Hello, I'm new here

Hi, just found this forum and thought it looks a nice place! I think I might be returning here over the next few weeks for a bit of moral support.

I've smoked since I was 11 - about 40 years - and have tried loads of times to quit. Tried every kind of NRT available, but I always had this thing in my head which said if I had nicotine going in my body then what would be the harm in just one cigarette! DOH!!

I quit once by cold turkey, which was realy hard, but I stayed off for 8 months. Had some really bad news and first thing I did was buy a packet of cigs. The first one did nothing for me and tasted foul, so I smoked a second. That was it - back on them again, the news was still bad and now I felt worse for being back on the cigs.

Since my last quit two years ago, I have been smoking in secret, which is pathetic really, but at least it kept my consumption down a bit. But I went back to my GP last week to get help, went to a Stop Smoking Clinic last night, and am just waiting to pick up my prescription for Champix. I feel really excited about this time - it's the first time I have tried to quit for me, and not for someone else.

And I see No Smoking Day falls on my birthday this year - that's got to be a good omen!!

CG

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  • Welcome to the forum Charliegirl there are a lot of people here who can offer some good advice I you find what you need so good luck.

    Wayne

    ;)

  • Hello Charlie, welcome to NSD forum. You should definitely stick around for that advice and support, there are many resources available and I'm sure the others will be along shortly to provide you with the links!

    "I always had this thing in my head which said if I had nicotine going in my body then what would be the harm in just one cigarette! DOH!!"

    You obviously realise your mistake there! As long as you know what to look out for this time around, you'll be able to suppress those thoughts and stay on the right track. And you know the feeling of giving in to that crave.

    I wish you the best of luck!

  • Hi Charlie

    Welcome to the forums and well done on not giving up and continuing to fight the smoking.

    You have come to the right place hun, i think these forums have kept alot of people from smoking as the advice support and encouragement you will get on here is fantastic. Who else better to give you this information then people going/gone through the same thing.

    Good luck with your quit, and keep in touch.

    Denise

    xx

  • Hi Charlie

    Welcome and well done on your decision to give quitting another go.

    You will find lots of support on here and it's a great place to have a rant as well as share your achievements with.

    Read lots of the posts on here and try some of the links that are recommended by some of the forum users.

    Keep in touch and let us know how you're doing.

  • Welcome CG, I think many of the people here will tell you they wouldn't have made it as far as they have without this forum, that includes me.

  • Welcome CG

    You have come to the wright place for support and also all the people on here are nice,well no one has bitten me yet ? if you need help there are allot of people going through the same as you and can advice you on how to deal with things,good luck and you have the wright motivation you are doing it for yourself,and you are always the most important person. ;)

    Keep the faith :cool:

  • A big welcome Charlie

    You are right, this is a nice place to be and the support is priceless!

    Please keep coming back for support, chat and if you feel like it, just to get your feelings off your chest.

    We are all here for each other and making friends along the way.

    Good luck with your quit!

  • Hi Charlie,

    I am new to this too - Am on my 4th QUIT day and so proud but I have already found out that the help and advice from these guys in this forum has been monumental. It's great to know that others have gone through the same emotions and frustrations etc that you are going through. Stay with it and stay with the forum as I have found they keep you sane and on track to being a "none smoker" - aren't those lovelly words:)

  • Hi Charlie

    Welcome to the forum it is a great place always someone there to help, advice,encourage or commiserate whatever is needed we all help each other

    I also gave up using champix after trying loads of other stuff that didn't work for me this time found it easy

    good luck

  • hi chariegirl and jay,,well come to the fourm,,like you said we have all been were you are now,,but what help us a lot was posting on her,any time you feel like having a good old rant or a rave,my self i went c/t i just went for it ,and here i am 79 days quit,,be strong and keep the faith tony

  • Thanks for the nice welcome!!

    Thanks folks, I got my Champix and am on the 3rd day, start taking two 0.5 tabs tomorrow.

    I have set my quit date for 11 February, which is Day 12 of the Champix. Chose that date for a few reasons - the nurse at the Stop Smoking Class said a week and a half seems to be a good time for most, I will have been to the Class the evening before so motivation will be high, my boss will be out of the way for a few days (a big plus for my stress levels!) and by No Smoking Day (my birthday) I hope to say I have been smoke free for one whole month!

    CG

  • Thanks folks, I got my Champix and am on the 3rd day, start taking two 0.5 tabs tomorrow.

    I have set my quit date for 11 February, which is Day 12 of the Champix. Chose that date for a few reasons - the nurse at the Stop Smoking Class said a week and a half seems to be a good time for most, I will have been to the Class the evening before so motivation will be high, my boss will be out of the way for a few days (a big plus for my stress levels!) and by No Smoking Day (my birthday) I hope to say I have been smoke free for one whole month!

    CG

    That sounds like a good plan! I did a very similar thing and chose a time on the Champix based around my lifes ups and downs.

    All the very best with it, use this forum, it's users and the information in it to help you and the Champix to make this quit a permanent one for you.

    All the very best.

  • Good luck with your plan it sounds like you are ready to make this work good luck.

    Wayne

  • Hi i don t no what i m doing on this i came on for a bit of support ,this is my second day of not smoking i m on the patchies i ve tried 6 times before,but i really want to do it this time. I started smoking when iwas 13 yrs old and i am now 38 yrs i have had some side effects my stmoach has been a bit off and wind which is a bit off putting. hope u do well Angela

  • Hi i don t no what i m doing on this i came on for a bit of support ,this is my second day of not smoking i m on the patchies i ve tried 6 times before,but i really want to do it this time. I started smoking when iwas 13 yrs old and i am now 38 yrs i have had some side effects my stmoach has been a bit off and wind which is a bit off putting. hope u do well Angela

    Welcome to the forum Angela,

    Stomach issues and wind are both very common side effects of quitting, and are not anything to worry about - they will pass with time.

    Best wishes :D

  • Hi Charliegirl and Angela

    Welcome to the forum.

    Champix was a massive help to me, I smoked for 34 years and had used loads of other methods that didn't work....Champix did for some reason and I am coming up to 5 months quit this week-end.

    Read loads of the stuff on peoples links (Stuart and Nioc both have them) they are a great help.

    Keep posting and good luck to you both

    Bernie

    P.S. Wind is a common problem with Champix HA HA!!

  • Congrats on your decision to quit,

    I have found reading 'Allen Carrs easy way to stop smoking'

    put me in a great mindset to stop and be really happy about it.

    Then, helping other 'willing to quit' smokers to a solution on these forums and in the real world is the best method I have ever tried.

    It is working for me,

    I love being a non-smoker :)

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