start a fresh

3 weeks on lozengers have gone now, and now its day 2 with cold turkey, it feels like im giving up smoking all over again. somehow i feel like the last 3 weeks have been worthless seeing that i was stil feeding my addiction. i went 15 mins thismorning after waking not thinking about smoking at all :D that made me smile when realised, hoping its a good sign for the future. no matter what stands in my way now il storm right through it, cheers

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  • Well done Sourlink, The last three weeks on lozengers/gum whatever you were taking were not a waste of time, it gave you some space and strength to kick the habit first, built up your confidence to then go CT, so dont knock it, you have and are doing fab!!

    There seems to be a tendancy on this forum for the attitude of a division between the users of NRT and the CT quitters, however we are all different and have different ways of stopping smoking, i know there is an anti movement for NRTs' and the companies that make them, however i stopped by using gum, which built my confidence to then go CT like yourself, and although felt withdrawls from the NRT i could handle it better as i was in the right frame of mind.

    I personally feel NRTs' have a place in the stop smoking world, however should only be used in the very short term of the quit, lets say.... a stepping stone to eventual freedom from addiction itself, theres nothing wrong with that. People who only see the black and white of a cessation are, i think, sending a negative message, making people feel guilty by using such techniques as NRT. The most important thing i would say to any-one using NRTs' like i did, is to use them wisely and slowly ween yourself off them once your confidence and strength has grown within 3 months.

    So be proud of your achievements and dont think too negatively on how yo got there xxx

  • Hi Sourlink

    Well done you off the lozenges and coping well but as Shabba says the last three weeks were not a waste of time it doesn't matter what we use it only matters that we stop as you said this morning you smiled because you did not think about smoking for 15 mins just think it will soon be hours or days at a time

    After tomorrow your body will be completely free of nicotine and that has to be a big plus just hang in there

    Love Margaret

  • Sourlink

    Dont for one min think the last three weeks are for nothing you have quit smoking. i total agree with everything shabb has said. Well done mate as margaret said not long now anyway and you will be nicotine free.xxxxxxxxx

  • There seems to be a tendancy on this forum for the attitude of a division between the users of NRT and the CT quitters, however we are all different and have different ways of stopping smoking, i know there is an anti movement for NRTs' and the companies that make them, however i stopped by using gum, which built my confidence to then go CT like yourself, and although felt withdrawls from the NRT i could handle it better as i was in the right frame of mind.

    I don't think anyone is "anti" anything here. I certainly am not, and I hope I don't come across that way.

    The best way I can put it is... Whatever means you get control, then do it.

    I didn't feel I could go CT and having tried and failed with NRT many times I decided to go for Champix. A short time later, I came off them because I had learned enough to take control myself.

    If NRT means you can take control of your addiction and stay quit, then that's all that matters. I am against the makers of these aids (including Champix and many others too) because it is just a way to make a huge amount of money out of people without giving them the best chance of success... but I am not against the aids themselves.

    When used alongside education as a means to take control of things yourself... they're superb. They are NOT good when used as the NHS uses them.... as a magic cure for smoking.

    Glad to hear things are going well for you so far, sourlink.

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