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#1 Hev

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 06:41 PM

Well I am definatly a newby here.  I quit smoking on the day after Christmas as I woke with a cough (worse than normal) and generally feeling lousy so cutting a long story short I didnt smoke a week later I still hadnt started smoking again so thought this was the ideal time to quit.  Here I am after smoking a pack a day for 48 years.  Im quitting cold turkey but I have got a packet of tabex just in case.  I really need help as I live in a country where smoking is still the norm so most people smoke and they are really cheap to buy.

Yesterday and today have been bad but I have started an exercise routine to see if that will help.

Any help or advise would be very welcome

Thanks in advance


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 06:47 PM

Hello Hev and congratulations on getting by the first 2 weeks. Stay on here everyday for the first couple of months and pledge NOPE. Also please go through the newbie package as it is very helpful.
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#3 Hev

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:12 PM

Thanks Sparkzz,  I have read and re read everything on here thats what made me decide to post everyone seems really helpful.  Thank you for your reply I will be here everyday.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:21 PM

Welcome, Hev!!  I'm not familiar with what tabex is, is it some form of nicotine?

 

I don't envy you living where smoking is the norm (boy would I have said otherwise five and 1/4 years ago!), here in the US it is more and more difficult to find a place to smoke without some sort of restraints or constraints, besides being looked at like you are the devil incarnate if someone sees you smoking anywhere within their airspace.  So that makes it easier here :) .

 

But the effects of smoking are just as harsh on you who live where smokes are cheap and smoking is the norm, you don't get a free pass from smoking related diseases, so you are doing the best possible thing you can for yourself, as well as for your loved ones.

 

I smoked for a very long time also.  I honestly thought they would have to pry my last cigarette out of my cold dead hand.... but here I am and couldn't be more pleased with the decision I made and the effort I put into freeing myself from the chains of this awful addiction!!

 

You're doing great, and taking one day at a time you can make this journey to the point where it is no longer a struggle.  I know the first two weeks are the hardest, and there is no "instantly easier" point that I recall, but very soon you will look back and say "Yeah, today was way easier than two weeks ago was.... still not easy, but less difficult than then".  Then you'll begin to have some golden moments and golden days where time goes by without even thinking about cigarettes.   

 

Keep on with what you're doing, because you're doing it right!  NOPE one day at a time, and sometimes one hour at a time, and that will get you where you want to be!

 

Best wishes to you!


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:31 PM

Hi Marciem,

 

Thanks so much for the reply and for your help its very much appriciated.  This is tabex https://www.tabex.net/ I hope this is not a violation its just to let you know what it is. I live in Bulgaria so tabex was the norm during the communist time it works well it puts you off smoking and its really cheap to buy here.

To be honest I tell myself if I dont smoke all day I can have one before I go to bed but then I just get ready and go to bed without one.  I know it sounds daft but its working for me one day at a time. thanks for the help.


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#6 marciem

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:53 PM

Hi Marciem,
 
Thanks so much for the reply and for your help its very much appriciated.  This is tabex https://www.tabex.net/ I hope this is not a violation its just to let you know what it is. I live in Bulgaria so tabex was the norm during the communist time it works well it puts you off smoking and its really cheap to buy here.
To be honest I tell myself if I dont smoke all day I can have one before I go to bed but then I just get ready and go to bed without one.  I know it sounds daft but its working for me one day at a time. thanks for the help.

I'm really proud of you for doing so well.
 
I do need to share my opinion... I feel it is really best to take smoking off the table as an option... Not "I can have one" but "today I cannot/WON'T have one, we'll worry about tomorrow tomorrow".  We pretty much live by NOPE here (Not One Puff Ever)... even if just for today.  You want to turn around so that smoking is not something you consider doing, it is something you used to do but don't do anymore.
 
Mindset can be a very critical part of becoming a nonsmoker, that's why I'm saying this to you.  NOW is the time to work on your mindset, so that further down the road, when not smoking becomes easier, you won't think "YAY I'm cured, so I can have one", which has been the ruin of many a poor quitter  :(  .
 
You want to work your mindset so that you don't want one...ever.  It is much easier to avoid doing something that you don't want to do, no?  Rather than depriving yourself of something you (think you) want.
 
Thanks for the info on Tabex... funny I have never seen it marketed in any way in the US, it sounds like it has had some success in smoking cessation!


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:36 PM

Tabex is only known and used in Eastern and Central Europe, the active substance isn’t considered legal anywhere else. Recently there was research made in Germany that confirmed its effectiveness.

Hev, welcome and enjoy the quit! It’s going to get better and the community here is fantastic.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:48 PM

​Welcome Hev and congrats on over two weeks quit, those are the hardest of all. You are now in what we call WTF week and it's name says it all! I also say to myself that I'm a grown woman and I can have a smoke if I want to. I chose not to smoke, not that I have to quit. I'm quitting for me :) So keep doing what you're doing because you have a great quit going :)


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:57 PM

Hi and welcome. Congrats on your quit. Stick around read post and daily nope with us. You are doing great.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:38 PM

Welcome Hev & Congratulations on starting your quit. I was also a cold turkey quitter. Some days were bad, some days were terrible, some days were manageable, some days were full of pride and excitement to have kept my quit through it all! Just hold on tight and come to the forum often for support. We are here for you!
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:09 PM

Hi Hev

 

Congrats on taking the right step. I have a lot of Bulgarian friends and know that smoking is very common there (we have a team in Bulgaria who I work with on daily basis from states).

Anyways, one of very good friend who lives in Bulgaria now actually quit because he saw the terrible consequences of smoking on his family and friends. It does become difficult when so many people around you smoke, but it also makes you the better one who decided to quit and proved it.

 

Good Luck with your journey.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:16 PM

Welcome Hev and congratulations on your decision to quit this horrible addiction! You are doing great and have already received some great advice already from others. You really need to just pledge to yourself each day not to take even one puff from a cigarette just for today. Take things a day at a time for now.

 

Once you understand that this addiction only takes from you and gives you nothing but slavery to an addiction, you will be happy to be rid of it and you will pity those people around you still a slave to this addiction. Having to go for a smoke every hour or so.

 

The cost of smokes is not the only cost of smoking. What about the cost to your health? Best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones is to quit for good. You're doing great so far. Keep it up :)


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:35 PM

Hi Hev, and welcome to QSMB. Quitting smoking feels amazing, and I hope for you the determination to stay the course with it. This place can definitely help you build a lasting quit.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:17 AM

Hi Hev, you still with us?

Mindset, education and support is the recipe for success. Do anything but smoke....I could elaborate here. Stay close, read and post often. You will find amazing support here at QSMB!
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:01 AM

Thank you to everyone who has posted with help for me.  Sorry if I dont reply but dont forget most of you are in the USA and I am in Bulgaria which is GMT plus 2 so when you are on here I am in bed. But I got up made coffee and logged on.  So a huge thanks.  This is the first day I woke up I thought about smoking but didnt want a cig so thats a huge one for me 


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:19 PM

Hey! That's a big achievement! That's exactly how you do it. Acknowledge the thought, but don't dwell on it, don't romance it.
Tell it NOPE and move on.
These 16 days will soon be a month before you know it.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:21 PM

Hi Hev & welcome! Don't have much to add to what has already been said except that you're doing great!!

 

Starting an exercise routine is a good idea, you're on your way to a much healthier you!!!


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:57 PM

Welcome to the board Hev!

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:37 PM

Hi Hev, welcome to QSMB and congratulations for quitting, it will be the most effecting decision you'll ever make. Make this quit stick ! stay around here, read, learn and participate.

 

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