I have not smoked a cigarette for 6 weeks and yesterday I started on the lower dosage patch (14mg). I smoked 40 cigs aday for 35 years. I have four weeks to go before becoming patch free. Will I struggle again without the patches or will it be a seemless crossover? (I doubt it). People congratulate me and say well done, I have a certificate that we have had framed and hung in a very prominent position. Am I a non smoker or just really a smoker getting my fix in a different way? It would be interesting to see how other patch, puffers or tablet takers think about themselves in the cross over period before we become nicotine free. (Whilst writing a tip that might help some of you, I struggled in my 4th/5th week with bad temper and aggression and at one point thought that if I am turning into a nasty horrible person I would rather smoke and be mild mannered and nice, However I decided to purchase a punchbag (Argos, Everlast only £14.95p comes with pump and instructions) it took ages to infllate but I now have it in the back bedroom. If I am feeling tense, anxious or irritable I find that just 5 minutes of bashing and swearing at it really helps.) Best of luck to everyone trying to give up and remember, one day at a time! if one day why not two days, three days or forever.
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