Another newbie trying to quit again.

Hello Everyone,

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.

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  • Hi Aremess,

    Welcome to the forum.

    You will find much support here in your quit. I wish you well with your journey & visit often.

    Gaynor x

  • Hi there Aremess,

    And welcome to the forum.:D Sounds like you are doing as great job already! Being aware of the pitfalls will really help you to succeed this time and you sound really determined.

    Even though you say you found not smoking during your long phone call tough, you still got through it, which just goes to show how committed you are to quitting, so a very big well done on that!!

    Doing things that we usually associate with smoking for the first time after we quit usually feels a bit odd. But i think that's it really.....just a bit odd:confused:

    I'm finding lollipops are my new best friend if I get a big craving!:)

    Anyway, good to meet you and post often.

    Jenni xx

  • Thanks a bunch.

    Hey Jenni

    Many thanks for the words of encouragement, they are very much appreciated. Right now I have that gnawing in my stomache that says reach out and have a smoke, but I know that it is Nic looking for a fix, but he wont get one if I can help it. I am going thru the fruit gums tho:

    There were a few times today that it got tough, We had the young grandchildren over and they can get a bit excitable at times, and that can usually result in me going outside for a smoke and a few minutes of peace. I am not going to put them off in favour if Nic, so will have to keep my willpower on top form.

    I have just had my 2nd Champix of the day, so that will kick in again soon. I find it ok, apart from not sleeping too good. At least I dont have the nausea that some people report.

    Well thanks again Jenni, I've just about made it thru my 2nd full day. :)

  • Hi Aremess :)

    Well done stopping smoking I also used Champix and found it really good and already you're on day 2 just hang in there hun

    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 whyquit.com and woofmang.com 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 whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Sympt...

    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

    Love

    Marg

  • Still copimng - just.

    Hi Marg,

    Many thanks for the words of encouragement and also for the Welcome post. I will have a good look around and read as much as I can during the coming days.

    I note that we are of a like, in as much as we have been smoking about the same amount, for the same length of time. Also we are of a similar age. Hopefully, like you I will manage to quit this time.

    Just as an aside, and at the risk of mentioning something taboo, what are the forums views of "E Cigs"? or shouldn't I mention that here. Lol ;)

    Regards.....Aremess.

  • Hi again Aremess,

    Day 3 nearly done and dusted for you!! I know what you mean about the little ones getting excitable. You could still pop outside, just have a cup of tea and a biccie instead:D

    Ah, the controversial e-cig! Well, the NHS pointedly do not advocate it as a quitting method. One camp would say - If it helps you quit, what the hey, as long as it works, and another camp would say that it's effectiveness has not been proven and for that matter neither has it's safety.

    I can't give a personal opinion on it as I have never tried it, but I really didn't fancy burning 60 bucks on something that 'might' work!:D

    If you miss the hand to mouth thing there's always the inhalator, free on the NHS, or of course-my favourite- lollipops, about 15p at local shop!:D:D

    Hope you're still feeling ok today.

    Jenni x

  • E Cigs???

    I keep hearing this - sounds like they are taboo but Iam intrigued now ... what are they? YOu must be able to quit without them though .. I have lol!

    :confused:

  • 3 days on, now.

    Hi Jenni,

    Good to hear from you again. Yes it is 3 days already and so far so good. Of course that little monster is still tormenting me from time to time during the day. But I have been strong up to now, it is so helpful to come on here and voice my worries or concerns, with people who have or are going through the same battle for freedom.

    With regard to the E. cig, I must confess that I do have one. However, I am not using it, because when the Doc told me that I ought to give up the weed now, I was concerned about swapping one lungful of 4000+ chemicals for a lungful of vapour laced with nicotine.(Sshhh! It is quite effective, tho:). I would obviously prefer to put nothing down my lungs now, except Gods own fresh air.

    Damn, I could just have one now. Here goes another fruit gum, I hope I dont get hooked on these now. Also I am 13 stone, so I must keep that in check too. I should have weighed myself on day 1 but forgot. But hey, one thing at a time. Let me do battle with the monster within first.

    Thanks for listening.

    Regards.....Aremess

  • I tried the e-ciggy last summer and it didn't work for me. Found I was still having the regular fags as well. I don't think that it's sold as a quit-aid, more like you can smoke it indoors (pubs etc) legally. Anyway, just my experience.

  • Hi Aremess,

    Hey, whatever works is what I say! I'm having a similar day, my own wee monster's been performing the Haka since this morning, very impressive he is too!

    Just got myself a family sized bar of Galaxy, so I'm off for hot bath and early night with a book and with any luck me monster will have knackered himself out by tomorrow:D

    More power to your fruit gum!

    Jenni xx

  • Galaxy!!

    Hi Jenni,

    I really wish you had mentioned the family-size bar of galaxy!!! My eating is fianlly calming down after 4 weeks of crazy crazy but by jeez a Galaxy would really hit the spot right now!!

    Enjoy!!

    Jodi:o

  • Obviously that should be "hadn't" mentioned!

    ;)

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