Advantages Improved breathing, Increased fitness
Disadvantages Finding a substitute for the cigarette
37 years ago at the age of 14 I tried something that was to take control of my life. I had my first cigarette, I wish now that I hadn't but I did and am now suffering the consequences. I often find it hard to get a good deep breath. Most exercise tires me out quickly. I smell like a skinking ashtray, and my money is dwindling or rather smouldering away at a rapid rate of knots.So today October the 1st 2005 I am taking the first step to regain control of my health. I'm going to stop smoking. I know the next few weeks or months are going to be perhaps the roughest I've had. I shall however have considerable help from a little plastic tube filled with a cartridge which will provide me with the nicotine to which I am currently addicted. This little tube is the Nicorette inhaler supplied by my Stop smoking group.
I visited the group on Tuesday past to get advice and a prescription for the inhaler. There were 2 nurses there for both support and medical advice. It was a very casual meeting and everyone there was suffering the same problems all smokers have when they eventually decide to stop the habit.A course of inhalers would normally cost in the region of £39 per week, I am getting 4 weeks treatment for the price of a prescription. This will be dispensed on a weekly basis so that should I fail in my attempt to stop the inhalers won't be wasted and someone else may still benefit from them.
Apparently most smokers fail on their first attempt, so I am not kidding myself here, but I will give it my best shot. Currently I smoke around 25-30 fags a day costing me something like £5. Out of that 25 cigarettes I perhaps enjoy 8 the rest simply are habit ones that are smoked without even thinking. Like the one you have while typing a review or reading a book.The Inhalers come in a starter pack which contains 6 nicorette nicotine cartridges. These are about the thickness of a biro and about one inch long. They are clear plastic tubes containing a swab of tightly packed cotton impregnated with nicotine. The ends of this tube are sealed with metal foil. The actual inhaler is slightly larger to facilitate in insertion of the cartridge.
A small twist of one end and a quick pull and the inhaler opens to allow the insertion. On closing the inhaler the seal is broken allowing the user to puff on the inhaler to extract the nicotine as one would while smoking a cigarette. It is advised that you should use beteen 6 and 12 cartridges a day if you smoked over 20 cigarettes. I was given the starter pack and a further 42 cartridges to last me for the first week. The 42 other cartridges also come with a replacement inhaler, just in case you've chewed the hell out of the first one LOLEach cartridge contains a small amount of methol to give the user the sensation on the back of the throat associated with the inhalation of a puff from a cigarette. I'm not going to kid you by saying it tastes the same as a cigarette but it is not unpleasant and does taste a bit like nicotine.
So when I rise tomorrow my first instinct to light a cigarette will result in a few puffs from the inhaler instead.
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