Stoptober did it for me! I hope reading this it will give you an understanding of smokers & if you are one then take the challenge.
I have stopped smoking for 2 years now, 5th October 2014, I am so happy to declare and here is my Stoptober story.
I’m 55 years old, smoked 1 a day aged 13-16 sneaky one in bathroom. 16th Birthday my Dad announces no need to hide any more its legal, now on 10 a day at college as allowed to smoke in common room, how cool was that!. Started working in an office with another smoker, we were allowed to smoke at our desks therefore went to 20 a day. Makes me glad smoking is not tolerated so much these days, maybe my story would have been different if banned everywhere.
Don’t get me wrong, I really liked smoking, the flavour, the relaxed feeling with each inhale/exhale, I still like the smell of someone else smoking, but not stale smoke .
I have tried to quit numerous times during the last 20 years, mostly due to expense and when you realise it is a filthy habit.
When I tried without any substitute, I cried and cried, I think people usually get angry, but oh the wind blew, I cried.
Next time with Nicorette gum, my jaws ached awful, tasted disgusting, lasted a week but when I need more gum it was £11, cigarettes were £4, so you guessed it, no contest the cigarettes won again.
Tried inhaler, just did not cut it, felt embarrassed to use and really was a waste of time.
Patches – they were great, never craved a smoke at all, had really vivid dreams I loved in colour!
Finished the course, went to get more, but due to heart palpitations doctor advised me not to use, then I craved a smoke and started again after 6 weeks I really thought I had done it.
Tablets, heard so many positive comments, had to go to a clinic and be monitored, my craving for a cigarette did not stop, the adviser comment was “oh your one of those” meaning I would always crave, so much for that.
Now I had a constant cough, not had a decent nights sleep for years, had chest x-ray all clear.
Then after a medial check up aged 50/51 was informed I had the start of COPD, (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,) a narrowing of airways and my lungs were 74 years old!!!!!.
COPD could not be cured but I could stop it getting worse.
From NHS UK
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.
People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways, this is called airflow obstruction.
Typical symptoms of COPD include:
increasing breathlessness when active
a persistent cough with phlegm
frequent chest infections
The main cause of COPD is smoking!
I needed to do something, felt a fool, what was left to help, hypnosis?
Then I saw people smoking pen like things with vapour, I asked many strangers about them,
Then my husband, myself and two grown up children all got one, yes our house had four smokers in it.
I did half cigs/ half vapour for about 6 months, then after a stressful period just went back to cigarettes.
Then Stoptober was advertised on TV, this is it I thought, have to try again, properly.
So 5th October 2014 I had no cigarettes at home or in my handbag, just my vapour e-cig. I thought can’t have what you haven’t got, right!
Well I was fine the e-cig not only stopped any craving, it was and still is more enjoyable due to the variety of flavours available, very cheap. Average spend a week £2, average spend on parts £10 every 3 months.
Back to the nurse my lungs are now 59 years old and just keep improving.
My sister-in-law and cousin in their 60’s say I am an inspiration to them and they too are going to start the e-cig this week.
People now say when you going to stop vaping?This infuriates me, its took 30 years to stop smoking cigarettes, my lung tests show it’s not harmful so why should I !
I still have the inhale/exhale habit and that’ fine, the nicotine fluid comes in various strengths and flavours, as it is vapour it is acceptable indoors.
How or why anyone stops smoking is an individual choice, good luck to anyone who tries :0)
If you want help stopping smoking contact your doctor about this, call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0300 123 1044 or go to the NHS Smokefree Good Luck.