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William Power
Hunter New England

Stay Strong

Posted in Hints and tips 23 Nov 2013

Hi. I haven't smoked since day 10 on the Champix and just can't believe how quickly the time has gone. I set my quit date for Day 11 and gave up at Day 10! On Day 8 I was still smoking 10 a day (used to smoke between 10 and 15 a day) and was thinking the Champix weren't working. Then along came Day 9. All of a sudden the smokes tasted filthy - 3 cigarettes all half smoked. Day 10 on the Champix woke up and haven't had one since. Ten days smoke free today, Yahoo! But having said this it hasn't been easy. Lack of sleep, forgetfullness and the occasional craving (which doesn't last very long) but I keep telling myself it will be all worth it. Oh and I've started a "smoke" savings account which is already up to $90. Stay strong everyone! We can and we will beat the cigarette!

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  • converse November 23, 2013 | 10:04
    Hi William, well done on deciding to quit, good for you on ten days smoke free. Sorry to hear you are not sleeping, hope it gets better for you. Keep up the good work .
  • Syfa November 23, 2013 | 10:26
    Hi William
    I too have just started Champix (day 12). My quit date was today, but I am still smoking *boo*. Although, only a few today. Right now I am trying to figure out if I am still smoking out of habit or if it's an actual craving? I can't seem to tell the difference....
  • William Power, Hunter New England November 23, 2013 | 10:52
    Hi Syfa,
    For me I'm pretty sure it was habit. When I would go somewhere i could leave the cigs behind and didn't have cravings. Before the Champix I found that once i had that morning cigarette I'd feel more strongly like having another during the day. That was definitely cravings. The day i gave up was after only smoking 3 half cigs the day before. The next day I made sure i didn't have that morning cig and it didn't seem to worry me too much. I still went through a couple of days of feeling like i had lost something and not knowing what to do with myself but resisted any thoughts of having a cig. No sooner I had dismissed the thought the urge was gone - strange! I know everyone is different and your experience will probably be different to mine but i also know you wouldn't be here unless you wanted to quit. And you won't be happy until you succeed. Keep up the good work. If I can do it anyone can.
  • stoprightnow, Western NSW November 23, 2013 | 11:13
    the easiest way to quit smoking is to not put another one in your mouth , well all the best.
  • A.F.U, Hunter New England November 23, 2013 | 14:32
    Well done on day 10 the NRT and withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person but it does get better stay strong and positive keep posting and reading because it does help all the best
  • michaels22 November 25, 2013 | 4:56
    just keep taking the pills... good on ya mate
  • Ricky November 25, 2013 | 14:07
    Good stuff! Gives me motivation :-)
    Keep up the good work!
    Looking forward to updates ...
  • Ricky November 25, 2013 | 14:07
    Good stuff! Gives me motivation :-)
    Keep up the good work!
    Looking forward to updates ...

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