posted 21 Jul 2012, 11:37
Today is the day I attempt to kick my addiction to nicotine of 17 years. I don't mind admitting, I'm more than a little apprehensive and scared. Yeah, scared. I'm scared I wont succeed. You see, I enjoy my cigarettes. What I don't enjoy is paying £70 a week on them. Its the money that is my motivation for stopping, that and the fact I don't want my kids to think smoking is ok.
I've never given the health implications relating to smoking much thought, I know what they are and I believe them to be true, but when your hooked on nicotine you put all that to the back of your mind.
I haven't smoked in the house for over 3 years, I'd go to the back door for a smoke, so I really need to break that habit. My last cigarette was 12 hours ago, I've been up today for 3 hours and found myself heading to the back door a couple of times.
I'm not doing this cold turkey, no way! I'm using a tablet called Champix. It apparently has a success rate of 60% here in the UK. It works by blocking the pleasure receptors in your brain so that when you smoke a cigarette you dont get the reward you would normally get. I hope it works for me. And now I need to go eat something to take my mind of smoking, I'm really starting to get the urge now.