It has been 4 months and 1 week that I quit. I smoked for 31 years with 2 previous times of quitting, the first for 3 years, the second time for 3 months. Was smoking 1 pouch of 50g rolling tobacco a week upuntil 26th Dec 2019.
First few weeks were the hardest. Have been using 4mg gum as a alternative and it has helped.
From month 3 to 4 has been the easiset part with most days not even thinking about a smoke.
This last week however has been tough and have thought about smoking everyday.
I'm sure it will pass but its just crazy how strong the ties are with smokes.
It is not easy to quit and there will be many people who experience withdrawals long after they have stopped. For others it will be less of a struggle.
For those of us that find it challenging even after months of quitting, hang in there - and keep up the fight.
I went the first day without gum today at work and yes essential services suck! Oh my lord the migraines and cravings! Well I thought I would leave the gum at home just to see if I could do it. Well without the gum I felt really uncomfortable being on the lollipop at work it also gave me real bad migraines. In conclusion in my own study I have found 2 months on the nicotine replacement therapy isn't enough for me to break the gum habit just yet. So here's to another months worth of trail and error
There's a thousand good reasons to give up but not one good reason to keep smoking. I've tried giving up before, cold turkey and it didn't work. So this morning I decided after looking at my fingers that look like they have been shoved "you know" and had my morning cough cough cough. I went to the local chemist to buy some gum thinking it would cost me a fortune. $5 for a massive box of gum "WTF is this not advertised anywhere"??? or I might be blind from smoking? Anyway. I'm a 70's born guy & everyone I knew smoked. But after being in lockdown & wanting to hug people who are all non smokers now...I don't want to be that coughy stinky bloke anymore. I watched my auntie die of cancer in a hospital & when my dad & I had been outside for a smoke & came back in to see her. She literally tried to just smell the cigarette smoke on us. And yet 15yrs later I was still smoking... It's addictive no doubt but not unbeatable. Thank you all for being here. I now before anyone who has quit & I wish you all the best. We Got This.
Smokefree days: 10
Total savings: $107
I've managed to stay on track - Body & mind still feeling amazing - have stocked the cupboards & fridge with healthy food, $'s normally spent on smokes & some towards bills or savings. I've stopped using the patches & pop a nicotine gum when I feel a strong urge coming on & alternate with a normal sugar free gum. Had quite a few challenges this week where I could've easily succumbed to a ciggy (my go to temporary false stress relief) but I didn't 😊 phew 😏 I tried to remember the D's at one point & could only think of 'stop, drop & roll' lol 🙄 Best compliment I received this week was a client saying I have beautiful skin - I have not heard that in forever. Love how my mouth doesn't taste like an ashtray in the morning as well - even better I haven't had 80 cigs!!! 🙋
Hello all, 2020 it is now and I have been a member since 2010.
Sadly I've come back for a new quit attempt. I have spent most of my time away being smoke free but do relapse and these can last a few months.
I have tried everything from champix and zyban to NRT patches and lozenges, Ive been double patched and been successful at times.
I was very wary of vapes in the beginning and out of desperation I went in to a vape shop for advice about the product and walked out with one. I quit smoking that night.
It was the most pleasurable way I have ever succeeded and I am attempting to do it this way again.
Unsure why I went back to smoking but I guess there is no point in trying to figure it out right away, all I know is that I want to give up for good. All the reasons and recognising trigger's can come later.
So hello, I am going to be back on the quit blog as I feel I could find it useful and I may even be able to help someone else.
Started smoking at 13, almost two decades of a pointless, filthy, money pit of a habit. Really noticed the effects as of late, singing used to be effortless and now I struggle to stay in key. I was asked to sing my brother and fiancee down the aisle, so I'm going to use this an added incentive to finally quit! Looking forward to being Auahi kore. Really appreciate your tautoko.