No Smoking Day
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Trying AGAIN

Today I put the patch on even though it tears my skin up and I have red spots and itch for days after words, but if it will help me once again quit smoking I'm willing to look like a spotted leaopard that has fleas!

I'm just tired of trying and always failing. I'm trying to get in a different mind set and do this...:D

I will stay away from drinking anything for a few weeks as that is a big down fall for me, and get on my treadmill, I looked into a gym but that might have to wait as I am helping my oldest with college and have a senior now.

I could lots of support!

Thanks, Mic.

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Hi Mic,

Welcome to the forum..... you will most certainly receive much support on here..... post often and support others..... this place can be an incredible tool to support your quit!

I am sorry you have such a terrible reaction to the patch.... if you want NRT, maybe you can try the inhalator? Others who know NRT stuff will come on later to give advice.... don't know much in that area.....

I do know you have to work on getting in the right frame of mind, just as you said! Again, you've come to the right place to do that :) Read up as much as you can.... knowledge is power and will get you through bad craves easier!

Good luck ;)


Welcome mic,!

Good luck on your quit, lets not call this an attempt though, i prefer it be called a journey.

Re: patches.

At first they do tend to irritate you quite a bit, some report they sting a bit, others just that they itch. (for me, they just itched)

I've been using patches for the last 6 weeks and have just in the last day or two stepped down to the lower dosage patches, in the early days i did find they irritated me more when stuck to certainly areas of my skin, and less in others. I generally found they irritated more in areas where i was likely to sweat and due to me feeling a bit warm on occasions (possibly part of the quitting too), they then began to itch a bit.

I found 6 great places for the patch was on the side of your arms just below the shoulders, either side of your collar bone, and on your back, just either side of the base of your neck at the back of your shoulders. Those worked for me, and i cycle between them with no problems.

I personally didn't cut out alcohol myself, but if you feel that by cutting it out it eliminates your early days chances of fail, then yes.. by all means cut out drinking. Don't become a long term nun though if you need a lil' drink to get by. (don't want it all to seem like a total detox eh!) Early days by all means, but we still got this complex world to live in :)

Anyway :) well done on making the decision, please please do check out the various forums including the tips forum etc here.. and check out the links on the bottom of quite a few folks signatures, some good reading. Just don't read too much in one sitting that all you then see is the word 'smoking' in front of your eyes constantly, just a bit of reading now n again with plenty of breaks.

I found on patches, i got thirsty quite a bit though, and i'll not jest, i am a big coffee fan, but i've found i've cut down on my coffee's and i've increased other drinks. Water is good for you sure, but i've become a bit of a fan of fresh orange and ribena at the moment, and have found fresh orange to be my favourite.

Drink when your thirsty. crazy tip i know, but on patches you'll prob. get thirsty more often than normal.

Please keep posting on here, let folk know how your getting along.



Hi Mic :)

Well done you quitting again

Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

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




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