In my experience, the medication started working almost immediately. It surprised me how the normal desire to smoke almost disappeared. Suddenly, I was free of it. I stopped thinking about it. Entire days would pass without so much as a passing thought. Even smelling cigarette smoke didn’t trigger the desire again. It was incredibly liberating. Smoking didn’t control me anymore. It didn’t take up my time, distract me from activities
At night I had amazingly vivid dreams. I had never dreamed like that before. Sights, music, colours, adventures that lasted all night. These were side effects of the drug, I suppose, but I looked forward to them. There are other, more serious side effects but they didn’t affect me, and they don’t affect most people. If you spend too much time worrying about things that might happen, you will fail the treatment.
After a few weeks, my sense of smell got better, and my appetite increased. I had heard of this benefit of quitting but I thought it was just BS. It isn’t. I gained a few pounds, too. And how could I not? Food was delicious, as if I had never truly tasted it before. Indeed, I hadn’t.
I coughed up a lot of stuff. Green, grey, brown, nasty stuff, as my lungs began to heal. I’ve heard that lungs are the only organ in the body that regenerate. And they begin doing so almost immediately after quitting. People said that I would have more energy, but that was a benefit I never noticed. I certainly felt bad less often though.
Overall, quitting smoking has been a very positive experience for me, but it hasn’t been perfect. Once I stopped taking the meds I fell off the wagon a couple of times, but not permanently. I go months without any trouble, and after a night of drinks and smokes with friends, I go months again.
The best part is that I don’t feel like someone who is quitting smoking, I feel like a non-smoker.
It’s a label I wear proudly.