Hello, I am new to this smoking site and I wish to share my experiences with you on my journey to being smoke free.
I am age 65 and have been a smoker for 45 of those years.
I have managed to successfully give up 3 times in those 45 years. My two pregnancies, (quite easy really as I was just simply too ill to smoke). But as soon as the births were over, I immediately went back to it.
Approx 20 years ago, I enlisted the help of a drug called Zyban, having 100% success. Apparently I was one of the lucky ones, experiencing no side effects whatsoever. But something bad happened, (and for the life of me I can't recall what this 'bad' event was), but it was bad enough for me to relapse and go back to this nasty habit .... after 4 glorious smoke free years.
I recently decided that it was time to give up once and for all, and hopefully never smoke again. Because of the success I'd had with the Zyban, I again enlisted it's help, but unfortunately, this time, I was not so lucky, suffering severe nausea that culminated in projectile vomiting .... very nasty.
After having a consult with my GP it was decided that I should give the patches a go. I was ensured that very early, (approx 2/3 days in), of being smoke free, that I would noticeably feel better health wise. What BS that turned out to be.
I have been smoke free for 2 whole months now and I don't feel one bit different, apart from the never ending cravings that just won't let up.
I am very reluctant to say, (or even to think this), but I am not sure how long I can keep this up for.
There is still one avenue that I have yet to try, and that is to amalgamate the spray along side the patches.
I am still motivated enough to give this a try. I would sincerely appreciate any comments and/or suggestions.