I posted here back in 2007 when I stopped smoking using Champix. Unfortunately, the longer I took Champix, the faster and harder I spiralled into anxiety and depression - which, I can assure you, was very little to do with 'the depression associated with stopping smoking'. Whilst I appreciate that the drug works wonders for many people, I'm one of the unlucky ones that had severe side effects - ones, which if I'm honest, almost cost me my life. The anxiety and depression were crippling and not something I had EVER experienced.
Enough of that though......
As a result of my little champix rollercoaster, I started smoking again in 2008. I stopped again in 2009, using patches. All well and good until one month into my quit, my mother dropped dead at the age of 62. I stupidly made a conscious decision to have a fag and lo and behold, another 11 months of addiction followed.
I am now in week 3 (18 days to be precise) of my final quit. Read Allen Carr, pondered, read some other stuff and stubbed my last cigarette out on 22nd March. No brain altering chemicals, no patches, nothing. The coldest of cold turkeys. I've been a 20 (or more) a day smoker for 25 years and have found this quit stupidly simple. Sure there have been moments of "Ooh, I want a fag" but it's been a fleeting thought not a 'craving'. On day 14, I was clearing out my car and found a packet with about 15 cigs in it. I looked at it for a few moments and did think "Well, I *could* just smoke these..." for about 10 seconds. Realising that that would put me back to addiction central, I threw the packet to my 12 year old son and said "Bin them". He beamed at me, I beamed at him and all was well in my world.
I know this has to be my final quit. I will never take another puff of a cigarette - I can't, as it will trigger my addiction yet again. I'm 40 this year and the thought of being a 40 year old smoker makes me sick. So I won't be - it's that simple!
Two weeks, four days, 14 minutes and 11 seconds. 360 cigarettes not smoked, saving £91.49. Life saved: 1 day, 6 hours, 0 minutes.