Will I do it this time?

Over the years I have tried to give up the smoking addiction which I have had since age 19 when I went to training college. I have tried everything including patches (allergic to them), tablets( made me feel so sick),sprays, gums,hypnotism (successful for a short period), acupuncture and support from NHS. Now 14 days ago I gave up cold turkey. I am retired and my motivation is to improve the quality of my life at my age. I have found out that the lungs are not the only parts of the body to worry about. Just this year I have found out that smoking can cause diverticulitis ( diagnosed a month ago) and that tooth implants have only an 88% success rate. Am having to have mine re done as first one failed. My surgeon says smoking is bad for gums and bone in the gums. Have high cholesterol and smoking canlower good cholesterol. So I have to persevere this time. Already I have stopped coughing first thing in the morning so that is encouraging but it is HARD as you all know only too well.

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  • Hiya no 33 and welcome to quit support πŸ˜ƒ congrats to you for 14 days cold turkey, great achievement so well done πŸ˜ƒ

    As you say it's not easy but it's definitely worth it and the very best thing we can do for our health. Yes yes yes believe you will do it this time and you will. You're already feeling the benefits of quitting so keep going and you will get there πŸ‘ πŸ˜ƒ x

  • Hi no 33 πŸ˜€

    Welcome to the mad world of quit support πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    Congratulations on your quit, 14 days is a great achievement 🌟🌟

    As briar wrote believe in yourself, think positive thoughts and you will do it. There's lots of information,quit stories and in depth discussions ( not from me I only talk clothes or shoes😜😜😜)

    Just give a shout out if you have any questions, want a moan or a chat😁

    You're doing great and experiencing the positives of quitting, so keep going, you're going to do it πŸ‘πŸ‘


  • Hey there and a huge welcome to our happy place πŸ˜‰

    Congratulations on making the best decision for the benefit of your health πŸ‘

    Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health and yiu are doing brilliantly πŸ˜„

    Keep marching on forward and remember NOPE, Not One Puff Ever πŸ˜‰

  • Where would the challenge be if it was easy. Yes, the first couple of weeks can be a bit uncomfortable, but it's only as "unbearable" as you choose it to be. We're all rooting for you.

  • Hi no33 and welcome to quit support

    14 days cold turkey is FANTASTIC!!!!!!! so fee very proud of yourself.

    Yes, sadly, smoking sure does play havoc on our bodies, and this becomes more apparent as we quit.

    By quitting, you prevent any further damage being done, so it has to be a massive positive :) :)

    Keep up the great quit you have going there and remember. N.O.P.E Not One Puff Ever and you will be fine :) :)

    All the very best of luck :) :) and remember, we are all here to support you in when way we can :) :)

  • Aup no33, a big warm welcome to our lovely quit support community and a massive well done to you for quitting for 14 days :) and cold turkey tooooo :) I take my hat off to you :)

    As the other members have said, quitting smoking is the best thing ever you can do for your health :) Try to drink plenty of water and exercise as much as you can :)

    You should be over the worst now and things should get easier for you :) try to keep busy and be proud of yourself and maybe go and treat yourself to something nice :)

    Take care now and if you have any questions, or need any help, just flippin shout out and we will do our best :)

    Pete :)

  • Hang in there. Hideous addiction isn't it? I get angry with myself for thinking it was so much a part of my life, Pleasure killing myself.

    Like "Stranger in a Strange Land" where's in characters Mom chooses to go out a junky.

    A sad tale to tell here with the cig addictions.


  • Thank you for all the encouragement. It is also reassuring to read others in their struggle to give up. When I read their blogs I can see myself all too clearly. Worst time for me is after meals so after breakfast I immediately sit down and look at my tablet. I read this website and I feel better. Boiled sweets have been a godsend too. Although my dentist won't agree.

  • Hi, I am a hypnotherapist and specialise in smoking (and weight loss ) You are doing the right thing by identifying your worst times - I would avoid the sweets if you can, as you are transferring one habit to another, although if you must, stopping sweets at a later date will be easier than if you started smoking again ! Instead of boiled sweets , why not take a sip of water as you take a couple of deep breathes. Then find a good reason for quitting- maybe having the remaining implants; imagine yourself smiling with those implants looking perfect.....possibly some-one praising you. Keep hold of that pride and in time that feeling can over ride the " nag " to smoke.

    You have to work at that image, but it will get easier.

    What you are doing then is building up new neural pathways as you work towards that healthy you and away from your old habits.

    Hope this helps.

  • Thank you for the advice. You must have reached into my subconscious as I forgot to buy any sweets when doing the weekly shop!!!!!!

  • Fab., didn`t think I was that good !!!

    Have a lovely Easter.

  • Hi it is now 3 wks since I went cold turkey and I feel good. Still have some cravings but they are few and far between. Talked to my dentist about boiled sweets v chewing gum v chocolate for when I need a boost .Chocolate is best of the 3, no more than once a day after a meal followed by cup of coffee. Sorry but I do have a sweet tooth and I can only concentrate on one addiction at a time. Also saw hygienist who said bleeding gums are common after giving up cigs because the blood vessels have been constricted and mask gum problems. Glad I saw the hygienist as my gums had started bleeding that very morning. Anyway she sorted me out and was able to remove bacteria from under my gum line quite painlessly.

  • Aup No-go, its lovely to see you :) and doing soooo well too :)

    Hmmm, sooo chocy is better for you :) ermmm, did your dentist say HOW much you could have at a sitting :o :D :D I must admit, I've got a sweet tooth as well :)

    Yes, there are quite a few members who have had bleeding gums since quitting smoking, but it will settle down :)

    Your doing tremendously well on your quit journey No-go :) try to keep focused and positive on your quit :) Take care now and speak soon :)

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