Have you given up smoking?

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  • seven-day-weekendseven-day-weekend Forumite
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    Gave up smoking about 17 years ago after having smoked for over twenty years.

    One day I was in church and after the service the pastor was praying for a man to stop smoking. I just suddenly thought 'it's now or never' and asked him to pray for me too. While he was praying I felt a force go right through me that nearly knocked me over. I gave up that day and had no withdrawal symptoms.

    I have not touched a cigarette since . I believe I was healed from the addiction that day.

    Haven't got a clue how much money I've saved, I used to smoke 30-40 Benson and Hedges a day, so it could even be tens of thousands.:eek:

    My husbands cousin has given up after forty years using some tablets she has been prescribed by the doctor and by attending a no-smoking clinic. It's been about six months now. I'm so proud of her.
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  • Just a note for anyone interested in trying Champix. I had excruciating stomach pains on it, it truly felt like I was being stabbed over and over. It took me a while to realise that if I took it immediately after eating a proper meal I suffered no side effects whatsoever. Hopefully this little tip might prevent others from having similar difficulties with this treatment :)
  • I guess everybody approaches quiting in different ways. I also was a 30-40 a day girl for almost 40 years. Last December my family invited me along for their Christmas trip to Austria and the ski slopes. I decided that I couldn't puff smoke all over my little nieces and decided there and then to quit. My Doctor had been hammering on at me for a few years and therefore supplied me with patches and the Nicorette inhalators. The inhalators were my saviour (and still are) great for all those moments when you automatically reach for a cigarette and they are not there. Times of stress, after meals etc. My 3 year old niece calls them my dummy.

    I think what has been the biggest surprise is how cigarettes stink. If I walk past someone smoking the smell is revolting and whenever I think I would love a fag I just have to remind myself of that stink.

    I think everyone who decides to quit has to wait for THAT moment, and it will happen. Good luck everyone.
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  • Ice_2Ice_2 Forumite
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    I quit on 29th May this year...I got lots of different things off my gp most didn't work for me...but the champix were great...I just had a pill once in the morning when I was gagging and once in the evening when I was gagging then over the next month I just took a pill when I was gagging for a cig...then I didn't need the pills...job well done...
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  • Clever you ICE - what works for some - the inhalators are my saviour. How are the old Moors? I am a Saltburn girl from origin - The Moors are the only place I have ever experienced pure and utter silence. A joy.
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  • Ice_2Ice_2 Forumite
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    Merrywidow wrote: »
    Clever you ICE - what works for some - the inhalators are my saviour. How are the old Moors? I am a Saltburn girl from origin - The Moors are the only place I have ever experienced pure and utter silence. A joy.
    wayhey...saltburn...I almost moved there...but got a windfall of cash so bought somewhere alot bigger and remote...its great...silence is golden golden sind along now...you can see Whitby in the distant down the valley...looks great day & night but glad I can sit & enjoy it now...& just enjoy the views...joyfull joyfull...I love NY :heartpuls Moors

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  • .........and then came winter.....do you have your own helecopter?

    Seriously it is a lovely part of the world. I married a Dutchman and moved to Holland in 1966 - dear Holland, flat as a pancake and not even a bump in the road - how I missed the Moors. Live now in a very hilly part of Kent, that too is lovely in its own way but not the peace and solitude of the Moors. Lucky you.
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  • Ice_2Ice_2 Forumite
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    Merrywidow wrote: »
    .........and then came winter.....do you have your own helecopter?

    Seriously it is a lovely part of the world. I married a Dutchman and moved to Holland in 1966 - dear Holland, flat as a pancake and not even a bump in the road - how I missed the Moors. Live now in a very hilly part of Kent, that too is lovely in its own way but not the peace and solitude of the Moors. Lucky you.
    its just what I needed after a hectic life now I can concentrate on writing my book...:D

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    1/ Get fit. 2/ Get my figure back. 3/ Get the MAN BACK! :kisses2::happylove
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