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Old 11-11-2004, 07:34 PM   #1
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I quit Smoking

2 weeks, 3 days, 30 minutes, 56 seconds Ago and I feel pretty good about it.


Anyone else quit recently?
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Old 11-11-2004, 08:06 PM   #2
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Congratulations. Ive tried numerous times over the years. I made it for over four months a while back. Each time I try, I continue to want (crave) one every day. Ive used all of the crutches (gum and/or patches, support groups, and Wellbutrin medication which is supposed to help). This last time I thought I was going to make it, then various stresses began piling up from multiple directions. At a given point, I fooled myself once again into thinking, just one. BIG MISTAKE! Never allow yourself to smoke just one if youre serious about quitting. You'll be right back smoking again.

I seriously doubt I'll ever be able to quit. It is such a part of me. I started when I was nine years old trying to keep up with the older boys. I smoked throughout my High School and College football careers. I became very good at sneaking around which isnt something to be proud of doing. 've continued to smoke as an adult even though I'm now considered a moral leper almost everywhere I go. I no longer smoke in my home. I've never smoked in my trailer. I go outside in the cold and the heat. I try be respectful of others and not ever smoke near anyone for fear they might object or be offended. But, I continue to smoke and at 56, I guess I probably always will.

Again, I hope you success.

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Old 11-11-2004, 09:39 PM   #3
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The urge

9 years ago. Remember this: The urge will pass, with or without that cigarette. The urge will pass.
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Old 11-11-2004, 10:33 PM   #4
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Congratulations. Ive tried numerous times over the years. I made it for over four months a while back. Each time I try, I continue to want (crave) one every day. Ive used all of the crutches (gum and/or patches, support groups, and Wellbutrin medication which is supposed to help). This last time I thought I was going to make it, then various stresses began piling up from multiple directions. At a given point, I fooled myself once again into thinking, just one. BIG MISTAKE! Never allow yourself to smoke just one if youre serious about quitting. You'll be right back smoking again.
I used to smoke, my wife used to smoke, all my friends would smoke.
Then, my wife quit, and I did a sympathetic cold turkey with her. ( almost got divorced over it) I was such a b..ch!
Then, I would re-lapse over and over, until it seemed silly. I gave up trying, and found myself smoking less, first 5-8 cigs a day, then perhaps 3-4 cigs a day, then just 1-3 per day. Eventually I lost the craving.
Now I can enjoy a good cigar or even a few cigarettes without re-kindling addictive tendencies. In other words, I can now smoke socially for a night, or with friends, but don't feel like continuing it the next day. I became master over the addiction, by taking time and not trying cold turkey.
It worked for me, over 10 years ago.
My best advice to you: If you can't quit cold turkey, then slow down nicotine intake gradually, take your time, but stay focused on your goal.
Take 6 month if you must, but stay focused on it.
Good Luck!
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Old 11-11-2004, 10:39 PM   #5
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2 weeks, 3 days, 30 minutes, 56 seconds Ago and I feel pretty good about it.


Anyone else quit recently?
2 years 9 days. It's all a matter of reference, long to you, short to me.
It can be done, and it does get better.
Hang in there.

P.S. Carry whole Cinnamon sticks. They help you to get over a craveing for a smoke.
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Old 11-11-2004, 11:36 PM   #6
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P.S. Carry whole Cinnamon sticks. They help you to get over a craveing for a smoke.
DOn't just carry them - chew on them. Besides - you'll taste better to others.... hang in there.
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:16 AM   #7
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Quit about 4.5 yrs ago. The cravings do pass. Used the patches for about 3 weeks but I didn't put them on and think "ok, it's up to the patches to keep me from smoking". The patches will not do it for you. They were are a tool to use in conjunction with my being dead serious about quitting cigarettes.
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:32 AM   #8
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Lets see, I quit Dec. 17 1990 at 10:07 AM. Man it was ugly that Christmas. I still every now and again get the urge for a smoke, I enjoyed it. What got me to quit was what I thought was a heart attack at the time. (That is why I remember so clearly when) Turned out to be a lung infection. Hang in there it is hard, but over time it gets easier.
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Old 11-12-2004, 08:03 AM   #9
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Uwe you are the exception. My body didn't fully recover until I returned to being a non-smoker. Are you inhaling those gars?

There are smokers and non-smokers. We all start life as a non smoker unless mom had that habit. Many of us become smokers. Nearly all try to quit. Quiting is very hard. It's a smoker trying to not smoke which most resent because they want to smoke, just not have the effects. People with resentments tend to be hell bent on punishing everyone. The body sensations are labeled as craving by the smoker's mind. When you decide that you are a non-smoker then you realize the sensations are the body starting to recover from what you did to it. And even one dramatically slows this down.
I did the cutting down thing over a period of 3 years, up and down. It was easy somedays and would start to increase others. Many people don't stop until they have an emergency room visit, heart attach, breathing, ect. Some don't stop even then. At the hospital they line up outside with the Oxygen tank and a smoke.

Chant for non smokers, yoga position is optional.

I really like being a non-smoker. Cann't for the live of me understand why I ever did that and in fact it's like I never did.

Personally I don't go to or stay places where there is smoking because is stinks and bothers my breathing. My lungs refuse to cooperate in even passive smoking. It's a toxin and they know it.

The secret is to never stop being a non-smoker once you are again. Keep getting back on the program over and over and over again.
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Old 11-12-2004, 12:02 PM   #10
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Uwe you are the exception. My body didn't fully recover until I returned to being a non-smoker. Are you inhaling those gars?
Nope, no inhaling cigars. They're toxic enough to be absorbed in your mouth cavity.
I look for good quality mild cigars, a few times a year is all.
If I do smoke cigarettes, then I inhale them, like a pro smoker.
When I smoked regularly many years ago, I decided that I did not like a little white glowing stick in my mouth to take over my actions and decisions.
Somehow I manage to still be able to enjoy tobacco every once in a while, but not fall off the wagon, like they say. Btw, I have not smoked since September, I believe, and never even think about it. I might pick up a small box ( 5 or so) of cigars, just to have around for the holidays. My craving is som low, that I even forgot to bring any kind of smokes to our recent Baja Rallye. And I never missed smoking while we were there. My doctor's checkups never show any traces of nicotin or other smoke related issues. My dentist always comments that he's glad I don't smoke (" you should see some of the smoker's teeth", he says)
I guess my take on tobacco is like my take on alcohol - enjoy on occasion and in good measure, like it was meant to be. If you can't control the urge, then you MUST quit to save your life, and that of others.
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Old 11-12-2004, 04:05 PM   #11
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i quit when they rose to $1.50 a pack....when was that?
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i quit when they rose to $1.50 a pack....when was that?
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A looooonnnng time ago...I quit when they went from 25 to 50 cents a pack which was in 1975.....Took me 5 attempts...tried every gimmick in the book...(nicotine gum and patches weren't available)...tried smoking cigarillos and European cigarettes for aversion...tried taping tobacco between my toes ( kind of a hippy prototype of nicotine patches)...the thing that finally worked was going for a walk and drinking an 8 oz glass of water everytime I wanted to light up...used a little self hypnosis to make this strategy stick...I really can empathize with people who are trying to quit.
I wish you luck...You can do it...just have to make up your mind...
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Old 11-12-2004, 06:28 PM   #13
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holy smokin toes batman!...how could you walk drinkin all that water?
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Old 11-12-2004, 08:27 PM   #14
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Breath easy and take one day at a time....

Smoke Free since Nov 10, 2002 - CT - First Cig 1974 (menthol in a field way way from my parents evil eye).

The cravings do pass - the urge may always be there - and the weight gain will level off (hopefully around the 10-15 pound mark) but if you gain any more just go and buy yourself a new tow vehicle with the money you save on the cigs.

Up here they are now $8.25 a single pack.

Congrats richardt- and don't knock yourself out if you slip - just take the slip as a sign to kick in the next gear and try again.
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