How bad tempered do you get when you quit smoking?

#1
Still off the smokes thank God and have not murdered anyone and the new mrs has not run away, God bless her.

Am also begining to feel "normal" again after nearly three weeks of hell.

Was wondering how grumpy other arssers became when trying to quit the smokes as I have dropped down from 60 a day to zero and now suspect that it is amongst the hardest things I have ever done.

If anybody could share stories it would be good, as it does feel like you are going round the bend in the worst phases.
 
#2
Never smoked, so remain an even tempered smug cunt, unaffected by the girlie mood swings you're subject to, all the while pissing on the chips of those trying to quit.
 
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Mark The Convict

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#4
Hang in there Bushy, you don't want to have to do it all again, it sounds bloody awful :shock: OT, but I can vouch for the efficacy of acupuncture/acupressure for chronic conditions, if there's a good practitioner nearby.
 

TheresaMay

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#5
My best mate was staying with me at the time. I decided to quit as a result of an argument / bet that he didn't think I could, he'd known me all these years etc.

Well I was quite a hyperactive child, and one thing quitting gave me was an abundance of extra energy and vitality. According to him I became an annoying twat of the highest order. Certainly tested our friendship anyway.

But it didn't last long anyway (the mood thing, I mean). I went back to being heavy and lethargic in precisely 4 months and 3 days.

Good luck, keep at it - just think of all those ribeye steaks you'll be getting the full flavour of :)
 
#6
Yes, the first few weeks of cold turkey are bad, but the monkey on your shoulder will be around for a while.

I reckon it was a year before cigarette smoke started to smell nasty and I'd move away from other smokers, took me many attempts before I made, so good luck.

I reckon I'd be dead by now otherwise, my father was a heavy smoker and he only lasted to 54, I'm 62 now so hang in there.
 
#7
Fuck that. Smerking is big and clever. All the cool kids do it.

I once went 24 hrs without smoking.

The patio has never looked better.
 
#8
I'd stop smoking if it wasn't so fucking awesome and it wouldn't mean I'd get stuck with a load of dullards in the pub, looking after the jackets of the fun people.
 
#9
Can someone "cock" him please?
 
#11
Nicotine must not really effect me as although I like to smoke a deck on a saturday night while out on the piss and have done since my late teens, I don't touch them otherwise through the week, and if I don't have a night out for a month I don't smoke for a month, without any cravings.
 
#14
#16
Nicotine must not really effect me as although I like to smoke a deck on a saturday night while out on the piss and have done since my late teens, I don't touch them otherwise through the week, and if I don't have a night out for a month I don't smoke for a month, without any cravings.
I smoked a couple of packs a week when I went through a 'bored and pissed off at every cunt more than usual' patch and stopped after I realised that fag money could be turned in to beer money by simply not smoking. Never any cravings, could go the rest of my puff (babum tish) without lighting another ciggie.

Used to have 1 or 2 when pissed but that was just because I didn't want to sit in the pub/house on my tod and after 'testing' myself to see if I could go a heavy night with no cigs I found that I didn't need or want any at all.

I've always been a grumpy bastard though.
 

Wordsmith

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#17
[Nerd mode on]

Nicotine affects your brain chemistry. Part of the way neurons send information to one another is via chemical signals. When you smoke, the nicotine makes it more difficult for those signals to be received, so your brain turns up the strength of the chemical signals to make sure they get through.

When you stop smoking you've got strong chemical signals but no nicotine to cut down the strength of those signals. So now the strong signals make you twitchy, etc because they're more powerful than needed. This situation will occur for several weeks until the brain recognises that it can turn down the strength of the chemical signals. And then the twitches will stop...

[/Nerd mode off]

Wordsmith
 
#18
It's reet easy to give up smoking.........
step 1...move to rural France (dons flak jacket)
step 2... forget to buy some during the week and decide to go buy some on a winter's sunday
step 3.... spend 2 hours looking for a tabac that's open
step 4.... carry on smoking until the next time you run out on a weekend in winter
step 5... say to your self " fuck driving around France for 2 hours just to buy some fags. I'll get some on monday"
step 6... remember the local (ish) tabac is shut mondays
step 7.. repeat to yourself over the next few hours " fuck it! I'll just give up and I'll have more money for sand, gravel, cement, paint and other house renovating shit"
step 8... post on ARRSE website so everyone knows how easy it is
 
#19
dont listen to anyone, since i quit smoking my life has been shit. without the aura of awesomeness shmerkin a bine (added points for zippo usage) brings to the party i'm clearly just a pasty ginger bloke.

and nobody likes that.
 
#20
It's reet easy to give up smoking.........
step 1...move to rural France (dons flak jacket)
step 2... forget to buy some during the week and decide to go buy some on a winter's sunday
step 3.... spend 2 hours looking for a tabac that's open
step 4.... carry on smoking until the next time you run out on a weekend in winter
step 5... say to your self " fuck driving around France for 2 hours just to buy some fags. I'll get some on monday"
step 6... remember the local (ish) tabac is shut mondays
step 7.. repeat to yourself over the next few hours " fuck it! I'll just give up and I'll have more money for sand, gravel, cement, paint and other house renovating shit"
step 8... post on ARRSE website so everyone knows how easy it is
My experience was eerily similar to this. I'd tried two or three times to stop previously, tried a pipe, but ended up smoking both. Then there was a mini-budget which put a packet of Rothmans up from 49p to 51p (that's how long ago it was). I ran out of ciggies on a Friday evening, couldn't be bothered to walk up to the shops to buy some more and never smoked again. Kept waiting for the yearning and withdrawal symptoms, but they never came. I am not sanctimonious about it, just don't need do do it anymore, but quite comfortable if others want to. I wish I could do the same with my weight.......
 
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