I am a newbie to this site and I am hopeful of getting some support at times of my weakness. I have made numerous attempts to quit the demon ciggies in the past and have tried just about all of the aids out there. The best I had managed was 3 months, before going back to my regular 15-20 per day.
Following another chest infection at the start of the year, I eventually saw my Doctor who said for the first time, that I really should stop smoking now. He put me on Champix, which I started to take on the 11th Feb 2010. I did have some stomache pains after a few days, but these passed and I am fine using it now. Yesterday, at 4.30pm, I became a non smoker again.
The past 32 hours have not been too bad. I was pleased that what would have been my usual first smoke of the day went almost unnoticed. Aboout 24 hours in, I did have some quite strong cravings which passed off. However, I did find it very difficult when making my usual lengthy phone call to my sister, during which time I will usually wander around smoking and chatting. Very tough.
I must say that I am determined to succeed this time, as my desire for life must be stronger than my addiction and habit of smoking. I know well the pitfalls that lie ahead and I know how non smokers never seem to understand the difficulty facing a smoker who is trying to quit. We know we can get a bit tetchy, and unless they understand and can be relaxed about that, then things can be a bit fraught.
Well, here I am in day 2 and I would be grateful for any support out there. Perhaps I in turn can help support someone at the same stage as myself. Thanks a lot, and lets beat this thing once and for all.
Regards to you all.....Aremess.