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Old 06-17-2008, 09:22 PM   #295
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Your wife thanks you and I'm sure your body thanks you. Nicotine is the only legal drug that will kill everyone who uses it (in one manner or another) and about a third of the people who live with them, even if they themselves have never smoked. I see on a daily basis what smoking can do to a human body. Hang in there.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:27 PM   #296
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Thanks for the kind thoughts and words everybody. I really think I got it kicked this time. I'll keep you up to date!

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Once you make the transition from a smoker quitting to a non smoker you will wonder why you smoked in the first place. Think of yourself as a non-smoker experiencing healing energy. The actual drug is out of your system by now. Keep breathing......
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:30 PM   #297
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Keep it up, Please - I can not express what it means to the rest of us and the changes in our lives because of a loved one who smoked. I never have smoked in my life but have lived with a family of smokers. What it has done to us has been devistating.

Only you can do it, it will not be fun, but the rewards will be substantial for you and your loved ones.


Keep it up and be strong. Just knowing you are trying is a GREAT BIG STEP in the right direction.

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Old 06-17-2008, 09:51 PM   #298
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Thanks, guys. I just wanted to let you know, I've never smoked around the kids. I've always gone outside. I may a be knucklehead, but I'm not stoooopid.

Yep, I actually feel pretty good. The only time I have a real problem is when I get stressed (happens a lot in my world). Thansk for all the good thoughts.

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Old 06-18-2008, 12:18 AM   #299
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I have been wondering about this thread lately, and some of the early posters.
I did not want to bring it up again - as I have a few times, because I know that there are some who went back to smoking. I don't want to cause then any needless pain or sense of failure
I know from watching close friends struggle just how hard it can be to quit.
As I have posted before, I see all to often the late stages of the damage that this habit does to the human body. It's not pretty.
All the same, I have seen a man with a stoma in his throat....smoking a cigarette through the hole in his throat. He just had to have one last smoke before we took him to the hospital in the ambulance. Pretty unbelievable, and sad.
To all of you who have quit, good for you.
To those who are in the process of quitting, keep it up - for you, yes. But maybe more importantly - for those who love you.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:19 AM   #300
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Once again, a big thanks to RichardT for getting me started. . I mean stopped. It's been 42 month since I had a cigarette.

My blood pressure has since skyrocketed, but we have that under control with meds, and I am slowly shedding the pounds I gained when I quit. Can't say I feel better physicaly, but I feel a lot better mentally.
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:54 PM   #301
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I quit in the mid '80s (for over 20 years!) and back slid a couple years ago during a stressful time but quit again last Christmas. Feel better and better. I'm truly a nicoholic, just one cig or a cigar and its all over, and I have to go through it (quitting) again.
Give it time and go for walks to start, drink water to flush it out, walking helps with the weight gain, and the blood pressure (mine's down 16 points since Dec)
And remember, after the first week, it's all in your head
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:31 AM   #302
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My family has grown tobacco since the 1700's. I used to smoke cigarres (inhaled them) until one day I decided to quit. I knew how hard it was to quit from seeing others struggling with it and I thought I was going to have a hard time as well. I can honestly say I could not have done it with out God's help. I pryed and quit, never got around to throwing away my tobacco stash until several weeks after quitting. I feel I was very fortunate, I know it doesn't go as easy for many others.

I can say it's not just nicotine addition your fighting, the tobacco company adds all kinds of additive compounds into the tobacco, that's why those quitting patches rarely work!

You have to solidly make up your mind that you quit, not are going to quit, but as of right now quit. After you go two weeks or so not smoking, you beat the habit, though you will not always be free of the lingering desire, but that deminishes as well. Don't do any of the stuff you've always associated with smoking, like going to bars and you'll have to change friends, quit hanging around smokers and associate with non-smokers. Going to a Spirit-filled church will help tremendously and ask the Pastor and people to pray for you and ask them to help you. You're up against something stronger than you and it's alright to ask for help!
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:19 AM   #303
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I quit cold turkey in 1973- from 2 packs a day. Same year as my AS!

Live hour to hour for a while - by now, most of the desire will be in your head.

Hang tough buddy, there are a lot of people supporting you and cumulatively we are a lot stronger than that habit.
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:24 AM   #304
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Just wanted to say thanks to everybody for all of the well-wishes.

Still nicotene free, haven't fallen back yet! There have been some rough spots, but have been able to get past them. Gotta run!

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Old 06-19-2008, 09:44 AM   #305
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Thanks, guys. I just wanted to let you know, I've never smoked around the kids. I've always gone outside...
For added encouragement, you could also multiply each time you've stepped out for a smoke (8 minute increments?) by the number of cigarettes you've had. You'll probably come up with hundreds of hours over the course of a few years.... that's quality time with your family you'll no longer have to give up.

(Of course, depending on the kids, they may have had something to do with you smoking in the first place.)
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Old 06-19-2008, 09:47 AM   #306
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Just wanted to say thanks to everybody for all of the well-wishes.

Still nicotene free, haven't fallen back yet! There have been some rough spots, but have been able to get past them. Gotta run!

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:32 PM   #307
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After 27 years on the cancer sticks, my quit date was and is April 3, 2006 at 6:30 am. As a smoker, it was hard to envision being a non-smoker. Now I canot imagine myself as a smoker. It was much easier (not easy, just easier) than I thought it would be. I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER! To all that have not tried, give it a shot. The aids that are available have come a long way. I now will have more years to fully enjoy the AS!
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:53 PM   #308
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I quit eight years ago. I would have 4 or 5 "sinus" infections a year, which really stank and then my my doctor told me that I was getting atypical smokers viruses and that I should stop. I threw my last pack away in the trash can right outside of the doctor's office and I haven't had another one. I do occasionally have a cigar but I didn't start that until a few years after I quit, I actually haven't had a cigar in about 3 or 4 months now. Good luck to any who are quitting.
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