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Hi all, I’ve been taking Champix for 14 days now and don’t feel any urge to quit smoking. I know it’s not a miracle pill or nicotine replacement and I understand that it still takes some will power but feel as though I’m just going to have to go cold turkey so to speak. Has anyone had a similar experience but managed to beat it. Feeling a tad disheartened.

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I noticed it doesn’t work like it did the first time I took it. And I know people who didn’t feel any effects the first time or ever. Yes ultimately it is up to you to quit and the pill helps with withdrawal. symptoms Don’t give up though. It may take a month or two to help.

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Thanks for your reply KathieO have you quit? Think I’m just going to have to go for it ..

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Yes I have quit. October 11 will be 1 year. But I quit with Chantix but it sometimes takes a little longer. My advise is to stay with it a little longer. You are no better off than you were before

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Thanks for the advice KathieO I will keep going. Well done for 11 months that’s fantastic x

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Huge welcome to our community Desperatelytrying2 and congratulations on the best decision of your life to stop smoking :)

I stopped cold turkey 3 years ago in September and effectively you too will be stopping cold turkey as champix just takes the edge of the nicotine withdrawals, YOU still need to have the mindset not to light up again. Everyone's journey is unique to themselves and some take longer to get that urge not to want to smoke from taking champix. We have had many members here who stopped successfully with the aid of them and some over 1 year to 3 years smoke free. From reading others stories here, it will come, as Kathie rightly advised, stick with it,

Wishing you continued strength, post anytime :)

Below is a link to some pinned posts worth a read if not already done so. Knowledge is key to know what is going on when we stop smoking....

healthunlocked.com/nosmokin...

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Thanks Roisin this is my third attempt to quit. In the past I’ve quit smoking but then got addicted to the nicotine replacement (minis and vape) I just want the whole thing to end . I’m tired of the constant battle I have with myself. I need some PMA .....trying hard to push myself over the edge to not smoke and am ashamed I’m so weak willed. Well done to you for doing brilliantly x

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Don't be so hard on yourself, cigarette addiction is 'thee' hardest addiction to overcome as you are basically on your own to stop and completely different to recovery from alcohol and say heroin addiction in that you can go into rehab, get counselling etc....

This is third time lucky for me, had the mindset I had to stop as knew deep down they were slowly killing me...

You will get there and the light will shine bright for you to stamp out that last cigarette, you CAN do this, I promise :)

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Hi Desperately.. a warm welcome to you ..

14 days is not enough time . I quit with Chantix and It took me 28 days to quit .obviously I reduced the numbers of cigarets by 2 a day until I was only smoking one a day the last week ..then I decided to quit when the taste of cigarets turned really disgusting .

I think Chantix helped me tremendously vs other ways I tried before .But is not a magic pill .

So stay strong and remind yourself the benefits of quitting tobacco and the reason you quit .

Just in case ,avoid triggers ,such as caffeine ,alcohol .

Keep your mind distracted with something else when ever you feel an urge to smoke .

Cold turkey or Chantix quitting tobacco it’s a very personal desition ..

What’s even more important is to find your way to quit .

Keep it up !

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Good advice thank you. I’m going to take the leap and join the ranks. Thank you everyone for the warm welcome I will definitely hang around here xx

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I’m off smokes for about 4 months now, have done 3 months of Champix, did not finish the last week of three months but I’m fine. The first 6 weeks were the worst for me. I also had lower chest pains but they went with time. I was smoking for about three weeks with Champix. U have to stop smoking urself. Do u enjoy smoking while on Champix? I felt like there was no use smoking on Champix and the amount of fights went less and less everyday. Yea my head was like in a haze so one day I just said this will be my last packet and that was it. Did it feel the urge to smoke with Champix. But now off Champix I have days when I thing what the hell, can have one smoke but then I realise that if I have one, I will have more n more so yeah. If y r really ready to quit u will.

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I felt the same after two weeks on champix. I found when it came to my quit date I didn’t feel the urge to smoke once I threw away all my cigarettes. I found as much as I didn’t have the urge to quit I really didn’t have the urge to smoke either. I haven’t smoked in nearly four weeks now. I have tried many ways the quit. I really didn’t believe I could do it until now

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That’s brilliant Anitamary. Well done and thank you for giving me hope. I think I need to just take the leap . If I’m honest I’m scared to. It’s the unknown I think. I’m going to look at it like an adventure and trying to stay positive. I’m going out tonight so I’m not going to kid myself that today’s the day but I’m going to stop procrastinating and jump in first thing. Wish me luck x

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Wishing you strength instead of luck Desperatelytrying2 - luck is for doing the lottery :P

Stay close to us and post anytime, here to help in whatever way we can....

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Welcome Anitamary - congrats and well done on 4 weeks smoke free, that is great :)

Can you advise your stop date for your accurate milestone badges when you get a chance...

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Thank you, my quit date was August 1st 😀

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I feel your pain. I’m on Champix. I smoked up to end week 4, then about one a day till end week 6. Now coming to the end of week 10. I’ve smoked two in the last four weeks - and they tasted foul. Still thinking about cigarettes all the time. It’s so hard!

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Welcome LizzieQ - congrats and well done on 10 weeks, that is great :)

Can you confirm how long you have been smoke free, for your accurate milestone badges when you get a chance....

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Thank you and hi Roisin. Yes, first time I’ve posted though I’ve been reading the forum posts for a while. I’m four weeks smoke free today - not counting the two partly smoked if that’s ok :-). I’ve really been struggling but am clinging to the reasons for stopping - health, wealth and freedom. Whenever I did go out anywhere I worried about finding somewhere to smoke. I’m 68 and have smoked for 50 years.

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Hi Lizzie, wow, 50 years smoking - fair play to you for stopping :O

For the milestone badges, they are solely to mark being completely smoke free as it to help discipline and motivate us to reach these milestones - if we don't restart our smoke free count, it tends to make it so easy to repeat the pattern of smoking 'just the one' until you are back smoking full time. It happened to myself and many here, just having 'the one', continuing on and next thing I know, back smoking over 30 cigs a day...

I will be 3 years smoke free in September and was my third time attempt, it is one of the hardest but best achievements in my life so far and a rollercoaster of a journey, but with the right mindset, determination and focus, you CAN do it :)

It is up to yourself, but if you would like the milestone badges for motivation, let me how long you are smoke free after the 2 you smoked......

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I understand. And yes it makes sense. Say three weeks then. Thank you

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If you ever read my first story,trust me you're not alone. Let me tell you what I've kinda figured out.While I ride motorcycle a lot and I mean a lot,I'd see a nice spot to stop and have a puff or two while riding(remember I was smoking those little cigars with a plastic tip) so i'd make one last for quiet a few stops and puffs.Anyway the next time I'd be in my car or truck I'd keep thinking "Wow! that would be nice place to stop and have a puff or two.It was always in the back of my mind,I didn't realize that it's always there always! Just need a different way of thinking,you'll be fine.Think of your spouse or kids or a new car or bike you'll buy with the money you'll save.And tell the cigs to "PACK SAND" YOU DON'T NEED THEM ANYMORE.Crazydick

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Well I’ve done it. No cigs today and I’m not going to have any tomorrow either. Feeling determined now.... I impetuously booked a holiday to Jamaica for me and the kids next June. Quitting smoking will pay for it and I can’t afford it any other way so that’s my reason to carry on x

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Ah really well done Desperatelytrying2, delighted for you - the holiday and making family memories next year is a great motivation, reminds me of my hubby and his was that we upgraded our car and got finance on it for 4 years, he now has the car paid off thanks to being smoke free :)

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How is things now Desperatelytrying2 ?

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