No Smoking Day
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Hiya everyone.

I stopped on March 11. Didn't know it was no smoking day just stopped and have been using nasal spray and now chewies (2mg). I AM STRUGGLING.

My question is: The nicotine in 2mg of a chewy is like 4 cigs (0.5mg). Is it better for me to just stop the chewies and go through it or to carry on and drag it out for weeks and weeks? I have no real desire to smoke any more but the coming off nicotine is starting to get me down. If chewing chewies stops me smoking then I'll do it for the next six months but i don't want to get addicted to chewing gum.

Anyone understand what I mean?

ps I smoked 20+ a day for the last thirty years. £65,000 @ £6.00 a pack.

Thats a fair bit of wedge.


4 Replies

Hello Gareth.

My advice to you is to do what is best for you having said that if you stop using nrt it will only take 72 hours for the nicotine to leave your body, I suggest you have a look at the links in my signature, there is a wealth of information in them, so have a good read and then decide what you are going to do, anyway congratulations on your quit so far and welcome to the forum.



Hi Gareth.. as Wayne has said, it takes about 72 hours for the nicotine to leave your body, at that point you will be hitting the peak of withdrawal and things only get better from that point.

From my personal experience it has taken about 7 to 10 days to start feeling normal again in terms of withdrawal symptoms however I have still suffered with some sleeping disturbances in the past upto a few weeks after the quit although I don't know if these are caused by lack of nicotine or something else due to the lack of smoking so you might be ok on that front.

What you might want to do read up as much as possible about the effects of nicotine and then wait for an appropriate time to come off the gum, like on a Friday evening for example where you have 3 days head start before having to go back to work on the Monday then just keep yourself busy and stay positive for the next week and then you should be free and clear.

Good luck, Mike



I can only mirror what is being said here. It really is up to you. I had patches and about a week it began to bother me that I was still not in control only it was the nicotine in the patches that was controling me now instead of the smokes. I started cutting bits off the patches as Bible Black advises and came off completely at 3 weeks. It then took 3 days of physical withdrawel and a few more days to get my head into gear mentaly. It was worth it though for me. But, everyone is different.


Hi Gareth :D

I agree with the others but read this it may help

Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off and Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

Good Luck



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