I'm new on this Forum and on DAY 7

Hi From South Africa.

I am 32 years old, started smoking from the age of 16 = 16 years of smoking, = half my entire life, ( all of my adult life) :). For most of that time I was doing a pack a day. From Jan 2012 i dropped it to 8-10 a day, Then later on the year dropped it to a constant 8 a day, sometimes 7 a day. The hardest part for me was the habit. I just enjoyed going outside, away from everything and lighting one up. I am usually a strong willed person, was heavy into drugs in my teens and early 20s, from XTC, Rock (coke), Buttons (occasionally) and obviously Weed. I stopped all hard drugs early on, and eventually stopped weed about 4 years ago. But smoking cigarettes is my nemesis. I have tried quitting about 10 years ago, went for about 3 days and was back on it.

I am a very fit person, and don't really suffer from much smoking caused problems, such as coughing, chest pains and short of breath. I play indoor football twice a week, (and for those who have tried indoor it is an extremely taxing sport and you have to be fit) thats 1 -1 1/2 hours of hard running.

My last Cigarette was on the 3rd of April 2013 and now on my 7th day. I am using Nicorettes to help beat the habit. I started with 3 nicorettes a day, now I am down to 2 already :). This time though it is different I have a reason to, The birth of my 1st child, a handsome baby boy. I look at him and he gives me the strength and purpose in life, to do better and be better. I want to live a long healthy life for my boy, I want to be able to play football with him even when I hit 50 :D.

I have been reading the posts on this forum from my day 2, and it has helped me immensely. To know that I am not alone in this, and other people are going through the exact same things as me, reassures me and makes this alot easier. I have been having a bit of mood swings, but not too bad, I am irritable at times and snap at people. But on day seven I am feeling much better. So thanks to you all for unknowingly helping me quit the terrible and disgusting habit. I feel like a new person. I don't smell bad all the time. I dont need to pause a movie to go get a puff. My sense of smell is great and I have more time for my son already, instead of running outside to smoke every couple of hours. My apologies for the very long story, I find it easier to speak about it when I am having a craving, and also I want to thank you all for the support. Great forum people, and keep up the good work. ;)

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  • Welcome DP and congratulations on your quit and also the birth fo your wonderful son. day 7 a whole week. I bet your wife/partner ireally proud of you too.

    You have proved in the past that you can successfully beat an addictiona nd I am sure that will be the case with this too.

    never worry that your post is too long, I like a long post, keeps me from thinking too much;) especially if it is a funny one! keep them coming and stay strong and smoke free, just think your son will never smell an ashtary when you cuddle him, you may have smoked away from him in a different garden even but you will still stink:p

  • Thank you once again. Every kind word of encouragement goes a long way.

  • Hi Dp187,

    I quit 4 days ago and one of the best things is being able to kiss and hug my kids or have a rough and tumble with them without worrying that i stink of fags. Its an amazing feeling! Keep it up. Also if they don't see us smoking as they grow up they are less likely to smoke too.

    Tic

  • Hi Dp187,

    I quit 4 days ago and one of the best things is being able to kiss and hug my kids or have a rough and tumble with them without worrying that i stink of fags. Its an amazing feeling! Keep it up. Also if they don't see us smoking as they grow up they are less likely to smoke too.

    Tic

    Exactly! My dad used to smoke, so naturally i picked it up from there. Funny thing is he gave up 16 years ago, and I started around the same time. I don't want that for my son, no damn way. ;)

    My son is not even 3 weeks old, so I smoked for about 2 weeks with him around, and did not go anywhere near him after I smoked, i would wash my hands and mouth thoroughly, and I was still afraid the smell will "get" to him. Now, i dont have to bother about that. I can carry him and snuggle him, without worrying of that disgusting smell.

  • Funnily enough i started smoking around the time my mum stopped! Enjoy your boy and all those fag free cuddles.

    Tic

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