Is it ok to stop patches during the last 2 weeks of my course?
I am on my second script of Habitrol patches, i have about 10 patches left. I had'nt felt the need to wear them, and i have had no cravings. I have the gum as a back up....should i keep using them till the packet of patches has finished?
Am i at risk of smoking again....
Heard about low nicotine Smokes coming out...
Hi everyone...did you see the breakfast news on tuesday morning this week....they had a ciggerette company that's going to produce a low nicotine cig at a cheaper price. These are designed for those wanting to quit, and these will not be as enjoyable of course, as they are designed to help you reduce the addiction to smoking and will help those to stop.
The dissappointment here was....they did'nt touch on the thousands of posions that will still be contained in these ciggerrettes. I don't think these will be on the market for sometime....Even so, it will encourage people who start smoking, that these are safer for you, and low risk of addiction....CRAZY...
Not that it matters to me, i have given up and i feel it's misleading people into thinking that smoking low nicotine smokes is still ok....you still have to give up.....
Habitrol patches step 1
It's been 31 days smoke free...feeling good and passed some tough emotional tests, it becomes so much easier, so don't give up.
I am currently on my second month of the 8 week cessation programme. Because it's been warm, i place my patch on my lower back preferably, so it's un seen. There's only so many places you can wear the patch comfortably lol....i started to get a rash and itching....not pleasent at all.
Anyone got any tips? I don't wear patches to bed, and ensure i place a new patch not on different area.
Forgot the patch today!
It's day 21 smoke free....religiously every morning i put a new patch on...Today, i got to work and realized i did'nt put a patch on!
Hey, i will just get on with the day, and all will be ok....I feel i am ready, but i have not completed my eight weeks, and determined to follow the quit rules treatment to have success.
Has anyone on here forgot thier patch, what's you're storey?
Graphic warnings will encourage smokers to quit.....
I have to admit, these pics did'nt look nice on the smoking packaging.....the funny thing is, like anything....people can choose to ignore these, be in denial, and think ......that this won't happen to me...
You also become de densitised to the advertorial pictures on cig packs. And it becomes just another picture.....
My point is...has this worked for anyone on here?
Did this make you give up?
Or..like me, i emptied my packet and placed my cigs or rollies into a cigerette holder.....therefore this ugly packet was'nt sitting there..most times i could'nt give a toss...
Initally these pictures had no effect on me at all at the time i thought of quitting.
I can say this now...because i have quit and glad i did, and speak out...
Each is their own, and good on you, if any of the above made you quit!
Don't worry about handling stress
New blog for the day.....i am now 21 days smoke free and have no regrets.
I initally worried and fretted about stressful days at work or family or with any emotional upsets. I have got through all of my stressful days without smoking! And you will too. You will find it a natural part of life, and not needing to poison youself at the same time lol
Since i stopped smoking, i have over indulged and I do tend to enjoy my wine when i had a tough day or a rough one emotionally, that's what's replaced the smoke.... But...be careful you don't rock the boat with over drinking. I am also past the urge to smoke when drinking also, so that's a mile stone....
The reason i say be careful with alcohol, you can lower you're resistance to stop smoking, the tempation can be strong if you are new to quitting.....so make sure you're strong and can handle being around any beverages....also don't use alcohol to solve you're issues, there's a danger there....as another habit can turn into a demon.
So yes, by all means enjoy you're choice of drink, just keep it at moderate levels.
Love you all
Feels great to breath day 20!
Wow, does'nt it feel great to fill you're lungs up with oxygen! When i stopped smoking.....i read about the shortness of breath that you will experience for 2 weeks. That certainly happened, and that did last for 2 weeks! It was a scarey time, but it's all part of the lungs repairing themselves. I did'nt have any cough or bringing stuff up thank god.
So don't be scared of this stage it will pass. You can see you're Dr if you need help during the shortness of breath stage...
Keep up the good work all on here!
I was blown away by the ads i watched
I watched some of the ads today on the quitline....i watched the Moari dude, and i felt so bad for him to have got emphazema.....i know how he feels as an asthmatic having an attack.....is the same. The only difference is you get treated and you can breath again, he can't.
This man demonstrates to all of us, we have time to quit and stay quitted so we don't end up that way.
He seemed such a good person, and his qaulity of life has gone. I watched him going to work and walking the dog, it bought tears to my eyes and made me feel thankful that i have done the right thing for my future.
Smoking is a slow poision, we have no idea what changes it is creating inside our lungs. It's a gamble everytime we light up......It's scary and it frightened the hell out of me.....
This ad should be televised again on tv...it will hit home for many.
If you have'nt seen it yet..please do.
Quit line adhb
I have been smoke free for 14 days. I never thought i would reach this milestone. I have quit before, but i was'nt ready then, i was just trying it out and failed because i was'nt really committed whole heartedly.
The patches are great! Use them daily. Take them off an hour before going to bed at night. I found these kept me awake and i had bad dreams.
Since taking them off at night, i sleep better and more restful.
The gum is ok, i only use as a back up for an instant thought or craving. These do work. Don't over chew like gum, the nicotine goes to ur tummy and you may have an upset gut doing this. Chew till it's medicine is released and place between your gum and check. I hold it here for 1omins then remove.
The first week was horrible i won't lie. I did'nt know how to function coming home from work without lighting up. Now my thoughts are far from that stage, i feel comfortable going home and doing other activities.
I have started walking & running in the evening, my lungs feel great. My skin tone has improved, my eyes don't ahve wrinkles like they did while i smoked. I am also taking a marine collegen supplement, thats improved my nails, hair and skin.
I feel well, and happy.
My partner still smokes, that's hard. I was initally a non smoker when i met him, but i did feel seperated from him when i quit. Now it's getting easier. I do hope he will join me later on at some pouint when he is ready.
Thank you quitline...you have saved my life