trying to get motivated to stop smoking

Hi folks I hope I get this right as I've never posted before. I am 65 and have smoked since I was 16. I smoke about 25 a day and have set my quit date for Friday at least I'm starting on Champix then. If anyone can help me get in the right frame of mind for this please help as I've heard so many people say you really must want to give up and I can't make myself feel like that. The reason I'm trying to stop is because I have COPD.

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  • Hi Irene and welcome to the family😊

    I know little about champix but I do know that you need to take them with food in your stomach, drink plenty of water and you MUST take the full course. I'm sure some of the others will be along and give you more advice😊

    Sorry to hear you have COPD so you know that quitting is the very best you can do for your health. It won't cure you but it may help you in the future. It's recommended that you write a list of positive and negative of giving up... The positive will be over double the negative 😊

    Your sense of smell, you won't smell, gums and teeth improve, hair and skin improve, reduces anxiety, more money, improved health, improved fitness....... To name but a few ( my dad used to say that boys don't want to kiss a girl who smells like an ashtray)

    Everything is a bonus, it's not easy but is definitely worthwhile 😊

    Have a mooch round the site, check out the pinned posts, keep this site nice and close and you just holler, rant or ask questions..... We are a multi national site so there's normally someone pottering about 😊

    We say NOPE..... Not One Puff Ever 😊👍🚭🚭🚭🚭🍀🍀🍀🍀

  • Well done Irenee, and a big welcome to our quit group. Stay close to this site and read some of the pinned posts to your right very helpful. If you need to chat always someone on here to support you.  It will be a bumpy ride and you will have good days and bad, but it will get easier. We all know how you feel and what you are going through. Stay strong 

    Maddy x

  • Hi irenee, Welcome to  our lovely community.   The girls have already  given you good advice.   You say you have c.o.p.d.  that in itself is a good reason to quit.  You are in the same age group as myself , and believe me  you dont want to go through what I have had.  I have just posted  the reason why I quit.  under my birthday present.   

    Good luck and keep us all informed on how you are doing.  :) xx 

  • Make sure you take it after food and with lots of water .Well done on deciding to quit,my dad has copd he stopped smoking after 52 years he did it with champix and has slowed copd down you can do it 🍀🍀🍀

  • Hi Irenee166, a big warm welcome to our lovely quit support community.

    I see you've had some great advice from some of our lovely members, Champix is an excellent form of NRT, it works very well for most people :) Irenee, if you need any advice about it, just you shout out gal and we will help you.

    Irenee, if you have a look to the right of your post, you will see Pinned Posts, go down to - Friend or Foe ?? - have a read through that, it may just change your mind about mr cig !! If you cant find it, just shout out and I will repost it for you :) 

    Take care now, Pete. 

  • Thanks to all of you for your advice and Pete I read that post its just the kind of thing I'm looking for. At the moment I am trying to convince myself that I don't want to smoke and its so true if I had a friend like that I would drop her like a hot potato. Love and Light to all my new friends and THANKS for taking time to reply to my post.

  • Hi Irenee and welcome to our quit family😊

    I see you have got lots of good advice already. A friend of mine was like you, knowing it's the best thing for your condition but not fully committed☹️ Her daughter said that she didn't want her mum walking up the aisle with an oxygen tank and that really hit home. Please give yourself the best gift ever NOPE not one puff ever🚭🚭 we are here for you😊

  • Irene.. don't worry about being in the right frame of mind and really wanting to do it. The nicotine monster is making you think and feel like that. I gave up a week ago. After standing in the shower and after a monster health chat with the GP  I too was despairing and thinking much the same thoughts as you. (I also have COPD) Then I just thought oh to he'll with it.. I can't go on like this... I went out bought an e cig lozenges patches and came home. Slapped a patch on and got on with it. I can't say I really want to give up but I have. A strange sense of calm and satisfaction has come over me. My mantra is one day at a time. Just do it. It is the best decision ever. Good luck and be brave bold and strong.

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