Hi everybody, I joined this site some time ago and although I have never posted before I have often read your postings and got an awful lot from them. I gave up smoking at the beginning of January and I've got to say this time I have found it very easy. I have tried many times before with different forms of NRT and managed for several weeks but the whole process was a nightmare, just never stopped craving a cigarette.
I thought perhaps explaining why I have found it so much easier might just help, even if it helped just one person it would be well worth it. The main reason I found it so much easier this time, I believe, was my choice of NRT. Nicorette Quickmist. Previously I have tried patches, they made me feel like I was missing something, didn't really help at all. Chewing gum, made me think about smoking all the time I was chewing. Inhalator and e-cig just continued the hand to mouth habit and I just continued to think about smoking the real thing. I know all these methods have been successful for others but they just didn't do it for me.
Quickmist on the other hand was a revelation. Initially I used two sprays at once (twice an hour, no more) and got that strong taste of nicotine in my mouth which I found very satisfying (sounds horrible, I know lol). Put the thing down and felt satisfied and it seemed that satisfaction lasted a lot longer. What I found then was that I soon got over the actual need for the action of smoking, if you know what I mean. I always really enjoyed a cigarette with a brew and so initially I always made a brew when I was going to use the spray so I didn't miss a cigarette then. When I'm out just knowing it was in my bag and could be used discreetly was a big plus also.
I'm still using them but not nearly as much. It's more a case of knowing I've got one around. I know this time I will never smoke again. In fact I have become one of those awful ex smokers that complains about other people's smoke, I really can't stand the smell and the thought of smoke going into my lungs drives me mad. I just wish I'd managed to do it a long time ago, dread to think of the damage it's done.
Anyway that's all for now. Keep strong and keep trying.
All the best,