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  • Salaman 9 Aug 2012 13:25:12 18,838 posts
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    I quit when I moved house in August 2001. So that's 11 years coming up then. Yaay me! \0/
    I just got fed up with cigarettes. I didn't enjoy them, so I cut down, then switched to menthols, then decided to knock it off completely. It's easy to quit when you're not really enjoyed a single cigarette you smoked for several weeks.
  • JonFE 9 Aug 2012 15:11:04 1,433 posts
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    I'm with Salaman! I just got fed up with smoking, the first couple of cigarettes of the day were almost making me sick, so I quit back in June 2005 and haven't looked back.

    Worst part was that I rolled them since 1990, the whole thing was like a ritual to me. The habit was hard to break, yet I managed to do it, cold turkey no less.

    If it's your decision and not something someone else suggested/demanded and you manage to get through the first couple of weeks, it's doable.
  • mal 9 Aug 2012 16:08:05 22,332 posts
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    I always meant to give up when I got to a certain memorable age, but completely and utterly failed to do it at that time. I tried again a couple of years later, and that time it stuck, in the main. I guess I was lucky that I had less rituals to break - never got into smoking first thing, and otherwise I'd just smoke when watching TV, waiting for a train, or drinking, so as such I never really smoked all that much. Guess that makes my story not so applicable then really :)

    I will say I tend to agree with people that say the craving gets harder after a few weeks before it goes. Guess that's the behavioural addiction kicking in - chemical addiction shouldn't come back like that AFAIK.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • smoothpete 13 Aug 2012 10:32:36 31,314 posts
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    Well, so far so good. Got very pissed on friday at the pub, sat outside for hours with a table of smokers and I still managed to not give in. The rest of the weekend I busied myself with gardening etc. I'm fine as long as I'm busy. The downtimes are hard though.
  • Load_2.0 13 Aug 2012 10:33:34 18,835 posts
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    You better start again! I need an expo smoking buddy.

    Healthshmealth.
  • smoothpete 13 Aug 2012 10:35:33 31,314 posts
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    I can passive smoke, thats fine
  • Deckard1 13 Aug 2012 10:35:42 27,049 posts
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    Don't listen to Shitty McArseblood pete, you the motherfucking man!!
  • morriss 13 Aug 2012 10:55:43 70,911 posts
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    Been about 11 days now. Big test will be when my students start offering me cigarettes during breaks. That will be next week.
  • Steve_Perry 15 Jan 2014 10:42:21 3,499 posts
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    I'm onto my second day and I feel like punching one of my colleagues into the sun. My 21mg patch better kick in soon.

    I was dreaming about smoking last night, and it was good. I forgot how hard the first couple of days can be but I know if I can grind it out to a couple of weeks I should be in the clear. Going to the shop at lunch is going to be a test, I will really be tempted to buy some delicious smokes.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • smoothpete 15 Jan 2014 11:13:25 31,314 posts
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    526 days
  • Steve_Perry 15 Jan 2014 11:20:20 3,499 posts
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    Good effort. I stopped for 3 years last time.

    Stupidly I ended up having one when I was drunk which immediately turned into 10 a day, which is now 15-20.

    I might have to get an e-cig or something for this first month. I can't feel anything from the patch today.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • smoothpete 15 Jan 2014 11:24:12 31,314 posts
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    Yeah I know I can never have another one ever. If I do then that would be it, so I can't / won't
  • Steve_Perry 15 Jan 2014 11:31:54 3,499 posts
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    It's going to be murder for this next month but it will be worth it.

    I think three months is a milestone psychologically, I remember not really even thinking about it last time after that long.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • Mr_Sleep 15 Jan 2014 11:33:47 16,838 posts
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    Might be worth trying the gum if you can handle the fucking terrible taste of the thing. Although I do heartily recommend e-cigs, couple of people I know have successfully used them to wean themselves off cigarettes.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Physically_Insane 15 Jan 2014 11:42:08 8,593 posts
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    You can never escape.

    On a totally unrelated note, I'm off out for a fag.
  • Steve_Perry 15 Jan 2014 11:44:49 3,499 posts
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    I was recommended the mouth spray which tastes like perfume, sweetner and nub ends mixed in a bottle. It's currently in the bin.

    I'm tempted with e-cigs but I don't want to replace one habit with another. I'm going to stick with patches as they worked for me last time. All about the will power innit.

    CHRIST I WANT A ROLL UP.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • Zomoniac 15 Jan 2014 11:46:30 7,785 posts
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    Steve_Perry wrote:
    I might have to get an e-cig or something for this first month. I can't feel anything from the patch today.
    I got an e-cig to get me through the first month. Three years on and still chain-vaping.
  • Mr_Sleep 15 Jan 2014 11:48:59 16,838 posts
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    Yeah, I'm the same. Although I have come to realise that I never really had a proper intention of quitting nicotine so the e-cig is the best solution for me.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Br0ken_Engli5h 15 Jan 2014 12:45:10 1,190 posts
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    Coming up to 6 weeks of vaping now and haven't touched a proper cig since, nor wanted one either. It's not ideal as far as quitting is concerned, but I'm looking on the bright side. I might still be addicted to nicotine, but at least I've managed to save a fair amount per week.
  • Fab4 15 Jan 2014 13:12:09 5,975 posts
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    I will have 3 years smoke-free at the tail end of March. Don't miss it at all.
  • Steve_Perry 15 Jan 2014 13:33:50 3,499 posts
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    I feel a bit better this afternoon. 3 hours of brain itching cravings this morning. I guess it is to be expected early on.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • Fab4 15 Jan 2014 13:38:07 5,975 posts
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    Worst thing I had early on was chronic heartburn. I wasn't expecting it but apparently its quite common.
  • Steve_Perry 15 Jan 2014 13:39:55 3,499 posts
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    Not had the heartburn thing before. The only physical thing I have noticed is that I feel slightly light headed which is probably because some oxygen is getting to my brain for the first time in a couple of years.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • Jeepers 15 Jan 2014 13:44:21 13,173 posts
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    Ecigs for me for about six months. This after 25 years of smoking.

    Go
    Me.
  • FanBoysSuck 15 Jan 2014 13:48:19 1,441 posts
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    I've just got past the 3 month point (I went cold turkey from about 10-20 a day) and I only get a momentary urge when drinking now.

    The worst bit for me was that it messed up my digestion and made me hungry all the time. This has settled down now though thankfully.

    I don't miss fags to be honest, giving up covered the cost of my PS4 in two months and I don't spend the morning coughing my guts up.

    I really really miss smoking weed though :(

    Edited by FanBoysSuck at 13:49:07 15-01-2014

    For the emperor!

  • Punctum 15 Jan 2014 13:55:21 929 posts
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    What worked for me was Champix. It feels like it stops your brain recognising the nicotine hit when you smoke, so all you get is the inconvenience, shitty taste and the stench. Over 5 days I progressively smoked less and less of each cigarette as my enjoyment lessened. On the sixth day I'd run out, it was pissing down outside and cold, and I couldn't be arsed to go and buy something I didn't enjoy.

    And I haven't smoked since then (3 years ago).
  • Zomoniac 15 Jan 2014 14:09:59 7,785 posts
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    Champix is amazing. I found quitting on it easy about 5 years ago, but alas it doesn't stop you then starting again many months later like a 'tard, and they won't prescribe it again for ages once you've had a course. I know others who've been on it that have had serious side issues though, gone very paranoid to the point of borderline breakdown, so it's definitely one of those great when it works but can go badly wrong when it doesn't drugs.
  • Immaterial 15 Jan 2014 16:49:11 1,320 posts
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    loving my eCig a little bit too much- not had a smoke (or particularly wanted one) for all of six days and counting after 26-odd years of tabs. Also, I can annoy my colleagues by using it at my desk, wondering out loud if I can set the smoke alarms off.

    Haven't punched anyone yet,so there's a plus.

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • Steve_Perry 15 Jan 2014 16:58:06 3,499 posts
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    I think that e-cigs look great for giving up but I still feel it's cheating for some reason. I guess breaking the ritual of sucking on something (ooh er) is just as hard as cutting down nicotine dependence, so in my mind I'd rather get it out of the way sooner rather than later.

    Whatever works though, everyone is different and e-cigs are still way better than smoking real tabs.

    Edited by Steve_Perry at 17:04:02 15-01-2014

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • Immaterial 15 Jan 2014 17:21:51 1,320 posts
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    The way I sold it to myself was 'I'm not giving up, just changing my brand', because I'm an idiot with no will-power. As an added bonus, it also gives me a shiny new toy to play with.

    If I was going to quit nicotine, I'd agree with you entirely.

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

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