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It's been a while since my last visit and my Quit Buddy phone app reminded me I passed the 2 year mark yesterday so thought I should post entry for the calendar and say thanks again to fellow long time quitters (a few still here I see).
38 years a heavy smoker and after several attempts, cold turkey, patches then tablets, it was a rough ride making it to the first 6 months but then got so much easier after that and particularly by 12 months. I "personally" couldn't have done it without Champix and visits to this group along the way particularly in the first year.
Reading a few old posts here, I've read with interest where Champix is mentioned here and there but with some possibly well-meaning but otherwise mis-informed ignorance about the medication and its success thus dissuading quitters from trying a possibly great solution to smoking cessation. Don't listen to such rubbish and check in with your doctor to discuss if it might work for you. If there are no side affects after second consultation with your doctor, then there is no reason not to run with it if other methods have failed.
Including myself, I've seen many family and friends fail at cold turkey numerous times and just as much, if not more than those who used Champix. Scary references such as "oooo...mind altering drug" is really unhelpful and in fact nicotine passed in to your system is "mind altering" too .. that's why we smoked for so long right!?!? So Champix is just another tool and not a government approved conspiracy. It's like going cold turkey removing the need for nicotine while also taking the edge off what can sometimes be overwhelming cravings during the first few month. A tool to also get you out of the habit.. the actions of smoking. As has been correctly said, Champix is not a miracle drug, it requires the same mental effort as going cold turkey for the most part.
Trust me, I know first hand that if failure happens shortly after using it, it is not because the medication let me down, it's because (like any cold turkyer) I gave in to a moment of long time habitual behavior.. that's all.
So if you're going down the Champix path then don't let a nay sayers scare you off with heroic cold turkey stories. Smoking / nicotine is one of the most addictive things on this planet and some long time smokers need a little help.
Good luck everyone on your continued quit journey..
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