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Giving up smoking is hell and don't let a bunch of non-smokers tell you otherwise, my personal battle against Nicotine addiction has been going on for 6 years now. I have tried almost every form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy on the market all of them have plus and down points. The main down point being that nothing feels as good as a cigarette between your fingers, and it is at those points that I definitely do not need a lecture from a non-smoker. IN FACT one of the worst things about giving up smoking is NONSMOKERS, a bunch of self righteous whining good for nothings is what they are, and I am well on the way to joining them. Such thoughts are among the things than in my weaker moments makes me want to stick two fingers up at them and light up.
As of next year due to a bunch of whining nonsmokers there will be no smoking in pubs, an action that will result in loss of jobs and therefore livelihood of many barstaff. So here I go I am about to join the nonsmoking part of the population and no longer be a social leper, great whoop dee doo. However before you lot go slapping yourself on the back and saying good on you I have made a pact with myself if I reach 70 I am going to start smoking again, just to really annoy you lot ok, and I am not giving up the odd Cuban cigar either so there.
All righty then now that all that venom is cast out of my spleen I can get down to writing about these babies.
NiQuitin CQ Nicotine 4mg Mint Gum is recommended for smokers who light up within half an hour of rising. Half an hour!!!!!!!! I can't wait that long I'd smoke in the shower if I could, and I have smoked in the bath as well, so these must be the ones for me.
The instructions on the packet were easy to follow and it is broken down in the three stages (with added references to my own experience in using them):-
Step 1:- Initial Treatment Period
Chew one piece of gum whenever you feel the need to smoke and use up to 12 pieces a day for three months.
Well that was easy I used on average 6 pieces a day during this stage and I can honestly say that it did kill the urge to smoke. Though during this stage you are at your weakest and you need to carry the gum around with you at all times, there were a few occasions when I snapped and popped into a shop and bought a pack of Lucky strikes during this phase, but it is ok if you don't make a habit of it..................
Step 2:- Step Down Treatment period
Gradually reduce gum use to 1 to 2 pieces a day
Oh god this bit was hell as it meant weaning me off the gum. I was used to not smoking by now it was having to reduce my intake of gum. It took me 6 months to do this but not once did I crack and my body was gradually getting used to having less nicotine so by the time it came to step 3 I was almost there.......
Step 3:- Support period
Chew a piece of gum if sudden cravings tempt you to smoke
This is where I currently am and even after nearly a year on this gum there are still situations where I really need a F***ing cigarette, but popping a bit of gum into my mouth does the trick. I have not had a I want to kill everyone for a cigarette feeling for over a month now, and I only have 33 years to go before I rejoin the world of cigarettes.
Well there is not much more to add with these babies being added to my will power I did it the other things I should mention are:-
1. Do not chew these things like your life depended upon them as it burns like sodomy. A couple of chews and stick it next to your gum is all you need.
2. Side effects include burping and farting which is fantastic.
3. A packet of 24 pieces costs £4-99 and you can get it on prescription.
4. They taste rotten but you get used to it.
5. For blokes the following words will all ring true, Bigger, Harder, Longer, More OFTEN and with a shorter recovery time.
Now I am a non smoker I can happily report that I am not a smug sanctimonious humorless git, and can happily enjoy the company of both smokers and nonsmokers alike, and I have this gum to thank for that...........
I'm reading this whilst chewing vigorously on a piece of Nicotinell myself. 10 days into it and it's been the worst day yet. Glad to hear that someone else has succeeded but I too am looking forward to taking it up again when I am old and decrepit. Excellent review and really struck a chord with me on so many levels ;-)
salem_witch 04.03.2006 21:29
pmsl at them making you fart and burp. Not all us non smokers are smug. Although I was glad when they announced they were banning it. Good luck with staying off the fags.
fantasybeliever 04.03.2006 17:35
Well wish me luck on Wednesday ... it's my "quit" day. Been thinking about it for long enough, now it's time to do it. I already have a packet of these in my bag in readiness lol. Cheers. Christina ;-) x