I am a serial quitter. I quit. Then I quit quitting. And repeat. I’ve written posts promising, threatening, suggesting I will quit many times before. The repetitive nature of my posts tells you that I haven’t quit. I am still a foul, filthy stinky smoker. I’ve tried patches, gum, electronic cigarettes. But I’m a resilient soul, not put off the real thing very easily. I’ve gotten into mountain climbing and marathon running to help me quit. But I just ran and climbed with a fag in my mouth.
It’s not that I don’t want to quit, which is the impression I might have given off. I do. Really, I do. There is the issue with the three of four smokes in the pack that I really enjoy though. Giving up the other 16 or 17 in the pack is easy peasy. But those few tasty, cherished smokes. They’re tougher. They’re old friends, and it’s hard to shut the door on such old friends. I tend to keep them around. But before you know it, though, they’ve invited their friends back into the room. And I’ve puffed my way through a whole pack again.
What to do? Keep trying. I’m going to take up some good advice this time. At least one occasional commenter has sung the praises of Champix. My sister used them and is off the baccy, and has been for a long time. So I took the stroll into my doctor’s surgery today. I got a prescription. And now I have a two week starter pack of Champix. I start tomorrow. It’s a two week pack. It’s easy to start. Real easy. A tablet in the morning, and I can even keep on smoking. Sweet!
I have to pick a stop day, sometime between 8 and 14 days. I pick 10 days. It’s a nice round number. Best of all, it’ll be a Saturday. I can curl up and take any suffering that there might be. Is there much? Champix users, your input is appreciated! How effective were they with the cravings for you? Share your experiences!