Day 14 tomorrow ;)

Met up with some friends I had not seen for years at the weekend. As soon as I saw them I wanted to smoke, that is what we used to do together. I even went as far as buying a packet of 10 and lighting up. After 3 puffs on a cigarette I was done. They taste horrible... I gave the pack away. I guess it could be labelled as a relapse but I feel it has reinforced my giving up. I don't even want to smoke now.

Saying that, I am a bit of a slave to the ecig, but I'm letting that ride for a few months and then cutting down gradually on the nicotine. I know that this is not good advice for everyone but I was a heavy smoker for 34 years and am currently having some difficult times in my life so this is the best way for me.

I'm hardly coughing at all but today my lungs hurt and I had a short coughing session tonight. I'm hoping that it is some of the tar shifting out.

Anyway I'm pleased enough with two weeks but know that 8 weeks is my difficult time (as I've done this before). Hence I'm going to continue to use Ecigs up to as many months as I need to as long as it is under 12 months as my previous returns to smoking have always been at around 2 months.

Good luck to everyone, I'm actually looking forward to week 3, I think I might have cracked it this time :)

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  • Met up with some friends I had not seen for years at the weekend. As soon as I saw them I wanted to smoke, that is what we used to do together. I even went as far as buying a packet of 10 and lighting up. After 3 puffs on a cigarette I was done. They taste horrible... I gave the pack away. I guess it could be labelled as a relapse but I feel it has reinforced my giving up. I don't even want to smoke now.

    Saying that, I am a bit of a slave to the ecig, but I'm letting that ride for a few months and then cutting down gradually on the nicotine. I know that this is not good advice for everyone but I was a heavy smoker for 34 years and am currently having some difficult times in my life so this is the best way for me.

    I'm hardly coughing at all but today my lungs hurt and I had a short coughing session tonight. I'm hoping that it is some of the tar shifting out.

    Anyway I'm pleased enough with two weeks but know that 8 weeks is my difficult time (as I've done this before). Hence I'm going to continue to use Ecigs up to as many months as I need to as long as it is under 12 months as my previous returns to smoking have always been at around 2 months.

    Good luck to everyone, I'm actually looking forward to week 3, I think I might have cracked it this time :)

    Hi :)

    Well done so far!

    Like you've said, everyone managed their own way. As long as you steer clear of the stinky cancer sticks and stay positive I'm sure you'll be fine!

  • Met up with some friends I had not seen for years at the weekend. As soon as I saw them I wanted to smoke, that is what we used to do together. I even went as far as buying a packet of 10 and lighting up. After 3 puffs on a cigarette I was done. They taste horrible... I gave the pack away. I guess it could be labelled as a relapse but I feel it has reinforced my giving up. I don't even want to smoke now.

    3 puffs isn't really a relapse!!

    Actually, in a way 3 puffs you really hated and made you give your fags away is a very good thing 'cos it really has reinforced the fact you don't like smoking any more!! That is a very big step forward!!

    Saying that, I am a bit of a slave to the ecig, but I'm letting that ride for a few months and then cutting down gradually on the nicotine. I know that this is not good advice for everyone but I was a heavy smoker for 34 years and am currently having some difficult times in my life so this is the best way for me.

    You and me both, but heck!!

    We don't smoke any more

    We will not smoke any more

    We both used to smoke ourselves stupid and we don't now.

    That's good, and like someone said to me when I was beating myself up for using an e-cig yesterday, you're a non-smoker now!!

    I'm hardly coughing at all but today my lungs hurt and I had a short coughing session tonight. I'm hoping that it is some of the tar shifting out.

    Some people get the cough others don't :)

    I did, actually I coughed and coughed until I was sick but other people don't. What matters is that the cillia are regrowing in your lungs and throat and they *will* shift the muck that's down there!!

    Anyway I'm pleased enough with two weeks but know that 8 weeks is my difficult time (as I've done this before). Hence I'm going to continue to use Ecigs up to as many months as I need to as long as it is under 12 months as my previous returns to smoking have always been at around 2 months.

    Good luck to everyone, I'm actually looking forward to week 3, I think I might have cracked it this time :)

    You are doing brilliantly, you are a non-smoker now and OK you (like me) use an e-cig but they don't stink, don't cost stupid amounts of money and most importantly, don't kill you!!

    Use whatever it takes, it doesn't matter a long as you stay off the fags!!

  • As long as you steer clear of the stinky cancer sticks

    My mum's favourite name for them was "those nasty sticks"

  • thanks

    Thanks for your responses, it really helps knowing that we are all in the same boat. I'm not feeling good at all today (a bit seasick on my boat) but I'm sure it just must be my body being thoroughly confused by this smoke free existence and it will pass ;)

  • It will pass :)

    Don't worry, it will definately pass.

    These were the times that I struggled most. I felt as though I was already fighting hard to keep the cravings at bay, but my body was being punished in the process (coughing and spluttering, tiredness, feeling cranky).

    Whereas that's actually not the case. Your body is FINALLY getting rid of all that rubbish that has accumulated!

    Do whatever you need to stay happy, apart from lighting up of course! This is a really good time for treats and taking good care of yourself. :)

    One piece of advice I have been given so many times on this forum is that we just have to ride it. Once you're through the worst, you will feel so proud of yourself :D

  • I am now on day 16. I have discovered that what's best for me in the mean time is actually the e-cigs I'm using SkyCig which I find as helpful as anything else to be honest. I do not expect this to be a long term useage, but merely a safety net for keeping me off the cigs.

    It's not so much the nicotine which causes us harm, but all the other things the tobacco industry put in the cigs, including tar and ingredients to get you hooked. I wish every smoker would take the tobacco industry to court, then again most of us couldn't afford to, and the government won't as they're making too much money for the Treasury. I have never been one to believe that the reason the Chancellor puts cigs up each year was to stop people smoking, but rather to get more profit for the Treasury, and I will always believe this.

    Good luck to all of us who have got this far. I have no wish to return to the old cig smoking ways. As the days go on I find I hate the smell, and can even smell stale smoke that I coouldn't smell before. However, I wish I was sleeping better and didn't feel so jumpy during the day - this will all pass.

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