So I have been a smoker for 40 years, I have given up in the past but now I want to quit for good. My quit date was 4th October 2019 and I have been going strong ever since. I went and had a conversation with my GP and she suggested trying NRT - I actually thought that this would not work, but purchased some patches to try and was pleasantly surprised. I thought that the medication would be better for me, but on the other hand I hate taking tablets so went with the patches. First I tried them for 2 weeks, it was not easy as I still had cravings, so I added some gum and lozenges into the mix for times when I thought I was going to break. So far so good, I am really happy with my progress and wish that I had done this years ago. I feel so good about the money I am saving and socialising is now a breeze as I don't have to sneak off to have that ciggy. I have awesome friends who are a great support, so that really helps. I was feeling really good but, these last few days I am finding it difficult to breath and I am coughing like I am a smoker. Has anyone else experienced this? I was wondering whether it was due to the smoky atmosphere at the moment with all the fires and back burning going on, but have never been affected like this in the past. I have really enjoyed reading other's stories as it helps to know that I am not the only one doing this. I will in another month cut back the patches to a lower dose and will wean myself over time off them. Thanks for reading my story.
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