Have you given up smoking?

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  • jakjak Forumite
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    Buying the patches worked for me. The first time I tried to give up, I did 5 months and got the patches for free on smokestop. Now I gave up paying for the patches- did the whole 10 weeks! Cost a fortune but been smoke free for nearly a year now!
    It took that amount of money to motivate me!
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  • MerrywidowMerrywidow Forumite
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    I smoked 30 a day for 45 years. My doctor prescribed patches, pills and eventually inhalents. It was the inhalents (like a plastic cigarette with a nicotine hit)that helped me to stop on the third attempt. Mid December 2007. I recommend them for those after meal moments and times of stress that sent me running to the paper shop. Its now 5 months on and have not smoked but I do still have a puff on my inhalent in the evening. My grandaughter calls it "Nanna's dummy". Savings? Give or take £1200 so far.
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  • bryanbbryanb Forumite
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    I gave up in 1982 when cigs were much cheaper, I guess I haven't saved much cash? Feels better though.
    This is an open forum, anyone can post and I just did !
  • I had my last cigarette on 15 March 2008 and according to Silkquit I have
    saved £305.70 and have not smoked 1301 cigarettes (I was on 20 a day). Allen Carr did it for me as well.

    I wanted to respond to this:
    marleyboy wrote: »
    I havent as yet given up, I tried in the past but gave up trying, Im now at the stage where I dont want to give up, as I smoke 20 a day easily, I can see how much I would save by doing so, but I think its a case of giving up because I want to, not because I am pressured to. I just dont think I want to. Am I wrong in that???

    You have to wait until you are ready, and ignore any comments about stopping smoking. You will know when the time is right and any attempts to stop earlier than when you are ready will end in failure, which will make you feel bad.

    When the time is right, you will stop smoking.
  • MaadyMaady Forumite
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    viktory wrote: »
    I had my last cigarette on 15 March 2008 and according to Silkquit I have
    saved £305.70 and have not smoked 1301 cigarettes (I was on 20 a day). Allen Carr did it for me as well.

    I wanted to respond to this:



    You have to wait until you are ready, and ignore any comments about stopping smoking. You will know when the time is right and any attempts to stop earlier than when you are ready will end in failure, which will make you feel bad.

    When the time is right, you will stop smoking.


    Im ok with smokin....dnt wanna quit now....only been smokin for 4 odd years.... I will agree with vik u noe... will quit wen I am ready...otherwise everythin is SMOKINNNNNNNNNNNNNN
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  • mzdotokaymzdotokay Forumite
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    I only smoke about 20 a week so the habit doesnt break the bank but would like to give up for my health. . . just lacking in self motivation!
  • marleyboy wrote: »
    I havent as yet given up, I tried in the past but gave up trying, Im now at the stage where I dont want to give up, as I smoke 20 a day easily, I can see how much I would save by doing so, but I think its a case of giving up because I want to, not because I am pressured to. I just dont think I want to. Am I wrong in that???

    hi just wanted to share my partner's experience. He was smoking 20 cigerettes a day, he wanted to give up but had tried everything and failed.He was told about a book "give up smoking the easy way" by Allen Carr.(NOT THE COMEDIAN.)HE BROUGHT THE BOOK £5.50 FROM ASDA.He hasn't smoked since that was 18months ago.DON'T TRY PATCHES GUM OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT THEY ARE SUBSTITUTES.This book makes you realise you can stop and never start again, he is proof.thousands have stopped with it.
  • mzdotokay wrote: »
    I only smoke about 20 a week so the habit doesnt break the bank but would like to give up for my health. . . just lacking in self motivation!

    hi just wanted to share my partner's experience. He was smoking 20 cigerettes a day, he wanted to give up but had tried everything and failed.He was told about a book "give up smoking the easy way" by Allen Carr.(NOT THE COMEDIAN.)HE BROUGHT THE BOOK £5.50 FROM ASDA.He hasn't smoked since that was 18months ago.DON'T TRY PATCHES GUM OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT THEY ARE SUBSTITUTES.This book makes you realise you can stop and never start again, he is proof.thousands have stopped with it.
  • I gave up 4 years ago and started running to loose weight.
    I did the Bungay marathon on the 6th april this year.
    On the 7th I started smoking again,I could kick myself
    Owing on CC £00.00 :j

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  • almar_2almar_2 Forumite
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    I smoked from the age of 11 until I was 40. At school we used to buy singles for 5p each and go behind the bike shed. I found it really hard to give up and failed many times. In the end I was smoking 40 a day and spending a fortune on it.

    My OH gave up smoking ten years before me by sucking on an empty pipe whenever he felt like a smoke. The kids hated me smoking and stuck no smoking signs up all over the house. But still I couldnt quit. I did go into the garden to smoke though.

    The turning point came one winter when we had to start going outside at work to smoke. Me and all the other smokers were crammed into a freezing cold, purpose made bus shelter puffing our lives away. I just thought... this is stupid... and stopped smoking there and then.

    I kept hold of one ciggie in the drawer as a standby if I cracked and I was very bad tempered at first, but I got a lot of encouragement from my family. I also kept hold of a pen as I was used to always having a ciggie in my hand, I supose these days I would have used a dummy cigarette, we didnt have them or patches then. That was 13 years ago and I am happy to say that I have never smoked since.

    I think you have to really be in the right frame of mind to stop and have the determination. It is hard at first but it really does get easier as each no smoking day goes by.

    The incentives are vast - giving up will definately save you a fortune, your clothes/hair/breath/home/car wont stink anymore and the cost of yours and your families health will greatly benefit. The sooner you give up the better off your life, lifestyle and family will be - if you can't do it for yourself then do it for them.
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