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A healthier happy me

Posted in Reasons to quit 18 Feb 2018

I started smoking when I was 16yrs old. I am now 50 & I am starting to realise that the older I'm getting, the more at risk I am of horrid illnesses. To say that I've come this far without any overall health problems is possibly nothing but sheer luck! I am deciding to quit these wicked cigarettes that have held such a strong grasp on me for the last 34yrs. My quit date is the 19.2.18 as I do admit that I have a few to go & I'm done. For me it's also about the money as I have temporarily been out of work & they are no longer affordable.(possibly a blessing in disguise). What also encouraged my decision was I sat down with my calculator & calculated how much I will save by not smoking & it was very encouraging. I wish everybody on this site the best of luck in defeating this filthy habit as it CAN be done.

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  • LizaRokka, Northern Sydney February 25, 2018 | 21:59
    Hi there, I am 50 and smoked since I was 17. It was taking its toll on my health. My partner is away who smokes so thought perfect opportunity to stop whilst he is away for two weeks. Good luck with your journey.
  • Mrsbrown, Nepean Blue Mountains February 20, 2018 | 10:57
    Hi again mrsimon. Well I'm gonna be frankly honest with u I put my quit date at the 19th cos I thought if be finished but I finished my last 1 this morning & now the fun begins. Feeling a little panicked cos used 2 havin those horrible things with me all the time but like u said with time it will get easier. How r u progressing?
  • MrSimon February 20, 2018 | 10:38
    So ... How was your first day ? Survive ? : ) Hope it went well ..
  • Mrsbrown, Nepean Blue Mountains February 20, 2018 | 8:39
    Hi there red67. I'm currently doin the disposable ecig but this 1 doesn't have nicotine in it. All it does is help with the phychological side of things. You know, just helps with the 'feeling' of having a smoke in your hands. Of course nothing like the real thing but if it helps well then it's worth it. Whenever I feel a craving coming on I just pop some standard chewing gum in my mouth & that helps abit 2. So I'm givin it a good go. Although it was many years ago, I did manage 2 give them away 4 a couple of months & was doin great until I had an argument with my supervisor at work & that stuffed everything. Some people see that as just an excuse but 4 me it was a big trigger so now I know what 2 try & avoid. Thanks 4 all your tips. They r greatly appreciated.
  • Red-67 February 20, 2018 | 7:55
    I hate to use the term VAPING, because of the craze it has become. We are not out to replace one bad habit, with another one. I do recommend a disposable E-cig, 2.4% nicotine, or more, simply as fast acting NRT. You simply quit the smokes, and use the Ecig as a tool to get past hard cravings. You CAN be free of smokes, and the ecig, in a month, with little stress, with the right mindset.. Had I known, what I know now, it is the way I would have done it.. The next best thing would be the quick mist.. The Idea is to calm the nicodemon quickly, and getting farther and farther apart.. Patches, gum, and lozenges, keep a steady supply of nicotine in your system, so it takes much longer to wean off of them.. So you may quit smoking, but you stay a nicotine addict..
    Here, in the states, one disposable, a BLU 2.4%, for example cost about 7usd. It is about equal to 2 packs of smokes.. BUT just a puff, or two, as needed, it can last long enough to set you free..
  • Mrsbrown, Nepean Blue Mountains February 19, 2018 | 22:13
    Hi annajohn. Thanks 4 the link about capes. I looked into those the other day & I can't believe how expensive it can be but hey it's still a lot cheaper than smoking & healthier. ( I guess). Good luck.
  • Sharn, Mid North Coast February 19, 2018 | 19:12
    Hi Mrs Brown, I started at 16 too, now 45. I quit today. Wishing you all the best!
  • Mrsbrown, Nepean Blue Mountains February 19, 2018 | 10:48
    Thanks mrsimon. I'm on my way 2 the chemist right now 2 get some chewing gum (not nicotine patches) just standard chewing gum 2 help me get through the cravings a little easier. Cos I know they'll hit but I KNOW i can beat these bastards. (Excuse my language). Lol! Please keep me updated on ur progress & 2gether we WILL do this
  • MrSimon February 19, 2018 | 10:40
    Good luck for today, if you prepare for a real shi**y time, then you will be surprised that its not so bad , the first 2 days are the worse but nothing to worry about , just be determined that you are a non smoker now , and when the " pangs " come remember it is the nicotine addiction trying to get you back on them , its like a little monster , every pang you survive is a victory and a nail in the coffin for the nicotine monster :)
  • Mrsbrown, Nepean Blue Mountains February 19, 2018 | 8:29
    Morning everyone well this is it. The 19.2.18 the day I become smoke free for good. Please keep the positive comments coming as I know we are all on here for the same reasons & the more encouragement I get the more determined I will be to keep away from those evil cigarettes.
  • Red-67 February 19, 2018 | 2:32
    Hi MrsBrown :)
    I never wish anybody luck, in this fight.. I do wish you determination, and willpower :) If you let yourself really think about smoking, the money, the time we have to give it, the smell, the health issues, and the simple fact, that we are, or were, just a slave to a tube of tobacco. DUH ! As smokers, we are blinded to all that.. This fight is mostly in your head. Take control of your brain away from smoking, and make it something you just don't want.
    It will be the 19th, when you see this, so just do it ! Start your new life as a non smoker. It does feel great, to be free of them. :)
  • MrSimon February 18, 2018 | 22:47
    Ive got much the same story as you , started when 16 , am now 50 . Also I have never had a health issue , just pure luck . I gave up 6th feb , so I´m a newbie too . The first 2 days were the strong pang days , now I see a pang as a sign that im on the road to recovery and the nicotine is trying its best to get me back on it ( ok a bit melo dramatic lol ) Anyway good luck for your start date !

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