After six weeks, I have one piece of advice, as far as I'm qualified to advise anyone of course, but it's my experience and has been partly proved again today... stay out of smoking areas!!
I'm talking of course about smoking shelters in workplaces and outside pubs. To me it's the most obvious thing in the world, but why sit in a smoking area with dozens of people around you smoking when you're trying to quit?! I've seen two people at work since I stopped restart smoking, the second of which was this morning, and they spent all their breaks as they (and I) used to, in the smoking hut. When I said to them at the time, as they walked towards the "fag hut" , why don't you go to the canteen instead, they both gave me that false look and smile and said EXACTLY the same thing...."DOESN'T BOTHER ME!"
Well, if it really doesn't bother you then fair enough, but I tell you this with honesty, it bloody well bothered me when I stopped, which is why I stayed away from the smoking shelter, and tend to still do so. Not only does it not smell too good (I'm not being smug, it's just a fact!) but why would I go out there? I don't want a fag so I don't need to be there. I want the odds as much in my favour as I can get them.
I shave my own head these days, have done for many years, so why would I walk into a barber's shop? Same thing for me.
The guy today had done ten days I think, but was on medication of some sort. He said he couldn't remember the name but he said he thought it might have been Champix. He said he'd had a bad couple of days and looked sheepish. I told him not be daft about being embarrassed and I meant it; 42 days for me is all well and good but it could all go wrong for me before the day's out!
I read that the nicotine's gone from your system after three days, after that it's a mental thing. For me that meant that I had to change a few things, one of which was my routines to allow for the gaps in my day where I'd usually have a fag. I find that I have fewer breaks at work now for one thing; saves a few pence in the coffee machines!
This is all just my opinion and not worth a fig I know, but it drives me mad when I see people trying to give up surrounded by loads of smokers. If people are being honest with themselves and it really doesn't bother them then OK, but the looks on their faces tells a different story to me.
It's one of the main things I've learned and I see all the time, and the first thing I would say to anyone starting on a quit...give yourself half a chance and for God's sake stay out of the smoking areas!