I used to smoke 20-25 a day for about 38 years then my daughter said that she wanted her son (my grandson) to be able to take me for his first legal pint when he's 18. That concentrates the mind, only 14 years to go!
I gave up New years day 2007, I know it's normally a bad idea, but this time it's worked so far.
For those of you still struggling....heres a thought. I smoked 20 a day @ £5.00 a pack (approx). So on !st Jan 2008, I will have saved £1825.00.
Apart from the health benefits and my food tasting better, (plus it's one less thing for Mrs Slaw to nag about) I can now afford a VERY expensive bottle of single malt....what's that dearest...no, no ..i'm not going to waste it.
I stopped smoking for 2 weeks and did the old "Just one won't hurt" after a bad day at work (I work in sales) and since then have found myself buying the obligatory pack of 10 each morning I've got Nicotine gum (2Mg) but its the actual smoking itself that gets me - inhale/exhale, any ideas would be great as I hate the fact I smoke due to what it does to my health but find myself yearning for "One More Cigarette" on a daily basis!
I don't think there is really much more to it than determination.
I've been where you are, and I'm not sure you can actually quit if you're not 100% that you want to.
I find thinking about how less tired I am, and that my mouth isn't rank when I wake up keeps me going. Its a mental game!
(Only done almost 2 weeks though, I'm hoping there is more to come!)
Hubs and I quit smoking 22 months ago. Just before we quit there had been a push in the workplace to convince folks to quit so there was a ton of support and quitting gadgets around.
There was a book being passed around called, Easy Way to Quit Smoking by Allan Carr. Hubs brought it home, we both read it and each of us quit. The book is cheesy, poorly written and at times it drove me to distraction with it's repeativeness but there was something on one of the pages that made the penny drop for me and I found quitting much easier. I managed to quit without ripping out the lungs of people at work, tearing hubby's head off or turning into a bag of nervous, withdrawal jelly and without using any gums, patches or putting on pounds from over eating.
I looked at the hubs on the day I quit and said, "I've done the smoking thing for the last 20 years, think I'll try the quitting thing for the next 20 and see how things go."