I quit when I moved house in August 2001. So that's 11 years coming up then. Yaay me! \0/|
I just got fed up with cigarettes. I didn't enjoy them, so I cut down, then switched to menthols, then decided to knock it off completely. It's easy to quit when you're not really enjoyed a single cigarette you smoked for several weeks.
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Salaman 23,035 posts
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JonFE 1,790 posts
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I'm with Salaman! I just got fed up with smoking, the first couple of cigarettes of the day were almost making me sick, so I quit back in June 2005 and haven't looked back.
Worst part was that I rolled them since 1990, the whole thing was like a ritual to me. The habit was hard to break, yet I managed to do it, cold turkey no less.
If it's your decision and not something someone else suggested/demanded and you manage to get through the first couple of weeks, it's doable.
mal 29,326 posts
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I always meant to give up when I got to a certain memorable age, but completely and utterly failed to do it at that time. I tried again a couple of years later, and that time it stuck, in the main. I guess I was lucky that I had less rituals to break - never got into smoking first thing, and otherwise I'd just smoke when watching TV, waiting for a train, or drinking, so as such I never really smoked all that much. Guess that makes my story not so applicable then really
I will say I tend to agree with people that say the craving gets harder after a few weeks before it goes. Guess that's the behavioural addiction kicking in - chemical addiction shouldn't come back like that AFAIK.
Well, so far so good. Got very pissed on friday at the pub, sat outside for hours with a table of smokers and I still managed to not give in. The rest of the weekend I busied myself with gardening etc. I'm fine as long as I'm busy. The downtimes are hard though.
Load_2.0 26,397 posts
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You better start again! I need an expo smoking buddy.
I can passive smoke, thats fine
morriss 71,290 posts
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Been about 11 days now. Big test will be when my students start offering me cigarettes during breaks. That will be next week.
Yeah I know I can never have another one ever. If I do then that would be it, so I can't / won't
Might be worth trying the gum if you can handle the fucking terrible taste of the thing. Although I do heartily recommend e-cigs, couple of people I know have successfully used them to wean themselves off cigarettes.
You can never escape.
On a totally unrelated note, I'm off out for a fag.
Steve_Perry wrote:I got an e-cig to get me through the first month. Three years on and still chain-vaping.
I might have to get an e-cig or something for this first month. I can't feel anything from the patch today.
Yeah, I'm the same. Although I have come to realise that I never really had a proper intention of quitting nicotine so the e-cig is the best solution for me.
Br0ken_Engli5h 1,367 posts
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Coming up to 6 weeks of vaping now and haven't touched a proper cig since, nor wanted one either. It's not ideal as far as quitting is concerned, but I'm looking on the bright side. I might still be addicted to nicotine, but at least I've managed to save a fair amount per week.
I will have 3 years smoke-free at the tail end of March. Don't miss it at all.
Worst thing I had early on was chronic heartburn. I wasn't expecting it but apparently its quite common.
Jeepers 16,515 posts
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Ecigs for me for about six months. This after 25 years of smoking.
FanBoysSuck 1,640 posts
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I've just got past the 3 month point (I went cold turkey from about 10-20 a day) and I only get a momentary urge when drinking now.
The worst bit for me was that it messed up my digestion and made me hungry all the time. This has settled down now though thankfully.
I don't miss fags to be honest, giving up covered the cost of my PS4 in two months and I don't spend the morning coughing my guts up.
I really really miss smoking weed though
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Punctum 1,255 posts
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What worked for me was Champix. It feels like it stops your brain recognising the nicotine hit when you smoke, so all you get is the inconvenience, shitty taste and the stench. Over 5 days I progressively smoked less and less of each cigarette as my enjoyment lessened. On the sixth day I'd run out, it was pissing down outside and cold, and I couldn't be arsed to go and buy something I didn't enjoy.
And I haven't smoked since then (3 years ago).
Champix is amazing. I found quitting on it easy about 5 years ago, but alas it doesn't stop you then starting again many months later like a 'tard, and they won't prescribe it again for ages once you've had a course. I know others who've been on it that have had serious side issues though, gone very paranoid to the point of borderline breakdown, so it's definitely one of those great when it works but can go badly wrong when it doesn't drugs.
loving my eCig a little bit too much- not had a smoke (or particularly wanted one) for all of six days and counting after 26-odd years of tabs. Also, I can annoy my colleagues by using it at my desk, wondering out loud if I can set the smoke alarms off.
Haven't punched anyone yet,so there's a plus.
The way I sold it to myself was 'I'm not giving up, just changing my brand', because I'm an idiot with no will-power. As an added bonus, it also gives me a shiny new toy to play with.
If I was going to quit nicotine, I'd agree with you entirely.
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