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John 100

Quitting NRT

Posted in Quit experiences 16 Dec 2018

I have completed 75 days free from cigarettes with the help Nicorrette spay. I now have had close to zero thoughts about smoking cigarettes in over a month, however I do worry a little that I may be addicted to the spray. I intend to stop the NRT in just over a week, that will be the 12 week mark. My plan is to cut down the number of times I use the spay every day until I stop and then I can be not just smoke free but nicotine free.

The three main things I intend to focus on are:

a. This is the longest I have been without smoking by a long way;

b. Smoking has no benefits, it just hurts my health and finances

c. I am stronger than the addiction.

Thanks for every ones support and all the best on your quit journeys and Christmas.

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  • Happiness December 16, 2018 | 18:57
    Hi John. Congrats on being smoke free for 75 days and committed to being nicotine free as well very soon. Cutting back a little everyday would probably help but i don't know if it does make a difference or not. Does weaning work? I am talking about the nicotine withdrawal part of quitting. If you are miserable cutting back during this week, just out and out quit. Why suffer longer needlessly ? Though i cut back and quit cold turkey, i quit quickly because it was too hard to go from 30 a day to just 5 and 3 and again to 5 go lower would just prolong ripping the band-aid off. To each their own. You could just dive into cold water and get it over with or wade in slowly and clench your teeth with every rising inch.

    I like you, knew i could quit smoking, i was using the 4 D's had a plan, prepared and joined a quit group and felt that i was ready .We just quit in reverse. You are ready. The hard part is past. Nicotine withdrawal is no worse than what you have felt were cravings to this point. They may have been nicotine withdrawals as you have been cutting back, or the cravings that people experience after the nicotine withdrawal phase after cold turkey. This psychological part of quitting is changing patterns , associations, and your attitude toward smoking and your embracing becoming a non-smoker. You have been living as a non-smoker for 11 weeks now, you have adjusted. You know the cigarettes is something you no longer need, if fact you despise it and so looking forward to ending this journey and being a Happy Non-Smoker. Go for it! One last hoop. The brass ring. Success. Freedom.
  • Safe2017 December 17, 2018 | 11:22
    Good luck John 100. You can will yourself to do well without smokes and NRT. Don’t give in and give up. All the best in your quit.
  • Loriwillquit December 17, 2018 | 13:43
    Good luck stay strong to your plan.
  • John 100 December 17, 2018 | 14:39
    Thanks for the support. I wont give up and will update the group on my success.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW December 17, 2018 | 14:48
    yo john
    We have got this under control
  • Leeann , Central Coast December 17, 2018 | 19:43
    Hi John100 I know how you are feeling I too was anxious to let go of the NRT at the 12 week mark. Here's what I found you're 80% there already because you've broke the habit, weaning doesn't really work it prolongs the withdrawals just arm yourself with mints of some sort peppermint or spearmints are good and rip the baindaid off when a craving hits just take a few slow deep breaths and suck on mints, the first few days you will crave that NRT but before you know it you are out the other side and fully free. You just need to leap that last 20% trust me when I tell you it won't be that bad as you ARE 80% there. You've got this😊
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW December 21, 2018 | 20:46
    Hi John 100.
    Its craig
    I'm keen to hear How are you going especially if you have stopped using your nicotine sprays. Is it like Leeann descibed as a leap of the last 20%?

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