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    • Fisharefriendsnotfood
    • By Fisharefriendsnotfood 8th Mar 16, 4:50 AM
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    Giving up smoking
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    • 8th Mar 16, 4:50 AM
    Giving up smoking 8th Mar 16 at 4:50 AM
    It's 4.42am, I've been up since 3am. I decided yesterday that I wasn't smoking anymore. Had my last one about 3pm. I do have an e cig thing but struggling a bit with that if I'm honest.
    I smoke far to much, for far to many years and I keep getting chest infections. I need to stick around for my daughter.
    I am hoping others on here can offer advice. What worked for you? I feel intensely irritated and have right twitchy muscles. How long does all this last?
    I've smoked for over 30 years, apart from when I was pregnant. Which, funnily enough was easy to give up when pregnant. Blue lines visible, never touched a fag??
    I will not be getting pregnant btw!!
    I'm aware this is a bit rambly but I'm trying to keep myself occupied so I don't cave and go buy fags. I really want to stop smoking.
    Any advice, support, secret knowledge, anything will be very welcome.
    Thank you. Fi
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    • tealady
    • By tealady 8th Mar 16, 5:39 AM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 5:39 AM
    Hi
    You could go to your chemist and ask if they have a quitting smoking class. Also you may be able to get a course of nicotine replacement for te price of one prescription.
    When I gave up it was with a combination of willpower and patches (tried the gum and thought it was vile).
    Some people swear by reading stop smoking books acupuncture or hypnosis
    I also found that putting my cig money aside each week helped, I was horrified to see how much money went up in smoke (literally). I knew someone years ago who paid for a trip to America for themselves and their family with cig money.
    HTH
    Proud to be an MSE nerd
    Judge people by their achievements, not by their mistakes
    • Caz3121
    • By Caz3121 8th Mar 16, 7:21 AM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 7:21 AM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 7:21 AM
    stopped in July last year by moving to vapeing. wasn't a heavy smoker - 10-15 a day (for 30+ years) but amazed myself by how 'easy' it was. I am still vapeing on the lowest nicotine level but cutting back on that too. The thing that stops me smoking again is the smell....they do say ex-smokers are the worst!...good luck
    • so very confused
    • By so very confused 8th Mar 16, 7:44 PM
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    so very confused
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    • 8th Mar 16, 7:44 PM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 7:44 PM
    Don't know where you are in the country but look up local Smoking quit service. I have smoked forever but finally stopped with their support.
    I used nicotine replacement. In the past I had failed with this. It was explained to me that you need both patches and in my case inhalators not just one product. It worked....see my badge!
    It's also sometimes cheaper than buying them direct (free if you don't pay for prescriptions) but if you have to pay for them, check on the internet.....often much cheaper than shops.
    Good luck.
    SCP # 034
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    • GFN123
    • By GFN123 8th Mar 16, 9:32 PM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 9:32 PM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 9:32 PM
    Probably the best thing you can do is read 'the Easy way to stop smoking ' which is frankly incredible. The book is cheap to buy and I found it made stopping easy and enjoyable (I know, sounds suspicious but true!)

    Hypnosis helped me too, free stuff on YT (there's lot but this one really worked for me https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gcosBFS7lA8 )

    Lastly well done! Stopping is great and worth all your efforts I smoked for over 23 years and not a day goes by im not delighted that I don't anymore!
    Proud to be a moneysaver
    • piglet74
    • By piglet74 8th Mar 16, 11:04 PM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 11:04 PM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 11:04 PM
    I never smoked, but I am always on a "diet", I think that if you can just get past that five minutes where you really crave something, paint you nails, brush your teeth and then use a strong mouthwash, hop in the shower, anything to pass a few minutes,
    Good luck ��
    • Fisharefriendsnotfood
    • By Fisharefriendsnotfood 14th Mar 16, 2:38 PM
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    • 14th Mar 16, 2:38 PM
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    • 14th Mar 16, 2:38 PM
    Just a quick update. A week today and I still HAVENT smoked!!!
    I've cleaned, cooked, cleaned some more. Oh and bought some new chalk paint!!!
    I've had grand chats with myself and not so grand chats but I am starting to feel a little bit proud of myself now.
    Thank you for all your replies xxx
    • jennyo
    • By jennyo 14th Mar 16, 6:18 PM
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    • 14th Mar 16, 6:18 PM
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    • 14th Mar 16, 6:18 PM
    Just a quick update. A week today and I still HAVENT smoked!!!
    I've cleaned, cooked, cleaned some more. Oh and bought some new chalk paint!!!
    I've had grand chats with myself and not so grand chats but I am starting to feel a little bit proud of myself now.
    Thank you for all your replies xxx
    Originally posted by Fisharefriendsnotfood
    You should be proud of yourself, that's fabulous. It's hard work, but worth it.
    Debt Free Dec 2009
    non-smoker 19th Nov 2010
    Trying to lose weight 40lb/42lb

    • thedog'sgrave
    • By thedog'sgrave 4th Oct 17, 10:09 AM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 10:09 AM
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    February 1977 - Bought 200 cigarettes every day Mon to Fri - Put 5 packets on front of my desk with boxes of matches and ash-trays.

    I was with the Senior Shop-Steward (I'll call him Paddy) and out of the blue he bet me £5 that I couldn't stop smoking. I put a £5 note on my desk and told him to do the same and then put the £10 into my office safe.

    Roll on to approx. 9pm on the 28th June 1995 when I got a phone call asking me to go to St. James's Hospital (Dublin) where I saw Paddy. A very unwell person with tubes everywhere.

    He said in a very weak voice to me " It's a pity I didn't keep to that £5 bet as you did".

    I stayed with him until around 1:30am and 2 hours later arrived home only to be met with my wife who told me that Paddy's wife had phoned to say that Paddy died at 2.30am.

    The next time you put a cigarette into your mouth and just think of Paddy and what happened to him.
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