No Smoking Day
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1 week 2 days of no smoking :)

Thanks to my e-cig I've gone a week and 2 days of no smoking and I've been smoking for at least 4 years, I feel so much fresher and better, I am still very irritable and it is a temptation but my friends are being amazing and not giving in when I beg for a cigarette and my family are super supportive about it, I'm trying to give up for my baby as I'm currently pregnant and having a little girl on the 24th July, how's everyone else doing? Do you have any tips to make it any easier or distraction techniques, when I get the cravings?

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Hi.

You got a massive future with your baby.she will be worth stopping for.

You will be healthier.happier.richer.all good.

Give it your best shot.if you fall.GET back up and try again.

You can do it.

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Thankyou so much for the postive comment :) finding it a little tricky as my partner still smokes and so do my friends but I'm trying to distance myself when they do have a cigarette or even stay inside when we have breaks at college, so I won't be tempted! I'm starting to even hate the smell of cigarettes as i walk past never thought i'd say that!

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Huge welcome Anna and congratulations on your pregnancy and making the best decision of your life to quit. You have the biggest motivation for you to keep going with having a baby, wishing you strength and success and look forward to reading your progress

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PS sorry forgot to add, keep as busy as possible (not too strenuous though!), plenty of water and deep breaths.....

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Thank you I've decided to call her Florence-Rose she will be born into the world on the 24th July, if they got the due date right that is ;) some good ideas, did you used to smoke yourself?

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Ah what a beautiful name!

Yes, I will be 6 months smoke free this day week (St Patricks Day!). This forum has been a huge help along with focus and determination to get this far...

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so glad to hear that hunny and that it worked out so well for you, just hope i can do the same, i feel so so guilty me and my partner had an arguement earlier and i cracked and had a straight after all my progress feel so bad :'(

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Hey Anna, you know how it feels now, get back on the horse, you can do it, post as often as you need to especially in times of stress....

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Coping with Cigarette Cravings in the Moment

Find an oral substitute

Keep other things around to pop in your mouth when cravings hit. Good choices include mints, hard candy, carrot or celery sticks, gum, and sunflower seeds.

Keep your mind busy

Read a book or magazine, listen to some music you love, do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, or play an online game.

Keep your hands busy

Squeeze balls, pencils, or paper clips are good substitutes to satisfy that need for tactile stimulation.

Brush your teeth

The just-brushed, clean feeling can help get rid of cigarette cravings.

Drink water

Slowly drink a large, cold glass of water. Not only will it help the craving pass, but staying hydrated helps minimize the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Light something else

Instead of lighting a cigarette, light a candle or some incense.

Get active

Go for a walk, do some jumping jacks or pushups, try some yoga stretches, or run around the block.

Try to relax

Do something that calms you down, such as taking a warm bath, meditating, reading a book, or practicing deep breathing exercises.

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going to try many of them right away :) never thought of cleaning my teeth to get rid of a craving before but sounds like a interesting idea, i will update you letting you know if your tips work, thankyou Jill for your help :)

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