I’ll be serious too, this time, though not stopping. Just know that an addiction is for life. Accept that craving will come back, even after years. You’ll always be a smoker, you just don’t do it anymore. Two examples:
A friend that I’ve known for years (never as a smoking person) went out for fags the night she heard her mother had died. “Wanted fags, bought them, smoked all of them” she said.
My dad stopped in 1975. Last year he was on his bike at a traffic light, a guy standing in front of him lit a cigarette. Instead of turning left, which he should, he blindly followed the smoker for minutes, before he realized what he was doing.
I wish you guys the best of luck on this. Here is my most important piece of advice. If you fail and have one, DO NOT wait to quit again. If you have one, then quit again right after it. Don’t let it get you down and make you think you can’t do this. If you let it get you down, it might be 10 years before you attempt to quit again. Keep making the attempt till you are successful.
Im in, had my last one last night. I’ve drank a litre of water already before lunch, its tough! Tried before longest was 6mths. For me its seems to get me in 3s as in 3hrs, 3days, 3wks - this was the worst, cos u think ah yeh im grand sure I can have one - NO YOU CANT - looking forward getting to 9mths this time
On Wed, 17 Feb 2010 01:36:01 +0000, Tokugawa-Ieyasu wrote:
> I was clever and never started smoking in the first place rotfl!
> I simply don’t like having to pay lots of money for ruining my health.
I never started either, but my parents both smoked a lot - and my older
half brother was a chain smoker for > 30 years. I find that I have a
hard time breathing around smokers; I occasionally would go out with a
boss or coworkers years ago when they took their smoke break, but I’d
The hardest part is actually deciding (in your deepest consciousness) that you want to give up, after that it’s incredibly easy. Well, that’s what I found.
All it takes is 2 weeks of abstinance, and the craving has gone forever.
I used a big glass jar that I filled to the brim with those small oblong sugar coated tablet type chewing gums, and each time I felt the urge coming on, I filled my mouth and chewed till my jaw broke off.
The contributing factors to my decision to quit were health, cost, and no longer wanting to be a slave to fat overpaid tobacco company shareholders who were getting fatter at my expense.
I think the main obstacle for smokers is that they need something to do with their hands. They’re used to always having something to do, but without the ritual of the cigarette, they feel at a loss. Maybe find a replacement, I really have no suggestions there, maybe carry those “stress balls” with you and fiddle with those, or pick your nose instead (much better than smoking but on a par in the disgust stakes ).
It’s like anything in life, if you really want it bad enough, you can do it, you just need to believe in yourself.
Glad to hear thing are going good for you. I now have day two behind me. It was harder than day one. However, when I woke up this morning (day 3) there was no instant craving for a smoke. In fact I’ve been up for about 4 hours and still no morning craving yet. I’m sure it’s comming, I’m just surprised it’s waiting this long.
I can sure cough up some nasty looking stuff here lately. Hope that goes away soon.
Jonathan_R and livewire10, you guys still with us? Let us know how it’s going.
> I can sure cough up some nasty looking stuff here lately. Hope that
> goes away soon.
it will take some weeks…and, in several months to a year your lungs
will turn pink again…now they are probably BLACK, see http://tinyurl.com/y9dadtq
i remember it was about six or eight months into my quitting and my
wife and i were sitting down to dinner and she poured a glass of
pretty good red wine into my glass and i said “Hey, i can smell that
red wine without even picking up the glass!” and, she said “Of course.”
i had NO idea it was possible…
i also had NO idea how really bad smokers smell…i’ve learned to
stand back around three feet, and up wind…the stink is in their
breath AND it oozes from every pore…
get the urge to smoke? stick your nose in an ashtray!!