Two Weeks Off The Cigarettes

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Inspired by a recent thread on here I decided I wanted to give up smoking.

Realised I needed something to give me the nicotine hit and help with the 'habit' so went to B&M and bought the E Cigarette kit that they do there and a couple of liquid things.

These things were really cheap and I was a bit suspicious. £6 for the actual vape pen plus 99p for the liquids.

Normally I'd smoke 30g of tobacco a week, which combined with filters and papers probably cost about £13 a week.

Two weeks in I've not had a single desire for a traditional cigarette. I think I'm also using the vape stick less than I would a traditional cigarette. A few puffs on that and I'm good to go rather than feeling obliged to smoke the entire cigarette.

I've also used only half a bottle of the liquid. So I'm looking at less than a pound a month compared to £13 a week. The money is going into a pot labelleg "Gibson SG Fund".

Lungs are feeling healthier but the biggest difference I've noticed is the smell on other people - I now cannot stand the smell of someone who has been smoking. It's like an attack on my senses and has made me adamant i'll never return to it.

My wife was impressed with how I'd been doing so last week bought her her the same kit and she's not had a cigarette either. I've also just bought one for a good friend who has been impressed with our results.

Next stage is to get myself off the nicotine addiction and the habit element to a 100% smoke free lifestyle

So thanks guys you inspired me to do something really positive :)


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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 1709
    Good for you. I'm a reformed smoker and there are moments of temptation but they lessen over time. Just remember to avoid places and people where you habitually smoke in groups and that avoids one of the difficulties.

    Congratulations on getting a longer life.
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  • grungebobgrungebob Frets: 735
    nice one
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  • thomasw88thomasw88 Frets: 499
    Congrats.  I only occasionally smoke now when I'm drinking and I would never start full time.  Now is also a good time to start doing some exercise  as well if you don't do some. Makes you feel much better 
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 14221
    Well done. It's a long time since I was a regular smoker (I lapse on a night out once in a while) and feel much better these days.

    Definitely the right choice for your health.
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 4971
    Congratulations and good luck for maintaining this for the future
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 1938
    I need more sleep, I read the title as "Two weeks off the courgettes"
    Well done with the fags btw. 
    Sounds like you're ready to ditch all nicotine too soon enough -- it starts to feel like a pointless burden after a while.

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  • gubblegubble Frets: 876
    Grunfeld said:
    I need more sleep, I read the title as "Two weeks off the courgettes"
    Well done with the fags btw. 
    Sounds like you're ready to ditch all nicotine too soon enough -- it starts to feel like a pointless burden after a while.


    I'm still on 20 courgettes a day I'm afraid - it's getting pricey
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3105
    Well done, i'm now 3 weeks cig and grass free, not feeling amazingly better but getting there each day.
    Vaping sure does help. keep up the good work OP
    The laughing lady's loving aint the kind that you can keep
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 1783
    @gubble and @DesVegas ;

    well done, get yourself a reward!
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  • NikkoNikko Frets: 1452

    Nice one!

    Im 7/8 years off of the ciggies now. One of the best things I ever did.

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  • Flink_PoydFlink_Poyd Frets: 1573
    14 years for me although I did partake in a fair few "jazz cigarettes" every now and again. 
     Smoking is an addiction and a habit, if you can break the habit you're halfway there. Personally I just quit cold turkey but I'm well 'ard. 
     Keep it up
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 2612
    My brother in law died yesterday of COPD  ..... he was warned years ago to stop smoking ... but he didn't. Hours before his death he was vaping in his hospital bed .... a sad addiction which ultimately cost him his life

    Well done to you, I'm an ex smoker so know how hard it is to quit 
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3105
    cheers @Snap not feeling like death every morning is my reward

    The laughing lady's loving aint the kind that you can keep
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  • HoofHoof Frets: 278
    Well done.

    I started again last year during my sister's illness. Fully aware of the irony but the stress was realy getting to me. I quit on new year's day and apart from a couple of weeks on the nicotine patches it's been fine. I think it was easy because I never wanted to be smoking again. I've had a couple here and there on nights out but stopped even doing that the last few months. 

    I'd advise giving up the vapes asap too. You've broken the smoking habit, now it's time to break those psychological links to smoking/vaping being some sort of a cycle of reward or something that keeps you calm or helps you concentrate. It's not your friend. You'll find yourself much less stressed/restless when you're fully free.
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  • TheBlueWolfTheBlueWolf Frets: 1284
    Congrats!

    I quit a couple of years ago using a vape and haven't looked back. I didn't have any problems weaning myself off the vape either ;)
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 980
    edited May 19
    Nice one @gubble  good for you!!
    I gave up at 15yrs old..had my last fag hanging out my bedroom window thinking,  that's it, last one. 16 soon and able to do it legally soon and where's the fun in that
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  • jonnyburgojonnyburgo Frets: 4389
    Glad I stopped years ago, can't imagine what it must feel like to be in hospital because of a self inflicted illness, looking at your family knowing you are putting them through this because you didn't want to stop enough to actually do it. I know that's judgemental.
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5434
    Well done.
    Having had a consultant tell me "give up the fags or you'll never get better" made me quit. Fair play to the bloke, he did say I could keep on having beer and one-night stands.

    So I'm now on one from 3

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  • cruxiformcruxiform Frets: 1110
    Gave up in 2001. Best thing I ever did.
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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 9909
    edited May 19
    Big pat on the back mate. @gubble ;;;  I too had the same reaction when I gave up 5 years ago.  My first thought when my sense of smell returned was "Jesus....  how polite are non-smokers ? - All these years I've smelled like that and nobody has said a word !"  The stench is truly awful and, as a smoker, you are completely oblivious as to just how bad you, your car, your clothes and your house stink.

    My sister's husband smokes and I can't go over there because if I spend more than a minute just standing in the house - without even sitting down - I have to wash all my clothes as soon as I get home.  I'm so attuned to the smell of fag smoke now that I can tell immediately if someone lights up several cars ahead of me when I'm on the motorway - and I've got the windows up.

    The other thing that's struck me is that before I quit (was ordered to by a cardiologist when I had a heart attack), I used to think along the lines of "I can't quit.... imagine not being able to have a fag with a pint, or after dinner ? - I'll go nuts with the craving", but, of course, once the initial bit is over, you don't crave it at all.  I'm no more 'constantly aware' of not being able to have a fag now as I am of a burning desire to poke myself in the knob with a tent peg.
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  • finest1finest1 Frets: 8
    keep at it, this stage is one of the hardest as it's easy to go back to the bad habit. once you hit 4 weeks, you've succeeded in the sense that you've proved to yourself you don't need it
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 1384
    In a few weeks it will be 10 years since the no smoking laws came into force.  I wonder if it has had the desired effect?

    That was the day I quit, cold turkey, after being told I had to go outside for my after-tea smoke.
    Dedivorp Snib.
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 1384
    Oh, and a bi "well done" to the OP and all others who have stopped.
    Dedivorp Snib.
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  • gubblegubble Frets: 876

    Thanks Guys - made the conscious decision this weekend that I'm going to give up the vaping very soon as well.


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  • VibetronicVibetronic Frets: 106
    very well done. The vaping stuff is a lifesaver - I didn't think I'd ever stop (20 years at about 20/day) until I started the vaping about 2 years ago and ditched cigarettes completely. You'll be fine stopping the vaping - I stopped in February this year, and it was admittedly very difficult for a couple of days - very grumpy and tetchy, but after that it was fine, and it now seems weird that I even used to do it. I started using the nicorette spray stuff and the inhalator they do after that to take the edge off a bit, and stopped using the spray about a month ago. Just down to the inhalator now, which basically just gives you a tiny bit of a hit, and will be stopping that soon (and for the first time ever, went out last night for a couple of drinks with neighbours and didn't even think about using it). Good luck - I'm sure you'll get there  =)
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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 8621
    gubble said:

    Inspired by a recent thread on here I decided I wanted to give up smoking.

    Realised I needed something to give me the nicotine hit and help with the 'habit' so went to B&M and bought the E Cigarette kit that they do there and a couple of liquid things.

    These things were really cheap and I was a bit suspicious. £6 for the actual vape pen plus 99p for the liquids.

    Normally I'd smoke 30g of tobacco a week, which combined with filters and papers probably cost about £13 a week.

    Two weeks in I've not had a single desire for a traditional cigarette. I think I'm also using the vape stick less than I would a traditional cigarette. A few puffs on that and I'm good to go rather than feeling obliged to smoke the entire cigarette.

    I've also used only half a bottle of the liquid. So I'm looking at less than a pound a month compared to £13 a week. The money is going into a pot labelleg "Gibson SG Fund".

    Lungs are feeling healthier but the biggest difference I've noticed is the smell on other people - I now cannot stand the smell of someone who has been smoking. It's like an attack on my senses and has made me adamant i'll never return to it.

    My wife was impressed with how I'd been doing so last week bought her her the same kit and she's not had a cigarette either. I've also just bought one for a good friend who has been impressed with our results.

    Next stage is to get myself off the nicotine addiction and the habit element to a 100% smoke free lifestyle

    So thanks guys you inspired me to do something really positive :)


    And thank you. This thread has inspired me to go to B&M this morning and to do likewise :)
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  • gubblegubble Frets: 876

    @heartfeltdawn - cracking work sir ! let me know how you get on :)

    From B&H to B&M

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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 8621
    OK, off to B&M I went. £10.87 got me a small vaping pen, three capsules of what was described as Lime Zest Cookie, and a bag of shrimps and bananas because I'm addicted to those bastard things. 

    A bit of a charge of the what you might call it, some fiddling with the thing... jesus, it works. I can't taste the lime at all and need to get something fruity. Lime, lemon, pink lemonade, you name it, I want it. I'd still like to smoke a proper cigarette but I haven't got that huge irrational pull to run round to my local offie and ask Raj for my usual (he's seen me give up twice in four years and still takes the piss). 

    SO yes. Try it. It might well work :)
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 5886
    I haven't had any nicotine for 2 months.  But I still want one and I don't yet find the smell offensive.   I don't know how people get to that stage.

    The last few years have been 6months on 6 months off. 
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 1938
    edited May 25
    WezV said:
    I haven't had any nicotine for 2 months.  But I still want one and I don't yet find the smell offensive.   I don't know how people get to that stage.

    The last few years have been 6months on 6 months off. 
    I think it's possible to waste a lot of time telling ourselves a kind of story that we are a smoker who can only do on/ off -- I have no idea if that's what you're saying your story is but it was definitely mine before I stopped. 
    I much prefer my current story that is able to say, I stopped for good and I don't regret it.  I totally identify with that now.
    I remember wanting the things I believed came with the cigarette and the moment I realised they didn't come with the cigarette -- that nothing I wanted came with the cigarette -- was the moment I stopped. 
    It was an interesting shift from understanding something rationally to believing it fully at an emotional level.
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