Hello everyone, my name is Paul and I'm new to this site. I thought I'd share my story with you. I'm 48 years old and I live in Queensland Australia.
I've smoked on and off (mainly on), since I was 18. I've had a few quits in the past (using nicotine patches), but always relapsed. the problem has always been that I haven't truly understood the nature of nicotine addiction, and have become complacent, thinking it is okay to have just one try. I failed after a 4 year quit and a 2 year quit for this reason in the past and still haven't understood what happened !
Last year I quit for 8 months and then fell for the same trap at Christmas time...... Boom, straight back to 25 cigarettes a day.
Anyway, this time my 8 year old daughter asked me if I'd quit for her birthday. 😢 what could I say?
So I quit cold turkey on 14 June 2015. No NRT, NOTHING. It's been tough but satisfying knowing that all the nicotine was out of my system in a couple of days and that this time I wasn't prolonging the withdrawal process with patches. I know they work very well for some people, but this time I knew I needed to view nicotine as the enemy, and cut it out completely.
I read Alen Carr's easy way to quit smoking and it really helped me to see smoking and addiction in a different light. I know I am missing nothing, and gaining everything. I also know that I can never try another cigarette. This was the lesson I wish I understood before when I quit.
I don't miss smoking at all.
I haven't smoked or used nicotine at all for 110 days, 5 hrs and 36 minutes
I have saved $1894
I haven't smoked 2755 cigarettes
I've avoided 19,285 mg of tar.
Good luck to all you quitters. If I can, so can you.