I stopped smoking 15 days ago. I'd been a smoker for 31 years, and smoked 30 - 40 cigarettes a day. I stopped cold turkey.
I stopped early February (for two full days, lol) this year because I'd had bronchitis (really bad) and then promptly started smoking 30 + a day again as soon as the antibiotics kicked in and I felt better. I'd hardly been able to climb a flight of stairs in the days before and here I was puffing away again like an idiot, coughing my guts up because I still wasn't well. I started wondering exactly what would have to happen for me to actually stop for good. I think at some point in my smoking life I'd accepted that I was going to die of cancer because of my habit - how messed up is that?? What I hadn't ever really considered was my lungs slowly packing up over a period of years due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder.
Anyway, the realisation that I could end up with the fitness level of an 85 year old woman by the age of 50 was enough to do the trick and make me give serious thought to stopping. I didn't have a clue how to go about it because my whole lifestyle and routine was linked to smoking - SO MANY TRIGGERS!
So, I decided to get rid of all the triggers first - over a few weeks. I stopped having takeaways, and I added a shed load of healthy foods to my diet. I stopped eating meat, increased my intake of water, gave up caffeine including Diet Coke (which I LOVED with a smoke), stopped drinking alcohol and bought a load of exercise equipment. While all this was going on I basically brainwashed myself about stopping smoking, while I was still smoking. I read books, watched documentaries, bought stop smoking apps, looked at the on-line forums etc. I also bought a blood pressure monitor and peak flow meter so I could monitor my progress once I'd stopped. I think it must've worked so far, because I stopped on the 20th of March. The difference in my health already after two short weeks is incredible; I never thought everything would start to improve so quickly after so many years of abuse.
The other thing is that chain smokers never smell good. I can't ever remember being told I smell 'nice', yet in the last couple of weeks alone I've been told I smell really great 4 times. I am LOVING this part of being a non-smoker, lol.
I've had a couple of very hard days where I really wanted a smoke; I've been super tearful since I've stopped and very tired too. I keep telling myself that it's just a question of adjusting - mentally and physically. I don't know how long it'll take, but the mental adjustment is going to take a while I think.
I don't believe I'll ever smoke again - I believe I'll want to though, because it's been a massive part of my life for so long. Anyway, it's early days but I feel very hopeful.
Massive thanks to this community - I wasn't even a member previously, but even so it's definitely helped me stop.