First of all I would like to thank everyone associated with this site: users, readers, admins, compilers, mods and hosts for providing what is a fantastic support mechanism.
I'm a new non smoker and would love to help/inspire others quitting by relating my own experience.
I wanted to post in this forum because, I know from bitter experience how hard it is to quit smoking. But do you know what? No matter how hard it is to quit, no matter what physical and psychological (i prefer the word emotional) difficulties lie ahead, you've already dealt with the hardest thing you will face - that is making the courageous DECISION to quit. For that you should be congratulated by others and should be proud of yourself.
Please hold that thought in your mind and then imagine if you had that decision/option taken away from you? That is the position I find myself in. I have a decision/option too: it is: STOP SMOKING OR DIE! Thing is, unlike you guys, the decision/option isn't mine, it's been given to me! Please don't think me morbid, or a no hoper; I'm neither, and for the record I have every intention (and chance) of living to a ripe old age.
I promise to expand on what I'm saying but not just now. I will attempt to inspire all my fellow newbie quitters over the next few days with my own story but in the meantime I want to leave you with one piece of advice.
If you WANT to, and are READY to quit, you WILL succeed. It will be b****y hard but you'll do it. The harsh reality about stopping smoking is not rocket science. YOU NEED TO WANT IT. DON'T LIE TO YOURSELF - IF YOU DO YOU'LL FAIL. More later.