Carol started smoking after a death in the family. Twenty years on, she shares her best quit smoking tips.
I started smoking when I was 18, when my Dad (who was a smoker) died from a heart attack (aged 65.)
I was a nurse at the time and one of the nurses offered me a cigarette saying it would 'make me feel better.' Fast forward 20-something years and after endless attempts to stop, I finally did. If you're interested, this is how:
I worked out why I smoked... I liked lighting them - it was almost ceremonial.
I didn't give up smoking - I took up 'non-smoking'.
When I was desprate for a ciggie, I'd rub the fingers of my non-dominant hand in the grey crud in the ashtray and I'd smell my fingers.... believe me that kills the urge.
With my 'cigarette money', I took up a craft that I had always wanted to do.
I'd tell myself I could have one if I waited 10 minutes. Obviously I never did, but it removed any chance of failure.
I now have no idea when exactly I stopped smoking, just that it was 20-something years ago. If you're still reading this, good luck, you'll get there. I nearly forgot that I was lighting 60 of those stinking things a day.