hi Im louise Im late forties and halfway through my 7th day nicotine free. Yay!!!!
I've been visiting this site since about 4 days before my quit started and im so thankful i found it. The ironic thing is before i quit i was so desperate to stop that i was searching for info on NRT gum as i had read it causes dental problems. Luckily I found this site instead - Im so lucky as I didnt fully understand additction.
After reading so much info here I now understand why nicotine gum would never have helped me.
I started 'messing about' with smoking in my mid teens and smoked properly by late teens. i managed to quit about 10 years later and i dont remeber it being too difficult - although it took ages to manage to actually start it and to stop hiding secret cigarettes for emergencies. (I knew so little then)
That quit lasted about a decade. I had children, life went on and I never thought about smoking. I stood near smokers with no worries - they were even surprise when i told them i used to smoke.
So about a decade after quitting I was offered one by a smoking friend.
i didnt understand the law of addiction then. I took the cigarette cos i thought that as id given up for so long I didnt need to smoke and i'd be ok.
Of course i choked and coughed. After that i had one every now and then that week and still thought i wasnt addicted. There was an emotional episode at the end of the week so i bought a packet as i thought it would help with stress.
You can guess the rest.
its now about 9 years later and i truly understand why that one cigarette was such a mistake.
This quit is so momentous for many reasons - i understand the alternative to stopping smoking and its scarey
i feel ive got a new life now and im so happy. I have down moments mainly through triggers that remind me i used to smoke in this or that situation. I just stay focused on why im doing it.
The first 3 days were hard but not impossible. Just never take another puff. Thats all I kept in my mind and im still keeping it now no matter how hard it gets.
And as everyone here says it will get better. i keep that in mind all the time. I try to think of when ive had flu or something. Its horrible but you know it wont last forever so you grin and bear it.
I wanted to post on my 4th day but email problems. So I'll be away form the pc for a while as im visiting family. This will be a new situation as many of them and other friends ill be meeting smoke. Ive been near smokers over the last few days - temporarily eg outside shops where someone is smoking and you can smell it but obviously family reunions last a bit longer than that.
But ive got so much armour now from you guys and the info on this site. I see it as having armour or ammunition so that ive got something at all times in my head whch stops me from ever having a puff.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you for this site