Just stumbled across this forum - what a find.
My wife and I have both been on Champix for the last 8 days, so we're now up to full dosage. This is after several failed attempts at giving up.
We both smoke 20 a day and have done for a good 20 years. For the sake of our daughter, our health and our wallets, we decided to give Champix a go.
The side effects have been really mild - very slight nausea for 5 minutes after taking the tablets in the morning (no problems in the evening) - more like a feeling of strong 'butterflies' in the stomach than actually feeling sick.
We have set tomorrow as our quit date. I think I was expecting the pills to be a complete cure-all. Pretty naive, really. All I can say is that for the last 3-4 days, the enjoyment of smoking has been less and less. It's more the habit of going outside and sparking up that has meant us continuing with our ritual/habit. There has not been any real sense of enjoyment when smoking.
I think (foolishly) the drug would just work like a tap, and completely switch off any desire to smoke. Who knows, it may well do.
The thing is that I have had 3 cigarettes today. By now, on a Saturday, I would have had 6, maybe more. My wife had a cigarette earlier and it made her feel quite unwell.
So the time has come, I think, to just quit.
Smoking has done me no favours. I am embarrassed by the amount of money I have spent in an effort to shave 10 minutes off my life for each time I lit up. It's completely nonsensical.
So, somewhat tentatively, here goes.
I'm sure there will be times when I will want to give in, even with the help of Champix. I think I just need to keep it simple and remind myself that:
1. If I feel like lighting up, I've just identified a smoking "trigger" and I need to think of a way to overcome that; and (slightly more radically)
2. Remind myself that if I do put another cigarette in my mouth and light it, the reality is that I will continue to find reasons to smoke and that I will remain a smoker until the day it takes me.
I think one of my coping strategies will be to log in here and soak up the good vibes if I feel tempted.
Good luck to one and all!