Here Goes!

I have decided that enough is enough of this terrible addiction. I work nights and I have woken from my sleep and decided to give up smoking! With the sleep it has now been 14 hrs without. I'm not feeling too bad at the moment, but I'm now at work and this is where I do most of my smoking. I feel a bit out of place I.e don't know where to sit (usually outside at break times with the other smokers). Well I will keep you all up to date as my journey progresses and any help and advice would be wonderful. Good luck everyone.

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  • Good luck on the quit :)

  • Thank you everyone for your advice and support. I'm going cold turkey tried patches and other things in the past and found they didn't work for me. Reading Alan Carr 's easy way to stop smoking seems a good read.

  • Good luck mate! It's as hard as you want it to be.

    My experience cold turkey was: it was a bit crappy for the first 3-4 days. Then it eased off a bit. I had a couple of crappy days over the following week and a half. Once I'd been quit for over 2 weeks it was pretty much plain sailing. I'd already decided I absolutely didn't want to smoke anymore, so once the main withdrawal was out the way, there was no stopping me!

    Good luck!

  • A warm welcome from me, I do admire any one who goes ct, yes it does shake us up for awhile, as smoking I guess is second nature, but such wonders are to be had when quitting it's worth a little discomfort for a short while,

    I wish you great success, any problems please post , usually some one to help

  • Welcome aboard and congratulations :)

  • Welcome from me too Bubba :)

    You'll find gallons of support and advice from this lovely bunch. Please post often and tell us how your journey is progressing.

  • Welcome Bubba, wishing you the very best of luck with your quit.

  • Okay so that attempt at quitting was completely useless. I lasted just over 24hrs!

    I have managed to give up at work which is where I do most of my smoking. But I can't seem to give up the ones before I go to bed and when I wake up with my coffee. Smoking about 3-4 rollies a day now compared to about 15-20 before. Just can't seem to completely stop.

  • Main reason for wanting to give up is money and health. Tried gum, patches and other things before didn't seem to help.

  • Bubba, I've been where you are now so many times in the past (I was a rollie smoker too). Like you, I could get it down to 3-4 per day but not stop completely (and then inevitably it would start to creep up again until I was back on 20 per day).

    I'm with Tea in that I think you need something to help you cope with the quit. Do you have a local NHS smoking cessation service you could access? I can't praise my local one highly enough. I went to them in desperation, realising I was on the point of folding, and they really did save my quit. There are all sorts of different forms of NRT available and if you have a good local service they'll help you to find what works (and it's free...:))

    The main thing is you're still here and still determined. Stick around and keep us updated on how things are going.

  • Hi Bubba. I was a rollie smoker too :) But that was four years ago now! Like you I just stopped, cold turkey.

    I haven't been on the site for a long time but it was the saving of my quit on more than one occasion. So stick around here and you will get plenty of support.

    A long time ago I wrote a long post summing up my best tips for new quitters - here it is:

    forum.nosmokingday.org.uk/f...

    I hope you find something in it that helps you to keep going. Because you must and you can keep going! This thing is absolutely achievable and so, so worth it.

    Helen

  • 4 years Helsbelles, such an inspiration, thank you for coming back to check in on us.

    I especially love the following from your post, its the biggy for me so thank you for the tip!

    3) DON'T BE FRIGHTENED. Don't fear craves, none of them are unbeatable. Even the worst of them passes, as long as you don't light up. Your brain has a number of triggers to work through. Even the most powerful of them can be beaten. Always take it one day at a time. No matter how crappy a day it is, when you wake the next morning you will be proud of yourself, and that bit stronger in your quit.

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