Zen and The Art of Cigarette Smoking

…or not, as the case may be.

I’ve been taking Champix since last Tuesday and something strange is happening to me: I’m not enjoying my cigarettes as much as I used to.

Champix is a non-nicotine medicine which is designed to help smokers quit the dreaded weed. It works by suppressing nerves that are stimulated by the nicotine from tobacco products. It’s also an anti-depressant that has some severe side-effects for a small proportion of its users (though not this one so far, thankfully). I can smoke for the first two weeks while taking these pills, then it is suggested that I stop completely. If I have the will to stop – and I believe I do – and I follow the correct procedure and dosing instructions, I have a better than fifty-fifty chance of finally quitting.

Champix also fucking expensive. A month’s supply of little blue and white pills costs €150, a price not to be sniffed at. But when I figure out that I probably spend that and more on cigarettes, it’s a price worth paying. Let’s face it, people, I’d like to live as long as I possibly can and if a pill is going to help with this ambition, then I’m ready to follow my doctor’s advice. There’s a first time for everything.

Reading through the leaflet, I came upon this rather interesting side-effect. The manufacturers state that some users of Champix may find themselves acting more assertive than normal. What this means for me is I could find myself in situations where I might ‘voice’ my concerns and complaints more aggressively. This might not be ideal as I’m not the most patient of people, especially at bus stops and shop queues. The next person who decides to pay for a pint of milk with their Visa card may be in for an earful from yours truly, if they’re not careful.

I can’t wait.

8 responses to “Zen and The Art of Cigarette Smoking

  1. Let me know when Champix has you chomping at the bit to “let ’em have it” . . . and I’ll steer clear for a bit. : )

    That said, good luck. I hope that the investment pays off for you.

  2. Thank you, Nancy.


  3. I’m proud of you James. I know you can do it if you really want to.

  4. I know you can do it, James. You’ve conquered a lot of demons already. And I’m here, thick skin and all, if you need to vent. ❤

  5. Consider me a cheerleader on the sidelines in this James v Cigarettes battle. GO JAMES!!!

  6. good luck! you’re doing the right thing! ((hugs))

  7. more assertive than normal.

    Well, ask them to pay for your groceries too. Now, that is assertive (and frugal).


  8. James, I’ve tried to quit several times and been successful three times for a fair period of time without the use of any type of medicine and once using the nicotine gum. They call the drug you’re using Chantix in America. Funny that it actully costs more in Ireland than it does here and yet you can quote the same three numbers. Here is costs $150 for a 30 day script. Our insurance allows exactly $150 for a lifetime for smoking cessation. Shee!
    Keep us posted on your progress. I’m rooting for you and you can vent with me at any time too. But warning you, with or without the drug a person tends to get a little overly agressive while trying to kick the habit.

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