I was at my smoking cessation group Tuesday past. Been quit for 23 days now. I recently came off the Champix. Champix puts the nicotine receptors to sleep, I am told, and covers them so nicotine can't get in. I was also told once I stopped taking Champix don't even think about Just one Puff as this will re-awaken the sleeping nicotine receptors and well we all know what happens after that.
So I asked the cessation nurse another question; Now that Champix is not blocking the nicotine receptors in my brain, is there a risk of re-awakening my nicotine receptors if exposed to smoke (no choice) passively for lengthy period of time in a persons home I visit?
The answer wasn't as I expected, "No, not really", the cessation nurse replied. I would be exposed to all the nasty life-limiting chemicals hanging in the air but there would be Insufficient Nicotine in the Air to Re-awaken the Nicotine Receptors in the Brain. I would need to draw on a cigarette directly for that to happen.
So from this information I was provided by NHS cessation I come to this conclusion:
Passive smoking is very bad for your health and limits life expectancy, CO and all the other poisons in the smokey air but it does not contain enough nicotine to restart your organic nicotine addiction or re-awaken the nicotine receptors in your brain after stopping Champix.
Was the information I was given correct?