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Posted in Getting started 01 Apr 2019

Hi there, I made the decision today to stop. So went online and found this website.

I am trying to get Champix from my doctor as I tried cold turkey and quite smoking aids before but still keep failing :-(.

Not sure why I am sharing my thoughts on here but I hope it will help putting it out there and motivate me to press on this time.

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  • Red-67 April 02, 2019 | 10:09
    HI Rob, and welcome :)
    Great ! You are making the first step.. Champix, or not, you will fail, if you don't make up your mind, you never WANT another one.. This is a mind game, and there is a big difference between deciding you want to quit, and deciding that you do NOT WANT to smoke. If you can make a smoke something you don't want, not something you can't have, it gets much easier.. Let yourself really see, just how stupid it is to remain a slave to a cigarette.. They never did anything good for you.. That is just the addiction / habit way of thinking.. For me, after 45 years of smoking, I had a moment of clarity, and decided, I just did not want to die a stupid, slave, to smoking. I cut down over a few weeks, and then went cold turkey.. I kept a pack, ashtray, and lighter right where I had smoked, on the porch. That way, it was a choice, to just not do it. Sure, there was 3 to 4 weeks of discomfort, but I have not craved, wanted, or missed them since that first month.. That was 2+ years ago, and you CAN do it too :)
    Read the stories on here. We are here to help. Don't think this has to be a long journey, or that you will have to STAY quit. You simply have to really QUIT once, and learn to stop thinking like a smoker.. Set yourself free. It's GREAT !
  • Happiness April 02, 2019 | 15:30
    Hi. As Red above stated, make up your mind to quit smoking... not give up cigarettes. You are gaining a healthier bank account and body and a brighter future for yourself and loved ones. You are giving up nothing but misery.
    Taking the positive outlook and embracing this journey makes it quicker and easier. Cravings are only fleeting thoughts and a sign that the nicotine monster is dying. Our addiction to nicotine is the relentless vicious circle of constant slavery to feed the habit. A cycle because of nicotine itself. Break the cycle and be free. It can be easier than you ever imagined.
  • Broncor, Mid North Coast April 04, 2019 | 15:40
    Hi rob84, I started champix late feb and I am now 31 days quit, I don’t know how successful I would have been without it, but then again it was my time and I was ready to quit. Everyone is different. I still found I had the physical withdrawals and some slight side effects which I am now convinced were withdrawals. Champix has made it easier for me, I have halved the medication now. These guys above are great help with advice, so keep in touch with them, take any inspiration wherever you can. Whichever way you decide is best for you good luck with it.
  • Spot 60, Murrumbidgee April 05, 2019 | 10:34
    G'day Rob, Just watch the Champix mate I don't want to discourage you. I had quit on Champix for about a year before taking it back up at double the rate. Second attempt with Champix had me suicidal within one week of starting. It might not affect everyone. But just a caution. I am now on Zyban and they are working. Never quit quitting!

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