Hi to all. Just found this forum on the leaflet I was given when I started my 'no smoking' attempt, for the 2nd time. Had been to the N.H.S help center, a yr ago Jan. 2012, a very half hearted feeling inside of really not wanting to give up, been smoking for around 50yrs +(started off with buying the 1-2 separate ones, with school friends when we came out of school,aged 12yrs old, Players Weights, taken from a cardboard pk of 5,(no questions asked) could never afford the 9d for a full pk!! we'd all buy 1-2 each + a pk of 1d matches!!) really enjoyed my 'puffs',but slowly over the yrs, had got up to around 30ish a day, from the moment I woke up, with the 1st cuppa had to light up. thought for several yrs, I will stop never did, then moved to Spain for 7yrs,less than half the price of the ones here by now(2004)so keep puffing, very lucky, no side effects after all the yrs of smoking. My attempt in 2012, was because of the money they were costing, then a friend bought a house in Spain, so a regular supply now coming my way, as we now home in u.k, so my attempt to stop in Jan 2012, lasted all of half a day, all I'd been given, patches, pills, mouth spray, went in the drawer, but deep down I had started to wish I could stop, even the smell of smoke in the mornings was to me, not very nice(as I smoked in bed,with my cuppa, my last one at night....)kept thinking = thinking about it, + was now having to buy them here, as the friends only went to Spain in the spring/summer + those prices were really going up also. I had to ask my husband(who'd stopped 30 yrs ago) to get them for me, I honestly could not hand over a £10 note + get £2 change!!!! So without saying a word, I made my app. went back to the N.H.S (had already started using the discarded patches etc)my 1st smoke free day was back on Jan 27th,this yr. my app. a couple of days later, found I only needed the patches, not the lozenger's or spray, now on my last week of the lowest patches, but had been very positive + wanted to do it, not as before, never ever thought I'd stop smoking,(the only time I stopped was when pregnant, not through choice, it was one of the things I totally went off of,even had to leave the cinema as the smoke in there made me sick, could'nt be nr. anyone smoking, also went off coffee + fried food, back in the 60's now!!! BUT, as soon as bay was born, the midwife would say, nice cup of tea, toast + a fag!!!, not like that anymore in hos.visitors smoked, nurses had their break, sitting on your bed, with a cuppa + cig, even while breast feeding, puffing away, trolly lady use to come round, papers/sweets/ cigs. = on your bedside table the ash tray, you smoked any + everywhere then, etc) but I have, worked it out, already saved over £1080!!!!! Still totally amazed at myself for doing it + really wanting not to smoke anymore, my husband so pleased with me as are friends etc, but I did it for ME, no one else. I did think about those E-cigs, but felt was just replacing one thing for another, like fooling myself, I'm one of those people who it's all or nothing + I am just sooo pleased its now nothing, if I can do it, my God, anyone can, but you have really got to want to do it 100 per cent + I do.......can never ever say never again, but just do it one day at a time...now the 27 May, still cannot believe I've actually done it + not even another app. at the N.H.S non smoking clinic, so feeling pretty pleased with myself, doing this is just a real miracle for me, am one very happy person, so it's never to late to stop, if you want to, that's half the battle, you have to really want to do it + I did it!!!! Good to have found this forum, think it helps people to know they are not alone + back up is always only a message away if needed.
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