I'm 24 and have been smoking for around 8 years. I recently decided to stop because I had a cold. I don't usually continue to smoke when I'm ill anyway, so I thought it would be a great time to give up the habit.
whilst ill I didn't use any aids because I really wasn't up to smoking. As I started getting better, my cravings began to surface and I started using patches. I've only ever smoked ten a day, so bought stage 2 (14mg), but I found these too strong and decided to reduce the dose further (I was also managing without aids at the weekend, though I've been told you should wear the patches even if you don't feel the need to).
However, I couldn't find stage 3 and, in a rush, bought 2mg gum instead. So far, over the last 5 days, I've chewed one piece. Maybe knowing that I have NRT help just in case is enough?
So, I have finally reached Week 3!
I've found the last 21 days very mixed, as I don't crave often but find that I really miss the physical part of holding a cigarette and smoking. Also, I find that my thoughts are still quite negative when I crave. I tend to feel more like I'm punishing myself, rather than saving myself!
I was given an unused e-cigarette at the weekend (I thought this would be better in moments of desperation than giving in to an actual cigarette), but I haven't held a cigarette in so long that I feel it might hinder me. If I've lasted this long, why pick up the habit of smoking anything again?
Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and am hoping for some advice from others who have reached the Week 3 point. I've read a few different posts on here whilst waiting for my account activation, and have found them really helpful!