3 months smoke free
I decided to quit because I felt it was time. I noticed my children mimicking me smoking and saying things like "Dad is going for a cigarette". I was finding it harder to keep up with my kids and to play uninterrupted due to my cravings. I had tried before but it was before I had kids and maybe my heart was not in it. I picked a date and I looked up quit.ie,I received a phone call prior to starting my plan and they went through my plan in detail and what to do when I suffered from cravings. I chose to use the patches to help with the withdrawal symptoms. The first few weeks were difficult but I had a lot of support from my family and friends and a lot of support from the quit team who were available on the phone when I needed them, I have seen the benefits of not smoking and find my life is easier in a lot of ways,I volunteer with helping training kids for soccer and find I have a lot more energy for my own kids,I have also started running again,small distances now but hoping to build on it at time. I know I still have a lot of work to do and know I have to avoid complacency. But I know I have a lot of support from my family and friends and am aware the quit team are available to me whenever I need them. I would never advise others what to do but what I will say is that if you do decide to quit you will never regret it.
The thing that is really helping is
I beat the cravings by going for walks,cleaning the house(the house is spotless!)
The best thing about being smoke-free is having energy to play with the kids
My advice for other smokers is keep trying it is worth it when it does work for you