Product Type: Nicorette health products
Newest Review: ... find it preferable to the taste of a cigarette but as a seasoned smoker I find the hollow nicotine taste pretty offensive sometimes,... more
Member Name: purplekimmy
Advantages: If you have will power they do work, they take off that edge
Disadvantages: Very expensive
I had smoked since I was 15 on and off; I gave up when I had my daughter (1999) and did not smoke for 8 years afterwards. I didn't even think about it really. I split from my daughters father and started dating my ex husband, within a year (he smoked) I started to feel the urge to smoke again, I would light his cigarette then give it to him, gradually I would hold onto it a little longer, until before long I was a fully fledged smoker again, smoking 20/30 per day. I enjoyed smoking, and I never really gave much thought to giving up. A few years passed and this June I was rushed into A & E, it had nothing to do with the smoking, just a bad viral infection that affected my liver but I was dangerously ill. I was put on a ward in hospital with two women who smoked, had emphysema and were on nebulisers to help them breathe. They still visited the smoking area outside the hospital for a cigarette, then come back to their beds, plug themselves back into their heart monitors and cough repeatedly for hours. I was in hospital for 9 days and did not smoke once while in there. When I came out of hospital, I decided not to continue smoking, after all I had not had one for so long, was it worth starting now, and I was determined not to end up like one of the ladies in hospital.
I was visited by a lady from a stop smoking group at the hospital, who tried to sign me up to a quitting group (not interested was determined to use my own will power). She also wrote me up for the Nicorette Inhaler and cartridges, there were 42 in the pack along with an inhaler and an instructions manual on how to prepare and use it. The cartridges slot into the inhaler, with each end clicking to open the ends of the cartridge. You use the inhaler as you would a cigarette and suck it, when the need arises. There were a list of side effects, but I did wonder whether even if I developed any of these, would it have been worse that the side effects of smoking?
We are now in November, five months since stopping and can say honestly that I have only had half a cigarette which I did not finish or enjoy. I used the inhaler, not constantly, but I had it on me at all times in case I really had cravings. The taste was nothing like a cigarette, although it did give that nice burn at the back of your throat when you inhaled. I haven't used the inhaler in about 6 weeks; I still have 38 cartridges left in fact. They are very expensive and had I not been written up for these by the hospital, I wouldn't have bought them for myself. You do need to have will power with these, using them like cigarettes would work out very expensive and you would be better off just buying actual cigarettes. They have no smell, but they do stop the craving itch, if you can afford them they are worth using.
Summary: Worth if it you are determined to give up
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