My story so far - before starting the course I started to smoke ciggie halves for a few months - this cut my smoking down considerably. I also tried to change my routine a bit.
I started the course with no intention of setting a solid quit day (as the thought of quitting terrified me). From what I have read, reseach shows that an optimum quit would be between 2 and 5 weeks so I wasn't too worried - also, that my goal would be smoke free at around 8-10 weeks - so lessening the psychological pressure.
Ok, so I started - no problems on .5mg 2x daily - just a bit sicky and headachy for about 1/2 an hour - so a banana before the morning pill helps along with a bit of catch up TV. Still smoking.
Then up to the 1mg 2x daily - feeling very tired - 2 days flat out on sofa, 3rd day walking around in an anxious state and shaking - after this, walking around in a trance (daydream) for about 3 weeks. Couldn't trust myself to drive and felt anxious pretty much all the time. Smoking reducing.
I am now 5 weeks in and over the worst (I hope). I feel ok now, trance and anxious feelings gone, driving and enjoying the lovely weather. I have bought an ecig containing 0% nicotine just as a back up (to fill the gap). I do use this but not that much.
I feel I am nearly there - start of wk 5 I went 3 days with no smoking - I just have a few puffs of a ciggie to remind myself ciggies do nothing if I feel I need too - this seems to be working as the 'puffs' are getting few and far between. This method seems to be working for me as I feel the although champix is in control physically, I am in control psychologically and now it's the habit that I am finding tricky.