As mentioned earlier in the blog, the decision to quit smoking came during the latter part of 2016.
Once the new year started I started to look for the best solution, as there was no way that I would just put the packet down an quit. So I asked via Facebook who quit smoking and what helped them, but Didn’t get the best answers, so I decided to go to the pharmacy.
Here I was shown different types of tablets, including some anti-depressant which apparently works! At the end I decided to take the very expensive Champix Tablets.
The Champix Starter Pack is a course that you complete after 28 days, but can be done till up to 12 weeks. Champix does the following:
“How does Champix make quitting easier?
If you’re ready to quit smoking, Champix can help make it easier in two ways:
- It helps reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that happen when you give up smoking.
- It blocks the effect of nicotine, so if you do smoke while on Champix, it won’t be so enjoyable.”
On Friday 6 January 2017 I took my first tablet. At around 11 AM that morning I had the feeling that cigarettes taste differently. Don’t know if it really did, or if the thought of taking these pills just screwed my mind.
The first day I still smoked like a chimney, but from the next day it got less. A lot less considering that I smoked almost 3 packs a day. I didn’t feel any negative side effects, except for food cravings, but I countered that with having lots of fruits in the house giving myself a vitamin boost 🙂
Additionally I had so much more time on hand! I usually do not smoke in the house and always go outside. Now, by smoking less there was so much more time to do other things, so firstly I started planing my exercise routine.
Last week Tuesday I bought my last pack of cigarettes and by Thursday this was finished and I decided that was that. No more smoking for me!
I cannot say that I have quit forever, but I have been of the smokes now for 6 days and I must admit I do have cravings for a smoke, but they are not really so strong that I give in.