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Almost 3 months and ready for cold turkey ?

Hi Folks, I am new to this site .....only just registered. I have been smoke free since 28th April ( 90 days today) and will have my last 24 hour patch on thursday before continuing cold turkey.

I am feeling pretty confident "at the moment" having joined a gym 3 weeks ago and that also helps focus my attention on getting fitter/ healthier after a 30 year 20 a day habit :eek:.

The patches have worked well for me although I do wake up in the early hours after about 4 to 5 hours sleep . Would be interested to hear how others find their sleep patterns affected as a result of quitting.

Will keep you posted if I experience any drastic changes in my "so far" positive attitude.:cool:

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Hi Bladeflyer :D

Well done on 90 days smoke free that's great keep up that positive attitude

Here is my standard welcome and advice post for new members of the forum and although you've been quit a while I think you may still find it useful

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

Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK


Marg xxxxxxx


Thanx Marg .....I should have added that I am a 49 year old male.

Looking forward to the gym again tonight and the best bit for me is the steam room at the end of it all.

Regards Trev xx


Hi Trev

Good luck with the cold turkey :)

I started taking champix 5 weeks ago and have been smoke free for 3 weeks 3 days now. At the end of last week I had problems with the champix and was told by the doc to stop taking them so I have been CT since I took my tablet on Fri afternoon.

I'm actually coping better now than I was last week. :D

They got me through the withdrawal period which is what I can't cope with and now it's just down to willpower.

Try not to worry about it...........I bet you'll be fine :)

Carol (CTC)



Thanx Carol , and good luck to you too . I am sure you will be fine even if all seems a bit strange and uncomfortable for the first few days of C.T and well done in approaching the end of your first month. Every day without a fag is another victory:D

Trev xx


Well done bladeflyer.

I used patches to start with only lasted about 3 three weeks then stopped using. It just happened by chance that I was going to reduce the strength one day but then I just forgot to put one on. By the time I realised I just wasn't worth it.

The following day I started to remember about having read that after 3 days the nicotine is out of the system so I thought why not, just keep going.

Thats exactly what I did with no problems at all. Still get a couple of cravings each day but they are nothing.

Just stay focused and have lots of Positive Mental Attitude.



Very best of luck Trev, not sure what you'll feel when you come off the patches, as I was never as successful as you on them (90 days is great by the way). Remember having a really bad time sleeping on them. Also had my time this quit too, although some people just want to sleep.

Just in case you do have withdrawal from lack of nicotine, remember to stay strong, and read read read.

Don't want to lie to you but my first 3 days were hard because I was in a fog of withdrawal, my nicotine was very very low, 2mg chewing gum. After 3 days went CT, since then it's been the psychological side, don't know how you'll fair as many of the challenges, post meal fag etc you'll already have dealt with.

Best of luck again.


Thanx Mah , I really appreciate the encouragement and its always nice to get an understanding of how other people experience the numerous aspects of withdrawal and the methods of quitting.;)

When I did quit I started off with the stage 2 patches for 2 months and for the last month I have been on the stage 3 and I can feel the distinct difference between the 2 strengths. I know that the cold turkey phase is going to be the ultimate test and a struggle so in a way I will be glad to get started and face the music. and have NO nicotine in my system.:p

I will post my progress after my first week ......assuming I can type while wearing a straight jacket:eek:

Regards Trev


I know that the cold turkey phase is going to be the ultimate test and a struggle

It will only be a struggle if you want it to be a struggle. Big believer in thinking positive.


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