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... I have £2.50 in my purse. I cut up my credit card last month because I was getting worryingly near the limit. I have nothing in my bank account. I have run out of cigarettes. I haven't had a cigarette all day and am only twitching slightly.

So now's as good a time as any to try and give up, yes? If I can make it through next week I then have a week off work and that should help enormously.

Why am I posting this here? Because if I make insane emotional outbursts or angry posts in the next couple of weeks, I want you all to remember that going cold turkey from cigarettes is supposed to be worse than going cold turkey from heroin. So I might not be entirely rational for a while. But then again, when was I ever?

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tooth-fairy.livejournal.com
good luck

huggles

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missdiane.livejournal.com
I don't know - do statistics say it's better to go cold turkey rather than wean off? If weaning is better, bum a cigarette or two from someone when you're feeling really bad off.

Don't worry about being snappish - thanks for the warning, though LOL. I hope you can do it, as it'll help a LOT with the rock climbing.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Cold turkey is apparently just as bad if you cut down as if you give straight up. And the other thing about cutting down is that you creep back up again without noticing. I was down to three a day over Christmas and now I'm back up to ten-twelve.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puddingcat.livejournal.com
Grab me on MSN & swear about the unfairness of the world in the evenings.

I've heard (though I've heard many things, and I'm sure some of them are fibs) that only the first 3 days are physical withdrawal symptoms from the nicotine. After that, it's habit that gets you. *Shrugs* It's a first step to aim for, I suppose.

Good luck :)

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Doctor told me three weeks for physical withdrawal last time I went to the stop smoking clinic. And my mum gave up for four years once and then started again. I think being a smoker is the same as being an alcoholic... you're ALWAYS a smoker, but sometimes you've managed to stop.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puddingcat.livejournal.com
Ouch :( Well, you're almost a day through already. That's almost 5%.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] strangefrontier.livejournal.com
Best of luck! Try and do something you can get totally lost in and not notice how much time has past - watching favourite DVDs or something. Staying busy so that you don't have time to think about having a fag helps. And drink loads and loads of water! I've quit a couple of times when money got tight, and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be as long as I had distractions and wasn't around other smokers.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
The bad news: Ian smokes.
The good news: he smokes HORRIBLE fags and I'm a snob - I'd rather go cold turkey than smoke the shit he does.

Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] strangefrontier.livejournal.com
Heh, I'm a bit of a snob, too. No matter how much I want a fag, I will never accept an offer of a Lambert & Butler. Yeuch!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] briargate.livejournal.com
It's an insanely difficult habit to get away from. I'm lucky in that I can cut off and stop smoking easily, which was useful back in days with a less solid income. I could go for weeks, sometimes months, without a fag just to be hit by a random craving, which would start me off again.

The important thing is to really want to give up smoking. If you're just doing it because you think you should, it's going to be hell of a lot harder.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I'm doing it because I can't afford a packet of fags. So in that sense it's easy; if I want a packet of fags I will have to steal some money. It's when I get paid that the trouble starts.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nannyo.livejournal.com
are you going anywhere exciting for your week off work? Or are you staying home and being productive? Want to meet on Saturday for fun days out/in? I can come and pick up, do chauffering, can accomodate Shrublette.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I've nowt planned, but I'm sure Shrublette and I would like a day out and we could leave Ian to his own devices.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
When they raised the price of a pack of cigarettes to DM4 (in '84, I think), my dad said "I'm not going to pay this much money" (well, the German equivalent), smoked the last cigarettes he had and then never smoked again, and that from almost two packets a day.

Now he's the first to complain when he goes anywhere where smokers are...

Good luck!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] uninvitedcat.livejournal.com
Heh - my dad's like that! He even put up little No Smoking signs on doors in his last house!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pink-weasel.livejournal.com
I was going to suggest watching some TG or Top toys and finding something to occupy your hands but, um..

Knitting?

*hugs*

Good luck!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puddingcat.livejournal.com
*coffeedownnose*

That's as bad as typing one-handed becasue of having a cat in my lap!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Bwaaaahahahahahahahahahahhaaaaa naughty weasel!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] uninvitedcat.livejournal.com
Good luck with giving up. I've heard said that smoking is more addictive than heroin. No idea if it's true, but I give full credit to those who turn their back on the habit!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badseeds.livejournal.com
Oh. My sister still hasn't sorted out this bankers draft yet (it's a long and dull story that I may email you about if I can be arsed).

Giving up's good for you!

*runs away*

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] norfolkian.livejournal.com
My mum gave up smoking, and as an incentive she used to put the money she would have spent on the fags aside and then buy herself gifts with it. :)

Good luck! Remember that giving up is also good for the shrublette.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandiapple.livejournal.com
Good luck with quitting - I smoked 30 a day for 15 years before going cold turkey 3 years ago (and staying off, thank God!), it's never as bad as you think it's going to be I promise *hugs*

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-modette.livejournal.com
Good luck SB!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ihavecake.livejournal.com
Ach, no-one likes a quitter... ;)

Seriously dude, good luck. I haven't had a cigarette for so long but I know I'm still addicted to them. Although the other day I did find myself gagging at the smell in a pub.

Remember that the hard part about quitting is getting your body used to no nicotene, so no cheating! My Quit#1 scheme lasted a couple of months before I thought "Ah, see, I can quit! That means I can have a cigarette because I don't need it." Pretty soon I was back to needing it.

Will be cheering you on!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blazingskies.livejournal.com
Two freinds of mine gave up before Xmas...and they've since discovered that all thier food smells and tastes so much better...so maybe that's a plus :)

Best of luck with it!!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachel1707uk.livejournal.com
My mum keeps meaning to give up (she gave up for fifteen years after my brother was born then restarted when she got divorced) but she has to come off her HRT as well and I think she would actually implode if she tried to do both at the same time.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachel1707uk.livejournal.com
Oh, and good luck!

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcontheroad.livejournal.com
SB's new mantra --

This will be good for the shrubbie. . . this will be good for the shrubbie. . . this will be good for the shrubbie.

She will no longer be breathing your second-hand smoke.
She will no longer be seeing her biggest role model doing something bad for her.
She will learn that mummy does what's right even when it's REALLY HARD to do.
She will learn that mummy's priorities are to spend the money elsewhere.
She will admire her mummy (some day) when she learns that smoking is one of the hardest addictions to kick known to medicine.

This will be good for the shrubbie. . . this will be good for the shrubbie. . .this will be good for the shrubbie. . .

Swear away, insult us, take away our icons, we'll be here for you.

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I don't smoke in front of her, or in the house at all, but yeah, I get your point.

Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcontheroad.livejournal.com
I'm sure she knows you smoke. She's a smart kid. Anyway, you said your top goal in life is to be a good mum to her, so I figured it might be the way to motivate you so that even when you do have a spare pound or two in your pocket you won't chuck it all. You are a good mum, smoker or no, but this is a good move for both of you. ((hug))

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] indochine-uk.livejournal.com
I gave up for 5 years once. Now, I have many moments of being on and off the baccy wagon (currently off). Never leaves you that craving, that's the worst of it. When I'm on the wagon I always do the cold turkey thing, personally I think it's much easier.

However, without being inconsiderate, all this talk of smokes means I'm off out to the doorstep to have a very nice YSL White Menthol.

Call me bitch-whore-troll-from-hell if it makes it easier, I don't mind ;-)

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] threeoranges.livejournal.com
Also, giving up cigs will allow you to save towards teeth braces and will also allow your gums to be in a fit state to take the pressure of teeth shifting around. When I first wanted braces the orthodontist pointed out how bad my gums were and demanded I go on a gum-cleaning regime for a year before I was ready to wear braces.

So, giving up the cigs is the first step towards healthy gums, and healthy gums are the one requirement (besides dosh) you need for braces.

Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gaeriwitch.livejournal.com
No brlliant advice to offer you, can't better what others have already posted here.

The best of lucks, though.You can always use this place to swear and spit and whatever serves to relieve the cold turky (new expression I learned today).

Go SB!!!!

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