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Postby Mr.L » Mon Mar 22, 2004 8:18 pm

Hey! im stopping smoking:D hopefully itll work but has anyone got any tricks of the trade or anything? i really just want to go for a walk and have a fag! Also im not drinking for two weeks and none of the green stuff either! any one else stopped smoking and can help?
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Postby Jo » Mon Mar 22, 2004 8:57 pm

Good for you Mr L!

I gave up on 19th April 2003 and havn't touched one since. Its almost a year.

I used the inhalator - http://www.nicorette.co.uk/products/inh ... ameset.asp -
one of those plastic things with nicotine capsules that you can use like a cigarette. Its not he same as a cigarette, but it gets you over those moments when it could go either way. They are quite strong and you can 'feel' it when you breathe it back. I didn't follow the method suggested in the box, I just used it when I needed it, which only lasted about a month.

Giving up is the best thing I ever did. I can breathe deeply now which I could never do before. When I was a smoker, if I tried to breathe in deeply I just couldn't do it because I started coughing. That stops after just a few days. Honestly, you start feeling the results really quickly.

Also, you know all those statistics you avoid reading when you are a smoker? Read them. Search for them online and just make yourself read them - its very scary.

Another thing was that I wanted to know how my body was changing hour by hour, so I got a load of info about that too. Every day for the first week or so you can read how things are improving.

A lot of people swear by 'Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking'. I didn't buy the book until I'd given up for a few months, but it was very interesting reading. He rips apart every myth about smoking.

For example, one of the biggest myths, it helps you feel less stressed. NOPE. As soon as you finish a cigarette the level of nicotine in your body starts to fall, so when you are a smoker you spend most of your life in withdrawal - this is stressful. When you have a cigarette your nicotine levels go back up, creating the illusion that it has cured your stress. In fact It was smoking the cigarette which caused the stress in the first place. This is the equivalent of walking round all day in shoes that are too tight just to experience the relief of taking them off.

One of the things that made me decide to give up at all was those adverts on TV. Two of them in particular hit home, but it took two years of half watching them before I actually did anything. The ones in particular that did it for me were... the one were the guy with the Birmingham accent says
'and at 34 you're thinking, I shouldn't be going through this'
- (I was 33)

The one that really did it was when that guy says...
Make your decision, just make your decision.


You can download the adverts from the Giving Up Smoking web site...
http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk/

The thing to remember is that if you don't manage it this time, don't worry, you can always try again. If you do give in and have one fag you don't have to see it as a failure - just get back on the waggon.

I never actually did cheat because I really did mean it, and at the end of the day I would only have been cheating myself.

GOOD LUCK!!!
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Postby Fidel » Mon Mar 22, 2004 8:58 pm

I think you should take up cigars. I smoke those bad boys with pleasure all the time. I buy them from a specialist shop in Edinburgh

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Postby Mr.L » Mon Mar 22, 2004 9:03 pm

Lol thanks a lot Jo and thanks too Fidel, funny :P I used to have odd cigares, wiked stuff. But still no more... :( sad but good :D
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Postby Fidel » Mon Mar 22, 2004 9:09 pm

yeah, they're magic......
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Postby smile » Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:02 pm

Well good luck Mr. L! Keep up the good work. And Jo, congratulations! A year is fantastic so well done. :D
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Postby Jo » Sun Mar 28, 2004 1:13 am

Thanks Smile!

Mr.L, how is it going?
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Postby Mr.L » Sun Mar 28, 2004 12:53 pm

Well i kinda got drunk this whole weekend but ive only had 2 fags. I usualy smoke like 20-30 in a weekend. So all good now! and me and my mate are having no more at school or anything. The fags gave me a mild headahe and tasted really bad because i hadnt smoke in a couple of days. good thing i guess eh? anyways yer cheers for asking and ill keep it updated lol. If i can be bothered ill do a diary starting tommorow on giving up!
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Postby captainf » Sun Mar 28, 2004 1:03 pm

Hey,

Good luck with the quitting. Sounds like you're doing really well so far, man! 8)

Keep it up.
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Postby Jo » Sun Mar 28, 2004 10:56 pm

Are you using anything like patches or gum?
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Postby Fidel » Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:35 pm

don't be silly, you can't smoke gum :P
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Postby worstfriend » Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:42 pm

you can try........
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Postby Tinker » Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:17 pm

My ex bloke used those lozenges you put under your tounge - he said they were really good! but they gave him heart burn at first. They are quite expensive though.

Keep up the good work...
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