Well, I just reached 3 months on the 17th September.
No patches or other expensive placebos used. I realised that I didn't actually need the cigarettes, probably something that any successful giver-upper realised a long while ago.
I still get the urge for a cigarette occasionally, usually after food, but don't need a cigarette, urge disappears fairly quickly.
I have put on weight, I feel like I am not eating more than normal, but I probably am, the extra weight and enlarged stomach seems to have caused me to suffer with a shortness of breath.
Before the shortness of breath was an issue, I felt like I was coming down with flu about 2 weeks after stopping, but to date have not developed a cough to clear out my lungs, in fact, I never really coughed as a smoker.
The shortness of breath is a problem, I feel I need to check my eating habits now, but a good thing is it is a deterent to taking up the cigarettes again as well as the shortness of breath being a bad sign.
So, am I about to die, or should I stop worrying and approach my doctor for the best way forward.
I think that I have done fairly well so far without the NHS chemical support.
I did try nicotine replacement last year, realised that nicotine is not addictive, so stopped the harmful patches and stuff.
I ended on that cigarette that tasted like s**t and so far have not looked back, I didn't 'Give-Up' exactly, I am seeing how long I can go without a cigarette, so far 99 days.
I am not looking for any 'Well Done's' etc, just some advice on whether I should seek medical assistance on my shortness of breath and lack of a smokers cough.