I thought I would write here my reasons and why I know and feel this is it, the last and successful quit.
Reasons, well, I could go on forever, we have all got our reasons and some of us the need to quit for other reasons, some here you will recognize in your own circumstances I am sure. I have tried to put them in some sort of priority order, but each one on their own is enough in reality to make me quit.
1. My son told me to - he said one day "Dad, Mom you should stop smoking, smoking kills, its says so on the packet".
2. My Dad lives with me through ill health, related to smoking.
3. My own health, after a recent medical I was shocked to find out that I have the lungs capacity of a 63 year old (I am 32)
4. Financial reasons, although not a main reason for quitting, in this day and age every penny counts, so if I put away £6 a day rather than setting fire to it, well we shall be comfortable.
Reasons enough I am sure for most people to quit for good. However, I have planned in the recent past for quits, with not to dissimilar reasons only to get to week 2 or 3 and then spark one back up. Amazing how just one turns into 25-30 a day addiction again in no time at all.
Then last Wednesday, I went with my wife to her first, initial NHS Support appointment. She is quitting using Champix, quit date set for this Sunday (16 Dec). She got called in and I sat in the waiting area after saying to my wife I will quit with you but on my own in a few months when I am ready and prepared. Anyway not 2 minutes into her appointment she came out and asked me to join her. What could I do; so I went and joined. The NHS nurse if I would like to quit as this would be of great support not only for my wife but for me also. Under pressure slightly I said ok and got patches on prescription. Soon after though that pressure to quit vanished, and found myself on Thursday morning putting the first patch on. And here I am one whole week down the line, smoke free, and loving it. No major blips or cravings, well none that I haven't overcome. It sounds like a cliche, but this time it really is different, and I know why. When I tell you why however, I am not saying this will work for you, I am just saying this worked for me.
In past quits there is always that build up to the day. The intrepid wait, the dreaded wait as though that day is something to be feared. Well that's how felt about it. On this quit it was just thrust upon me, no plans, no date it just happened. Maybe that's just my personality, I do not like being told what to do and when to do and when to have it done by.
Well, that's my story, that's my theory of why I know my quit will be a success, I have made the choice to be smoke free (with a initial shove). I hope that this strikes a chord, even if it inspires just one person to quit then it was worth telling my tale.