No Smoking Day
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Hi to all on day 2

I have been browsing here and have decided to join as it looks a good place for support!!

I am on day 2 now and am on the 21mg patches. Day one was fine, but day 2 has been worse for me with the cravings coming more often and like waves building up! I have found it really hard today, and am dreading the morning tomorrow. Anyone got any advice for the morning please and has anyone tried the 4mg gum?

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can i ask also, as I have been reading about C/t, but because I am on the patches, does this mean that the nicotine will never be flushed out until i COMPLETLEY come off the patches?:eek::confused::confused: I have been drinkinglote of juice, but is there any point?:confused:


Hello and Welcome

I did a couple of days CT and found it too much so got some of the high strength 24hr patches, found those to strong and the dreams!!!! Changed to mid strength after 5 days or so but only stayed with the 16 hr mid strength for 10 days or so.

Not sure which strength the 21's are but you will have nicotine in your system whilst you remain on any patches, inhalator or gum.

I found the patches very useful and they did help me through the first few weeks but I couldn't wait to finish them and did so quite quickly.

I didn't like the thought of nicotine being in my systems still and i didn't like the smell of them either.

All quits are different and you need to do what feels right for you, especially in the first days. There are some great posts here explaining more about patches. Look in the hints section, I think.

Read posts from people ahead time wise in their quits. This will help you know what to expect and plan ahead. It's a roller coaster ride for some folk but being prepared and bracing yourself ready does help.

If your on the 16 hr patches then all I personally can think of is grit your teeth in the morning whilst waiting for the new patch to take effect. These early days are intense, very intense at times, but they really do get easier.

Drinking juice and never be a wast of time. The vitamin C from it will be good and extra fluids for flushing the system are always a benefit.

All the best to you



Welcome to the forum, Darkcrystal, and well done on getting through your first two days. Don't worry about nicotine still being in your system..... I think the biggest battle is mental, breaking the associations, and understanding that most of your beliefs about smoking are all untrue. You smoked to feed your addiction and because you felt better each time you smoked to relief your withdrawal, you started to think fags were good.... necessary even.

Do whatever necessary to get through the next few days, weeks.... patches or not. What is important is that you stick with your quit and soon it will get way easier.... give your body time to recover and adapt. You'll be glad you did.

If it gets tough tomorrow, do whatever you can to get through it..... hot showers, reading, running, coming on the forum.... whatever works! And when you get more comfortable with your quit, you ditch the patches. Hope you have a good day tomorrow!


Hi Darkcrystal :)

Well done you're on day three and that has to be good sorry you struggled yesterday but that doesn't mean you will today you could fin today totally different

The patches slowly wean you off the nicotine OK so although it's still in your system until you stop them altogether it's much less than you'd get from smoking and as I understand it you're not getting any of the other chemicals you get in fags hope that helps

Just do whatever it takes to get through the nexr few days it really does get so much easier even if at first you don't notice mych difference Promise

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 sympathising 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

This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

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




Don't be afraid to use patches, backed up with good support from a forum like this, there is no reason why them patches won't help you quit.

Patches worked for me, then can work for you too, but they don't totally take away the cravings.. as i think someone else posted about this topic.. there is no magic bullet for quitting, it still takes hard work and you will still crave cigarettes. Its kind of a 'you got yourself into this mess, so expect to get yourself out of it too' scenario... patches just lessen the cravings intensity and help to stabilise your moods a bit better too.

Anyway, they did work for me and i've been off patches now for longer than i was using them for, so they sure get my vote!



Hi Darkcrystal.

Welcome to this brilliant forum and well done for not smoking and keeping up the good work.

I am nearly on my first month of not smoking (Tomorrow in fact will be my first month!!).

I too like Jase am on patches (and I got an inhalator just in case). Also I have a smoking nurse I see once a fortnight. I know the patches are helping me with the non smoking. Lucozade glucose tablets also help me.

Not only is the patches helping, but this forum is helping me also. It's nice to read other people's messages and know that they are going through the same feelings and thoughts as yourself. Also the nice people on here post you support when you need it. Thank you guys!!!:D:D

Giving up smoking is hard to do, but keep up the good work because it will get easier as the time passes.:)

Keep in touch



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