Quitting Smoking – My Personal Journey
A lot of people that have never given up smoking have often asked me – “What did it feel like when you quit smoking?” I wish I had the nerve to turn around and tell them what I really thought about the journey you take when you give up the cigarettes. I have taken this journey on three times in my life. Well in actual fact, I have taken on this journey about a thousand times but only three of these times lasted longer than me running out of money at the end of the month or quitting for the entire morning after a heavy night of drinking the night before.
The first time I quit smoking, I did so with the help of Champix. Champix wasn’t something that worked for me – I was one of the unlucky ones that had a pretty bad reaction to the drugs and found myself spiraling into something between sadness, depression and feeling as though I had a permanent cloud in my head. My partner at the time gave up using Champix at the same time as me and he has currently been smoke free for two years. I lasted for the length of the twelve week course, plus about three weeks after that before I gave up smoking. To be honest, I wasn’t really taking the tablets as regularly and carefully as I should have been because of the way I felt when I was on them.
The second time I gave up smoking, I used an electronic cigarette. I have very positive things to say about this clever little device and I actually managed to give up smoking for fourteen months using one of these, choosing to return to smoking again after a particularly nasty breakup. The electronic cigarette was so successful in my journey to quit smoking that I am using it a third time – my current attempt to give up.
I bought the electronic cigarette by ordering it online and the second it turned up in my hands and I ripped off the wrapper (both times that I have quit using it) I became a nonsmoker of sorts.
One piece of advice that I will give to you about quitting smoking with an electronic cigarette is that you shouldn’t try and smoke a “real” cigarette when using it – pick the e-cig and stick with it. You won’t have to deal with as many cravings when you use the imitation cigarette to give up – they still contain nicotine so you aren’t giving up cold turkey. Every time I want a cigarette, I take a few puffs of my e-cigarette, which are not only cheaper but much better for my health at the same time. After a couple of months, I go from high strength nicotine in my electronic smoke to the medium strength. A few more months and I will be on the low strength. Give it a couple more months and I will be on no nicotine and I’m basically a non-smoker. It’s easier than you thought and the best part of it all is that you hardly even notice giving up at all. Admittedly, at first, getting used to the e-cig was a bit difficult. It’s not the same as a cigarette even though they have tried to make it as close to one as they can. It does feel different but you do get used to it – I managed to become quite accustomed to the smart little device after a day or so.
There were times that I thought I was going to give into the cigarettes but I took a few puffs on my e-cig instead and the cravings soon subsided. When everyone else was having to leave the bar to go outside and smoke in the cold weather, I was able to sit and puff on my e-cig in the comfortable armchair next to the fire in the old school style pub. There are more benefits to not smoking than I first thought!
What I’m trying to say to you is that you need to find the right type of quit method that will work for you. It might take you two or three times to quit – studies have even shown that smokers that have tried to seriously quit at least once before have the most luck. This means that you are bound to give up eventually and just think of the money you are saving every time you do try and quit the cigs. It’s not going to be an easy journey and there will be times that you will want to kill people, almost literally too, but at the end of it all, you will be a healthier person and the cravings that you are having – well, they won’t last forever. Sooner or later you are probably going to have to quit – why not make it now to bring closer your smoke-free tomorrow?