Feeling the benefits

Hi all,

I'm 50 year old male I smoked for aprox. 35 years, for the last 10 years or so was hitting 30+ cigs a day easily, I used champix as my quit method and the quit from the start has been so easy I can hardly believe it, having tried and failed with every other method I really didn't want to try champix having read some real horror stories, but was getting to the point where years of smoking was taking its toll, my girlfriend says it was like sleeping next to an accordion the wheezing was that bad I have quite an active job involving a lot of stairs and I was really conscious of how out of breath I was at times.

I can honestly say that now I'm only in my second month of being smoke free the difference is remarkable the wheezing that was so apparent disappeared within 10 day blood pressure is normal and stable so much more energy I never expected to feel so good just goes to show what we have been doing to ourselves by smoking..... Oh and fellas a big difference downstairs if you know what I mean wink wink put it this way I'll never roll out of bed in my sleep :-) like am 20 again ha ha ok enough of that but in all honesy yeah massive all over improvement, and now down to cash I was spending over 70 quid a week on smokes wow.... I decided whatever my little no smoking calculator said I saved a week was exactly how much I'd stuff in my underwear draw ( at the back out of sight lol) I have well over £600 in cash so all in all the best thing anyone can do for themselves on all fronts is to stop smoking and stay stopped.

PS: would like to point out champix was not a great experience in fact quite awful however it works I only take half a tablet at night going to stop it alltogether in a week or so.

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  • Ha ha ha! Love this post! But no pictures of before and after?

  • ...I decided whatever my little no smoking calculator said I saved a week was exactly how much I'd stuff in my underwear draw ( at the back out of sight lol) I have well over £600 in cash...

    What was your address again Pedz? :p

    It's amazing how quickly the healing process starts when you quit smoking isn't it, but you're right, it's frightening to think about how much damage you have done to yourself voluntarily.

    I can't speak with any authority on Champix, but it's given you a good kick start to your quit. All I'd say is, if you hit some big craves early on, don't let them sabotage your quit. At some point everybody has to go cold turkey if they want to quit smoking and nicotine, it's just a matter of what point in your quit you do it.

    It would be nice to see you posting regularly so we can follow your progress and your input to other newbies about your experiences with Champix would be useful to. :)

  • Well done on stopping. It must be 2 months or so now, if you've saved that much. I have used Champix in all my three quits, and never have any problems with it or side effects. The good thing about it is you don't get cravings once you've stopped. The only reason I've lost quits in the past is stress or complacency, never desperation for a fag.

  • Thank you for this, as someone really early in their quit it really helps seeing positive posts like this...though can't relate to parts I am happy for you :-D:-D

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