Still on nicotine-free Electrofag. I'm not sure the Smoky-Drinky was much of a challenge after all. I didn't smoke anything with nicotine in, but the air was full of smoke. Okay, only at second-hand smoke levels but even so, I can't claim to have been completely nicotine-free last night.
Today I have been nicotine-free. I feel tired, which I expected, and that started last night - on returning from Smoky-Drinky I can usually type but was far too knackered, and just went to bed. Stopping intake of a stimulant is bound to take a bit of adjusting to, as it did when I was decaffeinated in China. In the comments to Day 0, Captain Fatty suggested a link with noradrenaline production and I can't rule that out because I don't know. I also can't rule out that I feel tired purely because I convinced myself I would. Even the deepest cynic can't fully escape auto-suggestion.
Another thing that's started is that my lungs are taking the opportunity to have a bit of a spring clean. They'll be all fresh and pink and ready to go again by Friday.
I am not puffing the Electrofag as much as I thought I would. It's okay with a coffee but it's not the same as tobacco. So I am not desperately dragging on the thing, trying to extract a stimulant that isn't there. Because it's missing the whole ritual of rolling and lighting it's not a complete replacement, but it'll do.
No sign of irritability, cravings or fidgeting. Although I did read about the harpie McCarthy and her plan to DNA-test every man in Bristol, but that's not a fair test. There isn't enough tobacco on the planet to counteract the irritation that woman exudes. I don't think even Prozac could do it. Al-Jahom has worked out how long the idiot woman's plan would take and what it would cost. She wants to build a haystack, drop a needle in and keep the police busy looking for it for the next 20 years. That's assuming that the killer was a man, and that he/she is still in Bristol. Otherwise, they will be searching for the needle in the wrong haystack.
So far then, no sign of any of the standard nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The smoke withdrawal symptom (reawakening of the lung cilia) is a purely physical effect and the withdrawal of stimulant (tiredness) is as expected. I don't yet feel the need to attack that unopened pack of tobacco like a starved wolf who's come across a shrink-wrapped leg of lamb.
We'll see what tomorrow brings.