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Stopping Smoking

Did anyone else on here make it their New Years resolution to quit smoking? If so, how's it going? Or those that have quit before - any stories or tips you could share?

My own story...started smoking at uni when I was 21 and have been smoking about 20 a day for the last 7 years. Have made several half hearted attempts to quit over the years but haven't lasted more than 2 weeks. I can list loads of reasons against smoking and virtually none for it so this time I'm 100% determined to break the habit.

New Years day I got up and slapped on a nicotine patch. I was fine for most of the day - had cravings but managed to occupy myself until they passed. After dinner though I had a massive craving that just wouldn't pass. I told myself it wouldn't be a total failure if I only gave in to ONE that day and removed the patch. Ended up having 4 that evening...not good but alot better than the 20 I would normally smoke.

Next day was a similar story. Managed to keep myself occupied for most of the day but the evening was tough. Gave in and had 5 that evening...getting worse!

Yesterday I decided I had to do it propoerly. Fair enough, 4 or 5 a day was better than 20 but I want to STOP...not cut down! Also figured that having cigarettes aswell as the patch would only make me MORE dependent on nicotene. Anyway, yesterday I managed to go without a single cigarette. Non smokers will say '1 day, big deal' but to a smoker, it IS a big deal. It felt so good to go to bed last night knowing that I had not had a single cigarette.

Today, first day back at work has been extremely tough. It's now over 37 hours since I last had a cigarette and I'm feeling good. BUT work is extremely quiet and it's SO tempting to nip outside for a smoke. I see other people nipping out and really want to go and join them but know that doing so would reset the clock to zero. I've been keeping myself busy all day browsing the web for advice etc but there's only so much reading you can do. Now I want to talk to someone but there's no one at work that would understand what I'm going through, well there's one person and she's not in today!

So...anyone here in the same situation or been there before?

ANY tips/advice/support/encouragement would be appreciated.

Peter - non smoker for 37 hours and counting.
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the only thing that i would say is that when i quit wheneve i wanted one i ate something and that happened to be muffins then when ever i had a craving muffins would help but then i got REALLY fat!!! so if you eat eat something healthy...

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Well done keep it going!!!

I havn't a clue how hard it is to give something like that up (I dont smoke and ive never tried one and never will) I hate smoke around me in pubs or wherever so the more people that quit and the sooner its banned in pubs the better imo
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Wow, 2 replies already. Thanks for the encouragement.

Natasha - I've got 2 cartons of fresh orange on my desk and have a drink when a craving hits. The sweetness seems to satisfy the craving but I'll need to find something else as it's giving me heartburn.

Wolfracepunto - it's ironic but I always hated smokey atmospheres in pubs as well. They banned smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces here (Ireland) last March and it's made a huge difference. It'll also help me with quitting since cigarettes and a pint no longer go hand-in-hand.
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Same so best of luck
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Wow, 2 replies already. Thanks for the encouragement.
no problem keep it up, its worth it!

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Natasha - I've got 2 cartons of fresh orange on my desk and have a drink when a craving hits. The sweetness seems to satisfy the craving but I'll need to find something else as it's giving me heartburn.
might i suggest something slightly less acidic such as a squash or something like this, sweet but will not give you heartburn. just keep away from the sweet foods its tempting and it works just then you have to loose the weight!

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Nurse Tash always on call at a moments notice

Good luck mate!

All my mates still think they look *cool* smoking!
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How about buying bananas everyday??!! Eat one of those instead of smoking, but for some people they cause heartburn aswell
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Thats a lot of banana's 20 a day?
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strawberrys are quite good, not very manly but hey.

Nurse Tash...i like that!!!
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Images of tash in a nurse's outfit! Scary

Sorry i'll stop trashing your thread now
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Wow, 20 bananas a day is bound to give you some sort of digestive problems. I suppose it doesn't do chimps any harm!!

I stopped smoking 20 years ago, now the bad news, until a couple of years ago I still felt like one now and again, particularly after a hearty meal.

The method I used isn't going to help you right now, but if you give in to temptation again, I'll run through it here.

I decided I was stopping two weeks in the future. I needed my first one of the morning, so that one stayed for the full two weeks. I stretched the time between fags over the following two weeks. Half an hour the first day, 3/4 of an hour the next and so on. I had a couple of days at an hour and half, but then on the 2nd last day I was up to 4 hours between and not really missing it. On the Sunday that I was going to stop, I followed the rules, but my last one was a King Edward Ceegar.

I stopped and haven't touched one since.

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Images of tash in a nurse's outfit! Scary
RUDE....you are in for a world of pain when i see you next mister....and not in a good way...infact you cant come on saturday.
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Ouch...

20 bananas a day indeed! One is enough to give me indigestion...haven't been able to eat bananas since I was a kid. Nipped out earlier...not for a smoke, but to buy some apples. Had to get away from the OJ.

I have tried cutting down by increasing the time between cigarettes before but never managed to stick to it. Since I was still a smoker it was too easy to say 'bugger it' and have that extra one in between. Also tried limiting myself to a certain amount a day but again I always found an excuse to have more than I should. The only way I'll succeed is by stopping completely and considering myself as a non-smoker. It might seem a bit naff to do it as a New Years resolution but it does actually help to remind myself that 'It's 2005, I don't smoke anymore'.

Many thanks for the replies so far. You wouldn't believe what a help it is just to talk about it.

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Peter. I gave up smoking 3 months ago thanks to nicorette lozenges. I went from 10-15 fags a day to zero as soon as i had my first lozenge. I started smoking again as soon as I stopped taking them before i should have done but i bought some more yesterday and havent had a fag since.

If you find the patches aint doing anything for you try the lozenges, they were a godsend for me even though they taste disgusting and made my breath stink.

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