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No smoking , I think I've cracked it

  1. seanorjohn profile image80
    seanorjohnposted 5 years ago

    37 days without a real cig. Yes, I know I am cheating. I am on electronic cigs. But, hey, instead of taking in up to 1000 chemicals, I am just addicted to nicotine
    Family delighted. Not polluting the home. Feeling fitter. Living healthier. Saving money. Very excited.

    Tried so many times to give up and felt such a loser and failure. This is such an amazing experience. I will never buy cigs again.

    But, I know I must stop the electronic ones. But for me , the pressure is off.

    Good luck to all who are trying to quit.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image81
      Stevennix2001posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      congratulations seanorjohn, as not everyone can say that.  I had one person that i used to work with always claimed he'd quit, but he always went back to smoking.  i don't know what became of him, as i haven't seen him in years, but i know from talking to him, it's a very hard habit to break.  Therefore, i think you should be proud of yourself, as not everyone can quit like you have. smile

      1. seanorjohn profile image80
        seanorjohnposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Stevenix, I will never go back to real cigs. They are a killer. I just did not know how to stop until I came across electronic cigs. Now my challenge is to quit these electronic things. But it is for money reasons. I know I am no longer slowly killing myself with cancerous stuff.

        Thanks for your support. Sean

        1. mega1 profile image79
          mega1posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Hey, that's really, really, good news!  and congrats!  If the main reason is the money, then you have probably hit the happy formula that will keep you off em.  Now, remember, the euphoria is going to wear off a little, and people who are giving you strokes now are going to get used to you not smoking cigs and eventually not smoking at all - so be aware that you will have to finally pull the strength to stay a non-smoker out of your new self image as a non smoker.  Believe me, I know it can be done.  For me I just keep telling myself that it is not cut in stone and I may have to have one every now and then- because if I say I can't at all I will rebel right away.  Now this latest quitting purge has lasted over a year with only twice caving in - and then only slightly for an hour and then it was really easy not to start again, because it was so nasty!  I see myself as a non-smoker finally, after about 40 years of smoking on and off.  Now, no one says anything about it and when I get a craving I know I COULD, but I don't.  I even have emergency cigs - but they are probably stale by now.  Now I do feel healthier, but I have a better opinion of myself!  really really worth all the struggling.  Good for you!

          1. seanorjohn profile image80
            seanorjohnposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks Mega, and well done to you for giving up. I did run out of electronic cigs for one day and I bought some roll up tobaccco. I always hated buying this stuff and only did because it was cheaper than packs of cigs. So I think I have got through this psychological thing. If I am desperate and have run out of electronics, I will buy roll ups but not real cigs. I love going to the local shop and only spending 20 pence for a newspaper. I used to have to hand over a £10 NOTE. bUT IT IS NOT ABOUT THE MONEY>  Caps mistake  I just was scared to take the drugs to get me free from cigs. Heard about people dying. Knew I did not have the willpower.Failed every time with othjer methods. Got into bad moods and felt sick with all sorts when I tried to give up. So I am truly elated that I know I can stop smoking the deadly cigs.

            Thanks again for your support.

            1. mega1 profile image79
              mega1posted 5 years ago in reply to this

              My brother saved the money he would have spent on cigs in a big jar on top of his fridge he filled it up several times and  when he cashed it all in it was enough to help his daughter buy her first car!  And that was before they got to costing over $5 a pack. 

              I just know that I never quit, really, until I got all the nicotine craving out of my system - and that took months.  I still occasionally (just last night) crave to go smoke one, and I could because I have them, but I don't because usually its just too much trouble to dig them out of the old suitcase in the back of my closet (another good tip - put them somewhere it takes several minutes to get to them)  I am fascinated with other people's quitting processes because its not just cigs with me (but we won't get into that - not drugs or sex lol, more like behaviors)

  2. KCC Big Country profile image83
    KCC Big Countryposted 5 years ago

    Congrats! That's a big deal.  My ex-husband quit smoking by switching to e-cigs.  He's talked to a lot of people that were able to lower the nicotine in their e-juice until they were able to quit completely.  Like you said, even with what you've done so far, you've still gotten rid of all the tar and horrible chemicals/additives.

    1. seanorjohn profile image80
      seanorjohnposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks KC, I am so surprised that I took to this. Now I know I can get rid of this disgusting habit. Hey, I could never say such things. Hope I don't turn in to a fanatical non smoker. ( don't know how to put that smiley face up)
      Thanks for your support.

  3. Tams R profile image85
    Tams Rposted 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Quitting smoking is no small feat and you should be very proud of yourself. Just think in a few short years you'll be good as new and your lungs will like you never smoked. By then you could have saved all your previous money spent smoking to buy a car! Bravo!

    1. seanorjohn profile image80
      seanorjohnposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Tams, it has made a difference to the whole family because I smoked in the house  at nighttime. Hope you have finally kicked the habit. I read on your hub how you once gave up for 5 years.So, you know you can do it. I am delighted to be over 5 weeks.

 
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