Giving up smoking - is it actually hard?

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  1. I smoke and enjoy it and realise that I'm a social pariah nowadays!o_O
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  2. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    I was watching a single machine pumping out 1000 packs of fags a minute yesterday.
    Hell of a machine.

    Giving up is easy. I’ve done it loads of times.
  3. My Nan could easily keep up with that :thumbsup:
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  4. Lucky enough to have hated the first and only ever ciggy as a teen.
    My Son in Law was in Beijing for work, sat in a cab at traffic lights, and a cyclist pulls up next to them wearing a smog mask .... Lifts the mask to puff the smoke from the ciggy underneath :confused:
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  5. Been off them for three years now, as I gave up on my sixtieth birthday. Second time at giving up, once for four months but the yearning gave way to just an occasional fag on a Sunday at the pub and getting back on them was inevitable. I really wanted to do it this time and had a similar experience to M.C. with the chest unwellness during the winter months that sometimes went on into the spring and even the summer. I’m just so glad to be off them and the perpetual hamster wheel of coughing and then rolling a fag primarily to stop the coughing and almost choking for the first drag or two, but still being way too cool or macho to actually cough too much in public :(
    Wanting to do it for yourself is the main thing, setting a definite date also helps. The most important thing is maybe getting some help if you need it. I read a book titled
    ‘The easy way to give up smoking’ by Alan Carr, not the comedian chappy you’ll be relieved to know. The main gist of it is exactly the same as the original post, as in how hard is it ? Most people believe it’s extremely hard because everyone tells them that it is. So most people are beaten before they start because they have their excuses already written out for them because they know that everyone else knows it’s way too hard to stop smoking. It is not at all hard once you’ve really decided, and that’s the bit that surprised me and most peeps that give it up, it’s easy. I’m just a bit embarrassed that it took me this long to give up.:). I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone, much more effective than replacement nicotine thingies that mean you’re still addicted to nicotine and are no further forward :(

    Ozziedog,,,,,,, I don’t wanna be the ‘ I’ve given up’ evangelist, but pm if you’re stuck.:)
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  6. Dubs

    Dubs Sponsor

    Keep it up chap, I enjoy passive smoking these days... its just smoking without the guilt. :thumbsup:
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  7. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    Giving up is easy, done it many a time, staying stopped is the hard part.
    I switched to roll ups about 6 years ago and I definitely smoke less.
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  8. quitters!
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  9. ron


    In 2007 after 40 years at about 20 a day at 11.00 PM on the 11th of January I smoked my last one. No aids nothing though i do admit to date I get the occasional urge ( for a ciggy)
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  10. I don't smoke it's disgusting:rolleyes:
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  11. I limit my smoking to the bedroom these days Bazza :thumbsup:
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  12. Try using KY Jelly I find that helps:thumbsup:
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  13. Now that IS disgusting Baz.

    It makes your cig all soggy :rolleyes:
  14. :thumbsup:
  15. Brilliant. My mum used to just buy me a packet of fags when I was 14, instead of giving me a quid pocket money.
    She knew I would only spend it on fags,
    I used to sell them for 10p each at school.(1982).
    Saved up dinner money was generally for weekend cider!
  16. You only smoke after sex, don’t you baz?

    That makes you a ‘20 a day’ man.
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  17. I used to do that, I'd buy 20 no6 for 21p then sell them for 2p each then buy myself 20 Benson's which cost 26p,
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  18. All that's left of the high street is anything you can't get on the internet. I guess vape shops will go that way soon as people don't need advice.
  19. Our local tobacconist shop down town, was converted into a gents hairdressers, only 2 months ago. It was ‘The Pipe Shop’, for 90 years. That May help people to give up. I’ve noticed, that even in the cafes of Amsterdam, tobacco Is now illegal. Just pure weed, now. Probably a good thing?
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