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I now class myself as a non smoker and feeling good about it.
I have been reading other newcomers stories and I have to say don't compare yourself to other people that are going through the same thing.
I think this is a personal journey and while it's ok to read and get advice and inspiration from other people, you have to do this for yourself. You have to have a reason to give up whether it be health, or you are just sick of it any reason is a good reason and you have to keep this in your mind daily because giving up is a daily battle, if not an hourly battle for some.
My reason for quitting was my 20month old grandson. I was on my daughters balcony having a smoke one day and he was watching me through the glass door; I immediately thought to myself "this is not good". Other reasons for quitting were my health and the cost of the smokes always going up.....I couldn't afford them anymore.
I also think you have to be in the right head space and really want to give up. It took me a few goes but to be honest I didn't want to stop them. My first attempt I used the patches and lasted 3 months and that bloody nicotine devil convinced me that one puff wouldn't hurt....I should have ignored the little bugger. The second attempt I tried Champix but that didn't last long as it made me so sick, the loo became my constant companion.
Then I woke up one day and thought "I'm sick of this cough and foul taste and I'm not enjoying them anymore" so off to the Dr and got some more Nicabate patches and I haven't looked back.
Sure there were times when I wanted a smoke but I just focused on my grandson. Even now if I'm doing something I will start looking for my smokes and then the penny drops so I just continue with what I was doing.
If you really want to give up, you can!!! It's not easybut if I can do it anyone can.
Good luck to everyone that is battling this dreadful nicotine devil and just keep kicking him off your back.
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