This is my first post.
I am sitting with a box of Champix next to me and have just read up on one or two forums about some very harsh side effects.
I HAVE to quit smoking. I am 42 years old and have smoked since I was 14. From about the age of 20 I have progressed from 20 a day to 30 and sometimes even 40. I feel my health seriously declining and a recent chest x-ray reveals some damage to my left lung, none too serious apparently, but it will naturally decline over time. I HAVE to quit because I have a beautiful 14 month old daughter who loves and needs me. Both of my parents are gone through smoking - my dad died when I was 2 years old (he was 51) of colon cancer and my mum died of a brain aneurysm at age 63 when I was 19, both attributed to smoking. I never knew my dad, and I missed my mum sorely for many years and I do not want to widow my beautiful wife and make my darling little Holly fatherless only for the privilege of damaging my health and those around me.
Here are my reservations : I am in serious denial. There's a huge part of me that thinks I either don't deserve to be free or that I simply cannot endure the process of quitting. My triggers for smoking include waking up and doing everything from driving a car, having a chat, talking on the phone (especially), working, being on a PC, everything.
If anyone has been on Champix and can let me into the truth about the known side effects I'd really appreciate it. At least this time around I know my denial system and how it works. I am going to pop the first one tomorrow after breakfast...
Thanks for listening!