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Working up to the first quit day

Posted in Getting started 26 Aug 2021

Hello everyone,

I've been reading all the stories and am feeling inspired by everyone's experiences.

I am on day 17 of Champix but still haven't picked my quit date. This is the 3rd time I've used it, the first was successful and I didn't smoke for close to 3 years after smoking for nearly 30 years. I can't even tell you why I took it up again but I did and I have now been smoking for the last 4 years. I know I can do it as I did it before but this time I'm finding it so much harder. I keep telling myself how much I want to do it and I've already reduced greatly the number I am smoking per day, yesterday I had 4, today has been 2. The one thing that worked for me last time is I kept saying to myself that I was a smoker who chose not to smoke. I've been repeating that to myself over and over again but can't or won't perhaps commit to the quit date. Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated. :)

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  • Adam_Fanshaa_123456, Northern NSW August 26, 2021 | 23:36
    Hi Sheridan - I, too, am on my 3rd attempt at quitting using Champix. The first 2 times it worked like "magic" for me - I simply didn't have any urge to smoke and close to my quit date, cigarettes started tasting awful and I found myself throwing away cigarettes after just a few puffs.

    This time around - I didn't set a quit date (to be fair, I didn't set one the previous 2 times either, I just automatically and magically grew hatred for cigarettes after 3-4 weeks being on Champix). This time around, I'm on week 6 and I'm not feeling that "magic" and I'm afraid perhaps my body has grown accustomed (built immunity) to this drug. I am now going to set a quit date in the coming weeks and hopefully things work out.

    In case you're feeling like your body has also adapted to Champix, I suggest you set your quit date as well, sooner than later. Maybe there's some mind trick at play when you've set and verbalized your quit date. I wish you nothing but success at this attempt - and wish you live a healthy & a happy life ahead.
  • Happiness August 26, 2021 | 23:47
    chose is past tense.....CHOOSE NOW!
    Cutting down too drastically will definitity have you wanting and revering the smoke. Have them but alone and taste; smell and think! SEE how the addiction rules! Get your FIX in private Treat it as you would any medication taken for relief. You can CHOOSE to end the cycle nicotine creates.

    Champix works, now do your part.
  • Red-67 August 27, 2021 | 3:31
    Just my opinion, but I would recommend making the choice to become a non-smoker. You stopped for some time, and then started again, because you were still a smoker, and thinking like one. When I decided to quit, it never even crossed my mind, that I would be a smoker that could not smoke. I never thought that I would have to STAY quit, or that I would have to live with NOPE for the rest of my life. You CAN simply make it a successful QUIT. The one you never come back from :)
  • NOPE-2021 August 27, 2021 | 7:35
    Welcome Sheridan,
    I can't comment on Champix but I can comment on quitting smoking. Pick a date NOW. There is no better time than the present! Best start time is after you have had a good nights sleep, therefore, you have already made it through several hours without a cigarette.

    Make up your mind you DO NOT WANT TO BE A SMOKER. You want to take control back and NOT be controlled by nicotine, just a nasty drug. You need to WANT to quit. That's all I can say. Only YOU can do it, Only YOU can find the best way to quit, everyone is different.

    Good luck and hope to hear your progress.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast August 27, 2021 | 10:08
    Hello Sheridan, there is no time like the present when you are in lockdown...I was on Champix, and like you had stopped for about 5 years, then started again. I thought I had the "Want to" fixed in my mind, but I soon worked out, that "the forever" concept was not ingrained, such as the sayings 'nothing is forever'. It was then quite simple for me after that.

    I had to work on the never aspect, so I adopted, NOPE (not one puff ever), said as many times every day as you like, this eventually did work for me.

    No matter how or why you want to quit your part is needed and you will have to work out a strong resolution and a deeper belief in yourself for this to happen. You can follow the guidelines on your instruction leaflet, or you can choose your own. I chose a time when I knew I would not be disturbed by anything, clamouring for my attention. NOPE (not one puff ever) it can be done. We are also once again in lockdown here on Mid North Coast. Stay in touch
  • Robn August 27, 2021 | 14:36
    Hi Sheridan, there are a million reasons to delay a quit....none of them are justified. You have made up your mind to quit....champix,patches etc are just an aid to get you started...there is no magic cure. A bit like inching your way into the pool, the water is cold regardless...just dive in and get it over with. I dont believe that quitting has to be a journey, some people think of it as this long protracted process. It isn’t unless you want it to be. You can do this easily if you are committed to never smoking again.
  • jojo77, Southern NSW August 27, 2021 | 21:35
    I never tried a tablet to quit smoking but I was convinced that patches were the way for me.. after realizing that it wasn't working for me ..I watched a good friend die of cancer. After 6 months battle I watched him pass on. He was a very big smoker and smoked 1mg cigs. The way the cancer had eaten away his body and the smell of death that seemed to be ever present. Wat can I say it changed me and even if I have done wat damage TO MY BODY, I choose to live the rest of my days on this earth as best I CAN..
  • Jessfreeof, Northern NSW August 27, 2021 | 22:12
    Stick with us ❤️
  • Sheridan, Western Sydney August 29, 2021 | 14:02
    Hello everyone,
    Firstly I'd like to thank you all for your words of encouragement and tips. After my post on Thursday I decided that Friday was my quit day so I'm on day 3 and let's just say it's been real! I haven't had a cigarette and am pretty proud of myself even though it's only been 3 days. Day 2 was the hardest and I just keep busy all day to try and distract myself. I must have said the mantra NOPE a thousand times already, thanks to Red-67 and softly 40 for that tip! Everything everyone has suggested resonates with me and I'm of the understanding that it has to be a mindset change this time as well as physically stopping. I gave my husband this morning the rest of the pack of cigarettes that I had which was a big step for me. I told him to just get rid of them for me and I'm not going to ask if he has (he doesn't smoke either and never has).Last time I held onto a pack for more than 6 months and that was after I had stopped. I'm very determined to make this my forever way of life and I hope that I continue. :)

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