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Hi All

 

As per the title, I have now reached SEVEN months smoke-free; HOORAY for me!

 

(Er... sorry, but I am proud of myself...)

 

What's my story? The short version is that I was a smoker for about 35 years, but now I am in the process of stopping; if anyone wants a more complete version, see the OP in the thread SIX MONTHS Smoke Free!!! (I wrote 10-15 paragraphs there, not going to write it again.)

 

I know that there are many others who are trying to quit; how's everyone doing? I am not going to name names as I deeply appreciate the anonymity of being able to discuss this issue, but you know who you are! How's it going?

 

If you are currently a smoker and thinking of stopping (and by reading this, you are), please drop a word or two. There is some great wisdom here (from others!) and they are willing to help.

 

There is no good reason to be a smoker. Anyone care to debate that sentence?

 

Happy Smoke-Free Songkran!

 

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same as my story, stopping was pretty easy once i could no longer breath,

it was the incentive that was required to do it.

i used snus/snuff over the transition, and drank only water since

anything else trigger smoke cravings

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27 minutes ago, greenchair said:

I stopped smoking many years ago. 

Part of the technique was to go on my journey quietly. The reasoning is that after you tell people that you have stopped. you immediately have a feeling of panic, that you cannot smoke for fear of failure. This fear eventually causes you to fail. 

I prefer to use the concept of just for this moment, I will enjoy not smoking. I don't think about tomorrow. I have to say my life has been great since I started my wonderful journey. 

Your "problem" works two ways for some the accountability helps for others like you it works against them. 

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55 minutes ago, greenchair said:

I stopped smoking many years ago. 

Part of the technique was to go on my journey quietly. The reasoning is that after you tell people that you have stopped. you immediately have a feeling of panic, that you cannot smoke for fear of failure. This fear eventually causes you to fail. 

I prefer to use the concept of just for this moment, I will enjoy not smoking. I don't think about tomorrow. I have to say my life has been great since I started my wonderful journey. 

Interesting post, but I don't completely agree.

 

For what it's worth, in real life I never say a single word about quitting; if someone notices it I say "yes, trying to quit" and rapidly change the subject. However, that is my approach and I really hesitate to advocate any single solution; I think the goal is to quit and whatever method is effective for you is good. If you feel the best way for you to quit is to scream from rooftops, then go for it!

 

I do make an exception to my views above here on TVF; clearly I am willing to talk about it. In my particular case, I deeply appreciate the help and support already given (see threads four/five/six months smoke free) and feel that it has been a definite contributing factor in my success to date (thanks again, all!). The reason that I am willing to discuss the matter here is that I have anonymity, and that is why I do not name names (even user names) in my posts; it is that ability to talk about it privately/anonynimously which I find helpful.

 

Finally, after numerous discussions here, I have learned that there are several methods/paths to stopping and I would encourage people to use what is good for them. Personally, I knew that going 'Cold Turkey' was the only possible way in my case, but others have reduced their daily smokes slowly down to zero, some have used drugs to help, still others have used hypnosis. Whatever works is good; the method is far, far less important than the goal.

 

"...I have to say my life has been great since I started my wonderful journey...."

 

I agree 100%, well-said and Amen!

 

Cheers and good luck!

 

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Well done. 11 years for me.I used hypnosis and guided meditation. Harnessed the power of my unconscious mind. I was on 60 a day plus. One of my affirmations was : "Smoking is bad for my body but I need my body to live".

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15 months now, it's great to come on here and see other people succeed too

 

May we all remain nicotine free forever

 

But I never forget I am only free today, I see movies where people are smoking and it pisses me off that I can't do it anymore...but it will kill me so I just have to put up with it...as we all do

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I'm going to give it a go and decided that I don't want a vape either as seems like prolonging the agony.

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Well done 7 years for me and now I wonder what I ever saw in such a filthy, smelly self destructive habit. The after taste in your mouth is particularly foul and crikey how smokers smell. Keep it up there is nothing to go back to.

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I'm a lifer I must admit, and I'm not so bothered about it, as it doesn't seem to have impaired me.  I gave up for about 6 or 7 years ago but truly felt something enjoyable was missing.  Given the choice I'd vape, but you know dark age Thailand!  

 

Each to his own I guess.

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3 hours ago, fanjita said:

I'm going to give it a go and decided that I don't want a vape either as seems like prolonging the agony.

Not much opportunity in Thailand, is there?  Vaping is the best of both worlds imo.

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On 19/04/2018 at 6:55 PM, The manic said:

Well done. 11 years for me.I used hypnosis and guided meditation. Harnessed the power of my unconscious mind. I was on 60 a day plus. One of my affirmations was : "Smoking is bad for my body but I need my body to live".

 

Yep, hypnotherapy worked for me - never would have believed it,

 

 

14 years.

 

Best £250 I have ever spent.

 

(well apart from the Brazilian girl in......... but that’s another story).

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9 minutes ago, mommysboy said:

Not much opportunity in Thailand, is there?  Vaping is the best of both worlds imo.

 

Vaping isn’t giving up though, is it?

 

IMO vaping is akin to suckling on a dummy when your mother’s tit has dried up.....

 

Changing long-standing habits is what it is about.

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2 minutes ago, Jip99 said:

 

Vaping isn’t giving up though, is it?

 

IMO vaping is akin to suckling on a dummy when your the tit has dried up.....

 

Changing long-standing habits is what it is about.

 

They're really good.  Maybe you had a duff experience with a poorly set up pen.

 

Well, for me.. Why give up something you enjoy if it has been made safe?.  Ok, nicotine is a bit dangerous, but nothing that a good diet, moderation and a bit of exercise can't counter-act. Why is giving up necessary then?

 

I must admit I got to the stage with alcohol where I started to hate it, so  it was easy to pack in.  So, if you feel like that with smoking then fair enough.  

 

Each to their own?

 

 

 

 

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