Stopping smoking was one of the hardest things I ever did. I was a compulsive 20+ a day smoker and would have thrown a hissy fit if there were no cigarettes about.
The decision to stop was made by both my husband and I following information that was released regarding passive smoking and as we were both concerned about our three young children’s health decided to give it a go.
We decided to go ‘cold turkey’, probably not the wisest way to start. The withdrawal symptoms were awful – bad temper, no patience, cravings – we had them all. At that time I was a stay at home mum so I didn’t even have a diversion through work and there were no aids on the market to help.
One of the hardest things I found was what to do with my hands because for all the years I’d smoked there was always a cigarette dangling from my fingers when I had spare time.
For anyone trying to give up now there are loads of different aids on the market including the new Skycig Freedom electronic cigarette kit which contain just a small dose of nicotine delivered in the form of water vapour, which allows you to have all the things you like about smoking without the nasties, or nicotine replacement products including patches, gum, lozenges etc. All of these will be available from your local pharmacy and will certainly make it much easier to give up the weed.
With less and less places available for a quick smoke – you can no longer smoke at work, in a works vehicle, in a pub, hotel or restaurant – many will find that they have already cut down without realizing it.
My advice, for what it’s worth, is stick with it! Use whatever aid helps you to be smoke free and soon you’ll be like me, a non smoker, who notices people who smoke when they walk by, by the smell from their clothes.
I won’t say it’ll be easy, because for me it certainly wasn’t, but now I’d no longer smoke a cigarette than swim the Thames.
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