I have been stalking this site for the last 24 hours and decided to join because I know I am finally ready to quit nicotine and would appreciate support and friendship for my journey. I’ll share my highlights from a life of smoking and attempting to quit so you know my history. I have fought this nasty addiction for decades and am sick of it. I know that it will take me out if I do not quit.
Started smoking at 18- am currently 52. Pretty much a pack a day smoker until about 3 years ago.
Have been trying to quit all my life thru various methods..cold turkey, NRT losenges, medication. I successfully stopped for 3 years after getting hypnotized, but sadly saw a friends pack lying around, and out of sheer boredom, picked one up and started right back.
I have gone thru the first 3 days probably 10 times cold turkey pretty easily but have actually restarted every time after about a week because I was doing it successfully, and was actually afraid I might be successful!! How cray is that?? The long term fear that I could never have a cig again messed with my head and I would always lose the psychological battle.
I don’t mean to upset anyone but about 3 years ago, I went to vaping. While I still had cigs here and there, I vaped 95% of the time. To me, it was no different then a Nicotrol Inhaler. Being a jogger all of my life, I could exercise better and I no longer stank. What I realized though was I could vape where I couldn’t previously smoke so it became like a 3rd lung. I was vaping in the house, bathroom, car..places where I would never let myself smoke! I also noticed that I got vaper’s tongue where I could no longer differentiate any flavor on my tongue.
A week ago, I threw my vape, juice and all equipment away. I have been managing this week on the remaining tubes of Nic losenges that I had in the house. I have 3 or 4 4 mg losenges a day right now. I want to end all of it!! So my plan is to finish up the losenges and stop all of it. I will reread Allen Carr’s book this weekend and intend to be cold turkey within a couple days. I have cut down my coffee, removed all alcohol and bought lite cranberry juice. Anybody who feels that my story resonates with them, or can offer tips, advice or support- I appreciate it!! I need to beat this. This Time. Or I will die trying.
All of your stories and journeys give me such hope and strengthen my confidence. I am in awe and very jealous of all of you and your success!! Please help me to be successful too!
🙏 Thank you
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