Hi, I have only just found this site,
I am an ex smoker of a 20 + a day this is my 5th day as a non smoker. I am using Champex, against medical advice as I suffer from Bi Polar disorder, I begged my health team to prescribe it for me as I have had so many failed attempts on NRT.
So far I have had no side effects on Champex but I believe is is working well. I was so addicted I had to have a ciggi within 3 mins of waking up. The carbon monoxide in my blood was 51 % when I had it tested.
Why did I decided to give up? The week before Christmas at aged 44 I had a stroke ( very, very young for one of those) - never feel you are OK, because I did, I walk at least 4 miles a day, I can run up and down the stairs I felt fit, but because of smoking I had a very early stroke.........
Now I am on Day 5 of not smoking and it is difficult, smoking has been my pal since I was 11, I used to like smoking and it is so hard to keep up not smoking, now I feel as if I am rambling here!
In a way I am glad it has snowed, because when things got really bad in the craving department, I went out and shovelled snow, I practice breathing deeply.
It is so hard to stay away from circumstances where I would have smoked, as I smoked all day and everywhere! - I know I have not got my head round quitting, but I am still trying - to be honest I am not sure how to get my head round quitting for my health as in the past with dark depressive moments due to Bi Polar I don't care about my health and well being!.
I seem to sound very depressed! So, out I go to take my Hawk flying in the hope that it will cheer both me and him up!