Josef Theisen wrote:Fred, even after 34 years you still have millions of extra neural receptors in your brain for Nicotine. They are dormant now, which is why you don't have to deal with constant cravings. A single hit off a cigarette could be enough to bring them out of domrancy and start demanding to be fed, even after decades of non use. You might think that you can get away with it, or that you have the addiction under control after so long, but within a few days of that puff, your nicotine receptors will be screaming for more. Since they affect the part of our brains that is concerned with survival, the urge can be compelling in a way that I think true non-smokers will never understand. It's right up there with the urge to breathe or with badly needing to relieve your bladder, in that it does not seem like a choice at all. Then your only two options are to go through that lovely first 72 hours of chemical withdrawl again, or to go back to your old level of consumption.
This is the harsh truth about nicotine addiction. I am a nicotine addict, and will be for the rest of my life. The ONLY way to keep control of my addiction is to keep nicotine out of my bloodstream in any form.
NTAP - Never Take Another Puff
Dave Millersuraj wrote:Hi guys,
I have been trying to quit smoking since the past 4 months. I smoke atleast 20 cigarettes a day. The maximum that I have been without smoking is 1 week, but after that the urge gets unbearable. I am aware about champix, but I am afraid to try it due to the side effects. Please help guys.
Stacy Witscher wrote:While everyone experiences are different, my physical addiction to nicotine was very strong. I was a heavy smoker, 2 1/2 packs a day, and trying to quit cold turkey made me violently ill, nausea & vomiting, dizziness to the extent that I couldn't walk. I had previously tried the patches and didn't find them helpful, then my doctor pointed out that they weren't designed for a heavy smoker like me, and told me to double up on them, and wean down that way. It worked wonders, dealt with all the physical withdrawal symptoms, so I could focus on restructuring my life.
The rest of it was really a habit. I used cigarettes like a little reward, a way to structure my day, motivate chores. So some of that got replaced with other rewards, like sitting down and checking something out on the internet, or having a cup of coffee. And some of it was just a lot less breaks, keep busy.
But, I think it's important to remember that we are not all the same. Nicotine was a heavy physical addiction to me, but caffeine has no physical effect on me. It's not just some people are addiction types and others aren't, our bodies are different.
Robert Mayers wrote:I couldn`t quit for a few years so you can understand that I have tried a lot of different techniques which should work but they don`t... I read that Tereza`s husband quit cold turkey one day. And I understand it is not the best for me. So I bought a box mod and started to vape liquids with nicotine.
The transition was really hard I must say, also I have read an educational article about how to quit correctly on Vapingdaily https://vapingdaily.com/quit-smoking/. I found it very useful for myself.
Also, I read about anti-nicotine gums. But I have to say it didn`t work for me. I think I would like to smoke more because of that.
Hope the author has quit)