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Stop smoking

New Year?

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KittyOShea · 21/12/2015 11:31

Anyone giving up smoking for the new year?

I have my plan in place. Got a prescription for champix from the doctor and am starting them on Boxing Day ready to quit for new year.

It's going to be tough but I've built up my willpower by going to slimming world (and losing almost 3 stone) so I know I can do it.

I also promised my dad (who died of lung cancer earlier this year) that I would stop and I want to keep my promise.

Anyone up for a support thread?

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nevergettime · 31/12/2015 15:20

I gave up the beginning of October. It will be three months next week and I can honestly say I have never felt better. Good luck kitty I hope you do well. Did you stop as you said on boxing day or are you seeing in the new year first ?

nevergettime · 31/12/2015 15:21

Oh sorry, do you mean starting champix on boxing day to stop smoking new year ???

KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 15:34

Hi never.

I've decided to start the champix tomorrow. Aiming to actually quit on Monday 11th. Starting on Boxing Day while staying in my mothers was a bit too ambitious Grin

Congrats on quitting for 3 months. That's a great achievement. How did you do it?

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medalsforeveryone · 31/12/2015 15:35

Yep its on my new years list too (chain smoking today in anticipation of giving up)

KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 15:37

Ha ha medals I'm doing the same- am attempting to sicken myself Grin

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medalsforeveryone · 31/12/2015 15:38

The thing is although i know its good for my health to stop i also know i'm really going to miss it.

KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 15:40

Yes I know that feeling. I've been smoking for over 20 years and it's become part of me. That's why it's so hard to quit but it's also why I'm so determined to this time.

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medalsforeveryone · 31/12/2015 15:41

I brought a 50g pouch before xmas and still got loads left. Will probably roll myself a few for the walk home and for when i get home before i pass the remaints of the pass to someone in the smoking area Sad

KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 15:50

That'll take will power!

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medalsforeveryone · 31/12/2015 15:51

Rather give someone else a nye present than just tipping in the bin.

KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 15:52

Exactly! Sounds like a good start.

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medalsforeveryone · 31/12/2015 15:54

Whats your tactic with the last few cigs or remaining bits of baccy?

KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 15:56

Because I'm starting the champix I'm supposed to smoke a few in the first 7 days so will stretch out what I've left after tonight over those 7 days then stop once they're done

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medalsforeveryone · 31/12/2015 15:59

Whats Champix?

I know if i'm smoking tomorrow then i will just end up buying some more when i eventually run out. I need a spur to kick me off, a spur like nye.

KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 16:03

It's a tablet that you take daily to help you deal with the side effects. My previous attempts with patches or cold turkey didn't go well so I'm trying it a different way this time. Fingers crossed!

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KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 16:04

It's also supposed to reduce the cravings.

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medalsforeveryone · 31/12/2015 16:06

I'm going cold turkey, i actually stopped for 4 of 5 months a few years ago by going cold turkey. Funnily enough then started smoking these e-cigs, which are even more addictive in my opinion, and hence why i'm back at square one.

KittyOShea · 31/12/2015 16:07

4 months is great. You must have good will power.

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nevergettime · 31/12/2015 17:09

kitty I gave up with e-cigs. Haven't found them more addictive like medals. To start with I vaped all the time but now I can go for hours without realizing. I don't crave when I wake in the morning any more or get that urgent urge when I walk out of a non smoking building. Still vape when I want to and feel it is what is stopping me from ever wanting a cigarette again. Everyone is different though, it's just a case of finding what works for you that's the most important thing Smile

BifsWif · 01/01/2016 09:24

Could I join please? Quit date tomorrow and going to use and ecig. I can quit cold turkey no problem and have done many times for up to a year, but always fall off the wagon in the end so I'm hoping a change of tactic might help.

magimedi · 01/01/2016 09:31

Very good luck to all you quitters.

I stopped 3.5 years ago with vaping (still vape) after 40+ years of smoking. I can't tell you how much better I feel.

Bifs Many of us who stopped with vaping 'dual fuelled' for a bit - it took me two weeks until I gave up the fags totally.

Remember to count the ones you haven't smoked.

KittyOShea · 01/01/2016 12:43

Good luck Bifs!

Thanks for the encouragement magi. It's great to hear that you really feel the difference.

Took my first tablet this morning and don't feel a major difference yet re cravings but I'm sure they have a cumulative effect hence the advice to give up between day 8 and 14. My plan is to quit entirely on day 11.

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BeezerBubble · 01/01/2016 12:52

Champix doesn't reduce cravings, it alters the brain so it makes smoking taste rotten. Bugger when you can't stand it any longer cos it takes days to wear off when you stop taking it.

KittyOShea · 01/01/2016 13:01

That sounds good to me Beezer- I need to stop enjoying smoking- that's the problem. Does that take a wee while to kick in?

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