Day 1 (ish)

I have made a concerted effort to cut down over the past week or so in preperation for the arrival of my e cig which arrived yesterday. I started using it at 6pm last night and have only had 1 cigarette since (at 7am this morning). Hurray.

I have half a packet of real cigarettes left and my plan was to alternate until they had gone and also to allow myself some flexibility for alternating when on holiday from 8th june.

Today has been a little challenging but with the help of the e cig i have got through till now far easier than i would have expected.

Maybe just maybe i will be able to throw the packet away and not even contemplate another real cigarette. Dilemmas dilemmas.:confused:

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  • I have made a concerted effort to cut down over the past week or so in preperation for the arrival of my e cig which arrived yesterday. I started using it at 6pm last night and have only had 1 cigarette since (at 7am this morning). Hurray.

    I have half a packet of real cigarettes left and my plan was to alternate until they had gone and also to allow myself some flexibility for alternating when on holiday from 8th june.

    Today has been a little challenging but with the help of the e cig i have got through till now far easier than i would have expected.

    Maybe just maybe i will be able to throw the packet away and not even contemplate another real cigarette. Dilemmas dilemmas.:confused:

    I'm glad the e cig is working out for you, but if you alternate you might get stuck in a rut. My brother in law has been doing that for nearly 6 weeks and hasn't managed to get rid of the real cigs yet. I think he's quite happy to continue as he is.

    Do you really want to stop smoking?

  • just a thought here, why not sellotape up the packet of real ones really well if you are finding it that difficult and scary to imagine kicking the real ones? that way you still 'have' them but they are really awkward to get to :D

    Is you final goal to be a none smoker? Just wondering so that then everyone on here will be able to support you more xx

  • I have made a concerted effort to cut down over the past week or so in preperation for the arrival of my e cig which arrived yesterday. I started using it at 6pm last night and have only had 1 cigarette since (at 7am this morning). Hurray.

    I have half a packet of real cigarettes left and my plan was to alternate until they had gone and also to allow myself some flexibility for alternating when on holiday from 8th june.

    Today has been a little challenging but with the help of the e cig i have got through till now far easier than i would have expected.

    Maybe just maybe i will be able to throw the packet away and not even contemplate another real cigarette. Dilemmas dilemmas.:confused:

    Well done Newstart. :D Welcome to the forum!

    The e-cig is a tricky one because it is so similar to a real cigarette. Do you plan to move over fully to e-cigs and stick with those for now, or are you planning to stop altogether?

  • If I am "completely" honest, I think i started talking on here when i wasnt quite sure whether i was totally 100% committed to becoming a non smoker.

    Over the past few days, I have definitley seen a shift in my desire to become a full non smoker but do struggle with the idea still - ie: my "belief" that smoking = pleasure.

    Even today i have got great satisfaction after being able to get through nearly a full day without one - this has really boosted my confidence to be able to do this.

    I would not even be talking about "alternating" if i wasnt going on holiday next week but that is one of my main holiday triggers. I just hope that i continue like today and even then i may get through with e cig (for now)

  • be brave, there really is nothing to be scared of ( believe me, every time I tried before to quit, my failure was my fear that I would not cope with life as a non-smoker).

    Be Brave, get the tape out and tape up the packet, you will still have them.

    Read through the forum section reasons to quit, there are some really motivating posts.xxx

  • Well done Newstart, the main thing is that you are setting off on a journey to quit and that is commendable,would recommend you build up as much determination and disgust for cigs as you can-many good ideas on here already.:)

    If you stick with the forum for a few days, you will find that determination and disgust grow very very quickly! Very soon you will not actually be able to imagine putting a stick of nicotine near your mouth :)-even quicker if you ditch the ecig within a short time.

  • thankyou everyone - this forum is amazing...

    just hope that "disgust" kicks in quickly because quite honestly right now, cigarettes = pleasure not disgust.

    yes, real cigs going to a new home tonight....

    i can do this, i will i will i will.

  • thankyou everyone - this forum is amazing...

    just hope that "disgust" kicks in quickly because quite honestly right now, cigarettes = pleasure not disgust.

    yes, real cigs going to a new home tonight....

    i can do this, i will i will i will.

    You can you can you can! Now that's the spirit!

  • thankyou everyone - this forum is amazing...

    just hope that "disgust" kicks in quickly because quite honestly right now, cigarettes = pleasure not disgust.

    yes, real cigs going to a new home tonight....

    i can do this, i will i will i will.

    I am liking the sound of this more confident Newstart:D:D

    the sooner you kick the fags into touch, the quicker the disgust will come, believe me it doesn't take long :):)

  • thankyou everyone - this forum is amazing...

    just hope that "disgust" kicks in quickly because quite honestly right now, cigarettes = pleasure not disgust.

    yes, real cigs going to a new home tonight....

    i can do this, i will i will i will.

    Hiya Newstart :)

    You're right you can do it!!

    Have a read of Allen Carr - that should help you get the fags = fun thing out of your mind!!

    Oh and get a plastic bag, put some fag ends in it and when you want a smoke breathe in the lovely smell of burned fags ;)

  • Hiya Newstart :)

    Oh and get a plastic bag, put some fag ends in it and when you want a smoke breathe in the lovely smell of burned fags ;)

    With a teaspoon of vinegar in a jam jar, that will certainly put you off, look at the colour of it- imagine your lungs, smell it -that would have been you, want to have a taste of it on the tip of your tongue?? No I thought not....that is the beginning of disgust creeping in. :):)

    you will get there and be a strong quitter, you just need to give the different parts of your brain time to catch up with each other.

  • With a teaspoon of vinegar in a jam jar, that will certainly put you off, look at the colour of it- imagine your lungs, smell it -that would have been you, want to have a taste of it on the tip of your tongue?? No I thought not....that is the beginning of disgust creeping in. :):)

    you will get there and be a strong quitter, you just need to give the different parts of your brain time to catch up with each other.

    gasp.org.uk/images/M43-Tar-...

    The 'Tar Jar' graphically demonstrates the amount of tar in tobacco smoke and helps to explain to smokers what causes cancer, bronchitis and emphysema. The average 15 to 20 a day smoker takes about a mug full of brown, sticky tar into the lungs every year. The sight of the Smoker's Tar Jar has been enough to motivate smokers to stop!

    Eepers

  • filling a jar with the contents of an ashtray and adding some vinegar makes the same...wish I had done that with my last ashtray full, just as a reminder for when/if things get tough

  • filling a jar with the contents of an ashtray and adding some vinegar makes the same...wish I had done that with my last ashtray full, just as a reminder for when/if things get tough

    True Trea, but that jar is the c*ap we were all inhaling every year - scarier IMO.

    My quit buddy kept a bag with her last ashtray contents in and the smell put her off lighting up lots of times!!

  • Lose the fear of never smoking again NS, that's probably what's causing some of the hesitancy; it did for me over the years anyway. A little bit at a time, a day, or an hour if needs be, but don't think of forever, there's no point to that. As others have rightly said, the desire to smoke will disappear in the end....

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