09 Aug 2022
09 Aug 2022
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Firstly, apologies for posting here, I am from England, but there doesn't seem to be any other no smoking forums left.
This is my second quit.
A brief history.
I began smoking at 13 years old. 13 years later, at the age of 26, I was on the receiving end of a horrendous cold/flu. I hadn't been able to smoke because it made me feel so bad. 5 hours go by, I decide to see how long I could go without having a cigarette. 5 hours turned to 5 days, 5 days turned to 5 weeks, 5 weeks turned to 5 years!
I had done it! I was free! What a relief!
I done this "cold turkey", but found it very helpful reading other peoples post on "No Smoking" forums, but they all seem to have gone! Are the remaining smokers so few that forums are no longer needed? If this is true, then brilliant!
Anyway, 5 years had passed, then I done the most stupid thing you could do. I had a cigarette on a night out. The next day I felt fine, there's no way I could go back to smoking full time. I don't even fancy one. Next time I went out I had another couple of cigarettes. Next time I went out I bought a box, and told myself I would just buy the occasional box to have a couple on nights out. This went on for 3-4 weeks. I was speaking to ex-smokers who were now vapers. Long story short, I somehow persuaded myself that Vaping was all of the "good" and none of the bad and decided to buy myself a vape kit. We all know that there is nothing good about smoking or vaping! That was 4 and a half years ago.
I am now 35 years old. I have smoked for 13 years, vaped for 4.5 years for a combined total of 17.5 years. Half of my life. Enough is enough.
Yesterday, 8th August 2022 sometime before 8 am, I quit nicotine for good.
Its been a little over 24 hours, which have had some difficult moments. Worst moments were at lunch time and in the evening after dinner. I would keep reaching for my vape, even though it wasn't there. I didn't sleep very well at all last night, either. Not sure if it was the heat, or withdrawal pangs but it felt like I was awake every hour. Still, I have woken up positive, ready for day 2 as a non-smoker!