....to ask the smokers

(58 Posts)
HoHoHoNoYouDont Wed 30-Jan-13 23:41:34

...who enjoy smoking if a part of you really wants to give it up? If you do then what in your opinion do you think could really help you succeed?

Bogeyface Thu 31-Jan-13 00:14:45

Booze tastes better with fags

Fags taste better with booze

A very sad fact

WorraLiberty Thu 31-Jan-13 00:15:24

My Aunt is a social smoker and has been since she was a teenager (she's 84)

Every Thursday and Saturday night she goes to the British Legion to have a drink and play Bingo...and that's the only time she ever smokes.

But I've noticed that she...and all other 'social' smokers I know don't actually take the smoke right down into their lungs.

Not one part of me wants to give up

If I tried I could possibly kill someone grin seriously though they are my outlet. How this year has been lately I have started smoking more then usual to deal with it.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Thu 31-Jan-13 00:16:09

I blame the booze then because when I've had wine I always want to eat more!

worra I bet you were one of those kids in school that shouted "SPs ain't even taking it back!" weren't you? grin

WorraLiberty Thu 31-Jan-13 00:18:24

I was more crafty than that SP

I'd say, "Here, let me show you how to smoke that"...and then bugger off with it grin

When one cig went round a group of 6 grin

5madthings Thu 31-Jan-13 00:20:17

I gave up smoking for nine years and then started again!! Nine fucking years!! I then had post natal psychosis afyer ds4 abd started again it helped save my sanity.

Really i dont think its to much to ask that they invent a non harmful, non smelly cigarrette?? I am tempted by the ecig things but they look stupid, are they expensive?

flow4 Thu 31-Jan-13 00:22:19

I quit when my 13yo DS started. I rolled my own, and for a few months I kept thinking "Gosh, I smoked a lot yesterday", not realising that my DS was stealing pinches of my tobacco. I felt like his dealer.

Now he's 17 and I haven't smoked for 4.5 years. He has never stopped though. sad

WorraLiberty Thu 31-Jan-13 00:22:58

Yes the E.Cig looks stupid but honestly it's worth the money.

I bought E.Lites (lights??) can't remember and it was £40 with filters that were equivalent to 200 fags.

But they do a much cheaper starter kit.

freddiefrog Thu 31-Jan-13 00:24:00

I didn't really want to give up either but my kids nagged the daylights out of me and I had a bit of a word with myself over how much they were costing. If I had no kids and money was no object I'd probably never have given up

Champix works really well, every cigarette I had when taking them, tasted like I was licking an old ashtray and I got no enjoyment from them

WorraLiberty Thu 31-Jan-13 00:27:06

They do a starter kit for 7

I really wouldn't bother with the cheaper 'copies' as the ones I tried were shit.

What I liked about them was I could 'smoke' the E.cig as well as normal fags...unlike patches where you're not supposed to do both.

So I'd have a normal fag in the morning and then go onto the E.cig until say lunchtime where I'd have a normal fag...then 'smoke' the E.cig until the evening.

That cut me down to about 5 normal fags a day until I eventually gave them up...then the E.cig took about 4 months to give up after that.

But I had been a 40 a day smoker.

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 31-Jan-13 00:28:03

I've stopped a couple of times too, the longest was 18 months.
And I agree with others, I then felt 'safe', after all I'd stopped hadn't I?
So I'd take the occasional one, from a mate or a neighbour, and hey ho I was buying just ten, then twenty and within a matter of weeks I was a full time smoker again.
I sometimes wonder, if it was possible to buy single cigarettes, if that would help?
Then at least you could control how much you smoked, as it is you have to buy a packet of 20, and just get into that mindless habit of lighting up without thinking.

5madthings Thu 31-Jan-13 00:29:03

O might have a look then and they would mean i dont have to go stand in the garden when i want a fag!

WorraLiberty Thu 31-Jan-13 00:33:48

5mad oddly enough I still went outside to 'smoke' it when my mates went outside to smoke their fags grin

To tell the truth, I didn't buy it originally with a view to giving up.

I bought it because I was doing volunteer work in a school and I couldn't handle the thought of going 6 or 7 hours without a smoke...so I'd have a quick drag on it in the loo at lunchtime/break time.

But I eventually realised that it satisfied me as much as the fags did. Although I did get the odd craving for a real fag...especially after a meal but the beauty of it is you can still have those fags, until you're ready to give up totally.

5madthings Thu 31-Jan-13 00:39:16

Yes i may still go outside as it means i can escape ftom the madthings for 5mins, lovely as they are i need that break!

They look quite good and dp wants me to quit and i am doung the bupa 10k run for wooly hugs in may and am sure it will help with my training for that!

I do like smoking tho which is bloody stupid!

WorraLiberty Thu 31-Jan-13 00:44:58

Yeah see I loved smoking too

But to be honest now I've given up, I realise it wasn't the smoking I loved but that 'hit' that catches the back of the throat when you inhale.

But the reason I loved the hit (and it was a beautiful feeling!) was because it was feeding my nicotine addiction.

I needed it to feel as normal as my non smoking friends felt all the time IYSWIM?

Having said that, even now when someone lights up a fresh cigarette the smell is heavenly for the first few seconds blush

BegoniaBampot Thu 31-Jan-13 00:48:09

For those who can't seem to stop. My mum was probably about a 40-60 a day woman. Total chain smoker from her teens, all through her pregnancies, all through a stroke in her 40's and still carried on though tried several times to give up that never lasted more than a week or two. I honestly thought she would never stop. Then in her 50's, something just clicked and she never had another and said it was easy. Knowing my mum and her need for fags, it was unbelievable (and then became the biggest anti smoker going). Honestly, if she could stop, it is possible for anyone. Unfortunately she still died of lung cancer about 8 yrs later.

5madthings Thu 31-Jan-13 00:48:22

Oh yes that first drag on a fag when you light up is heavenly. God its crap but i should stop...steals resolve to quit...

Tbh as i am.now training for this run it is the perfect time to give up...

WorraLiberty Thu 31-Jan-13 00:53:47

Then honestly 5mad I can't recommend the link I posted enough.

I'd tried numerous times with patches but I failed because they gave me stupid, awful nightmares and because you're not supposed to smoke fags with them.

The latter was what made me fail because I was never quite ready to take that leap.

But with the E.cig there is no leap to take...you can do both and eventually (with a dollop of willpower too) you'll rely on it more and on cigarettes less.

Bogeyface Thu 31-Jan-13 01:15:32

Yes i may still go outside as it means i can escape ftom the madthings for 5mins, lovely as they are i need that break!

Thats the bit I miss most when I quit. Its not so much the fag as the excuse to take 5 minutes "out of life". And its totally legitmate because you cant smoke in the house!

meddie Thu 31-Jan-13 01:20:47

I can recommend an e cig too. Not the cheapo disposable ones from the shops they are rubbish. Its worth investing in a decent one.
I recently bought an Ego-W and its refillable with the nicotine liquid. has the same feel as a cigarette, loads of vapour, realistic 'pull' sensation. Plus loads of really nice flavours . The vanilla, cherry and menthol ones are pretty nice.
I haven't touched a cigarette since I got mine after 33 years of smoking.
The nicotine liquid comes in different strengths right down to zero, so I am gradually cutting the strength back, still go outside with the smokers for a 'fag' but tbh I can see that stopping soon as they stink.... pew I never really realised how bad it smelt.

5madthings Thu 31-Jan-13 01:20:54

Well worra you have convinced me i shall order some tomorrow.

bogey yes its a legitimate break usnt it? How are you anyway are things any better workwisr for dh?

meddie Thu 31-Jan-13 01:24:47

I have tried everything from patches,hypnosis,pills,cold turkey, Alan Carr and the thing that keeps me going at the moment is not giving this bloody government £5 a day extra tax..

shouldkeepquiet Thu 31-Jan-13 01:29:47

I had to practise at giving up. I'm an expert at it now -been 4 years.
I recon it took 10 years or stopping / starting ect untl i finally cracked it. I'm afraid the only think that really makes you stop is the fact your really have to want to stop. Get that right in your head and yes it's actually quite easy after that.
The habit side is harded than the physical side, that goes in about 10 days, only really bad for 4-5 days (grinding teeth stage!) Get another habit to fixate on, i chewed gum after meals ect and soon found i would become frantic if i run out of gum!
Still enough advice it's boring you've all heared it before.

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