HI all signed up a few days ago and posted in the quit for life section and it got no responses so I'll repost here. I gave up smoking over a year ago was a really heavy 40 a day smoker and used the nicorette quick must to give up. It worked well and I suceeded. However I'm totally addicted and can't give it up despite it making me vomit everyday I'm still using it. Anyone have any advice for me or knows anyone who is going through the same thing? If I'd known how addictive it was I would never have used it.
Addicted to nicorette quickmist spray - No Smoking Day
No Smoking Day
Hello and welcome!
I am afraid I don't know much about Quickmist but this is something that appears to be common amongst it's users. There are others on here who have experienced the same problem.
Perhaps it's going to be a case of having to quit again. I assume the process will be pretty much the same as quitting actual cigarettes although it could be somewhat easier given that it doesn't contain all the other substances. I could be wrong.
The good news is that this group can offer you support in doing this.
Thanks very much I've tried to give up and the withdrawal was worst than cigarette withdrawals. It''s full of nasty chemicals too.. I couldn't believe what put in it. Thank you. I just need to pluck up the courage to try again.
Welcome to our community Hellogoodbye - unfortunately we have had a few members join here and post the same thing that they are addicted to quick mist - see below links to some of the posts in the last year or so, the common advice is as mushen advised, it will be like stopping smoking but perhaps easier as not all the poisonous chemicals in it and have to deal with the nicotine withdrawal, which is cleared out of your body after 3 days, then, the mental battle starts - which is where we come in to help, support and encourage, you can do it
Thanks for the welcome and the links I only have my mobile phone and I can't for someone reason search. As I said to mushen quickmist also contains nasty chemicals and as I've tried to give up and the withdrawals were worst than giving up smoking. I have read conflicting information about how long it takes for nicotine to leave the have read anything for 3 days to a month! I do know withdrawals can last months.
Hey Hellogoodbye - every one is different in their experience in stopping - the withdrawals are severe and frequent for the first month or so, but I promise, as every day passes, the stronger you become and the less severe and frequent they are....
You CAN do this! Have a read through the pinned posts - especially below 2 links that may help to give you the motivation - keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on
Thanks for the the reply and posts. Do you have any posts on stopping smoking cold turkey? Almost all feature nrt methods. I will keep in touch and plan to start withdrawing tomorrow.
I stopped cold turkey and heading towards 3 years on 17 September, I can honestly say hand on heart, this community hugely contributed to me staying smoke free! I read, read and read up here and elsewhere - any time I struggled, I posted here and someone was always here to support, encourage and help me get through it - but you must have the 100% mindset and determination you never want to smoke again (I stopped as was on borderline of COPD and think I stopped in the nick of time, many are not so lucky).
In the first month of my journey, I printed below great advice from our Hercu and put it on fridge at home and desk at work - read it several times on bad days for the first 6 months.
Weeks 3 and 4 was the discovery of my weaknesses. The terrible idea to cope with life and the curve balls on my own. Now I realized that life is a reality and not a false euphoria of happiness where I can light a cigarette and every thing is OK......
Here is another pinned post worth a read (there is some helpful posts that relate to any form of stopping)
Also, ask me anything, anytime - on here daily (currently job seeking, if this didn't set me back smoking, nothing will!! )
Ah thanks for you post and offer to ask you anything! I'm scared to going without my crutch. What withdrawals did you have?
My main withdrawals, which also played a big part in me never going back to smoking:
- sleep disruption for about a month or so, would wake up in the middle of the night wide awake and fall back asleep when it was time to get up!!
- coughing up of the tar as my lungs cleared out and cilia grew back - that was the scariest part as I coughed up so much crap, was a very heavy smoker before I stopped - a spoonful of raw honey every morning and evening is great for assisting with clearing out the lungs which I still do every day...
- slight tingling in my arms and chest tightness as my blood circulation and heart and lungs started repairing and recovering
anxiety, irritability and sort of a feeling of fear that I left it too late, but that was Mr Nico trying to win me back for one last fling which we can NEVER do...
Dealing with cravings the first time I encountered a situation / daily life curve ball, but I really surprised myself with how well I coped with this as I smoked as thought it helped deal with stress, but deal with it so much better smoke free. A trigger can hit you like a tonne of bricks out of nowhere for the first time you have not smoked, to name a few, first night out, first holiday, first birthday, first funeral, first wedding/celebration, first bbq, first lawn cut, first summer, winter, Christmas etc.... but once you get over it for the first time, its so much each for the next one.
My tips to you would be to:
Keep as busy as possible - do up a to do list and go through it for the first few months...
Reward yourself with little treats for reaching milestones
Cut out caffeine and reduce sugary foods as a big cause of anxietly
Drink loads and loads of water, fresh WHOLE fruit and veg and a bit of exercise every day....
I totally understand the fear of the unknown, but when you put that quickmist away - embrace this freedom road you are about to travel, yes, it will have bumps and bends along the way, we will help you on the straight stretch again..
Stock up on herbal and vitamin supplements too, your local health food shop should be able to advice on them to deal with anxiety and irritability, also deep breathing exercises work wonders too, didn't have much believe in it before I stopped but really works to get over anxiety and cravings..
If there is anything else I can think of, will post it
Thanks for posting your withdrawals. I know everyone is different though and not everyone will suffer from the same thing!! I already suffer from anxiety so am worried about this side effect in particular.
Hey Hellogoodbye - how is things today?
PS Hellogoodbye - forget of this pinned post of common withdrawals and average time frames which would vary from each individual....try not to think of it as something bad you are doing but rather something great to be free from...
I was addicted to the gum just as much as cigarettes. They went hand in hand in my life. You will have to go through the quit process for the substitute just like cigarettes. In my opinion it’s not quitting cigarettes it’s quitting the drug nicotine. You may have to find a method that is nicotine free to actually be free.
Ah looks like my reply didn't post. How long were you addicted to the gum? Thanks for your post. Going to try cold turkey tomorrow.
It started 10 years ago. But quit with the quit cigs. Every time I started back smoking the gum came with it. I chewed gum at work and all other places I couldn’t smoke. So I was a happy camper because I didn’t have to wait to get my fix like other people For me the gum was hard to quit as well as the cigs
So you completely understand my nrt addiction? We're you using the gum for the whole 2 years?
I completely understand. I spent so much money on that gum. I had to have it. I went in ice storms and pouring down rain to get it because I couldn't go to work without it. "It" made me do it. I used it for work, church, grocery store, or anywhere I couldn't freely smoke. I used the gum for several years. So I took Chantix to quit the addiction and now that I go by that isle I look at it as a personal damaging effect of "how could I have done that?" "Look at all the money I spent" and so on. So I have to forgive myself and move on and I've been 7 months free.
I'm sorry it had such a grip on you but so glad you're now free. Shame I can't try the med.
Hello...Kathie nailed it...You are not addicted to mist spray you are hooked on nicotine ...one of the worst addictions there can be...because it is fairly legal and freely available....and very very nasty...
Nicotine truly rewire our brains and make us so dependant on it that even our brains believe in that false sense of relaxation we get after a cigarette, gum, spray, chewing tobacco and vaping with x nicotine % oils.
You will go through the same hardness when you stop using the spray than you did when you stopped smoking...But you can do it...!
Thanks for your reply. I am addicted to nicotine but there's something in the quickmist formula that makes it more addictive than other forms of nrt. The problem is we are cushioned from withdrawals by the nrt. But I actually crave the quickmist not smoking. I'm abusing the nrt too which is also a sign of addiction to that spray. Thank you for your faith in me
Am in the same state feel like I am going mad
I am in exactly same situation worse than ever trying to give up smoking which I did for 30 years. the side affects are horrendous if if you cut down I have taken four months if sick from work am going round in circles not washing or bathing can not get up from setee because so bad with aches even Been admitted to hospital now this is affecting my heart. I feel for you goes I think I am going insane with mood swings
Hi Hellogoodbye, I am in the same situation as you...I posted on the No Smoking Day forum over 3 years ago when I was pregnant that I was addicted to NQM. I am using it more and more excessively to the point of making me vomit. I just don't know how to stop using it. QB
P s I'm pleased my post years back has brought awareness as how addictive NQM is. It's evil.
Hey Queenbee1976 - unfortunately we have heard nothing more from Hellogoodbye since they posted back in May 18
I don't think you are alone by any means with the effect of NQM - I have been on it only 3 months and on the positive side it absolutely did help me quit cigs, its the only thing I found that gave me anything like the hit a cig did. It has helped me deal with all the normal habits and triggers like "having to" have a fag break at certain times of the day, reaching for a cig when I was bored etc etc. So in that respect its great.
Recently I have found my use of the spray increasing, and my "normal" dose somehow has gone up from one spray to two !! - and I find I panic just as much if I think I have left the spray at home as I ever did with cigarettes ! .... Signs that I recognise from cigarette addition! And more recently I have found myself being positively vile and snappy until I spray again !!
So I am also looking for a pathway off this drug before things get too bad! For some reason they only do one strength in the spray so I am considering switching to the patches in the hope that now the NQM has broken the "habits" (but clearly not the addiction) the patches will ease me off the nicotine addiction
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