry Lady, keep trying and you will succeed. :)

    As others have said, cutting down rarely works as you'll always fine excuses to smoke.

    Listen to this comedy sketch from a classic comedian called Dave Allen (RIP).

    It's all funny, but from 6.07 onwards he talks about trying to cut down and how smokers can rationalise a way round smoking more - hilarious!

  • Well worth watching that clip, Capitan; it's soooo true! :D

    Thanks for sharing.

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