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Hello from the UK, just signed up today as I plan to try and start my quit journey tomorrow, Monday 20th April 2020. I am 28 years old and starting to smoke is the biggest regret of my life so far, I started about 8 years ago. I don't want to be a smoker when I am 30 and I feel that it has already started to impact on my health. I have acid reflux and get chest pains and a raw feeling in my lungs on and off, I can tell that this habit is damaging my health and just doesn't agree with me. So I am taking the plunge and trying to give myself the best chance so wanted to share my story and take motivation from others. I have tried in the past but I don't think I really believed I could quit. I have been testing my willpower in small ways over the last year and making positive changes in my lifestyle which have helped with my self belief. I now exercise more and eat better and recently managed to give up chocolate for lent! (big deal for me as I am a major chocoholic!). These small achievements have given me confidence and have helped show me that I can make positive changes. So I am now keen to keep the momentum going and kick the habit! So tomorrow is day 1 for me, attempting cold turkey first (as we are in lockdown so can't really go out too often) but may try NRT if needed. However, I live with a partner who smokes and I don't think he is in the right place to quit right now, worried that he will set me back and would be appreciative of any advice for quitting with an ongoing smoker in the house!? Anyway, I intend to try and update regularly (just to track my own progress) so wish me luck :)
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