Quit but then started back up again

Hello,

Just after some advice really, I quit smoking last year and lasted till around 4 months. I did this with Champix (but had to stop due to mood swings, and a few other things that nearly caused me and my partner to split up, she couldn't cope with it) So I feel Champix is a no no, I tried reading a book which helped for around a month but no buying smokes but not all the time. I am on around 5-6 a day when I do smoke, I want to quit even though its not costing me lots at the moment it will in time.

I tried the patches and never found they works, gum was horrible but I find chewing normal gum calms down the urge to smoke but not fully. I tried the nicorette tablet things but felt sick and at one point stop what I was actually doing and throw up.

I know it seem that's its all negative but just wondering what I can do?? Any thoughts anybody??

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  • Hi there, it sounds just like my story!! I had the same problem with Champix lthough I too managed to stop for nearly 4 months but it did break up my marriage temporarily!! Will never take that stuff again as it does not agree with me. This time (my final quit), hubby and I both used the Mirage Goldstar e cig and it's been fab! I also used nicotine gum on occasion, just to avoid getting hooked on the e cig.

    We are over 3 months into our quit and it's been ok (still a roller coaster but we have made it to this stage). I gave up the e cig and gum a week ago but hubby is sticking with them for a bit longer (we go on holiday next week and I think he is worried he might cave otherwise).

    Anyhow, if you really want to quit, try an e cig if all other methods have failed you. BUT make sure you don't just switch your addiction over to the e cig. Use it as a form of NRT and reduce the nicotine content gradually over the 12 weeks.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on!

    Sarah

  • I did it cold turkey in terms of physical aids, I just clung onto this forum and got stubborn. I'm not against NRT, don't get me wrong; I don't know anything about it to be honest. I was ill so ended up CT by accident really. It's worked so far for me; lots of sweeties I suppose could be classed as an aid :rolleyes: I ate about two bags a week of bon bons, mints etc etc.

    Grit your teeth and go for it; it's an option, I can only say it's worked for me....

  • Cold Turkey, so far is working for me and not forgetting the support of this site.

    Each to their own, I know people who have quit with champix and other NRT.

    I read Allan Carr and his famous words...

    "why treat an addict with the stuff they are addicted to"

    and that's stuck in my mind really.

    It's tough, but there's no side effects of any drugs just sheer will power and determination.

  • Good advice

    Cold Turkey, so far is working for me and not forgetting the support of this site.

    Each to their own, I know people who have quit with champix and other NRT.

    I read Allan Carr and his famous words...

    "why treat an addict with the stuff they are addicted to"

    and that's stuck in my mind really.

    It's tough, but there's no side effects of any drugs just sheer will power and determination.

    HONESTLY I HAVD TRIED EVERYTHING - i do recommend Gillian Rileyand Allan Carr books - cold turkey worked for me! (but took me ages to pluck up courage!)

  • Thanks for the advice, I shall try CT and if that fails ill try using an e-cig. I was for a while able to go four days before giving in to temptation but now its about a day or two...

  • Thanks for the advice, I shall try CT and if that fails ill try using an e-cig. I was for a while able to go four days before giving in to temptation but now its about a day or two...

    I don't know if this sounds daft but 99% of the work to stop smoking is in your head, or in my head - sounds weird!!!. You have to sort out the mind-games that goes on during a quit/s and learn from them in preparation for - if its needed - the next, and final effort. Or you might be a type that decides to stop one day and never goes back. With family / friend discussions it seems the more one smoked eg 30-40+ a day the more determined to stop with the "never go back" type. However, the 5 or 6 a day friends / relations found it much harder as the weed was perceived as not being over-addictive or over-priced.

    Its a matter of sorting your head out (or HEED where I live) and trying different methods of NRT or CT. :D

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