Hey all. Long time lurker, first time poster.
A little background. I'm a 40yr old male from the UK, have been smoking for 26 years. I roll my own, probably go through about 1oz of tobacco a week - roughly 200 smokes, and today is the day I'm going to stop forever.
I have some pretty powerful motivators - I watched my mother die from advanced COPD last year (she was a lifelong smoker), my wife is battling cancer atm (and I need to be strong and fit for her), and I have a 5yr old son to whom I need to set the right example.
I'm using Champix (I believe it's called Chantix in the U.S) and today is day 8 of my meds program and my designated quit day. I have smoked on days 1 through 7, but today is the acid test.
Today so far
Got up at 3:30am. (side effects of meds, not sleeping too well) and bounced out of bed full of resolve. Immediately destroyed all smoking materials - filled tobacco pouch full of water then flushed down sink - spent next 30 mins unblocking sink.
Ate breakfast and took first full-strength dose of Champix at approx 08:30. Was ready and willing to smoke at that point.
At time of writing it has been approx 16 hours since my last smoke, and I am climbing the walls, but still steadfast. I have cut up some drinking straws to 'smoke size' and am chewing the crap out of them. Helps quite a bit, dragging a huge lungful of fresh air through a drinking straw sets off all the right fireworks in my head
I am determined not to smoke today and so far have not.