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Old 05-01-2005   #16
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Peter, again im someone who's never smoked but ive had a friend who gave up and found it helped to come to my house everytime she was wanting a fag cos she knows she couldnt smoke here

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Rickster - good work, keep it up. I tried those lozenges last time and you're right...they taste foul - I found myself smoking to get rid of the taste! The patches seem to be working ok for now but I do feel that sometimes I could do with a 'hit' of nicotene rather than the slow release from the patch. In fact I've still got the lozenges left from last time so may try them tomorrow instead of patches.

dawn_of_time - thanks, so I'll just pop over next time I want a cigarette
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Peter, the kettle is always on
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Re: Stopping Smoking

Well done to those who have given up or are in the process of trying. Best of luck . If I may suggest some websites:
http://www.quit.org.uk/
http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk/
http://www.click2quit.co.uk/

There's too much advice to give for me to parrot it all but if anyone has any specific health related questions I'll do my best to answer although I've never been a smoker myself I have run clinics.
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Re: Stopping Smoking

Thanks for those links Helz...the click2quit one has a forum with a few people just started at New Year so I may go and sign up on there.

Anyway, 56 hours now and so far so good. Went for an hours walk last night after dinner - partly to pass the time when I get my biggest craving and partly as an attempt to stick to my new 'get fit' resolution. If I can focus on getting fit (positive) rather than NOT smoking (not really a negative but I'm losing something so...) then I may actually succeed this time.

Thanks again for the support and advice.
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Re: Stopping Smoking

Keep up the good work. I stopped in April last year.

Set a date, said from that day I will not smoke.

No patches, no gum, nothing. Just sheer determination !!!

Not had one since and don't intend to. I consider myself to be a
non-smoker not an ex-smoker.

One thing I will say is - cut out the fruit juice. You need to drink plenty
of water to flush the crap out of your system.

This year's resolution is to lose the weight I've put on since I stopped but,
I consider myself to be podgier but healthier which is far more important !

Keep up the good work.

Oh and another thing, try to keep to your same routine if you can but just
don't smoke. I used to smoke a lot at work before I stopped. Only 3 of us in
the office and the other girl smoked as much as me. After I stopped, I kept
to the same routine of going 'out for a fag' but just didn't have one. Same
at home. I never smoked in the house but did in the conservatory with the
door open. If the cravings hit at night then I'd do my usual routine but just
not have a smoke.

Hope that helps
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Thanks Carla - yep, I'm on to water now...and apples! As for sticking to the same routine, I had thought about going outside with the rest of the smokers (just for the chat) but was afraid that the temptation would be too much. I think you're right though - it's the change in routine that's probably the hardest thing for me. I might try going out later and see how I feel.
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Re: Stopping Smoking

Well it worked for me. Good luck.

I think a lot of it is down to how determined you are. As Gray will probably
agree, I'm a stubborn bugger which I think helped. Plus the kids have
nagged me for years to stop, as well as Gray.

If you've got people around you to support you, I'm sure you'll do just fine.

One thing I have noticed now I've stopped for this long.....I find it hard to
go into smokey pubs. The smoke makes my eyes stream and irritates my
nose. Strange !!
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Re: Stopping Smoking

Quote Originally Posted by minislapper
One thing I have noticed now I've stopped for this long.....I find it hard to
go into smokey pubs. The smoke makes my eyes stream and irritates my
nose. Strange !!
that is because the smoke is poisionous and your body is tellin u it doesnt like it!

the only reason u dont do it when u do smoke is because your mind isnt fixated on it because you are part of it! if that makes any sence to u!

p.s it takes somone who smoked 40 a day 10 years of non smoking to get their lungs back to full capacity as if they had neva smoked at all!
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Gave up last February, just stopped after loads of tries! I miss it like hell, I could start again right now but my Mum died of Cancer, thats what keeps me going as I dont want to pass away like she did. Keep it up, youll pile on the pounds and feel terrible but really you must as it will kill you in the end. Good luck! Youve taken the first step, the rest is easier.
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Nuovapanda - well done. I worry that it'll always be a temptation...nearly a year on and you still miss it but I guess that's what we get for starting in the first place. My mother also died from cancer but it wasn't smoking related so I managed to kid myself for a long time that it was ok. Thing is she died at 42...never saw me graduate, wasn't at my wedding and never met her grandchildren. For about 6 months now I've been worrying that if I don't stop then I'll go the same way. I wouldn't wish that on my children so it's definitely time to quit.
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Re: Stopping Smoking

Dont laugh but i had been trying to quit for ages with little (no) success, then in desperation i used a hypnotherepy CD/Book and since i did it i have never craved or even thought about touching a fag since. I think for it to work you have to truly want to stop, but buying it was the one of the best decissions i have ever made.

Stop Smoking in One Hour: Play the CD...Just Once...and Never Smoke Again!
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Thanks Q-Toy...I may try that even though I've stopped already. I'd give anything to stop constantly thinking about smoking.
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I think I need a similar CD to stop spending so much time on FF
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well done and all the luck in the world, my man is trying to quit hope he does i hate fag kisses
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