No Smoking Day
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Todays the day

I have smoked now for over 30 years. I first tried to quit about 5 years ago and after a while I managed to go without for about 18 months until my wife had to have a major operation on her spine, where as soon as I had watched her go into theatre, I went straight to a shop to buy a pack. I have been smoking again for about 2 1/2 years.

For a while I have been thinking about quiting again, for many reasons:

1. I don't really enjoy the majority of them.

2. As a long distance cyclist it is affecting my fitness levels.

3. I hate the cough and catarrh on my chest and sinuses.

4. The cost.

Just over a week ago I went to see the nurse at my local GP surgery. Today was the day I planned to stop a week ago. My wife who also smokes, decided to give a try again as well although she doesn't really want to, but is doing it to help me.

Yesterday I cut down without a patch because I only had a few cigs left and didn't want to buy any more and this morning at 0530 I applied my first patch. The first couple of hours were pretty bad, but with the aid of an inhaler, I managed. As the day has gone on, things have got better and I am hopeful that all goes well.

I really am looking forward to being smoke free, I just hope that this time I can be more successful.

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Hi Woody, huge congratulations on your decision to quit I am certain that you will have learned well from your past quit, as I have, that it only takes one slip and we're back full time smoking so you will be ready to say NOPE this time. 


Thanks for the support, at least this time I know what it is going to feel like.  I found last time that I was so irritable and jumped down peoples throats at the slightest thing, but hopefully this time I will try not to be.

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Hey Woody, so great to see here in Day 1, congratulations and huge well done, almost 24 hours over you which is a great achievement!

You appear to have a great mindset which will stand well for you in your quit, keep us updated on progress...strongs!

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Cheers Roisin, I have just had dinner and usually I go outside for a post dinner cig. I did go outside but only puffed on my inhaler. All is well at the moment.


Woody..Welcome and really wish you to quit forever this know what you are up against but will not be alone...We will be with you....Post often and keep us updated

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Cheers Hercu. All is well at the moment, but I know there will be times when it becomes really hard.


Just to say a big hello from me, here on day one, lots of lovely people on here, with great advice to help.

I will keep every thing crossed that tomorrow is a good day, any issues please post.

Look forward to your up dates

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Good luck Tracey, welcome to Day 1 with me. Keep positive that you will succeed. In times of difficulty, find something else to do immediately for 5 minutes and use some NRT at those times. 


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