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23-01-2009, 17:58   #91
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Good morning Ms. Poutbutton,
I guess you're busy packing for the big move. Just thought I'd take a moment and forward the "Support Group's" Tip for the weekend. Also, in the first week one of the tips was "tell you friends that you're quitting" . They even had a Template that all you had to was address and send.. Most of my friends don't smoke anyway so they were stoked and even the ones that do smoke said they'd lend their support. Anyway, here's the tip for the weekend:


"Believe it or not, you may need to help people support you. Because it's very possible people will say things that upset you now that you're quit. And they probably won't mean to do it.

So it's good to prepare yourself. The goal: to feel comfortable talking to people about quitting, even if they don't know how to support you.

Here are some examples of non-supportive comments you might hear. As you go down the list, try reading the responses aloud to yourself. It may feel awkward at first, but give it some time. It will become more natural.

Feel free to use any or all of the responses below. Or come up with new ones that work for you.

Non-supportive comments Possible responses You must be dying for a cigarette. Sure it's hard sometimes, but I'm serious about quitting.
A couple of puffs a day won't kill you. Actually, even one puff could start me smoking again. But I've come this far, and I'm determined to quit for good.
Do you mind if I smoke? Thanks very much for asking. Actually, I just quit recently, so if you could hold off for now, I'd really appreciate it.
Would you like a cigarette? No, thanks. I quit smoking.
Aren't you worried about gaining weight? I figure I can deal with that later. Right now I'm focused on not smoking.
You must be really cranky. Quitting is hard, but I should be back to my old self soon.
Haven't you tried quitting before? Sure. But this time is different. I'm really going to do it, and I'm getting support this time.

As you can see, there's not a lot you need to say. But having some responses ready can give you one less thing to worry about. Responding like this can also let people know their comments aren't helpful."

I saw this morning that we have new company (Tellox) who's starting "Champix" today.

Keep up the good work and good luck on your "packing weekend". I hate moving! =^)
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23-01-2009, 20:28   #92
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Welcome on board Tellox

Hi Donnie I could have used practically every one of those tips a few months ago when a freind tried to put me off using champix, so glad I gave it a shot. Day 5, I had a few strong pangs as I was off work but fought them off or at least champix did
I did'nt get too much packing done, you know how it is when you start finding old stuff & photos you start going through everything...still I have time.

Tomorrow night I will have at least 4 smokers in my company so that should be fun

Tellox, take your tablet after your breakfast or first meal of the day and after your dinner at night, it does'nt agree with empty stomach. Best of luck with it, I'm on my 5th day not smoking, feel great no symtoms after the 3rd day off fags when I had a bit of an upset tum think it may have been the nicotene leaving my system. I get roughly 3 cravings a day but they go very fast.

Let's know how you get on. Good Luck.
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24-01-2009, 01:00   #93
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Cheers for the support guys

The dreams are actually something I'm looking forward to - I loved the dreams on nicotene patches!
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24-01-2009, 06:12   #94
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WELCOME

Tellox, feel free to join our threads anytime. It's kind of fun exchanging ideas and experiences. It's seems to make the quitting that much easier.
Are you in Ireland also? Ms. Poutbutton is and I'm in Southern California not to far from Disneyland.
Good luck. I'll think you'll find this the easier of all the alternatives.
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24-01-2009, 10:27   #95
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Day 6 smoke free using champix

Good morning I thought I'd post early as I had my first dream! It was'nt bad at all in fact it was an epic Very vivid & very nice I felt like I had just had it when I woke up. So I can finally go back to my friend who treid to pt me off & say if your scared of the dreams you're missing out Cant believe it's almost a week since I smoked, I do believe the last time I was this free of nicotene was when I was 14 years old! Oh almost forgot, I am waking in the mornings with a dry uncomfortable throat that goes away once I'm up and about. I got some spray for it last night, has anyone else experienced this? Ok definitely gotta get some packing done today!
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Hi My name is Anne and I've been a smoker for more than 30 years, I never once tried to give up untill now I have just started Champix on day 3, I'm nervous that I will fail O so much want to be a non-smoker hope you don't mind me joining this thread, but I needed support Thanks guys

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24-01-2009, 10:39   #97
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Hi Anne & welcome on board the more the merrier. Best of luck with quitting this time next week you could be smoke free! I found this a great help as I can check in anytime I want and thankfully more people are joining in so the support is growing. How are you doing? I'm nervous too but the feeling of getting over each day is so good that you actually look forward to counting them up and ticking them off. I'm 6 days smoke free now & I feel so good, no wheezing hardly any coughing, (I had flu 2 wks ago so not completely over it chest wise) no nausea, no bad side effects at all really. Have you chosen your quit date?
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24-01-2009, 17:42   #98
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Good Morning. Wow, we're moving right along!
Well todays topic was mainly about how much we're saving by not smoking but I think we're all acutely aware of that. But did make one point that's worth passing on and it's pretty significant especially if your in the work place.
"When you smoked, you probably always knew in the back of your mind you were spending too much time and money on cigarettes. Well, today, we're going to talk about how much time you used to devote to cigarettes. Then (and this is exciting) we'll figure out how much money you're going to save by not buying cigarettes.

So, let's start with the time. Sure, the ritual of smoking offered a time-out in your day. But how much time did it steal out of each day? You might be surprised.


Consider this
Suppose it takes about 6 minutes to light and smoke a cigarette. And suppose you smoked 20 cigarettes a day. Six minutes times 20 cigarettes is 120 minutes. So if you were a pack-a-day smoker, you spent 2 hours a day smoking. Or to put it another way, by stopping smoking, you've just added 2 hours to your day. To do with as you please. To go to the movies. To go shopping. To get 2 more hours of sleep.


All that extra time is a pretty good fringe benefit, wouldn't you say? And just think, the money you're saving by not buying cigarettes may be even more impressive.

For today's activity, you'll use a calculator to look into the future and add up how much you'll save by not buying cigarettes. When you're ready to see the dollars and cents, click the button below".

Yes, I've had occaisional dry mouth also so I started keeping a bottle of water next to my bed.
Unless I'm mistaken, you're in day 6. CONGRATULATIONS! Keep it up. Monday I start my 3rd week smoke freeeeeee!!
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24-01-2009, 17:49   #99
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Hi Anne,
Welcome to the "family"! =^) There is nothing really to be nervous about. As the days go by that urge to have a smoke will subside. You WILL think about it occaisionally but it passes quickly. Monday I start my 3rd week smoke free.
Here in the US Chantix offers a support plan. They email me everday with pointers for that particular day and they call every evening to see if you have smoked. I understand by Ms. Poutbottom that Champix doesn't offer that in Europe so I've been sharing some of ht pointers that you'll be able to pickup by checking the the threads. GOOD LUCK and HANG TOUGH!
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25-01-2009, 16:29   #100
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Hi,
Well here's todays topic but it's kind of geared toward the end of the second week:


"About 2 weeks ago, we asked you to build a support network. Hopefully you called a few friends or sent e-cards to your family to share the news you're quitting smoking. We hope you've been sharing your progress, too.

Just in case you haven't, there's no better time than today to celebrate your successes to date. It's been 2 weeks since your Quit Date — a huge milestone. Don't think of it as bragging — you've accomplished so much. And your friends want you to succeed. So make 'em proud and share the great news!"

You can always let your friends know your progress by email anyway. It's just that Chantix furnishes a template that you only have to address.

Well tomorrow I start my 3rd week and have already ordered my 2nd prescription. Congratulations on starting you're second full week. KEEP IT UP!!
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25-01-2009, 17:44   #101
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Day 14 on Champix & Day 7 smoke free, somebody press the Wooo! button One whole week without the ash. I am stunned at how easy it was. I'm even calling my self a non-smoker now & I hope I continue this way & never smoke again.
I was in the company of 2 smokers yesterday for a few hours, they went outside to smoke & when they returned I was repulsed by the smell coming from them. I'm ashamed to think I smelled like that for all those years Yuck!
(see what I wrote there...while around them feeling like having a cigarette just did'nt come into it!)
My brother in law & one of my friends interviewed me on the process have now decided to give champix a try, I'll back them all the way.
I had a drink last night & had a craving for a moment but again it passed in no time.
I had my second Dream last night (felt like this morning) it was another good one so no complaints there. This one was about me making the most delicious chocolate cake in the world, it was so real I felt like I was physically decorating it. I was the only person who knew how to make it & it was scrumptious! Ha ha
Wow Donnie, you are a mere week away from a month off Good Stuff Outta you! I wonder if the dosage goes down each month.
Best of luck to you Donnie & to anyone who is starting quitting smoking on Champix tomorrow!

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25-01-2009, 19:12   #102
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Hi My name is Anne and I've been a smoker for more than 30 years, I never once tried to give up untill now I have just started Champix on day 3, I'm nervous that I will fail O so much want to be a non-smoker hope you don't mind me joining this thread, but I needed support Thanks guys

Anne x
hi anne im just after giving up ciggs havin been a smoker for 25yrs at 20 a day off them now 25 days on the champix and think they are the the best things ive ever tried cause tried everything from gum to patches even tried zyban about 6 years ago and still smoked but now dont want to smoke so best of luck to you keep it up and you will definitely be rewarded
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26-01-2009, 01:45   #103
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Day 3 today, and I'm a little shocked by the results. I've found my brain is somewhat..reprogramming itself to make me hate cigarettes. I've barely smoked at all today - every couple of hours I'd realise I haven't smoked, and feel a little sick to the stomach when I think about it.

Last night after having a few bottles, I got up to have a cigarette as normal, and found myself staring at it for a good 10mins before literally needing to pluck up the courage to smoke it.

Very very strange, a little overwhelming if anything.. looking forward to seeing how I'm feeling when I'm on the "full dose" from week 2 on..
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26-01-2009, 07:02   #104
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Hi, I'm just getting ready for bed and decided to clean out my email when I found the following from one of my cousins and thought you'd find it amusing. Well tomorrow is week 3 off the smokes and I'll see what the support group has to say and will forward if pertinent.
"Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

You go Donnie!!! You go Donnie!!!!!!!

Keep up the good work! Don't smoke!"

Love,
Barb..
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26-01-2009, 13:50   #105
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"Very very strange, a little overwhelming if anything.."

Hi Tellox it's amazing is'nt it. I'm still in shock that I'm not crawling the walls for a drag. I get moments of feeling like I should be smoking at different times, maybe 3 times a day and a strong one in the evening, they pass so quickly though & generally if you are kept occupied or entertained the craving seems to go away fairly fast.

Go Donnie Go! ha ha. I am relying on this thread to keep my morale up & so far it's working just peachy. Day 8 off the fags now I'm feeling so good. No dream last night, could'nt sleep til after 4, good job I have today off
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