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I want to be real with you. And by real, I mean incredibly real.
I have struggled with smoking cigarettes for years. I was nicotine free my entire pregnancy and up until my youngest turned 3 1/2. I was proud of this because before that, I was a half a pack a day smoker.
It wasn’t a habit, this was an addiction.
It was part of my everyday life.
It was also part of my coping mechanism when I just couldn’t handle the daily stress and anxiety. Caffeine and nicotine.
But I really wasn’t doing myself any favors back then, and I’m certainly not doing myself any favors now. While I haven’t fully relapsed into just caffeine and nicotine to get me through the day; I do find myself craving that cigarette.
Here’s how I plan to kick the nicotine addiction to the curb. For good.
As mentioned previously, nicotine and caffeine was my go-to coping method. And it was a detriment to my overall health because I was neglecting basic things like maintaining nutrition and water.
But none of that seemed to matter when I was at my worst.
I had thought those days were behind me.
I eventually stopped smoking and when I found out I was pregnant with my youngest, I made a vow to quit for her. After making the decision to breastfeed, I continued with remaining smoke free.
My weight started to creep up again but I was smoke free and I still felt great.
But then it started to happen again.
The gnawing doubt, the anxiety, and the fear. I could keep it at bay well enough or at least enough to the point where I didn’t want to smoke.
Temptation was definitely there to go down to the store and buy a pack of cigarettes. But I stopped myself.
And then it just got to be too much for me to handle.
I’m aware, of course, of the health hazards associated with smoking. But none of that seemed to matter again as long as I could cope.
All of my previous methods just weren’t working and I finally gave in.
And now, I’m making a plan to stop the addiction for good.
I’m starting by setting a quit date. I don’t want to make it too soon but I don’t want to put it out too far, either. So, for now, my quit date is in 49 days.
On a dry erase board, I’m marking my quit date so I can change the days easily and also keeping track of how long it’s been since I had my last cigarette.
But, I also know that I cannot do this alone. With the support of my other half and Nicorette® mini Lozenge I have a better plan of attack. Because I have church on Sundays and other places that I like to go with my youngest, I wanted a solution that was portable and easy to take.
I purchased mine at my local CVS Pharmacy.
Nicorette® mini Lozenge helps to relieve sudden cravings fast. Anytime and anywhere.
How to use (please read Drug Facts Label for complete directions for use):
Weeks 1 to 6 –1 mini lozenge every 1-2 hours
Weeks 7 to 9 – 1 mini lozenge every 2-4 hours
Weeks 10 to 12 – 1 mini lozenge every 4-8 hours
If you smoke your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up use 4mg mini lozenge. If you smoke your first cigarette more than 30 minutes of waking up use 2mg mini lozenge. To improve your chances of quitting, use at least 9 lozenges per day for the first 6 weeks. Do not use more than 5 lozenges in 6 hours or 20 lozenges per day.
Now, I can keep my Nicorette® mini Lozenge wherever I need them to be. For example, in front of my computer.
Available in 2 strengths: 2mg and 4mg
Breaking free from this addiction is not always easy, trust me I know. But I also know that it can be done. And that it is possible to break free.
Best of all? When you are making the commitment to quit, you are helping the American Lung Association. For every box of Nicorette® or NicoDerm® CQ® purchased at CVS Pharmacy during the month of November, GSK Consumer Healthcare will donate $1 to the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE (up to $100,000).* Offer valid 10/29/17 – 12/2/17.
*Purchases made between 10/29/17 – 12/2/17, up to $100,000 donation amount. Promotion ends on 12/2/17 or at $100,000 goal, whichever comes first. Behavioral support program increases chances of success. Read and follow label directions. The American Lung Association does not endorse any product, device or service.
If stopping the nicotine addiction is also your goal, know that support is available every step of the way. We can do this, together.