and so it begins

hi ,just want to introduce myself,im craig 28 and live in the uk and have two daughters aged 3 and 2 months quitting smoking for the second time ,i dont count the times where i lasted 20 mins lol.i smoke 25 a day and have smoked for 14 years .it is really making me ill,my chest fels like a desert and i hack every morning.have developed adult onset asthma and i feel annoyed i let things get this far.

i used to be very fit and agile ,i was in the army and played football..i know that if i dont quit i will struggle to make 40 thats how bad i feel .Anyway thankyou for taking the time to read this and heres to many many days,weeks,months and years smokefree..good luck everybody:)

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  • Hi Craig :)

    Welcome to the forum and well done on deciding to quit

    are you using any NRT at all to help you with your quit?

    just remember that a crave will only last for a while so keep mind and hands busy till it does

    reading and posting on here will help with both :D

    and it does get easier the further along the quit you go

    i will look out for your posts

    onwards and upwards is the way to go



    btw if you click on my signature there are some very useful tips that might help



  • .Anyway thankyou for taking the time to read this and heres to many many days,weeks,months and years smokefree..good luck everybody:)

    Hey Craig good luck, but concentrate on today, don't think any farther ahead than that. You'll find they soon mount up!

    Read this forum, post how you feel especially when you feel rubbish because there is always someone to offer a tip or two..... and all the very best to you :)

  • I Have decided to use the inhilator,i quit for a week or so before on this.patches fall off,the gum made me sick and i feel that for me cold turkey would be too much to deal with straight off.nobody believes i will quit as i talk about it daily,but im going to.

  • it also says 10 .15 as my quit but i had my last ciggy an hour ago and threw the pack away as i literally feel awful.i think the clock is an hour behind lol:D

  • Well you use whatever works for you

    as long as it helps that is the most important thing :)

  • can i ask you carol,which days in the first 2 weeks did you find the hardest

  • to be honest it wasnt which day was hard it was the automatic things which were associated with smoking that i found hard especially when i was on the phone my ritual was always to roll a ciggie before making a call

    when i quit i started of using the nic puffy thing to hold then it progressed to a pen but after a while i stopped using the hand to mouth thing and instead used to doodle instead

    i also used to smoke with my first cup of coffee so when i first quit i changed to herbal tea just to start with but then when i tried the coffee again i didnt like it anymore so had to change brands your taste buds do change over time as well

  • Evans129

    Hello Evans129 congratulations on deciding to quit. Note I said "deciding to quit" not trying to quit. What an ideal scenario you have as an aid to your quit two young children who will grow up with a non-smoking Dad. Also you have decided to quit for health reasons realising just how much damage you were doing to your health. I don't know how your going about your quit but if you need any help seek it out there is help available. Personnally I went on a smoking cessation course and used N.R.T. as an aid but it's horses for courses as they say. So Evans129 best of luck with your quit

    Michael a.k.a:- lefoy123 in Glasgow

  • Hi Craig, and welcome, i as you have stopped as of today, i know your feeling of bad chests loss of energy and all that. You doing the right thing so good luck mate and here to a future without cigs, feel free to message anytime, i know what that dreaded day 1 feeling is like ;-)


  • Welcome

    Hi Craig as everyone has pointed out you have 2 great reasons to quit. You can do this with the help of the wonderful people on this forum and all the great advice on here. As Karri says read all the posts and I am sure they will inspire you as they did me and so many other quitters on this forum Well done on making the best decision of your life,:)

  • Hello Craig

    Welcome onboard.

    It does seem a bit frightening when we first decide to quit.

    I think I'd reached the stage when I was smoking without realising I was doing it but I'm now on day 6 and I'm not finding this quit as quite as difficult as I expected - I know it's still early days though.

    The first couple of days felt really strange, not being able to just automatically reach out for a cigarette when I was having a coffee etc, but I am getting used to it and, I have to say, feeling much better about myself too.

    I used to have a bit of a cough, especially first thing in the morning, but that seems to have disappeared completely now - that is enough proof in itself to me that I need to stay quit.

    I'm still having to work at it but it is getting easier, I just wish I'd decided to quit sooner.

    Try and keep a positive outlook, I think a lot of us tend to think we are punishing ourselves by quitting but I'm trying to think of it as more of a 'release' and this attitude seems to be helping me.

    You can do this Craig, just take it one day at a time.


  • I think I'd reached the stage when I was smoking without realising I was doing it but I'm now on day 6 and I'm not finding this quit as quite as difficult as I expected - I know it's still early days though.

    Hmm, interesting, Linda. One of the theories I wrote some time ago is:


    I believe giving up smoking depends on the nature of the addiction, and the frame of reference one uses to give up.

    That is, in black and white terms I think there are two camps of smokers; (a) those who smoke without giving it much thought (i.e. " it's just a habit"), and (b) those who plan their smokes (i.e. "it's my reward system").

    I believe that those in camp (a) are in a better position to give up without cravings once they are over the initial shock of the nicotine draining from their system. That is, if they didn't give much thought to their smoking habit in the first place, it is more easily ignored or replaced with another habit (sucking the end of a pencil, or twiddling a paper clip for example).

    Those in camp (b) have a tough time because they planned their days around smoking. For example they say to themselves "I'll do this task, and then sit down for a cigarette". Each cigarette is a form of reward, even if not specifically for having done a good job, but simply for having done something. These people have to be a lot more creative in finding another outlet when they quit, because they have made a strong mental link between specific situations and smoking.


    I know that is black and white, and that there is a grey area in between, but I do still feel there is a strong connection between the psychological investment we make in smoking and the difficulty of giving up.


  • Hi Alex

    You know I think your theory could be right. I think smoking had become purely a habit for me, I was beginning to 'light up' without realising it and smoking far too much in the process.

    It was the realisation of just what I was actually doing that made me question my smoking habit - why was I doing it and what was I getting out of it, was I doing it for enjoyment and, most important of all, did I need to do it?

    At work there was a 'no smoking' policy in place and this included the outdoor areas so I was going for at least 8 hours when I was unable to smoke and I just accepted this without any difficulty at all. Of course once I got home the first thing I would do would be to have a cigarette but, other than that, I think I just lit up whenever the fancy took me, I NEVER smoked indoors though and I was always careful to try and conceal that stale odour on my clothes, hair etc that all of us smokers acquire - I'm sure that in spite of all my efforts the non smokers would be able to notice though.

    I'm not saying that I've sailed through the past 6 days without any difficulties at all but it really hasn't been as hard as I thought it would and with each day that passes my resolve to stay quit seems to strengthen and my thoughts of smoking seem easier to overcome.

    I really want to stop smoking but there are times when I do think it would be easier to just have a cigarette. I know this is all part of the trap that a lot of us quitters fall into - it does require a certain amount of willpower but I'm hoping I've got enough to see me through.


    ps sorry for hi-jacking your thread Mark

  • Sorry Craig

    Sorry Craig,

    I got so carried away I forgot it was your thread.


  • Hey Craig, how's it going?

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