TOPIC: Stopping Smoking

Re: Stopping Smoking 9 years 8 months ago #3523

alright lads just jumping in - not read every post - far too many and too little time!

I went to the docs and started on patches and inhalator last October - was determined to quit - few hiccups along the way and now pretty much fully stopped - I have a cheeky one when I have a drink sometimes - but thats so rare it doesnt really matter!

still using the patches - down to the 7mg ones now, a few more weeks and that will be that - its bloody hard though but does get easier - fair play to everyone who tries to give up, I know it sounds daft but seriously as long as you dont give up giving up then you will get there in the end.

both me and little mans mum were smokers - we used to take it turns to go in the garden and have one as would never smoke in the house / car or around him.

it was him starting to cough a lot in the mornings that was the real incentive to stop, that was a wake up call - happy to report this doesnt happen any more!

Danny

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Re: Stopping Smoking 9 years 8 months ago #3527

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I got on really well with Champix. To begin with I would feel sick for about 10 minutes after taking it in the morning. On about day 9 I just could not smoke anymore. I had no desire to smoke at all and put the pack of ciggies in the bin. I was told, by the smoking clinic at my local hospital, that they were getting better results with Champx and that was what I asked my doctor for.

Be warned though a mate of mine took it and did not cope well at all mentally - it can cause suicidal thoughts/severe mood swings!!!!!!

Your GP should keep a check up on you and not just prescribe you the full 12 weeks.

As I said in my previous post I did not want to give up smoking as I enjoyed it so much. Champix works on the part of the brain that deals with cravings (I think that is what my GP said) so it is not NRT. One side effect I experienced was that I could not stand the smell of smoke but this appears to have settled down now.

I do still fancy a smoke every now and again but my father in law says that never goes away! I would recommend Champix to anyone but I would suggest telling a few matesthat you are on it to keep an eye on your moods etc.

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Re: Stopping Smoking 9 years 8 months ago #3540

Congratulations Goonerplum, good luck with it all!

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Re: Stopping Smoking 9 years 8 months ago #3575

Hiya Guys,

Sorry i havnt been keeping you upto date with my efforts ... the past week has been a really busy one for me and iv hardly had time to sleep let alone check emails and stuff !

Well, Im nearly at week 3 (im actually 2 weeks and 3 days) and still going strong ... Iv had 1 small relapse tho and i can o nly apologise about this - Things got so stressful that i went and brought a box of ten and smoked 1 of them ... the thing was i felt so guilty after it - kinda like i was letting myself down - that i threw the box away and havnt looked back !

it is hard and im still finding it tough but im guessing it will be worth it in the long run !

Hope everyone else is going strong ...

Cal x

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Re: Stopping Smoking 9 years 8 months ago #3578

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Excellent going - the fact that you threw the box away after one still means you have the will to do this. Good luck :D

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Re: Stopping Smoking 9 years 8 months ago #3579

fair play to you cal, I did the same thing when I was giving up, except I smoked them all....even though they taste vile - makes no sense! well done to you fella, keep up the good work.

Danny

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Re: Stopping Smoking 9 years 7 months ago #3616

Keep it up cal - you are doing really well.

Im now 26 days in and am still going strong. Yesterday I forgot to patch myself up and still managed to go fag free all day.

I have put on weight but my next step is to get active and try to get that down.

Have slowed the fudge in take somewhat but have found I have a real taste for rum and raisin fudge........ hhhhmmmmm

Apparently water helps to fight the craving for fags - so have been drinking plenty and of course am now making more trips than normal to the little room in the office (that'll keep me fit ;) )

According to my nicotine case worker (i'm not sure what his actual title is but that will do) weeks 3 - 8 become the hardest as it's the period when the initial elation of quitting has passed, people stop telling you how well you are doing and it is very easy to start again.

So non smokers - if you know someone who has quit within the last month - tell them well done, ask about their struggle make them feel like they have schieved something - maybe I should start a "Hug a Quitter" campaign.

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Re: Stopping Smoking 9 years 7 months ago #3622

I have unfortunately slipped off the wagon :( ( Im setting another quit date for next weekend after my birthday,i've been a bit stop start for 1.5 years now but am going to really give it a good go for good this time,I don't want to be a unhealthy Dad coughing and spluttering in the park,also it's a smelly habit.

Good luck with your quit Gooner you seem to be doing really well mate-keep it up.

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