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Posted in Quit experiences 09 Feb 2019

only 8 days for me but what a difference in breathing already, a bit hard changing routines ingrained over close on 50 yrs but I wish I'd made the effort much sooner

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  • Red-67 February 10, 2019 | 1:26
    Welcome dpen :)
    That's great ! If you can do a week, you can put them behind you forever ! Let us know how you are doing it. Cold turkey, NRT, Champix, etc .. ?
    I feel the same. Wish I had done it many years ago, or even never started..
    It was 45+ years for me, and soon to be 2 years free of them. You can do it too.. It helps to really make up your mind, that you never want another one. You don't crave something you don't want. Plus understand that we were just a slave to a little tube of tobacco. Let yourself really think about that. This can be as easy as you make it..
  • dpen, Murrumbidgee February 10, 2019 | 4:13
    got a shock when put on a portable lung capacity tester, got a script for patches ($6 against $53 retail) which seem to take the edge off (or so I've convinced myself), took a tip from an Alan Carr book & kept to pretty much the same routine (beer, socialising etc), within 1 day the smell of the smoking area at the club was offensive and cig smoke was making me cough
  • Red-67 February 10, 2019 | 4:22
    Great. I hear the book is really good. It seems that I just fell into the same idea. I believe, the sooner you meet those triggers head on, the faster you get free.. I went out, had my coffee, or my bourbon, sitting right next to lighter, ash tray, and, an unopened pack. My wife did not know I had quit, for 3 weeks :) I had cut down over a few weeks, then went cold turkey.. Miserable withdrawal for about 3 weeks, but never wanted, or craved for another smoke. You will love being free from them :)
  • Happiness February 10, 2019 | 10:41
    Welcome dpen. I am sure many of us wish we had quit decades ago. We have this wonderful site with support, ideas and tools to use in abundance. Red67 has already explained about our belief in the Mindset to another newcomer today. Read and Learn. Knowlege is Power!
  • Kitty-capricious, Mid North Coast February 10, 2019 | 14:20
    Hello nice to meet you,
    We can do this! You are doing a great job.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW February 10, 2019 | 15:02
    Sounds like you have got it beat!
    Enjoy your time having a drink at the club or at home,,,,,but beware,,,,too much alcohol has let my guard down in the past,,,,even after 2 months
  • dpen, Murrumbidgee February 11, 2019 | 2:51
    I agree Puff, that's been my downfall in the past, one thing I've found is no matter what I'm doing, when I get the "taste" for a smoke a piece of chewing gum (Extra brand) takes the taste away, may only have it for a few minutes but, anything to help. Biggest thing right now is the brain saying "go on, have a smoke & see what it tastes like", another trap I've fallen into before as I know there is no such thing as "1 cigarette"

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