Giving up Smoking, Tips and Advice Please

#1
Ok I know it's bad for you, expensive, smelly, blah blah blah but I've always genuninely enjoyed smoking and not ever wanted to give up until recently when I've started to come to my senses. So with the new nanny state smoking ban coming into force in July I've been thinking I really should get round to giving up as now's as good a time as any.

My problem is that although I know I have willpower and it can be done although not easily, the prospect of doing it scares the shite out of me.

So what I'm after is any advice or tips on taking the plunge, do I just go cold turkey and piss everyone off being a nightmare for a few weeks or do I go for patches and gum, which surely is just like cutting down gradually?? Also being a bit sceptical is the hypnotherapy just a way to throw cash away or can it actually help?

So my names Wedgy and I am an addict... over to you Arrse!

Thanks in advance
 
#2
I was advised to give up by my doctor for the good of my health (Acid Reflux). I finished the pack of cigarettes I had on me and put a nicorette patch on first thing the next day. I used the medium strength nicorettes until I ran out of them (two weeks) and just got on as normal.

What you have to remember is that the cravings never quite leave you, I find it difficult when I'm drinking even now two years later. You get free nicorettes from the med centre, take advantage of it and don't look back.

What I didn't realise until I gave up (and this is really cliched) is how much I stank, how much it affected my taste and smell and just what other problems I had that were caused by tabs.
 
#4
I too am an ex-smoker (gave up pre-nicorette etc)

Willpower is just about everything but try these:

Write down all the reasons for giving up, when you want a fag - read em 10 times
Put the money aside you would have spent on fags and spend it on something good
Identify trigger situations and avoid them if poss
Find a giving up buddy - it's easier in pairs or more
Set short term rather than long term goals
If you have a lapse - don't see it as failure and try again
Keep some of your stinking clothes in a bag and sniff it when the going gets tough
Get some hideous pictures of smoking related diseases to look at when you are feeling weak

There you go - a starter for 10

Nursey
 
#5
Just pull yourself together. It is an expensive, health-degrading and increasingly socially unacceptable habit. So kick it into touch and feel your inner vitality return! If you really need a boost or leg-up, may I suggest Everton mints?
 
#6
two ways of looking at it (I'm an ex smoker too)

Firstly, bound when your going to smoke, I cut it down to only afternoons, then only evenings then only evening when i was drinking etc etc.

Secondly, and this really worked for me, just pick up your packet and throw it away, right now! And stop. Feel good about what you have done. But also understand, you may have the odd night when you have one, or an evening when you get totally lashed up and have a few. As long as the next morning your still stopped in your head your OK.
To be truly stopped (imho) you should be able to sit with smoker and not need one, but if you have one you have it to enjoy it and not need a second.
 
#7
I'm trying to give up at the moment and failing dismally, Cut down from 40 to 15 (dont worry ex forces now so the phizz isn't a problem) so making progress, those hand held nicorette inhalers are good at giving you something to keep your hands occupied, you just look a bit of a c0ck using one. chewing gums good but personally the patches dont do anything but irritate me.

Good luck.
 
#8
Every time you feel like buying a pack of cigarettes put some money in a piggy bank and think of what you will spend it all on. Should add up to a tidy sum at £5 a packet (approx).

Disgusting and expensive habit that I was fortunate enough to give up when I was at school.

Good luck.

Oh, another tip - read what is says on the packet and that should surely put anyone off, especially if you have kids.

I am allowed to say the above as both Murielsons parents passed due to cancer and they were both smokers!!
 
#9
I've been stopped for nearly a year, and trust me it gets easier!

I gave up in the sandpit so it was slightly easier, as you don't get the Pint and a fag syndrome. So volunteer for Telic 10 (if you are serving!)

I used medium patches for a week, but the things kept slipping of due to sweat, so went cold turkey. I still think about smoking even now, but the cravings last about 10 seconds then they are gone !

My best bit of advice I can give you is this-

Do you REALY want to stop, if you don't, you will fall at the first hurdle - you have to want to.

Good luck, let us know how you get on.
 
#10
Volunteering for Telic 10 to quit the tabs is a bit extreme IMHO.

I agree with Bat_Crab. I was on 20 Marlboros a day for a fair fwe years. Two weeks on those Nicorette patch jobbies and I haven't smoked since, apart from one or two cigars at the end of a game drive.

I reckon the worst part is DECIDING to give up. Once you have said 'feck this for a game of soldiers - five pounds a fecking packet' and applied the patch, it gets a lot easier than you might think.

I'll tell you what's much, much harder.....

Giving up the booze.

Good luck Wedgy
 
#11
Personally, there is no VALID reason to smoke other than "you are addicted". As has been pointed out, the price of your addiction is the expense, the stink, your health and more and more being ostracized by society. If you think all those reasons are worth feeding your habit, you are as far as I am concerned 'stupid' and might ass well prove it by cracking on being a smoker.

You going to let it beat you?
 
#12
Oneshot said:
two ways of looking at it (I'm an ex smoker too)

Firstly, bound when your going to smoke, I cut it down to only afternoons, then only evenings then only evening when i was drinking etc etc.

Secondly, and this really worked for me, just pick up your packet and throw it away, right now! And stop. Feel good about what you have done. But also understand, you may have the odd night when you have one, or an evening when you get totally lashed up and have a few. As long as the next morning your still stopped in your head your OK.
To be truly stopped (imho) you should be able to sit with smoker and not need one, but if you have one you have it to enjoy it and not need a second.
Goods drills
it will be even better when fags are binned in pubs.
 
#14
Get yourself a copy of "Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking". Read it twice, then never look back.

I tried stopping 4 or 5 times before....this book was the business. Thoroughly recommend it.
 
#15
Chris_2oo6 said:
cant wait til the ban comes into pubs and clubs

fcuking hate coming home after a night out stinking of second hand smoke
As a heavy smoker I agree with this statement, I was dreading it but after visiting pubs in Scotland and Dublin it was quite pleasent to go into a smoke free pub and it helped cut down the fags, as beer drinking and fags go hand in hand in my case.
 
#16
usmarox said:
Get yourself a copy of "Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking". Read it twice, then never look back.

I tried stopping 4 or 5 times before....this book was the business. Thoroughly recommend it.



Got to agree with you mate,a very helpful book
 
#17
usmarox said:
Get yourself a copy of "Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking". Read it twice, then never look back.

I tried stopping 4 or 5 times before....this book was the business. Thoroughly recommend it.
I found I wanted to smoke more, just to spite the arrogant b@stard.
 
#18
Alright Wedgy! I'm quitting at moment too, second attempt - the first lasted three weeks. I use that nicotine gum. Some people will harp on about replacing one addiction with another, which is a fair point, but at least the gum removes the majority of the toxins and tar from the equation.

The biggest thing that has helped me this time though is not being too hard on myself. I had a crafty fag at the footy during the week, it was great and what was even better was I didn't spend the next 45 cursing myself. I know this sounds moronic, and to the none smokers reading this thread, the whole debate must sound like a no brainer (wanna quit? Then don't smoke!), but it's the little things like that which will see you through.

Good luck dude!
 
#19
I gave up about three years ago now. I was only smoking ten a day. I just say to myself that if i have another one today, it'll be another three years before i can say that i've been stopped for three years!! The same theory worked at two weeks, two months etc. A mate at work tried the same aproach and it worked for her as well.

As others have said though, you have to want to stop in the first place.
 
#20
Let your mates know you are giving up - tell them if they catch you smoking or catch you asking for a fag to punch you. Flip side if they offer you a fag you get to punch them. :thumright:

Tescos are doing some quite helpful free advice packs at the moment, also try a short hobby you can do when you get a craving. (My forearms have never been so strong!)

CC_TA
 

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