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Make forced breaks count

Posted in Reasons to quit 05 Sep 2018

I am divorced and earlier this summer in August (I am from Chicago) I had a planned vacation to London with my 9 year old son. I have been smoking since I was 25 but always wanted to quit.

On August 3rd Friday, I smoked my last cigarette before I went to pick up my son from his mom's place to catch our flight to London. I left the cigarette packet on the kitchen island.

The 7 days in London and Paris passed with me and my son making memories for a lifetime. We watched shows (Hamilton, Les Miserables) we watched cricket at Lords and had great food. At this point, I had no intention of quitting smoking but also didn't want to smoke while he was with me.

Once we returned, I had every intention of smoking a cigarette from the packet I had left at home but a part of me was also toying with the idea of resisting that initial cigarette when I reached home and see how long I can last without one. I had already lasted 7 days without any cravings. Those 7 days however were different. Not routine. It was easy to keep my mind off smoking. While I experienced insomnia, coupled with the Jet Lag it didn't seem smoking related. I knew when I got back home, returning to my routine would be triggers for me to start smoking.

When I got home after dropping my son, I saw the cigarette packet staring at me. I took a cigarette out, put it near my nose and started looking for a lighter. Then something told me to not smoke. instead I held the half consumed packet under running water and discarded the packet into the garbage

I am 33 days smoke free as of today. Cold Turkey. I want to remember my vacation with my son as a trigger to get me off cigarettes. Now every time i get a craving, I think of how one puff would ruin memories on my vacation with my son and pull through

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  • Red-67 September 05, 2018 | 6:47
    Hi , Aniruddha, and Welcome :)
    I too am in the states, South MS, and also quit cold turkey. By now, at a month, your body is free of nicotine, and you could be free of cravings. If you really make that smoke something you don't WANT, learn to think like a non smoker, there is nothing to crave. Rejoice in the freedom. We were just a slave to a cigarette. Once I realized that, after 45 years, a blind, stupid, smoker, I had to quit. That was over 18 months ago now.. You can do it too. Just let go of any idea that there is anything to miss, or ever want again.. It's great to be free :)
  • Haydee September 05, 2018 | 18:11
    Good job on quitting! I'm cold turkey also, over 2wks in. Looking forward to getting to a month myself. I think kids are a big motivator in putting cigarettes down for life. One of my reasons amongst many for quitting was my teenage daughter. All the best on your quit journey!
  • weewillem December 31, 2018 | 18:03
    Good work Aniruddha. I am interested in the fact that you found it quite straight forward to change your 'habit' when away from the normal environment and thereby ditch the addiction
  • Aniruddha January 01, 2019 | 0:10
    I have begun to think that simple distraction as a strategy to quit smoking works. I honesty had no cravings whatsoever until about day 40 and my resolve had weakened due to me having drinking alcohol that evening. I resisted that and never had another urge as strong as that day. It helped that I also reduced my alcohol intake since that day.

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