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      24.04.2010 23:55
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      all you need is will power

      I started smoking when is was 13. I had my first cigarette at my friends house. I didnt know i was addicted till i wanted another then more and more. But we all know thats what smoking does to us. I actually gave up for my partner. She was an ex smoker and helped me get through it. It wasnt easy but as i wasnt alone it made it easier to cope. 3 years later and i havnt touch another cigarette!! Giving up smoking is very hard if your friends smoke, your parents or the person you live with smoke or your partner smokes. If your friends smoke ask them to help you by simple not smoking around you. If your family smoke ask them to go out side and again not smoke near you. If its your partner smoking, maybe ask if you can give up together. Its always recommended to find someone to give up with. That way you have someone who knows how you feel, and if its your partner you wont have the temptation around you. I tried the nicorette gum and wouldn't recommend this. It did nothing for me, burned my throat and tasted awful. It you are quite a heavy smoker this isnt recommended as it can cost about the same amount as cigarettes. The nicotine patch is another idea. I didnt try this as i read about the side effects. Some of them are irritation of the skin where the patch is, allergic reaction, headaches and alot more. They are also very expensive at about £14 for 30 patches. You should do a bit of research before you decide which is best for you. I tried the inhaler and got on best with this. The inhaler comes with a pack of re-feels and gives you the same feeling as putting a cigarette in your mouth. The price is around £7, which isnt to bad, but the inhaler should only be used for 12 weeks. It comes with a handy booklet to boost your chances of quitting. You can always go cold turkey. But giving up completely wont be easy. With no nicotine going into your body you can start to feel quite low and actually begin to get depressed. If at any stage you feel like this you should seek help. It puts alot of stress on you and can make you quite angry and short tempered. Just remember, once its all over, you can save all the money you would spend on cigarettes for a holiday :). Just remember, there's always a way that suits you and a life without nicotine is benefical for your smell, health and your wallet.

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        05.04.2010 18:38
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        I started smoking when I was just 12 years old, my older brother had had a party at home and the next morning I came down before anyone else and noticed a few dog ends in an ashtray that had hardly been smoked so I hid them and then smoked them later when I was out. This was way back in 1970 and it was easy to buy cigarettes then, you could buy them at any age and they didn't cost a lot of money. I ended up buying myself a packet of ten for peanuts and I was hooked. I didn't smoke everyday when I was younger as my parents would have gone mad if they had found out but smoked when I was out with my friends. I stopped smoking when I got pregnant with my son as I suffered really badly with sickness all the way through the pregnancy, not just in the mornings but all day and was confined to bed for weeks even so stopping was quite easy then but once I had given birth to my son I started again within a few days of going home. This pattern continued through my life, I had another two children and stopped smoking whilst pregnant with both but started again straight after. After my youngest daughter was born my smoking escalated out of control until I was getting through 40 or more a day. I think this was because I was having a lot of problems at home and found the smoking was giving me something I couldn't find in my life. When I met my partner I am with now he smoked as well so the smoking continued and I was getting through more cigarettes than him. I kept saying that I wanted to pack it in but every time I tried I would go a day or two then start again. Then one day I woke up to find I had a really bad cold and sore throat. I suffered a lot with sore throats and coughs and colds but this one was worse than I had ever had before. I stopped smoking as I was so weak I didn't even think of the cigarettes. This I kept up for two weeks then as I started to feel better I started to get cravings for cigarettes again but this time I was determined I was going to do something about it. I plucked up courage and went to my doctor and told him that I had given up for two weeks and wanted to stay off them but was having problems with the craving and asked if there was anything he could suggest to help. He gave me some tablets to help me so I went home to try them out. I cant remember what they were called now (its over 7 years now) but I asked around and found out that a lot of people had had bad reactions to the drugs so i decided to leave them in the packet and try to overcome the cravings on my own. After 3 weeks with no cigarettes I found that all of a sudden the cravings came back so severe that I was suffering from shakes, I had pains everywhere, hot sweats, and really feeling ill. I was so determined to beat it though so gritted my teeth and carried on. After about 6 weeks the cravings had started to ease off and I wasn't thinking of buying cigarettes any more but I still had a few problems because my other half was still smoking. he had stopped smoking indoors but when we were out in the car, because it was his car he insisted of still smoking in it and it was really doing my head in until one day I said to him he would have to stop or I wouldn't go in the car again with him. It worked and he stopped smoking around me and I found it a lot easier to carry on. He stopped smoking himself not long after although he wasn't so addicted to them as I was, he was more the kind who could have one when he fancied it but then go with out for days with no problems where as I had had to have a cigarette in the house or I would be panicking and searching the house for money to buy another packet. Well, I have now been off them like I said for over seven years. I hardly ever have a cold now or sore throats and coughs and if I do get one it goes quite quickly. I am so pleased that I persevered and wish my eldest daughter would follow in my footsteps (she is the only one of my children who did take up the habit). Any one who really wants to stop should give it a go, it is hard but it is worth it in the long run more for your health's sake but for the money it saves too. Ask for help if you are not abe to do it on your own as there are many places out there now that you can get help from.

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          05.04.2010 01:31
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          Dont do it!

          Reading a Dooyoo review on smoking encouraged me to write about my reasons for quitting. I smoked from the age of around 21 and quit just over 4 years ago at the age of 45. I took breaks in between when i was pregnant with my 2 children. I cannot even remember why i started to smoke. I was young, and i remember some friends smoking and i have a vague recollection of lighting up and enjoying it. I was never a heavy smoker, possibly around 6 a day but more when out having a drink with friends. It is the nicotine that is addictive but the tar in the cigarettes that does all the damage. I found that i was a paranoid smoker, always worrying about how the smoke clung to clothing and after every cigarette, i sprayed clothes freshner and had a breath mint. Years of this extremely bad habit took its toll on my pocket and my health and i found that each winter i began to get Bronchitis which would result in endless sleepless nights of coughing and weeks off work each year. I moved into a new house in September 2004 with my non smoking partner and in April 2005, after spending months smoking outside in the back garden, i decided enough was enough. My partner never complained once about my smoking but i did it for him as well as me. Giving up smoking is a decision which should be made for the right reasons and because you want to do it. Pressure from others will never work. I decided to try the Nicotine Gum and right from the start i found i was able to control the cravings as the gum provided a release of nicotine. Over several weeks i managed to reduce the gum to about 4 pieces a day and gradually weaned myself off it. The encouragement of my partner helped, plus the fact that it is now banned in public places. Although i have put weight on, about 2 stone over the 4 years, it is the best decision i made. I managed to save enough money for a holiday after just a few months, and although i sometimes found i craved a cigarette, the feeling was gone in a minute. I now find the smell of stale smoke repulsive and when i am near someone who smokes i find i cough uncontrollably. I don't suffer with bronchitis anymore and my colds each year are few and far between.

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            01.04.2010 13:25
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            If you haven't already then please stop smoking

            I gave up smoking when I was twenty nine years old. This is over twenty years ago so I'm not expecting to ever smoke again. I now believe, if I could stop then anyone can...you just have to stop putting off the moment and do it! When I was a child most adults seemed to smoke. They would puff away on buses and trains, in cars and houses and of course in pubs. I hated it. My dad used to smoke (but quit at the age of fifty-seven) and I didn't need to see him light up his roll up- I used to wait for the dry throat and awful smell. Because I was so anti, my mum thought I would never be a smoker. She was wrong, unfortunately. At the age of about twelve or thirteen I went with my school friend to her sister's home. I was flabbergasted when her sister offered her a Player's No. 6 and she lit up. I couldn't believe that my friend, who was quite well behaved, would smoke. On the way home I questioned her and she said she quite liked smoking. So, stupidly, for the next few days, I pondered over this and thought I would, out of curiosity, sample a cigarette. I was sure it would only be the once as I simply wanted to know what it was like. So, after school we went to the newsagents' and my friend purchased a pack of ten cigarettes. They were probably No 6 but could have been Embassy in the red and white pack. We sat in St John's churchyard in Hackney, east London, and thus my habit began. Whether you believe me or not, I insist that I enjoyed my first cigarette. I didn't particularly cough and splutter. I probably didn't inhale much but, I liked smoking. I didn't become immediately addicted, it was the start of a gradual process. We used to join many others smoking in the outdoor toilet block at school. Ours was a girls' grammar school, strict compared to many schools at the time, but none the less there were many smokers and it was a time when sixth formers would join teachers in a local pub occasionally of a lunch time and have a smoke. Also, smoking was permitted in the 6th form common room! How strange that seems now. It was very easy to buy cigarettes at the time. We could walk into a newsagents during our lunch time and buy a pack of cigarettes, whilst wearing school uniform. When I went to work at the age of sixteen and earned a wage, the amount of cigarettes I smoked increased, although I was never a heavy smoker. I probably smoked around twenty a day just before I quit the habit. During the next few years I continued to smoke but my parents didn't know for some time. I would scrub my fingers, frequently brush my teeth often, and consume large quantities of polos and Trebor mints. I suppose if there hadn't already been a smoker in the home (my dad) it would have been much easier to detect. Although, even now, I know of some youngsters who have hidden their habit from parents for some years. My friend who joined me for my first smoke gave up long before I did. She was one of those rare people who could take or leave cigarettes. I wasn't one of these. As years passed I found many people would stop smoking and I felt threatened by this. I think I was always a guilty smoker and every time someone close quit I suppose I felt I should too, but didn't think I could. I tried several times to cut down, thinking that eventually I would phase out the habit. It would work for awhile until something stressful happened and I would have the extra cigarette or two. I also tied to stop altogether a few times. I would last all day without a puff and then my husband would return home from work. I could smell cigarettes so would beg one of his. I decided to stop when I was around twenty seven or so. I even visited my G.P. and asked if he could help, perhaps prescribe me something. I had then heard of a chewing gum that was supposed to help one kick the habit. He responded that there wasn't any point because unless my husband also stopped the smell of cigarettes upon him would keep my craving going. I think this was ridiculous but things have changed a lot now. This probably supplied me with an excuse to delay the breaking of the habit. So I continued to smoke. Then, sadly an uncle was diagnosed with cancer and another uncle with heart trouble. One smoked and one didn't. Also, I thought of my maternal grandmother, who died before I was born, from lung cancer. She was fifty four and didn't smoke. However my mother said she would have spent a lot of time around smokers. By this time we were hearing more and more about the dangers of passive smoking and how it could affect pregnancy, a possible link to cot death and many illnesses in children. I hadn't heard about these things until the 1980s. I thought long and hard about my habit, which I considered wrong. I came up with the thought that if I were to cross a busy road I would use traffic lights or a zebra crossing. I could still be run down by a careless motorist but I would have much more chance of getting safely across. It may seem very strange but I likened this to living a healthy life. I could still get heart disease or cancer but I would be taking precautions against this. How stupid would I feel If I developed a smoking related illness just through keeping up with a an outdated habit? I spoke to my husband and was pleased and surprised when he said that he had been thinking he would now try to quit with me. WE decided, instead of stopping there and then, as we had a family party coming up, we would stop the weekend after, as we wanted to give ourselves a decent chance of succeeding. We used up our remaining cigarettes. The hardest thing about stopping smoking was the point when we walked past the tobacco counter in the supermarket without buying our usual pack of cigarettes. I felt awful knowing that for the first time in years there wouldn't be even one cigarette on my person or in my home. How sad that seems to me now. The first two days were very hard. I really had to just get through sections of the day and change habits. Instead of stopping housework at a certain time for a coffee and cigarette break I would work for a bit longer. I would have a biscuit instead of a cigarette. I must say that I didn't really put on much, if any, weight when I quit smoking and I didn't eat much more. But after a while my food tasted better and my sense of smell became more acute. But one strange thing that helped enormously was a hand held LCD game. It was a baseball game and it was difficult to play. Every time I felt a strong craving for a cigarette I would start this game and play frantically. I got so good at it became the only one in my household who could complete this game! But seriously, I would recommend to anyone trying to quit, to find something to do with your hands- a hand held game, knitting, painting, drawing can all help tremendously. Also think about the cigarettes you smoke over the course of a day. Do you enjoy all of them? Probably not. You may enjoy the first cigarette of the day and one following a meal but honestly, how much of that cigarette do you enjoy? Probably the first one or two drags. Is it really worth it? Then think of the cost and try to put aside the money you would have spent on cigarettes and save for a future treat/reward. Most importantly think of the fresher air around you and your loved ones. At the time of quitting I worked in a playgroup. After just two days of not smoking I could smell those who did. I think this was an important factor in strengthening my resolve. Young mums came to collect their children pushing prams and the smell of cigarettes gave away the fact that they had just smoked a cigarette. The smell of cigarette smoke upon them and their babies, as they entered the building was immediately noticeable. I also used to help in a primary school and listened to children read. They would open their book bags and the smell of stagnant smoke again told who lived in a smoke filled house. I hid all the ashtrays and washed the soft furnishings in my home to further eliminate the smell which might prolong the craving. I washed my net curtains by hand and was disgusted by the yellowish-brown stains made by the nicotine. The first two weeks were hard. I missed smoking. Also, when you try to quit, threatened smokers will be very generous in offering you cigarettes. I knew towards the close of this first fortnight that I would not smoke again. I could not believe that I could kick the habit. It's a great feeling of achievement and I felt if I could do this I could do anything. I really hope that if you smoke and want to quit that this may help in some small way.

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              02.03.2010 14:49
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              What can I say...GIVE IT UP! And good luck trying!

              I hate to admit that I was once a smoker, but I was, and this review goes out to all those "social smokers" like me who didn't tick the smoker box on surveys or when someone asked you if you smoked you stuttered your way through a pathetic excuse of "well, only sometimes..." or "no I don't smoke but only when I'm drinking". Yes my friends I was the denial smoker. I first started smoking at the age of 16. My boyfriend at the time was 18 and had been smoking for about a year. I honestly think I started to look cool and to make him think I was all grown up. Looking back it was all a pile of nonsense and I should have thrown away that first cigarette that caused me to gag and cough like and idiot. However in order to seek approval I persevered and became a habitual smoker. I would have a few a week and by the time I reached University I was smoking on a regular basis. My boyfriend had now conveniently quit, however I was often smoking with my smoker Uni buddies in the student union and was pretty much hooked. In those days I smoked Benson and Hedges which now even the thought of makes me want to vomit. By the time I left university, I had drifted away from my smoker pals, my boyfriend no longer smoked and I phased it out. Quite easily I might add. I didn't try patches or gum, I just simply stopped with no real side affects. However once a smoker, always a potential smoker and when I was 23 I bumped into an old friend one night after work. Sitting in a little pub having a chat, she offered me a menthol, which I accepted and immediately regretted. It was a revelation! Why had I stopped those years before? Why wasn't I smoking these simply sublime menthol? How cool do I look? Anyway, this was the start of the next 7 years of smoking again. It was strange for me though. I never smoked at home and very rarely took cigarette breaks at work. My habit consisted of once at lunchtime if I had the opportunity, one on the walk to the bus stop after work and then probably quite a few over a drink or when socialising. I also found my habit increased dramatically when I was around other smokers. God bless the smoking ban as I believe that I would have been a much heavier smoker if that hadn't been introduced. One of the most telling signs that I was a smoker, apart from the horrible smell and the lack of money in my purse after buying a 20 pack, was the way my chest would heave and my heart would race every time I did something particularly strenuous. As a woman in my 20's I was completely embarrassed by myself. Waking up on a Sunday morning with my hair absolutely stinking of fags and my throat as rough as a cheese grater, I knew exactly what I was doing to myself. But I still viewed myself as an occasional smoker so really didn't try hard enough to quit. I kept thinking to myself that I would quit eventually, just like I did before, but it was a long time coming. My current boyfriend (the last one was ditched for being a supreme pain in the neck) was the trigger I needed to quit. He was a footballer and apart from the odd pint, his body was a temple, which really put me to shame. But this wasn't the reason I stopped, it was the look of disappointment on his face whenever I lit up a cigarette. I would like to point out that he never lectured me or told me to stop. He is loving and supportive and basically thought that as I was a grown woman it was my decision. On holiday one spring, we would sit on the balcony and have a few drinks before we went out of an evening. The cigarettes abroad where quite cheap and I admit I was partaking of a few puffs. It was one evening when he decided to show me the overflowing ashtray I thought enough was enough. He had to work abroad that summer and I made myself a promise that when he returned I would no longer be a smoker, and do you know what I did it! I had a goal and a focus and I knew that I had the time to get my head round the idea that I was going to stop. I didn't want to be the smelly girlfriend anymore and 2 weeks before he returned home I took my final draw. Withdrawal? Well to be honest it wasn't too bad. I haven't suffered the way some people have and I was never a 40 a day person so my symptoms would have been a bit lighter I suppose. But I do think that the temptation will always be there. At moments of stress or extreme boredom, I often think of having one. Or when someone asks me how long it has been since I have stopped, I do feel my mind wandering back to those blissful moments of having a cigarette and a coffee. I am determined though to stay off them for good. I feel a million times better and I am also significantly better off financially. I would encourage everyone who smokes, even only a few a week, to try their best to stop. It may just be the best decision you ever made.

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                09.02.2010 21:00
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                My (limited!) experiences and those of the smokers I have known

                Firstly, let me clarify this- I would not class myself as a hard core "smoker", I started smoking when I used to go out on a Friday night from the age of around 17 and would do that regularly for a good few years- but never smoked through the day. Then I moved away to university and started smoking through the day, but even then I didn't used to get through all that many cigarettes- maybe 4 or 5 a day. Then I just got sick of the money it was costing me so I stopped smoking and within a few weeks, when I would go to smoke I eventually would just have one drag and I just hated it, it felt wrong so I stopped altogether. Around 2 years ago, I dediced to leave my partner of ten years when I realised I did not trust him, he had cheated on me God knows how many times and I had just became a piece of the furniture in the house, and I just upped and left- put all my stuff in my car and moved out. As this was understandably traumatic (I thought I was having a breakdown at the time!), I started smoking again to keep me sane. It gave me a vice, something to do that was different to go along with the different things I was going through- having to move out of a house that had become my home and rent a room somewhere, it gave me something new to help keep my mind off things. During this time, I smoked all I wanted to, all through the day, I had smoking breaks at work and I began to feel like I needed a cigarette if I had even a minor stress at work. Then after a few months I began to get stomach pains after I had had a cigarette, my skin began to feel rough and dry and I was getting more spots and I just felt like it wasn't doing me any favours so I finished the pack I was smoking and didn't buy any more. Although I was not a "smoker" for a very long period of time for a few weeks especially at work when I would normally have popped out for a quick smoke, I did feel angsty, agitated and would dwell on th fact I could "do with a quick smoke". I cannot compare this in any way to people who have smoked 40, 50, 60 a day for years and years, but I did feel ratty and snappy and I hated feeling like that. At the time, I considered that I could stop and start smoking at whim, as I would go a few days or a week without needing a cigarette or wanting one, so it felt like that - then I wondered why if I felt as if I would stop and start at whim, I was wasting my money on it?!? I have not smoked for over a year now and it is not something that appeals to me to do. I know it did my skin and my body no favours. I felt as if I was bloated and putting on weight (contrary to the myth smoking makes you thinner!) when I was smoking, my skin felt dull and I began to get really paranoid about my skin aging more quickly (yes, vanity prevailed!) so this cemented my decision to stop. Plus the cost- I hated paying over £5 for a pack of 20 and it would only last me a few days. I did not have that sort of money to burn at the time. I'm glad I stopped smoking when I did. After a month or two, my weight sorted itself out, I felt healthier and my skin felt softer and brighter. I know my experience is NOTHING compared to most smokers as I was only ever a light smoker getting through maybe 10-15 a day at my peak and I only smoked continuously for about 4-5 months if that but in that short period, I think only had a very small glimpse of what it must be like for someone who has smoked for years to try to give up. My cousin has been a smoker for around 15 years and he smokes around 20 a day. He has tried to give up smoking seriously on 8 occasions. Once when he HAD to stop smoking as he needed an operation, but as soon as he had the operation he started smoking again as he had gained four stones giving up so he admitted he wanted to lose the weight ASAP and starting smoking again was his quick fix weight loss plan. Which did work for him. But now he makes the link in his head that if he stops his weight will balloon. He says the last three times he has tried to quit, he has made it to the three month mark and right on the three month anniverary of him quitting for some reason he will start smoking again then its all downhill from there. He views it like falling off the wagon. I used to work with a girl who tried to give up smoking but she literally could not cope with life in general and she cried her eyes out at work every day for a month until she started smoking again as she just "could not cope". This to a non smoker sounds ridiculous, but that was maybe her only stress reliever (in her head) so take that away and you can understand it a bit more. Mr Norton is a smoker. He has given up for short periods and cut down for short periods, but on the whole he admits he sees no reason to give up at the moment and he is perfectly happy to continue to smoke. Its a case of to do something, you first have to WANT to do it. No amount of NHS adverts or messages on pouches of tobacco can turns someone's head if they are happy to keep smoking. A lady I used to work with admitted she loved the whole process of smoking, the buying the cigarettes and drawing the smoke in and everything about it. So she said she would never give up as she enjoyed everything about smoking. So, everyone has a different reason for smoking, and I think the people who geniunely like the whole process of smoking, enjoy rolling the cigarettes or who savour it, will have less of a chance of giving up than somoene who begins to get worried about their health and what smoking is doing to them. My cousin's partner successfully gave up smoking after he had been a smoker for 25 years. He heard my cousin on the phone to someone and overheard him saying "there's no way he'll ever be able to do it" and this made him angry and motivated to "prove them wrong". This was the motivation he needed and he did it on the first attempt because he wanted to prove people wrong and get the upper hand more than he wanted to smoke. He put all the money he would normally have spent in a jar and after 18 months he paid cash for a large plasma screen tv! That is his constant reminder of what his willpower has bought him! So, it is possible. You just have to work out WHY you want to smoke and WHY you might want to stop. If you are noticing fine lines and wrinkles or your weight has gone up and you don't feel like it is doing you any favours, then stop- it will be hard, but you can keep yourself occupied by trying things like nicotine gum or seeing your GP who might be able to give you something to help. But you have to WANT to stop more than you WANT to keep smoking. Mr Norton is oddly allergic to all nicotine replacement products (the gum makes his tongue swell up, patches make his arms swell up and itch..) - but not allergic to smoking (very illogical, I agree) so when he decides to quit, he will have to go cold turkey. So, nicotine replacemet products in themselves may not be the miracle cure- I have heard of cases where they have helped some people but not others. Generally the longer the person has smoked, the more helpful the gum or the patches are (from what I have heard from people). So, if you decide to quit, then good luck to you- remember there are many many people who have smoked more and for longer than you have and have managed to give up so it is not impossible, but it depends on your motives for doing it. I'm sorry if this review is a bit limited, but I only have my experiences to draw on and what I have seen from those around me.

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                  09.02.2010 08:40
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                  Hard work but worth it

                  After a visit to the doctors yesterday for a health check I realised that it has been ten years since I have given up smoking and I am now a truly reformed smoker when I get stressed I never think I would love a cigarette. I actually feel repulsed by the smell of cigarettes. Like many others I started smoking as a teenager when I was at school mostly so that I could look cool. I then learnt that I felt more relaxed after I had a cigarette and then my addiction began. My mother tried to stop me and even burnt my pocket money as a demonstration of what would happen to my money but as I was a teenager it was water off a ducks back. I was never really a heavy smoker and never tried to give up till I was in my twenties. Most the time my reasons were financial and all attempts just failed and went back to my old habits. I did once try Nicorette gum but I was so stressed out rather than chewing and holding it in your cheek I chewed continually till I was sick. I found this actually made me go back to cigarettes. I don't think I ever genuinely believed I would give up. My success in giving up only happened when I decided that I was thirty years of age and felt like it was time I took control of my addiction. I didn't and still don't like been controlled by anyone or anything so to let cigarettes control me seemed wrong. This time I set a date and that day I stuck to it. Once I found the motivation I never looked back. I did not even slip although I did develop a cough when I gave up I figured out it was my lungs actually working correctly and just gave me more motivation to give up.I actually found it relatively easy once I had decided that was it and didn't seem to crave in the way I had previously done on other attempts. I do have friends who smoke and the advice that I give them is you will never give up till you truly want to. There are all ways of motivating yourself. I saw on a TV the other day a couple who were in debt but smoking 20 cigarettes each and they had calculated how much they had spent on cigarettes and how much they would spend in there lifetime id they continued and it was over one hundred thousand pounds. They had then quit for the month after the show. Another idea along the same lines is to actually save the money you are saving in a jar and see how much money you have saved. The current TV advertisement is children singing I would do anything for you and questions what would you do for your child? Strangely this advert affects me less than the previous advert. I do know people who have smoked through there pregnancy and to be honest I do not understand it. I believe while I do know it is an addiction it was our choice to start but an unborn child does not have a choice. There are a whole array of treatments to help you quit now medication, chewing gum, inhalers and hypnotherapy. I have not tried any of these treatments but after my experience and seeing others I do think these can be tools to help but giving up isn't easy and it is easier to go back to smoking than battle against an addiction does take real will power. If you are trying to quit then good luck.

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                    12.01.2010 01:06
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                    im soo looking forward to being a non smoker, and this time for life

                    This has got to be the hardest thing ive ever tried/attempted and failed. Ive been smoking since i was 15, and now smoking a good 20 a day, which is really not good. plus on a night out this can increase to 30, even if i am standing outside in the freezing cold and rain. so, after being nagged enough in work, im finally got round to thinking seriously about giving up for good now, especially after talking to a lad in work whosmaoked 40 a day for last god knows how many years. He told me about a clinic in manchester called NEW WAYS CLINIC (details can be found on a goggle search) it costs £195, where you sit in a chair for 30 minutes, with electrobes or something along those lines attached to you, which clear the nicotine addiction signals from your brain. this process i was told was completely painless, and he just sat there reading a book. he walks out 40 minutes later and has not craved a cigarette since! AMAZING. therefore im booked to go next month, and looking forward to being a nn smoker this decision is based more for the financial aspect for me, because at £5 per packet, per day, it soon mounts up to a small foutune put up in smoke. i just hope the new ways clinic works on my 20 a day like it has on my friends 40 a day habit

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                      05.11.2009 23:24
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                      Every mammal on this planet runs from smoke, yet we choose to breathe it in!!!

                      I gave up smoking on the 5th October 2009. I haven't had so much as a puff of a cigarette in this last month and quite honestly I do not miss it. How come then, the other 4 or 5 times I have tried to give up this year have been unsuccessful within the first few days? Let me share with you my key tips to what has helped me quit smoking. Tip 1 SET A DATE (preferably a memorable date) Honestly, before you even try to quit set yourself a stop date. Ideally this date will be at least in several weeks time. Even better, if you can then choose a memorable date, for example I chose the anniversary of my Grans death because this gives me more of an incentive to give up, it's like if I give in then I am letting her down. My Gran and I were very close so its important to me that I don't let her down. Tip 2 Let people know you are quitting, the more people that know the more people you have to tell if you fail. I announced mine publicly on facebook, declaring it to over 300 people on my friends list, some of my friends on facebook are really supportive and ask me how the non smoking is going. I used my facebook status as a diary for the first week stating how I was finding withdrawals, the support and comments from my friends on facebook has really helped me to remain focused and not failing. I give the updates now and again. Subscribe to NHS direct quit smoking, they send you lots of info, including a money tracker which tells you how much money you have saved over the days and weeks. I have also found really helpful and motivating, the 30 day calendar they send you, it gives you motivational information on some of the days i:e 72 hours - your body is clear of all nicotine. These facts have helped spur me to keep going. Tip 3 Pop the money you would have spent on cigarettes in a jar. I have found as a mother that putting this money in a jar for my daughter is helpful, because then if I give in to temptation that's money I am not putting in her jar. Tip 4 From my quit date I kept chewing gum, boiled sweets, chewy sweets etc in my bag so that if I had any urges I could just pop one in my mouth. I stopped needing them after 10 days. Tip 5 Start exercising Exercising will be easier as a non smoker and focusing on exercising will take your thoughts off cigarettes. Tip 6 Reward yourself, it's a big deal quitting nicotine and you should be proud of your achievement. Give yourself a treat to look forward to, a pamper session or buy yourself something you wouldn't normally justify buying yourself. Tip 7 If you give in to temptation, don't just accept defeat, stop again straight away while the need isn't in your system. I have been around smokers and have been really surprised at the fact thatI didn't fell the need to have a cigarette with them, even though they were smoking in front of me. I thought i was going to find that I would be really snappy and short tempered with everyone, feedback is that I have been my normal bubbly self. Yes I have had the occasional mood swing, probably about 4 in total. http://smokefree.nhs.uk/ If you give these tips a go please let me know how you get on. Good luck, you can do it x

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                        04.11.2009 15:02
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                        my account of how i finally kicked the habit.

                        three months ago I gave up smoking. I have tried numerous times before, never lasting without the dreaded weed for a couple of days. It is quite ironic really when I think about it because I am currently going through a really stressful time nursing my dad and you would think that I would be climbing the walls for a quick nicotine fix but its like as if something has finally clicked in my mind and ive realised that it not just so bad for my health but also bad for my pocket. I think whoever is giving you grief for smoking whether its your partner, parents or even children are wasting their time lecturing you on the dangers of smoking. the fact is you already know how bad it is for you but when you are in the grip of addiction the need for a fag seems to outweigh the common sense area of your brain. I personally think that if you are trying to give up smoking for anyone other than yourself you are already fighting a loosing battle. Three and a half months ago it was as if the penny finally dropped and I thought what on earth am I doing I can hardly climb the stairs anymore without wheezing. I'm wasting money every single day nearly three pounds for a pack of ten that's nearly 21.00 a week literally going up in smoke. I wont say it was easy giving up but once I made up my mind it wasn't as bad as I thought. Don't get me wrong even now when im feeling particularly stressed I could literally eat a cigarette but I certainly will not because I know that I will be back to square one and I would be gutted because I have come so far. SET A DATE I gave myself a couple of weeks to work towards the date I had in my mind to give up smoking. During this time I began to cut down on my cigarette intake. I also visited my local chemist and asked their advice about the best nicotine substitute. they were very helpful and gave me some literature in order to help me make an informed choice. I also told everyone the date I was going to give up smoking. I found that this helped me a great deal because all my friends and family were so supportive and you feel it certainly gives you that extra incentive when your tempted to give in. THROW AWAY ALL TRACES On the night before the giving up day I had my last ciggie and then went through the kitchen drawer and threw out about four lighters. I made sure there were no cigarettes in the house what so ever. I know for a fact if I hadn't done this I would have been smoking the cigarettes that were left before the giving up day was out excusing myself by moving the date to another day, I was determind I wasn't going to do this and therefore needed to remove all temptation out of my way. ARM YOURSELF WITH HELP I chose nicorette chewing gums I liked the fact that when I felt like a ciggie I could pop this chewing gum in my mouth. I found them excellent they certainly took the craving away. In the first week I was having about five chewing gums a day, But then in the second week down to about four a day and one a day less every week until I was down to none. I also bought from my local chemist a plastic cigarette they are called crave away and they have a nicotine taste when you inhale. I found that this was my life saver through them first few weeks as I would sometimes go and sit out the back (where I always smoked before) and puff away on my plastic cigarette, It was amazing because it made the intense craving go away. TREAT YOURSELF Make sure that you do treat yourself to something. I love fashion and beauty and I figured that 20 pounds a month to have my nails done was better than 20 pounds a week on cigarettes. I have stuck to that monthly appointment and so now have perfect acrylic nails which look so nice and that is my giving up substitute. It is no where near as expensive as my cigarette habit un yet it reminds me what I can have now that ive given up the cigarettes. Also each week my hubby buys me flowers. I only used to have them on special occasions before but he says that he is so proud of me he wants me to look at the flowers and realise how glad they all are that ive given up. These little perks will get you through!!!! BE REALISTIC Like I said previously I had tried at least three times before to give up but always ended up reaching for a cigarette when I got stressed. If you have a heavy smoking habit I think it is important that you set yourself realistic goals. see a professional quit smoking counsellor and If you do not have success the first time you try don't give up giving up!!! So not only have I got gorgeous nails I can also proudly tell you that I can now run up the stairs without any wheezing infact I am now so much fitter it is great! Not only that but my taste and smell senses have come back to life with a vengeance. I also now realise how awful I must have smelt when smoking. I got into a lift only last week and two people who had obviously been out for a sneaky fag got out. the whole lift was wreaking of stale smoke and I must admit I did allow myself a second to grin and think to myself good girl you don't smell like that anymore!!! To anyone who is reading this and hoping to give up. I would say go on give it a go you will be so proud of yourself and it gives you a real sense of achievement. Good luck.

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                          04.08.2009 10:36
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                          A quitting ditty

                          It's been a few years since I quit I never have looked back I'm really very pleased with myself Got the monkey off my back I watched my father cough and retch Through smoking every morning But still I thought that I was cool I didn't heed the warning I brought it down from ten a day To five and then to one Until one day I just gave up And now I'm smoking none My clothes they stopped a smelling My sense of smell returned My breath became much fresher Cos no tobacco was being burned Sure I started snacking more On choccy, crisps and sweets But with the money I was saving I could afford myself some treats You'll crave one when you have a beer They all said with a smile But it was coffee not the booze I had to avoid for a little while I feel so sorry for the smokers All huddled outside the bar While those of us who all abstain Are inside with our jars I never preach to smokers And get all acrimonious No one likes a hypocrite An ex-smoker who's sanctimonious I must confess I kept a pack In case I felt the need To put a ciggie in my mouth And smoke the blasted weed But smoking's now a memory Though the craving sometimes lingers Saying no to ciggies is now easy Don't need one between my fingers Thank you all for reading My tale is nothing new But if I can kick the habit Then you can do it too

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                            20.07.2009 02:05
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                            It needs to be done.

                            I currently have my Grandad suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and fibrosis of the lungs. Yesterday my Nan (his wife) was taken into hospital and may too have COPD and also has a clot on her lung. We have been told by the Doctor that their illness is smoking related. They have explained that my Grandad, will be dependant on oxygen 24 hours a day and is confined to the house due to this. He has lost all his independance and feels very useless. The Doctor's have also told us that he will die a very horrible, nasty death where he will be gasping for breath but unable to get it. I personally, do not want this. So, I am giving up smoking. I am currently undergoing heart investigations as I have heart problems in my family. Chances are it will be that what gets me in the end but I have no intentions of assisting it! I live in a house with 3 other smokers, my partner and both my parents. I have given up several times in the past and everytime I have done it cold turkey. I find that for two day's I am a complete cow and then after that it gets easier. This is mainly due to the fact that nicotine only stays in the body for 48 hours and after that I tell myself that the addiction is all in my head. I have lasted 3 months before whilst not living at home. When living at home it has been about a week. In that week I found I could taste more, smell more and breathe better. One major downside is all the gross stuff you cough up - but when you consider it has been on my lungs for months I'd rather it came out! The hard part for me is that my parents buckle every single time. It is then I buckle because they will continue to smoke around me. I don't believe it is the 'giving up' that is difficult but actually STAYING given up. Don't get me wrong - giving up is no picnic but it is made a thousand times harder by other smokers being inconsiderate and continuing to smoke around you. Really if you put a recovering alcoholic around drinkers and alcohol then they are much more likely to be tempted to go back to their own ways. I am simply going to have to put up with it this time. If they want to kill themselves then fine but I refuse to do it to myself. I think now each time I am tempted I am going to have to say to myself "I do not want to die earlier than I have too". I can give a few tips on giving up as that is what I find the easy part.... Everytime you want a ciggie - have a mouthful of water. You will find you drink loads of the stuff but hey, it's good for you and it keeps your hands occupied. Nicotine is out of the body within 48 hours - after that it's strictly habit and all in your head. You can beat it! The night before you give up make a point of brushing your teeth for a seriously long time and do not smoke after that. Then when you wake up you do not have the smoke taste in your mouth. Chewing gum will keep you doing something with your mouth. To all those wanting to give up - please do, I am having to watch the effects of the people who have chosen to carry on smoking and it really isn't pretty. To those who choose to carry on smoking - please be considerate to those wishing to give up. *** have also written a general review on smoking.

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                              13.06.2009 18:57
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                              I have struggled occasionally but I've made it through thus far!

                              I have now been a non-smoker for one month and so far so good as they say! I have not used Nicotine replacement or anything else and my main motivation for giving up smoking is to be healthier in general and for increased fertility. In order to give up I began to record the amount of cigarettes I was smoking and then every 3 or 4 days I cut this amount down by 1 so that over 5 or 6 weeks I went from smoking 10 a day to 0 a day and the first day I didn't have a cigarette wasn't too hard at all as I was already prepared for what was going to happen. I had been sure to read up on things online beforehand and I knew what I was going to be letting myself in for and what the cravings would be like etc. I have snacked a little since I gave up smoking but in this first month (reportedly the hardest) I have not put on any extra weight so I am very happy overall with the progress that I have made and getting fatter was one of my main concerns! I have now noticed the amount of money that I am saving and this means that I've got a little bit extra for my shopping budget and things like that which is really important to me at a time when I don't have a job or much money in general. I do find that my fitness has improved a little already and I'm not getting out of breath anywhere near as much as I was before, also, my blood pressure has improved a fair bit already so overall my whole health is improving just from making what I now deem to be a fairly small change. I cannot actually say that I've struggled at all and already I've realised just how horrible cigarettes smell and when down the pub with a friend recently I was shocked at just how bad she smelt and how bad she looked when smoking a cigarette. My top tip for anybody who wants to give up smoking really is just to prepare yourself and I found that having a goal (health being the main thing I wanted to improve) that it gave me encouragement every time I made it through an hour, then a day, then a week etc and now I really feel that I'll never go back to smoking! The main test was having an alcoholic drink recently (just the one as I don't drink at all these days) and I didn't want a cigarette at all so perhaps you could say that I'm cured now! I am rating giving up smoking 5/5 as I think that's it a fantastic thing for anybody to do as it helps to improve your health, wealth & life expectancy and that's just fantastic and, to be honest, when you give up you'll realise just how bad you stank before!

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                                06.06.2009 22:08
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                                I havn't had a cigarette now since New Years Eve so I figured it was my turn to try help somebody else with the hints and tips I've used trying to give up the disgusting habit. I don't know why I started smoking, actually I think I do. I was overweight as a child/teen, still am but now I can deal with it myself but because back then I wanted to be in with the crowd etc I suppose I thought to myself I would look cool and people would respect me for puffing away on a cigarette! "I'll give you 50p for a fag" and "Last drags on that love" I now know are not 'cool' words for a 14year old girl, especially one who's overweight and obviously has enough health problems! I am now 22, have two young boys aged 18months now and I for whatever reason drummed into my head over Christmas that it's not healthy for my boys nor for me. I didn't smoke around them it was always outside, but they now take notice of things alot more and the last thing I want is for them to smoke just because I did and they just felt that urge to copy me the way they do everything else at the moment. I know theres a chance they still could smoke when they get older, but I don't want the reason to be because they seen me do it and automatically assumed everyone done it and it was right. I wouldn't say I was a heavy smoker, more of a social smoker to be honest! Especially when drunk! I would smoke so many when going out with the girls that the next day my mouth would literally feel like an ashtray. I was a strange smoker though, I did enjoy my cigarettes when drinking, when I was around friends chatting away and especially after a meal whether it be in our out. But at the same time I could smell it on me and hated it, I could smell it in my house sometimes even though I smoked outside, if it wasn't a social fag more often than not it would make me feel sick, and I can always smell fags on other people and in their homes which often makes me heave to. It was obvious to me now I associated smoking with all things 'good' which is why I'd kept it up for so long. I enjoyed going out and socialising, I enjoyed my meals and it was always these times I smoked so many and enjoyed smoking - or so I thought. This was my habit! I had to break it! To break it I had to associate smoking with all things bad, if I had to go outside for one it would have to be raining heavily or freezing, whereas usually I'd go outside when dry so I knew in my brain that there were no immediate bad affects when going outside for a smoke. Whereas if I went outside and it was raining, or freezing cold it would then sink into my head that I don't want to get drenched and I also don't want to be cold, as I hate being cold! After a meal was my hardest habit to break! Usually you have a meal and have a lovely drink afterwards to "wash it down", my washing a meal down was my cig though. Instead I'd have a cig before my meal, which would make me feel sick again and have a drink afterwards. This way I'd know that a fag with meals makes me feel ill and I knew I couldn't have one afterwards as I'd already had one before. These seem such small habits but it was these habits I needed to break gradually and so far things are good. I havn't noticed a huge difference moneywise as I didn't really smoke many unless I went out somewhere but I do have more 'loose' change in my purse than before. I smoked 'less' and tried changing my ways for about a month and then dived right in with NO SMOKING at all! My teeth have been so much better since I have given up, it is surprising what I myself have noticed about my own teeth and I am no dentist so don't know what 'bad' teeth are as such. They have more of a clean glow to them now rather than looking like they have a greasy yellow layer. My breath has improved - I don't feel my breath was rank but it always had a smell that I could detect by my own nose and I could taste it too. Now however I don't taste anything bad. Speaking of tasting things, I find I can appreciate the taste of drinks and food a bit more now, it was as if my tastebuds were clouded over slightly when I smoked and I wasn't quite getting the full flavours before. My skin has never been bad, but it has improved alot it is clearer, still dry yet not as dry as before and I don't break out in spots as often or as bad as before. I thought I noticed the smell of smoke on other people before but now the smell is vile to me. It is so strong and foul it really turns my stomach. It has been hard - I jumped straight in to the whole giving up process after the first month - I completely stopped with no help. So many times I could have just lit up a fag and said sod it but I have fought it so much in my head. I am really proud of myself as my mum is around me all the time and she is a heavy smoker, and so are many friends of mine and I have been around them talking, drinking and general socialising and resisted BIG temptation. I don't know whether it would of been easier if I'd have bought some stop smoking aids such as gum or patches - but like many habits we get into we have to break them sometimes and smoking is no different. There are people who have smoked for 40 plus years and just given up as they have had this sudden kick up the backside. I've proved to myself now that I can do things that I put my mind to when I really want to. One thing I would say though is you have got to really WANT to give up smoking to be able to do it. It is the same as anything really - to do it you have got to want it until you want it giving up smoking will be such a struggle. Don't do it for money, health, pressure, friends or family - when you do it do it because YOU want to and believe me it can be done! :-)

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                                  19.01.2009 23:01
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                                  IF I CAN DO IT SO CAN YOU!!

                                  I remember my first puff of a ciggie, I was very young, just 13! and my friend introduced me to one, I thought it was cool! even though it didn't really taste that good. I didn't get addicted straight away, maybe because someone pointed out to me I actually was not inhaling the smoke and just puffing, so I started to inhale and smoke properly. I smoked probably 10-15 ciggies a day while I was 14 all the way through school. I had a couple of paper rounds and used my dinner money to buy them. I remember through the school holidays having no money and that meant no ciggies so I was so desperate for one I tried to smoke grass from the ground as a roll up....urmmm well it didn't work just scorch my throat. I never thought about giving up smoking until I was probably about 20 or 21, as I was young, ignorant and didn't even think about the health issues. I gave up when I was in my early 20's I was probably 22 or something like that. I managed to quit using patches and gum and it seem to work for about 3 weeks then I went to the pub and started to smoke again. After a few more failed attempts I finally gave up smoking April 2005 I used patches for a few weeks and then found out I was PREGNANT!!! We had been trying a while for a baby for nearly a year, and we had both given up smoking at the same time so becoming pregnant had happened at the right time. I still craved ciggies but the craving was something I had to deal with, I couldn't smoke with a little life growing inside. I like to think I would have given up without becoming pregnant but I can't say for sure, as I had lots of moments where I really had to stop myself. It felt good giving up smoking, especially once the cravings had calmed down. The first couple of weeks are the hardest, once you have done a month that's when you start to feel better and start to forget about the ciggies. MY ADVICE 1* Give up for the right reasons and the right time and because you want too. 2* be prepared - Get low calorie snacks in as you will want to keep putting stuff in your mouth. Sugar free lollies are a good idea. 3* Get rid of all ciggies lighters 4*Stay away from people that smoke for a while till the cravings have gone. 5* Stay positive and take one day at a time, It will soon pass and just think you don't want to go backwards. 6* Put the money you use smoking into a Tin and don't open it for a week or a month and see how much you have in there and go and treat yourself to something really nice! 7* Get busy and occupy your mind! Smoking does not have any benefits, we all know its bad for us, you can no longer smoke in pubs or public places and you could go on a nice tropical holiday with what you spend in a year or buy a nice 50" flat screen TV! Good luck!!

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