Hi I just joined this community today, looking for motivation to stop smoking - I am diagnosed COPD, which should be motivation enough, but after 40 years as a smoker and a reluctant retirement a couple of years ago, I have been struggling with a 'what's the point?' feeling about life & stopping. Today I have read through many of the posts here, and on a COPD community, and really faced up to what I am doing to myself and how it is debilitating me. I have been inspired and encouraged to find new approaches and aids that I haven't tried. So, while sitting on the sofa with my dog I thought about all I had read, and where I could start again. I ended up with a two hour activity plan with no cigarettes - my first activity being to throw away my ashtrays, my aim to feel better tomorrow than I have today.
So my ashtrays have gone! I don't expect to just stop completely right now, but is a first attempt at breaking the habit points while I plan my actual stop day. And I am well past the two hours already!
Actually already feels good - I am taking control! So big thank you to all the people who have shared advice, it's made a big difference to me today.