I quit smoking 6 years ago after a nasty 20 a day habit. I still end up smoking every time I have a drink though (don’t drink very often).
I’d love to be able to completely disassociate the 2 but as soon as I sniff alcohol I want a cigarette and it consumes my thoughts. I always end up cracking and smoking as it’s so rare to have a night out on the booze I don’t want to spend the whole time thinking of smoking 🙈
Ex smoker here and I would also suggest taking a vape out with you.
However, I can't comprehend how someone can not smoke for ages and then have one or two when out with a drink. I tried a fag after some time not smoking and it was FOUL. The taste was awful. There was no way I could carry on after just one puff. How do you overcome that initial grossness?
But a cheap ecig and take it out with you. You can still be out with the group of smokers and feel social without then craving or feeling like you are missing out. I quit cold turkey and for the first few years would still go and stand with the smokers but wouldn’t smoke.
Years later after lots of stress I started vaping as I figured that would hopefully be better and cheaper than smoking.
Ex smoker here -waves-. I don't believe that I can smoke just the odd cigarette and quit again so I promised myself to never light up the next one ever again. I am terrified to get hooked again, don't you feel the same way?
One day there will be a tipping point and it will be too cold to social smoke, then maybe one day you’ll feel a bit under the weather and avoid it then one day it will just taste rank and you’ll smell it on you for hours and it will be over.
Until then, get a nice healthy substitute. I used to go outside and march round the block or call my mum if the bar had a queue and if not I would go to the bar and have an iced water, super cold. Takes the same length and of time, you get up and down from the table and a different sensation.