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11. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I quit smoking completely about 6 months ago, having cut down from 20 a day to 10 a day about a year and a half ago.

I feel a bit righteous saying this in a way but I can't believe how much it changed my life - saved loads of money, colours and tastes are brighter, my head is clearer - it is so worth it, and it's so difficult to see why when you are smoking (I smoked for about 12 years).

12. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1387 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting coco-chloe

I think the first three days were physically difficult because of the withdrawals but after that it has been this mind game. I have this dream where everyone is smoking around me. My boyfriend father smokes like a chimney and I notice daily so many people are smoking around me. I agree that I do not want to smoke anymore and that I have to cut off smoking like a bad boyfriend. Ha ha. It is a battle of wills.

In fact that is precisely what is happening, after a few days, you don't need the physically cigarettes anymore. After this point it is only in the mind. If you had moments that you always took a cigarette (after eating, behind the computer etc.), you might feel the urge to take a cigarette at those moments. Try to develop a new habit (doesn't have be candy) for these moments, and it makes it easier to don't get the impluse, you want a cigarette.

Keep it up !!

13. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I quit on Dec. 29 of this year. So far so good! If you find yourself struggling, you might want to pick up a book called "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" by Alan Carr. It's a lot of common sense, but it worked for me after many failed attempts. At this point, I find it disgusting again, which I think is a good step towards not wanting to restart.

The big test will be the next time I go travelling. That was always when I used it as a crutch the most.

14. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Smoking is the absolute worst thing that people can do for their health. Giving up is such a good thing to do.

I smoked in my late teens and early 20's (about 15 years ago now - yikes!), and was smoking up to a packet a day.

I gave up "cold turkey" and haven't had one since.

The trick I found helpfull was to view the cigarettes as your "enemy" and that it was either a "you win, or they win" battle.

The first few days were hell....I was waking up in the middle of the night dying for a smoke....but that eventually went.

Take it a day at a time, then week, then a month, and so on. Start exercising/jogging at the same time, so that you have a healthy hobby to pursue. You will feel bad on your first few runs; you can't run much as your fitness is shot, but watching and tracking your improvements proved a fantastic way for me to stay off the smokes.

Really, when you smoke you are committing slow motion suicide.

15. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting john7buck

I quit on Dec. 29 of this year. So far so good! If you find yourself struggling, you might want to pick up a book called "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" by Alan Carr. It's a lot of common sense, but it worked for me after many failed attempts. At this point, I find it disgusting again, which I think is a good step towards not wanting to restart.

The big test will be the next time I go travelling. That was always when I used it as a crutch the most.


Keep it up, John! It's good to hear that you're still out of it! ;)

And I think you mean Dec. 29 of LAST year.

16. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting mikeyBoab

Coco - any update???

Yeah, Lisa, any update? I hope you're still doing well there! :)

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